APPLY NOW FOR TCAF 2018!

Click on the following link to fill out an application: tinyurl.com/tcaf2018

Applications will be 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.

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

Announcing Comics x Games 6!

The sixth annual Comics x Games (formerly known as Comics vs Games) is coming your way for TCAF 2017 – And they have quit a line-up planned!

Since 2012, TCAF has partnered with the Hand Eye Society for Comics x Games, fostering collaboration between the independent game and comic communities through a variety of projects, partnerships and events. Read below for more info on the the Comics x Games Jam, panels, and all of the exhibiting games!
The Hand Eye Society is a Toronto not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and showcasing videogames made primarily as a form of creative expression. They aim to provide exhibition opportunities, education, creative support, mentorship, knowledge sharing and inspiration to artists, enthusiasts, and the game-curious in Toronto.
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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: The TCAF 2017 Wowee Zonk Small Press Showcase

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and Wowee Zonk proudly present the Wowee Zonk Small Press Showcase for 2017. Curated by Toronto Artists Chris Kuzma, Ginette Lapalme and Patrick Kyle, the Wowee Zonk Small Press Showcase highlights some of the best and most exciting work being made in comics, zines, and independent publishing.

See below for the entire list of artists! You’ll be able to find all these fantastic folks in the Browsery at the Toronto Reference Library.

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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.

Facebook Event: Link

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.

Accepting Applications – TCAF Welcome Crew

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is looking for a team of volunteers who would like to help welcome and orient cartoonists who are guests and exhibitors at TCAF!

Every year, TCAF hosts over 400 artists and publishers from all over the world to share and celebrate the wide world of comics. It’s the first time in Toronto for most of these people, and it’s important to us that they feel welcomed in a new city! Also, international travel right now is stressful enough for people. We want to be able to offer folks some travel support to help going to a new city less overwhelming.

With this in mind, we’re looking to get a team of volunteers who want to be on TCAF’s Welcome Team. Duties would include:

  • Picking up Guests from the airport.
  • Attending TCAF’s trip to Niagara Falls.
  • Assembling welcome bags and packages for Featured Guests.
  • Assisting with exhibitor check-in and registration.
  • Proactively reaching out to exhibitors who have requested that festival representatives check-in that they made it to Toronto safely.
  • Answering incoming exhibitor questions about Toronto and the festival. These will be volunteer shifts in the week leading up to TCAF, at the TCAF office
  • Being on-call at the information stations to answer questions, with the TCAF Guidebook downloaded as reference..
  • Other activities related to festival hospitality.

So with that being said, we’re looking for people who are:

  • Friendly, welcoming, and sociable!
  • Available in the week(s) leading up to TCAF for prep work and in-office shifts.
  • Comfortable using spreadsheets.
  • Good at maintaining multiple schedules, and have an eye for details.
  • Familiar with Toronto (amenities and attractions) and TCAF.
  • Able to work independently and problem solve away from the team.
  • Able to use  a smartphone to download the Guidebook App.
  • Capable of driving and have a valid driver’s license (this is an asset, not requirement)
  • Able to speak one or more languages other than English (this is an asset, not requirement).
  • We will be privileging applicants who have worked or volunteered with TCAF previously, or who have strong backgrounds in volunteering.

If you would like more information, or are interested in volunteering with TCAF’s Welcome Team, please contact Dan (our Volunteer Coordinator) at volunteer@torontocomics.com. We will be taking up to 5 people to be on the Welcome Team. The deadline to apply is March 31th, 2017.

Download the TCAF 2017 Guidebook!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is once again offering exhibitors and attendees a more convenient way to engage with North America’s premier comics event: The TCAF Guidebook!

Guidebook is an app that acts as a program guide to your favourite events and programming, as well as a handy reference for all of your favourite artists and exhibitors.

It helps your craft a personalized schedule so that you don’t miss a panel, a presentation, a workshop, a screening, or gallery show. It also lets you create things like To Do lists, so you won’t forget to check out your favourite artists’ tables.

In the coming weeks we’ll be adding things like off-site events, venue maps, programming, as well as up-to-date listings for Exhibitors and Featured Guests!

Oh, and we should mention: IT’S TOTALLY FREE!!!

Download the app today and search for TCAF!

Our thanks to the Seneca Faculty of Communication, Art and Design for sponsoring the Guidebook, and for helping to make TCAF great!

Announcing the 10th Anniversary of Koyama Press at TCAF 2017!

Koyama Press, the vital hometown publishing house, turns 10 this year! And so they’re making this TCAF a big one! With 6 essential debuts from 7 of the freshest voices in the medium, Koyama Press and crew are reminding us that comics (especially Canadian comics) wouldn’t be the same without them. Heck, it’s even hard just to remember a TCAF with out them! Helping KP ring in entering the double-digits are:

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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!

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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:

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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.

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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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