Here is the list of panels and programs for TCAF 2017. It’s a big list! For an easier time searching and scheduling your TCAF weekend, download the free Guidebook App to your phone/table: guidebook.com/g/tcaf2017

Saturday May 13

Hinton Learning Theatre, Toronto Reference Library

  • 10:00 AM – Canadian Reading Series: Conundrum Press Spotlight – Conundrum Press is making another big splash this year! Come and join David Collier (Morton), Lorina Mapa (Duran Duran), and James Cadelli (Getting out of Hope) as they read from their newest Conundrum Press books!
  • 11:00 AM – Koyama Press 10th Anniversary Celebration – Koyama Press is now 10 years old! Join founder and publisher Annie Koyama, as well as a slew of artists whose work she has helped usher into the world, as they reflect back on the past 10 years, challenges and highlights of independent comics, and what their plans would’ve been had Koyama Press not come along. The comics world would be very different, that’s for sure! Happy Birthday KP!Panelists: Michael DeForge, John Martz, Jane Mai, Fiona Smyth, Aaron Leighton, Anne Koyama. Moderator: Dustin Harbin.
  • 12:15 PM – Canadian Reading Series: Alt Canada – Fans of exquisite cartooning! Come and hear Seth (Palookaville #23), Ethan Rilly (Pope Hats #5), and Chris W. Kim (Herman by Trade) as they read from their latest comics masterpieces!
  • 01:30 PM – NBM Publishing 40th Anniversary Celebration! – For 40 years now, NBM Publishing has been at the forefront of publishing smart and sophisticated comics from North America and Europe. Join founder Terry Nantier as he talks about the company’s legacy and impact with Rick Geary (Treasury of 20th Century Murder), Metaphrog (The Little Mermaid), and Larry Hancock & Michael Cherkas (The Silent Invasion).
  • 02:45 PM – Canadian Reading Series: Action! Adventure! – All you adventure fans out there, come and hear JEIK Dion (Turbo Kid), Leisha-Marie Riddel (#PROJECTSOLACE) and Jason Loo (The Pitiful Human Lizard) read from their latest books!
  • 04:00 PM – Scene Report: Montréal 375 – More than just the 2nd-most populous city in Canada, Montréal is home to one of the most active and vibrant comics scenes in the entire country. But why don’t we hear more about it? Join Featured Guest Michel Rabagliati, Meags Fitzgerald, Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau​, Jean-Philippe Malouin and Caity Hall​ as they talk about what makes Montréal such a great comics city, what new and exciting things are happening there, and how comics are getting involved with the city’s 375th birthday celebrations.

Learning Centre, Toronto Reference Library

  • 10:00AM – Aesthetics of Sci-Fi – We can all agree that robots are the future…but what’s that going to look like? When we upload our consciouses into the cloud, what will we see? What about those trippy parts from 2001? Come and listen to some of the most stylish creators in sci-fi talk about not only the amazing advances that the future holds, but also what it’ll look like when we get there!Panelists: Wren McDonald, Ben Sears, Alexis Ziritt, Kelly Kwang, Beatrix Urkowitz. Moderator: Sloane Leong.
  • 11:00AM – Teamwork: Comics and Collaboration – Making comics by yourself can be lonely. But what happens when you do it with a friend? Or if you’re hired to help tell someone else’s story? Working together can be a tricky thing! Join some high profile comics collaborators as they talk about the joys and pitfalls of making comics with another person. Panelists: John Jennings, Nate Powell, Molly Ostertag, Metaphrog, Fanny Britt. Moderator: Erica Friedman.
  • 12:15 PM – Spotlight: Katherine Collins – Katherine Collins is the 2017 inductee into the Giants of the North, the Doug Wright Awards’ Canadian cartoonist hall of fame. But before the official festivities begin, come and join her alongside Taddle Creek Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Conan Tobias, as they talk about her career, Neil the Horse, and Canadian comics history.
  • 01:30 PM – Jamming with Comics x Games – The Hand Eye Society is proud to announce the return of the Comics x Games Jam, which pairs comic artists with game designers to create unique works of interactive digital art. First held in 2012 as part of the TIFF.nexus initiative, it resulted in great games by stellar artists like Cumulo Nimblers (John Martz, Farbs) and The Yawhg (Damian Sommer, Emily Carroll). This panel will feature the three teams from this years Jam, who will talk about making a game together in two months, their creative process, and collaborating from different artistic mediums.Audiences will be able to play the commissioned games in the Comics x Games arcade exhibit on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library during TCAF weekend. This project was generously supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation.Panelists: Ginette Lapalme, Taylor Bai-Woo, Jesse DeNobrega, Marishka Zachariah, Jenn Woodall, Altopunk
  • 02:45 PM – Spotlight: Marcelino Truong x Thi Bui – With Such a Lovely Little War and The Best We Could Do, Marcelino Truong and This Bui share their powerful and compelling stories about the Vietnam War. Following their families’ experiences in getting out of the country, to the struggles of immigration, these creators explore the traumas of war. Join Marcelino and Thi as they discuss what drew them to comics to tell their stories, and what challenges they still see ahead for Vietnamese communities around the world.
  • 04:00PM – Mark Siegel’s 5 Worlds – Publisher/Artist Mark Siegel sheds some light on 5 Worlds! This trilogy of books sees Mark teaming up with his brother Alexis Siegel, and rising stars Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun. Book 1: The Sand Warrior is a TCAF 2017 debut, and we can’t wait to find out more about the process and power behind this fantastic new series!

Writers Room, Toronto Reference Library

  • 10:00 AM – Superheroes to the Rescue: Comics that Save Lives – Laurence Dea Dionne will show you how comics saved their life. And the life of others. And how they can heal your own heart, and mind, and soul. This workshop serves to teach a cheap and easy way to creating your own comics while exploring the full spectrum of benefits this art has to offer. No skills required except for the need to find yourself a safe space to express yourself.
  • 12:00 PM – I did it. Here is how. – Ron Kasman is a former school teacher who has been published in comics about 85 times. He also recently completed a 216 page graphic novel, published with Caliber Entertainment, called The Tower of the Comic Book Freaks. In this workshop, Ron will discuss writing, drawing, finding a publisher and distribution. Participants can learn from his mistakes instead of making similar ones themselves.
  • 2:00 PM – Watercolour and Comics – Julia Bax is an illustrator based in São Paulo, Brazil. She has been drawing comics for the majority of her career, and has been published in the United States, France, and of course, Brazil. In 2015 her book Princesse Caraboo (story by Ozanam) was published by Le Lombard in France. In this album the pages were illustrated using watercolor, and that is the theme of this workshop. Julia will explain her process from layout to completed page, and demonstrate the technique she used in Princesse Caraboo. If you have a love for traditional media and isn’t afraid of getting your hands dirty, this is the workshop for you!

Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

  • 11:00 AM – Image 25th: Charlie Adlard x Sean Phillips – Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) and Sean Phillips (Kill or Be Killed) are giants of not only Image Comics, but also of the great wide world of British comics! Come and see these two titans in conversation, as Sean interviews Charlie about his career, being part of such a huge cultural phenomenon, and his new role as the UK’s Comics Laureate.
  • 12:15 PM – The D&D Panel – Dungeons & Dragons! The infamous tabletop RPG was controversial in the 80s and shunned by the mainstream, but now it’s back and more popular than ever! Join Jim Zub, Koren Shadmi, Ben Marra, Hannah Fisher, Megan Carter, and Tory Woolcott as they discuss what drew them to the gaming table and how D&D has inspired their comic storytelling.
  • 01:30 PM – Spotlight: Guy Delisle – Guy Delisle has become one of the most well-known cartoonists in the world with his bestselling travelogues about everyday life in faraway and complex countries Pyongyang, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, and Burma Chronicles are defining works of graphic non-fiction. Now he returns with Hostage: many years in the making, it marks a new direction for Delisle. HOSTAGE tells the true story of the kidnapping of a Doctors Without Borders employee, who was held in captivity for over 100 days before escaping. Drawn from interviews with Andre himself, it’s a powerful account of life under an imprisonment that has no foreseeable end.
  • 02:45 PM – Spotlight: Jillian Tamaki x Eleanor Davis – Two of the finest stylists and writers in comics sit down together to discuss process, finding your voice, and more. Join Jillian Tamaki (BOUNDLESS) and Eleanor Davis (YOU AND A BIKE AND A ROAD) have some of this Spring’s most hotly anticipated books, and this is a conversation you won’t want to miss!
  • 04:00 PM – LGBTQ Comics Abroad – As the comics world continually pushes toward being more inclusive, stories and identities that were previously marginalized are becoming more and more mainstream. Join high-profile LGBTQ creators Gengoroh Tagame (My Brother’s Husband), Martina Schradi (Oh, I see?!), Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist), Tommi Parrish (Perfect Hair), and A.C. Esguerra (EIGHTY DAYS) as they talk about what it’s like to share their stories and connect with audiences around the world.

High Park Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

  • 11:00 AM – Telling Your Own Stories: Comic Book Memoir – Sometimes finding a good story just takes looking in the mirror. But then what? Join Marcelino Truong, Meags Fitzgerald, Michel Hellman, and Robin Ha as they talk about how the fun and frustrating process of turning their own lives into comics!
  • 12:15 PM – Prose to Comics / Comics to Prose – The biggest names in YA books talk about how what they love about comics, the challenges of writing in a new medium, and if they think it’ll change the way they connect with their audiences.Panelists: Scott Westerfeld, Shannon Hale, Ryan North, Cecil Castellucci. Moderator: Scott Robins
  • 01:30 PM – Creating While Depressed – How do you get the energy to make comics when you don’t have the energy to get out of bed? Even when you’re blue, you still have to do the work so you can pay the bills. How do you cope?Panelists: Meredith Gran, Shivana Sookdeo, Tara Ogaick, Meredith Park. Moderator: Glen Downey
  • 02:45 PM – 21st Century Webcomics – Webcomics have been around for about 25 years, which is longer than some people who are reading this sentence! Join veteran and newbie creators as they talk about the benefits of the platform, challenges they face in building and maintaining an audience, and webcomics they love to read. Are webcomics facing a quarter-life crisis, or are they aging in style?Panelists: Blue Delliquanti, Matt Lubchansky, Michael DeForge, Priya Huq. Moderator: Tom Spurgeon.
  • 04:00 PM – Film Screening: The Transmedia Gesammtkunstwerks of Juliacks – Join us for a screening of Architecture of an Atom, directed, produced, written, performed and created by JULIACKS. This film is a transmedia polyphonic science fiction love tragedy and gesammtkunstwerk whose structure is based upon that of an atom containing a feature film, a comix art book and a series of infinite whistle performance films about the fantasies and self created conflicts of groups. Exciting stuff!
  • 05:00 PM – Film Screening: The Absence of Eddy Table – What if your worst fear and your greatest love turn out to be the same thing? Join us for a special screening of Dave Cooper’s The Absence of Eddy Table, followed by a Q&A with Dave himself!

Summerhill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

  • 11:00 AM – Science of Superheroes – What can Batman or Wolverine learn from their hero animal? What can nuclear radiation really do for superheroes? How can technology enhance humans? What are the possibilities of gene-editing superheroes? Join Andrew Ivimey (From Superheroes) and a panel of scientists to discuss how comics have been influenced by scientific discovery and how superheroes have emboldened areas of scientific research.
  • 12:15 PM – Canadian Editorial Comics – Five of Canada’s most irreverent editorial cartoonists conduct a panel on what ails and excites the world. From Trump to Trudeau and back again via the newspaper cartoons of Terry Mosher (Aislin), Michael deAdder, Sue Dewar, Graeme MacKay and moderator Brian Gable.
  • 01:30 PM – Expressive Lines And The Power of Restraint – There are many ways of showcasing expressive art in comics. Join Hellen Jo, Ron Rege Jr., Keren Katz, Maggie Umber, and Xia Gordon as they talk about what goes into composing a page, what influences their art, and how they use expressiveness to tell a story.
  • 02:45 PM – Looking It Up: Cartoonists Doing Research – Whether making fact or fiction comics, cartoonists must research politics, science, history, and more. What is research and how do cartoonists do it? This panel will explore the ways cartoonists find their facts via methods that include using the internet, journalistic techniques, residency, and personal experience.Panelists: Kriota Willberg, Levi Hastings, Tony Miller, Rick Geary. Moderator: Eva Volin
  • 04:00 PM – Graphic Medicine – Ian Williams and MK Czerwic will introduce audiences to the graphic medicine movement: what happens at the interface between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare? What kind of people are involved? What kind of works are studied and produced that might fit within this nascent genre? Who comes to the yearly international conferences? And how can comics help?

The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St.

  • 10:00 AM – Sound and Vision: Music in Comics – You don’t have to be a composer to read music — Just check out some of your favourite comics! More sights than sounds, creators have been using music to accentuate their comics for many years. But how do they do it?Panelists: Dave Chisholm, Nick Craine, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Sandrine Revel, Anya Davidson. Moderator: Phillipe Leblanc
  • 11:00 AM – Making a Scene – From school clubs to full on publishing houses, come listen to creators talk about what it takes to build up a comics community. Whether it’s around certain genres, styles, or interests, hear how artists and authors find each other and grow together. Alternate Title: How to Make Comics FriendsPanelists: Olle Forsslf, Aime de Jongh, Emma Ríos, Christine Wong, David White, Akihide Yanagi. Moderator: Glen Downey.
  • 12:15 PM – Sports! – Comics and…sports?!?! This pairing isn’t as strange as you might think! From diehard sportos to secret jocks, come and hear what these creators love about the wide world of sports!Panelists: Michael Nybrandt, Sonam Wangyal, Ngozi Ukazu, Jarrett Williams. Moderator: RJ Casey.
  • 01:30 PM – Spotlight: Gary Panter x R. Sikoryak – R. Sikoryak and Gary Panter have been important figures in the New York cartooning world since the 1980s, when they were both contributors to the tremendously influential RAW Magazine. Both have recently published graphic novel adaptations of prose texts and will speak on the process of adaptation as well as their distinctive style decisions. Sikoryak will present his verbatim adaptation of the iTunes agreement, TERMS AND CONDITIONS while Panter will present SONGY OF PARADISE, an interpretation of Milton’s Paradise Regained.
  • 02:45 PM – Comedy and Comics Saturday – Sure, cartoonists can draw…but are they funny? Yes! This panel features some of the side-splittingest creators in comics talking about how they found their voices, what makes them laugh today, and whether or not their friends are sick of them trying out jokes all the time.Panelists: Simon Hanselmann, Jane Mai, Danielle Corsetto, Gemma Correll, Jonathan Sun. Moderator: Daniel Marrone
  • 04:00 PM – Comics Carousel – Back for another round! R. Sikoryak’s long running comics performance/reading series, returns to TCAF with shows and readings from a slew of the top talent at the festival this year! Featuring Eleanor Davis, Glynnis Fawkes, Keren Katz, and more!

Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St

  • 12:15 PM – Who Are Your Heroes: Comics and Representation – A look into the classic North-American white picket fence archetypes from the perspective of the storytellers growing just outside that fence. A talk about identity and voices as the world grows and shifts but media struggles against reflecting it. What kind of stories do you tell when you’re the “other” in your own environment? Panelists: Ivan Brandon, Marjorie Liu, Valentine De Landro, Ramón Pérez
  • 01:30 PM – Image 25th: Drawing Action – Lights? No. Camera? No. Action? Yes! Action! Comics are full of them! But how do you draw something with enough POW that it jumps off the page? Join Brandon Graham, Emma Ríos, Adam Warren, Jason Latour, and Cameron Stewart as they discuss everything from fight choreography to epic chase sequences and beyond!
  • 02:45 PM – Image 25th: Designing New Worlds – Magical Monsters! Terrific Technologies! Alien Alternatives! When the realy world isn’t big enough for your ideas, sometimes you’ve got to build your own! Join Jamie McKelvie, Sloane Leong, Simon Roy, and Andrew MacLean as they discuss what it takes to design a whole new world to contain your stories.
  • 04:00 PM – Image 25th: Glitterbomb x Monstress – Few things are as horrific as real horror! Few things are as felt as true feelings! So how do you convey both of those things in comics? Join the teams behind the terrific and terrifying Monstress (Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda) and Glitterbomb (Jim Zub and Djibril Morrissette-Phan) on how they go about imbuing their stories and characters with real emotion, while also scaring your pants off.

Saturday Kids Programming

Kids Day @ St. Paul’s on Bloor

  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 02:30 PM – The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo – Creator Drew Weing explores Margo Maloo’s world of monsters and mysteries!
  • 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.

The Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

  • 10:00 AM – Draw Along with Matt Forsythe (The Gold Leaf) x Isabelle Arsenault (Louis Undercover)CANCELLED
  • 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!

Sunday May 14

Hinton Learning Theatre, Toronto Reference Library

  • 10:30 AM – Spotlight: Sandrine Revel x Pénélope Bagieu – Sandrine Revel and Pénélope Bagieu are two comics start from France, and they both have brand new books out this TCAF! Join them as they discuss music, biographies, and their experiences in the vibrant and controversial world of French publishing.
  • 12:00 PM – Canadian Reading Series: Koyama Press Spotlight – Koyama Press turns 10 this year! Come and listen to Jesse Jacobs (Crawl Space), Eric Kostiuk Williams (Condo Heartbreak Disco), and An Nguyen (So Pretty / Very Rotten) as they read from their new books, and help KP ring in another 10 years!
  • 01:30 PM – Spotlight: Dave McKean – Hinton Learning Theatre Coraline. Arkham Asylum. Cages. Dave McKean is a mega-force in comics. Join him and Mark Askwith as they talk about Dave’s career across media, and his newest project, Black Dog.
  • 02:45 PM – Canadian Reading Series: Kids! – Isabelle Arsenault and Fanny Britt are the team behind smash hits like Jane the Fox & Me and Louis Undercover. John Martz is the creator of the fun and touching A Cat Named Tim and Burt’s Way Home. Come and see them read from their latest works, and talk about making all ages comics that deal with the hard parts of growing up.
  • 04:00 PM – 10 Years 10 Years: Koyama Press x 2dcloud – Annie Koyama & Raighne talk about 10 years at their respective labels and what the next 10 years might look like

Learning Centre, Toronto Reference Library

  • 10:30 AM – Comes with Instructions: Comics and Education – Comics and education are no strangers. Not only are libraries filling up with comic book Guides and How-To’s, people are also going to school just to learn how to make comics! Maki Naro (Boxplot), Summer Pierre (Great Gals), Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines), and Ulli Lust (Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life), form a crack team of aritsts/educators who are excited to talk about some of the triumphs and challenges of creating and teaching with comics!
  • 12:00 PM – Spotlight: Igor Hofbauer x Nina Bunjevac – Balkan Comics Underground! Igor Hofbauer’s new book Mister Morgen just scratches the surface of the vibrant world of underground Balkan comics. Join him and Nina Bunjevac (translator of Mister Morgen) as they share some of Igor’s poster work, and talk about this wonderful untapped scene.
  • 01:30 PM – Telling Other People’s Stories: Comic Book Biography – Pénélope Bagieu (California Dreamin’), Paolo Bacilieri (FUN), Joe Ollmann (The Abominable Mr Seabrook), and Box Brown (Tetris) have brought to life the stories of real people in their work. Join them as they discuss the joys, pitfalls, and frustrations of this kind of cartooning, as well as their approach to researching and drawing books inspired by historical figures.
  • 02:45 PM – Pardon My Youth – Many stories star young protagonists who live in and encounter the same mature world that adults do. Whether realistic or fantastical, it’s a world filled with darkness and light. But just because a young character is front and center, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the book is geared towards kids. Join Cecil Castellucci, Mike Cavallaro, Kat Leyh, and Elaine Will as they discuss the process of writing mature stories starring young characters in a dark world. The conversation will examine whether there is a difference between writing for young people and writing about young people and the unique challenges of writing stories for both adolescent readers and adults.
  • 04:00 PM – Detectives, Devils and Date Nights: A Conversation with Pillow Fight – How does a video game studio manage to develop narrative-rich, beautifully illustrated visual novels, while managing to be financially sustainable, radically collaborative, inclusive, diverse, AND manage to pay everyone fairly? We welcome PILLOW FIGHT (We Know the Devil, Rose of Winter, Ghosts of Miami) to TCAF to help us answer some of these burning questions! Operating at the intersections of comics and games, business and art, networking and community, Pillow Fight gives artists from marginalized backgrounds the freedom to channel their voices into fully-realized and critically acclaimed projects.Panelists: Jo Fu, Magnolia Porter, Kim Nguyen, Priya Huq. Moderator: Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda

Writers Room, Toronto Reference Library

  • 10:30 AM – Book Shrinking – Make a miniature version of your favourite zine/comic book/artist book! Bring: A book you’d like to shrink and drawing supplies (preferably dry media, i.e., markers, coloured pencils, pens, scissors and transparent tape/double sided tape). This workshop is being facilitated by Keren Katz (The Academic Hour).
  • 12:30 PM – Comics Workbook : Composing a Spread – This workshop is about visual storytelling. Learn essentials of generating ideas, building a page, editing, and refining a functional comic spread layout. This workshop is PERFECT for beginners, or anyone more seasoned who wants to try a different approach to bringing their ideas to the page This workshop is being facilitated by Tyler Landry (Comics Workbook Member, Santoro Correspondence Course Alumnus, Cartoonist, Art Director, Head of the Charlottetown Comics Club)
  • 2:30 PM – Editing Comics – Have you been staring at that comic script for weeks? Not sure what direction to take it in, let alone how to polish it or submit it to publishers or collaborating artists? Have burning questions about the comic publishing industry that a Google search just can’t satisfy? Indie comics editor Sam Beiko of ChiZine/ChiGraphic is on hand for a workshop that will show you the basics of making your script shine, as well as to provide you with some insight into the wide and deliciously variant world of comics publishing, indie and professional. This will be a fairly laid back lecture-style workshop with some handouts, and a devoted discussion period in the latter half. Feel free to bring a page or two of what you’re working on so we can identify some common sticking points on that project!

Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

  • 10:30 AM – Darwyn Cooke Memorial Tribute Panel – Legendary creator Darwyn Cooke passed away one year ago on this date. He was an icon and a Torontonian. Join friends and peers of Darwyn’s as they share stories, discuss his work and celebrate his life and legacy. Featuring: Steven Manale, J. Bone, Brian McLachlan, Michael Cho, Mark Askwith, Sean Phillips and friends.
  • 12:00 PM – Comics As Political Resistance – Comics are amazing tools for communicating. This is never more vital than when telling your stories involves speaking out against oppressive systems or political climates. Join Nate Powell (March), Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend), Julia Alekseyeva (Soviet Daughter), Matt Lubchansky (The Nib), and Krittika Ghosh, (Senior Coordinator, Violence against Women’s Program from the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants) as they talk about how creating and sharing comics can be an act of political resistance in these troubling times.
  • 01:30 PM – Image 25th: Snotgirl x Kaptara – Snotgirl. Kaptara. These books are very funny and very stylish! Come hang out with Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung as they talk with hometown heroes Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod about comics, collaboration, and jokes!
  • 02:45 PM – Canada 150 – Canada at Home and Abroad – As the polarizing celebrations around Canada 150 continue across the country, we sit down with four cartoonists with compelling takes on our national identity. Whether they’re exploring our rural communities (Jeff Lemire), being our eyes abroad (Guy Delisle), interpreting one of our icons (Sandrine Revel), or telling stories that could only be told here (Gengoroh Tagame), one thing that brings these artists together is Canada!
  • 04:00 PM – Spotlight: Jeff Lemire – Join Juno Award-winning cartoonist Jeffl Lemire as he takes us through the story behind the creation of SECRET PATH, Gord Downie’s vital album/book for which Jeff handled the visuals. SECRET PATH tells the real-life story of Charlie Wenjack, a victim of Canada’s history of residential schools and genocide. Jeff will talk about the process of making this book, of handling these traumatic stories, and in how this book is becoming a resource for young people learning about Canada’s shameful past.

High Park Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

  • 12:00 PM – Spotlight: Ngozi Ukazu – Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu has taken the comics world by storm. Its giant readership and successful crowd-funding campaigns show how the series has tapped into an audience that is hugely underserved by mainstream publishing. Come and hear Ngozi talk about her life in comics thus far, her plans for the series’ future, and what it like to have a small side project suddenly turn into a huge hit!
  • 01:30 PM – New Book Spotlight: The Monsters of Autobio – Each debuting a major new work this TCAF, Gabreille Bell, David Collier, and Jason are three huge names in alternative comics. Join them as they discuss what it is that attracts them to autobio, how they feel about sharing personal information with their audiences, and what keeps pushing them to make such impressive books.
  • 02:45 PM – Spotlight: Scott Westerfeld – Worldwide best-selling author Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Leviathan) is breaking into the big, wide world of comics with Spill Zone. Come and hear Scott talk about what drove him to make a comic book, what he loves about the medium, and maybe even some of his favourite comic books and characters!
  • 04:00 PM – Spotlight: Nate Powell – A few months ago, Nate Powell made history as the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award, for March: Book Three. Now, he returns to TCAF for a conversation with award-winning writer (and his collaborator on The Year of the Beasts) Cecil Castellucci! Join these two old friends as they talk about Nate’s career in comics (including MarchAny Empire, Swallow Me Whole, and the new Nate Powell’s Omnibox) and what it’s like to be part of an unprecedented publishing phenomenon

Summerhill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

  • 11:00 AM – Destination Denmark! – Lars Jakobsen, founder and director of the Art Bubble festival in Denmark, and Árni Beck Gunnarsson, foreign guest liaison for Art Bubble, talk about the growth of the Danish comics scene over the past decade and why Denmark is the place to go for publishers and creators alike.
  • 12:00 PM – Spotlight: Rick Geary – It seems like Rick Geary’s been making comics about murders for as long as there have been murders! As he releases his latest collection, A Treasury of XX Century Murder Compendium 1, Rick sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald to talk about his career, the changing comics landscape, and if he’s really figured out how to get away with murder.
  • 01:30 PM – Webtoons, Longform, and The Infinite Canvas – It’s been a while since the internet enabled the use of infinite canvasses for comics, but the last few years have brought a resurgence in the form though mobile apps and Webtoons. Artists Grace An (Sunshinable), Jade Armstrong (BOPU Squad, Crutch), Kim Jooha (2D Cloud), and Kim Hoang (Love Love Hill) are here to give you a primer on their favourite webtoons from Korea and beyond. Listen as they discuss the potential and influence of “the long scroll” on their own work. Delve into what defines this format, and imagine what these new platforms might mean for the future of webcomics and their creators.
  • 02:45 PM – Uncovering Comic Book Histories – From the very beginning of comics to present day, stories and creators have been marginalized, overshadowed, and forgotte. Many readers and comics makers often have a hard time finding themselves in stories, fandoms, and the publishing industry. Join publisher/curator Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press) in conversation with artist/academic John Jennings (the Kindred graphic novel adaptation) as they discuss comic book histories, and connecting with audiences who have been ignored by the mainstream for too long!
  • 04:00 PM – Critical Eye on Comics – Comics criticism is not about censorship. A panel of comic critics will take a look at criticism and discuss its fundamental role in the consumption of the medium and the engagement that all media is subjected to.Panelists: David Brothers, Megan Purdy, Stephanie Cooke, Carta Monir. Moderator: Ardo Omer.

Japan Foundation, Hudson’s Bay Centre, 2 Bloor St E #300

  • 02:00 PM – So Pretty / Very Rotten – So Pretty / Very Rotten is a collection of comics and essays that are at once academic and intimate, exploring the world of Lolita fashion and cute culture. In celebration of their new book and art show, Jane Mai and An Nguyen will be at the Japan Foundation for a reading and presentation that goes beyond the clothes.

The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St.

  • 11:00 AM – Little Miracles: Comics and Parenting – Being a cartoonist is hard. Being a parent is hard. Being both is…also hard? Come and listen to this group of cartoonist parents talk about creating comics while raising a family. Do their kids care that they write about them? How do you choose between drawing a panel and drawing a bath? Answers to these questions and more!Panelists: Keiler Roberts, Boum, Joe Decie, David Collier. Moderator: Lauren Jordan.
  • 12:00 PM – Looks Good Enough to Eat: Comics and Food – What kinds of stories do we really tell when we make comics about food? What can food illustration teach us about technique, history, family and diaspora? What are the unique challenges of translating a multi-sensory culinary experience into a two-dimensional visual format? Are comics an underutilized medium for illustrating recipes? Join us for a panel discussion exploring the intricate relationship between comics, art, and food.Panelists: Robin Ha, Sarah Becan, Jade Feng Lee, Kat Verhoeven, Emily Forster. Moderator: Lauren Jordan
  • 01:30 PM – Comics Cultural Exchange: Made in Germany – 2017 marks the first half of a cultural exchange between TCAF and the Erlangen International Comics Salon in Germany. Featuring artists Ulli Lust, Anna Haifisch, and Martina Schradi, along with publishers Rotopol and Avant, as they talk about their careers, the German publishing scene, and what it’s like to travel for comics!
  • 02:45 PM – Sweaty Pages: Comics and Erotics – It’s not just reading comics that makes you sexy — sometimes it’s the comics themselves that are sexy! Hang out with some of the premier eroticists in the medium, and hear them answer hard-hitting questions like: Do erotic comics look better on glossy or matte paper? What’s a sexy page count? Can your comics still turn people on if you’re bad at drawing?Panelists: Colleen Coover, Dechanique, Kou Chen, Fran√ßois Vigneault. Moderator: Erica Friedman.
  • 04:00 PM – Challenged Books – Libraries amazing places where people of all ages can access stories and information on all sorts of topics. But every year, books are taken off of shelves because people see them as inappropriate for the public graphic novels included. Join librarians Scott Robins, Robin Brenner, and Erica Friedman as they discuss how libraries select what goes on shelves, and what happens when a book is challenged.

 

Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St

  • 12:00 PM – Image 25th: Finding a Balance – Day jobs. Everybody’s got one. But how do you go about paying the bills while creating hit creator-owned comics? How do you make sure you have enough creative energy for both? Marjorie Liu, Jim Zub, Ivan Brandon, and Jason Latour are no strangers to balancing projects they do for others and projects the do for themselves. Come and hear how they try to make it work!
  • 01:30 PM – Image 25th: Motor Crush x Isola – The teams behind Motor Crush and the upcoming Isola have been working together for quite a while. Come and hear Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Karl Kerschl talk about their comic book-making pasts, jumping to creator-owned comics as a team, and if there’s any friendly competition when both of their books are on the racks!
  • 02:45 PM – Image 25th: Cartooning On The Edges of Reality – Drawing things you can see is hard enough. But how do you go about drawing things that aren’t what they seem? How do you draw the surreal and the supernatural? Join masters of the unreal Farel Dalrymple, Valentine De Landro, Wes Craig, and Ray Fawkes as they talk about creating visuals for the unknown!
  • 04:00 PM – Image 25th: Experimental Storytelling & Beyond – Island was an exciting experiment in creatng a Heavy Metal-style anthology for North America. Having recently wrapped with issue #15, come and join series editors Emma Ríos and Brandon Graham, along with contributors Simon Roy and Farel Dalrymple, as they discuss the goals and achievements of Island, and what’s coming next for North American sci-fi!

Sunday Kids Programming

The Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

  • 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)