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.

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