TCAF in Pictures and Podcasts

(Our friend Jamie Coville put together 15 audio recordings of TCAF Panels, and a bunch of great pictures, and we thought we’d share them with you here. Enjoy this little taste of TCAF 2017!)

Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) 2017 (May 12 – 14) 67 Photos

Note: Friday May 12th was Librarian & Educator day. For the general public TCAF was May 13-14th.



When Big Bears Attack Book Launch (35:44, 33.5mb)
Writer Alexander Finbow and Artist Nyco Rudolph present their new all ages picture book. Alex talks about immigrating to
Canada and becoming a Canadian citizen and why he did this book. The two talk about Canadian cities. They did a reading of the
book with Alex and mainly Nyco doing sound effects (they also got some audience participation), they did a Q&A after where they
talked about which Canadian cities they did and didn’t destroy and why.
Note: This took place on Thursday, May 11th.
The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen (12:35, 11.85mb)
Hope Nicholson spoke about why she did a comic history book about female characters. She spoke about her admiration for Trina Robbins
for her work in showcasing the often overlooked female involvement in the comic industry. Hope talked about her love of doing
research and how it affects her writing. The floor was opened for Q&A and people talked about their favorite female superhero,
her views on Robert Crumbs underground work and her next book.
Note: This took place on Thursday, May 11th.


Charlie Adlard: My Life as Comics Laureate (1:10:35, 66.2mb)
This began with an introduction by Andrew Woodrow-Butcher and Lindsay Gibb, then an introduction of Charles Adlard was done by Barbara Postema.
Charles spoke about the first comic he read, showed his first published art, he went through his early career from working on 2000AD and doing Judge Dredd, his
getting work in America working on X-Files comics, self publishing a graphic novel (White Death) and then bouncing around from
job to job doing Batman and other “big two” characters. He spoke about meeting Robert Kirkman and starting on the Walking Dead.
He explained what his role as Laureate encompasses, who his audience is, his presentations for different age groups, his motivation.
He discussed the snobbery he’s encountered over comic books, his dyslexic son and how comics helped him, points he tries to make, having an impact,
He then opened it up for Q&A.


Learn Manga, Teach Manga (51:08, 47.9mb)
Presented by Christine Rentschler. Christine started off by comparing Manga to North American Comics. She then went into Manga
more specifically by addressing movies influence, format & genres, how Manga tells stories, how characters look & their visual short forms,
visual metaphors, action and sound effects, panel transitions, speech and thought balloons, themes and aspects to study. She went
into details about what books would be good for what grades and classes and then took questions from the audience.


No Boys Allowed: The Subtle Ways we Gender Books and Cut Boys off from Reading (56:25, 52.9mb)
Author Shannon Hale talked about her experience at schools and signings when it comes to male readers, the how and why children get gender coded,
phrases she hears all the time and what they mean, how to argue for Graphic Novels with people who don’t think they are “real books”,
she spoke about her book Austenland, female representatives in movies and animated films, her graphic novel Real Friends and where it comes from.
More than Words: The Appeal of Silent Comics (41:54, 39.3mb)
Barbara Postema gives a number of examples of silent comics from various authors over the last century. Among them was Marta Chudolinska
who was there to talk about making silent comics from a creative perspective. She spoke about why she chose to do
wordless comics, relying on peoples assumptions to tell the story and the good and bad of that, she also spoke of the difficulty
of dealing with complicated issues when using only pictures, the need for the reader to absorb more from the photos to understand the story,
the power of silent scenes, when people who read their work come up with different interpretations than intended.


LGBT Comics for Kids and Teens: The Time is NOW! (45:17, 42.5mb)
The panelists include Brigid Alverson, Scott Robins, Justin Hall, Andrew Wheeler and Erica Friedman discuss what books are already
out there, what they look for in terms of like to see and find problematic, they discussed books for trans kids in middle grade and kids,
books with bisexual or asexual characters, putting together a diverse group of creators for an anthology without making it a checklist or
bingo card, the reactions to these kinds o books in terms of challenges. At the end they took questions from the audience.


25 Years of Image Comics (1:16:14, 71.5mb)
This panel was moderated by Christopher Butcher and David Brothers. Chris started with an introduction and thanks to the people who help
put TCAF together. On the panel was Sana Takeda (and translator), Jeff Lemire, Charles Adlard, Emma Rios, Brandon Graham and Chip Zdarsky.
The group talked about when they were first exposed to Image, why they publish through Image, Emma talked about being an editor working
through Image, working for Marvel after working for Image, Sana talked about why she changed her art style when she did Monster, Chris
and Jeff talked about why they still do Work for Hire comics, if there is an Image house style, where Sana got her influence from when
coming up with a new art style, Chip and Brandon talked about their different online interactions, if any of the creators see
themselves doing 150+ issues of a single title like Charles has done thus far, how they handle creative differences with their
collaborators and why they do comics at all.


Comics and Collaboration (55:57, 52.5mb)
Panelists were Nate Powell, John Jennings, Molly Ostertag, Fanny Britt, Metaphrog (Sandy & John) and the moderator was Erica Friedman.
The panelists spoke about why they like to collaborate and the different ways of doing it, the amount of flexibility with a strong voice,
working in collaborations within a big and small publishers, how the internet as affected their collaborations, making changes when they
need to be made and their biggest challenges.


Spotlight: Katherine Collins (43:19, 40.6mb)
This panel was moderated by Conan Tobias who started off giving a brief history of Neil the Horse comics, Katherine talked about
the characters in the book and where they came from, why she incorporated song and dance into the comic, her being self taught in making comics,
her learning to dance, her working for the CBC, studying Fred Astaire, her love of old comic strips, not having a consistent format for her work,
her transition and how the comic industry reacted to it, her reaction when people from the comics community reached out to her and what she’s doing next.


Spotlight: Guy Delisle (36:38, 34.4mb)
Interviewing Guy Delisle was Asmaa Malik. Guy discussed his new comic Hostage which is about Christophe Andre, who was kidnapped and held for a long period of time.
They spoke about how long Guy interviewed him about his ordeal, how he was when talking about the experience, asking a lot of mundane questions about how things
looked so he could draw them, how involved Christophe was during the making of the book, doing comics journalism and being compared to Joe Sacco,
the changes in his art over the years, the colouring of the books, no longer doing travelogue stories as his wife is now out of the NGO, the bits of humor in Hostage and
where it came from.


21st Century Webcomics (54:03, 50.75mb)
On the panel was Blue Delliquanti, Priya Huq, Matt Lubchansky, Michael DeForge and moderator Tom Spurgeon.
They talked about how online comics culture has changed, how social media driven internet vs old internet, Patreon, The Nib model and how the content of webcomics has
changed from 5 years ago, what they would change about Patreon, why Tumblr is no longer a thing that that webcomics people use, selling themselves for Patreon instead of selling their work,
they took questions from the audience.


Graphic Medicine (58:24, 54.8mb)
Participating were Ian Williams, MK Czerwic, Kriota Willberg and Gareth Brookes. Ian and MK talked about Moms Cancer as being an
inspiring book for them, together they made the Graphic Medicine website and now have had many conferences in several cities regarding using comics in health care,
they gave examples of comics being used in health care and why they are great, Gareth Brookes spoke about his book A Thousand Castles, which is about a rare diseaase
that causes people to see hallucinations and why he drew the book in crayon. MK Czerwic showed her comic called Taking Turns about her job as a nurse, her working for
a notable AIDS care center in Chicago and the history of the place. Kriota Willberg described her comics that come from her years as being a massage therapist and promoting
self care before needing medical help. She also spoke of her contribution to a pro-choice comic drawing accurate pictures of embryos, fetuses and babies and did research on
when the various religions believe a soul is born and when a fetus can survive outside the womb. Ian Williams talked about his book Bad Doctor, some of which goes into the OCD
he had at an earlier age and the humorous medical cartoons he draws now. Within the Q&A they spoke about Jack Black and how they don’t define what a Graphic Medicine comic is.
Note: I lost the tail end of this panel due to a recorder malfunction.


Darwyn Cooke Tribute (1:12:48, 68.3mb)
On the Panel was Michael Cho, Brian McLachlan, J. Bone, Steve Manale, Sean Phillips, Mark Askwith, Dennis Cooke and his daughter. They started off by reading a letter from
Darwyn widow Marsha that went into some detail about what had happened to Darwyn. The panelists described their first meeting Darwyn, how Darwyn drew and worked, his original
G.I. Joe collection, his first comic book work. Steve Manale talked about sharing a studio with Darwyn, the group talked about “the Superman club” that sprung up around Darwyn,
Dennis Cooke revealed some childhood info about Darwyn, Dennis’s daughter spoke about her uncle, the group talked about Darwyn’s strong views on what superheroes should be and
Darwyn’s love of Hal Jordan, his attention to detail and researching the society during the time periods of his story settings, Darwyn’s inking, how Darwyn loved kids and giving
them free sketches, they told some funny stories about his interactions with fans, Sean Phillips talked about their mutual love of crime stories and their hanging out together,
at they all gave their favourite Darwyn story.


Rick Geary Spotlight (59:03, 55.4mb)
Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, Rick Geary talks about what inspired him to be a cartoonist, working for National Lampoon, how he got into Murder stories,
his drawing of the San Diego toucan mascot, the early San Diego Comic Cons, the post underground comics community, living in a small town in New Mexico, his new
book Black Dahlia, some of his previous books, if he ever comes up with new theories for unsolved murders, why he jumped from doing 19th century murders to 20th
century murders, which murder stories he won’t do and why, what he chooses to show and not show when it comes to the grisly details, his fictional work, what
murder mysteries that he really wants to do, the positive and negative aspects of using the internet for research.


Doug Wright Awards 2017 (March 13th) 19 Photos



2017 Doug Wright Awards (1:31:50, 86.1mb)
Brad Mackay did the opening and Dustin Harbin hosted the ceremony.
There was a word from the family of Doug Wright.

Pigskin Peters Award (For the best experimental, unconventional or avant-garde comic)
Carpet Sweeper Tales by Julie Doucet (Drawn & Quarterly)
Draw Blood by Ron Hotz
Garbage by Matthew Reichertz (Conundrum Press)
After Land by Chris Taylor (Floating World Comics)
The Palace of Champions by Henriette Valium (Conundrum Press)

Steven Manale does a roast of Annie Koyama to celebrate Koyama Press 10th anniversary.

Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. The Nipper) (For a Canadian cartoonist deserving of wider recognition)
Jessica Campbell, Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists (Koyama Press)
GG, “These Days,” “Lapse” (both from š! No. 25 [kuš!]), and an untitled story from Altcomics Magazine 3 (2dcloud)
Nathan Jurevicius, Birthmark (Koyama Press)
Laura Keninš, Alien Beings (kuš!)
Brie Moreno, Dearest, Gift Shop 3D (Oireau), Missy, untitled story from š! No. 6 (kuš!), various web comics
Steve Wolfhard, Cat Rackham (Koyama Press)
Note: My battery ran out during the announcing of the nominee’s for this award and picks up right where the winner is announced.

Katherine Collins was inducted to the Giants of the North Canadian cartoonist hall of fame by Conan Tobias.
Julia Pohl-Miranda gave a very emotional and moving tribute to the late artist Geneviève Castrée.

Doug Wright Best Book Award (for the best English-language book published in Canada)
Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus by Chester Brown (Drawn & Quarterly)
Big Kids by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
Burt’s Way Home by John Martz (Koyama Press)
The Envelope Manufacturer by Chris Oliveros (Chris Oliveros)
Bird in a Cage by Rebecca Roher (Conundrum Press)
Brad Mackay closed the ceremony.