Announcing Kids and YA Guests for TCAF 2017!

FEBRUARY 21, TORONTO: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival continues its incredible 2017 Festival announcements with its Kids and Young Adult Guests and Programming! Perfect for kids and teens as well as everyone who loves comics for young people, TCAF’s extensive Kids and YA Programs offer a chance to meet and interact with some of the biggest names in publishing!

TCAF KIDS DAY 2017: SATURDAY MAY 13

Now in its sixth year, TCAF Kids Day 2017 returns to St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East (at Church). A full day of programming for young people, including live presentations, draw-alongs, author signings, activities, and much more! Best of all, it’s completely free, and none of the activities require tickets: just show up and enjoy! The full details of TCAF Kids Day will be revealed in March, but you can count on many of the great creators listed below taking part! TCAF Kids Day starts at 10am, and concludes right around 5pm.

TCAF KIDS AREA @ TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY: SATURDAY MAY 13 & SUNDAY MAY 14

In addition to our special-venue, one-day-only event, TCAF will have an on-site space for kids both days, all day, at Toronto Reference Library in the Beeton Auditorium. There’ll always be something fun on for the younger set, so swing by and meet authors, take part in activities, and more!

KIDS & YA FEATURED GUESTS!

TCAF has always been lucky enough to have some of the biggest names in comics for young people attend the Festival, and this year is no different! Check out this list which includes Governor General’s Award-Winners, picture-book makers, manga creators, cartoonists galore, and some of the biggest names in Young Adult publishing!

 

Isabelle Arsenault and Fanny Britt are the team behind Jane, the Fox and Me. It was the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration (French) and the Joe Shuster Award for Best Writer and Best Artist. It was also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. They’re attending TCAF to promote Louis Undercover, out this Fall from Groundwood Books.

Svetlana Chmakova is an award-winning graphic novelist, with over 10 books published, and work translated into 13 languages. Her full-length manga series include the fan-favorite romantic comedy Dramacon, the award-winning urban fantasy Nightschool: The Weirn Books, as well as the manga adaptation of the NYT bestselling Witch & Wizard by James Patterson. Svetlana’s current work is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning middle grade graphic novel Awkward, as well as its follow-up Brave published by Yen Press (and debuting at TCAF 2017!).

Elise Gravel is an author illustrator from Montreal, Quebec. A prolific artist, she currently has over thirty children’s books to her name which have been translated into a dozen languages, including I Want a Monster! and The Disgusting Critters series. In 2012, Gravel received the Governor General’s Literary Award for her book The Great Antonio, about the famous Montreal strongman with a heart of gold. Elise will debut her sketchbook, If Found… Please Return to Elise Gravel, with Drawn & Quarterly at TCAF 2017.

Matt Forsythe is a cartoonist and illustrator known for his award-winning comics Ojingogo and Jinchalo, as well as being the lead designer on Adventure Time from 2012-2014. His picture books include My Name is ElizabethWarning:Do Not Open This Book, and it’s follow-up, Please Open This Book. He is attending TCAF in support of his latest picture book, The Gold Leaf, which was done in collaboration with Kirsten Hall.

Jarrett Williams is best known for his pro-wrestling/adventure series Super Pro K.O.! for Oni Press. When he is not drawing graphic novels, he’s working on covers and back-up comics for Invader Zim (Oni Press), Adventure Time (Boom Studios), and Powerpuff Girls (IDW). He currently writes and draws Hyper Force Neo for Z2 Comics.

Welcoming First Second Back to TCAF!

Industry leaders in Kids and YA Publishing, First Second Books celebrated its 10th Anniversary at TCAF last year, and are returning to TCAF 2017 with a truly incredible list of participating creators!

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the worldwide bestselling Uglies series and the Locus Award–winning Leviathan series, and is co-author of the Zeroes trilogy. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller AfterworldsThe Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. He is attending TCAF to debut Spill Zone, his first comics work, published by First Second Books.

Shannon Hale is the bestselling author of many books for children, including the Ever After High series, Princess Academy (Newbery Honor book), and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl MG novel. She co-wrote the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack and the chapter book series The Princess in Black with her husband Dean Hale. She is attending TCAF to debut Real Friends with artist LeUyen Pham, published by First Second Books.

LeUyen Pham is the bestselling illustrator of The Princess in Black series with Shannon and Dean Hale.  She wrote and illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister and The Bear Who Wasn’t There and is the illustrator of many other picture books, including The Boy Who Loved Math. She attends TCAF to debut Real Friends, published by First Second Books.

In addition to these Featured Guests, TCAF is proud to welcome even more great creators from First Second Books for 2017, including:

  • Faith Erin Hicks – debuting The Stone Heart, her latest in the Nameless City trilogy. Other graphic novels include Friends with Boys, the Bigfoot Boy series, The Last of Us: American Dreams, and the Eisner Award–winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl.
  • Molly Ostertag – artist of the award-winning webcomic Strong Female Protagonist. She is debuting Shattered Warrior.
  • Matthew Loux – creator of Sidescrollers and the Salt Water Taffy series. Artist of F-Stop, Good Night Gabba Land. His latest book is The Time Museum.
  • Mike Cavallaro – artist of many books, including Parade (with fireworks), The Life and Times of Savior 28, the Foiled series , and Decelerate Blue.
  • Mike Holmes – debuting Secret Coders: Secrets & Sequences, the latest volume of his series with Gene Luen Yang.
  • George O’Connor – creator of the Olympians series as well as such graphic novels as Journey into Mohawk Country and Ball Peen Hammer.
  • Farel Dalrymple – creator of the highly acclaimed WrenchiesPop Gun War: Chain Letter, and IT WILL ALL HURT.
  • Box Brown – Ignatz Award-winning creator of Andre the Giant: Life and Legend and TetrisThe Games People Play.
  • Penelope Bagieu – Already announced, Penelope Bagieu returns to TCAF 2017 with her First-Second Published Graphic Novel California Dreamin’.
  • Alison Wilgus – author of comics, prose, and animation, Alison Wilgus attends TCAF in support of Science Comics: Flying Machines.

But Wait, There’s MORE!

Did you know that this year, almost one third of TCAF’s more than 400 exhibiting creators ALSO make comics and graphic novels for young people? It’s true! Stroll the exhibition floor to meet famous creators like Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home, Dark Horse), Gigi D.G. (Cucumber Quest, First Second Books), Becky & Frank (Capture Creatures), Britt Wilson (Cat-Dad, King of the Goblins, Koyama Press), Ru Xu (NewsPrints, Scholastic Books), and literally dozens more! Best of all, we’ve made them SUPER-EASY to find on our website! Just visit the Kids Creators [Link] and YA Creators [Link] tabs on torontocomics.com.

In Closing…

TCAF is thrilled to continue to provide programs to comics readers of all ages, and we would like to thank all of the publishers who make our great kids programs possible!

 

Announcing Featured International Guests for TCAF 2017!

Every year, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival showcases Canada’s incredible comics talent on a world stage. We do this by inviting publishers and exhibitors from all over the world to share what comics mean to them, and to stand side-by-side with some of the best and brightest that Canada has to offer! Let us introduce you to some of our International Featured Guests, who are from just a few of the over 20 countries that will be represented at TCAF 2017:

Sana Takeda (Japan) is the artist on the wildly popular fantasy series Monstress from Image Comics. She will be joined at TCAF 2017 by her collaborator on the book, Marjorie Liu (USA). Sana is also a TCAF 2017 Poster Artist!

In partnership with the Comic-Salon Erlangen and the Goethe-Institut Toronto, we are very excited to welcome three wonderful cartoonists:

  • Ulli Lust (AUT) is returning to TCAF for the first time since 2013! She is the award-winning creator of Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, as well as the Fall 2017 book from NYRC, Voices in the Dark.
  • Anna Haifisch (GER) is best known as the creator of The Artist. The strip is often featured on Vice.com, and has been published by Breakdown Press.
  • Martina Schradi (GER) is an author, cartoonist and certified psychologist from Nuremberg. She is known for Oh, I see?!, a collection of comics depicting the daily lives and struggles of people in the LGBT*I community.

As part of the Comic-Salon Erlangen pavilion of German comics, we’ll also have returning Friend of the Festival: Rotopolpress! Repping Rotopol will be artist and publisher Rita Fürstenau and cartoonist Carmen José. So fun!

Paolo Bacilieri (ITA) is coming with SelfMadeHero for the English-language debut of FUN, a graphic novel all about crosswords! Paolo is attending TCAF 2017 with the support of the Istituto Di Cultura – Toronto, who will be hosting a gallery exhibition of his art.

Also joining SelfMadeHero will be Aimée de Jongh (NLD), artist of The Return of the Honey Buzzard, and Toronto’s own Chris W. Kim (CAN) with Herman by Trade.

Coming with Conundrum International (the international line of books from Conundrum Press) are two fantastic artists:

  • Michael Nybrandt (DEN) is attending TCAF to support the English-language debut of Dreams in Thin Air. This book tells the story of the formation of the Tibetan National Soccer Team, with a preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
  • Igor Hofbauer (HRV) is a Croatian illustrator and comics author. He is attending TCAF to support the English-language edition of Mister Morgen. Igor is known more recently in Canada for doing the album artwork for the Juno-nominated album Afraid of Heights from Canadian rock band Billy Talent.

Also returning to TCAF are Jason and Joe Decie:

  • Jason (NOR) is returning to TCAF for the debut of On the Camino from Fantagraphics Books. This new graphic novel is Jason’s memoir of his trek of the Camino de Santiago — 32 days and 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port to Finisterre.
  • Joe Decie (GBR) has been nominated for Best Comic at the British Comic Awards for his books The Accidental Salad and The Listening Agent. He is attending TCAF 2017 in support of his latest and largest book, Collecting Sticks from Johnathan Cape.

For more information on these and all Featured Guests at TCAF, check out the Featured Guests tab in our Creators section [Link].

Announcing The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2017! Featured Guests, Programs, and more!

 Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling present

TCAF 2017 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Professional Development: Friday, May 12, 8:30am-5pm
Saturday, May 13, 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 14, 10am-5pm
Free to attend
www.torontocomics.com

TORONTO, CANADA — We here at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival are pumped and excited to announce our initial Featured Guests and Events for TCAF 2017! With over 400 cartoonists from more than 20 countries on their way to Toronto this May, we’re getting ready celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! Prepare yourself for a week of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 13 and 14, 2017! Tell your friends!

Every year the Toronto Comic Arts Festival showcases Canada’s incredible comics talent on a world stage by promoting some of our best and brightest creators and publishers, and inviting the attention of the global cartooning community. The 2017 programme builds on our previous successes, with a continued commitment to offer more engaging programming, in multiple formats, focusing on compelling and challenging work being made across the world. Art sales and exhibition, increased programming, and gallery shows are once again at the core of the 2017 programme.

Featured Guests of TCAF 2017 include:

Pénélope Bagieu is a bestselling graphic novel author from France. Her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Pénélope is returning to TCAF in support of California Dreamin’, her latest English-translation from First Second Books!

Katherine Collins is the acclaimed creator of the comic strip Neil the Horse, which ran in Canadian Newspapers from 1975 – 1982. It subsequently appeared in fifteen comic book issues from 1983–1988. Collins is attending TCAF in support of The Collected Neil the Horse, debuting at TCAF 2017 from Conundrum Press.

Guy Delisle is best known for his travelogues about life in faraway countries: Burma Chronicles, Pyongyang, and Shenzhen. In 2012, he was awarded the Prize for Best Album for the French edition of Jerusalem at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Guy is returning to TCAF to present Hostage from Drawn + Quarterly.

Jeff Lemire is an award-winning writer and artist of the acclaimed literary graphic novels Essex County, The Underwater Welder, The Nobody, Sweet Tooth, and Trillium. He gained greater acclaim in 2016 as the artist of Secret Path, in collaboration with Gord Downie. Jeff is returning to TCAF in support of the collected A.D.: After Death, as well as his latest graphic novel, ROUGHNECK. He is also a TCAF 2017 Poster Artist!

Gary Panter made his mark in the ’80s as head set designer for the successful kid/adult TV show Pee Wee’s Playhouse, a job which brought his jagged art and surreal cartoon ideas into the homes of America and bagged him two Emmy Awards. His notable underground comics works include Jimbo, Adventures in Paradise, Jimbo’s Inferno and Facetasm. He’s returning to TCAF to present Songy of Paradise, published by Fantagraphics.

Gengoroh Tagame is a Japanese manga artist who specializes in gay BDSM erotic manga, many of which depict graphic violence. However, he is returning to TCAF to debut the English-language translation of My Brother’s Husband with Pantheon. This is a decidedly less violent and erotic story for all audiences, which was awarded an Excellence Award at the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2015.

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Toronto. She is the co-creator along with her cousin Mariko Tamaki of the award-winning graphic novels Skim and This One Summer. Jillian’s other works include Gilded LilliesIndoor Voice, and the Eisner Award-winning SuperMutant Magic Academy. She is returning to TCAF to debut her latest collection, Boundless, from Drawn + Quarterly.

Marcelino Truong is an illustrator, painter, and author. Born the son of a Vietnamese diplomat in 1957 in the Philippines, he and his family moved to America (where his father worked for the embassy) and then to Vietnam at the outset of the war. He attended the French Lycee in London, then moved to Paris where he earned degrees in law at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and English literature at the Sorbonne. Marcelino is coming to TCAF for a Canadian tour of his first book, Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-63.

Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of Check, Please!, an online graphic novel whose printing campaign remains the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in Computing and The Arts, and received a masters in Sequential Art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Special Programmes: NBM Turns 40!

TCAF is very excited to host a special celebration of the 40th Anniversary of NBM Publishing! In addition to a wide range of programming highlighting their diverse author range, and their ‘Papercutz’ brand of children’s material, NBM will join in welcoming some wonderful creators for the 2017 Festival:

Sandrine Revel is a prolific French creator of graphic novels. She has published more than ten graphic novels in France, as well as a successful line of children’s comics. She’s won an award for her work for young readers at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, and the French Artémisia award, which recognizes female comics creators. Sandrine is coming to TCAF for a Canadian tour of Glenn Gould, A Life Off-Tempo from NBM Publishing.

Rick Geary is the author of the famed Treasury of Murder series, which is now up to 18 volumes. His work has appeared in the National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Comics, MAD, Spy, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, and American Libraries. His children’s comic Society of Horrors ran in Disney Adventures magazine from 1999 to 2006. He is attending TCAF 2017 in support of his latest collection from NBM Publishing, A Treasury of XX Century Murder Compendium I.

Metaphrog is the Franco-Scottish duo of Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers. Their Louis series has received critical acclaim and multiple award nominations, including three Eisner Awards. They are the winners of The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016 for Best Visual Artist. Metaphrog are attending TCAF to present The Little Mermaid from Papercutz, NBM Publishing’s all-ages line of comics for kids!

Staff and representatives from NBM Publishing will also be on hand at TCAF 2017, including co-founder Terry Nantier.

New Programmes for 2017

TCAF 2017 will also play host to a number of great focus programmes this year, including:

  • The 10th Anniversary of Toronto’s own Koyama Press
  • The 25th Anniversary of Image Comics
  • Several excellent gallery and other special presentations highlighting German, Italian, Japanese, UK, and Canadian & American Comics Creators
  • Two robust streams of programming for both Kids and Young Adults!

Information about these programmes will be unveiled throughout February and into early March.

Much More To Come!

There are more than 400 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2017 Festival, and many more wonderful Featured Guests to be announced!

The details of returning programs including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics X Games, and more will be announced through February and March. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

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MEDIA

Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2017, Saturday May 13, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 14, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to media@torontocomics.com.

SPONSORS & PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors and partners, including presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library and primary sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art.

TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

TCAF would like to thank Conundrum Press, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics Books, First Second Books, NBM Publishing, Penguin Random House Canada, and the Consulate General of France in Toronto for the support of the artists and programmes mentioned in this announcement.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2017 are still available, please contact us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

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.

 

TCAF 2017 Call for Programming! Deadline Feb 20th!

Hey, do you have something to say about comics and you want to say it to a bunch of people at TCAF?

Do you have the long-held desire to get up in front of a room to talk about your work or about things you find interesting about comics to an audience of your dearest friends, your professional colleagues, and (mostly) people you don’t know at all?

If your answer is yes, tell us!

We’d love to know if you’d be interested in participating in TCAF’s 2017 slate of programming, which will include panels, lectures, readings, workshops, interviews, and probably several other even more interestingly-formatted things. Here’s what we did last year:

  • General Programming (Saturday) (Sunday)
  • Kids Programming
  • Librarian & Educator Programming
  • Word Balloon Academy
  • Offsite Events

How to send us Programming:

We would like a proposal about your program. It could be something you want to see, something you want to run, or the type of panel you want to be on. Please submit your programming proposals via our Google Form [Link].

The Deadline to Submit Programming is Monday February 20th.

Programming Streams:

WORD BALLOON ACADEMY: On Friday May 12th, we are once again offering a stream of professional development programming by comics creators for comics creators. This is programming aimed at your fellow creators. Share and build up your own knowledge base and skills! Maybe you’ve figured out Twitter, maybe you want to do an inking demo with a specific kind of nib, maybe you’ve got photocopying down to an art, maybe you’ve got storytelling down to a science — We’d love to hear from you! Please clearly state in your e-mail if you are interested in presenting at Word Balloon Academy.

CANADIAN READING SERIES: If you’re a Canadian creator, we have a unique opportunity for you! TCAF has a dedicated space for Canadian author readings and/or presentations that involve a performative element based on their works. An honorarium will be given for everyone presenting as a part of this series. Readings should be between 10 and 20 minutes.

LIBRARIAN & EDUCATOR DAY: TCAF’s Librarian & Educator Day returns for its sixth year! Held on the Friday May 12th (the same day as Word Balloon Academy!), L&ED is an opportunity for creators to interact with teachers and librarians in both formal and informal settings. Cartoonists, writers, educators, and comics experts are invited to propose programming for this day. Programming blocks have typically been 50 minutes (including any Q&A), but we are open to the idea of shorter programs as well. We’ve had success with lecture/talk style presentations and panel discussions, and would love to have proposals for hands-on or workshop style presentations too. Proposals for programs that provide educators with concrete classroom tools or lesson plans, and/or programs about webcomics in libraries and schools are particularly welcome for 2017.

TCAF Programming Proposal:

Your programming proposal should include the following:

  • *Name*: Your name. Also consider including the name of your comic or publisher. 
  • *Programming Description*: It is probably best to limit any descriptions here to a title, and three sentences. Feel free to say something less specific though, for example, “I would be willing to be on any interesting panels and I can talk about topics X, Y, and Z” or (the somewhat fraught-with-danger option) “I am willing to do anything!” 
  • *Date Restrictions*: When can you do this program? Anytime? Will you not be in town on Saturday? Do you only leave the house at night? These are things you should tell us. 
  • *Audience*: Who is the audience for your program? TCAF will have four streams of programming this year: Workshops (for current and/or aspiring comics creators), General/Academic programs (held in the Toronto Public Library rooms, for general audiences), Bar programs (held in the bar across the street, for any discussion you’d want to listen to while also consuming alcohol), Kids programming (for programming specifically aimed at small, medium-sized, or large-but-not-fully-grown kids and teens). Also, please be specific if this is meant for the Word Balloon Academy day of workshop programming! 
  • *Anything Else*: If you have a burning desire to impart to us additional information, please feel free.

Please submit your program ideas via Google Form [Link]. Again, we need any proposals by February 20th.

Things to note:

  • We do not necessarily run every program that is submitted to us! Though we’d love to have the time and space to accommodate every suggestion, the Toronto Public Library is (alas) not infinitely expandable.
  • If your program is accepted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail directly from us. In the meantime, you can email events@torontocomics.com to ask about the status of your program proposal.
  • We do not accept single-publisher panel proposals, but we do accept single-creator programming proposals (i.e., not “The Marvel Comics Panel”, but “All About Steve Ditko” would be super-duper!).
  • You do not have to be exhibiting at TCAF 2017 to submit or participate in programming.

Thanks for reading!

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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Joining the TCAF Family: VanCAF returns with a new Festival Director and Advisory Board (Updated)

VANCOUVER, BC — November 1, 2016 – The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF) is pleased to announce that going forward it will now officially take place in partnership with The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). The partnership will take effect immediately, beginning with the planning of VanCAF 2017, a two-day comics exhibition taking place on May 27 and 28 Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, returning to The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

TCAF’s staff will directly oversee all future iterations of VanCAF, under the stewardship of the new VanCAF Festival Director, Andrea Demonakos. Demonakos, previously of Emerald City Comicon and ReedPOP, takes over from departing Festival Director and VanCAF founder, Shannon Campbell. Campbell will now join the VanCAF Board of Directors in an advisory capacity, alongside new board members Miles Baker and Andrew Woodrow-Butcher from TCAF, Vancouver-based comic creator Nathan Fairbairn and musician/visual artist Jarrett Samson.

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Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is here to stay!

In March 2015, we made it official! TCAF’s new festival shop, Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop has become a permanent addition to Toronto’s retail and comics landscape. Celebrating two years as a store we’ve grown tremendously, offering a uniquely curated look at the comics, graphic novels, art, and sundries, that are available today. Best of all, a selection of our EXCLUSIVE merchandise is also available online for international shipping!

Kate Beaton’s Pony Enamel Pin joins some of the great t-shirts, bags, and booklets we’ve designed over the years. And best of all, like everything bought from The TCAF Shop, all proceeds go to supporting the Festival and ensuring it has a healthy future ahead of it. Our thanks to Kate and all of the artists that have worked with us over the years! So head over to http://page-panel.myshopify.com/ to see the materials that are available now, and look for a bunch of updates this fall!

Sincerely,

The TCAF Staff

Seth’s 2003 TCAF Poster Comes to Life in 3D Printed Form

As part of TCAF’s ongoing relationship with Toronto Public Library, this year Digital Innovation Hub staff member Alex Dimitrov created a 3D model of the dog character based on Seth’s poster for the inaugural TCAF in 2003! This cute hobo dog (with bindle!) is available as a free 3D object download courtesy of Toronto Public Library, and you can also head to Toronto Reference Library and print out a copy of this doggy for yourself!

We think Alex did a great job with the design and the printing, and the finished model is currently on display in front of Toronto Reference Library’s digital innovation hub on the first floor.

For the full process break-down and information on downloading these files, head over to The Toronto Public Library website and check it out for yourself!

This 3D Model, as well as models inspired by the work of TCAF Poster Artists Michael DeForge (2014) and Gurihiru (2015) are available at Toronto Reference Library’s Thingiverse Page.

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Michael Deforge, Dakota McFadzean, and Patrick Kyle carry the day at 2016 Doug Wright Awards

dougwrightawardslogo-235x300May 14, 2016, Toronto, ON — The best in Canadian comics and graphic novels were honoured this evening at the 2016 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning in Toronto, including first-time nods for Dakota McFadzean and Patrick Kyle and a repeat win for Michael Deforge  (his third).

The winner of the 2016 Doug Wright Award for Best Book is:
Dressing by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)

The winner of the 2016 Doug Wright Spotlight Award for is:
Dakota McFadzean for Don’t Get Eaten By Anything (Conundrum Press)

And the winner of the 2016 Pigskin Peters Award is:
New Comics # 6 & 7 by Patrick Kyle

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