Hey there! Bringing some little ones or the whole family out to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (a.k.a. TCAF) this year? Well, you’re in luck! TCAF has TWO great areas full of kid-related exhibitors and programmes for you to enjoy! One of them is Saturday-only, at St. Paul’s on Bloor, and one of them is all weekend in the Beeton Auditorium at Toronto Reference Library. Plus there are great debut books, featured guests, and more! Read on for details!

2017 Poster by Jeff Lemire

Saturday May 13th, 10am-5pm
@ St. Paul’s On Bloor, 227 Bloor St. E. (between Church and Jarvis)
Free to attend!

A special event for kids and their families, TCAF Kids Day will feature a day full of presentations by your favourite kids comics creators and graphic novelists, and they’ll also be signing their work for fans! A wide array of books by these creators will also be available for sale at this venue, courtesy of The Beguiling Books.


  • 10:00 AM – REAL FRIENDS: Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham – The dynamic duo of Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham are teaming up again for the new book REAL FRIENDS! Join them as they explore the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in The Group. Come help kick of Kids Day!
    SIGNING: Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham will be signing for approximately 45 minutes at St. Paul’s following this presentation. Limit of 2 books per person.
  • 11:30 AM – Spotlight: George O’Connor – George O’Connor is the masterful and mythical mind behind The Olympians, as series retelling some of the greatest Greek myths. Now up to nine volumes, join George as he (re)introduces us to Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, Aphrodite, Ares, Apollo and Artemis!
    SIGNING: George O’Connor will be signing for approximately 45 minutes at St. Paul’s following this presentation. Limit 2 books per person. He can also be found at table 201 at Toronto Reference Library.
  • 01:00 PM – Adventure Awaits! – Four authors talk about the adventures that occur inside comics — how do you create a plot full of adventures and characters that are ready for adventures? How do you write and draw the fun and excitement of adventures into the page? Adventures await you in this panel discussion. A conversation between Scott Chantler, Faith Erin Hicks, Sara Goetter, and Molly Ostertag; moderated by Alison Wilgus.
    You can find these creators all weekend at their tables at Toronto Reference Library!
  • 02:30 PM – The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo – Creator Drew Weing explores Margo Maloo’s world of monsters and mysteries!
    Creator Drew Weing will be signing for approximately 45 minutes at St. Paul’s following this presentation. Limit of 2 books per person.
  • 04:00 PM – Spotlight: Svetlana Chmakova x Cecil Castellucci – This dream team of tween comics are here to talk all about our favourite thing: Middle School! Join Svetlana Chmakova (Brave) and Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home) as they talk about growing up, solving new problems, and trying to find your place in the world.
    You can find these creators all weekend at their tables at Toronto Reference Library!

To find out the table numbers and full schedule for creators, check torontocomics.com

TCAF KIDS AREA @ Toronto Reference Library!
Saturday May 13, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 14, 10am-5pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Auditorium, First Floor
Free to attend!

TCAF continues its commitment to great programs and presentations for young folks by offering up a larger, new-for-2017 kids area all weekend at Toronto Reference Library! We’ll have authors on hand all day including Brian McLachlan (Owlkids, Draw Out The Story), Hillary Leung (Ninja Cowboy Bear), and the folks from Story Planet, plus crafts and activities all day! But the main events are our great programs and DRAW-ALONG’s, where some of the industry’s best creators draw for… and with… the assembled kiddos!

Beeton Auditorium, Saturday May 13:

  • 10:00 AM – Draw Along with Matt Forsythe (The Gold Leaf) x Isabelle Arsenault (Louis Undercover)
  • 11:00 AM – Draw Along with Neil Slorance (Dungeon Fun)
  • 12:00 PM – Draw Along with LeUyen Pham (REAL FRIENDS)
  • 01:00 PM – Draw Along with Elise Gravel (If Found, Please Return To…)
  • 02:00 PM – Draw Along with Christopher Baldie (Space Captain)
  • 03:00 PM – Draw Along with Eric Orchard (Bera the One-Headed Troll)
  • 04:00 PM – Story Planet Workshop – Write and Illustrate a Shared, Crazy Adventure! Local artist Hilary Leung (The Pirate Girls Treasure: An Origami Adventure) along with a Story Planet facilitator, will take kids on a story journey that ends with each child creating and illustrating their own book!

Beeton Auditorim, Sunday May 14:

  • 10:30 AM – Make Your Own Sketchbook w/ Elise Gravel – Governor-General award-winning author Elise Gravel hosts a special interactive Make Your Own Sketchbook workshop. Elise will be sharing her tricks of the trade in celebration of her brand new D+Q book, If Found… Please Return to Elise Gravel, which models her real life sketchbook. During this workshop, Elise will teach you how to put your creative impulses and imagination to play!
  • 11:30 AM – Comics Games for Kids – Join Brian McLachlan (Princess Planet), Kean Soo (March Grand Prix), and Hilary Leung (Ninja Cowboy Bear) as they show kids how to play a whole treasure chest full of fun comics games!
  • 12:30 PM – Spotlight: Metaphrog – The award-winning team behind Louis and the TCAF debuting The Little Mermaid talk about fairy tales!
  • 01:30 PM – Draw Along with Matt Loux (The Time Museum)
  • 02:30 PM – Draw Along with Jarrett Williams (Force Neo)