Manga Artist SHIRAHAMA Kamome in Toronto for TCAF 2024!

Co-presented by Toronto Comic Arts Festival and The Japan Foundation, Toronto.

Join us to welcome SHIRAHAMA Kamome, an esteemed manga artist of the award-winning series, Witch Hat Atelier! Ms. Shirahama is stopping by JFT on May 12 as a featured guest of Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2024 (May 11-12, 2024).

Date/Time: Sunday, May 12 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Venue: The Japan Foundation, Toronto Event Hall (Suite 300, 2 Bloor Street East, Toronto M4W 1A8)

Admission: Free – RSVP required  

Click here to see PDF file of artist details, book list and TCAF related event info.

*The event has a strict NO PHOTO / NO VIDEO / NO RECORDING policy. Please refrain from using any recording devices, including cameras and smartphones during the event.

*SHIRAHAMA Kamome will be having a signing session at JFT Library after the Q&A event. Please note that the ticket for the Q&A event above will NOT guarantee your spot for the signing session. *NEW* Details on the signing session are now available on TCAF’s website (



Kamome Shirahama is the author of the fan-favorite and critically acclaimed manga series Witch Hat Atelier, serialized beginning in 2016 and published in English and Japanese by Kodansha. Witch Hat Atelier won the 2020 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia, and in 2020, the series won the Harvey Award for the Best Manga category . A food-focused spin-off series, Witch Hat Atelier Kitchen, by Hiromi Sato and created by Kamome Shirahama began English-language publication in 2023. A graduate of the design department of the Tokyo University of the Arts, Shirahama lives in Tokyo, Japan. As a freelance illustrator, Shirahama has created numerous cover illustrations for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, including Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Star Wars: The last Jedi, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey.

Witch Hat Atelier  (原書:『とんがり帽子のアトリエ』)

Written and illustrated by SHIRAHAMA Kamome
Translated by Stephen Kohler
Published by Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC, 2019-2024 (ongoing)

In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch…until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she’s never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody “knows” might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem… (from Publisher’s website)  

Eniale & Dewiela  (原書:『エニデヴィ』)

Written and illustrated by SHIRAHAMA Kamome
Translated by Caleb Cook Lettering by Abigail Blackman
Published by Yen Press, LLC, 2020-2021
Age Rating: OT (Older Teen)  

Eniale and Dewiela’s friendship has been peppered with bouts of intense squabbling and bickering-usually at the expense of innocent bystanders. Eni’s latest “get rich quick” scheme and Dewi’s “get souls quick” con seem destined to blow up as spectacularly as the many that have come before. But when the dust settles, the angel and the demon always emerge-fab, fashionable, and the best of friends!! (from Publisher’s website)

*Witch Hat Atelier, Volume 1 – 11 (physical copies & ebooks), and the Japanese version of Witch Hat Atelier (『とんがり帽子のアトリエ』), Volume 1 – 13 (physical copies) by SHIRAHAMA Kamome are available at JFT Library (physical copies are in-library use only until May 12)!

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