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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