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New Exhibitors! 25 Artists and Publishers!

TCAF is 10 days away! While many of us are counting down until the 14th, we want to take a moment (a brief moment) to look back on all of the folks added in the past 2 months. We’re excited to draw your attention to 25 artists, collectives, and publishers joining us for the fun and fast-approaching TCAF 2016:

  • Altcomix legend Dave Cooper is coming to debut his new book, Pig Goat Banana Cricket Volume 1: Orgle Borgle Selfie Simple-Dee-Doo! Dave will be hanging out at the NBM Graphic Novels table.
  • Former DC Comics superstar Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Black Canary) is coming to TCAF, hot on the heels of his two newly announced books: Motor Crush with Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr and Isola with Karl Kerschl!
  • Joining Featured Guests Jeff Lemire and Jennifer Hayden, Top Shelf Comix are going to be hosting local superstars Eric Orchard (Maddie Kettle), Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare) and Ray Fawkes (Junction True). We’re lucky to have so much hometown talent!
  • Kriota Willberg is coming back to host an all day professional clinic at Word Balloon Academy, and she’s bringing along R. Rikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) for the fun. Kriota is a teacher of anatomy and injury-prevention at various institutions including The Centre for Cartoon Studies and The Society for Illustrators.
  • Tina’s Groove creator Rina Piccolo has asked a bunch of her newspaper friends to come and be on some programming, so Sandra Bell-Lundy (Between Friends), Jonathan Mahood (Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog), and Terri Libenson (The Pajama Diaries) will be signing guests next weekend!
  • Toronto’s very own RAID Studio are back, bringing along the superstar talents of Ramon K PerezTri VuongNimit MalaviaGabe SapienzaEric Vedder, and Anthony Falcone.
  • TCAF favourite Matt Holm (Sunny Side Up) is returning to the festival! Keep an eye out for him at the Penguin Random House table, as well as various programming throughout the weekend!
  • Longtime festival friends Fanfare Presents and Magic Pony will be tabling at TCAF, bringing with them plenty of exciting and beautiful books!
  • We’ve also had a number of people tell us that they’re hanging with publishers or co-tabling with friends, and so we’re more than happy to welcome Jason FischerIsabella RotmanMimi ChrzanowskiGeneviève Godbout, and Christine Wong!

You can find out more info on all of these exhibitors at the Full Exhibitor List page, or in the TCAF 2016 Guidebook.

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Welcome New Exhibitor: MAGIC PONY

Magic Pony 160 We are very pleased to welcome our longtime friends and collaborators Magic Pony as exhibitors at TCAF 2016.

Magic Pony is a online shop, publisher & studio. They feature an ever-changing collection of interesting artwork, ideas & objects with a wide range of collaborators & creators. Magic Pony work in collaboration with Narwhal Gallery, who are this year the hosts of the TCAF gallery show TRACT: Shintaro Kago Exhibition.

This year at TCAG, Magic will be sharing books from MP Press, as well as exciting new work from acclaimed Japanese artist Toshio Saeki.

 

RÊVE ÉCARLATE: Art of Toshio Saeki

Premiering at TCAF, Reve Ecarlate is a deluxe hardcover anthology of work by ero-goru artist Toshio Saeki aka “The Godfather of Japanese Eroticism.” Collecting work from the period 1970-72, each page features timeless scenes of grotesque monsters, macabre eroticism and pop colours that speak  of an artist who has devoted his life to drawing “what is happening in his head when he closes eyes. “. A must-have for any lover of the Hergé and Joost Swarte’s “clear line” style. Published by Cornelius. French. Hardcover, 192 pages. Available at the Magic Pony booth.

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SATURDAY MAY 14th IS TCAF KIDS DAY 2016!

final_1000px_kazu_kibuishi_poster_2016The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud once again to announce TCAF KIDS DAY, a full-day celebration of great graphic novels for kids!

On Saturday, May 14th, TCAF once again takes over St. Paul’s Church on Bloor Street East (at Church Street) for a day-long celebration of the best comics for young people! This year’s feature presenters include creators Kate Beaton (The Princess and the Pony, King Baby), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Alex A. (Super Agent Jon le Bon), Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City), and Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe (Amulet)!

TCAF KIDS DAY is free to attend, and includes author presentations, book sales at our pop-up Little Island Comics shop on-site, autograph sessions, and activities! Come see your favourite cartoonist, or bring the whole family for the whole day, no tickets are required! And this is in addition to the dedicated Kids Area at Toronto Reference Library too, so make sure to visit both venues!

TCAF Kids Day
Saturday, May 14th 2016, 10am-4:30pm

@ St Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East
Free to attend!
More info at torontocomics.com/tcaf-kids

Schedule of Events!

10:00AM: TCAF Kids Day Begins!

St. Paul’s opens to the public, and each attending child will be given a FREE comic book while supplies last! Plus all day, there will be drop-in drawing and comics activities, and author signings to enjoy!

Beaton 16010:30AM – 11:30AM – Spotlight: Kate Beaton’s The Princess and the Pony

Join Kate Beaton (The Princess & The Pony) as she introduces kids to Princess Pinecone and a very special little pony, and gives us a sneak preview of her forthcoming picture book King Baby from Scholastic! Presentation followed by a signing for The Princess and the Pony.

Kate Beaton also drew one of this year’s official TCAF posters, as seen at the bottom of this page! Thanks Kate!

Dana Simpson 16011:45AM – 12:45PM – Spotlight: Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Maybe you’ve seen the hilarious comic strip Phoebe and her Unicorn in your local newspaper, or in graphic novel format at your local library? Well come meet that series’ creator Dana Simpson as she talks about how she became a cartoonist, and what it’s like to draw Phoebe and Her Unicorn for a living. Her presentation will be followed by a signing.

Alex A 1601:00PM – 2:00PM – Spotlight: Alex A’s Jon le Bon

Quebec’s best-selling kids graphic novel author Alex A. talks about his series and its hero Super Agent Jon Le Bon, explaining how he began writing and illustrating graphic novels at the very young age of 8. Then, with Alex’s drawing tricks and writing tips, the audience will be invited to express their own creativity by developing characters and drawing them! There may even be time for a drawing challenge based on audience suggestions! A signing will follow the presentation.

FEH 1602:30PM – 3:15PM – Spotlight: Faith Erin Hicks’ The Nameless City

Join cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys) as she introduces her brand-new graphic action-adventure The Nameless City! Her presentation will be followed by a signing.

Kazu Kibuishi 1603:30PM – 4:30PM – Spotlight: Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe: Creators of Amulet

Cartoonists Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe discuss their careers and the process of creating one of today’s best-selling graphic series, Amulet. This presentation will include a live drawing demonstration and Q&A with the audience. A short autograph session will precede the presentation, from 2:30PM – 3PM.

Kazu Kibuishi also drew one of this year’s official TCAF posters, as seen on the upper-right corner of this article! Super-cool, Kazu!

final_1000px_kate_beaton_poster_2016ABOUT TCAF and TCAF KIDS DAY!

TCAF Kids Day is part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, presented by Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling Books & Art. Welcoming over 400 cartoonists to the city each year, TCAF Kids Day just one way in which the Festival fulfills its mission “to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as legitimate medium of literary and artistic worth…for the betterment of the medium of comics and to reach as wide an audience as possible for them.”

Don’t get confused! We also have a dedicated Kids Area, and a number of exhibiting authors with kid-friendly books, in our main exhibition area at Toronto Reference Library, in the second floor Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.

TCAF KIDS DAY is held at St. Paul’s Church, located at 227 Bloor Street East, in between Church St. and Ted Rogers Way. It is a fully-accessible facility.

TCAF KIDS DAY is free for the public to attend. There are no tickets for any presentations, all admission is general audiences, first-come, first-served. All members of the public are welcome, but grown-ups should remember that this portion of TCAF programming is aimed at young children and attend accordingly. :)

Questions? E-mail us at contact@torontocomics.com.

 

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Featured Guest Duncan Fegredo Cancellation

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Hello folks, sad to report that unfortunately Featured Guest Duncan Fegredo won’t be able to attend TCAF 2016, due to work commitments.

We’re bummed, obviously, but these sorts of things happen in a Freelance professional’s life, and we’re all hopeful that Duncan will be able to return in a future year.

Sincerely,

– Christopher Butcher, TCAF

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ANNOUNCING: Word Balloon Academy 2016

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Friday, May 13th, 2016
10am – 5pm @ the Bloor Yorkville Marriott
Registration required
TICKETS: http://tcaf-wba-2016.eventbrite.com

TCAF is pleased to present Word Balloon Academy, a full day of creator-focused programming on Friday, May 13th at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, located at 90 Bloor Street East (Bloor/Yonge Subway).


 

Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops especially for comic creators and industry members, and includes programming spanning creative demonstrations, business development topics and professional concerns. These programs require registration, but are completely free to attend.

This year, in addition to the panels, we are also setting up the first WBA “Professional Clinic”! Ask your specific legal and granting  inquiries, one-on-one, to representatives from ALAS Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council, and find out more about the local services provided to comics creators here in Toronto. You can also seek health counsel from special guest Kriota Willberg, teacher of anatomy and injury-prevention at various institutions including The Centre for Cartoon Studies and The Society for Illustrators.

HOW TO REGISTER & PARTICIPATE:

Just select the ‘ticket’ above for each program you’d like to attend on our Eventbrite page. You’ll be emailed a digital copy of the tickets. You do not need to print them, but on the day of the event, guests are required to check-in at the WBA registration table before each panel, by name. Please be mindful of your own programming schedule, late-arrivals will lose priority status over the rush line.

REMINDER: Registration is required for each individual program! There is no limit to the number of events a guest can register for (but try not to register for programs you’re not committed to attending, and be careful of programs running at the same time, but in different rooms).

WHAT IF EVENTS ARE SOLD OUT?

We will be running ‘rush lines’ on the day of the event to ensure the greatest number of people get to participate, and that all seats are filled. Even without registering, there is a chance to see presentations, however we highly recommend that you register in advance and arrive on-time in order to guarantee a seat.

BUT HURRY BEFORE REGISTRATION FILLS UP!

Registration closes on Wednesday May 11th, or when all tickets of any given panel are claimed. Afterwards, admission will be via rush-line only, on a first-come first-serve basis.

Questions? E-mail Kim at wba@torontocomics.com!

Panel Schedule and Descriptions

ALL DAY “PROFESSIONAL CLINIC” located in the main breakout space

Kriota Willberg, ALAS Ontario, Ontario Arts Council // Counsel schedule TBD

8:30 Ryan North Keynote (in collaboration with L&E Day, CSSC)

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10:00 – 11:00 The Bizarro Land Between Games to Comics

As a part of the Comics VS Games collaboration at TCAF, Benjamin Rivers (Snow, Alone With You) presents the nuances of changing gears between the two adjacent mediums. With some tough love, he will break down and help you wrestle the familiar-but-not-same expectations in finance, workflow, audience, and exhibitor culture.

11:30 – 1:00 Good Spaces & Good Habits

What do you need in a workspace, both physically and mentally, to make comics? From your actual desk or office, to your social wellness and personal fitness, there are many factors that comprise an environment that helps you continue creating productively. Listen to Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota of “Johnny Wander” (Lucky Penny) real talk about their personal take on studio spaces, health, collaboration, all in the pursuit of an ideal work-life balance.

1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK

2:00 – 3:00 Defining “Comics Editor”

What is the role of the editor in North American comics? Despite being a growing necessity as comics moves into the world of literary publishing, the relationship between the artist and the editor is not often obvious. J Torres (Brobots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle) and his editor James Lucas Jones of Oni Press elucidate some of these mysteries in their own personal case study. Join them in conversation, as they reminisce over their journey of comics iteration.

3:30 – 5:00 The Evolved Form of Webcomics

The internet as a publishing platform continues to be a frontier to conquer by some of the most inventive artists out there today. Nicole Chartrand (Feywinds) & Mildred Louis (Agents of the Realm) discuss how the field has changed over the years, and how technology and access has affected both their creative process and expanded readership. Looking forward: where can we expect webcomics to go as they are normalized as an artform?

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10:00 – 11:00 What is Money?

Comics is not known to be a moneyed industry, and discussing payment and profits can be an uncomfortable topic when the earnings can vary so widely. David Brothers of Image Comics moderates a frank and honest discussion about what to expect and how to navigate money better, whether you’re doing comics as a full professional, as a sideline, or an amateur. Learn about when to ask for help, how to ask for help, and your own limits and potential. Panelists: Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), George Rohac (Breadpig), and Benjamin Woo (assistant professor at Carleton University).

11:30 – 1:00 Drawing as Exploring: A Strong Sense of Place

Featured Guest Barbara Yelin’s comic Irmina is meticulously crafted in intricate, realistic historical city landscapes, all in the aim to capture the atmosphere of London, Oxford, and Berlin in the 1930s. In this live drawing demo, she will lead you through her research and techniques: layering various materials such as pencil, watercolor, acrylic, and eraser. Observe her tricks for getting those backgrounds perfectly in service to the story, capturing the personality of that extra character: the urban setting.

1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK

2:00 – 3:00 Trends in Printing: Risograph

Comics is currently playing a big part in the revival of the Risograph: an extremely tactile and flexible printing machine, perfect for smaller print runs, filling the gap between screenprinting and offset, all while fitting neatly in your apartment. Patrick Crotty of Peow leads you through the specific charms of this process, as he chronicles the roots of riso in cutting-edge small press (like Youth in Decline and Breakdown Press). This isn’t your basic ol’ Pre-press 101; come learn more about one of the most important modern comic printing trends.

3:30 – 5:00 DIY Self-Promotion

Self-promotion that’s specifically related to comics creation is a nebulously fickle, personal, and seldomly-taught topic. To help you out, Jacq Cohen, Director of Marketing, Publicity, & Promotions for Fantagraphics, goes over a step-by-step guide of how to create and execute a promotional plan for a self-published mini-comic. Compare and contrast how the best of publishers do it and take those methods home!

WBA FAQ

Q: What is Word Balloon Academy?

A: Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops for comic creators and industry members, free of charge and scheduled the day before the main exhibition days of the festival.

Q: Who is it for? Can anyone attend a WBA workshop or presentation?

A: WBA was created with creators and industry members in mind, but is open to non-exhibitors as well. The only condition: for each presentation at the WBA, you must register to attend! There are separate dates for exhibitors and the public to register, so keep your eyes open for the registration date that applies to you.

Q: What is this ‘Professional Clinic’? It wasn’t there last year!

A: New in 2016 per your demand, we’ve set up an area outside of the WBA presentations where you can rest and gain some one-on-one knowledge, when you’re not in a panel. ALAS Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council will have literature you can take home about legal and granting services, and during office hours, their volunteers can talk to you about how they can help cartoonists, specifically! We’re also joined by Kriota Willberg, a teacher of anatomy and health in drawing careers, to coach you on how to prevent and take care of injuries that you may encounter in creative pursuits. If you have a general curiousity or professional inquiry and you just don’t know where to start, get the personal touch at the WBA Clinic!

Q: If I want to attend a full day of presentations, can I keep my seat all day?

A: No! Sorry about that, but we need you to register for each presentation separately. There is ample time to clear the rooms and re-enter. There will also be tables to peruse in the breakout space! We’ll make it really easy, we promise.

Q: What can I expect from a WBA presentation?

A: Most presentations are a talk with slides, a live demonstration of skill, or experts in conversation, but there’s room for each presenter to make it their own. We’ve tried to choose topics that are a little beyond your comics basics — after all, we’re all pros here right? :) Observe and ask pertinent questions at the end, and learn from the presenters as well as your peers. You should bring your own pen and paper to take plenty of notes — and it doesn’t hurt to have your business card on you!

Q: Can I ask a WBA presenter to sign my books? How about portfolio reviews?

A: That’s not what they’re here for, so we advise against it, but it will be up to them in the end. Please ask respectfully at the end of the presentations, or save it for the appropriate times during the rest of the festival weekend. There’s still lots to be partaken in at TCAF after WBA ends — you’ll not yet have missed an opportunity.

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Announcing Kazu Kibuishi’s TCAF 2016 Poster!

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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to present its second and final official poster art for TCAF 2016, by none other than KAZU KIBUISHI!

We’re thrilled by this Kazu’s incredible vision of comics, paying tribute to giants like Moebius and Meizzers while still being uniquely his own. This poster, along with Kate Beaton’s “paper doll” 2016 poster, will be printed and available for purchase in early May, and at the Festival itself. Our thanks to Kazu!

 

ABOUT KAZU KIBUISHI

Kazu Kibuishi is creator of the New York Times Best Selling Amulet series of graphic novels, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from Film Studios at the University of California Santa Barbara, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently works as a full-time comic book artist.

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TCAF 2016 Poster Update

Poster Update: Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts our friend Chip Zdarsky won’t be able to produce a planned third poster for TCAF this year. Chip will still be attending as a Featured guest on both Saturday and Sunday of TCAF, participating in programming and signings throughout the weekend. 2016’s official posters will be by Kate Beaton and Kazu Kibuishi.

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Download the TCAF 2016 Guidebook

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is partnering with the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design at Seneca College to present the 2016 Festival Guidebook!

Guidebook is a mobile app that lets festival-goers have the entire program guide on their smartphone or tablet! No more dealing with newsprint-covered fingers or waiting until TCAF Day 1 to see what’s happening at the festival. The TCAF 2016 Guidebook currently has exhibitor bios and festival info, with off-site event listings and festival programming being added soon.

So, you can either enter your phone number below, or go to the iTunes or Google Play app stores to download Guidebook, and then search TCAF 2016 – Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016 for this year’s guide.

(There’s also a web view, if that’s more your thing: guidebook.com/)

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ANNOUNCING: More Featured Guests for 2016

With creators coming from more than 20 countries,TCAF 2016 is turning out to be the most international TCAF ever! We are blown away by how many people are making the trip to Toronto from literally all over the world, including many of these newly announced Featured Guests:

 

Brian Chippendale is an American musician and artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. He was one of the founding members of the Fort Thunder collective. He is the author of Puke ForceMaggots, If n Oof, and Ninja, and the drummer/singer half of the noise rock band Lightning Bolt.

 

Brecht Evens is a Belgian cartoonist, known for his beautiful colour work on books like Night AnimalsThe Wrong Place, and The Making Of. He is debuting Panther at TCAF 2016, from Drawn+Quarterly. His appearance at TCAF 2016 is being supported by the Flemish Literature Fund.

 

Keith Jones, is a fine artist, Canadian doodler, and cartoonist, as well as a former Torontonian who helped us open Page and Panel! He is known for the art book Bacter-Area, as well as the graphic novel Catland Empire. His new book Secretimes is debuting at TCAF 2016 from publisher Drawn+Quarterly.


Bendik Kaltenborn, is the Norwegian cartoonist behind the international hit Adult Contemporary, now available in 5 languages. He is also the cofounder of the zine collective Dongery, and known by many as the cover artist for musician Todd Terje’s album It’s Album Time. His appearance at TCAF 2016 is being supported by NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad.

 

Ant Sang, is a prolific cartoonist from New Zealand, having been published in over half a dozen countries. He is best known for his book The Dharma Punks, published in Canada by Conundrum Press in 2015. He is attending TCAF to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Conundrum Press.


SUNDAY ONLY — Gene Luen Yang is the creator of award-winning books like American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints. In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed him the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Gene Yang will be attending TCAF on SUNDAY ONLY.

To find out more about these folks, as well as all of our Guests and Exhibitors, head on over to our Full Exhibitor List. You can also see more info on debuting books by visiting our Debuting Books page.

Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

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MEDIA

Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to media@torontocomics.com.

SPONSORSHIP

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2016 are still available, please contact us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

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Announcing Brian K. Vaughan, Skroce, Guerra, Alphona

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Festival to premiere Canada/US Invasion graphic novel WE STAND ON GUARD

Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling present…

TCAF 2016: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
@ Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor Street East
Saturday May 14th, 9am-5pm
Sunday May 15th, 10am-5pm
Free to attend.

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March 31st, 2016: Continuing its commitment to a wide range of authorial voices and international creators, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is thrilled today to announce New York Times bestselling author Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways, The “Lost” TV Series) will attend TCAF 2016 as a Featured Guest, alongside collaborators Steve Skroce (We Stand On Guard), Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man), and Adrian Alphona (Runaways). TCAF is honoured to be hosting these creators for its 2016 Festival, May 14th and 15th, at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.

PrintAmerican author Brian K. Vaughan and Vancouver’s Steve Skroce (storyboard artist and designer on The Matrix) will be premiering the hardcover edition of their graphic novel We Stand On Guard at TCAF 2016. Published by industry leader Image Comics, We Stand On Guard is a near-future sci-fi tale about America invading Canada over natural resources that caught national media attention on its announcement (CBC, National Post). TCAF is honoured to be hosting the two creators for its official launch at the 2016 Festival.

Vaughan will also be joined at TCAF by two of his best-known artistic collaborators! Vancouver’s Pia Guerra, artist and co-creator of Y: The Last Man for DC Comics/Vertigo will attend TCAF for the first time as a Featured Guest. Y: The Last Man is currently in development as a TV Series at FX, and since completing that graphic novel series Pia has contributed to top comics including Doctor Who, The Adventures of Superman, and Black Canary. Toronto’s own Adrian Alphona, artist and co-creator (with Vaughan) of The Runaways for Marvel Comics, will also attend TCAF as a Featured Guest for the first time, after exhibiting in past years. Alphona is currently one of the regular artists on Marvel Comics’ groundbreaking Ms. Marvel comic series.

“TCAF has always been a Festival that looks to embrace important voices in the medium,” said Festival Director Christopher Butcher about today’s announcement. “Brian K. Vaughan is an incredible and important writer, creating some of the industry’s bestselling and farthest reaching works, with series like Y: The Last Man having even been added to university course curriculums. Brian and Steve have done something really special with We Stand On Guard; it really resonates with Canadian readers. We’re thrilled to be able to offer a Canadian home for its launch, and to welcome so many of Brian’s great Canadian collaborators.”

Vaughan, Skroce, Guerra, and Alphona join the more than 400 participating writers, artists, and authors already announced for TCAF 2016, including fellow Image Comics, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics creators Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells, Angela: Queen of Hel), Ivan Brandon (Drifter), Valentine DeLandro (Bitch Planet), Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy, Enigma), Jason Latour (Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen), Jeff Lemire (Descender, Extraordinary X-Men), Emi Lennox (Plutona), Ryan North (Squirrel Girl, Adventure Time), Ramon Perez (Hawkeye), Sean Phillips (The Fade Out, Fatale, Criminal), Ben Templesmith (Batman: Gotham After Midnight), and Chip Zdarsky (Kaptara, Sex Criminals, Howard The Duck).

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place Saturday, May 14th from 9am-5pm, and Sunday, May 15th, from 10am-5pm, at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, The Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor Street East, and venues in the surrounding neighbourhood.

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ABOUT

Since 2003, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival has showcased Canada’s incredible comics talent on a world stage by promoting some of our best and brightest creators and publishers, and inviting the attention of the global cartooning community. For more information about the festival, visit torontocomics.com.

MEDIA

Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public.

Guest bios for all listed creators available at www.torontocomics.com. Images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to media@torontocomics.com.

SPONSORS & PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors and partners, including presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library and primary sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art.

TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

TCAF would like to thank Image Comics for the support of the artists and programmes mentioned in this announcement.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2016 are still available, please contact us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

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Announcing the 2016 Wowee Zonk Small Press Showcase

 

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We are SO EXCITED to once again partner with Toronto collective Wowee Zonk in presenting our Small Press Area for the festival. Curated by Patrick Kyle, Ginette Lapalme, and Chris Kuzma, the Wowee Zonk Small Press Showcase highlights some of the best and most exciting work being made in comics, zines, and independent publishing. Check ’em all out!

The Wowee Zonk Small Press Area will be located at Toronto Reference Library, in the first-floor Browsery.

 

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NEW! Visit Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop online!

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In March 2015, we made it official that TCAF’s new festival shop, Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, would become a permanent addition to Toronto’s retail and comics landscape. Celebrating our first full year as a store we’ve grown tremendously, offering a uniquely curated look at the comics, graphic novels, art, and sundries, that are available today. Today we announce that we’re going online, offering international shipping–but only on the merchandise and materials we make ourselves, and with our artist partners!

pony_square_largeLaunching the store is the brand-new PONY Enamel Pin by Kate Beaton, produced in association with comic shops Strange Adventures and The Beguiling! Featuring a super cute farting pony drawn by Kate Beaton, this is the first of many new items we hope to debut in the coming weeks.

Kate Beaton’s Pony Enamel Pin joins some of the great t-shirts, bags, and booklets we’ve designed over the years. And best of all, like everything bought from The TCAF Shop, all proceeds go to supporting the Festival and ensuring it has a healthy future ahead of it. Our thanks to Kate and all of the artists that have worked with us over the years!

So head over to http://page-panel.myshopify.com/ to see the materials that are available now, and look for a bunch of updates as we get closer to the Festival!

Sincerely,

The TCAF Staff

P.S.: We have lots more in store than on the website, and TCAF’s Festival Posters will continue to be sold exclusively online from The Beguiling Original Art Store.

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Apply By March 21st For Comics VS Games 2016!

Comics vs Games fosters collaboration between the independent game and comic communities through a variety of projects, partnerships and events. Every year Hand Eye Society partners with the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) to present unique, game-focused content — from original games and gallery shows, to panels and talks. 

COMICS VS GAMES 2016 OPEN SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

CLICK HERE FOR THE EXHIBITOR APPLICATION

Once again, The Hand Eye Society is holding an open call for video games to showcase on-site at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (May 14th and 15th) as part of this year’s Comics vs Games. It’s a unique opportunity to expose your game to TCAF’s diverse audience of over 20,000 visitors. Table space is limited so apply now!

TCAF 2016
Saturday, May 14th, 9am-5pm
Sunday May 15th, 11am-5pm
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

Exhibitors must be able to attend TCAF (in Toronto, Canada) both days to set up and staff their table. PLEASE READ THE FAQ AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FORM BEFORE SUBMITTING!

Applications end March 10 2016 at Midnight EST. 
UPDATE! Application period extended to 11:59pm EST,  March 21st 2016 

Send any questions to cvsg@handeyesociety.com

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Announcing: TCAF 2016 Featured Kids Guests!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival strives to showcase as wide a spectrum of comics as possible, and a cornerstone of that every year is our Kids Programming – And this year is no different! With over 130 all-ages creators in attendance, a full day of kids-focused programming, and plenty of debuting books, 2016 is sure to be a packed year for the whole family. Joining previously announced Featured Kids Guests Marguerite AbouetKate Beaton and Faith Erin Hicks, we are pleased and excited to welcome to TCAF 2016:

 

Alex A., author and illustrator of Super Agent Jon Le Bon (known in French as L’Agent Jean), Canada’s best-selling Canadian-authored, French-language graphic novel series with over 300,000 copies in print.

 

Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series. He is also the founder and editor of the acclaimed Flight anthologies as well as the creator of Copper, a collection of his popular webcomic.

Dana Simpson, creator of the massively popular comic strip, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, which is currently syndicated in nearly 200 newspapers! She is also the author and artist behind the webcomic Ozy and Millie, which ran from 1998-2008. There are currently three Phoebe and Her Unicorn collections in print, with the third one, Unicorn vs. Goblins, being released in February 2016.


SUNDAY ONLY — Raina Telgemeier, the award-winning author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, and Sisters, all #1 New York Times bestsellers! She’s a long-time friend of TCAF, and we’re so happy that she’s able to stop by

To find out more about these folks, as well as all of our Kids Guests and Programming, head on over to our Featured Kids Guests page.

In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing more Featured Guests! Events! Film Screenings! Art Shows! And Festival Programming! So check back soon!

Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

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Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to media@torontocomics.com.

SPONSORSHIP

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2016 are still available, please contact us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

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Announcing: Fantagraphics Artists and Debuting Books!

Did you know that 2016 is the 40th (!!!) anniversary of venerable Fantagraphics Books! As one of the longest running comics publishers in North America, the people at Fantagraphics have played a key role in curating the history and shaping the future of alternative comics…and 2016 is no exception! Continuing their tradition of spotlighting some of the strongest voices in alt comics, for TCAF 2016, we are very pleased and excited that Fantagraphics are bringing:

 

Known for the massively popular characters Megg, Mogg, and Owl, Simon Hanselmann is returning to TCAF to help debut his latest collection, Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam and Other Stories (available on April 20th).

 

If you’re on the internet, you’ve probably come across Pepe the Frog at least once in your life. Now you can meet the person who started it all! Creator Matt Furie will be on hand with the brand new collected Boy’s Club.

 

Noah Van Sciver is a wonderfully prolific cartoonist, having put out four graphic novels since 2012! – The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, Youth Is Wasted, Saint Cole and Fante Bukowski: Struggling Writer. His fifth book, Disquiet, is debuting at TCAF 2016.

To find out more about these folks, as well as all of our Guests and Exhibitors, head on over to our Full Exhibitor List. You can also see more info on debuting books by visiting our Debuting Books page.

In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing more Featured Guests! Events! Film Screenings! Art Shows! And Festival Programming! So check back soon!

Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

Website: www.torontocomics.com
Twitter: @Torontocomics
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorontoComics
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Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to media@torontocomics.com.

SPONSORSHIP

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2016 are still available, please contact us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

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Announcing: Featured Guests Abouet, Balak, & Vives from France!!!

For many years now, thanks to the generous support of the Consulat général de France à Toronto, we have been able to bring some amazing comic creators to TCAF from France…and this year is no different!

Joining our 18 previously announced Featured Guests for TCAF 2016 (including fellow French artist Boulet), we are pleased to welcome:

 

Marguerite Abouet is the award-winning creator of the Aya series of books (published in English by Drawn+Quarterly), detailing everyday life in the Côte d’Ivoire. She has also written Akissi, out in English from Flying Eye Books.

 

Balak works as a storyboard artists, 2D animator and TV show director in France. He works with Marvel Comics on the new digital Infinite Comics brand as a storyboard artist. He is also well known for his work on The Last Man series with Bastien Vives and Michaël Sanlaville (out in English from First Second Books).

 

Bastien Vivès is an incredibly popular and talented cartoonist from France. He is one third of the team behind The Last Man series of books, as well as the creator of The Taste of Chlorine and Polina (available in English from Jonathan Cape), as well as many more books in French.

To find out more about these folks, as well as all of our Featured Guests, head on over to our Featured Guests page.

In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing more Featured Guests! Events! Film Screenings! Art Shows! And Festival Programming! So check back soon!

Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

Website: www.torontocomics.com
Twitter: @Torontocomics
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorontoComics
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MEDIA

Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to media@torontocomics.com.

SPONSORSHIP

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2016 are still available, please contact us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

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ANNOUNCING THE KATE BEATON DIGITAL PAPER-DOLL!

By now you’ve all seen the absolutely incredible Paper-Doll-themed poster that TCAF 2016 Poster Artist Kate Beaton has created for us! But what you haven’t seen is this brand new Digital Paper Doll, using the elements of Kate’s poster artwork, created by TCAF staffer Kim Hoang!

Kim is a comic artist with the Love Love Hill collective, a game-maker, and one of the administrators of the Montreal-based Pixelles initiative, which helps women make and change games. When we discussed the idea of making an interactive version of Kate’s poster, Kim leapt at the opportunity to program it, and did an incredible job! You can play with it above, or you can try the full-screen version at https://kimbert.itch.io/tcaf-kate-beaton-dress-up.

Our thanks to Kim, Kate, and all involved for helping make something cool. :)

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Volunteer at TCAF 2016!

photo (8)Thank you for your interest in volunteering at TCAF! Every year we need about 250 people that are willing to set aside the weekend and devote themselves to (among other things) greeting visitors, moving things about town, setting up tech equipment, helping orient visitors, managing the flow of people in the library, and distributing festival guides. In addition to tasks around the days of the festival proper, volunteers also help us with parts of the festival that take place in the days before to the main event; from setting up tables to helping at lead-up events, these volunteers are essential to the festival’s success. We’re incredibly grateful to all of these people, and we’d love for you to be one of them.

TCAF volunteers work in small teams of between five and twelve people. These teams are each responsible for running a particular space or process essential to the Festival. Each team has a team leader, who is usually a veteran TCAF volunteer who knows the lay of the land. And for the first time this year, the sign-up form will allow return TCAF volunteers the opportunity to apply for one of these lead positions.

Volunteering at TCAF can be a lot of fun, and is a great way to meet people who are interested in comics! TCAF volunteering looks great on your résumé, and can count towards your required high school volunteer hours. Plus, TCAF volunteers each get a swank TCAF t-shirt, a TCAF poster, and probably a cup of coffee or two, as well as the admiration and appreciation of all 20,000 people who attend the Festival!

If you’d like to sign-up to volunteer at TCAF, please fill in the form linked below. If you have specific questions about volunteering at TCAF, feel free to email me at volunteer@torontocomics.com, and I’ll get back to you in a few days with some answers.

 

Volunteer sign-up will end March 31, so you should fill out this form now: http://goo.gl/forms/hs2fv2tD5v

 

Please note that this sign-up questionnaire is going to ask you for your availability during TCAF (i.e. May 13th – 15th 2016). These dates are set in stone on our end; there just isn’t much we can do to accommodate you if you can’t make it due to your work shift/cousin’s wedding/root canal. Check your calendars for this weekend and ensure you are free for the shifts you sign up for. Once you submit your application, we’ll be counting on you!

After you fill out the form, you will be signed up to volunteer for TCAF 2016! We’ll be in touch with you as we get closer to the Festival to give you some more info and to assign you your volunteer shifts.

Thanks again!

-Dan Seljak, Volunteer Co-ordinator

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TCAF 2016: Second Wave of Featured Guests Announced!

Announcing The Next Wave of Featured Guests
to be a part of TCAF 2016

One things that TCAF is known for across the world is our unique mix of international and hometown guests, all making some of the most exciting, most engaging, and most poignant comics today. These 10 artists are no exception, working in memoir, history, religion, horror, and all-ages adventure, each with their own distinctive voice and style. Please help us in welcoming, as Featured Guests of TCAF 2016:

French cartoonist Boulet is returning as a Featured Guest to TCAF! This time he is debuting the English-language edition of his massively popular series Notes, published by Soaring Penguin Press out of the UK. There are now 10 volumes of Notes in French, so this is just the beginning!

 

The wait is finally over! Toronto hero and Canadian comics legend Chester Brown is returning as a Featured Guest. We’re so excited because this means he has a new book: Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus is out this Spring from Drawn+Quarterly.


Making his first appearance at TCAF, we are thrilled to have Italian cartoonist Manuele Fior to help debut the English-language version of 5000 km per second. This book has won prestigious awards in Europe, and is coming to North American audiences via Fantagraphics.Manuele’s appearance is supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto, who will also be exhibiting an art show of his work.

Jennifer Hayden made a big splash at the end of 2015 with The Story of My Tits, a memoir of her journey with breast cancer. We are thrilled that her publisher Top Shelf Productions is bringing her to festival so that we can celebrate her career and the new book!

Faith Erin Hicks is no stranger to TCAF. We’ve long known she’s a quality cartoonist, but did you also know that she’s also a really big deal? This year at TCAF, Faith is debuting the first volume of a new trilogy with First Second Books called The Nameless City. She’s also helping to celebrate the publisher’s 10th Anniversary!

Maybe you know Shintaro Kago best for his work with Vice Magazine or the musician Flying Lotus. Or maybe you know him for his manga, which deal with grotesque subjects such as extreme sex, scatology and body modification. Either way, we’re thrilled to have him on hand to debut a new work from Italian publisher Hollow Press.

Jeff Lemire is another one of our local heroes, having won a ton of praise for books like Essex CountyUnderwater WelderSweet Tooth, as well as his extensive catalogue of super-hero books for Marvel, DC and Valiant. He is attending TCAF for the double-debut of both Descender Vol 2 and Plutona Vol 1, both from Image Comics.

Emi Lenox is coming back to TCAF! It’s been a minute since she was here last, but she’s bringing along the hot off the presses first volume of Plutona, her co-creation with Jeff Lemire. Maybe you can help her find some great breakfast burritos in the city?

 

Paul Gravett’s been raving about Portuguese artist Francisco Sousa Lobo, and so are we! Now based in London, his books include A Desert GodThe Dying Draughtsman, and The Care of Birds, which you can read for free on his website.

Lobo’s attendance at TCAF is supported by Instituto Camões, the Portuguese Cultural Institute.

 

We’re trying not to scream or shout, but Barbara Yelin is coming to TCAF! She’ll be debuting the English-language version of the award-winning Irmina, coming from UK publisher SelfMadeHero.

Barbara’s appearance at TCAF is supported by the Goethe-Institut of Toronto.

To find out more about these folks, as well as all of our Featured Guests, head on over to our Featured Guests page.

In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing more Featured Guests! Kids Guests and Programming! Evens! Film Screenings! Art Shows! And Festival Programming! So check back soon!

Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

Website: www.torontocomics.com
Twitter: @Torontocomics
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorontoComics
Tumblr: torontocomics.tumblr.com

MEDIA

Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to media@torontocomics.com.

SPONSORSHIP

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2016 are still available, please contact us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

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Presenting Kate Beaton’s TCAF 2016 Poster!

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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to present its first official poster art for TCAF 2016, from the incredible talented KATE BEATON!

Kate has created something really special here, showcasing the many different ways that readers and fans enter and interact with the medium of comics. This poster will also be produced on a slightly thicker and more rigid paper stock, so that any of you our there that want to actually cut up and play with your poster will be able to do so. Look for it this spring!

Our thanks to Kate Beaton for turning in a phenomenal poster that embodies a lot of what we love about comics.

ABOUT KATE BEATON

Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared in the comics scene in 2007 with her online comics strip Hark! A Vagrant! Since then, she has become a fan favourite and has garnered a significant following, with comics & illustrations appearing in places like the New Yorker, Harper’s, and Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology. Her collection, Never Learn Anything from History, is published by Topatoco, and her next title, Hark! A Vagrant published by Drawn & Quarterly, spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list, and topped best of the year lists from Time, E!, Amazon, and Publishers Weekly. Beaton’s cartoons often display a wonderfully light touch on historical and literary topics. The jokes are a knowing look at history through a very modern perspective, and a campaign against anyone with the idea that history is boring. In 2015, Kate released Step Aside, Pops with D+Q, as well as her first children’s book, The Princess and the Pony, with Scholastic.

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