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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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!