Akane Torikai at TCAF ’22


Kodansha USA is proud to have Akane Torikai – the unwavering creator behind the thought-provoking drama, Sensei’s White Lie – as this year’s featured guest Toronto Comic Festival (FASD). And to celebrate, Kodansha is giving away digital wallpapers of Akane Torikai’s work to fans around the world – read on for more!

Held this year at the Toronto Reference Library from June 17-19, 2022, TCAF is an internationally acclaimed comic book festival that spotlights a number of top independent creators and publishers. With Torikai-sensei as one of the festival’s invited guests, fans will have multiple opportunities to hear her speak, see her draw, and get her autograph throughout the show.

For a full list of times and locations to meet Torikai-sensei at TCAF 2022, see below:


Akane Torikai on TCAF 2022 appearance schedule

Toronto Comic Festival 2022
When: June 17-19, 2022
Where: Toronto Reference Library789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8, Canada

Friday, June 17, 2022

6:30 p.m. EST: Kick-off panel: The next 20 years – Toronto Reference Library, Salon
Come and celebrate the 20th anniversary of TCAF when the Festival kicks off! We’ve seen a lot of amazing creators come through the festival over the past two decades, but for tonight’s celebration, we want to shine a spotlight on some amazing new voices taking over the industry right now: Tillie Walden (My parents keep talking, spinning), Emma Huntsinger (My parents can’t stop talking), Kat Simmers (pass me), Conor Stechschulte (Ultrasound), and Akane Torikai (Sensei’s White Lie). These creators have the pulse of the comic book industry. In what new directions are they taking it? What important stories are left to be told? What gaps remain to be filled in this industry? We’ll talk about all of this and more in the opening panel.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST: Spotlight on Akane Torikai – Toronto Reference Library, Hinton Learning Theater
Manga creator Akane Torikai makes her North American Comic Festival debut at TCAF 2022! In Sensei’s White Lie, Torikai explores the intersections of sex, violence, gender and power through her naturalistic style and painful honesty. Join veteran manga critic Brigid Alverson in this thought-provoking and revealing panel on Torikai’s groundbreaking work.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST: Akane Torikai Autograph Session – Toronto Reference Library, Signature area

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST: Live Drawing with Akane Torikai @ JFT – The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Watch the manga unfold before your eyes! Award-winning artist Akane Torikai lifts the curtain behind her creative process as she draws live on stage and discusses everything from her favorite pen to her English language debut, Sensei’s Pious Lie, and her ongoing Saturn Return series.

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST: Akane Torikai Autograph Session – Toronto Reference Library, Signature area


Digital Wallpaper Special Gift:

To celebrate Akane Torikai’s special appearance at TCAF 2022, we’re giving away digital wallpapers featuring stunning Torikai artwork Sensei’s White Lie.

Download wallpapers here: Desktop // Mobile Device


Sensei’s White Lie Free Preview of Chapter 1:

If you haven’t experienced yet Sensei’s White Lie – the harrowing exploration of the emotional fallout of sexual assault – you can read the first chapter for free below.


About Akane Torikai: Torikai was born in Osaka, Japan in 1981. In 2004, she made her manga debut in the monthly magazine Bessatsu Shojo Friend DX Juliet. His first serialized work in a young men’s magazine was Ohayou Okaeri, which was published in Morning Two. This was followed by Sensei’s Pious Lie, which gained widespread attention for its focus on the theme of sexual violence. Additionally, Onna no Ie, a series about two sisters who have to live under one roof, made Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi list! (This Manga is Amazing!) in the women’s category, while Jigoku no Girlfriend, a story about three women who became roommates by chance, was adapted into a live-action TV show. His latest ongoing series, Saturn Return, published weekly in Big Comic Spirits magazine, is a mystery that revolves around suicide and loss.

About Sensei’s White Lie: Torikai’s work is a candid and nuanced examination of the emotional and practical effects of sexual violence, rendering the messy realities in beautifully polished lines and dialogue much more naturalistic than most manga. The author moves away from the brutal indictment to paint one of the most complex and compelling psychological portraits of rapist and victim in any medium. Not just for manga fans, Sensei’s Pious Lie will appeal to readers of graphic novels and literary fiction in general.

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