New Exhibitors and Guests have been announced!

As Publishers and other exhibitors at the Festival firm up their plans for TCAF 2017, we’re happy to announce that a number of additional creators have been announced to be attending TCAF 2017! Here’s a quick overview of some of the recent additions to TCAF 2017:

Colleen Coover will be attending TCAF as a guest of Oni Press / Limerence Press, who will be debuting the brand new Small Favours: The Definitive Girly Porno Comic, a wonderful erotic comic series in a new, complete edition. Colleen will be exhibiting at the Oni Press table.

Ray Fawkes will be exhibiting at TCAF in support of his new series Underwinter, from Image Comics. Ray will be at the Masonic Temple, for the Image 25th Celebration.

Zach Hazard Vaupen will attend TCAF in support of his new work from Retrofit.

Luke Healy will be attending TCAF (all the way from Ireland) in support of the new printing of his book How To Survive in the North, by Nobrow.

Laura Ķeniņš will attend TCAF in support of her new book Steam Clean, from Retrofit.

Dave McKean, as announced, will be attending TCAF for the Canadian Premiere of Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, a multimedia performance based on his most recent graphic novel. Dave appears with the support of LICAF, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and Dark Horse Comics.

There will be more announcements to come, too! Thanks for reading, and we’ll keep updating you as more publishers confirm their plans!

Announcing 2017 Doug Wright Awards Nominations

Brown, DeForge, Doucet, Oliveros, Martz lead nominations for 2017 Doug Wright Awards
Neil the Horse cartoonist and journalist Katherine Collins headed to Giants of the North Hall of Fame

April 13, 2017, Toronto, ON — Nominees were announced this morning for the 13th annual Doug Wright Awards, which recognize the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics. Sixteen comic creators and works are nominated in three categories. In addition, Katherine Collins, author and artist of the groundbreaking comic Neil the Horse Comics and Stories, was named as this year’s inductee to the Giants of the North, aka the Canadian cartoonist hall of fame. The Doug Wright Awards will be a featured event at the 2017 Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), which takes place at the Toronto Reference Library, May 13-14..

Nominees for the 2017 Doug Wright Best Book Award, presented for the best book published in Canada (in English):

  • 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 (self-published)
  • Bird in a Cage by Rebecca Roher (Conundrum Press)

Nominees for the 2017 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. The Nipper), presented to 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 Ķeniņš, Alien Beings (kuš!)
  • Brie Moreno, Dearest, Gift Shop 3D (Oireau), Missy, an untitled story from š! No. 6 (kuš!), various web comics
  • Steve Wolfhard, Cat Rackham (Koyama Press)

Nominees for the 2017 Pigskin Peters Award, presented for the most experimental, unconventional or avant-garde comic:

  • Carpet Sweeper Tales by Julie Doucet (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Draw Blood by Ron Hotz (self-published)
  • Garbage by Matthew Reichertz (Conundrum Press)
  • After Land by Chris Taylor (Floating World Comics)
  • Palace of Champions by Henriette Valium (Conundrum Press)

This year’s inductee to the Giants of the North Canadian cartoonist hall of fame, which celebrates creators who have made a life-long contribution to the field, is pioneering cartoonist and accomplished comics journalist Katherine Collins.

Ms. Collins was known as Arn Saba before transitioning into a woman in 1993. Saba’s mother and great-grandmother both were published cartoonists and Saba became encouraged to start drawing comics himself at the age of six. Saba spent several years contributing to Morningside, CBC Radio’s popular national morning show, where he carved out a niche as a commentator on comics and cartoonists. In 1979 he produced and hosted The Continuous Art, a five-part documentary series for CBC Radio that explored the cultural ghettoization of comics via interviews with cartoonists Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer, Milton Caniff, Walt Kelly, and Gil Kane, among others.

Saba’s character Neil the Horse appeared in newspapers from 1975 to 1982, and in 15 issues of his own self-titled comic book series, published by Aardvark-Vanaheim and Renegade Press, between 1983 and 1988. Neil the Horse Comics and Stories was the first (and according to Collins, last) musical comic book, featuring original songs and a cast of characters that appeared to have stepped out of a Max Fleischer cartoon. Collins will be a featured guest at TCAF this year and will attend the 2017 Doug Wright Awards to accept her honour in person.

Finalists for this year’s awards were chosen from more than 150 works published during the 2016 calendar year. This year’s nominating committee consisted of Sean Rogers, Joe Ollmann and Betty Liang. The jury for the 13th annual Doug Wright Awards includes: Dakota McFadzean, cartoonist and 2016 Doug Wright Award winner; Sue Carter, editor of Quill & Quire and book columnist for Metro.

The winners of the 2017 Doug Wright Awards will be presented at a ceremony held in the Forest Hill Ballroom at The Marriott Bloor Yorkville hotel, 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario on May 13. Admission is free, but limited.

Media inquiries: dougwrightawards@gmail.com

www.dougwrightawards.com

About the Doug Wright Awards

The Doug Wright Awards were founded in 2005 to recognize the best English-language comics (or translations from French) published in Canada by Canadian cartoonists. The awards are named for Doug Wright (1917–1983), creator of Nipper/Doug Wright’s Family, one of the most widely recognized Canadian comic strips of the 20th century.

About The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is a weeklong celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Additional festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. TCAF is held at Toronto Reference Library in Toronto, Canada, and in the surrounding neighbourhood, and is presented by Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling Books & Art. For more information visit torontocomics.com

Celebrate Image Comics’ 25th Anniversary at TCAF 2017, with Adlard, Lemire, Liu, O’Malley, Takeda, and More!

TORONTO, CANADA: TCAF, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, is excited to announce that it will host a celebration for the 25th Anniversary of groundbreaking comic book publisher Image Comics!

Special guests, amazing programming, and even a dedicated venue will thrill fans old and new alike at TCAF 2017, taking place May 13th and 14th, 2017, in Toronto, Canada. Image Comics is the largest publisher of creator-owned comic books in North America, with notable titles including The Walking Dead, Saga, The Wicked + The Divine, and Toronto’s own Sex Criminals, reaching beyond ‘mainstream’ comics’ traditional borders to bring in new readers, promote fairer contracts, and publish some great work!

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Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is hiring! Retail Assistant Manager

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is hiring!

We are looking for a ~30 hour/week Retail Assistant Manager to help manage and guide the daily operations of our comic book / apparel / gift store, Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, located at 789 Yonge Street!

Candidates should have retail supervisory or management experience as well as a strong understanding of the Comics publishing industry, ranging from Marvel, DC, and Image to Pantheon and Koyama Press. Other retail experience is also highly valued, as Page & Panel carries a wide range of apparel, stationery, gift, and other goods. The ideal candidate has several years’ experience working in book stores and/or comic shops.

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop exists to further TCAF’s overall mandate:

  • to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as legitimate medium of literary and artistic worth. We seek to promote the creators of these works in their broad and diverse voices, for the betterment of the medium of comics and to reach as wide an audience as possible for them

Responsibilities would include:

  • Delighting customers and building repeat business
  • Merchandising planned and ad-hoc displays for multiple product lines
  • Using our inventory management system, run restock reports and place reorders as appropriate
  • Planning and overseeing in-store promotions and events
  • Scheduling staff to maximize coverage within budget
  • Assigning tasks and providing feedback and coaching to staff
  • Working with the TCAF Managing Director to ensure Page & Panel meets fiscal and other goals

Requirements

  • Proven experience as retail manager or supervisor
  • Knowledge of retail management best practices
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Excellent organizing and leadership skills
  • Must be able to work most weekends and some evenings
  • Knowledge of comics/book industry
  • Flair for creative merchandising
  • Must be able to lift 70 lbs

Assets

  • Ability to speak/read/write/understand French, and/or Japanese, and/or other languages
  • Experience working with non-profit and/or arts organizations
  • Excel, photoshop, illustrator

Hourly wage is negotiable, within the means of our not-for-profit arts organization. This position would require you to work between 25 and 35 hours per week.

If you are interested in applying, please email store@torontocomics.com with your resume and cover letter on or before April 10th, 2017.

COMICS X GAMES 2017 OPEN SUBMISSIONS NOW LIVE!

The Hand Eye Society is holding an open call for videogames to showcase on-site at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (May 13th and 14th) as part of this year’s Comics x Games 6! Comics x Games (formerly known as Comics vs Games) fosters collaboration between the independent game and comic communities through a variety of projects, partnerships and events. Every year with our partners during the TCAF, we present unique, game-focused content — from arcades and gallery shows, to panels and talks. It’s a great opportunity to expose your game to TCAF’s diverse audience of over 20,000 visitors.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://handeyesociety.com/event/comics-x-games-2017-open-submissions-now-live/.

Header image by Emily Carrol from The Yawhg, a game that had its origins in our very first official Comics vs. Games event at TCAF!

Librarian & Educator Day Sign-Up Now Available

Mark it on your calendars, folks! The fifth annual TCAF Librarian & Educator Day has been scheduled for Friday, May 12th 2017 at Toronto Reference Library. Building on the success of previous years, and incorporating your feedback, L&ED 2017 will once again be a full day of professional programming to help you make the most of the medium of comics in your libraries and schools.

Sign-up for the event is now available: https://goo.gl/DVb0lZ

Librarian & Educator Day is held in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at Toronto Reference Library, a block from the Yonge-Bloor station in downtown Toronto. Librarians and teachers may participate in Librarian & Educator Day for free, but must register in advance. If you’re a comics professional or journalist who wishes to attend or participate in Librarian & Educator Day, please contact us at mail@beguilinglibraryservices.com.

Photo from the 2016 Keynote Address featuring Ryan North.

 

VanCAF 2017 Update on Festival Dates – May 20th and 21st, 2017

Hi there! We’re reaching out today to inform you that the dates for the 2017 Vancouver Comic Arts Festival have changed and are now May 20th and 21st, 2017. While meeting with VanCAF’s venue partners, the Roundhouse Arts & Recreation Centre, we discovered that a miscommunication had occurred during the Festival management transition, and that the venue booking is one week earlier than previously announced, without the option of keeping the announced dates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to attendees and exhibitors who have already begun to make plans to attend.

The silver lining here is that for 2017, our TCAF and VanCAF shows are on back-to-back weekends! We hope this will encourage Canadian and international guests and exhibitors to apply for both shows, and take advantage of the opportunity to travel across our beautiful country in order to do so.

On that note, applications for VanCAF 2017 are still open and will remain open until January 7th, 2017. We have already received an unprecedented number of exhibitor applications for VanCAF 2017, so if any potential exhibitors would like to rescind their application for this year’s VanCAF, they are welcome to do so by sending an email to info@vancaf.com.

Again, we’d like to apologize for this change and any inconvenience it may cause. We hope all of the enthusiastic supporters of VanCAF are as excited as we are about the opportunity this provides to create an even more dynamic and unique event in support of Vancouver’s comics community.

Thank you,

Andrea Demonakos and the Staff of VanCAF.

CSSC 2017 Academic Conference Announces Call For Papers

The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics/La Sociéte canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée invites proposals for papers to be presented at our annual conference, on any and all aspects of comics, graphic narrative, picturebooks, and textual-visual arts. This year we would be particularly interested in receiving proposals on comics by and/or about indigenous peoples. Proposals from academics and independent scholars in all fields are welcome. The conference will take place in Toronto on May 11-12. Find information about the CSSC and our previous conferences on our website: comics-scholars.com.

Please submit a proposed paper title and 200-word abstract, along with a brief 50-word biography and contact information, to barbara.postema@concordia.ca by January 6, 2017.

The conference is held in collaboration with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a major international exhibition of independent comics artists and small publishers partnered with Toronto Reference Library, taking place May 13-14 2017.

About

The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics/La Sociéte canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée is a scholarly association for the exchange of knowledge and research regarding all forms of graphic narrative.  The association is based in Canada and embraces an international membership.  Their principle activity, an annual conference, is once again taking place in partnership with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Find out more information at http://comics-scholars.com/

OFF PANEL: A TCAF-Curated Comic Illustration Print Show, November 24th – December 5th

Nuvango Gallery & Toronto Comic Arts Festival present

OFF PANEL: a TCAF-curated comic illustration print show
Vernissage Opening November 24th, 2016 (7-11pm)
On Display until December 5th, 2016
FREE TO ATTEND

Nuvango Gallery
2nd floor, Flagship Store
639 Queen St. W, Toronto
(near Bathurst and Queen)

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and Nuvango Gallery are proud to present OFF PANEL, a curated comic and illustration print show featuring over 40 exhibitors  of TCAF. Come out to support your favourite comic artists and to bring new artwork into your home!

In addition to the print show, Page & Panel: the TCAF Shop will be hosting a pop-up holiday shop over the duration of the show. Browse through a selection of premium books and comics-related goods alongside your gallery-viewing. The show will exhibit in the lounge/annex space of Nuvango Gallery (2nd floor), the Flagship Shop for art & lifestyle brand manufacturer Nuvango, located at 639 Queen St. W., from Thursday, November 24th through December 5th, 2016.

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