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!

They’ve got tabletop! They’ve got VR! They’ve got noir detectives, blind bears, Russian subway dogs, psychedelic hands, autobiographical elegies, and many more delights both arcade and arcane! And thanks to sponsorship from the OMDC, they’ve also brought back the Comics x Games Jam for the first time in five years! There’s a ton of ground to cover, so keep reading for more info!

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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..

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

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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!

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