The Toronto Comic Arts Festival attracts some of the best creators in the world to Toronto every spring, with diverse programming that caters to every kind of comics reader, including kids. This year's festival takes place on the 9th and 10th of May, and includes a dedicated day of kids' programming on Saturday the 9th. Today the festival unveiled its official poster for Kids Day by Gurihiru, the art team whose recent works include the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics.

As you can see, it's a joyful and inspiring piece that shows a young artist creating worlds that represent a delightful range of comics genres, from romance to space adventure to kaiju. It's a perfect representation not just of what the festival stands for, but of the experiences and wonder that comics can offer to young readers. For anyone who loves comics, it's a lovely reminder of why you fell in love in the first place.

Gurihiru is one of the featured guests at this year's TCAF, and will be joined on Kids Day by Jenni Holm and Matt Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Kean Soo (Jellaby, March Grand Prix), Raina Telegemeir (Smile, Sister), Dave Roman, (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat) and George O'Connor (Olympians).

Kids Day programming takes place at St. Paul's on Bloor, at 226 Bloor St East, Toronto, from 10am-4:30pm. The main festival area is just down the street at the Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge Street, and this year's guests include Lucy Knisley, Scott McCloud, Hunt Emerson, and Jillian Tamaki. More details are available on the festival website.

The reference library is also the location of the new permanent TCAF Store, Pages & Panels, which formally opened its doors this week. The store is an arts-focused sibling to The Beguiling and its kids comics spin-off Little Island.