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TCAF Reveals 2015 Festival Poster by Charles Burns

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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.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR 

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.

MEDIA

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 media@torontocomics.com.

SPONSORS

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: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

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

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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 http://goo.gl/FzTLi4.

Submissions close on Monday March 9th.

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Announcing TCAF 2015! May 9 & 10 @ Toronto Reference Library

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
www.torontocomics.com

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.

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MEDIA

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 media@torontocomics.com.

SPONSORS

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: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

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

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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 http://goo.gl/forms/5HZ6en2OsS.

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

 

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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 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 sign up now!

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

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TCAF announces Pop-Up Retail Shop @ Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to introduce

THE TCAF POP-UP SHOP @ TPL

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

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3 @ 6PM

OPENING NIGHT AND ‘JUST THE TIPS’ BOOK LAUNCH

FEATURING AUTHOR CHIP ZDARSKY (SEX CRIMINALS)

 

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!

ABOUT Just The Tips BOOK LAUNCH

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:

http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com/dec-3-just-the-tips-book-launch-with-chip-zdarsky/
https://www.facebook.com/events/357957584385193/

 

ABOUT TCAF

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. www.torontocomics.com

 

MEDIA

Please direct all media inquiries to store@torontocomics.com 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.

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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.

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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 registration@torontocomics.com 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 registration@torontocomics.com.

Thanks!

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

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TCAF in Tokyo 2014 – November 23

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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 http://kaigaimangafesta.com/ and the Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/kaigaimangafesta.

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 contact@torontocomics.com 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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TCAF 2014 Festival Wrap-Up – Announcing TCAF 2015

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Welcome, everyone!

TCAF T-Shirt by Natsume Ono. Modeled by Krystle TabujaraMy name is Christopher Butcher, and I’m the Co-Founder and Festival Director of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (what we call TCAF). Last month on May 10th and 11th we held the ninth iteration of TCAF, a wonderful celebration of comics, graphic novels, and their creators, from Canada and abroad. On behalf of the entire TCAF team, I’d like to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, and the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make 2014 a success.

TCAF 2014 was a pretty phenomenal year for us: we fine-tuned many aspects of the Festival to make them the best that they could be, and introduced new elements to the Festival that will further our mandate to promote and enrich the careers of cartoonists and graphic novelists, with a focus on all of the great work being done here in Canada. As every year, we hope to build on these successes, address deficiencies, and move boldly forward into the future.

As in previous years, the report on our 2014 Festival will be informal, light, and hopefully entertaining, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Oh, but before I start: Could you fill out our attendee survey? We’d really appreciate it! Click here.

TCAF 2014 TimeLapse – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival from Toronto Comic Arts Festival on Vimeo.

SAVE THE DATE: TCAF 2015 takes place May 8th, 9th, and 10th

TCAF volunteers at the merch table.The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is thrilled to announce that it will return to Toronto Reference Library and The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon for 2015. The dates are Friday May 8th (Professional Development), and Saturday May 9th & Sunday May 10th (Exhibition Dates). This continues the wonderful partnership between TCAF and its Presenting Sponsor Toronto Public Library, and secures a beautiful, large, and central location from which to continue building the Festival.

In addition, TCAF will continue to spread its programming and exhibitions through the surrounding neighbourhood and the city, by partnering with venues including The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, St. Paul’s on Bloor, The Pilot, The Japan Foundation, and more. TCAF will continue to grow through its programs and exhibitions, maintaining a strong mix of exhibiting and participating artists each with something unique to offer.

We think it is important to include the Friday May 8th date in the ‘official’ TCAF 2015 dates, as this Professional Development Day is a true extension of our aims and goals. We hope that comics professionals of all stripes, including creative and support professionals, librarians, teachers, archivists, and academics, will continue to support and engage these activities.

And, as in previous years, the Sunday of TCAF will coincide with Mother’s Day. We encourage all Moms reading this to get on board with comics (if they haven’t already!) and to explore the great collections within Toronto Public Library! Failing that, we encourage everyone else with a mom reading this to schedule a nice early brunch before TCAF opens to the public at 11am that day…

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Building a better TCAF – Attendance is up! Crowd control is on point.

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We’re always conflicted about an increase in attendance numbers, because the physical size of TCAF’s space at the library has not increased significantly since 2011… so we were surprised to hear that attendance was way up for 2014! To us, everything felt like it moved pretty smoothly, and we’re going to do our best to keep things flowing in the Library and all of our spaces in the years to come.

This year’s attendance across all TCAF events was approximately 22,000, up from 18,000 in 2012 and 2013. Both Saturday and Sunday saw considerably more people coming through Toronto Reference Library than last year, based on raw data provided by Toronto Public Library. Sunday in particular was up considerably over 2013 thanks to some really great weather (versus 2013’s hailstorm…).

In addition to the Toronto Reference Library, our space at The Marriott Bloor Yorkville for panels and programming saw vast increases, and our TCAF Kids Day event at St. Paul’s on Bloor hit capacity at several times. Many programs at The Pilot were standing room only, and our Friday professional programming also had respectable attendance, though we recognize there’s room to grow there too!

Our greatest successes came through our wonderful partnership events, particularly all the activities associated with Comics Vs. Games 3: The Bit Bazzar, Comics Vs. Games Showcases, and Comics Vs. Games 3D Gallery. The Bit Bazzar and associated events drew more than 3,000 people, nearly double the numbers in 2013! All of our off-site events this year were very healthily attended. From our kuš Gallery Show “The Last Match” to our screening of the Canadian comics history documentary Lost Heroes to our ever-popular Queer Mixer, events were jam-packed with folks, both those already familiar with the medium of comics and newcomers finding their ‘way in’.

Our continued partnerships and outreach events remain a vital part of the growth of the Festival, and these events will continue to increase in number and diversify in the hopes of reaching the widest-possible audience for comics and graphic novels. Our partnerships with cultural organizations like The Alliance Française, The Japan Foundation, and the Goethe-Institut, and like-minded peers like Bento Miso, the Hand Eye Society, and Attract Mode, will help make this a reality.

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Thank you for your support!

TCAF is going to remain a festival that is free to attend, with affordable tables and tons of free (or inexpensive) programming for the public, and we couldn’t do that without the support of our sponsors and partners.

TCAF 2014 Badges!First and foremost, we would like to thank presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library, including the staffs of Toronto Reference Library and The Appel Salon, for their continued partnership and their huge contribution to the Festival. It’s this partnership that helps communicate one of TCAF’s primary goals: the elimination of barriers to entry to the medium of comics. Comics are for everyone, and having TCAF be a part of Toronto Public Library’s rich slate of programming reinforces that fact to the public.  Our thanks to TPL for their continued support.

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

TCAF would like to thank the following organizations for their financial support:

  • We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
  • TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
  • Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation for their support of our festival programming.
  • VIZ Media for their continued blanket support of the festival.
  • 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.
  • Guru Studio for their support of the TCAF Welcome Party.
  • TopatoCo for their sponsorship of badges and lanyards (a much-requested addition to TCAF!)
  • Scholastic for their support of our Kids Programming.
  • TCAF would like to thank sponsors Revvly, OwlKids, and NOW Toronto for their promotional support.
  • TCAF Library and Educator Day was supported in part by the donations of publishers First Second, IDW Publishing, Scholastic Canada, and VIZ Media.

TCAF’s partnerships with peer organizations and businesses help create a unique and engaging festival, and we thank the following organizations for their support in 2014: Midoco, The CSSC/SCEBD, Bento Miso, The Toronto Hand Eye Society, Attract Mode, The Japan Foundation, Videofag, and Narwhal Gallery.

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2014: In Review

TCAF Shirt by Fabio Moon and Gabriel BaAfter the 2013 Festival, I sat down with my team to really re-think the Festival, what worked and what didn’t. The tenth anniversary was a great time to reflect on how things had been going, and to look towards building the Festival in sustainable, creative, and ever-expanding ways. I feel like the 2014 Festival successfully bore the fruits of these discussions, and set the stage for the next 10 years of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival. It was a good year, with great guests and exhibitors, thousands of attendees having a wonderful time, and a phenomenally positive energy that buoyed spirits all weekend long. I am very proud of the staff and volunteers who donated their time and energy to execute this very complicated undertaking.

The highlight for me, personally, this year was standing up and welcoming three enormously talented cartoonists—Kate Beaton, Lynn Johnston, and Raina Telgemeier—to the stage for our Friday night Kick-Off Event. I got to say a few words about this year’s TCAF, about redoubling our commitment to inclusion, diversity, and visibility for comics creators of all stripes, and I got to do it in front of three women whose work I admire tremendously. We try not to be too didactic in our approach, but sometimes it’s important to make a statement about the way things are and the way you’d like them to be, and I’m enormously proud I got to do so in front of a packed audience this year.

I’m also very proud of the diversity and vision of our authorial line-up for 2014. We welcomed creators from more than 19 countries around the world this year, with more than 150 first-time exhibitors and participating authors! TCAF has a consistency from year to year, but we strive to keep it feeling fresh and unique as well. Having a high number of new exhibitors helps accomplish that, but sometimes having amazing and unannounced guests helps that too! Our thanks to ‘unannounced’ TCAF Guests Hideki Anno (creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion), and Randall Munroe (creator of XKCD), and the dozens of cartoonists and illustrators who just dropped by to see the show… we’ll try not to blow your cover. ;)

WBA_LogoTCAF 2014 also saw the introduction of new programming streams, new ways of engaging fans of the medium and welcoming newcomers. Our biggest addition was the “Comics Academic Conference” on Friday May 9, run by the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics / Société canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée. We were happy to finally, formally, bring an academic component to the Festival, and we thank the CSSC/SCEBD and Barbara Postema and Glenn Willmott from that organization, for developing this new partnership.

We also introduced Word Balloon Academy, our day of professional development and education for comics creators. Everything from skills-building to health-and-safety (thanks, Kriota Willberg!) to financial advice was available, our way of giving back to creators and strengthening the industry. These programs joined our already-successful Librarian & Educator Day to create a full-day of professional development and educational programming, and we will continue and grow these programs in future years.

TCAF was bigger than ever, with a larger programming slate and more diverse in its approach and presentation than ever before too. It was a year of tremendous growth after a lot of planning and rethinking our whole approach, and, well, that’s why we do this crazy thing every year. Thanks for your support of all of you who attended and worked so hard to make it a success. :)

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We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You

TCAF 2014 Tote Bag. Modeled by Andrew Townsend.Speaking of the folks who made TCAF a success, we’d like to thank some of them now.

TCAF would like to thank all of the participating artists and authors for exhibiting with us. There wouldn’t be a show without you!

TCAF would also like to thank those who dedicated their time moderate, plan, or otherwise to participate in our large slate of programming. We appreciate the considerable amount of work that goes into moderating and developing a successful program, and TCAF is far richer for your hard work–thank you.

Our sponsors and partners, outlined above.

Our event partners The Alliance Française, Bento Miso, kuš!, Videofag, Narwhal Gallery, Attract Mode & Matt Hawkins, The Toronto Hand Eye Society, Guru Studio, St. Paul’s on Bloor, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Buddies in Bad Times, Weird Things, The Pilot, The Japan Foundation, The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, The Carlton Magic Lantern Cinemas, The Spotted Dick, The Tranzac Club, and Ryerson University.

TCAF would not have as rich, diverse, and international an array of authors without the support of governmental and cultural organizations and publishers working to promote an international vision of the medium of comics. Our thanks to cultural organizations The Consulate General of France in Toronto and The Goethe-Institut, and to publishers Abrams, Conundrum Press, Drawn & Quarterly, First Second Books, Groundwood Books, Koyama Press, Nobrow Press, La Pasteque, Scholastic Canada, and SelfMadeHero.

In addition, we would like to thank Ginette LaPalme, Chris Kuzma, and Patrick Kyle of the Wowee Zonk collective for curating and organizing our small press area, and taking care of an additional 20+ artists and groups. We greatly appreciate your expertise!

TCAF would like to thank the artists of our official Festival Posters, Isabelle Arsenault, Michael DeForge and Lynn Johnston, for creating such gorgeous images to brand and promote the festival. TCAF would also like to thank Sean Phillips, Darwyn Cooke, Steve Murray, Krystle Tabujara, Derrick Guerin, and est em, for providing original artworks to the Festival this year, and to past poster artists Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, and Natsume Ono for loaning their artwork to our new t-shirts!

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

Thanks to the staff and organizers of The Doug Wright Awards for another great year, and Happy 10th Anniversary!

TCAF would like to thank the the following individuals for their support in various roles: Leyla Aker, Corey Mintz, Chip Zdarsky, Erik Ko, Kim Hoang, Georgia Webber, Darwyn Cooke, Miguel Sternberg, Jennie & Henry Faber, Jim Munroe, Ryan North, Denise Anderson, Julie Tait, Aki Yanagi, Ed Chavez, Terry Nantier, Peggy Burns, Julia Pohl-Miranda, Kathleen Glosan, Matt Hawkins, Robin Smith, Barbara Postema, Glenn Willmott, and the numerous folks who helped pull together different parts of TCAF.

TCAF would like to thank the Staff of The Beguiling and Little Island Comics, Alex, Arthur, Bettina, Chris, Christine, Derek, Genève, Halliday, Helen, Jason, Jerry, Jim, Jonathan, Laura, and Paul,  who contribute mightily to seeing TCAF become a reality each year.

Thank you to TCAF’s head volunteers and site coordinators for 2014: Ahmed Aljumaa, Radwa Auda, Connor Baker, Luc Becker, Pip Bradford, Cassiopeia Burrell, Bled Celhyka, Eva Cherney, Murad Hemmadi, Kim Hoang, Kerrie McCreadie, Tiff Preney, and Sally Sparrow.

Speaking for myself, I would like to thank the rest of the staff at TCAF for their hard work and dedication to the Festival this year. More and more TCAF becomes a year-round commitment for many of the folks involved, and I appreciate that you are all willing to rise to the challenge. My thanks to Miles Baker, Andrew Townsend, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Gina Gagliano, Krystle Tabujara, Dan Seljak, Georgia Webber, Kim Hoang, Lindsay Gibb, Parish Kilthei, Jamie Edwards, and Nathalie Atkinson. We’ve built an awesome team here.

Finally, TCAF would not be possible without the support of its many volunteers. Our sincere thanks to all of the volunteers and everyone who has donated their time to help make TCAF a success.

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TCAF 2015 and beyond!

So we’ve already begun planning for TCAF 2015. Guests are being confirmed, publishers lined up, venues booked. I wasn’t kidding when I said TCAF was becoming a year-round job. Applications for TCAF 2015 will open at http://www.torontocomics.com on August 1st, 2014.

It’s also becoming a year-round festival in many ways, as TCAF begins to exhibit as an organization at other shows around the world, fulfilling our mandate to promote Canadian authors and their works. This year, if all goes according to plan, we’ll hopefully see you in England, Japan, and France. Developing these international relationships, opening up opportunities for our exhibiting artists at home and abroad, that’s what we’re all about, and we’re really looking forward to further growth along those lines in the years to come.

If you are a creator who has exhibited at TCAF who is interested in joining us on one of our overseas adventures, contact us and let us know! We’ll be offering more details here soon.

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In Conclusion…

So in closing, please fill out our attendee survey!

But seriously though, on behalf of myself and the entire staff, I’d like thank everyone who contributed to make The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014 such a success. We’ll see you all next year, if not sooner…

Sincerely,

Christopher Butcher, Festival Director and Co-Founder

On behalf of…

Peter Birkemoe, Co-Founder
Miles Baker, Managing Director
Andrew Townsend, Support Manager
Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Kids Programming Director
Gina Gagliano, Programming Coordinator
Krystle Tabujara, Logistics Manager
Dan Seljak, Volunteer Coordinator
Georgia Webber, Guest Services Coordinator
Lindsay Gibb, Library and Educator Day Coordinator
Parish Kilthei, A/V and Site Coordinator
Jamie Edwards, Site Coordinator
Kim Hoang, Site Coordinator

TCAF Event photos used in this post by Toronto Public Library. Additional photos by me. :)

TCAF video produced by Joanna Wong, joannawong.ca

 

 

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TCAF Partners With Two Great Toronto Festivals! The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, and TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that we have partnered with two upcoming Festivals! TCAF will be a screening partner for both The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, taking place June 12-27, 2014, and TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, taking place June 13-16, 2014.

Toronto Japanese Film Festival: TCAF will be partnering to present The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, the new action/comedy by Director Takashi Miike (Ichi The Killer, Audition). The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is based on the (sadly untranslated) manga by Noburo Takasashi, and full to the brim with action, bawdy comedy, and incredibly garish yakuza fashion. It looks like a hoot. The Toronto Japanese Film Festival takes place June 12-27, 2014, at The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. More info at http://www.jccc.on.ca/en/

CONTEST: The Toronto Japanese Film Festival has provided 5 pairs of tickets to TCAF to attend the exclusive, one-night only, June 13th screening of The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji for us to give away! We are giving them to people signed up to our mailing list, so sign up in the upper-right-corner of this page! Details at the bottom of this post.

Toronto Animation Arts Festival International: TCAF is proud to partner with TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, to present a screening of CHEATIN’, Directed by legendary animator Bill Plympton. The Screening will take place Saturday, June 14th, at 6:45pm. Tickets are available at http://taafi.com/festival/events/?id=138. TAAFI 2014 takes place June 13-16, on Toronto’s Waterfront at Corus Quay & George Brown – Waterfront Campus. For more information on TAAFI, visit http://taafi.com/

CONTEST: WIN ONE OF 5 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO SEE: THE MOLE SONG: UNDERCOVER AGENT REIJI

To enter to win one of five pairs of tickets to see The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji on June 13th at 7:00pm, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-right corner of this site), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “ICHI” to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Monday, June 2nd, at 11:00am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners that day.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “ICHI”, and must be sent to beguilingcontests@gmail.com.
  2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com. (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  3. Entries must be received before Monday, June 2nd, at 11:00am.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per person/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.
  7. Sole screening on Friday, June 13th, at 7:00pm. Please don’t enter if you know you can’t attend, thanks! :)

Good luck!

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Comics Art Shows: Total Gleepglops and Hungry Bottom Comics 2012 – 2014

For those of you still in Toronto, and not burnt out on comics, may we recommend two really cool comics-related gallery shows opening tonight?

First up is Videofag Presents: Hungry Bottom Comics 2012 – 2014. This special four-day exhibition celebrates the simultaneous release of Hungry Bottom Comics 3 and The Collected Hungry Bottom Comics – the final releases from Eric Kostiuk Williams’ queer memoir project! This exhibit features over 60 original, 11×15 comic book pages, spanning three issues and over two years of work. TCAF partnered with Videofag for kuš: The Last Match, and Williams debuted the third and final issue of the Hungry Bottom trilogy at the festival this year!

For more information, please check out their event page.

Also opening tonight is Total Gleepglops. This show at Weird Things features new work by Patrick Kyle and Daniel Rocca. Weird Things were kind enough to host the super popular 2D Cloud book launch during TCAF, and Patrick Kyle debuted the latest issue in his ongoing New Comics series, New Comics #3.

For more information, please check out their event page.

Big night for comics art in the city!

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TCAF Welcomes Peter S. Beagle as a Signing Guest (Saturday Only)

TCAF is happy to welcome renowned fantasy author, and creator of The Last UnicornPeter S. Beagle! Peter will be signing Saturday morning in the Basement Signing Area, then he is free to enjoy the festival! Just like you!

Peter S. Beagle is an American author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays, especially fantasy fiction. His best-known work is the aforementioned The Last Unicorn (1968), a fantasy novel he wrote in his twenties, which Locus subscribers voted the number five “All-Time Best Fantasy Novel” in 1987. During the last twenty-five years he has won several literary awards including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2011.

IDW Publishing released a six-issue comic book adaptation of The Last Unicorn beginning in April 2010. The collected hardcover edition was released in January 2011, premiering at #2 on the New York Times Hardcover Graphic Novel bestseller list. It will be followed by an adaptation of A Fine and Private Place.

Signing Schedule

  • Saturday, May 10th – 11am – 12:30pm @ Basement Signing Area

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TCAF 2014 Merchandise – Help Support the Festival!

lynn_johnston_500pxThis year The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has partnered with artists and publishers to produce a great array of exclusive materials! The books and prints listed below are all strictly limited editions. They will make their debut at TCAF, and should any copies remain they will be available at The Beguiling Books & Art in late-May. All goods will be available at The Beguiling Store On-Site, located on the second floor, outside of The Appel Salon.

Just a quick note: People always ask us how they can support TCAF when the show is free to attend! Welp, buying merchandise is a great way to support TCAF!

TCAF Postcard Set – $10

You asked for it, and we made it!

It’s a set of 10 postcards (suitable for mailing OR for framing) featuring artwork from The Toronto Comic Arts Festival! Includes poster and promotional illustration artwork by Daniel Clowes, Darwyn Cooke, Evan Dorkin, James Jean, Konami Kanata, Taiyo Matsumoto, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Seth, Jillian Tamaki, and Maurice Vellekoop.

10, 4″ x 6″ postcards printed on high-quality cardstock, with a matte gloss front and matte back (so you can write notes!) Makes great souvenirs or omiyage .

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TCAF 2014 Poster by Lynn Johnston – $5

Do you like the cover to the program guide? Then come pick up a print of TCAF’s 3rd official poster by Featured Guest Lynn Johnston! The poster is 11″ x 17″, and can be yours for only $5!

Available at The Beguiling sales table on the 2nd floor.

phillips_print_photo“Fatale” Limited Edition Giclee Print by Sean Phillips – $50

TCAF is proud to team with Featured Guests Sean Phillips and Ed Brubaker, to produce this original, limited edition giclee print featuring an exclusive piece of art from their hit-series “Fatale.”

This high-quality giclee is printed with archival-quality inks on a special cotton-rag paper, to create the highest-possible quality reproduction of Phillips’ watercolor artwork. It is printed at 11″ x 17″, a size suitable for framing and perfect for collectors of fine artwork.

The print is created in an edition of 125, and the prints will be individually numbered. Fans get purchase the prints at The Beguiling Store On-Site, or directly from the artists at their signings and events.

Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips Signings:

Saturday, 12pm-1:30pm, Marriott
Saturday, 8pm, The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Sunday, 1pm-2:30pm, Library, Basement

estem-ticaf2“est em Exclusive Print” – $10

TCAF has teamed with Toronto’s Color Code Printing and 2014 Featured Guest ‘est em’ to produce an exclusive, limited edition risograph print.

Meant to mirror a similar print produced by TCAF in 2014 for Gengoroh Tagame, this print by est em is influenced by Spanish culture and the matadors in her popular works Golandrina and Carmen.

This print is a 3-colour risograph on special rice paper, in an edition of 200. It will be available from The Beguiling On-Site Store, and at all of est em’s signings and appearances.

est em: Saturday, 10am-11:30am, The Beguiling Store On-Site, 2nd Floor
est em: Saturday. Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 2:30pm-3:45pm, Marriott
est em: Sunday, 11am-1pm, The Beguiling Store On-Site, 2nd Floor

“est em” Carmen, English-language doujinshi – $5

TCAF has teamed with est em to produce an exclusive, English-language doujinshi, available exclusively at TCAF!

“What if Jose and the bullfighter in ‘Carmen’ were lovers?” This is that idea, brought to life. Bizet’s classic opera ‘Carmen’, turned into a sexy, sensual, and deadly BL doujinshi by internationally acclaimed author ‘est em’!

32 pages, black and white. English translation by Jocelyne Allen.

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TCAF 2014 Posters by Isabelle Arsenault and Michael DeForge – $10 each

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s official 2014 posters are here! Featuring original artwork by Isabelle Arsenault (left) and Michael DeForge (right).

Each poster measures 15.5″ X 25″, and is printed on a great matte stock.

Posters will be available at The Beguiling On-Site Store.

TCAF T-Shirts! Featuring Art by Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon – $20

Get your T-shirts here! TCAF had produced its first ever t-shirt available for sale, and it’s awwwwwwwwwwwwesome! Featuring artwork from the TCAF 2012 poster by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, this high-quality American Apparel coral shirt comes in mens and womens’ sizes, and will be available for sale at The Beguiling on-site store.

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TCAF Kids & Adult T-Shirts! Featuring Natsume Ono Artwork! – $20

Woo hoo! We’ve got a shirt for kids too (and grownups). Featuring the art of Natsume Ono, from a 2011 promotional piece that she created! Shirt is available in unisex childrens’ and unisex adult sizes, and is just adorable.

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TCAF 2014 Totes – $10

Need a great bag to haul around your stuff… especially your TCAF purchases? Check out this amazing TCAF tote!

Featuring a logo treatment and illustration by Jillian Tamaki, and the traditional TCAF logo on the reverse, this water-resistant tote is super tough and durable, and features an exterior pocket and two interior pockets!

Previous designs/colours (black, dark blue) may also be available, buy lots! You’ll need them to carry all of your TCAF 2014 purchases!

As a reminder, previous TCAF posters, select shirts, and other merchandise and books will be available at The Beguiling on-site store. Your patronage is appreciated!

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UPDATE!!! TCAF 2014 Kick-Off: Lynn Johnston & Kate Beaton, In Conversation

UPDATE!!!

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We’re excited to announce that the special guest moderator for our 2014 Kick-Off event is none other than Raina Telgemeier! Raina is the creator behind the mega popular Smile and Drama, as well as the forthcoming Sisters. Plus – she’s an admitted fan of boy Kate Beaton and Lynn Johnston! Come join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion!

ALSO, it’s true that the kick-off event is currently sold out online, but please note that there will be a rush line at the library. So if you’re dying to see these three cartooning superstars, there’s still a chance!

What a great way to start the festival!

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TCAF Thanks Lindsay Gibb

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would like to thank Lindsay Gibb, writer and (until recently Editor of Broken Pencil) for all of her hard work on the festival, specifically Library & Educator Day, Friday, May 9th. Lindsay has been invaluable in helping plan this event, and has volunteered all weekend, and we greatly appreciate it.

Due to a copy editing error, Lindsay’s name doesn’t appear in the Festival Guide this year, and we’re incredibly sorry about that. We wanted to make sure she got the credit where it was due.

Thanks, Lindsay!

– Christopher Butcher, Director, TCAF

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#TCAF2014 New and Updates

TCAF is here!

It’s already happening! TCAF! If you check the #TCAF hashtag on pretty much any social media, you’ll see tons of photos, tweets, Vines, and Snapchats of people having a good time at TCAF related events! (I can’t verify the Vines and the Snapchats, but I’m sure it’s real…). What other cool things are happening at TCAF? Read on!

New Workshops

Create Aliens & Monsters with Adobe Illustrator
Sat May 10, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Toronto Reference Library’s Digital Innovation Hub is hosting an Adobe Illustrator drawing workshop at TCAF! Learn to harness the powers of Adobe Illustrator so that you can creating amazing monsters and aliens! This workshop is geared towards young budding artists and authors. Learn how to turn your drawings into creative vector illustrations for your personal projects. The workshop promises to be fun, insightful and welcoming to beginners.

This workshop is facilitated by Jay Wieler. Spots are limited and are first-come, first-serve.

For more information on TCAF’s workshops and programming, check out our Programming Page.

New Exhibitors

Please welcome Eric Kim, Megan Kearney,  and Lane Milburn to TCAF 2014! We’re so happy we could squeeze them in.

For more information on these and all TCAF exhibitors, please see our Full Exhibitor List.

New Books

On the one hand, bummer about all the trees we’re losing. But on the other hand, CHECK OUT ALL THE COOL BOOKS DEBUTING AT TCAF!!!

  • LetGo by Marta Chudolinska
  • Beauty and The Beast: Act One by Megan Kearney
  • NonCanon New Adventures #1: Let’s Talk About Our Fears Via Comics by Tom McHenry
  • The Star-Spangled Angel by Scott Roberts
  • Dreamlife by Salgood Sam

For more information on these and all debuting books, please visit the Debuting Books page.

Cancellations: We’re sorry to say that Z2 Comics, Paul Pope, Dean Haspiel, and Stefan Berg have had to cancel their appearances at the festival.

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Checking In @ TCAF

Help Support TCAF! Check In @ the Festival!

This year we’ve partnered with Revvly in an effort to help better understand the people who attend TCAF.

Why would we do that? Well, for money of course! Wait – let us explain.

As a not-for-profits arts organization, TCAF relies on money raised through grants and sponsorships to operate every year. Demographic information helps us make a case of for why funding agencies should invest in TCAF. Right now we’re just interested in basic information (age, where you’re from, etc.), with a more full survey being e-mailed to you later in the future. Does that make sense?

With that in mind, please check-in at TCAF! Please fill out the registration form below or check in with the social media platform of your choosing! Check-in with Twitter, with Facebook, with anything! It all helps!

If you check-in, not only do you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve contributed to TCAF, but you also get a free postcard! That’s right! This year we’re printing up special commemorative postcards featuring some of your favourite TCAF art from our now 10+ years in existence. By checking in at the festival, you get a free postcard! When you arrive at the Toronto Reference Library, head over to the TCAF Info Booth with either your printed ticket or smart phone to receive a free TCAF poster postcard!

Please note that TCAF will not sell your information! Click here to learn how this information will be used.

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Sign-up for Word Balloon Academy Workshops!

WBA_LogoTCAF is pleased to present the inaugural Word Balloon Academy, a full day of creator-focused programming on Friday, May 9th at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, located at 90 Bloor Street East (Bloor/Yonge Subway).

Please note: Word Balloon Academy is now open to the public!

Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops aimed at comic creators and industry members, and will include two streams of programming: one for creative workshops, and one for business topics and professional concerns. These programs require registration, but will be completely free to attend.

Please head to the Evenbrite for Word Balloon Academy to see and register for our full day of fun programming! Learn from the best! Become the best!

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Feature Presentation: Personal Health and Management, with Kriota Willberg

TCAF and the Word Balloon Academy are proud to welcome Kriota Willberg, a teacher of anatomy and injury-prevention at various institutions including The Centre for Cartoon Studies and The Society for Illustrators. Willberg will be giving a workshop workshop describing common injuries from long hours of drawing, presenting guidelines that can help prevent injuries of the hand/wrist, neck, and back, and teach simple exercises that can help reduce the risk of getting injured. More about Kriota Willberg at http://torontocomics.com/exhibitors/kriota-willberg/

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For the full schedule and registration, please visit our Eventbrite.

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TCAF 2014 Signing Schedule & Kids Signing Schedule

Want a chance to meet some of your favourite creators? Feel like getting the ULTIMATE piece of TCAF memorabilia (aka a signature)? Then check out the list below of signing times for TCAF’s Featured and Signing Guests! Available in both text and grid form, this schedule can also be found in the festival program and the digital Guidebook.

UPDATE: TCAF welcomes Ivan Brandon, writer of Wolverine, Viking, and Editor of 24Seven.  Ivan will be signing Saturday from 1pm-3pm and Sunday from 2pm-4pm at The Beguiling Store On-Site, located outside of The Appel Salon on the 2nd floor.

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