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Apply now to exhibit at TCAF 2016!

1928948_7315045446_4195_nExhibitor applications are now being accepted for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, scheduled to take place Friday May 13th through Sunday May 15th, 2016.

Interested exhibitors can apply now at http://goo.gl/forms/K9beFjmFub

If you’re interested in exhibiting at TCAF 2016, please register online using this application form. We are asking all creators, collectives, and publishers interested in exhibiting at TCAF 2016 to register online using the application form. If you are a full-line publisher (more than 10 releases per year) or will require multiple table-spaces, please still register using this form, but also contact registration@torontocomics.com for further information and instructions.

We are asking creators to exhibit every other year. If you exhibited in 2015 it is highly unlikely that you will be given a space for 2016, without extenuating circumstances (i.e., a major new print release, a gallery show, etc.).

Applications for TCAF 2016 are due by Friday, October 23rd, 2015. Please note that filling out this form does not guarantee table space at TCAF 2016. TCAF will reply to all applicants by Monday, December 7th.

Because of the high volume of submissions we have historically received, preference for exhibition space will be given to:

a) Comics creators (versus illustrators/animators/fine artists/other creative persons),
b) Creators with new major works debuting at or around TCAF 2016,
c) Those creators who have not exhibited in 2015.

If you have any problems, questions, or concerns, please contact registration@torontocomics.com.

Thank you,

– Christopher Butcher, Director, TCAF

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TCAF 2015 Wrap-Up, 2016 Festival Announcement

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Welcome!

1000px_charlesburns_poster_flat_tifMy name is Christopher Butcher, and I’m the Co-Founder and Festival Director of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, or TCAF. This past May we held the 10th TCAF, a celebration of comics, graphic novels, and their creators, from Canada and around the world. On behalf of the entire TCAF team, I’d like to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, and the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make TCAF 2015 a success.

Traditionally we’d been writing rather long round-ups of the festival, to try and contextualize what we’d done, to help attendees relive their favourite memories, and give folks who couldn’t attend a little taste of what the Festival was like. This year though, we’re going to pare that way, way back, as it’s not hard to find reports on the fest and its happenings, thanks to the proliferation of social media and the awesome folks who take the time to talk about what we’re doing online.

What we do want to do though, is provide a small wrap-up, information about next year, and really make sure to thank all of the folks who made TCAF 2015 a success, so please join us as we do that below.

Save The Date: TCAF 2016 takes place May 13-15, 2016.

We’re proud to announce that TCAF 2015 will take place on May 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2016. Friday will house numerous professional development events including Word Balloon Academy and Librarian & Educator Day, and the main exhibitor displays will happen Saturday and Sunday, as happened this year. This year TCAF will not coincide with either Free Comic Book Day or Mother’s Day, which both occur the preceding weekend.

The festival will continue to be headquartered at Toronto Reference Library and Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, thanks to the gracious support of presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library. It will also encompass spaces in The Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville, St. Paul’s Church, The Pilot Tavern, and spaces within the surrounding neighbourhood. Full details to be announced in early 2016.

Exhibitor applications for TCAF 2016 are now being accepted at http://goo.gl/forms/nW4iCguQ50.

Just the facts: TCAF 2015 by the numbers

tcaf_3dprintingThe attendance for TCAF 2015 continued to rise, with a rough attendance estimate of 24,000 people across all festival events, up from 22,000 in 2014, and 18,000 in 2012 and 2013. The number of exhibitors topped 500 unique artists, authors, and publishers/publishing reps.

Attendance at off-site events was also stronger than ever. Marriott Programming saw increases on Saturday and Sunday, and events like the Queer Mixer and the launch for The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by author Sam Maggs were only limited in size by venue capacity.

As TCAF is a free event, attendees tend to interact with the festival very differently than other comics events with admission prices. Average attendance at the Festival is 2 hours, which accounts for the higher volume of attendees, as they cycle through the Festival space much more quickly.

Thank you to our partners and friends:

TCAF is largely a free festival, and it is thanks to the support of the organizations and individuals that donate their time, effort, and money, to keep it that way. Our sincere thanks to everyone who supported the festival and its exhibitors this year.

We would like to thank presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library, TPL’s TCAF Liaison Ken Sparling, and the staffs of Toronto Reference Library and The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon for their continued partnership and contribution to the festival. It is this partnership that helps communicate to the public one of TCAF’s primary goals: the elimination of barriers to entry to the medium of comics. Our thanks to TPL for their continued support.

TCAF also couldn’t happen without the retail and logistical backbone that is The Beguiling Books & Art, and Little Island Comics. These two organizations and their staffs contribute mightily to the organization and execution of this event, and their support is greatly appreciated.

1000px_gurihiru_poster_flat_tifTCAF thanks the following organizations for their financial support:

  • The Beguiling Books & Art and Little Island Comics
  • We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
  • We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
  • TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
  • Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation for their support of our festival programming.
  • VIZ Media for their continued blanket support of the festival.
  • The Consulate General of France in Toronto
  • The Italian Cultural Institute
  • Sequential – Comics & Graphics for iPad
  • The Dutch Foundation for Literature
  • The Government of the Province of Quebec.
  • The Goethe Institut Toronto
  • Midoco Art & Office Supplies, Toronto.

 

In addition, TCAF thanks the following venue, publisher, and promotional sponsors for their support of the festival:

  • The Alliance Francaise Toronto
  • The Japan Foundation
  • NOW Magazine
  • OWLkids
  • The Pilot Tavern
  • The Central

 

dandq_25thFinally, TCAF would like to thank the following organizations for significantly contributing to the TCAF 2015 program.

  • Drawn & Quarterly, for working with TCAF to host their 25th Anniversary celebrations including guest travel, programming, and more. A special thank you to Chris Oliveros of D&Q, who retired as Editor in Chief this year, and who has been a supporter of the Festival since its inception in 2003. Congratulations on 25 years, and here’s to 25 more!
  • The Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto, for arranging for the exhibition of Lorenzo Mattotti’s Hansel & Gretel at the Institute Gallery.
  • The Hand-Eye Society, for programming Comics vs. Games 2015, and supporting the travel and exhibition of numerous exhibitors.
  • The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics / Société canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée, for bringing their full academic program to TCAF.
  • Wowee Zonk collective members Chris Kuzma, Patrick Kyle, and Ginette Lapalme, for curating and organizing our small-press area.
  • The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, for their lovely exhibition “It’s Nice Out”, otherwise known as the UK Pavilion.
  • The NFB and Director Luc Chamberland, for helping to arrange the screening Seth’s Dominion.
  • Ryan Couldrey and Ben Rivers, for helping to arrange the screening of Snow. 
  • The organizers of The 2015 Doug Wright Awards.
  • The Finnish group Tulintu for the Comic art in glass exhibition.
  • Massive’s Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins for hosting the 2015 Queer Mixer.
  • TCAF Library and Educator Day was supported in part by the donations of publishers Conundrum Press, Nobrow, Scholastic Canada, and VIZ Media. Thank you!
  • TCAF would like to thank all of our Browsery exhibitors for their patience regarding the unexpected and unprecedented headwave in their area this year. We appreciate your feedback, and we’ll be working to make changes for 2016 and beyond.
  • Publishers and organizations who organized events and supported author travel, including The Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Ryerson University, Rotopol Press, Random House Books, Jason Kieffer, Ethan Rilly, Tin Can Forest & Geoff Berner, Koyama Press, NBM, The Collective of Black Artists, Drawn & Quarterly, 2D Cloud, Space Face Books, Youth in Decline, Editions Pow Pow, Random House Canada, Fantagraphics Books, Groundwood Books & House of Anansi, Nobrow, Secret Acres, First Second Books, Breadpig, Viz Media, and Krystle Tabujara and DJ Chest Hair Brown.

 

We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You

woweezonkTCAF would like to thank all of the participating creators and publishers for exhibiting with us. There wouldn’t be a show without you.

TCAF would like to thank all of our programming participants for supporting the rich and successful program we enjoy. A lot of hard work goes into moderating and developing successful programs and panels, and TCAF greatly appreciates you investing your time with us.

TCAF would like to thank the artists of our official Festival Posters: Charles Burns, Pascal Girard, Gurihiru. You have created gorgeous, lasting images which beautifully communicated our ideas and intent to the world, and will for years to come. Special thanks to Alexander Dimitrov of Toronto Public Library for creating a special 3d printed version of elements from Gurihiru’s poster. Also, our sincere thanks to Andy Belanger, for providing art for the TCAFete, and especially Dustin Harbin, for designing the beautiful Word Balloon Academy Logos. Shout-out to Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon for allowing us to repurpose their 2012 artwork throughout the festival.

TCAF would like to thank Jocelyne Allen, Mimmy Shen, Aki Yanagi, and Stephane Beaujean for their translation support.

TCAF would like to thank Mike Mabee for the 2015 Program Guide Refresh and John Green for program guide assistance, and we would like to acknowledge the historical design contributions of Shane Bennett, Nadine Lession, Diana McNally, and Chip Zdarsky.

Thanks to Rizie Roculan for managing Instagram and our social media this year!

TCAF would like to thank the following individuals for their support of the festival: Leyla Aker, Corey Mintz, Chip Zdarsky, Erik Ko, Kim Hoang, Miguel Sternberg, Jim Munroe, Ryan North, Denise Anderson, Julie Tait, Aki Yanagi, Ed Chavez, Terry Nantier, Julia Pohl-Miranda and the team at D&Q, John Green, and the numerous folks who helped pull together different parts of TCAF.

TCAF would like to thank the Staff of The Beguiling, Little Island Comics, and Page & Panel: Alana, Alex, Arthur, Bettina, Cassie, Chris, Christine, David, Duncan, Genève, Ginette, Halliday, Helen, Jarrett, Jason, Jerry, Jim, Jonathan, Laura, Paul, Sab, Ted, and Terry. You contributed mightily to making TCAF a reality.

volunteersThanks to our head volunteers head volunteers Jasmine Drudge Wilson, Marty Chodorek, Luc Becker, Duncan Steele, Kerrie McCreadie, Bled Celhyka, Chris Vriend, Alex de Pompa, Eva Cherney, Radwa Auda, Gregory Seljak, Connor Baker, Lorna Antoniazzi, Gabi Zverina, and Sally Sparrow. You did a great job!

Speaking for myself, I would like to thank the rest of the staff of TCAF for their hard work and dedication to the Festival this year. TCAF is now fully a year-round commitment to many of the folks involved, and I great appreciate that you have all risen to the challenge. My thanks to Miles Baker, Andrew Townsend, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Krystle Tabujara, Dan Seljak, Kim Hoang, Gina Gagliano, Lindsay Gibb, Parrish Kilthei, Jamie Edwards, Pip Bradford, Nathalie Atkinson, and our friend Georgia Webber, who is moving on from TCAF for a well-deserved rest. You all did great.

Thank you, Peter.

Finally, to our incredible volunteers: TCAF simply would not be possible without you.  Thank you to everyone who gave their time and energy to support the festival.

 

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What’s next?

1000px_pascalblanchet_poster_flat_tifTCAF continues! As you may know we opened up a full-time, year-round, permanent store called Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop inside Toronto Reference Library, where you can get a little taste of the festival year round. Drop by sometime (if you haven’t already), or visit us online at tcafshop.com.

TCAF is also continuing its mission to promote Canadian culture abroad, with exhibitions planned for The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival from October 16th to 18th in Kendal, England, the Kaigai Manga Festa on November 15th in Tokyo, Japan, and Design Festa on November 21st and 22nd in Tokyo, Japan. More information on both events will be posted at Torontocomics.com/news this august.

You can purchase the Pascal Blanchet, Charles Burns, and Gurihiru TCAF Posters at The Beguiling’s Online Artstore. They have all of the previous year’s posters as well!

And of course, TCAF 2016 next May. Mark your calendars!

In Conclusion…

Once again, on behalf of myself and the entire staff I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to make The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015 a success. We’ll see you again soon.

Sincerely,

Christopher Butcher, Co-Founder and Festival Director

On behalf of

Peter Birkemoe, Co-Founder, Primary Sponsor
Miles Baker, Managing Director
Gina Gagliano, Programming Coordinator
Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Kids Programming Coordinator
Dan Seljak, Volunteer Coordinator
Andrew Townsend, Support Manager
Krystle Tabujara, Logistics Manager
Georgia Webber, WBA Programming Coordinator
Kim Hoang, Guest Liaison and General Support
Nathalie Atkinson, Media Assistance
Lindsay Gibb, Library & Educator Day Programming Coordinator
Parrish Kilthei, A/V and Site Coordinator
Jamie Edwards, Site Coordinator
Pip Bradford, Site Coordinator

Photos in this news post taken from the TCAF instagram, most likely taken by Rizie Roculan. :)
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TCAF Abroad: Kendal, England in October 2015 for LICAF!

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Hi there everyone. Today TCAF (The Toronto Comic Arts Festival) is excited to officially announce the outline of its 2015 trips to England and Japan, to exhibit at festivals there and fulfill our mandate of promoting Canadian comics culture on the world stage.  In this message, we’ll be talking about our trip to Kendal, England, and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, or LICAF, began in 2013, and TCAF staff have visited each occasion of the festival and seen the event grow and offer a more ambitious programme each year. LICAF takes place in the town of Kendal, in the Lake district, about 2 hours north of Manchester. On visiting again last year, it was agreed that TCAF and LICAF would enter a partnership where each event exhibited at the other, bringing notable cartoonists from their home country and multiple examples of that countries’ comics culture. The first half of the exchange was recently successfully completed, with LICAF’s “It’s Nice Out” exhibition at TCAF 2015 this past May. It featured a display of artwork, a selection of comics for sale and given away, a display of sculpture related to the festival, film screenings, live drawing, and the participation of cartoonists Dan Berry, Joe Decie, Oliver East, Jonathan Edwards, Hunt Emmerson, Felt Mistress, David Gaffney in the general Festival programme, alongside LICAF Staff Aileen McEvoy, Matt Burke, and Festival Director Julie Tait. You can read more about LICAF’s exhibition at TCAF at http://bit.ly/1IxHuom.

TCAF will be officially exhibiting at LICAF 2015 on October 16th, 17th, and 18th, as the “Canadian Pavillion”, located in Shakespeare House in Kendal. TCAF’s mandate is the promotion of Canadian comics, and to that end it will set up as representatives of both its own festival and Canadian comics in general. It will be represented by Festival Director Christopher Butcher, Managing Director Miles Baker, and Programming Coordinator Andrew Woodrow Butcher. A wide variety of Canadian comics and art will be on hand for display and purchase, in both official languages, including a selection of TCAF-related art and merchandise.

As part of its commitment to building audiences for Canadian creators internationally, TCAF will welcome creators Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant), Darwyn Cooke (Parker), Michael DeForge (Lose), Kathryn Immonen (Russian Olive to Red King), Stuart Immonen (Russian Olive To Red King), and Seth (Palookaville), and additionally publisher Soaring Penguin Press will be bringing Canadian cartoonists Estelle Bachelard, aka Bach (It’s Hard To Be A Girl), and Samuel Leblanc (Perfume of Lilac). In addition, TCAF is offering free exhibition space in its pavilion to any Canadian comics artist who has previously exhibited at TCAF. We will also be helping book flights and accommodations, and helping integrate you into festival special events.

Much of the programming for the Canadian guests of LICAF has already been announced, and tickets are now available. Visit http://www.comicartfestival.com/ for details.

If you are interested in joining us for the Lakes Festival, please e-mail us at contact@torontocomics.com by June 30th, 2015, in order for us to make the appropriate requests for accommodations bookings at the event.

Thanks!

Christopher Butcher, Director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival

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FAQ:

Q: Um, why are you guys doing this?
A: Put simply, there’s a real value to cartoonists developing their career on the international stage, building an audience around the world. By exhibiting in England, we create opportunities around publishing, exhibition, and audience for Canadian artists and publishers. It’s within our mandate and our financial abilities to provide exhibition space for free at these events, and so we do!

Q: What are the approximate dates of this trip?
A: LICAF is Friday October 16, Saturday October 17, and Sunday October 18, with a full day of setup on Thursday October 15. We recommend that if you are a cartoonist who would like to participate, that you arrive in Kendal by lunch time on Friday the 16th. For reference, Kendal is 2 hours on the train from Manchester, and Manchester is 2 hours on the train from London. Chris, Miles, and Andrew will be arriving on Wednesday to set up, and having a few extra hands couldn’t hurt…!

Q: Can I add extra days to the trip? Or go to London or something?
A: Sure. The two exhibition days are Saturday and Sunday, with a variety of events Friday and a couple of things Thursday evening. The minimum is all day Saturday and Sunday in Kendal, feel free to plan your trip in different ways otherwise.

Q: How much is this going to cost?
A: That really depends on the trip you take. Flights to Manchester ballpark at $1200, and accommodation pricing isn’t currently known. Otherwise, you’re budgeting around CDN$50 a day of travel/meals/etc.

Q: Is there any particular urgency with which I should decide to go or not?
A: If you want us to help you get accommodations, which is somewhat difficult as this is a small town, then we need to know by June 30th.

Q: So do you guys have like a track record for this sort of thing?
A: This is the first time we’ve exhibited at LICAF, though Chris and Andrew have both been before. We’ve also exhibited overseas three times in Japan, and taken similar trips to other comics shows. We feel pretty good about this trip…!

Q: What’s exhibiting at LICAF like? How many books will I sell?
A: In our observation, and with no disrespect intended to our hosts, sales are generally pretty moderate at the event. It really is more of an arts and literary festival, with most of the programme being about performances, readings, presentations, panel discussions, etc., and there will be opportunities for you to participate in those sorts of presentations! So, sales are secondary to the other considerations of such a festival, but that said, we will be encouraging sales at the event. The exhibition potential is very high though, in terms of people seeing (or participating) in your artwork, and we’ll be working hard to convert onlookers into buyers. :)

Q: Is this trip eligible for grants from the Canada Council or other arts councils?
A: We believe that this trip is eligible for Canada Council grants related to travel. Contact us for more information.

Q: I’m an American artist who has exhibited at TCAF, or an artist who hasn’t exhibited at TCAF… can I come on this trip?
A: You’re totally welcome to go to LICAF or exhibit there, and you can e-mail sharon@comicartfestival.com for information on exhibiting. Unfortunately participation in the TCAF pavilion is limited to Canadians who have exhibited at TCAF.

Q: I have other questions…!
A: Email us at contact@torontocomics.com. We’ll do our best!

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TCAF Abroad: Tokyo in November 2015

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Hi there everyone!

Today TCAF (The Toronto Comic Arts Festival) is excited to officially announce the outline of its 2015 trips to England and Japan, to exhibit at festivals there and fulfill our mandate of promoting Canadian comics culture on the world stage.  In this message, we’ll be talking about our trip to Tokyo, Japan.

TCAF will be returning to Tokyo in November 2015, its fourth trip to the city, to exhibit as part of the 2015 Tokyo International Comic Festival (previously known as Kaigai Manga Festa), Japan’s only festival for the appreciation of international comics art, on Sunday November 15th, 2015. TCAF’s mandate is the promotion of Canadian comics, and to that end it will set up as representatives of both its own festival and Canadian comics in general, and will be represented by Festival Director Christopher Butcher and newly-promoted international guest liaison Jocelyne Allen, and The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe. As in previous years a wide variety of Canadian comics and art will be on hand for display and purchase, in both official languages.

As part of its commitment to building audiences for Canadian creators internationally, TCAF will welcome creators Jillian Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer, SuperMutant Magic Academy) and Michael DeForge (Lose, Very Casual, First Year Healthy, Ant Colony) to its exhibition at TIMF. In addition, as in previous years, TCAF is offering free exhibition space at its booth to any Canadian comics artist who has previously exhibited at TCAF. We will also be helping book flights and accommodations, offer recommendations, and planning special events and trips to help you get the most out of your Tokyo trip.

In addition to the festival exhibition, TCAF is hoping to exhibit at Design Festa 42, will be participating in several social events with Tokyo comics artists and illustrators, and we are currently planning gallery exhibitions of work and speaking/reading opportunities for cartoonists. More information is forthcoming on these fronts.

If you are interested in joining us in Tokyo, please e-mail us at contact@torontocomics.com by June 30th, 2015, in order for us to help you with bookings, etc. You’re still welcome to participate if your plans come together after that date, but we’ll be making hotel/accommodations bookings and preliminary space bookings at that time.

Thanks!

Christopher Butcher, Director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival
(Illustrations in this post by Kagan McLeod, who did an illustrated travelogue of his 2013 trip)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Um, why are you guys doing this?
A: Put simply, there’s a real value to cartoonists developing their career on the international stage, building an audience around the world. By exhibiting in Japan, we create opportunities around publishing, exhibition, and audience for Canadian artists and publishers. It’s within our mandate and our financial abilities to provide exhibition space for free at these events, and so we do!

Q: What are the approximate dates of this trip?
A: We are recommending departing Toronto on November 11th (arriving in Tokyo on November 12th), and returning on Monday November 23rd. This is approximately 13 days including travel, and will allow you to hit two weekends of shows (if TCAF should be able to exhibit at Design Festa). Also, as a group we have no plans to leave Tokyo during this time.

Q: Can I go different dates? Can I travel between the two weekends? Do I have to fly with you, or out of Toronto?
A: Sure, the trip is really just about the two weekend exhibition dates at present, although there are always opportunities that come together later in the planning surrounding galleries, workshops, etc. We’re flexible, and if you have specific questions about dates, shoot us an email. And nah, feel free to fly however works for you, but if you want to have us to help you out at the airport in Japan, well, you’ll need to fly when we do. J

Q: How much is this going to cost?
A: $3000. Ballpark.  Flight and accommodations generally comes in at $1800-$2000. Transit is about $100 for two weeks in Tokyo. The rest is about food and entertainment, and $1000 over 12 days is about right. You absolutely can scrimp, save, and watch your spending, and get that number down. We have all kinds of advice on how to do that if you want.

Q: Is there any particular urgency with which I should decide to go or not?
A: Well, Air Canada currently has a seat sale on that’s $900 to Osaka, or $1150 to Tokyo, Haneda Airport, and these are pretty great prices. Sale lasts until June 16. Also, we want to make our hotel bookings just after June 30th, so we can get the best rates at the least expensive hotel, and save everyone money.

Q: So do you guys have like a track record for this sort of thing?
A: Yup! We’ve exhibited at this event in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and over a dozen different cartoonists have participated. We’ve got it pretty-much down to a science.

Q: What’s exhibiting at Tokyo International Manga Festival like? How many books will I sell? How will I talk to Japanese-speaking customers?
A: TIMF is a neat, and unique show, that has been growing each year. It exists as part of the larger COMITIA doujinshi festival. While it’s goals are primarily the promotion of European Bande Desinee and American Superhero comics into the Japanese marketplace, it does create a space for other ‘international’ or ‘overseas’ cartoonists to display and sell their wares to a curious, if not outright-interested audience. Generally cartoonists sell between 20 and 50 of their main books, and 10 to 30 of their other books, if they’re in English. By comparison, Japanese-language books at the same event tend to sell 50-250 copies, with bigger creators doing even better. The numbers aren’t too far off from one another. As for talking to folks, we have a full-time translator/interpreter at the event, and several of the other participants generally have some Japanese language skill. We’ll even teach you a few key sales-related phrases to help you along…!

Q: Is this trip eligible for grants from the Canada Council or other arts councils?
A: It’s difficult to say. The Canada Council for the Arts assessed the Tokyo International Manga Festival in 2012, and found that it was too commercially oriented to qualify as a literary festival for travel grant funding. While the show has grown and changed, we wouldn’t recommend counting on a travel grant from the Canada Council. On the other hand, provincial and other granting bodies have different rules on what a valid trip is. Do your research and we’ll try to answer whatever specific questions you have.

Q: I’m an American artist who has exhibited at TCAF… can I come on this trip?
A: Sure! Please email us and let us know. We can’t provide you free space at our booth (we’re expecting a full crew of artists this year), but we can charge you a pro-rated amount if you want to table with us, or you can exhibit at other elements of the show. All of the other stuff like travel assistance and day trips and etc. is still on the table too…!

Q: I don’t fit many/any of these criteria (I’m not an artist who has exhibited at TCAF). Can I still participate?
A: Maybe? Travelling with people we don’t know or have no professional relationship with is straight up weird. We’re happy to talk to you, though. Email us.

Q: I have other questions…!
A: Email us at contact@torontocomics.com. We’ll do our best!

 

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TCAF Lorenzo Mattotti Exhibition Runs Until June 26th

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TCAF may be over, but the brilliant exhibition of original artwork by TCAF Featured Guest Lorenzo Mattotti will continue until June 26th! Drawn from his masterful adaptation of Hansel & Gretel, this exhibition of originals is truly incredible, and we strongly recommend you visit it while it’s still up!  Our thanks to The Istituto Italiano di Cultura for their incredible support.

HANSEL & GRETEL: An exhibit by Lorenzo Mattotti
runs at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (496 Huron St.)
from May 9th through June 26th
Open Mon – Fri: 10:00am. – 1:00pm.; 2:30pm. – 4:30pm.

About Hansel & Gretel: In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published the story of “Hansel and Gretel” about a brother and sister who must survive abandonment by their parents and being captured by a hungry witch.

In 2007, Mattotti created compelling black-and-white artwork for the fairy tale. While not in the traditional graphic novel format, this illustrated short story alternates between images and words, allowing for full spreads of the artist’s drawings, punctuated by intermittent spreads of text. There is no question that Gaiman is an incredibly gifted wordsmith, and his retelling hearkens back to the Grimms’s original narrative. The most inspirational part of this book is Mattotti’s artwork. Pitch-black India ink is used to great effect, creating dark and terrifying landscapes that threaten to envelop the tiny figures of the children.

About Lorenzo Mattotti: Lorenzo Mattotti is an Italian comics and graphic artist living in Paris. He is a Featured Guest of TCAF 2015, and attends the festival with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Mattotti’s English-language works include Fires and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (from NBM, which won an Eisner Award in 2003) , Murmur (Penguin Books), Chimera (Ignatz/Fantagraphics) and The Raven (Fantagraphics). Mattotti also contributed to the groundbreaking alternative comix anthology RAW, and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker–including many cover illustrations.

In addition to his comics and illustration work, Lorenzo Mattotti is a highly respected multi-disciplinary artists, from reinterpreting reinterpreting the models of the most famous fashion designers for “Vanity” magazine, to designing the title sequences for the film “Eros” by Wong Kar-wai, to directing an animated version of his work in the animation anthology “Fears of the Dark.”

 

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TCAF 2015 Signing Schedules Now Online & In Guidebook!

Check it out! Signing times have been announced for TCAF Signing Guests, as well as cartoonists attending with Random House, Drawn & Quarterly, and Conundrum Press! These updates will soon be available in the TCAF 2015 Guidebook, which you should all download now: http://guidebook.com/guide/30100

TCAF 2015 Saturday Signings

Beguiling On-Site Store
Library, 2nd Floor

10:00 – 11:30 Eric Kim
11:30 – 12:30 Gurihiru
12:30 – 2:30 Lorenzo Mattotti
3:00 – 5:00 Ken Niimura

Marriott Signing
Yorkville Room

11:00 – 12:30 Scott McCloud
12:30 – 2:00 Aya Kanno
2:30 – 4:00 Lynda Barry
4:00 – 5:00 Pénélope Bagieu

Random House
Table 167-168

11:00 – 12:00 Sydney Padua
1:00 – 2:00 Hazlitt Signing
4:00 – 5:00 Bryan Lee O’Malley

D+Q Booth
Table 134-136

11:00 – 12:00 Jason Lutes Adrian Tomine
12:00 – 1:00 Seth Jillian Tamaki
1:00 – 2:00 Chester Brown Michael DeForge
2:00 – 3:00 Chester Brown Jason Lutes
3:00 – 4:00 Anders Nilsen Marc Bell

D+Q Hinton Theatre
Library 3rd Floor

11:00 – 12:00 Marc Bell
12:00 – 1:00 Pascal Girard Julie Delporte
1:00 – 2:00 Julie Doucet John Porcellino
3:00 – 4:00 Jillian Tamaki Adrian Tomine
4:00 – 5:00 Michael DeForge Matt Forsythe Keith Jones

Conundrum Booth
Table 153-154

10:00 – 12:00 Dakota MacFazdean
12:00 – 1:00 Kat Verhoeven
1:00 – 2:00 Zach Worton
2:00 – 3:00 Joe Ollman Simon Bossé
3:00 – 4:00 Julian Lawrence
4:00 – 5:00 Meags Fitzgerald Elisabeth Belliveau

TCAF 2015 Sunday Signings

Beguiling On-Site Store
Library, 2nd Floor

11:00 – 1:00 Gurihiru (until 12:30) Ken Niimura
1:00 – 2:30 Eric Kim
2:30 – 4:00 Lorenzo Mattotti
3:30 – 5:00 Ken Niimura

Marriott Signing
Yorkville Room

2:45 – 4:00 Scott McCloud
4:00 – 5:00 Aya Kanno Sydney Padua

Penguin Random House
Table 167-168

12:00 – 1:00 Sam Maggs
1:30 – 2:30 Frank Viva
2:30 – 3:30 Michael Cho
4:00 – 5:00 Bryan Lee O’Malley

D+Q Booth
Table 134-136

12:00 – 1:00 Seth Anders Nilsen
1:00 – 2:30 Adrian Tomine Marc Bell
2:00 – 3:00 Jillian Tamaki
3:00 – 4:00 Julie Delporte Michael DeForge

D+Q Hinton Theatre
Library 3rd Floor

1:00 – 2:00 Chester Brown Michael DeForge
2:00 – 3:00 Anders Nilsen Jason Lutes R. Sikyorak
3:00 – 4:00 Seth

Conundrum Booth
Table 153-154

11:00 – 12:00 Julian Lawrence
12:00 – 1:00 Meags Fitzgerald Elisabeth Belliveau
1:00 – 2:00 Dakota McFadzean
2:00 – 3:00 Kat Verhoven
3:00 – 4:00 Joe Ollman Simon Bossé
4:00 – 5:00 Zach Worton

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3D Printed Figures Based On Gurihiru’s TCAF Poster!

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Oh wow! Look at these awesome 3D design objects that Toronto Reference Library Digital Innovation Hub staffer Alex Dimitrov created, based on the TCAF 2015 poster by Gurihiru!

TPL is making these 3d designs available for free download for you to print at home, and you can also print them in the Digital Innovation Hub during TCAF!

Click through to see more amazing images of the figures, and to find out how you can print your own!

Thanks to Toronto Public Library and Gurihiru for helping set this up!

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TCAF 2015 Exhibitor Maps and Seating Area!

No longer do you need to aimlessly wander the Toronto Reference Library looking for your favourite cartoonists and publishers. We’ve made it so much easier! See below for maps of the main exhibition floor, as well as table numbers for where folks will be sitting.

Now, we highly recommend that people download the TCAF 2015 Guidebook, available here: guidebook.com/guide/30100. It’s a free app for your smartphone or tablet. It’s also a really convenient way to organize your TCAF weekend, keeping track of panels you want to attend, or exhibitors and guests you want to visit. PLUS, then you don’t get your fingers covered in newsprint. We will be adding table numbers throughout the day, but the app already has the maps as well as all festival programming and events!

Check it out!

The Atrium

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Second Floor & The Salon

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Table numbers beginning with 1 indicate a table in the Atrium.
Table numbers beginning with 2 indicate a table on the second floor and in The Salon.
Wowee Zonk indicates an exhibitor sitting in the Wowee Zonk Small Press Area, located in the Beeton Auditorium.

2D CLOUD 132
Ad Astra Comix 113
Leisl Adams 108
AdHouse Books 219
ADVICECOMICS 113
AH Comics Inc 172
Lala Albert Wowee Zonk
Alternative Comics 139
Anne Notation 232
Lara Antal 122
Adam Aylard 165
Kristyna Baczynski 253
Pénélope Bagieu Signing
Lynda Barry 134, 135, 136
Becky and Frank 284
Andy Belanger 206
Marc Bell Wowee Zonk
Sandra Bell-Lundy 111
Bento Comics 108
Dan Berry LICAF
Kory Bing 255
Reed Black 223
Pascal Blanchet 173, 174
Angelica Blevins 254
Joe Bluhm 249
Ruben Bolling 236
Boulet 277, 278
Boum 177
Ivan Brandon 201
Breadpig, Inc 277, 278
Brolly Lolly 109
Anna Bron 232
Box Brown 147
Alan Brown 269
Lars Brown 279
Chester Brown 134, 135, 136
Kevin Budnik 236
Antonin Buisson 176
Nina Bunjevac 167, 168
Andy Burkholder 132
Charles Burns 157, 158
Adam Buttrick Wowee Zonk
C.M. Butzer 178
Taylor C. 244
Samuel Cantin 183, 184
Oli Carpentier 145, 146
Meaghan Carter 250
J. A. Carvajal 256
Caitlin Cass 244
Melissa Castrillon 109
Cathon 183, 184
Brandon Celi Wowee Zonk
Taran Chadra 275, 276
Afu Chan 110
Nicole Chartrand 250
Shelly Chen 110
Peter Chiykowski 115
ChiZine Publications/ChiGraphic 115
Svetlana Chmakova 108
Michael Cho 167, 168
Hudson Christie Wowee Zonk
Chromatic Press Inc. 227
Mimi Chzankowski Wowee Zonk
Amy Chu 274
CHU/FANGRRLZ 231
Marta Chudolinska 180
Clavicle Cocoris 269
Aaron Cockle 245
Eric Colossal 246
Colour Code 216
Joey Comeau 286-291
Michael Comeau Wowee Zonk
Comic Syrup Press 117
Mark Connery Wowee Zonk
Andrew Connor 114
Conundrum press 153, 154
Helah Cooper 238
Sabrina Cotugno 264
Wes Craig 239
Jordan Crane 128
Morgan Criger Wowee Zonk
Cute Juice Comics 270
Czap Books 235
Gigi D.G. 285
Evan Dahm 283
Eleanor Davis 165
Dawn “playerprophet” Davis 182
Étienne Davodeau 169, 170
Willow Dawson 109
Brandon Dayton 127
Margreet de Heer 169, 170
Joe Decie LICAF
Michael DeForge 134-6, 150-2
A.Degen 150, 151, 152
Anayte Delahay 182
DELEBILE 259
Blue Delliquanti 255
Julie Delporte 134, 135, 136
Alec Dempster 180
Abby Denson 230
The Devastator 129
Dirchansky / Love Love Hill 228
Dirty Diamonds 249
Ryan Dodgson Wowee Zonk
Julie Doucet 134, 135, 136
Ryan Dow 237
Drawn & Quarterly 134, 135, 136
Jerzy & Anne Drozd 127
C.M. Dufft 273
Jarrett Duncan 220
Oliver East LICAF
Éditions TRIP Comix 176
Jonathan Edwards LICAF
Victoria Grace Elliott 110
Hunt Emerson LICAF
Em Erdman 263
Fanfare Presents 141
Fantagraphics Books 162, 163, 164
Ray Fawkes 201
Felt Mistress LICAF
Michel Fiffe 123
Jess Fink 246
Tim Fish 221
Hannah Fisher 266
Meags Fitzgerald 153, 154
Brenden Fletcher 203
Floating World Comics 130
Matthew Forsythe 134, 135, 136
Noel Freibert Wowee Zonk
Mike Freiheit 273
Rosena Fung Wowee Zonk
Rita Fürstenau 121
David Gaffney LICAF
Penina Gal 257
Monica Gallagher 221
Emi Gennis 268
GG 220
Steven Gilbert 160
Pascal Girard 183, 184
Émilie Gleason 132
Sara Goetter 213
Sophie Goldstein 219
Zac Gorman 212
Lunarbaboon 243
Graphic History Collective 113
John Green 103
Greentea Publishing 251
Grimalkin Press 133
Groundwood Books & House of Anansi 140
Ted Gulat Wowee Zonk
Gurihiru Signing
Simon Hanselmann 157, 158
Rumi Hara 268
Dustin Harbin 156
Alisa Harris 226
Eleri Mai Harris 257
Hawkins 114
Becky Hawkins 224
Hunter Heckroth 243
David Hellman and Tevis Thompson 131
Michel Hellman 183, 184
Patrick Hénaff 175
Ian Herring 275, 276
Jen Hickman 258
Hidden Fortress Press 161
Becca Hillburn 104
Kim Hoang / Love Love Hill 228
Matthew K Hoddy 260
Kate Hogg 109
Douglas Holgate 245
Jenni Holm Signing (Saturday only
Matt Holm Signing (Saturday only
A Softer World 286-291
Savannah Houston-McIntyre 181
Leslie Hung 285
Tyler J. Hutchison 282
Kathryn Immonen 219
Stuart Immonen 219
Issue Press Wowee Zonk
Gisele J 179
Jesse Jacobs Wowee Zonk
Kathleen Jacques 224
Jeph Jacques 286-291
Hellen Jo 144
Cathy G. Johnson 235
Steven M. Johnson 273
Keith Jones Wowee Zonk
Jessi Jordan 262
Peter Kalyniuk Wowee Zonk
Aya Kanno Signing
DAVE KELLETT 286-291
Dave Kelly / So What? Press 122
Laura Ķeniņš Wowee Zonk
Karl Kerschl 203
Jason Kieffer 138
Kill Shakespeare Entertainment CvG
Killoffer 157, 158
Eric Kim Signing
Zuzu Knew Wowee Zonk
Irma Kniivila 275, 276
Lucy Knisley 166
Aidan Koch Wowee Zonk
Yiri T. Kohl 169, 170
Nicholas Kole 212
Eric Kostiuk Williams Wowee Zonk
Yuuko Koyama 230
Koyama Press 150, 151, 152
Chris Kuzma Wowee Zonk
Patrick Kyle Wowee Zonk
Kate Lacour 179
Amanda Lafrenais 270
Lee Lai 114
Braden Lamb 280
Meghan Lands 226
Gautier Langevin 145, 146
Justin Lanjil 228
Ginette Lapalme Wowee Zonk
Blaise Larmee 132
Maaria Laurinen 207
Megan Lavey-Heaton 240
Kate Lavut 175
Jeremy Lawson 258
Jade F Lee 144
Kristen Lee 265
Laura Lee 265
Kate Leth 286-291
Christy Lijewski 292
Elisha Lim 138
Ricky Lima 210
Joe List 281
Little Island Comics 100, 101
Locust Moon Press 116
Jason Loo 206
Celine Loup 233
Matt Lubchansky 238
Ed Luce 160
Deb Lucke 106
Eunice Luk Wowee Zonk
Jason Lutes 134, 135, 136
Steve MacIsaac 222
Josie MacLachlan 109
Andrew MacLean 210
Sam Maggs 167, 168
Mike Maihack 107
Caitlin Major 260
Maple Key Comics 215
Murilo Martins 274
John Martz Signing
maruti-bitamin 266
MASSIVE BOOKS 159
Lorenzo Mattotti 162, 163, 164
Phil McAndrew 282
Scott McCloud Signing
Dakota McFadzean 153, 154
David McGuire 279
Brian McLachlan 102
Kagan McLeod 200
Isabelle Melançon 240
Kelly Mellings 140
Sab Meynert Wowee Zonk
Elyse Moir 238
Brie Moreno Wowee Zonk
Simon Moreton 124
Jason Murphy Wowee Zonk
muura 207
Maki Naro 242
Pranas T. Naujokaitis 182
Alicia Nauta Wowee Zonk
NBM Graphic Novels 169, 170
vicki nerino 125
Mathew New 211
Hope Nicholson 218
Ken Niimura Signing
Anders Nilsen 134, 135, 136
Nobrow Press 118, 119
Northwest Press 120
Nosebleed Comics Wowee Zonk
Natalie Nourigat 267
George O’Connor 111
Katie O’Neill 225
Eric Orchard 247, 248
Molly Ostertag 283
Owlkids 102
Sydney Padua 167, 168
Dino Pai 264
Becky Palmer 109
Paper Rocket / The Tiny Report 217
Papercutz 106
Guno Park 140
Shelli Paroline 280
advice comics 114
La Pasèque 173, 174
Ben Passmore 262
Maritsa Patrinos 243
Marc Pearson 114
Tyson Pease 208
Random House 167, 168
Kelly Phillips 249
Laurence Philomene Wowee Zonk
Pigeon Press 157, 158
Ed Piskor 204
Pixie Trix Comix 271, 272
PM Press 113
John Porcellino Wowee Zonk
Nick Francis Potter 214
Pow Pow Press 183, 184
Press Gang 130
mille putois 181
Emma Raby 109
Ray Ray Books 124
Nadine Redlich 121
Renegade Arts Entertainment 253
Retrofit Comics 147
Modest Medusa 105
Katie Ridley Murphy Wowee Zonk
Ethan Rilly Wowee Zonk
Ronnie Ritchie 223
Kat Roberts 123
Robot Hugs 242
Dave Roman 103
James Romberger 161
Jon Rosenberg 286-291
Isabella Rotman 178
Rotopolpress 121
Tristan Roulot 175
Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau 183, 184
Louisa Roy 214
RQ 233
Jim Rugg 204
Marian Runk 138
Brittney Sabo 225
Sawdust Press 234
Gregg Schigiel 107
Frederick Schroeder 286-291
Andreas Schuster 121
Secret Acres 155
Daryl Seitchik Wowee Zonk
SelfMadeHero 142, 143
Seneca College 148, 149
Seth 134, 135, 136
E Howey / Sever Press Wowee Zonk
Allison Shabet 267
Jason Shiga 105
Shouri 271, 272
Ramon Sierra 269
Kara Sievewright 213
R. Sikoryak 218
Silver Sprocket 217
Josh Simmons 162, 163, 164
Sloane 281
Neil Slorance 265
Katie So 261
So Buttons Comics 131
Sarah Sobole 239
Soda Pop Comics 216
Dan Holst Soelberg 241
Kean Soo 104
Zack Soto 130
Space Face Books Wowee Zonk
Starchild Stela Wowee Zonk
Conor Stechschulte Wowee Zonk
Noelle Stevenson 205
Cameron Stewart 202
Barbara Stok 142, 143
Studio Lounak 145, 146
Study Group Comics 130
Ania Stypulkowski 109
sucker press 177
Swimmers Group Wowee Zonk
Gengoroh Tagame 159
Jillian Tamaki 134, 135, 136
Babs Tarr 202
Telegraph Art & Comics 112
The Comics Bakery 103
Raina Telgemeier 103
The RAID Studio 275, 276
Jason Thompson CvG
Josh Tierney 110
Tin Can Forest 171
Tinto Press LLC 251
Tiny Blue Dragon Studio 209
Becca Tobin 215
Adrian Tomine 134, 135, 136
Jen Tong 256
Top Shelf Productions 247, 248
Topatoco 286-291
Toronto Comics Anthology 209
J. Torres 117
Stefan Tosheff 261
Tulintu: Comic Art in Glass Page & Panel
Meghan Turbitt 234
Uncivilized Books 133
Ben Urkowitz Wowee Zonk
Susan van Beek Wowee Zonk
Marguerite Van Cook 161
Noah Van Sciver 162, 163, 164
Zach Hazard Vaupen Wowee Zonk
Eric Vedder 275, 276
Veronica Vera & Oliver Bareham 241
Charmaine Verhagen 125
Kat Verhoeven 220
Frank Viva 167, 168
Julian Voloj 169, 170
Wai / Love Love Hill 228
George A. Walker 180
Dawson Walker 237
Nathan Ward 208
Adam Warren 229
Georgia Webber 128
Drew Weing 165
Andrew Whyte 232
Jacob Wiebe 270
Sophia Wiedeman 234
Elaine M. Will 263
Kriota Willberg 218
Dailen Williams Wowee Zonk
Mike Winters 231
Pam Wishbow 252
Leah Wishnia Wowee Zonk
Jenn Woodall 177
Phil Woolam Wowee Zonk
Alex Woolfson 222
Zach Worton 153, 154
Julie Wright 292
Kelsey Wroten 252
Wyeth Yates 254
Kendra Yee Wowee Zonk
Youth in Decline 137
Jessi Zabarsky 235
Chip Zdarsky 200
Jim Zub 229
Zviane 183, 184

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TCAF 2015 Programming Online & In Guidebook!

We’ve done it! We’ve announced the full slate of panels, programs, and workshops for TCAF 2015! You can see everything at torontocomics.com/programming.

Some highlights:

  • Two full days of live drawing in the Kids Area!
  • D+Q 25th Anniversary Programming in the Hinton Learning Theatre!
  • 3 intensive workshops in the TRL’s Writer’s Room!
  • And 3 streams of programming at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel with some of our biggest guests!

Now, we highly recommend that folks download the TCAF 2015 Guidebook, available here: guidebook.com/guide/30100. It’s a free app for your smartphone or tablet. It’s also a really convenient way to organize your TCAF weekend, keeping track of panels you want to attend, or exhibitors and guests you want to visit. PLUS, then you don’t get your fingers covered in newsprint.

Stay tuned for Signing Schedules and Table Numbers as they become available.

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TCAF 2015 Official Anthology Gets the Digital Treatment From SEQUENTIAL App!

TCAF teams with digital graphic novel app SEQUENTIAL
for the Festival’s first ever digital comics anthology!

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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is pleased to announce the TCAF 2015 Digital Comics Anthology, which is being created and distributed for free exclusively by SEQUENTIAL, the acclaimed graphic novel and comics app for iPad.

The anthology is out now and features brand new, specially-commissioned work from a range of comic artists including Hunt Emerson, Barbara Stok, Noah Van Sciver, Margreet De Heer, and Joe Decie. All the comics are themed around TCAF and Toronto, and all the artists will be appearing or exhibiting at this year’s TCAF. The anthology, which runs to over 50 pages, will be completely free for a limited time, available only via the iPad app which is itself free to download from the App Store.

The Official TCAF Anthology is out now on SEQUENTIAL and will be available as a completely free download until May 11th: DOWNLOAD IT NOW!!!

2015 marks the tenth TCAF festival, which was founded as a biannual event in 2003, and since 2009 has been held annually at the Toronto Public Library’s Toronto Reference Library branch. In 2014, more than 22,000 people attended TCAF events, with over 400 comics creators from 15 different countries as well as a range of exhibitions and programmes. This year is the first in which a digital anthology is part of the Festival package.

The Official TCAF Anthology features the work of HUNT EMERSON, BARBARA STOK, ELAINE M. WILL, JOE DECIE, KRISTYNA BACZYNSKI, MARGREET DE HEER, NOAH VAN SCIVER, and SIMON MORETON!

The SEQUENTIAL app is available for iPad and features a huge range of graphic novels from some of the world’s best-regarded publishers and artists as well as small press stars. Their acclaimed Browse, Buy and Read system has been called the “gold standard” of comics software, and they share TCAF’s commitment to making quality comics available to everyone. They have produced digital comic collections for the British Library and the London Book Fair amongst others.

Christopher Butcher, the Director of TCAF, commented, “We’ve been running a free festival for over a decade now, actively promoting great comics and their creators. A digital comics anthology, especially with such an amazing line up of creators, is a natural fit for TCAF. The potential reach for this digital anthology is incredible, and it will shine a spotlight on some brilliant Canadian and international cartoonists, and get a little piece of TCAF into the hands who can’t make it to the festival proper.”

Russell Willis, the founder of SEQUENTIAL, said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with TCAF on such an exciting comics project. We’ve assembled a crack team of some of the best comics artists in the business, and we’re proud to providing the Official Anthology for one of the most exciting, innovative comics festivals in the world. By making the TCAF Anthology available for everyone, absolutely free, we can give people a slice of the amazing comics talent TCAF offers, whether they can make it to Toronto or not.”

Apps and Websites

SEQUENTIAL is free to download from the App Store for iPad.

The SEQUENTIAL website is here: www.sequential.cc

About SEQUENTIAL

SEQUENTIAL is a graphic novel storefront app for iPad, launched in August 2013. The app features material from the best publishers of graphic novels across the world, including Dark Horse, IDW, Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, NBM, Koyama Press, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, and Myriad Editions, as well as the cream of the small press.

SEQUENTIAL makes quality graphic novels available digitally via their gold standard platform and aim to expand the market for graphic novels for adults with a carefully curated selection of material showing the best examples of the form.

Get the SEQUENTIAL app in iTunes.

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An Evening with Italian Illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti

If your TCAF 2015 schedule is filling up and you’re not sure when you’ll get to see Featured Guest Lorenzo Mattotti, please don’t fret! The Istituto Italiano di Cultura are hosting him for one more event on the Monday after TCAF. Lorenzo Mattotti will be in conversation with Space TV’s Mark Askwith to discuss the exhibit “Hansel & Gretel” and his collaboration with English author of short fiction, comic books, and graphic novels Neil Gaiman. The event runs from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and it’s free! Some copies of the graphic novel “Hansel & Gretel” will be available for purchase and autograph.

An Evening with Italian Illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti
In conversation with Mark Askwith

Monday May 11th, 2015
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St., Toronto
Free Event

For more information on TCAF 2015 events and special presentations, please visit our Events Page.

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FILM SCREENING: Seth’s Dominion

Announcing the Final Event of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015!

In this gala presentation, TCAF is proud to present an extra-special screening of the documentary film SETH’S DOMINION, directed by Luc Chamberland, with both Seth and Luc Chamberland in attendance! This screening will also feature the worldwide premiere of two brand-new animated sequences, never-before seen, adapting Seth’s shorts “The Death of Kao-Kuk” and “The Great Machine!”. Following the screening of the shorts and documentary, Seth and Luc Chamberland will engage in a discussion of the documentary and their collaboration together.

Seth’s Dominion
with Seth and director Luc Chamberland
Sunday May 10th, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
@ The Royal, 608 College St., Toronto
$5* – Purchase Online

*All attendees will receive a $5 coupon to be used at The Beguiling Books & Art, to offset the price of admission to this event.

Purchase tickets in advance via Eventbrite!

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ABOUT SETH’S DOMINION:

Canadian cartoonist Seth, best known for comic books such as Palookaville, is one of the world’s great storytellers in the form. In his personal projects he transforms his poignant inner life into observant and witty graphic stories. He is also incredibly prolific, producing semi-autobiographical comics and award-winning commercial work, as well as what he calls his “little hobbies.” Director Luc Chamberland sheds light on his articulate subject, mixing insightful biography with vivid animation in an artful fusion of filmmaking techniques that perfectly captures Seth’s manifold creative universe. In this deft portrait of one of our most unique artists, Seth proves to be a wry and engaging narrator of his life story and artistic process.

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LICAF’s “It’s Nice Out” News and Updates

licaf_logoLICAF is coming to TCAF next week to stage the first UK Comic Art Pavilion! This pavilion will be showcasing the work of their 2015 commissioned artists, as well as that of comix legend and festival Featured Guest Hunt Emerson!

The LICAF show is titled It’s Nice Out and features newly commissioned work by:

  • Joe Decie, will be debuting a special off-shoot-mini-comic of his new book, (There’s No Bath in this Bathroom, the first 100 of which he’s giving out for free!) set in Toronto, and made especially for the TCAF, titled That Time We Went For Pizza.
  • Jonathan Edwards & Felt Mistress will be launching a short comic featuring work from their recent Japan trip. This will include both reportage sketches and paintings by Jonathan and 3D pieces by Louise produced in response to these.
  • Oliver East will be showing sketches and pages from his forthcoming book, Take Me Back To Manchester. For this project Oliver walked some 200 miles from Waverley Station Edinburgh to Manchester, following exactly the route taken by elephant Maharajah and his keeper Lorenzo Lawrence in 1872. Oliver’s journey is the subject of a specially commissioned film by Dom Bush and Simon Sylvester, premiering at TCAF!
  • Dan Berry and David Gaffney will be sharing The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head! This is a live performance of a graphic novel with projectedimages and specially commissioned music by Sara Lowes. A sample of the final performance will showcase at TCAF.
  • And Hunt Emerson has produced two new limited edition signed giclees especially for It’s Nice Out. Check them out below!
  • PLUS! The launch of Fanfare’s anthology 24 by 7 – seven short comics from the 24 Hour Marathon at LICAF 2014, edited by Dan Berry.

For more information on all TCAF exhibitors, please visit the Full Exhibitor List.

For more information on books debuting at the festival, please visit the Debuting Books page.

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Featured Guests GURIHIRU are debuting a brand new sketchbook at TCAF 2015!

On top of designing an AMAZING poster for TCAF 2015, Featured Guests Gurihiru are also debuting a brand new sketchbook! While you may know them from their work on Avatar: The Last Airbender and for Marvel Comics, this sketchbook showcases images from the other side of their beautiful and varied career.

The Gurihiru Sketchbook will be available at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, as well as at Gurihiru’s various appearances throughout the festival. It is 24 pages, black and white, and will retail for $5. Get it while it’s hot!

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EVENT: Comics Across Cultures ft. Bagieu, Boulet, Davodeau, and Mattotti

af logoThe Alliance Française and The French Consulate in Toronto proudly present a very special event celebrating some of the many authors participating in The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015.

Comics or graphic novels, manga and BD, call them what you will, but they are beloved by many cultures around the world. As the appreciation and audience for comics in North America grows, more and more works from around the world are being translated, localized, and published in English for the first time. But while the comics themselves are being translated, it can be difficult to truly localize a work, to communicate its intent, and the culture and the context in which the work has been created.

For this special event, four BD authors, Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse), Boulet (Notes), Etienne Davodeau (Lulu Anew), and Lorenzo Mattotti (Hansel & Gretel) are interviewed on stage about seeing their work, ideas, and culture, translated into English and across different languages and for different audiences—the surprises, the reactions, and why they choose to be published abroad. Joining them in the discussion will be Bart Beaty, PhD, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on BD, and Stephane Beaujean, author of the French comics Magazine Kaboom!, and Art Director of The Angoulême Comics Festival (FIBD).

The discussion will be hosted in English and in French by Thierry Lasserre, Director of The Alliance Francais in Toronto, and Marang N’Douba, Book and Debates Officer of the Consulate General of France in Toronto.

Following the event in the Theatre, a cocktail reception and signing will take place in the Alliance Française Gallery. Books by all participating authors will be made available for sale courtesy of The Beguiling Books & Art.

Comics Across Cultures: Translation and Localisation of European Comics for North America
Thursday, May 7th, 6:30pm-8:30pm (Doors at 6pm)
@ Théâtre de l’Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Road (Bloor/Spadina – Spadina Subway)
French and English will be spoken
Free to attend
Facebook Event

This event takes place with the support of The Alliance Française, The Consulate of France in Toronto, The Beguiling Books & Art, and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

An official event of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015. 

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Announcing the 2015 TCAFête!

May 9th, 2015. The air is cool and the sun has set on the Toronto Reference Library. You’ve just had a full day of TCAF programming and shopping. Your dinner settling in your excited tummy but you’re not yet ready to got to dreamland. You wander through Yorkville, (the 6’s Ginza district/Rue St Honoré equivalent, searching for a place to have a drink and maybe a few laffs. Then suddenly the silver façade of the Pilot Tavern beckons you into the second floor where all of your friends, some of whom you haven’t even met yet, are mixing and mingling. You realize, you’ve made it. You’ve made it to the TCAFête and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be at that very moment…

Come join us on Saturday night at the Official TCAFête to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and maybe rub elbows with some of your favourite comics personalities!

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Special thanks to Andy Belanger for his incredible poster!

TCAF 2015 TCAFête
DJ set by Chest Hair Brown
Saturday, May 9th, 2015, 9pm – Late
@ The Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland St, Toronto
$5 (free for TCAF guests, volunteers, & staff)
19+
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For information on all TCAF 2015 events, please visit our Events Page.

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Papercutz presents Deb Lucke and The Lunch Witch!

LunchWitch_01COVPapercutz are back! And this time they’re bringing along Deb Lucke to debut her brand new book The Lunch Witch!

Deb Lucke is a writer and illustrator of children’s books with an interest in bad behaviour and horribly embarrassing incidents. Since her own childhood had plenty of both she is never short of material. Deb’s books include SneezenesiaThe Book of Time OutsThe Boy Who Wouldn’t Swim, and Never Say Boo!

The Lunch Witch is her first graphic novel, and it’s the story of a failed witch turned lunch lady who is shocked to find her evil intentions undone by a ten-year-old with thick glasses and unfinished homework.

We’re sure that this book will fit right in alongside other TCAF 2015 Debuting Kids Books, Alien Invasion in My Backyard by Rupert Bolling, and Cleopatra in Space 2: The Thief and the Sword by Mike Maihack! Keep your eyes out for all of these great books and creators in The Browsery, the new home of TCAF Kids Space at the Reference Library!

For more information on all Kids Exhibitors visiting TCAF 2015, please visit our Kids Exhibitors page.

 

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NBM Publishing at TCAF 2015

NBM Publishing are returning to TCAF, and it looks like they’ll be making quite a splash at the festival this year. Read on to learn more about the artists and authors that they will have on hand to debut some great looking books!

Davodeau_LrgFeatured Guest Étienne Davodeau

Having long been announced, we are still so excited to have Étienne Davodeau on hand to help debut his book Lulu Anew, the English-version of his much lauded work, Lulu La Femme Nue. Hailing from France, Étienne is a cartoonist of high esteem, whom we have heard from reliable sources that he is just the nicest person. We can’t wait to meet him!

Lulu Anew is the story of Lulu, who, on a whim, takes off for the shore just to get away from it all. This is just her time, getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savoring it. Surprised at her own temerity, she meets other people on the edge of the world. It wasn’t meant to be for long. It wasn’t meant to be anything but in the end, thrilling, fun, and possibly dangerous, this improvised experience will make of Lulu a different woman.

Presenting Julian Voloj, Debuting Ghetto Brother

Julian Voloj is a German-born photographer and writer who explores aspects of identity and heritage in his work. He is attending TCAF 2015 to debut Ghetto Brother, his book with illustrator Claudia Ahlering, coming this Spring from NBM.

Voloj_Julian_LrgGhetto Brother is an engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.

Julian Voloj will be doing a reading and presentation on Ghetto Brother on Thursday, May 7th at the COBA Collective of Black Artists. Presented in partnership with the Miles Nadal JCC, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, and Be’chol Lashon, this event is free to attend, but you should click on this link to register you place today!

For more information on all of our exhibitors and publishers, please see our Full Exhibitor List.

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Québec Comics at TCAF 2015

A New Poster by PASCAL BLANCHET!
Announcing the Official Welcome Party with Pow Pow Press!
Québec Comics are making a big splash at TCAF 2015!

Did you know that this year, TCAF is playing host to over 400 cartoonists from 18 countries around the world? That’s crazy! We’re so international!

1200px_pascalblanchet_poster_flat_tifAs much as we love comics from across this big blue marble we call earth, we are equally in love with comics being made within Canada! Part of the fun of getting so much global attention is the chance for us to present the great comics being made within our very own country. This year, for the 2015 festival, TCAF is helping to showcase some of the amazing comics and cartooning coming out of Québec! Read on for information on artists, books, publisher and programs at TCAF 2015 with a distinctly franco-focus…

 

New Festival Poster by Pascal Blanchet

Pascal Blanchet is a singular cartoonist and illustrator, whose books include White RapidsBaloney, La Fugue, and Nocturne. They have been published in multiple languages by esteemed publishers Les Éditions de la Pastèque (French), Drawn & Quarterly (English), and Barbara Fiore (Spanish). In coming up with our shortlist of folks who we wanted to approach in Québec for designing a festival poster, Blanchet’s name was at the top of the list.

AND HE KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post see the poster in its full, haunting glory.

 

Announcing the Official Welcome Party with Pow Pow Press

vampirecousinsOn Friday May 8th at 8pm, come on out to The Pilot (22 Cumberland St.) to celebrate the start of TCAF, and the launch of 4 newly translated books from Pow Pow Press!

Pow Pow Press are a Montreal-based publisher, who up until now have primarily put out French books. However, following a successful Kickstarter campaign in the Fall, they are debuting the English translations of four fantastic titles:

  • Vile and Miserable by Samuel Cantin,
  • Vampire Cousins by Cathon & Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau,
  • Mile End by Michel Hellman, and
  • For As Long As It Rains by Zviane!

Also on hand will be Pascal Girard, promoting his sketchbook from Pow Pow, called Dessins. We are so honoured that Pow Pow chose to debut these works at TCAF. We recently met up with them at the Festival de la Bande Desinée Francophone du Québec in Québec City, and just seeing their amazing catalogue of French-language books made our mouths water…eyes water?…We really want to read them!

Exhibitors! This event is great if you’re waiting to set up on Friday night. Drop your stuff off at The Reference Library, and then come on over to the Pilot and hang with your fellow cartoonists!

The Official Welcome Party with Pow Pow Press is sponsored by the Bureau du Québec à Toronto.

For more information on this and all TCAF 2015 events, please visit our Events Page.

Québec Comics @ TCAF 2015

andrelegeantTCAF has a long history of excellent debuts from Québecois cartoonists and publishers, and 2015 is no different. Publishing powerhouse La Pastèque are returning, and debuting the French edition of Box Brown‘s Andre the Giant (itself at TCAF 2014 Debut!). With a handsome looking new cover, André Le Géant will be available at La Pastèque’s table, where Box Brown himself will be signing!

Éditions Trip, another TCAF mainstay are returning to the fold, debuting Agalma from Stanley Wany. It. Looks. Crazy.

This year we’re happy to welcome Studio Lounak to their first ever TCAF! They are debuting the English version of Far Out by Gautier Langevin and Olivier Carpentier, a pulpy western featuring a dashing robot as the lead character! Sitting with Studio Lounak will be Gautier Langevin, Olivier Carpentier, Andy Belanger (Southern Cross), and Karl Kerschl (The Abominable Christopher Charles).

Other Québecois cartoonists to keep an eye out for include folks like Simon Bossé, Boum, Antonin Buisson, Nicole Chartrand, Patrick Hénaff, Meghan Lands, Kate Lavut, and Isabelle Melançon. There are even plenty of Montreal-based Anglos at the festival who will be repping great books, like Wai Au, Wes Craig, Meags Fitzgerald, Brenden Fletcher, Kim Hoang, and Gabrielle Mulholland & sucker press. Keep your eyes peeled and your wallets flush – you’re gonna wanna buy some stuff!

For more information on all of these exhibitors, please visit our Full Exhibitor List.

Québec Panels & Programming

Stay tuned to this website (or to our Twitter and Facebook) for when we announce the programming for the festival. There will be a number of panels and presentations featuring many of these great artists and publishers. There are also some French and bilingual panels as part of the CSSC Conference, whose programming is online now!

Please consider downloading the TCAF 2015 Guidebook to help keep track of all of these creators and events.

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Comics vs Games 4

TCAF and The Hand Eye Society present

COMICS VS GAMES 4

TCAF is only a few weeks away, and so it’s time to start announcing this year’s Comics vs Games programming!
Now in it’s 4th year, Comics vs Games is a chance to showcase some of the exciting things being done in indie gaming. There’s a pretty big overlap between indie games and indie comics, and we’re very happy to bring these games into the festival and show them to new audiences. This year we’ve expanded the showcase into a larger space on the second floor of the library and we’re filling it with over 30 local and international games covering a huge breadth of genres and styles! Come out to TCAF, meet the game developers and:

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  • Defuse a bomb in VR!
  • Find love at a cat cafe!
  • Learn about a town through its tombstones!
  • Throw things at a bear!
  • Rock out against alien invaders!
  • Adventure through ancient Mesopotamia with your friends!
  • Collect cans
  • Play with letters
  • Wander a psychedelic garden!
  • Experience life as a dog in first person!
  • Explore an alien ocean!
  • Shoot all manner of things in the face!
  • And more!

 

With so many developers coming in from out of town this will be a great chance to meet them in person and play their games before release! The Comics vs Games showcase runs during regular exhibition hours, Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Check back in for more information on some special panels and presentations in the festival programming that will highlight the creators involved in Comics vs Games!

For more information on Comics vs Games, please visit their website.

Also, check out this amazing list of games below:

 

Starfighter Eclipse

moon hunters

The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods

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