NEW PROGRAMMING VENUE: The Cumberland Terrace, First Floor

As you may know, this year TCAF is presenting Zineland Terrace, our first ever zine-focused show held in the Cumberland Terrace Mall. This space will not only host exhibitors (full list of whom you can find here: Link), but also a stream of TCAF programming! The following panels will be held a the Cumberland Terrace First Floor programming space:
SATURDAY MAY 12th
11:00am – 12:00pm Spotlight: Germany’s Spring Collective
12:15pm – 1:15pm Spotlight: Hockey Noir
1:30pm – 2:30pm Country Comics and City Comics
2:45pm – 3:45pm Spotlight: Hartley Lin x Georgia Webber
4:00pm – 5:00pm Spotlight: Yvan Alagbé
SUNDAY MAY 13th
11:00am – 12:00pm Finding Your Publishing Niche
12:00pm – 1:15pm From the Inside Looking Out: Comics and Mental Health
2:45pm – 3:45pm Historietas: Comics in the Spanish Speaking World
Keen attendees may notice that these programs were originally slate to happen in the High Park 1 Ballroom at the Marriott Hotel. Luckily this new location at the Cumberland lets us have even more space for programs, so even more people can attend! All programs scheduled to take place at the High Park 2/3 Ballroom will still be there, just in the bigger and grander complete High Park Ballroom!
For more information on these and all of our TCAF programs, don’t forget to check out the TCAF Guidebook:

Or you can check out all of our programs (plus a map of our the neighbourhood) on our Panels & Programs page.

Complete list of TCAF 2018 events at a glance…!

The 2018 Toronto Comic Arts Festival is rapidly approaching, and while we’ve got our great interactive events listing up and running, sometimes you just want to know what’s happening in one, quick list! In that spirit, here’s a listing of all of the TCAF 2018 off-site and special events, with facebook and website links when available. This is complete as of May 6th, 2018, but we will update if new info comes in.

TCAF 2018 – All Events

Wednesday (5/9)

8PM: The Annual TCAF Drink ‘n’ Draw (Hosted by Hello Boyfriend), 8PM-Midnight @ The Pilot
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Thursday (5/10)

1PM: Artists’ Field Trip to the ROM, 1PM-5:30PM @ ROM
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7PM: White as Milk, Red as Blood Willow Dawson Launch, 7PM-9PM @ The Pilot
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7PM: Koyama Double Launch w/Fiona Smyth & Michael Comeau, 7PM-10PM @ The Beguiling
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7PM: Manfried The Man Book Launch, 7PM-10PM @ Liberty Arts Gallery & Shop
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7PM: European Comics Panel, 7PM-8PM @ Alliance Française de Toronto – Centre culturel
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8PM: French-language Panel, 8PM-9PM @ Alliance Française de Toronto – Centre culturel
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8PM: Hockey Noir, The Opera, 8PM-10PM @ Jane Mallett Theater
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Friday (5/11)

6:30PM: TCAF Kick-Off Panel, 6:30PM-8PM @ Toronto Reference Library, Appel Salon
EVENTBRITE WEBSITE EVENT

6:30PM: Art of the Game Ukiyo-e Heroes Screening, 6:30PM-8:30PM @ Japan Foundation
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7:30PM: Write/Draw/Imagine/Make Panel (Enchanted Lion) 7:30PM-9:30PM @ Type Books
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8PM: Hockey Noir, The Opera, 8PM-10PM @ Jane Mallett Theater
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8PM: TCAF Welcome Party, 8PM-Midnight @ The Pilot
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Welcome to town! TCAF exhbitors and well-wishers are invited to come out, mix, and mingle.

Saturday (5/12)

9AM: TCAF! @ Toronto Reference Library, Appel Salon
FB EVENT

9AM: Comics X Games, 9AM-5PM @ Toronto Reference Library, Appel Salon
WEBSITE EVENT

11AM: Zineland Terrance – A TCAF Zine Fair, 11AM-5PM @ Cumberland Terrace
FB EVENT

3:30PM: Comic Book Confidential 30th Anniversary Screening, 3:30pm-6:00pm, @ High Park Balloom, Marriott Bloor Yorkville
– Join Mark Askwith as he interviews Comic Book Confidental documentary subjects Francoise Mouly and Jaime Hernandez ahead of a special 30th Anniversary screening of the film!

6PM: Small Press Publishers Unite, 6PM-7PM @ Marriott Hotel, Summerhill Room
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6PM: TCAF Queer Mixer, 6PM-9PM @ Glad Day Bookshop
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8PM: TCAF Live Drawing Party, 8PM-Midnight @ Tranzac Club
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8PM: Doug Wright Awards, 8PM-11PM @ Marriott Hotel, High Park Ballroom
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Sunday (5/13)

10AM: TCAF!, 10AM-5PM @ Toronto Reference Library, Appel Salon
FB EVENT

10AM: Comics X Games 10AM-5PM @ Toronto Reference Library, Appel Salon
WEBSITE EVENT

11AM: Zineland Terrance – A TCAF Zine Fair, 11AM-5PM @ Cumberland Terrace
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Programming Updates for Librarian & Educator Day and Academic Conference

Good news everyone! Both TCAF Librarian & Educator Day and the CSSC Academic Conference have unveiled their full programs for 2018.

You can find the TCAF Librarian and Educator Day program here. As a reminder, registration for this event is still available!

You can find the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics Conference Schedule here.

Also, as a reminder you can see the exhibitor list and programming for the Comics X Games programme and the Word Balloon Academy programme here on the website as well!

 

ANNOUNCING WORD BALLOON ACADEMY 2018! Register today!

TCAF is pleased to present Word Balloon Academy, a full day of creator-focused programming on Friday, May 11th at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, located at 90 Bloor Street East (Bloor/Yonge Subway).

Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops especially for comic creators and industry members, and includes programming spanning creative demonstrations, business development topics and professional concerns. These programs require registration, but are completely free to attend.

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TCAF GUEST UPDATE! Welcoming Harper, Kochalka, Rocheleau, Webber, and the National Cartoonist Society!

TORONTO, APRIL 25 – With the 2018 Festival just over 2 weeks away, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce additional Featured Guests, organizations, and the complete range of posters for this year’s Festival. These announcements are in addition to the wonderful list of Featured guests already announced for TCAF 2018, taking place May 12 & 13 (with professional programming on May 11), at Toronto Reference Library, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, and Cumberland Terrace.

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Announcing the nominations for the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards

April 18, 2018 | Nominees for the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards, recognizing the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics in three categories, were announced this morning.

Duncan Macpherson (1924–1993), editorial cartoonist at the Montreal Standard, Toronto Star and Maclean’s magazine, is this year’s Giants of the North inductee. He will be inducted into the Canadian cartoonist hall of fame on the evening of the awards ceremony.

Nominees for the 2018 Doug Wright Best Book Award, presented for the best graphic novel book published in Canada (in English), are:

Hostage (Drawn & Quarterly)
Guy Delisle

I’m Not Here (Koyama Press)
GG

Crawl Space (Koyama Press)
Jesse Jacobs

The Abominable Mr. Seabrook (Drawn & Quarterly)
Joe Ollmann

Anti-Gone (Koyama Press)
Connor Willumsen

Nominees for the 2018 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. The Nipper), presented to a Canadian cartoonist (or writer-cartoonist team) deserving of wider recognition, are:

Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes
The Case of the Missing Men (Conundrum Press)

Gillian Blekkenhorst
All-Inclusive Fully Automated Vacation and House of Strays

Eric Kostiuk Williams
Condo Heartbreak Disco (Koyama Press)

Jason Loo
The Pitiful Human-Lizard Nos. 12, 13 and 14 (Chapterhouse Comics)

Jenn Woodall
Magical Beatdown Vol. 2 and Marie and Worrywart

Each year, the Doug Wright Awards nominating committee chooses to honour the year’s most experimental, unconventional, or avant-garde comic with the Pigskin Peters Award. This year’s nominees are:

The Dead Father
Sami Alwani

The Death of the Master
Patrick Kyle

Crohl’s House Nos. 1 & 2
Alexander Laird, Jamiel Rahi and Robert Laird

Creation: The First Three Chapters
Sylvia Nickerson

Potluck
Wavering Line Collective

Duncan Macpherson, this year’s Giants of the North inductee, was born in Toronto in 1924, and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He studied at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Ontario College of Art, and began his career at the Montreal Standard in 1948. Over the next five decades, Macpherson’s cartoons became a fixture of the political scene in English Canada and his wickedly wrought black-and-white work helped define the country’s political conversation in such publications as the Toronto Star and Maclean’s.

Terry “Aislin” Mosher, once referred to Macpherson as “the king of the third wave” of Canadian editorial cartoonists while a journalist colleague described his work as a combination of “Mary Poppins, Mark Twain and Attila the Hun.” Though he took on politicians of stripes and affiliations, his caustic portraits of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker helped make him famous, with Pierre Berton citing them as being “the beginning of the country’s disillusionment with the Diefenbaker government.”

MacPherson received six National Newspaper Awards, the Royal Academy Medal, was a Member of the Order of Canada, and his work was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He died, in Beaverton, Ontario, in 1993.

Finalists for this year’s awards were chosen from nearly 100 works published during the 2017 calendar year. The nominating committee consisted of Adrian DoranAlexander Hoffman, Betty Liang, and Conan Tobias.

The jury for the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards includes: Bo Doodley, a Toronto-based artist; Jim Munroe, a writer, producer, and creator of games, comics, movies, and novels, living in Toronto; Marc Ngui, a Windsor, Ontario–based sequential artist and speculative designer; and Pamela Marie PiercePamela Marie Pierce, a multi-disciplinary visual artist and illustrator based in Saint John, New Brunswick, whose work has appeared in Heavy Metal and elsewhere..

The Doug Wright Awards will be announced at a ceremony on the evening of May 12, 2018, hosted by cartoonist Dustin Harbin. The awards will be a featured event at the 2018 Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), which takes place in and around the Toronto Reference Library, May 12 and 13.

Conundrum Press announces plans for TCAF 2018

Conundrum Press to Debut Six New Titles at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)

On May 12th and 13th, Conundrum Press will exhibit at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) with six debut titles by Canadian artists, including:

  • Norths: Two Suitcases and a Stroller Around the Circumpolar World by Alison McCreesh
  • The Curse of Charley Butters by Zach Worton
  • Feast of Fields by Sean Karemaker
  • 100 Days in Uranium City by Ariane Dénommé
  • On Vinyl by Lorenz Peter

Weegee: Serial Photographer, will also debut at TCAF. The creators, Max de Radiguès and Wauter Mannaert (Belgium) are featured guests at this year’s festival.

Kris Bertin and Alex Forbes (Halifax) will sign their celebrated graphic novel The Case of the Missing Men, and Howard Chackowicz (Montreal) and Andy Brown (Wolfville) will be signing BDQ: Essays and Interviews on Quebec Comics.

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TCAF Joins Forces with University Researchers for “Comic Cons Research Project”

UPDATE April 11: This survey is now available in both French and English! [Link]

TCAF Joins Forces with University Researchers
New research project explores booming fandom event sector

Toronto – March 19, 2018. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and the Ottawa Geek Market have teamed up with researchers from Carleton University, Ryerson University, and the University of Calgary to launch a multi-year research partnership. Over the project’s three years, researchers will study the role that North America’s comic conventions, comic art festivals and fandom events play in the creative economy and the cultural life of cities.

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ANNOUNCING: Zineland Terrace – The First Ever TCAF Zine Fair!

We are proud to announce Zineland Terrace, the first ever TCAF Zine Fair!

Every year, some of the world’s most exciting comic artists gather for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. This year, we are delighted to expand the scope of the festival’s exhibitor programming to include a brand new, truly unique space for zine creators, readers, and well, everyone!

TCAF’s Zineland Terrace will happen at The Cumberland Terrace (2 Bloor St W) on May 12-13, 2018, from 11am to 5pm each day. The event will run concurrently with the main festival floor directly across the street at the Toronto Reference Library, but will focus on creators using self publishing, DIY, and zine culture to forge new and critical narratives and communities.

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TCAF Celebrates Toon Books’ 10th Anniversary in 2018!

TORONTO, CANADA– Trailblazing kids graphic novel publisher Toon Books is turning 10 this year, and they’re celebrating at TCAF! The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that it will join with Toon Books, their staff, and creators, in celebrating their 10th anniversary through programming, appearances, debut books, and more!

Toon Books will exhibit in TCAF’s new kids programming and activity area, in The Marriott Bloor Yorkville’s Forest Hill Ballroom, and will be represented at TCAF by company founder and legendary comics editor Françoise Mouly. Mouly will also act as the Keynote speaker for TCAF Librarian & Educator Day on Friday May 11th, with registration now open. Joining Mouly in the celebration will be an amazing assortment of top comics creators (for Kids and Adults), including Jaime Hernandez, Liniers, Kevin McCloskey, Sergio Garcia Sanchez, and Frank Viva!

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TCAF 2018 Announces International Guests!

TORONTO, CANADA – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s commitment to showcasing the greatest comic creators from Canada and around the world continues with the announcement of eleven international guests for the 2018 Festival. Among their ranks are prize winners from all over the world, including Eisner Awards, Angouleme Selections, and one creator is even an honest-to-goodness Knight! These comics luminaries from Belgium, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Spain, and the U.K. will be welcome guests of TCAF 2018, joining the more than 400 already announced creators who will participate in the Festival. All of these creators will be accessible to Festival attendees on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, through multiple programming and signing/dédicace opportunities, (schedules to be announced).

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Librarian & Educator Day Program - TPL Librarian Scott Robins speaks with creators Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse)

TCAF Librarian & Educator Day Registration Now Open

Librarians! Teachers! Academics! Registration for TCAF Librarian and Educator Day is now open, and once again, it’s FREE! Sponsored by The Beguiling, UDON Entertainment and Manga Classics, and numerous participating publishers, TCAF Librarian & Educator Day is a FREE, full-day of programming aimed at teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, and library workers and collection managers who want to know more about incorporating comics and graphic novels into their collections. Information-rich presentations and lectures, panel discussions, and workshops impart valuable information about building collections, improving circulation, targeting important demographics, and integrating comics into classroom use.

For more information and sign-up, please visit our Librarian & Educator Day Page.

 

Canadian Publishers’ Mission to Comic-Salon Erlangen

International Comic-Salon Erlangen, Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, and Canada FBM2020 are partnering together to bring a small delegation of Canadian graphic novel publishers to Germany’s largest and most important comics industry event, May 31st to June 3rd, 2018.

If you’re an interested Canadian Publisher, please visit the program outline and application page for more information on how you can join us!

 

TCAF Welcomes Esteemed Manga Creator
Inio Asano to the 2018 Festival!

Inio Asano

TORONTO, CANADA—The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that acclaimed Japanese manga creator Inio Asano will participate in TCAF as a Featured Guest of the 2018 Festival, to be held May 12-13, 2018, in Toronto Canada. Asano will travel from Japan to Canada in support of the new manga Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction, the first volume of which will be published in English by VIZ Media this April.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Asano-sensei to TCAF,” said Christopher Butcher, the Festival’s Artistic Director. “Inio Asano has been one of my favorite mangaka since VIZ released solanin in English, a book I absolutely love. Inio Asano has a wide variety of stand-alone manga and series in print, and manga fans and TCAF’s audience of graphic novel and alternative comics fans will find much to love.”

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Announcing Featured Kids & YA Authors at TCAF 2018!

Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling present

TCAF 2018 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Professional Development: Friday, May 11, 8:30am-5pm
Saturday, May 12, 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 13, 10am-5pm
Free to attend
www.torontocomics.com

TORONTO, CANADA — The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to unveil its initial programming for Kids and Teens at their 2018 Festival, with great graphic novelists and programming for young readers! TCAF 2018 will Feature more than a dozen internationally celebrated authors of work for kids, and middlegrade and young adult readers! Better still, TCAF will feature two full days of programming for young people this year, completely free to attend! It’s an amazing year for young readers and aspiring young authors to attend the Festival!

Keep reading for the full list of Featured Creators and Kids and Teen Programming highlights!

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Announcing The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018! Featured Guests, Programs, and more!

 Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling present

TCAF 2018 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Professional Development: Friday, May 11, 8:30am-5pm
Saturday, May 12, 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 13, 10am-5pm
Free to attend
www.torontocomics.com

TORONTO, CANADA — The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is very excited to announce the initial Northan American Featured Guests and Events for TCAF 2018! With over 350 cartoonists from more than 15 countries on their way to Toronto this May, we’re set to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! Get ready for a week of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 12th and 13th, 2018! Tell your friends!

Every year the Toronto Comic Arts Festival showcases Canada’s most incredible comics talent on a world stage by promoting top tier creators and publishers, and inviting the attention of the global cartooning community. The 2018 programme builds on our previous successes, with a continued commitment to offer more inclusive and engaging programming, in multiple formats, focusing on compelling and challenging work being made across the world and right here in Canada! We’re proud to spotlight a wide variety of incredible Canadian cartoonists with exciting new projects debuting at TCAF.

Keep reading to see two incredible official TCAF posters by Canadian cartoonists, an amazing variety of Featured Guests, and even TCAF’s very first Opera project! It’s going to be an incredible year for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival!

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TCAF proudly presents HOCKEY NOIR: A billingual Chamber Opera in 3 Periods

TCAF, along with our partners Ensemble contemporain de Montreal (ECM+) and Continuum Contemporary Music, are thrilled to bring you Hockey Noir, a multimedia chamber opera. Set in the 1950s, the classic hockey rivalry between Toronto and Montreal takes centre stage with a side of organized crime. Love, lust, scandal, blood, betrayal – in sudden death, who wins and who loses is determined not by fate but by the final shot!

Hockey Noir was written by TCAF Featured Guest Cecil Castellucci, and features artwork by Toronto illustrator Kymberlyn Porter. Showtimes are May 10th and 11th at 8pm, and a 2pm matinee on May 11th. For more info and tickets, check out continuummusic.org.

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UPDATE! TCAF in Tokyo 2017! November 23rd-December 3rd

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns to Tokyo to participate in Kaigai Manga Festa, Comic Art Tokyo, and Tokyo Comic Con this November/December!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival exists to promote Canadian Comics and Culture at home and abroad year-round. This year TCAF will be traveling with a dozen cartoonists from Canada, as well as other friends and associates, to put on our biggest displays in Japan yet. Event information, including WHICH artists are participating at WHICH events, and Artist bios are below. TCAF in Tokyo header by Kagan McLeod.

TCAF Gallery Shows

En Masse in Tokyo – Live Art & Installation
Friday, November 24th through December 10th, 2017
At Gallery Hakusen, 1-36-14 Asagaya-Minami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo: https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/art/gallery-hakusen
Closest Station: Asagaya JR
Admission is free
Organized in association with Black Hook Press / CAT and Gallery Hakusen

Quebec-based art collective En Masse returns to Tokyo with a complete gallery takeover and installation of art! Led by En Masse’s Rupert Bottenberg and Kim Hoang, this installation will feature large-format collaborative artworks deriving from comics, illustration, and painting traditions. Participating artists include the complete range of visual artists from TCAF’s Tokyo trip, as well as Tokyo-based and Japan-based artists working in a variety of disciplines.

Installation takes places on November 24th from 1pm-6pm, and viewing may be possible at this time. Show is fully open to the public from November 25th to December 10th.

Opening Vernisage date TBD.

For more info on En Masse, visit http://enmasse.info/.

Tengu Guro個展 “Midnight Swim” – Mike Parsons Solo Show
Tuesday, November 21st through Saturday November 25th, 2017
Opening Event: November 21st, 6pm-8pm
At SPACE M, 1 Chome-14-18 Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0042: https://goo.gl/maps/EcD2hbxAuEP2
Closest Station: Naka-Meguro (Tokyu Toyoko, Hibiya)

Admission is free

Solo exhibition of Toronto-based comics creator Mike Parsons as he explores Japan’s rich ‘Eroguro’ artistic tradition. Show runs Tuesday to Saturday, with an opening reception on Tuesday the 21st. For more info check out the Facebook event!

TCAF Events!

Its the floorplan for Kaigai Manga Festa 2017! Click for larger.

Its the floorplan for Kaigai Manga Festa 2017! Click for larger.

Kaigai Manga Festa

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017, 11am-4pm
At TOKYO BIG SIGHT, EAST HALL 6: https://goo.gl/maps/TjNXc3osTx22 
Closest stations: KOKUSAI-TENJIJO (Rinkai), KOKUSAI-TENJIJO-SEIMON (Yurikamome)
A part of the COMITIA Doujinshi Event!
Admission for both events 1300yen.
Kaigai Manga Festa  is Tokyo’s first comics event celebrating worldwide comics! Creating relationships between Japanese and International comics creators, Kaigai Manga Festa (or Tokyo International Comic Festival) features more than 40 artists from more than a dozen countries around the world.
At this event TCAF will have a large booth set-up with a the following Canadian creators and organizations participating: Koyama Press, The Beguiling, An Nguyen (SaicoInk), Andrew Wheeler, Bryan Lee O’Malley & Jason Fischer, Emily Carroll, Freddy Carrasco, Hello Boyfriend, Jim Zub, Kim Hoang, Maiji, Marcus To, Mike Parsons, Ramon Perez, and Rupert Bottenberg.
For more information, including about Bryan Lee O’Malley’s on-stage interview, visit http://kaigaimangafesta.com/en/
Comic Art Tokyo 
Saturday, November 25th, 2017, 11am-6:30pm
At TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, Tokyo Campus, Azabu School Building, 2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo. https://goo.gl/maps/ZHi8ojv4nrK2 
Closest station: Shirokane-Takanawa
Free to attend, 500 yen suggested donation for show catalogue
Comic Art Tokyo is a show modeled somewhat after TCAF, and so we’re honoured and thrilled to be participating. Focusing on artcomix, indy and underground comics in Japan and abroad, CAT will feature a range of workshops and special presentations, including an onstage interview with Gekiga master Tadao Tsuge!
For this event, TCAF will have a full ‘Canadian Pavilion’, as we take over Temple University’s Azabu campus cafeteria! We’ll be showing Canadian comics videos all day, have three feature presentations (including Canadian Comics Readings, The History of Koyama Press, and An Nguyen talking about her collaborative work So Pretty, Very Rotten). Participating exhibitors at this event include: The Beguiling, Koyama Press, An Nguyen, Andrew Wheeler, Bryan Lee O’Malley & Jason Fischer, Emily Carroll, Freddy Carrasco, Hello Boyfriend, John Gehron, Kim Hoang, Maiji, Mike Parsons, Natalie Andrewson, Rupert Bottenberg, and Tim Kiefer.
For more information on Comic Art Tokyo, visit http://www.comicarttokyo.com/
Brave & Bold Tokyo (ライブドローイングイベント BRAVE & BOLD)
Saturday November 25th & Sunday November 26th, 2017, 11am-7pm
At Kyodo Printing (Access Map): https://goo.gl/Ua6daZ
Closest Station: Yodoya Station (Marunochi), Hakusan (Toei Mita)
Admission 2000yen. 
Brave & Bold is a live-art and artist alley event and showcase, featuring a dynamic range of international artists centered around “AmeComi”, or American Superhero and Genre comics. A chance to meet artists and get commissioned work from them, mostly for Japanese fans, and a chance to see live drawing and more.
TCAF will only be participating on Sunday, November 26th. Participating creators at this event include: Bryan Lee O’Malley (11am-2pm) & Jason Fischer, Freddy Carrasco, Jim Zub, and Marcus To. Plus! Creators Jim Zub and Jason Fischer will be live-drawing on-stage from 3pm-4pm!
For more information on Brave&Bold visit http://braveandboldart.com/
Tokyo Comic-Con 2017
Friday December 1st, Saturday December 2nd, Sunday December 3rd, 2017
At Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 9, 10, 11, Chiba-ken, http://tokyocomiccon.jp/english/access.html
Closest Station: Kaihin Makuhari (Keikyo)
Admission: 3200yen per day(!)
Tokyo Comic-Con is a large-format media-focused American-style Comic-Con, founded by Stan Lee, Steve Wozniak, and a bunch of other folks. TCAF is looking forward to promoting Canadian creators and their works, and ‘revealing’ which artists that already have work translated into Japanese are ‘secretly’ Canadian!
TCAF will be participating on all 3 days of the Festival, though some guests will not be available every day. Participating creators at this event include: Bryan Lee O’Malley (Fri & Sat Only), Jason Fischer, Tim Kiefer, Ramon Perez (Fri & Sat only), Marcuz To, Andrew Wheeler, Jim Zub & Steven Cummings. In addition, on Friday and Saturday we will be welcoming very special guests The National Cartoonists Society at the TCAF booth, represented by NCS President Steve McGarry and member Luke McGarry!

Festival Staff

TCAF will be represented at these events by staff including Jocelyne Allen, Peter Birkemoe, David Brothers, Cassi Burrel, Christopher Butcher, Jarrett Samson, and Mimmy Shen. TCAF is also grateful for the assistance of Aki Yanagi in helping to manage our participation in these events!

Exhibiting Groups:

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2017, The Beguiling is North America’s finest comic book specialty shop. Located in Toronto, Canada, The Beguiling carries the most diverse and eclectic array of comics imaginable, from art comix and indies to superheroes to BD to manga and more! The Beguiling also represents the original art sales of dozens of fantastic artists, check out beguilingbooksandart.com for everything!

Founded in 2007, Koyama Press is a Toronto-based small press. Our mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. We are known for our alternative edge and diverse range of titles that include a myriad of genres from autobiography to photography, from horror to humour, and more.

http://www.koyamapress.com

Exhibiting Authors:

Rupert Bottenberg is a Canadian visual artist with a drawing-based practice (illustration, graphic literature, and more); a writer and editor; a teacher; and an event coordinator. He is the the co-director of the En Masse collaborative art initiative, the former music editor of the Montreal Mirror, the director of Axis, the animation section of the Fantasia Film Festival, and founder of the Montreal Comic Art Jams. In 2012 he released his debut solo book of comix and artwork, Traumstadtdenken (Éditions Trip), which won the annual Bédélys Indépandant award. In 2017, Bottenberg released two books, Traumstadtdenken 2 (Éditions Trip) and Fourscore Phantasmagores (ChiGraphic). Rupert was born in 1971 in Kentville, Nova Scotia, and since the age of two has made Montreal, Quebec his home.

http://enmasse.info/artist/rupert-bottenberg/

Freddy Carrasco is a Toronto based illustrator whose work is influenced by 90s anime and hastily drawn street art. In his own words, “Everything I do is sort of chasing the feeling I got when I first played Jet Set Radio. That game feels like it was made with zero corporate compromises. It’s 100% cool.” Coming off the heels of his debut book, Hot Summer Nights, Carrasco is back to work on a self-published collection of Sci-Fi short stories titled GLEEM.

http://freddycarrasco.com/

Emily Carroll was born in London, Ontario, in June of 1983. She is the author of the critically acclaimed horror short story collection “Through The Woods,” and has illustrated the graphic novel “Baba Yaga’s Assistant” with writer Marika McCoola. In addition to the many short online comics found at her website, emcarroll.com, 2018 will see the release of “Speak: The Graphic Novel,” based on the novel of Laurie Halse Anderson. Emily currently lives with her wife Kate and their large orange cat in Stratford, Ontario.

Jason Fischer is a cartoonist from Los Angeles who loves food, coffee, demons, statues, cats and stormy beaches. After working with Bryan Lee O’Malley as drawing assistant in Seconds, Jason has been working on his first graphic novel. He made an autobiographical comic called Seconds Helping about working with Bryan on Seconds, sharing his funny and stressful story of working non-stop to finish Seconds by deadline. Last year he produced two comic issues on a new project, Terra Flats. He also works as a color assistant on Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax and other projects.

http://www.studiojfish.com/

Hello Boyfriend is a comics collective consisting of 5 friends that met at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Together they make the series “Doki Doki High,” run a Comic Making Club, and push each other to do their best!

https://helloboyfriend.tumblr.com/

Kim Hoang is a member of Love Love Hill — a Canadian collective of comic artists independently self-publishing anthologies of comics, short stories, art zines, and minis, all lovingly bound in handmade volumes, thematically centered around the little whimsical charms in life! Love Love Hill’s latest releases in 2017 are “Super Life On The Hill” and “Expired Seafood: Tied Up.”

http://www.lovelovehill.com/

Maiji/Mary Huang is a happy little squirrel and also a Taiwanese-Canadian artist/writer based out of Toronto. Her comics, zines and poetry incorporate themes of mythology, introspection, everyday human experiences, and small fat animals. She is the creator of Now Recharging, a slice-of-life webcomic about a sheep-loving android who is bad at math and worried about nonexistence.

humangray.com / NowRecharging.com

Tim Kiefer, aka DJ Staypuft, is the 2 time Emmy award-winning and 2 time ASCAP award winning original music composer for the animated television series’ Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and Spork.

He is also a DJ and event producer.

https://soundcloud.com/staypuft

 

 

An Nguyen, under the pen name Saicoink, has been around since 1997 and makes illustrations, comics, books using binder clips & glue, collages. She also edits and designs books. She is the co-author with Jane Mai of “So Pretty / Very Rotten,” a collection of comics and essays about Lolita street fashion published by Koyama Press. She is also the author of “Open Spaces and Closed Places,” a comic series about dreamy-eyed boys in love.

http://www.saicoink.com/

Bryan Lee O’Malley is a Canadian cartoonist best known for the bestselling, award-winning Oni Press series “Scott Pilgrim” (2004-2010). “Scott Pilgrim” was adapted into a critically-acclaimed major motion picture (from Universal) and video game (from Ubisoft) in 2010. In 2014 he released the bestselling graphic novel “Seconds” and his most recent series, “Snotgirl,” is published monthly from Image Comics. O’Malley lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to make comics.

http://radiomaru.tumblr.com/

Mike Parsons is a Toronto based fine artist who uses black and white ink drawings, comic books, graffiti street art, and animations to express an optimistic warning towards future days.“HEY APATHY!” is an ongoing artistic investigation into the city, people, monsters and existence in general. Since 2001 the “HEY APATHY!” artworks have been featured in over 25 major exhibitions winning awards and honors from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

トロント在住で、白黒コミック、インク画、ストリートアートなどを通して未来に対する警告を楽観的に 表す美術家である。「HEY APATHY!」(や! 無気力!)という風刺的なタイトルの作品では、都会、人物、怪物や存在自体について芸術的な検討を描いて続く。物語のようなイラストは、 2001 年以来大きいな展覧会で25回以上公表されて、「カナダ カウンシル フォー ジ アーツ」、「オンタリオ アート ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・カウンシル」、「トロント アート カウンシル」や「アートギャラリー オブ オンタリオ」から様々な賞 ・ ・ ・ ・や奨学金を獲得する。

http://heyapathy.com/

Ramón K Pérez is the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award winning cartoonist best known for his graphic novel adaptation of Jim Henson’s “Tale Of Sand,” and his most recent release is a modern day adaptation of the Bronte Sisters’ classic “Jane Eyre,” entitled “Jan.”. Ramón has also collaborated as illustrator on “All-New Hawkeye” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “NOVA,” and “Wolverine and The X-Men” for Marvel Comics, and the creator-owned series’ Butternutsquash and Kukuburi, among a long history of work. Ramón resides in Toronto, Canada.

http://www.ramonperez.com/v4/

Marcus To is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and storyteller who lives in Toronto, Canada. Throughout his career Marcus has drawn virtually every DC superhero, having worked on Red Robin, Huntress, Batwing, Flash, and Wonder Woman. His current work includes his creator owned book Joyride as well as one of the regular artists on Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel comics He is a proud member of the RAID Studio.

www.marcusto.com

Andrew Wheeler is a UK-born, Toronto-based writer of comics and other fictions. Author of the graphic novel “Another Castle: Grimoire” and the novel “Valentin and The Widow,” both released in 2017, Wheeler is currently turning his talents to the espionage thriller “Freelance,” co-written with Jim Zub. When not writing, Wheeler is Communications Director for Canadian Publisher Chapterhouse Publishing.

http://www.andrewwheeler.co.uk/

Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past fifteen years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients including Marvel, DC Comics, Capcom, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and Bandai-Namco. His current comic projects include Avengers: No Surrender, Uncanny Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons, and the creator-owned series’ Glitterbomb and Wayward. In addition to his freelance comic writing, Jim is the Program Coordinator for Seneca College‘s award-winning Animation program, where he also lectures on the History of Animation, Layout and Character Animation.

http://www.jimzub.com/

Special Guests: National Cartoonists Society 
Founded in 1946, The National Cartoonists Society is a worldwide organization which represents more than 600 of world’s top cartoonists. www.reuben.org. The NCS will be exhibiting at Kaigai Manga Festa, Comic Art Tokyo, and as TCAF’s guests on the Friday and Saturday of Tokyo Comic-Con.
Steve McGarry is one of the most-prolific British Artists of all time! Over his 40 year career he has worked for numerous publications creating comics, illustrating, designing, and much more. He has designed albums for Joy Division, and was a storyboard artist for Minions and Despicable Me 2He is the president of The National Cartoonists Society. He lives in Los Angeles, USA. http://stevemcgarry.com/
Luke McGarry is best known to online fans for his “Sad Chewie” series of illustrations! An artist, animator, and designer, Luke has worked with a range of top clients including Jack Black and Tenacious D, Myspace, Vans Shoes, IFC, the NHL, VISA, and much more besides! He has received the Silver T-Squre award from The National Cartoonists Society. He lives in Los Angeles, USA. http://lukemcgarry.com/

 

TCAF 2018 Dates, May 12 & 13

Hi there!

Just a quick update because we made a small error back in August that seems to have propagated pretty far.

TCAF 2018’s dates main Exhibition dates at Toronto Reference Library, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, and The Masonic Temple are:

Saturday, May 12th, 2018, from 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 13th, 2018, from 10am-5pm

In addition, we will also be doing streams of professional development programming including the CSSC academic conference, Librarian & Educator Day, and Word Balloon Academy programs on Friday, May 11th, though there is currently no plan for public-facing programming on that day.

If you have any questions please hit us up! registration@torontocomics.com.

Thanks!

 

Statement on TCAF’s Partnership with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

October 14-15, 2017, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival hosted a contingent of Canadian artists and writers at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, UK. Following reasonable criticism about the racial diversity of the festival’s guest list, LICAF’s initial Twitter response was unacceptably insensitive and unprofessional. Over the following week, events unfolded that ultimately led to severe harassment directed towards British comics critic and publisher Zainab Akhtar, as well as to many of the cartoonists pulling out of LICAF.

After conversations with TCAF staff and volunteers, as well as with cartoonists and other stakeholders in the TCAF community, we agree it is important to comment on this situation and more generally on our partnership with LICAF.

TCAF has worked closely with LICAF since its inception in 2013. Initially acting as festival consultants our relationship has grown into a cultural exchange program, with us sending Canadian cartoonists to LICAF and welcoming UK cartoonists to TCAF. With such closeness, we understand how LICAF’s self-admittedly poor handling of the criticism reflects on TCAF, as well as how TCAF’s silence could be read as a blanket approval of LICAF’s actions and an unwillingness to engage with these issues head-on.

To be clear, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival fully condemns the racist harassment and threats directed towards Zainab Akhtar, as well as the vitriol directed towards creators who chose to exhibit or not exhibit at LICAF 2017.

We also agree with LICAF that their initial Twitter response and communications were inappropriate, and that they have caused stress and heartache to Zainab and others.

We take very seriously our mission to promote Canadian cartoonists around the world. When partnering with festivals abroad, our goal is to share our values and to support an inclusive and thriving comics community. As much as possible, we take responsibility for the experiences of the cartoonists we bring to these exchanges. Both in terms of artistic growth and career development, we try to provide Canadian artists with excellent international opportunities. On this trip we learned in a very real way that we must take more steps to ensure that our partners share and live our organizational values.

This statement does not come from a place of moral superiority above LICAF or the criticism raised around the inclusiveness of race and religion at comics festivals. TCAF aims to create a festival that represents the experiences and identities of everyone who attends, but we still have plenty of work to do. Like LICAF, we are having our own internal discussions about how we can create a better TCAF through a more equitable and anti-oppressive lens. This is work we are still doing, and we look forward to proving our commitment with action. If you would like to offer feedback to TCAF, please reach out to us at contact@torontocomics.com.

While TCAF had not planned to participate in a cultural exchange with LICAF in 2018, we welcome festival administrators or affiliated cartoonists who want to attend TCAF to continue the work of developing more inclusive festivals. It is only together that we are able to make widespread changes and impacts across the comics industry. We are choosing to be optimistic about LICAF’s statements in regards to making their festival more equitable for marginalized creators, and we will be keeping their follow-through in mind as we evaluate the potential to partner again in 2019.

This incident highlights the need for comics festivals around the world, TCAF very much among them, to work harder and with urgency, both to build comics communities that value criticism, and to implement real change that fosters inclusion and diversity.

Thank you for reading, thank you for your patience, and thank you to our community for continually holding us to task and holding us to a high standard.

–TCAF Executive Staff and Volunteers (contact@torontocomics.com)

APPLY NOW FOR TCAF 2018!

Applications for TCAF 2018 are now closed.

Applications were open from August 14th – October 31st, 2017.

TCAF 2018 will feature a day of Professional Development Programming on Friday May 11th, with the main exhibition on Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th, 2018, at Toronto Reference Library in sunny Toronto, Canada. We are now accepting applications for comics creators who are interested in exhibiting at the festival.

Creators who submitted an application on time will be contacted with their results starting on December 18th.

Because of the high volume of submissions we have historically received, preference for exhibition space will be given to:

  1. Comics creators (versus illustrators/animators/fine artists/other creative persons),
  2. Creators with new major works debuting at or around TCAF 2018,
  3. Those creators who did not exhibit in 2017.

If you’d like to stay up-to-date with all things TCAF, you can:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at registration@torontocomics.com.

May 13-14: German Comics Pavilion @ TCAF

Updated May 11th.

The German Comics Pavilion at TCAF
Featuring Anna Haifisch, Ulli Lust, and Martina Schradi
Saturday May 13, 9am-5pm & Sunday May 14, 10am-5pm
The Appel Salon, Novella Room, Toronto Reference Library 2nd Floor
Part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Presented in association with the Goethe-Institut, Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen, Germany @ Canada 2017: Partners from Immigration to Innovation, the Federal Foreign Office and the German Comics Association

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to welcome a special pavilion of cartoonists, publishers, associations, and gallery shows from Germany! Germany is home to a thriving comics and artistic scene, and at TCAF 2017 you’ll be able to sample some of the diverse wares, thanks to a special international exchange between TCAF and Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen in Germany, with the incredible support of the Goethe-Institut. The pavilion is located on the second floor of Toronto Reference Library in the Appel Salon. TCAF will travel to Erlangen in 2018 with a cadre of Canadian cartoonists, to complete the exchange.

Exhibiting in the pavilion will be cartoonists Anna Haifisch, Ulli Lust, and Martina Schradi, as well as Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen and The German Comics Association, and German comics publisher Rotopol (who will also be present but exhibiting on Toronto Reference Library’s first floor, so look for them there). The Pavilion will also house 3 small art exhibitions, including: “Ach, So Ist Das? (Oh, is that so?),” a survey of contemporary LGBTI society; a survey of contemporary German comics curated by comics journalist Lars von Törne for the Frankfurt Book Fair and presented here in collaboration with the German Comics Association; a selection of prints by Anna Haifisch. Details on all exhibitions below!

International Comic Salon Erlangen

Held every two years in Erlangen, Germany (near Munich!), the International Comic Salon Erlangen is the most important German-language comic event, with more than 25,000 visitors, hundreds of participating artists, art exhibitions, presentations, and more! At TCAF, Erlangen staffers Michael Jordan and Lars von Törne will represent the festival with a selection of materials from the history of the festival, including a display of past and present festival posters.

German Comics Association

The German Comics Association exists to promote German comics abroad, and at this event the organization’s Axel Halling and Stefan Neuhaus will be present with a display of German-created graphic novels in English, French, and the original German to browse and purchase, should you be interested.

This table will also have a billingual English/German catalogue of work by German cartoonists (click here to view it), curated by Lars Von Torne, for those looking to translate and publish works in English (or just navigate the world of German comics!). An exhibition based on this book will also be presented in this area. The book table and the exhibition will both be presented in collaboration with the German Comics Association and the Federal Foreign Office.

Anna Haifisch

Anna Haifisch’s idiosyncratic comic strips chronicle the experiences of an artist in his formative years, satirizing the exclusive, and at times, absurd, nature of the fine art world. Plagued with doubt, the artist is confronted by setbacks punctuated with occasional glimpses of recognition. Based on Haifisch’s own experiences as an illustrator in Germany and the US, The Artist has most recently run as a serialized comic in Vice Magazine to critical acclaim, and is published in by Breakdown Press.

Anna Haifisch will be exhibiting 20 pieces of work from her recent work at The German Comics Pavilion.

Ulli Lust

Ulli Lust, born 1967 in Vienna, is an Austrian cartoonist who lives and works in Berlin. Her graphic novel Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life was translated into English and published by Fantagraphics Books in 2013. In 2013, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life won an Ignatz Award for best graphic novel, the LA Times Book Award for Graphic Novels and then in 2014 was nominated for an Eisner Award for best reality-based work. The New York Review of Comics will publish the English translation of Voices in the Dark, Ulli Lust’s adaptation of Marcel Beyer’s novel which is set in Berlin during the Nazi era, in Fall 2017. Ulli Lust also teaches at Hannover Art School in Germany, and will be traveling with some of her students and have some student work and school information available.

Ulli is attending TCAF with the support of the Austrian Cultural Institute.

Martina Schradi and “Ach, So Ist Das?”

Martina Schradi is a German author, cartoonist and certified psychologist from Nuremberg. She is known for Ach, So Ist Das? or Oh, I see?!, a collection of comics depicting the daily lives and struggles of people in the LGBT*I community. This book will debut in English at TCAF 2017, and it will also be transformed into an English language exhibition to be displayed at TCAF. After successfully exhibiting her work, Schradi began travelling throughout Germany to conduct workshops and readings. These workshops are designed to inform people on how to use her comics to fight prejudice.

Martina is attending TCAF as part of a cultural exchange with Comic-Salon Erlangen and the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Signing Times:

Saturday May 13th

  • 12-1 p.m. Martina Schradi
  • 1- 2 p.m. Ulli Lust
  • 2-3 p.m. Anna Haifisch, Rita Fürstenau
  • 3-4 p.m Nadine Redlich

Sunday May 14th

  • 12-1 p.m. Martina Schradi
  • 3-4 p.m. Anna Haifisch, Carmen José
  • 4-5 p.m. Ulli Lust

Our thanks to the Goethe-Institut, The Austrian Cultural Institute, Comic Salon Erlangen, and Lars Von Torne for their support of this exhibit. 

In association with Germany @ Canada 2017: Partners from Immigration to Innovation