TCAF teams with Wowee Zonk to present the Wowee Zonk Small Press Area

TCAF is very please to once again
team with local collective Wowee Zonk to present


ConfettiOnce again, TCAF is teaming up with Toronto-based collective Wowee Zonk (made up of Ginette Lapalme, Patrick Kyle, and Chris Kuzma) to showcase some of the more weird and wonderful work being done in comics today. The festival always strives to present as broad of a selection of the medium as possible, and the Wowee Zonk Small Press Area tends to feature folks who are doing some of the most innovative and avant-garde work in the field.

This year the Wowee Zonk Small Press Area is taking over the Beeton Auditorium in the Toronto Reference Library, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s impossible. We’re at “peak-excited”.

So feast your eyes on the list below at the over 40 amazing artists we’re so pumped to welcome to TCAF 2015!

For more information on these and all people exhibiting at TCAF, please see our Full Exhibitor List. And remember – the TCAF Guidebook is available for download on smartphones and tablets!

Image: Cover for Confetti, the new book debuting by Wowee Zonk co-founder Ginette Lapalme at TCAF 2015.

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Tabletop Gaming at TCAF with Jason Thompson and Kill Shakespeare Entertainment!

For TCAF 2015, we are happy to feature two comics-related board games which encourage players to take on the role of storyteller and creator: Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics and Kill Shakespeare: The Board Game.

While we’ll be announcing the full Comics vs Games programming later on, we wanted to spotlight the board games because:

One of the many great things about comics is their low barrier to entry. If you have paper, a pencil, and an idea for a story, then you can make a comic! Both of these games puts players in the drivers/drawers seat, letting you take the lead and make your own adventures. Huzzah!

Both games will be featured in the Meet Up space at the Toronto Reference Library, 2nd floor, straight across from the elevators.

About Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics

Draw the world’s greatest comics in five minutes with stick figures! Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics is a new experience in drawing games. Through fleeting trends and crazy obsessions, test your cleverness to end up with the most Fame when the clock runs down. With over 180,000 possible combinations of themes, you’ll never play the same game twice. Challenge your friends and your creativity in a battle against time and the cards!

Designed by Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide) with art by Ike (Golden Sky Stories) and Eric “Woof” Muentes (Blue Revolver), Mangaka will challenge your speed and creativity, and leave you with a full-length comic of your own creation!

For more information on Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics please see their Kickstarter page.


About Kill Shakespeare: The Board Game

The launch title from IDW Games puts you and your friends into a universe populated by characters from William Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Choose your character from the likes of Hamlet, Viola, Falstaff, Othello and Juliet in order to protect the realm from the influence of the evil King Richard III and Lady Macbeth.

Kill Shakespeare is a semi-cooperative gaming experience. You and your friends will need to work together to prevent Lady Macbeth and King Richard from taking over the land or capturing the elusive bard, William Shakespeare, while at the same time working to complete your own quests to reign supreme as the winner!

For more information on Kill Shakespeare: The Board Game please visit the IDW Games website.


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TCAF Partners with Seneca College to Present the 2015 Festival Guidebook!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
is very pleased to once again partner with
the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design at Seneca College to present
the 2015 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 2015 Guidebook currently has exhibitor bios, off-site event listings, and festival info!

In the coming weeks we’ll be adding information on Festival Programming, Kids Programming, Floorplans, and more!

Thanks to Seneca College for coming on as the Official Guidebook Sponsor. Because of their support we are able to offer users Multi-Track Scheduling and Interactive Indoor Maps. Together, these features will help make it easier for folks to navigate the many exhibitor spaces and programming venues. It will also help you better plan and organize your festival experience so that you don’t miss out on anything! Most exciting for us will be the Feedback Survey, so everyone who uses Guidebook can tell us about their TCAF 2015 experience.

To find the TCAF 2015 Festival Guidebook, download the app (for free) onto your smartphone or tablet. Then search “TCAF 2015 – Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015″ and download the guide. Or, you can just use the appropriate link on the TCAF Guidebook Landing Page.

Physical editions of the festival program guide will be available at the festival.

About the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design at Seneca College

The School of Creative Arts and Animation is located at the Seneca@York campus and offers programs in Animation, Game Art, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Digital Media Arts, Music Production, Acting and Documentary Filmmaking. Its Independent Illustration diploma offers fast tracking options that combine skills development in traditional art forms combined with digital processes and the business & entrepreneurial skills that enable graduates to work as small business owners. Graduates find work in children’s and comic books, advertising illustration, concept art for TV & film, and game animation.

For more information on the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design at Seneca College, please visit their website.

For more information on all TCAF 2015 sponsors and partners, please visit our Sponsors Page.

Download the TCAF 2015 Festival Guidebook now for free!

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TCAF Announces Featured Guest Aya Kanno!

Toronto Public Library & The Beguiling present

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015

Announcing Featured Guest Aya Kanno!
Author of the hit manga Requiem of the Rose King and Otomen

TCAF 2015
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Saturday May 9, 9am-5pm
Sunday May 10, 11am-5pm
Free to attend

rosekingTORONTO, CANADA—The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) proudly announces that international manga superstar Aya Kanno will attend the 2015 Festival as a Featured Guest! Aya Kanno is the author of the Blank Slate, the New York Times bestselling series Otomen, and the newly-released Requiem of the Rose King, all published in English by VIZ Media. Kanno will participate in a variety of programs at the Festival including a feature interview, panel discussion, and book signing sessions. Aya Kanno will attend TCAF 2015 with her editor Yuri Yamamoto of Akita Shoten, and with the support of VIZ Media.

“We’re so happy to be able to welcome Aya Kanno to North America for the first time,” enthused Festival Director Christopher Butcher. “To my mind Kanno’s work really reinforces what TCAF is all about: unique, diverse voices and great comics! Shoujo manga, or ‘girls’ manga, doesn’t really get the respect it deserves in general, and Kanno’s work is specifically great, smartly interrogating the medium and its approach to gender, sexuality, and storytelling.”

Aya Kanno’s best-known work in North America is the romantic comedy series Otomen, which ran for 18 volumes, frequently appearing on the New York Times bestseller list. The romantic comedy series explores a wide variety of characters that rebel against traditional gender roles in Japanese society, starting with the titular character who is an Otomen (“otome,” Japanese for young girl, combined with the English word “men”). Kanno’s newest work is the just-released Requiem of the Rose King, a dark fantasy retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III and Henry VI, which continues the manga creator’s exploration of gender, sexuality, and identity, but this time in the context of historical and literary fiction.

Aya Kanno will join a very diverse array of Japanese manga creators already announced for TCAF 2015, including the cartooning duo Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender), gay manga originator Gengoroh Tagame (The Passion of…), and indy manga creator Ken Niimura (Henshin, I Kill Giants).

A full schedule of Aya Kanno’s appearances at TCAF 2015 will be announced in April, 2015.


Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015, Saturday May 9, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 10, 11am-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


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 recognize VIZ Media LLC for their support of the Festival. For more information on VIZ Media’s publications, please visit



TCAF is Excited to Welcome, from Finland, Tulintu – Comic Art in Glass!


TCAF is excited to welcome to the festival, all the way from Finland, Tulintu – Comic Art in Glass! TCAF has a long history of showcasing the formal and aesthetic possibilities of comics in a gallery setting (from places like Latvia, Japan, Italy, and more!), and TCAF 2015 will be no different!

Comic Art in Glass is a fantastic project that combines comics with traditional glassblowing. From Helsinki-based artists Sini Majuri and Ella Varvio, this exhibit tells a story over 15 exquisitely crafted pieces, with each sculpture detailing a particular scene or panel. If you want to learn more about how these pieces were created, check out this video from the Helsinki newspaper. (It’s pretty amazing to watch, but probably way more informative if you speak Finnish!) Tulintu premiered at the Helsinki Comics Festival in 2014, and we are excited to be a part of its 2015 global journey, where this year it will be making stops in Venice, New York, New Mexico, Leerdam, and Riiihimäki.


Tulintu – Comic Art in Glass will be on display in Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop all festival weekend. Come on by to check it out!

For more information on Tulintu at their website:

For more information on all exhibitors showing their work at TCAF, please see our Full Exhibitor List.

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


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TCAF teams with HOT DOCS to present SETH’S DOMINION



Seth's Dominion_Le dominion de Seth posterThe Toronto Comic Arts Festival is pleased to partner with the HOT DOCS Festival in presenting Seth’s Dominion, the award-winning Documentary on the life and work of Canadian cartoonist Seth! Directed by Luc Chamberland, and produced by The National Film Board of Canada, Seth’s Dominion has been highly-anticipated by comics fans and makers since it was first announced, and we’re thrilled to be a part of its premiere Toronto screening as part of the Hot Docs Festival.

The film will screen three times as part of the Festival: Friday April 24 @ 8:45pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox; Saturday April 25 @ 1:00pm at The Royal Cinema; Thursday April 30 @ 9:45pm at Scotiabank Theatre. Tickets are now available for all screenings, via the Hot Docs website:

We’re quite excited to see this film ourselves, and you’ll probably see staff of TCAF, The Beguiling, and Little Island at one or all of these screenings. Here’s the description from the Hot Docs Website:

“Memory and how it moulds us rests at the heart of Luc Chamberland’s delightful film Seth’s Dominion, which celebrates the Canadian cartoonist known as Seth. “You’re not aiming for the detail so much as the overall feeling,” Seth says of his artistic process. Through moving animated vignettes that are narrated by Seth himself, the stillness of the comic book page is brought to life as we are given a window into Seth’s inner world. Childhood moments are captured with emotional vividness, while a late night stroll lost in thought is evoked with intimate attention to detail. We also learn of Seth’s manifold side projects, including his 1950s city of Dominion: an idiosyncratic cardboard creation 10 years in the making. Dotted with warm testimony from cartoonist friends Joe Matt and Chester Brown, Seth’s Dominionprovides a thoughtful portrait of a man who, like so many of his comic character creations, wrestles with a present that’s constantly moving into the past. “
Description by Justin Mah

For more on Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, visit



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TCAF announces Featured Guests Gengoroh Tagame and Ed Luce!

Today The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce the addition of two new Featured Guests to its 2015 Programme: Gengoroh Tagame (Japan) and Ed Luce (USA).

Queer comics are huge. Some might even say MASSIVE.

While we here at TCAF always make an effort to highlight queer comics, our job has gotten so much easier in the past few years because of the flood of queer creators sharing stories about characters who are gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, asexual, and/or many other points along the spectrum. And 2015 is no different! Not only do we have a bunch of top-tier, A-list talent from the world of queer comics, there’s also plenty of folks who are working their way up Comics Mountain* to be the next best!

Featured Guests

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Gengoroh Tagame is a Japanese manga artist who specializes in gay BDSM erotic manga. The men he depicts are hypermasculine, and tend to be on the bearish side. He is known in North America for such titles as The Passion of Gengoroh TagameFisherman’s LodgeGunji, and Endless Game. He is also prominently featured in the book MASSIVE: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It from Fantagraphics.


Ed Luce (pronounced “loose,” like the opposite of tight) is a San Francisco based cartoonist who has made a huge splash in the comics scene with his self-published comic book series, Wuvable Oaf. His work has garnered a huge following of fans both in the comics world and in the queer art world. He is attending TCAF 2015 in support of the collected Wuvable Oaf from Fantagraphics.

For more information on all of our Featured Guests, please visit our Featured Guests page.

The 2015 Queer Mixer

After having such a fun and successful mixer last year, we thought “LET’S DO IT AGAIN!”

On Saturday May 9th at 7pm, come on out to Church on Church to hear from some of TCAF’s most intrepid queer comics creators. Hosted by Anne Ishii of MASSIVE, the 2015 Queer Mixer is going to include presentations from folks such as Cathy G. Johnson, Meags Fitzgerald, Jay Fuller, Reed Black, Lee Lai, Kate Lavut, and Northwest Press! This is a great way to mix and mingle with a group of awesome creators who are telling some of the most exciting and compelling stories in comics today. Also, get there early — I heard there might be prizes!!!

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

*Comics Mountain is not a real place.


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Announcing TCAF KIDS DAY 2015! With Featured Guests Matt Holm & Jennifer Holm, poster art by GURIHIRU!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce TCAF KIDS DAY 2015, which will see the addition of TCAF Featured Guests Matt Holm & Jenni Holm, and an exclusive promotional poster by Gurihiru!

Featuring some of the best and brightest kids-comic creators in the industry, TCAF KIDS DAY is a stand-alone event that takes place on Saturday, May 9th, from 10am to 4:30pm. It takes place just down the street from TCAF, about 10 minutes walk, at St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East. TCAF Kids Day is a great place to view large-format presentations by favourite TCAF Guests, and take part in crafts, activities, and storytimes, and purchase books from your favourite authors! Owlkids, Toronto Public Library, and Little Island Comics will be on hand all day to take part in the fun!


Welcoming Jenni Hom & Matt Holm! 

matthew-jennifer-holmWe’re thrilled to announce that Jenni Holm & Matt Holm, the amazing sister & brother team behind the bestselling Babymouse and Squish book series’ will be returning to TCAF to kick off our day with their popular presentation! Jenni and Matt last visited TCAF in 2012, and they were just so awesome we had to have them back! Our thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for supporting their trip!

Their presentation will be followed throughout the day by a who’s who of great kid, tween, and teen creators, including Kean Soo (Jellaby), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), George O’Connor (Zeus: King of the Gods), and all the way from Japan, Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender comics).


TCAF Kids Day Schedule:

10am-4:30pm: Event opens! Drop-in crafts, projects, and presentations all day!
10:30am-11:30am: Jenni Holm & Matt Holm present: Get Graphic with Babymouse & Squish!
11:45am-12:45pm: Kean Soo presents: Making Comics with Kean!
1pm-2:15pm: Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman present: Comics Dance Party!
2:30pm-3:15pm: George O’Connor presents: Getting Mythological!
3:30pm-4:15pm: Gurihiru will be drawing and chatting, live!


TCAF Kids Day Poster by Gurihiru!

We have a special treat for everyone too! The amazing creative team Gurihiru (two awesome ladies from Japan, working under one name) have produced a special poster celebrating TCAF Kids Day programming, and really everything that’s fantastic about comic books! We are seriously blown away by this image, and we thank Gurihiru for doing such an amazing job on it! This image will be printed as a poster and made available for purchase at TCAF and TCAF Kids Day.



Lots of great stuff for kids to do at TCAF, too!

As a reminder, TCAF Kids Day is a day full of great author events and activities, but it’s in ADDITION to the programming for kids, tweens, teens, and adults at TCAF proper. TCAF will still have a great kids area in Toronto Reference Library, and there will be programs for kids and families and about great kids comics throughout our programming. TCAF Kids Day is all about creating a dedicated, accessible, and cool space, but there’s lots more at the Festival for comics fans of all ages!

See you at TCAF!




Announcing: Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop!


Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop now a permanent fixture at Toronto Reference Library.


Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
(Inside Toronto Reference Library)
M-F: 10a-8:30p – Sa: 10a-5p – Su: 12p-5p
416-323-9212 –

PPlogo2MARCH 18, 2015: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is thrilled to announce that its festival shop is here to stay for the foreseeable future! Located inside Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge Street, we’re pleased to announce that the shop has been newly rebranded as Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop (with a spiffy new logo design by illustrator Chip Zdarsky), and the store will continue bringing the very best of comics, graphic novels, art, design objects and book culture merchandise to Toronto.

“We’ve received a tremendous outpouring of support since we opened this December,” said Miles Baker, the Shop’s Manager and TCAF’s Managing Director. “Opening as a pop-up shop gave us room to breathe, and get to know our new customers and the neighbourhood. We’ve welcomed thousands of people through the doors, received some wonderful media coverage, and the customer feedback has been phenomenal!”

“Talking to our customers has been key,” said Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Manager of Little Island Comics, and one of the TCAF shop’s product specialists. “They love books and book-culture and they especially love Toronto Public Library. We’ve worked hard to curate a unique selection of items—graphic novels, cool design objects, and apparel—that celebrates the best of books and graphic novels, from Canada and around the world.”

“And the best part is that all profits from the store get reinvested back into TCAF,” continued Baker. “Shopping here helps grow the Festival itself, ensuring a bright future for our free Comic Arts Festival—who wouldn’t like that?”

Toronto comic fans will be happy to hear that The TCAF Shop will play host to a wide variety of in-store author signings and events moving forward. Readers and fans will be able to meet illustrator Carson Ellis (Wildwood Chronicles, Home) on March 30th, writer Jim Zub (Wayward, Figment) on April 1st, and Publisher Bedside Press for the launch of their classic Canadian comics collection Brok Windsor: 1944-1946! In fact, Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop will be hosting an event this evening, March 18th, for Toronto anthology comic Monstrosity 2 featuring nearly a dozen cartoonists featured in the book! Hurry down to the store!


Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop has already created exclusive merchandise from Canadian cartoonists Kate Beaton and John Martz, with more artist collaborations planned for 2015. In addition, the shop has continued to source local and international toys, household goods, and apparel from America and overseas to present a selection of merchandise nearly exclusive within Toronto. Add in a carefully curated selection of comics and graphic novels, and The TCAF Shop has an unprecedented selection of material for every age, taste, and budget!

“We’re genuinely excited to be able to contribute to the city’s artistic fabric this way,” said TCAF co-Founder Christopher Butcher. “The annual Festival is a great way to support the medium, and the artists that we love. The store will continue that tradition year-round, joining the ranks of the city’s other great comic shops and bringing something new, and unique, to the mix. We hope to see you here!”





Please direct all media inquiries to

ABOUT Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is a project of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, an independent not-for-profit organization which is sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art and Toronto Public Library. The Festival is held annually at Toronto Reference Library, with the next Festival taking place May 9th and 10th, 2015.

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is open Monday through Friday, 10am to 8:30pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, 12pm to 5pm. It is closed on all holidays which Toronto Reference Library is closed.


Bienvenue! TCAF Announces Featured Guests Davodeau, Bagieu, and Boulet

Today The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce the addition of three new Featured Guests to its 2015 Programme, all of which hail from France. Please welcome to Toronto first-time guests Étienne Davodeau and Pénelope Bagieu, and returning artist Boulet!

Thanks to our ongoing collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Toronto, as well as with publishers of international works including NBM and First Second Books, the Festival has been able to welcome and support cartooning guests from France since its inception in 2003. TCAF’s official mandate is to promote and support Torontonian and Canadian cartoonists, but also to invite some of the best-loved and most critically-acclaimed cartoonists in the world to come and see what we’re producing here! We’re grateful to have had so many wonderful French cartoonists, editors, and publishers attend the Festival, and we’re thrilled to continue this trend into 2015. After TCAF’s official visit to the prestigious Festival international de bande dessinée d’Angoulême last month, we are hopefully setting the stage for even more international exchanges in the years to come.

Fans of French-language comics take note, we will also be planning a spotlight on Quebecois and Franco-Canadian comics at TCAF 2015, with more information to come very soon!

Our thanks again to the Consulate General of France in Toronto, BreadPig Inc., NBM, and First Second Books for their support of these cartoonists and of the Festival.

Please continue reading for more information on our featured guests, and their works debuting at TCAF!

Featured Guests

DAvodeau_160Étienne Davodeau is a multiple award-winning comics author from France.  After having studied graphic arts in Rennes, Davodeau has since created numerous best-selling and critically acclaimed graphic novels, mostly in the reality-based and reportage vein. Titles of his include Les Mauvaises Gens, Le Chien Qui Louches, Geronimo, and Les Ignorants (which was translated into English by NBM in 2013, titled  The Initiates).Davodeau is attending TCAF 2015 with his North American publisher NBM in support of the English debut of Lulu Anew. This translates Davodeau’s best-selling masterpiece, Lulu Femme Nue, which in 2013 was adapted into an award winning film by Sólveig Anspach.
Bagieu_160Pénélope Bagieu is a French cartoonist and illustrator, known the world-over for her blog Ma vie est tout à fait fascinante (My life is quite fascinating), where she shares moments of her everyday life.Her first BD work, Joséphine went on to be a best-seller, with a live-action film adaptation coming released in 2013. In 2010, Bagieu published Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse, in English), which earned her multiple prizes at the 2011 Angoulême Festival, including Best Humour Album.Pénélope Bagieu is attending TCAF 2015 in support of the English debut of Exquisite Corpse from First Second.
Boulet_160Boulet is among the first French cartoonists to become famous by publishing a webcomic. Bouletcorp started in July 2004, with an English version beginning in 2009. Since starting his blog, he has worked for French comics strip magazine Tchô ! and Psikopat, and on many others as an author or cartoonist. He even replaced Lewis Trondheim as cartoonist of the comic strip Donjon Zénith.Boulet is attending TCAF 2015 in support of Augie and the Green Knight, with the help of Breadpig Inc.

For more information on all of our Featured Guests, please visit our Featured Guests page.

Debut Books

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Lulu Anew
By Étienne Davodeau
From NBM
Exquisite Corpse
By Pénélope Bagieu
From First Second
Augie & the Green Knight
By Zach Weinersmith and Boulet
From Bread Pig Inc.

For more information on these and all books debuting at TCAF 2015, please visit our Debuting Books page.

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TCAF announces partnership with LICAF! Welcomes Featured Guest Hunt Emerson!

licaf_logoThe Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce a brand new partnership with the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival (LICAF)! They are bringing a who’s-who group of the UK’s finest cartoonists to TCAF 2015, including Featured Guest Hunt Emerson!

While TCAF has gone all over the world to promote and proselytize to folks about the amazing work being done by Canadian cartoonists (at events like the Kaigai Manga Festa in Japan, or the Angoulême Festival in France), this is the first time we are engaging in an honest-to-goodness cultural exchange. This year, LICAF are bringing seven fantastic cartoonists from the United Kingdom, with TCAF bringing our own cavalcade of Canadian creators to LICAF in October!

For TCAF 2015, however, LICAF are setting up in a special UK pavilion in the Toronto Reference Library for the entire festival weekend. Swing on by to meet a bunch of great artists, read some cool British comics, watch  live drawings, and more! We’re so excited!

LICAF’s list of guests for TCAF 2015 are:

Emerson_Hunt_160Featured Guest Hunt Emerson

Hunt Emerson is a titan of the underground comics scene, having drawn cartoons and comic strips since the early 1970s. He has published around 30 books and albums, mainly with Knockabout Comics (London), including Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Casanova’s Last Stand, and Dante’s Inferno. His characters include Firkin the Cat, Calculus Cat, PussPuss, Max Zillion and Alto Ego, Pilgrim, Alan Rabbit, and many more.

For more information, please visit our Featured Guests page.

LICAF presents: It’s Nice Out

Not to rest on the laurels of one guest, LICAF are also bringing former TCAFavourites Dan Berry, Joe Decie, Oliver East, as well as some new TCAFriends Jonathan Edwards, Felt Mistress, and David Gaffney!

One of the things that makes LICAF different from other festivals is their programme of commissions which aims to inspire and challenge comic artists, showcase their talent and in doing so bring new audiences to comics. In this spirit, LICAF has commissioned several new works from these creators. (More info coming soon! Check the Debuting Books page for details as they become available!)

Find more information about these cartoonists, please visit our Full Exhibitor List.


The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, it takes over a whole town for a weekend with comic art. Its aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations. The festival takes place in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District in the North West of the country and in the market town of Kendal.

For more information about LICAF, please visit their website.

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TCAF Reveals 2015 Festival Poster by Charles Burns


FEBRUARY 24, 2015: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (May 9-10, 2015) revealed today the official poster image for its 2015 Festival, by renowned graphic novelist and illustrator Charles Burns!

This poster, like all previous TCAF posters, will be printed in advance of the show and be available for purchase at the event and at Festival Sponsor The Beguiling books and art. Final design will differ slightly. TCAF Posters from 2003-2014 are available for purchase online from The Beguiling Books & Art.


CHARLES BURNS grew up in Seattle in the 1970s. His work rose to prominence in Art Spiegelman’s Raw in the mid-1980s and took off from there, in an extraordinary range of comics and projects, from Iggy Pop album covers to the latest ad campaign for Altoids. In 1992 he designed the sets for Mark Morris’s restaging of The Nutcracker (renamed The Hard Nut) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He illustrated covers for Time, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. He was also tapped as the official cover artist for The Believer magazine at its inception in 2003.

Burns’ graphic novel Black Hole has been critically acclaimed, receiving Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz comics-industry awards. Black Hole has been adopted to the course curriculum of several classes at the University of Toronto (and in institutions across North America). In 2014 Burns completed his newest project, the X’ed Out graphic novel trilogy, consisting of X’ed Out, The Hive, and Sugar Skull. Burns will attend The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015 as a Featured Guest of TCAF, in celebration of this work. Charles Burns lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.


Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015, Saturday May 9, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 10, 11am-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


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 recognize Random House Canada for their support of Charles Burns’ attendance at TCAF 2015.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2015 are still available, please contact us at: for more info.

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Call For Programming – TCAF 2015, May 8, 9, and 10


Hi there! Do you have a burning passion to share information on comics, through panels, presentations, or workshops? Well TCAF’s Call for Programming suggestions is now open!

We’d love to know if you’d be interested in suggesting a program for TCAF 2015! We have kid, teen, and general audiences programming on Saturday and Sunday at TCAF. We also offer special programming for librarians and educators on Friday, and workshops for comics professionals on Friday too. You can submit something you wanna do, something you wanna see, or just volunteer yourself as a participant or moderator.

You can fill out the form right now at

Submissions close on Monday March 9th.


Announcing TCAF 2015! May 9 & 10

Toronto Public Library presents

TCAF 2015 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Saturday, May 9, 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 10, 11am-5pm
Free to attend

TORONTO, CANADA—Announcing the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015! Over 300 cartoonists from Canada and around the world are on their way to Toronto this May, to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! A week-long Festival of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition centeredat Toronto Reference Library, May 10 and 11, 2015!

For more than a decade, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has showcased the incredible comics art being made here in Canada, and invited the attention of the international cartooning community. The 2015 programme continues to build on those successes, with an increase in programming, and a renewed focus on Canadian cartoonists from coast to coast!

TCAF 2015 will welcome a remarkable array of authors! Highlights from the author guests include:

Burns160Charles Burns: Creator of Black Hole, considered to be one of the most important graphic novels in the Western cannon, Burns will be at TCAF to celebrate his recently completed new graphic novel series X’ed Out (Pantheon Books). Burns will also illustrated one of the official posters of the 2015 Festival, to be revealed.

Davis160Eleanor Davis: An outstanding cartoonist and editorial illustrator (The New Yorker, New York Times), Davis’ recent graphic novel release How To Be Happy (Fantagraphics) was widely lauded as one of the best graphic novels of 2014, and TCAF is thrilled to welcome this her back to Toronto for the 2015 Festival.

Gurihiru160Gurihiru: This dynamic cartooning duo (working under one pen name) hails from Tokyo, Japan, and is beloved in North America for their original graphic novels set in the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse). They have also created work for Marvel Comics, Disney, and an array of independent illustration work.

Knisley160Lucy Knisley: A long-time supporter of the Festival, Knisley’s memoirs and travelogues are well-loved across the continent. Knisley attends as a Featured Guest in 2015, in support of her new travelogue/graphic novel Displacement (Fantagraphics).

McCloud160Scott McCloud: Creator of the essential comics text Understanding Comics, TCAF will welcome McCloud back to Toronto in support of his acclaimed new graphic novel The Sculptor (First Second Books).

Stok_Barbara_160Barbara Stok: Hailing from The Netherlands, Stok has an impressive collection of graphic novels to her credit. TCAF is happy to welcome her as a Featured Guest of the Festival in 2015, in conjunction with her debut English-language graphic novel release Vincent (SelfMadeHero), an important and critically-praised biography of Vincent Van Gogh.

jillian_tamaki_160x160Jillian Tamaki: With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki’s 2014 TCAF Debut This One Summer  (Groundwood/First Second) took home a Governor General’s Award, a Caldecott Honor, and a Printz Honor. In 2015, Jillian Tamaki will release  SuperMutantMagicAcademy (Drawn & Quarterly), her hilarious new graphic novel.

Zdarsky160Chip Zdarsky: Hometown favourite and emerging international superstar Zdarsky (a.k.a. Steve Murray) is welcomed as a Featured Guest for 2015! Best-known for his ground-breaking comic series Sex Criminals (with writer Matt Fraction), spring 2015 will see the launch of his new series Kaptara (Image Comics) with fellow Toronto illustrator Kagan McLeod, and a relaunch of Marvel Comics’ Howard The Duck.

And these are just the first nine featured guests among the more than 300 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2015 Festival.

Featured guests will continue to be announced through February and March, with special guests from France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and the U.S. and Canada still to be revealed!

TCAF 2015 will also feature several programming spotlights, including a special tribute to esteemed Canadian graphic novel published Drawn & Quarterly, on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary.

Additional Programs will be announced in February and March, including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics Vs. Games 4, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

Twitter: @Torontocomics



Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015, Saturday May 9, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 10, 11am-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


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 recognize The Dutch Foundation for Literature for helping sponsor Barbara Stok’s appearance at the festival.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2015 are still available, please contact us at: for more info.

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Open Call for ‘Comics vs Games’ Showcase @ TCAF 2015


For the first time in over three years The Hand Eye Society is holding an open call to showcase games and game-makers on-site at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival 2015 (May 9th and 10th) as part of this year’s Comics vs Games event! It’s a unique opportunity to expose your game to TCAF’s diverse audience of over 20,000 visitors.

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

To apply for the Comics vs Games showcase, or to find out more information (there’s a lengthy FAQ!), visit


Photo from Comics vs Games 2012, at Magic Pony Gallery. Photo by Paul Hillier.



Volunteer at TCAF 2015!

Hey there! How would YOU Like to Volunteer at TCAF 2015?

photo (8)Every year we need about 200 people who are willing to set aside their 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.

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, and I’ll get back to you in a few days with some answers. Volunteer sign-up will end March 31, so you should sign up now! (Applications are now closed, see you at the Festival!)

Please note that this sign-up questionnaire is going to ask you for your availability during TCAF (i.e. May 7th – 10th 2015). 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 at this link, you will be signed up to volunteer for TCAF 2015! 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


TCAF announces Pop-Up Retail Shop @ Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to introduce


at Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada, M4W 2G8
Phone: 416 323 9212 E-mail:
Open Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm





tcaf_deforge_imageTORONTO, Canada – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the opening of the brand new TCAF Pop-Up Shop @ TPL! Located inside Toronto Reference Library (where TCAF is held annually), The TCAF Shop will offer a taste of the Festival spirit this holiday season–a boutique showcase for the very best comics, graphic novels, and goods by Canadian and international cartoonists! All purchases directly benefit the not-for-profit Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

The TCAF Pop-Up Shop will open with a spectacular event, the book launch for the new comedy sex-advice book Just The Tips, with author Chip Zdarsky (recently profiled in the Globe & Mail!). The event and shop opening will take place December 3rd at 6pm, opening regularly for business the next day. We sincerely hope to see you there!


Just in time for the holidays, Chip Zdarsky launches Just The Tips, a humorous sexual advice guide by the creators of Time Magazine’s Best Comic of 2013, Sex Criminals. Recently profiled in The Globe & Mail, Zdarsky will sign copies and present from the book in The TCAF Pop-Up Shop’s first ever in-store event, Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, from 6pm-8pm.

More info at:



The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is an annual festival celebrating comic art and its creators, occurring annually in Toronto, Canada. Featuring over 400 artists from 19 countries, and 22,000 attendees across Festival events in 2014, the festival is the premiere showcase for independent comics art in North America. It is a not-for-profit festival, presented by Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling Books & Art.



Please direct all media inquiries to to speak with TCAF Pop-Up Shop runners Miles Baker, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, and Christopher Butcher.

The Beguiling Books & Art Owner and TCAF Co-Founder Peter Birkemoe can be reached at 416-533-9168.


A Whole New World (of Comics): TCAF + Québec

As many of you know, TCAF’s mandate is, well, hang on. Let’s see what we have on our About TCAF page:

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival exists to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as legitimate medium of literary and artistic worth. We seek to promote the creators of these works in their broad and diverse voices, for the betterment of the medium of comics and to reach as wide an audience as possible for them.

So, as our mandate suggests, we get very excited about sharing and showcasing some of the amazing work being done in independent comics with the rest of the world. Over the years we’ve had people come from dozens of countries to see some of the amazing talent that Toronto attracts, from local zinesters to international cartooning legends. And in being a decidedly Canada-focused festival, we’re very proud of the work we’ve been able to do in highlighting interesting and exciting art being produced by people in Canada…but we can always do more.

For TCAF 2015 we are working to help promote Québec’s incredibly rich comics community. In recent years we’ve been lucky to have Québecois cartoonist like Michel Rabagliati, Isabelle Arsenault, Fanny Britt, and Réal Godbout in attendance, and publishers like La Pastèque bringing some choice French books. However, there’s still so much more great stuff being produced in Québec that we would love to share with folks at TCAF!

FOR EXAMPLE: Help Translate Pow Pow Press

Pow Pow Press is a Montreal-based, French language publisher who specializes in comics. Since 2010 they have published over 20 graphic novels (!!!) quickly becoming one of the biggest independent comics publisher in Québec. Right now they are running a Kickstarter to help them translate 5 (+) books into English, all set to have their English-language debut at TCAF 2015! These books include works by previous TCAF Featured Guests Pascal Girard and Guy Delisle, as well as the Schuster Award winning For As Long As It Rains by Zviane! We’re really excited about this project, and we would love to see all of these books and cartoonists at TCAF 2015. If you’re looking for a way to help support and develop interesting comics being made in Canada, then we really recommend helping to translate Pow Pow Press! Check out their Kickstarter!

And keep checking back here in the months ahead. Not only will we soon be announcing who is coming to TCAF, but we’ll have lots of info on special events and trips for 2015. Can’t wait for next year!

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UPDATED: TCAF 2015 Exhibitor Applications Now Closed

UPDATE: TCAF 2015 Exhibitor Applications are now closed. Applications for TCAF 2016 will open on August 1st, 2015. Mark your calendars.

Update: TCAF tradition and due to an incredible last-minute demand, we will be keeping exhibitor applications open until October 24th. Unlike previous years, this is only a one-week extension and there will be no other extensions. We will be privileging applications submitted by the original due date of October 17th.

Hello Comics!

We’re happy to announce that the Application Process for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015 has begun! Click here to begin your application. We will be accepting responses until Friday, October 24th, 2014.

A few quick notes about applying for TCAF:

– NEW FOR 2015: We are asking creators to exhibit every other year. If you exhibited in 2014 it is highly unlikely that you will be allocated a space for 2015 without extenuating circumstances (i.e., a major new print release, a gallery show, etc.). There are still many ways to participate in TCAF without a table, including programming and workshops. Most publishers are exempted from this rule.

– We are asking ALL creators, collectives, publishers, and self-publishers interested in exhibiting at TCAF 2015 to register online using the application form linked above. If you are a full-line publisher or will require multiple table-spaces, please email after you have submitted your application for further information.

– 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, really help us out.

– Filling out an application does not guarantee table space at TCAF 2015.

– 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 2015,
c) Those creators who have not exhibited in 2014.

– 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 2015 will feature a day of Professional Development Programming on May 8th, with the main exhibition on May 9th and 10th, 2015, at Toronto Reference Library in beautiful Toronto, Canada.

If you have any problems, please contact


– Christopher Butcher, Festival Director.
– Miles Baker, Managing Director


TCAF in Tokyo 2014 – November 23


Part of the 2013 crew: Kagan McLeod, Andrew Townsend, Kim Hoang, Miguel Sternberg, Miles Baker

Hey everyone! TCAF will be returning to Tokyo again in 2014, to exhibit at Kaigai Manga Festa / International Comics Festival 2014. KMF will be held Sunday, November 23rd, from 11am to 4pm, as part of the COMITIA comics event at Tokyo Big Sight. The official website for this event is and the Facebook is

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will be set up as representatives of both our own festival and Canadian comics in general, represented by Festival Directors Chris Butcher and Miles Baker, and Translator Jocelyne Allen. As in previous years, we will be bringing a selection of Canadian graphic novels in English, French, and especially wordless books for international fans to discover. We will also have a small selection of festival posters, postcards, and other merchandise available.

TCAF is also offering free table space to any comics artist who has previously exhibited at TCAF 2003-2014. We’ll also help book flights and accommodations, offer recommendations, and plan a few special events and trips with our awesome translator Jocelyne so that you can get the most out of your Tokyo visit.

If you’re interested in joining us in Tokyo, please e-mail us at a.s.a.p. November isn’t that far away!

– Christopher Butcher, TCAF

Cover photo by Gary Sherman of Tokyo/Mt. Fuji.

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