BIT BAZAAR WINTER MARKET
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
@ Bento Miso, 862 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1C9
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to sponsor BIT BAZAAR WINTER MARKET, a unique ‘craft fair’ centered around Toronto’s indie gaming community.
TCAF partnered with Bento Miso to present the first Bit Bazaar in conjunction with 2013, and we’re happy to see it looks like they’re taking the event twice-yearly. We’ll be set up at the event with a collection of TCAF-related goodies, as well as a sneak-peak at the TCAF 2014 Poster Art…! Plus, from 4pm-5pm, the TCAF booth will welcome Toronto author and artist Jim Zub, signing copies of his new comic Samurai Jack.
So head over to Bento Miso this Saturday for an event where you can “snag one-of-a-kind, limited-edition goods from over 50 exhibitors—zines, games, comics, t-shirts, posters, mixtapes, toys, snacks and tasty take-home treats—right from the artists!”
Hello from TCAF!
In 2014, TCAF will be working on a number of initiatives with Story Planet, a Toronto-based not-for-profit that provides services to young people focusing on creativity. They let us know that they’re currently looking for artists to work in some of their programs, and these are generally paid positions in the Toronto area.
If you’re interested please contact them directly.
Festival Director, TCAF
Come and be a part of our creative team!
Are you an artist who’d love to share your passion with young people? Story Planet runs many kinds of workshops and artists are an essential part of our team. We need people who can quickly illustrate characters during our weekly storymaking workshops and artists who could commit to 3 day workshops (7.5 hours) helping students develop art projects in schools.
From painting to sculpture, cartooning to collage, we’d love to introduce your creativity to kids! Please note, most of our programs pay you!
(416) 645 1049
Tit For Tat – Collaborative drawing video with Paul Pope, David B, Sam Hiti, Kagan McLeod and Frederik Peeters
Between 1969 and 1975 the French television broadcast Tac Au Tac (Tit for Tat in english) assembled cartoonists from Europe and the Americas to cooperate in improvised drawing. The 10-15 minute episodes aired in-between programing and planted the seed for a whole generation to make their own comics. While many of the nostalgic videos can be found today on youtube, a contemporary answer to the series was lacking.
This year, during the Toronto Comics and Art Festival (TCAF), five cartoonist came together to revive the idea. A spread of cheese, crackers, wine, ink, and brushes were set before five artists. Five collaborative drawings were done that night and captured upon video at Kagan McLeod’s Toronto studio. One segment has been edited (link below) with more in the works for release in the months leading up to TCAF 2014.
Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWsxXwVY0e0
Paul Pope (USA, creator of Battling Boy)
Sam Hiti (USA, creator of Death Day)
David B. (France, creator of Epileptic)
Frederik Peeters (France, artist of Sandcastle)
Kagan McLeod (Canada, creator of Infinite Kung Fu)
UPDATE: The application process for 2014 is closed. Applicants should receive notification by December 1, 2013.
UPDATE: Keeping with TCAF tradition and due to an incredible last-minute demand, we will be keeping exhibitor applications open until October 31st. We will be privileging applications made by the original due date of October 18th.
We’re happy to announce that the Application Process for The 2014 Toronto Comic Arts Festival has begun! Click here to begin your application. We will be accepting responses until Friday, October 18th, 2013.
A few quick notes about applying for TCAF:
- We are asking ALL creators, collectives, and self-publishers interested in exhibiting at TCAF 2014 to register online using the application form. If you are a full-line publisher or will require multiple table-spaces, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information no later than October 15th, 2013.
- If you are a creator attending but sitting with your publisher (i.e.: You don’t need to buy your own table), please still apply! It’ll really help us out.
- Please note that filling out an application does not guarantee table space at TCAF 2014.
- 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 2014,
c) Those creators who have not exhibited in 2013.
- We’ll be contacting everyone on or by December 1st to let them know if their registration and table space requests have been accepted.
- TCAF 2014 will be held May 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2014, with its main exhibition at the Toronto Reference Library on the 10th and 11th.
If you have any problems, please contact email@example.com.
- Christopher Butcher, Festival Director.
- Miles Baker, Managing Director
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is once again returning to Japan, to continue its goal of promoting Canadian comics, and their authors and artists, around the world. This year the trip will be led by Peter Birkemoe, with TCAF staff Miles Baker, Andrew Townsend, and Jocelyne Allen attending the festival. Participating authors include Kim Hoang, Kagan McLeod, David Namisato, Miguel Sternberg, and Christine Love.
The centerpiece of this trip remains their participation and exhibition in Kaigai Manga Festa, or The International Comic Festa as it has become known in English. This one day festival (the regular state-of-affairs for Japanese comics events) will take place alongside the popular comics event Comitia, with an estimated 30,000 members of the public expected to attend.
Here is a brief run down of events that TCAF will be participating in:
Kaigai Manga Festa 2013
October 20th, 2013. 11am-4pm
@ Tokyo Big Sight, Odaiba
This year’s exhibitors include Canadian authors Kim Hoang, Kagan McLeod, and David Namisato, alongside TCAF Comics Vs. Games founder and video game maker Miguel Sternberg, and Comics Vs. Games exhibitor Christine Love. Kaigai Manga Festa’s feature guests include TCAF 2013 Featured Guest Taiyo Matsumoto, as well as Nicolas De Crecy (Prospopus), Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad), Adi Granov (Iron Man), Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail), Arthur de Pang (Zombillénium), and Yasuhiro Nightow (Trigun).
Manga Education and Cultural Exchange Symposium
@ Kaigai Manga Festa
TCAF’s Peter Birkemoe will participate in an important discussion on the nature of comics and manga education internationally. The talk will be a collaboration between the anime and manga industry, government, and academia. The nature of comics education in Japan, France, Canada, and internationally will be held, and ideas will be shared on improving and strengthening relations between comics and manga schools.
Exhibition of “Scott Pilgrim” Original Artworks
At Presspop Gallery, Parco 3, Shibuya
Begins October 22nd, 2013
Perhaps the most internationally recognized Canadian comics of the last decade are author Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series, translated into more than a dozen languages, including Japanese! TCAF and Presspop Gallery are proud to present an exhibition of original artworks from across the Scott Pilgrim series, to be shown in the prestigious Presspop Gallery Space, in PARCO 3, Shibuya. More information to come!
Display of TCAF Materials and Books
The E.H. Norman Library of the Embassy of Canada in Japan
Begins October 24th, 2013
A selection of posters and prints, and featured books by Canadian authors, from across the history of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, will be on display at the Embassy of Canada in Japan’s prestigious E.H. Norman Library.
Here are biographies of this year’s participating artists:
‘s pen-and-ink drawing style is influenced by shoujo manga with an indie comics twist. Kim crafts tales about steadfast friendships, budding romances, and the adventure found in everyday encounters. She is a member of Love Love Hill, a Canadian collective of comic artists. We independently self-publish anthologies of short comics, art zines, and minis, all lovingly bound in handmade volumes.
is a writer and developer of videogames about stories, who is interested in telling stories about love and the way people interact with technology. She also likes frilly dresses and cute girls… although perhaps not in the same way. Her first work translated into Japanese is a visual novel called Analogue: A Hate Story. Cuteness and sincerity are the most important things in the world to her, so please, work hard with her to help make the world a cuter place!
: Kagan McLeod is the author of the graphic novel Infinite Kung-Fu, and has been illustrating for magazines, newspapers and design firms since 1999. Clients include Entertainment Weekly, Nickelodeon, Nike, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal, and more. He is most recognized internationally for his expertly researched “History of Rap” poster, which has been featured on TV, magazines, and the internet.
is a comic book creator from Toronto who grew up reading manga. He began his artistic career illustrating for children’s magazines, but now works mainly in comics. David’s work is often an expression of the harmony and contradictions between the Japanese and Canadian cultures in which he grew up.
is a veteran of Toronto’s indie game & comics scenes. He is one half of Spooky Squid Games, a former co-founder of Capybara Games and helps run The Hand Eye Society a videogame arts and culture organization where he started Comics vs Games a TCAF event encouraging collaboration between independent comic and game developers. His pixel art has graced the back cover of Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together, the movie Crank and the web game Legends of Zork. Spooky Squid’s first commercial game They Bleed Pixels is currently being translated into Japanese by Playism.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator!
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is looking for an enthusiastic individual to recruit and coordinate a team of approximately 200 volunteers. Now in its 11th year, the Festival attracts 20 000 attendees per year across multiple downtown Toronto venues in early May. The 2014 Volunteer Coordinator will work with the TCAF executive and their predecessor to learn the role; ideally they would continue in this position for several years. There may be opportunities for increased Festival responsibilities in subsequent years.
- recruit and deploy a team of approximately 200 volunteers in order to staff the Toronto Comic Arts Festival across multiple dates and venues
- manage the online sign-up process, and field questions from prospective volunteers
- create a detailed, flexible volunteer schedule based on the needs of the Festival and the availabilities and attributes of the volunteers
- give meaningful direction to a diverse team of volunteers in a fast-paced setting
- through successful deployment/direction of the volunteers, create a positive TCAF experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests
- August through December: a total of 5 to 10 hours, spread out over those 5 months
- January through March: an average of about 1 hour/week (meetings, answering volunteer emails)
- late March through April: meetings, correspondence, and planning increase in frequency: about 5 hours/week, including some weekends
- first week of May: about 15-20 hours of work
- May 9th, 10th, 11th: on-site at TCAF, before open until after close
- communicate effectively both orally and via email
- be able to speak confidently to groups and manage crowds
- create a positive environment based on inclusion and respect for diversity and difference
- transmit enthusiasm for the Festival and for comics as a medium
- HR experience and/or experience managing a large team of people
- experience with TCAF, either as an attendee or a volunteer is an asset
- spoken French and/or Japanese is an asset
- familiarity with comics would be ideal!
Do you think you’d be a great fit for this position? Please email TCAF Managing Director Miles Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief cover letter and a résumé by August 27th, 2013.
- Chris Butcher, Miles Baker, and the staff of TCAF
Axe Cop Premiere and Skype Q&A
w Ethan and Malachai Nicolle from Los Angeles
(Moderated by Mike Valiquette of Canadian Animation Resources)
Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 10:00am
TIFF Bell Lightbox, TIFF Cinema 2
The Beguiling Books & Art and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival are proud to partner with TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, for the premiere of AXE COP, based on the graphic novel by Ethan and Malachai Nicolle.
Developed as a webcomic between 29-year-old Ethan Nicolle and his 5-year-old brother, Malachai, AXE COP has evolved into a world-wide phenomena. Fox TV just picked it up as a late-night cartoon and it premieres on the Saturday night of TAAFI! TAAFI will show that first episode, followed by a live Skype interview with Ethan and Malachai from L.A. lead by Mike Valiquette (Canadian Animation Resources).
Get A Discount! To receive a 10% discount on TAAFI Passes, use the code TCAFTAAFI2013 at checkout!
Thanks to the folks at TAAFI for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event! If you want to get caught up on all of the great AXE COP comics and graphic novels, copies of all books are currently in stock at The Beguiling!
TAAFI is Toronto’s first and foremost international animation festival, developed to celebrate the many forms of animation from around the world, supporting and nurturing the community that creates this art form. July 26-28 Corus Quay & TIFF Bell Lightbox. More info at http://taafi.com/festival/.
My name is Christopher Butcher, and I am the Co-Founder and Festival Director of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (lovingly known as TCAF). A month ago, I presided over and celebrated the 10th Anniversary of TCAF, a celebration of the best of comics, graphic novels, and their creators, from Canada and abroad. On behalf of the entire TCAF team, I’d like to thank everyone who attended, who exhibited, and who worked to make TCAF 2013 a huge success.
TCAF 2013 was a year of anniversaries: 10 years since the Festival’s founding, our fifth time holding TCAF at Toronto Reference Library and in conjunction with presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library, and wrapping up lead sponsor The Beguiling Books and Art’s 25th year in operation. These were all great reasons to celebrate with our biggest and most diverse roster of attending authors yet, our most international festival, and our largest-ever Festival footprint.
In keeping with tradition, I’ll be wrapping up the festival in the text that follows informally rather than doing a big Press Release for it. I hope you enjoy it!
Book Your Time Off: TCAF 2014, May 9th, 10th, and 11th
We’ve been asked about a hundred times since TCAF 2013 wrapped, so we figured we would put the information that most people are anxious about up-front: TCAF will be returning to Toronto Reference Library and The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon on Friday May 9th, Saturday May 10th, and Sunday May 11th, 2014.
Friday May 9th will be a professional development day with programming intended for professionals working in or around the comics industry. This will include the very successful TCAF Librarian and Educator Day (presented by The Beguiling) as in 2012 and 2013, and new for 2014 a day of programming oriented to comics professionals for skills building and development. We are also hoping for additional citywide comics-related programming for the general public, with discussions on that front already underway.
Saturday May 10th and Sunday May 11th will continue the format of TCAF 2013, with the main exhibition area at Toronto Reference Library and Bram and Bluma Appel Salon. This will also include panels & programming at various venues in the Yonge & Bloor area including the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, and additional off-site venues in the spirit of this year’s ‘Bit Bazzar’ and ‘World of Taiyo Matsumoto’ exhibitions .
We think it’s important to include the May 9th date in the ‘official’ TCAF 2014 dates, because we will be doing a full day of programming that fits within TCAF’s aims and goals. We’ll do our best to ensure the general public is informed and educated that there will be no exhibitor area on this day.
And, yes, the Sunday of TCAF 2014 will again coincide with Mother’s Day. We encourage all moms who haven’t already done so to get on board with comics and TCAF (or, failing that, we encourage children to schedule a nice early brunch before TCAF opens to the public at 11am).
Managing Crowds, Managing Attendance, Building TCAF
We understand that reporting bigger numbers is usually better, but when the majority of your festival takes place in a fixed space, I can tell you, you’d be happy with managing the attendance to be roughly equal…! This year’s attendance across all TCAF events was essentially static as compared to 2012, with a total of about 18,000 attendees. In short, the library had slightly higher crowds on Saturday than a year ago (despite more off-site programming than ever before!) with lower crowds on Sunday thanks to some pretty mean and unpredictable weather (anyone for snow/hail/rain/hail?).
Our off-site events welcomed higher attendance thanks to an increased advertising and promotional focus on TCAF as a larger umbrella for comics events beyond the two day library exhibition. Attendance was very encouraging for off-site events, including a beyond-capacity 1800 people visiting the BIT BAZZAR space at Bento Miso, and more than 1,000 people visiting The World of Taiyo Matsumoto exhibition and presentations at The Japan Foundation.
One of TCAF’s goals going forward is to expand the public perception of the Festival as a larger idea taking place over a longer stretch of time, and comprised of many individual events. Our expanded partnerships with cultural organizations like The Japan Foundation, and similarly dedicated organizations like Bento Miso will help to make this expansion possible.
Thank you for your support!
On that note, the support of our sponsors and partners was crucial in creating TCAF 2013, the biggest and most complicated iteration of the event.
Primarily, we would like to thank presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library, including the staffs of Toronto Reference Library and The Appel Salon, for their continued partnership and huge contribution to the Festival. The partnership between TCAF and Toronto Public Library continues to reinforce the core ideals of the Festival: Comics are for everyone. TCAF is a free event, TCAF is about books and authors, and TCAF is open to everyone, comics fans and newcomers to the medium alike, and TCAF’s partnership with Toronto Public Library is and will continue to be integral to those goals.
TCAF also receives financial and other support from a number of organizations, including: The Beguiling Books and Art and Little Island Comics; Support from the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; Programming sponsorship by Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation; general sponsorship by VIZ Media; promotional support from NOW Magazine and Owlkids.
In addition, TCAF would not have as rich, diverse, and international an array of authors without the support of the governmental and cultural organizations who work to promote comics culture around the world: The Australian Government through The Australian Council for the Arts, The Japan Foundation, The Consulate General of France in Toronto, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, The Flemish Literature Fund, The Consulate General of Israel in Toronto and Western Canada, the Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, The Government of Finland, and the Austrian Cultural Forum.
TCAF partners with organizations and businesses including Bento Miso, Midoco, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, The Toronto Hand Eye Society, Attract Mode, Church on Church, Steamwhistle Brewing, Beau’s All Natural Brewing CO., The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, and Andrew Lesk and the New Narrative Conference, to program events throughout the city of Toronto; we thank them for their generous support!
Finally, a note of thanks to George Rohac and Benign Kingdom, a wonderful art organization and publisher who came in at the last minute to sponsor the TCAFete, and consequently did not get as much recognition for their generous support as they might’ve otherwise.
All About TCAF 2013
I think that it’s safe to say TCAF 2013 continued the trend of reaching farther, and having greater ambition, than our previous successful events. We pushed very hard to expand the reach and the depth of the festival in 2013, and while I will say that we stumbled a touch during the execution, the attendees of TCAF 2013 had a marvelous time, and I personally am very proud of the event, the staff who created it, and the hundreds of volunteers who donated their time and energy to execute such a complicated undertaking.
I think it’s pretty clear that my personal highlight was getting to create such a large slate of programming around Featured Guest Taiyo Matsumoto, one of my cartooning heroes. Matsumoto is a genius cartoonist, and to be able to communicate my love of his work to thousands of people over the course of the weekend is the realization of a decades-old dream, and the result of more than 5 years of planning. While I have a lot of love for all of our exhibiting authors, this is a personal and career milestone for me, and I’m happy I could share it with you.
I’m also incredibly proud of the diversity of our line-up for 2013, in more ways than one. More than 150 authors and artists exhibited at TCAF for the first time in 2013, ensuring a very healthy mix of fresh faces and unique voices in our exhibition areas. We welcomed cartoonists from more than 18 countries, our highest count ever, with first-time exhibitors from Argentina, Austria, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, and Switzerland. We developed our first two non-English ‘landing pages’ for the TCAF website, making it easier than ever for attendees to visit TCAF and Toronto. And our list of Featured Guests was like a who’s who of prominent international cartoonists from across Europe, and I couldn’t be prouder than to see these magnificent authors illustrate such a diverse and compelling picture of the medium at TCAF.
Also on a personal note, we also strove to represent queer creators and works in our biggest way ever this year. The focus began with the participation of Featured Guest Gengoroh Tagame, and Featured Guest and TCAF 10th Anniversary Poster Artist Maurice Vellekoop, two of the most recognizable queer creators in the world and the subjects of a popular off-site art show this year, and then that focus expanded to include the participation of dozens of queer cartoonists and works, something I’m very proud of, and something I’ll work to build in future years.
TCAF 2013 was really about building on past successes, and growing them. Our very successful Library and Educator Day welcomed an attendance increase over 2012, our presentation of the Comics Vs. Games 2 program was exceptionally well attended, and we opened a brand new, 390-seat programming space for our largest comics programs, which also welcomed The Doug Wright Awards on Saturday night!
I really do feel that, year over year, TCAF continues to engage more and more people—from Toronto and around the world—with the comics medium. We feel that in partnership with some great organizations, amazing people, and a top-notch set of author and artist exhibitors, we’re putting comics’ best foot forward and bringing hundreds—if not thousands—of new readers into the medium every year.
We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You!
Speaking of the folks who made TCAF a success, we’d like to thank some of them now. In addition to the generous support of our sponsors and partner organizations as outlined above, we would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for making TCAF 2013 a success:
- Event partners: The Finnish Comics Society’s Maura Mannein and crew; The Hand-Eye Society’s Miguel Sternberg; Attract Mode’s Matt Hawkins and Adam Robezzoli; Bento Miso’s Jennie Faber; Matt and the team at Steamwhistle Brewing; Beau’s; Church on Church; The New Narrative Conference and Andrew Lesk; The Comic Lounge and Nicole Marie Burton; Benign Kingdom and George Rohac; The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre.
- Thank you to all of our Publishing partners, who arranged and executed very complex schedules to bring authors to TCAF, schedule debut books, and contribute to the overall texture and make-up of the festival. Our special thanks to the following publishers who contributed financially to bring Featured Guests to TCAF 2013: Conundrum Books, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics Books, Koyama Press, PictureBox Inc., Random House Canada, Scholastic Books, Self Made Hero, United Media, Yale University Press.
- We would especially like to thank TCAF 2013 Poster Artists Taiyo Matsumoto and Maurice Vellekoop, for creating beautiful posters to celebrate our 2013 show and tenth anniversary. In addition, our thanks to Gengoroh Tagame who created an original illustration used in the promotion of TCAF. We feel we should point out that all three of these images, alongside the previous TCAF posters, are available at The Beguiling’s online store.
- Our thanks to the staff of Toronto Public Library, Toronto Reference Library, and The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, for their support and planning assistance. In particular, thanks to Ab Velasco for his tireless support of TCAF.
- We would like to send a special thanks to our TCAF Featured Guests and exhibitors including Bill Amend, David B., Boulet, Ivan Brunetti, C.F., Chihoi, Glyn Dillon, Lisa Hanawalt, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Chip Kidd, Michael Kupperman, Eric Lambe, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Ulli Lust, Taiyo Matsumoto, Rutu Modan, Francoise Mouly, Frederik Peeters, Paul Pope, Michel Rabagliati, Dash Shaw, Art Spiegelman, Gengoroh Tagame, Raina Telgemeier, Judith Vanistendael, Maurice Vellekoop, and the 300+ other wonderful authors, artists, and publishers who spent their time with us this May.
- A special note here thanking the folks who helped make ‘The World of Taiyo Matsumoto’ possible: Shogakukan Inc. and staff, Hideki Egami of IKKI Magazine, Leyla Aker and Atsushi Yanai of VIZ Media, Alvin Lu, and Kate Sculin and Mariko Lilifeldt of The Japan Foundation. It is not easy to mount a 100+ piece art show, and your support was appreciated, and necessary.
- I would personally like to thank Paul Tjepkema for single-handedly framing the Matsumoto and Vellekoop & Tagame art shows. While he is a Beguiling staffer, he really went above and beyond this year. The shows looked great Paul, you have the gratitude of myself and thousands of people who attended these shows.
- And on that note, a thanks to all of the staff of The Beguiling and Little Island Comics for their work in support of TCAF. Every single employee of those two stores, the lead sponsors of TCAF, basically inherit an extra job for a few months leading up to May, and they handle the additional workload with grace and professionalism—we really do appreciate it.
- Congratulations to the staff and organizers of The Doug Wright Awards for their successful 9th outing! Next year’s the big one folks!
- This being our 10th Anniversary, we’d like to recognize the accomplishments of the TCAF Staff Members from 2003-2012 who are no longer with TCAF, but who helped shape and grow the festival and helped make it what it is today: Matthew Seiden, Rob Broughton, Sean Rogers, Tory Woollcott, Kate Dickson, Rizielde Roculan, Tariq Samir, Jon Ellis, and dozens more people who offered advice and direction. All of these people contributed enormously to TCAF when there wasn’t as much attention on what we were doing up here in Toronto, but we all owe them a debt of gratitude.
- Our continued thanks to friends and colleagues who contribute meaningfully to the creation of TCAF’s identity on many fronts, including Steven Murray, Diana McNally, Corey Mintz, Nadine Lessio, and Shane Bennett.
- As TCAF continues to become a more international event, the necessity of translators helping us to communicate with the larger world (and the world with us) becomes ever more valuable. First and foremost we would like to recognize Jocelyne Allen for her incredible contribution to the festival, this year and every year. We’d also like to thank Sophie Bipsing, Maki Hakui, Yasu Minegashi, Anne Ishi, and Takeshi Miyazawa for their translation support at TCAF and over the last year.
- Thank you to TCAF’s head volunteers and site coordinators for 2013: Parrish Kilthei, Lindsay Archibald, Radwa Auda, Connor Baker, Luc Becker, Amanda Brooks, Cassie Burrell, Avery Cieszynski, Derrick Guerin, Linda Moss, Tiff Preney, Dan Seljak, and Sally Sparrow—you had a very difficult job and you performed wonderfully at it. We hope to welcome you back next year.
- Speaking for myself for a second, I would like to thank the rest of the staff of TCAF for their hard work and dedication to the Festival this year. There’s a great deal more to be said than would be appropriate to list here, but, simply, the Festival wouldn’t happen without an amazing team of smart, dedicated folks working it. Miles Baker, Gina Gagliano, Scott Robins, Peter Birkemoe, Andrew Townsend, Krystle Tabujara, Parrish Kilthei, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Nathalie Atkinson, and newcomers Lindsay Gibb, Georgia Webber, and Jamie Edwards, thank you.
Finally, TCAF would not be possible without the support of its many volunteers. Thank you to all of the volunteers and everyone who has donated their time to help make TCAF a success.
Moving forward into 2014
We’ve just come off TCAF’s internal post-mortem, and meetings with our partners, venues, and sponsors, and the overwhelming feedback is that everyone is very happy with 2013, and excited and eager to begin planning for 2014.
Within TCAF, we’ve already started making changes to accommodate a newer, better way of working, with each other, with our exhibitors and guests, and with the public. We’re happy to announce that Miles Baker has become TCAF’s first full-time employee, and has already begun his new role as Managing Director of TCAF. Many of the TCAF staff will also be changing their responsibilities within the organization, with a goal of working earlier, communicating better, and managing the continued growth of TCAF into 2014 and beyond.
It’s been 10 long years since the first TCAF, and while elements of both shows are similar, TCAF 2013 doesn’t look a whole heck of a lot like TCAF 2003. All of us working on the festival are excited to see what the future will bring, and our hope is that 10 years from now that the Festival looks completely different again, but still working to promote Canadian cartoonists, and the medium of comics in general.
So in closing, on behalf of myself and the entire staff, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to make The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2013 a success. We’ll hopefully see you next year.
Christopher Butcher, Festival Director and Co-Founder
On behalf of…
Peter Birkemoe, Co-Founder
Miles Baker, Managing Director
Gina Gagliano, Programming Director
Scott Robins, Kids Programming Coordinator
Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Volunteer Coordinator
Andrew Townsend, Support Manager
Parrish Kilthei, Tech Coordinator
Krystle Tabujara, Logistics Manager
…and the staff of The Beguiling, The Beguiling Library Services, and Little Island Comics
TCAF Photos used in this post by Joanna Wong, http://www.joannawong.ca/
Hi there, TCAF Director Christopher Butcher here.
We’re wrapping up a bunch of stuff related to this year’s Festival right now, but I wanted to jump in here with a bit of important news.
TCAF 2013 was the final year for our Kids Programming Coordinator Scott Robins, who has been with the Festival as Kids Programming Coordinator since 2005, and attended the first festival in 2003 as an ardent supporter.
Scott’s main “job” at TCAF was programming and scheduling the panels and presentations for kids at the Festival, but really he was a huge part of the team and helped set the tone and direction for what we did every year. Scott helped us secure many of our wonderful guests, and made them feel welcome in Toronto. He hosted and participated in numerous panels about comics and graphic novels as well, helping to illuminate that area of the industry. He personally pushed for a greater inclusion of Kids programming and material in TCAF, and following his lead in that area has made us one of the most diverse and inclusive festivals for readers of any age in North America.
I think it goes without saying, we’re really sad to lose him as part of our team.
On a personal note, Scott has been a good friend of mine for a very, very long time. Working on TCAF with him was very easy because of that friendship, sometimes too easy. I know that on more than one occasion I haven’t credited or thanked him in the way I should have, as a hard-working professional doing a solid job, because I saw him as “my friend Scott.” So Scott, I’m truly sorry about that, and I’m very proud of what you’ve accomplished with TCAF, and outside of it.
Scott will continue to forge new and important paths in the realms of children’s comics and graphic novels, as a full-time librarian with Toronto Public Library, as a blogger at School Library Journal’s Good Comics For Kids, and as a writer of fine books like “A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics.” We all look forward to seeing what you do next, Scott!
So if you see Scott around Toronto or at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego, I hope you’ll take a moment to thank him for the hard work and dedication he’s shown to TCAF and to promoting comics for kids, tweens, teens, and all readers, for well over a decade now.
Director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Hey folks! Unfortunately there are 4 substantial errors in the Festival guide that’s been printed, and here are the corrections to those errors.
1. Bento Miso (Comics vs. Games Host) is at 862 Richmond St. W.
We’re really very sorry about this, but we made a serious error in regards to the address for Bento Miso. It is located at 862 Richmond St. West. While the address was correct elsewhere in the program, it was wrong on the map page. Bento Miso is hosting the Comics Vs. Games 2 event, including Saturday’s BIT BAZAAR. More info at The Bento Miso Website. Here’s the corrected map page:
2. TCAF 2013 Sponsor MIDOCO is located outside of the 2nd floor Appel Salon
Art supplies retailer and TCAF sponsor MIDOCO will be set-up outside the door to the Appel Salon on the second floor of Toronto Reference Library. The space was previously listed as “The Beguiling Signing Tables. Corrected Map image below:
3. Seth will be signing at Drawn & Quarterly’s tables, 129-130 Sunday, from 12:15-1:15
He was erroniously listed as signing at The Marriott during that time.
4. The Hand Eye Society is exhibiting at Tables B9 – B11
The Hand Eye Society are a great group of folks who promote indy game-making and indy game culture. They will be exhibiting at TCAF this year in the Beeton Auditorium, tables B11, B10, and B9. On the map, these tables were listed under the names of two of the organizers of the Comics Vs. Games event, Miguel Sternberg (Toronto Hand Eye Society) and Matt Hawkins (AttractMode). For good measure, here’s the first-floor Atrium map again:
Also, there are lots and lots of typos. We’re really sorry about the typos.
Hi folks! Here’s the signing schedule for TCAF 2013. Please read the instructions below carefully.
Ticketed Signings and Line Caps for for 2013
This year, to alleviate some of our lines and prevent disappointment by fans who have lined up to see their favourite author, we will be ticketing signings for certain authors and more aggressively capping lines for other guests. We appreciate your patience and cooperation!
Andrew Hussie Signing Information
Andrew Hussie is the creator of MSPaint Adventures, and will be signing for 2 hours each day, Saturday and Sunday! His signings will require tickets that you pick up in advance.
Saturday Show Open at 9am: Get your tickets for Andrew Hussie’s Saturday, 2:45pm signing at The Marriott, at the TOPATOCO table, #230 at Toronto Reference Library. Limited to the first 200 people, 1 ticket per person.
Sunday Show Open at 11am: Get your tickets for Andrew Hussie’s Sunday, 1:30pm signing at The Marriott, at the TOPATOCO table, #230 at Toronto Reference Library.
Limited to the first 200 people, 1 ticket per person.
Bryan Lee O’Malley Signing Information
Bryan Lee O’Malley is the creator of Scott Pilgrim. He will have 2 1 hour signings on Saturday (Oni Press, 10-11) and Bento Miso (off-site, 2:30-3:30), and two signings on Sunday (below). The Sunday signings will require tickets that you pick up in advance.
Saturday Show Open at 9am: Get your tickets for Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Sunday, 11am signing at The Marriott, at the ONI PRESS table, #136 at Toronto Reference Library. Limited to the first 75 people.
Sunday Show Open at 11am: Get your tickets for Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Sunday, 4pm signing at The Marriott, at the ONI PRESS table, #136 at Toronto Reference Library. Limited to the first 75 people.
Due to a miscommunication, we’ve been telling people that Julia Wertz is coming to TCAF when she, in fact, is not. She never was.
We’re really sorry about this, to you fans, and espescially to Julia. We never do this sort of thing, and we’re very, very sorry for any disappointment this may cause.
Julia’s new book “The Infinite Wait and Other Stores” will be available at The Koyama Press booth.
- Christopher Butcher, Director, TCAF
Here they are, folks
I’m happy to be able to release the floor maps for the 2013 Toronto Comic Arts Festival. It’s got more exhibitors than ever before, from more countries than ever before, with more debut books than ever before—it’s going to be amazing. A full alphabetical list of every guest, exhibitor, and publisher follows the maps.
These beautiful maps will also be available in the Festival Guide, so you can find and circle all the guests you want to see. It’s all about strategy!
We’ll have Festival Guides at all our events in the lead up to the festival, so please pick one up. If you can’t wait, may I direcet your attention to the Events Page at the top of this page.
2D Cloud 147
Christoper Adams 147
Leisl Adams 208
Sam Alden 241
Alternative Comics 232
Phillip Amara Signing
Gene Ambaum 268
Bill Amend Signing
Marc Arsenault 232
Sam Arthur 124-125
Wai Au 274
Adam Aylard 246
Sean Azzopardi 216
David B 127-128
Scarlette Baccini B1-B3
Derf Backderf 151
Lauren Barnett 102
Art Baxter 212
Jonathan Baylis 246
Andy Belanger 263
Lucy Bellwood 148
Benign Kingdom 218-221
Bento Comics 208
Stefan Berg 240
Ramsey Beyer 213
Maria Björklund B4
Blank Slate Books 126
Gillian Blekkenhorst 210
Matt Bors 137
Simon Bossé 109
Ivan Brandon Signing
Kat Bride 100
Broken Pencil 164
Box Brown 123
Chester Brown “107, 129-130″
Andy Brown 118-119
Ivan Brunetti Signing
Antonin Buisson 116
Nate Bulmer 131-133
Nina Bunjevac 120
Mirranda Burton B1-B3
Christopher M. Butzer 236
scott C 154
Adam Cadwell 156
scott campbell B5
Ross Campbell 273
Kevin Cannon 222
William Cardini 248
Lilli Carré 115
RJ Casey 257
Caitlin Cass 116
Cecil Castellucci 262
Jon Chad 259
Afu Chan 258
Scott Chantler 261
Nicole Chartrand 222
Shawn Cheng B12
Svetlana Chmakova 208
MIchael Cho RAID
Zan Christensen 203
Jana Christy 249
Chromatic Press 207
Marta Chudolinska 240
Anthony Clark 223-230
Becky Cloonan 264
David Collier 118-119
Rosa Colon 244
Color Code Printing B5
Joey Comeau 223-230
Conundrum Press 118-119
JP Coovert 134
Danielle Corsetto 209
Aaron Costain 135
Kevin Czapiewski 233
Gigi D.G. 109
Evan Dahm 218-221
Matthew Daley 239
Willow Dawson 145
Michael DeForge 131-133
Blue Delliquanti 238
Julie Delporte 131-133
Devastator Quarterly 153
Aaron Diaz 223-230
Glynn Dillon 127-128
Domino Books B7
Sean Dove B15
Drawn & Quarterly 107, 129-130
Becky Dreisdadt 218-221
Kate Drwecka 110
Rachel Dukes 149
Oliver East 141
Editions Trip 115
Jesse Eisenhower 138
Efehan Elbi 141
Marc Ellerby 156
Jeffrey Ellis 122
Theo Ellsworth 108
Austin English B7
Edie Fake 150
Fanfare / Ponent Mon 144
Julie Faulkner 205
Ray Fawkes B8
Eric Feurstein 252
Jessica Fink 252
Finnish Comics Society B4
Sean Ford 160
Charles Forsman 161
Audra Ann Furuichi 266
Monica Gallagher 204
Marnie Galloway 256
Agnes Garbowska 152
Frederic Gauthier 113-114
Andrei Georgescu 162
Zack Giallongo 215
Miriam Gibson 260
Frank Gibson 218-221
Sarah Glidden 105
Marijka Gooding B1-B3
Adam Gorhan RAID
veronica graham 138
Caanan Grall 256
Meredith Gran 223-230
John Green 255
KC Green 218-221
Grimalkin Press 103
Polly Guo 258
Kalle Hakkola B4
Justin Hall 204
Priscilla (Rem) Hamby 207
Lisa Hanawalt 107, 129-130
Dustin Harbin 137
Flu Hartberg B14
Chris Hastings 223-230
Matt Hawkins B9-B11
Emma hayley 127-128
Dan Hayward B1-B3
Hazel & Bell 101
Trevor Henderson 210
Gilbert Hernandez “107, 129-130″
Jaime Hernandez 142-143
Ian Herring RAID
Dan Hess 208
Hic & Hoc 102
Faith Erin Hicks 260
Hivework Comics 243
Kim Hoang 274
Peter + Maria Hoey 100
Megan Hogan 147
Mike Holmes 251
Emily Horne 223-230
Mike Horowitz 101
Edwin Huang 211
Scott Hume 163
Andrew Hussie 223-230
Tyler Hutchison 247
Jeph Jacques 223-230
Anthony Jenkins Signing
Cathy G. Johnson 233
Tom Kaczynski 158
Aya Kakeda 235
Bill Kartalopoulos B6
Victor Kerlow 131-133
Karl Kerschl 263
Chipp Kidd Signing
Jason Kieffer 121
Alex Kim 160
Dan Kim 273
Matt Kindt B8
Becka Kinzie RAID
Robert Kirby 202
Irma Kniivila RAID
Lucy Knisley 206
Eric Kostiuk Williams B15
Koyama Press 131-133
Josh Kramer 237
Michael Kupperman 142-143
Braden Lamb 250
Eric Lambé B6
Joseph Lambert 160
Dave Lapp 120
Hope Larson 149
Kate Lavut 162
Greer Lawson 147
Jeff Lemire B8
Kate Leth 223-230
Hilary Leung 122
Chris Leung 268
Little Foolery B6
Little Island Comics 271-272
Stuart Livingston 217
Dennis Lo 208
Sam Logan 223-230
Max Loh 214
Francisco López 105
Mike Luckas 205
Ulli Lust 142-143
Paddy Lynch 219
Paul Lyons 245
Nick Maandag 121
Gregory Mackay B1-B3
Jane Mai 131-133
David Malki ! 223-230
Julie Man 274
Steve Manale 131-133
Aaron Manczyk 141
Stephanie Mannheim 110
Maura Manninen B4
Benjamin Marra 155
Murilo Martins 264
John Martz 135
Nina Matsumoto B13
Taiyo Matsumoto Signing
Barry Matthews 108
Robin McConnell 232
Conor McCreery RAID
Kel McDonald 218
Patrick McEown 127-128
David McGuire 251
Brian McLachlan RAID
Kagan McLeod 157
Amanda Meadows 153
Dylan Meconis B13
Marlo Meekins 223-230
Melissa Mendes 160
Mille Putois 109
Rebecca Mock 242
Rutu Modan 107, 129-130
Erika Moen 247
Hanneriina Moisseinen B4
Annie Mok 111
Monkey Rope Press 256
Sfé Monster 234
Matt Moses 102
Most Ancient 138
Francoise Mouley Signing
Kris Mukai 244
Bruce Mutard B1-B3
Dan Nadel 139-140
David Namisato 152
Pranas Naujokaitis 157
Renee Nault 214
Vicki Nerino 146
Josh Neufeld 112
Ryan North 223-230
Northwest Press 203
David Nuss B7
Joe Ollmann 118-119
Bryan Lee O’Malley Signing
Oni Press 136
Yuko Ota 218-221
Ananth Panagariya 218-221
Shelli Paroline 250
Mike Parsons 145
La Pasteque 113-114
Maritsa Patrinos 242
Frederik Peeters 127-128
Ramon Perez RAID
Kyle Petersen 110
Ed Piskor 142-143
Chris Pitzer 117
Greg Pizzoli 265
Paul Pope Singing
Liz Prince 213
Jen Lee Quick 207
Joe Quinones 216
Michel Rabagliati 118-119
Noreen Rana 260
Monica Ray 215
Rebus Books B6
Erin Rei 210
Rigged Books 110
Ethan Rilly 121
Benjamin Rivers 151
Rivial House Press B7
Stephen Robson 144
Dave Roman 255
Jonathan Rosenberg 223-230
Kenan Rubenstein B14
Jim Rugg 262
Anne Rumberger 150
Marian Runk 150
Anna Sailamaa B4
Yumi Sakugawa 241
Salgood Sam 111
Ryan Sands 155
Vanessa Satone 163
Secret Arces 108
Daryl Seitchik 110
Seth 107, 129-130
John Seven 249
Seven Stories Press 150
Katie Shanahan 217
Dash Shaw 142-143
Daniel Shelton 113-114
Pat Shewchuk 104
Jordan Shiveley 103
Tim Sievert 222
Kara Sievewright 259
Cory Silverberg 267
Alexandra Singer B6
Caitlin Skaalrud 234
Fiona Smyth 267
Katie So 100
Soda Pop Comics 244
Kean Soo 266
Art Spiegelman 107, 129-130
Ken Steacy 239
Martin Steenton 106
Miguel Sternberg B9-B11
Karl Stevens 232
Chris Stevens RAID
Phillip Street Signing
Jennifer Strombeck 207
Gengorgh Tamage 139-140
Johann Tebrake 210
Raina Telgemeier 255
Marc Tessier 115
Josh Tierney 258
Tin Can Forest 104
Jen Tong 235
Toon Books 270
Top Shelf Productions 231, 253-254
Stefan Tosheff 100
Spike Trotman 242
Jason Turner 238
Laurianne Uy 159
Kyla Vanderklugt 258
Judith Vanistendael 127-128
Geoff Vasile B5
Jen Vaughn 148
Eric Vedder RAID
Maurice Vellekoop 201
Katherine Verhoeven 210
Frank Viva 270
George A. Walker 240
Leigh Walton 231, 253-254
Andy Warner 237
Adam Warren 212
Luke Weber 245
Julia Wertz 131-133
Joe White 154
Maris Wicks 216
Eric Wight 269
Elaine M. Will 232
Britt Wilson 146
Mike Winters 248
Sapphire Wong 214
Jenn Woodall 210
Alex Woolfson 202
Tory Woollcott 266
Sophie Yanow 112
Yeti Press 257
Youth In Decline 155
Jim Zub 211
Regretfully, acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch has been unable to resolve passport issues in France, and will not be attending this year’s TCAF as scheduled.
Obviously we are very disappointed but the circumstances are beyond our control. We would be happy to welcome Blutch to TCAF or to Toronto another time. For futher information, please refer to the PictureBox website.
Are your walls looking a little bare? Is your TCAF memorabilia out of date?
Just in time for the 2013 festival (phewf!) our two official posters are being delivered to us from the printers as I type this! Featuring exclusive art from Featured Guests Maurice Vellekoop and Taiyo Matsumoto, these posters will be available for purchase during the TCAF weekend.
Don’t they look great?
Advance tickets are now available for the Tekkon Kinkreet Screening and Q&A on May 9th, as well for the 10th Anniversary Kick-Off Event with Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez on May 10th. Use the EventBrite links below to ensure yourself a seat at the events, or take your chances in the rush lines!
Full event info and links to ticket registration are found below. Don’t dilly-dally – They’re going fast!
Tekkon Kinkreet Screening and Q&A
with Creator Taiyo Matsumoto, Director Michael Arias, & Screenwriter Anthony Weintraub
Thursday, May 09, 2013
7pm-11pm, Doors at 6:30pm.
Innis Town Hall Theatre, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto
ADVANCE BOOK + TICKET PURCHASE AT http://tekkon.eventbrite.com/
TCAF 10th Anniversary Kick-Off Event
Featuring Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez, in conversation with Tom Spurgeon
Friday, May 10, 2013
@ The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario, 2nd Floor
Doors at 7:00pm. Ticket valid until 7:20pm. Rush-line admtitance from 7:20pm-7:30pm
TICKETS AT: http://tcaf2013.eventbrite.com/
Please visit our Events Page for more info on these and all TCAF 2013 events.
Courtesy of VIZ Media, everybody who purchases a copy of Sunny Vol. 1 at TCAF will receive this gorgeous, limited edition print! If that’s not incentive, then what is?! Prints/Books will be available for purchase at all of Taiyo Matsumoto’s events, as well as at The Beguiling sales table during the festival.
This year TCAF turns 10, which means we’re still really just kids at heart! With that in mind, why not take a look at our Kids Programming? There’s sure to be something in here for the young reader, artist, writer, or fan in your life. All of our Kids Programming takes place in the Novella Room, on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library, in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon. That room’s gonna be packed with fun!
TCAF would like to thank Owl kids, publishers of Owl, Chickadee, and Chirp!, for their generous support of TCAF’s Kids’ Programming and activities.
Check out the full schedule:
Here’s all of the great programming on Sunday, May 12th!
Again, we have programming taking place at multiple locations in The Marriott, the Pilot, Fortuna Ristorante, and of course, the Toronto Reference Library. There are exciting spotlights, exciting panels, exciting workshops – heck, we’re just so excited that TCAF is almost here!
TCAF would like to thank Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation for their generous support of this year’s TCAF Programming.
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The programming is ready! The programming is ready! Now we can all start planning our TCAF weekends in earnest.
We have programming taking place at multiple locations in The Marriott, the Pilot, Fortuna Ristorante, and of course, the Toronto Reference Library. Please use the handy-dandy guide below to figure out which panels and presentations you’ll be making your way to. Oh, and wear some boots made for walkin’!
TCAF would like to thank Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation for their generous support of this year’s TCAF Programming.