As part of TCAF’s ongoing relationship with Toronto Public Library, this year Digital Innovation Hub staff memebr Alex Dimitrov created a 3D model of the dog character based on Seth’s poster for the inaugural TCAF in 2003! This cute hobo dog (with bindle!) is available as a free 3D object download courtesy of Toronto Public Library, and you can also head to Toronto Reference Library and print out a copy of this doggy for yourself!
We think Alex did a great job with the design and the printing, and the finished model is currently on display in front of Toronto Reference Library’s digital innovation hub on the first floor.
For the full process break-down and information on downloading these files, head over to The Toronto Public Library website and check it out for yourself!
TCAF 2003 Poster by Seth
Michael Deforge, Dakota McFadzean, and Patrick Kyle carry the day at 2016 Doug Wright Awards
James Simpkins inducted into Giants of the North Hall of Fame; Darwyn Cooke and Alvin Buenaventura remembered at ceremony
May 14, 2016, Toronto, ON — The best in Canadian comics and graphic novels were honoured this evening at the 2016 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning in Toronto, including first-time nods for Dakota McFadzean and Patrick Kyle and a repeat win for Michael Deforge (his third).
The winner of the 2016 Doug Wright Award for Best Book is:
Dressing by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
The winner of the 2016 Doug Wright Spotlight Award for is:
Dakota McFadzean for Don’t Get Eaten By Anything (Conundrum Press)
And the winner of the 2016 Pigskin Peters Award is:
New Comics # 6 & 7 by Patrick Kyle
A feature event of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF), the 12th annual Wright Awards were held at the Forest Hill ballroom of the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel in downtown Toronto. The evening featured special appearances by R. Sikoryak (Raw, Masterpiece Comics), special guest presenters Seth, Chester Brown, Jeet Heer, Heidi McDonald, Chris Kuzma, Maurice Vellekoop, Nathalie Atkinson, and Betty Liang.
The ceremony was attended by a Who’s Who of the Canadian comics scene, including Chester Brown, Kate Beaton, Jillian Tamaki, Joe Ollmann, Michael Deforge, Kat Verhoeven, publishers Annie Koyama, Tom Devlin, and Peggy Burns among others.
The evening also saw the induction of James Simpkins (1910 – 2004) into the Giants of the North Hall of Fame. Simpkins was a multi-faceted artist, filmmaker (with the National Film Board) and cartoonist who contributed hundreds of one-panel “gag” comics to dozens of magazine over the course of his nearly 50-year career. He is best remembered for creating the character Jasper the bear for Maclean’s magazine in the 1940s. “Jasper” ran in Maclean’s for 20 years, appearing on the cover several ties, and became a part of Canadian folklore thanks in part to his charm, wit and bruin-like personality.
Along the way Jasper also became a marketing phenomenon with little precedent in the history of Canadian comics. In addition to an internationally syndicated newspaper strip,
Jasper was licenced for countless products including kids’ ball-caps, t-shirts, souvenir pennants, collector spoons, Frisbees, salt-and-pepper shakers, and a line of toys. But perhaps his most lasting legacy is the 10-foot “life-size” statue of Jasper that stands to this day in Jasper National Park in Jasper, Alberta.
Sandra Boyle, Simpkins’ daughter who was at his side when he died, accepted the Giants of the North medal and certificate on her father’s behalf.
The ceremony also featured a memoriam to Canadian cartoonist Darwyn Cooke and comics publisher Alvin Buenaventura, both of whom passed away in 2016.
The 2016 winners were decided on by a jury that included cartoonist Maurice Vellekoop, Globe and Mail columnist Nathalie Atkinson, and Emily Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Canadian Notes & Queries. The jury appreciations for 2016 are attached.
The Doug Wright Awards are a non-profit organization formed in 2004 to honour the lasting legacy of the late, great Canadian cartoonist Doug Wright (1917 – 1983), whose strip Doug Wright’s Family ran in newspapers in Canada and around the world from the late 1940s to the early 1980s. Founded in 2004, the annual awards recognize the best and brightest in English-language comics and graphic novels published in the previous calendar year (including first translated editions).
PHONO+GRAPHIC Gallery Show
100 Album Covers x 100 Comic Creators
Show extended to Monday, May 31st
@ Nuvango Gallery, 639 Queen St. W. (at Bathurst)
Free to attend, 19+
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in association with The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival and Nuvango Gallery is proud to present Sean Phillips’ PHONO+GRAPHIC, a gallery showing of vinyl album art created by comic book professionals. 100 albums, 100 creators, including many past and current participants of TCAF.
Arriving in Toronto after its Fall 2015 exhibition in Kendal, England, the PHONO+GRAPHIC show is curated by Sean Phillips, TCAF 2014 & 2016 Feature Guest, and acclaimed artist and co-creator of numerous comics series including Criminal, Incognito, Fatale, and The Fade Out. Originally a show containing nearly 70 pieces of work, TCAF’s curation team of Christopher Butcher, Jarrett Evan Samson, Krystle Tabujara, and Paul Tjepkema have filled out the show with an additional 30 pieces by Canadian, American, and International artists, many of whom have participated in TCAF, making this an expanded version of the show.
The show will exhibit in the lounge/annex space of Nuvango Gallery, the Flagship Shop for art & lifestyle brand manufacturer Nuvango, located at 639 Queen St. W., from until Monday May 31st.
PHONO+GRAPHIC is an official event of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Canada’s premier showcase of comics art and its creators. For more information
For media inquiries or information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a few photos from the show’s opening night:
This year the Toronto Comic Arts Festival has added a brand new venue, The Masonic Temple, located just 3 minutes north of Toronto Reference Library. It’s going up a little late due to technical difficulties (sorry!) but here’s the schedule for live drawing for Saturday and Sunday.
@ The Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge Street
Saturday May 14:
12pm-1pm: NATE BEAR (Also at booth 213)
1pm-2pm: DAN BERRY (Also at booth 238)
2pm-3pm: JOHN LITTLE (Also at booth 146)
3pm-4pm: RONNIE RITCHIE (Also at booth 253)
4pm-5pm: POWERPAOLA (Also at booth 103)
10am-11am: RAY FAWKES (Also at The Masonic Temple)
11am-12pm: MELANIE GILLMAN (Also at booth 110)
12pm-1pm: JOE SPARROW (Also at booth 227)
1pm-2pm: JEFF LEMIRE (Also at The Masonic Temple)
3pm-4pm: RINA PICCOLO (Also at booth 116)
4pm-5pm: SEAN PHILLIPS (Aso at The Masonic Temple)
THE MASONIC TEMPLE
888 Yonge Street (3 minutes North of Toronto Reference Library)
For the first time since 2012 TCAF has added a brand new venue, The Masonic Temple! Sponsored by venue owners Info-Tech Research Group, The Masonic Temple brings thousands of square feet of new space for exhibitors and programming. With appearances all weekend by TCAF Featured Guests Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Sean Phillips, Steve Skroce, Adrian Alphona, Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, Chip Zdarsky, and many more exhibitors, it’s the place to be!
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! Every hour Saturday and Sunday, The Masonic Temple will feature live-drawing, on stage, by some of your favourite festival artists! Plus sweet tunes all weekend long. Located just 3 minutes north of Toronto Reference Library.
Look for the following exhibitors at The Masonic Temple all weekend:
Pia Guerra MT4
Steve Skroce MT5
Sean Phillips MT6
Ivan Brandon MT7
Ben Shannon MT9
Scott Chantler MT10
ChiZine Publications MT11
Brenden Fletcher MT12
Ray Fawkes MT13
Jeff Lemire MT14
Emi Lenox MT15
Nick Marinkovich MT17
Jeff Sturge MT17
Marguerite Bennett MT18
Jason Latour MT19
USNA Publishing MT20
Jason Loo MT21
Valentine De Landro MT22
Adrian Alphona MT23
RAID Studio MT24
Anthony Falcone MT24
Nimit Malavia MT27
Eric Vedder MT25
Tri Vuong MT26
Ramon Perez MT27
Gabe Sapienza MT28
The Beguiling MT2-3
Plus catch these guests as they will
be signing at The Masonic Temple
Brian K. Vaughan:
Sat. 11:30-1:30, Sun. 12:00-2:00
Kriota Willberg & R. Sikoryak:
Sat. 4:00-5:00, Sun. 12:00-2:00
Sat. 1:30-2:30, Sun. 4:00-5:00
Live-Drawers: The following cartoonists will be live-drawing on the stage throughout the weekend! Check schedule at the venue. Dan Berry, Ray Fawkes, Claudio Ghiardo, Melanie Gillman, Jeff Lemire, John Little, Ramon Perez, Rina Piccolo, G Pike, Powerpaola, Andi Santagata, Joe Sparrow, Annie Stoll, Kriota Willberg, and more TBA!
TCAF would like to thank venue sponsors Info-Tech Research Group for their support in using this space.
Soaring Penguin Press are exhibiting at TCAF 2016, and they have some amazing artists joining them!
The following is their signing schedule for both Saturday and Sunday. All signings listed will take place at the Soaring Penguin Press Booth, table 125 on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library. Boulet will be signing at Table 124 throughout the weekend.
Saturday May 14
- 10.00 – 11.00 Samuel Leblanc / Winston Rowntree
- 11.30 – 12.30 Bach (Estelle Bachelard)
- 1.00 – 2.00 Winston Rowntree
- 2.30 – 3.30 Samuel Leblanc
- 4.00 – 5. 00 Winston Rowntree / Bach
Sunday May 15
- 10.00 – 11.30 Samuel Leblanc / Winston Rowntree
- 12.00 – 1.00 Bach (Estelle Bachelard)
- 1.30 – 2.30 Winston Rowntree
- 3.00 – 4.00 Samuel Leblanc
SelfMadeHero are exhibiting at TCAF 2016, and they have some amazing artists joining them!
The following is their signing schedule for both Saturday and Sunday. All signings listed will take place at the SelfMadeHero Booth, tables 122-123 on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library.
- Barbara Yelin: 10am-1pm and 4pm-5pm
- Edward Ross: 11.15am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
- Mike Medaglia: 10am-11.30pm and 2.30pm-5pm
- Barbara Yelin: 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
- Edward Ross: 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
- Mike Medaglia: 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
Koyama Press are exhibiting at TCAF 2016, and they have a lot of artists!
The following is their signing schedule for both Saturday and Sunday. All signings listed will take place at the Koyama Press Booth, tables 155-157 on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library.
SATURDAY, MAY 14
- 10-11AM – Ben Sears
- 11AM-12PM – Cathy G. Johnson
- 12-1PM – Patrick Kyle
- 1-2PM – Rokudenashiko
- 2-3PM – Michael DeForge
- 3-4PM – Aidan Koch
SUNDAY, MAY 15
- 10-11AM – Ben Sears
- 11AM-12PM – Cathy G. Johnson
- 12-1PM – Patrick Kyle
- 1-2PM – Michael DeForge
- 2-3PM – Rokudenashiko
- 3-4PM – Aidan Koch
Fantagraphics are exhibiting at TCAF 2016, and they have a lot of artists!
The following is their signing schedule for both Saturday and Sunday. All signings listed will take place at the Fantagraphics Booth, tables 129-130 on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library.
- Noah Van Sciver: 11:00 – Noon
- Manuele Fior: Noon – 1:00 PM
- Simon Hanselmann: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
- Matt Furie: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
- Manuele Fior: 11:00 – Noon
- Noah Van Sciver: Noon – 1:00 PM
- Matt Furie: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
- Josh Cotter: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
- Simon Hanselmann: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
New for 2016, we’ve been set up a small program of Portfolio reviews for those creators looking for feedback on their comics art from established professionals. These reviews are specifically for creators looking for feedback on their visual comics art and storytelling, and not writing samples or pitches.
This year’s Portfolio Reviewers are:
John Anderson, Editor in Chief and Publisher of Soaring Penguin Press, publishing a large slate of original works and works in translation.
David Brothers, comics critic and Branding Manager for Image Comics.
James Lucas Jones, Editor in Chief of Oni Press, publisher of a wide variety of creator-owned comics.
Mark Siegel, Editor in Chief of First Second Books, celebrating its 10th Anniversary of publishing this year!
Tucker Stone, comics critic U.S. Marketing Director for NoBrow Books.
Portfolio reviews are free, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The location of the portfolio reviews will be Study Room 1, on the first floor of Toronto Reference Library. Full schedule follows:
Portfolio Reviews: Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor Study Room
10:00 – 11:00 — David Brothers (Image)
12:00 – 2:00 — John Anderson (Soaring Penguin Press)
2:00 – 3:00 — Mark Siegel (First Second)
11:00 – 1:00 — James Lucas Jones (Oni Press)
1:00 – 3:00 — Tucker Stone (NoBrow Press)
D+Q are exhibiting at TCAF 2016, and they have a lot of artists!
The following is their signing schedule for both Saturday and Sunday. Please note that all signings take place at the D+Q booth, tables 143-145 on the ground floor of the Reference Library.
Saturday, May 14th
- 10:00am – Michael DeForge and Seth signing (until 11:00am)
- 11:00am – Lisa Hanawalt and Jillian Tamaki signing (until 12:00pm)
- 12:00pm – Chester Brown signing (until 1:00pm)
- 12:15pm – Marguerite Abouet signing (until 1:00pm)
- 1:00pm – Brecht Evens and Bendik Kaltenborn signing (until 2:30 pm and 2 pm respectively)
- 2:00pm – Keith Jones signing (until 3:00pm)
- 2:30pm – Brian Chippendale signing (until 3:30 pm)
- 3:00pm – Chester Brown signing (until 5 pm)
- 3:45pm – Lisa Hanawalt signing until (4:45pm)
Sunday, May 15th
- 11:00am – Chester Brown and Michael DeForge signing (until 2pm and 12pm respectively)
- 12:00pm – Bendik Kaltenborn signing (until 1 pm)
- 12:15pm – Lisa Hanawalt signing (until 1:15pm)
- 1:15pm – Brian Chippendale and Keith Jones signing (until 2:15pm)
- 2:30pm – Brecht Evens signing (until 3:30pm)
- 3:00pm – Seth signing (until 4:00pm)
- 3:45pm – Marguerite Abouet signing (until 4:45pm)
The moment you’ve all been waiting for!
The full programming schedule for TCAF 2016 is now available at torontocomics.com, or on Guidebook.
SATURDAY FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING
SUNDAY FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING
And don’t forget all of the TCAF 2016 EVENTS!
So check it out on the website, or download the FREE TCAF 2016 Guidebook to your smartphone or tablet, and start scheduling your perfect festival. With over 100 events and programs, YOU CAN’T LOSE!
And did we mention that IT’S ALL FREE!!!
TCAF would like to thank our Guidebook and Programming Sponsor, Seneca College, whose generous support makes things like multi-track scheduling a reality.
TCAF is working with Best American Comics series editor Bill Kartalopoulos to make sure that TCAF exhibitors can submit work new and recent for consideration for next year’s volume on-site at the Festival. Any new, North American (including Canada and Mexico) comics published since September 1, 2015 are eligible for consideration for The Best American Comics.
Material can be dropped off at the cash point at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop. All submissions should be labelled with publication date and contact information (a post-it note affixed to each book’s inside front cover or first page usually works well). Please note that the good folks working at Page & Panel won’t be able to answer any questions you may have about the Best American Comics process or eligibility, so please label your work as clearly as possible with any necessary info so that Bill Kartalopoulos can get in touch if he has a question.
The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning is a feature event of the 2016 Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF).
The nominees for the 2016 Doug Wright Award for Best Book are:
Dressing by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
Melody by Sylvie Rancourt (Drawn & Quarterly)
Palookaville #22 by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
Step Aside, Popsby Kate Beaton (Drawn & Quarterly)
Stroppy by Marc Bell (Drawn & Quarterly)
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)
The nominees for the 2016 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. “The Nipper”) which recognizes Canadian cartoonists deserving of wider recognition are:
Ted Gudlat for Funny Ha-Has (Roads Publishing)
Dakota McFadzean for Don’t Get Eaten By Anything (Conundrum Press)
Rebecca Roher for Mom Body (The Nib)
Sabrina Scott for Witchbody
Kat Verhoeven for Towerkind (Conundrum Press)
And the nominees for the 2016 Pigskin Peters Award which recognizes experimental, unconventional, and avant-garde Canadian comics are:
Leather Vest by Michael Comeau
New Comics # 6 & 7 by Patrick Kyle
Intelligent Sentient? by Luke Ramsey (Drawn & Quarterly)
We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians by Tin Can Forest and Geoff Berner
Agalma by Stanley Wany (Éditions Trip)
The Doug Wright Awards are also pleased to announce that James Simpkins, the creator of the iconic mid-20th century Canadian comic strip character Jasper the Bear, will be the 2016 inductee to the Giants of the North Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame.
Born in Winnipeg in 1910, Simpkins was a filmmaker, illustrator and artist who is best known for his hugely popular comic strip and gag cartoon Jasper the Bear, which ran from 1948 to 1971 in Maclean’s and in syndication across Europe and Mexico. Jasper was an affable and anthropomorphic bear/family man whose humourous adventures among mankind gained him a unique place in Canadian society.
Over the years Jasper’s comics were collected in five books and he became a virtual industry with his likeness appearing on dolls, toys, t-shirts, postcards, hats, colouring books, souvenir spoons, salt-and-pepper shakers and a Canadian two-dollar coin. In 1962 he became the official mascot for Jasper National Park in Alberta, which is home to a life-size replica of him. Simpkins passed away in 2004.
The jury for the 12th Annual Doug Wright Awards will include cartoonist Maurice Vellekoop, Globe and Mail columnist Nathalie Atkinson, and Emily Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Canadian Notes & Queries.
The winners of the 2016 Doug Wright Awards will be announced in a ceremony held at the TCAF on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 8pm – 10pm, in the Forest Hill Ballroom at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel (90 Bloor St. E.).
The finalists for the 2016 Doug Wright Awards were chosen from a long list of more than 150 works and submissions published during the 2015 calendar year. This year’s nominating committee included Jerry Ciccoritti, Sean Rogers, Betty Liang and Alex Hoffman.
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 (TCAF) we present unique, game-focused content — from original games and gallery shows, to panels and talks. This program is called COMICS VS GAMES. Check out the program and games to be featured as part of TCAF 2016!
THE SPEAKERS LINEUP!
The Bizarro Land Between Comics to Games with Benjamin Rivers
Friday May 13, 10 – 11 AM
Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor Street East, High Park I
FREE, pre-registration required
As a part of the Comics VS Games/Word Balloon Academy collaboration at TCAF, Benjamin Rivers (Snow, Home, Alone With You) presents the nuances of changing gears between the two adjacent mediums. With some tough love, he will break down and help you wrestle the familiar-but-not-the-same expectations in finance, workflow, audience, and exhibitor culture.
Comics vs Games Microtalks
Saturday May 14, 12:15 – 1:15 PM
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Learning Centre 1
Speakers: See list below
The Comics vs Games microtalks return with 60-ish minutes of super short talks on the art and creativity of game development with possibly just a hint of comics in the mix!
Keith Makse – Dreaming of Superman: The Top 5 Intersecting Points between Comic Books and Virtual Reality
Yifat Shaik – Subversive Humor and The Absurdity of Real Life Experience
Derek Quenneville – Taking Things for Granted: The Origin of Pausing
Kalervo A. Sinervo – Playing/with Comics: Some Excursions into Digital Hybridity
Alex Rushdy – Colors of the Runbow – Working Around Art Limitations
Andrew Baillie – Visual Novels 101
Comics VS. Games on Twitch – Creative and Game Streams
Sunday May 15, 12:15 – 1:15 PM
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Learning Centre 1
Speakers: Nic ter Horst, Rosemary Brennan, Shawn Mcgrath, Rachel Kahn
Moderator: Leisha-Marie Riddel
Maintaining an online presence is important to a lot of artists, and many have taken to Twitch to allow fans and followers to gain insight from observing their creative processes in real-time. The streams (pun intended) also cross when gamers start creating and artists start playing games using this popular online video platform. This panel will highlight streamers who work in comics, games, or both, and they will discuss how they got started, what kept them going, and benefits and challenges of live-streaming their work.
THE ARCADE LINEUP!
Come play games and talk with the creators on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.! From Aces Over Eights to Za Vas, we’ve got something for everyone.
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build (Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android)
Alan Hazelden, Benjamin Davis, Ryan Roth
An adorable puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen.
Aces Over Eights (Windows)
14 Hours Productions
You’re hot on the trail of Black Jack Dolton, a infamous gambler and outlaw. Traveling from poker table to poker table picking up on the clues that will eventually lead you to a dramatic showdown. Part adventure game, part poker sim, all taking place in the old west.
Alea (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Paloma Dawkins, Cale Bradbury, Caila Thompson
Alea is a hiking simulation through the Pacific Northwest. Listen to the rhythms of the moon, notice the repetition and predict the shifts in the tide.
An/Other (Mac, Windows, Unity Web Player)
An/Other is an interactive video game for social change that explores social issues in society and challenges players’ perspectives on the matter.
Auto Age: Standoff (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Phantom Compass Inc.
A colorful car combat game with the audiovisual style of 1980s action cartoons. Featuring single-player, multi-player (co-op and PvP) and VR game play, Auto Age: Standoff is fuelled by real-time driving and shooting action.
Balloon Buoyancy (Windows)
Nawaf Bahadur, Peter Harthen
Reach for the stars with a friend in Balloon Buoyancy! Two players must co-operate to balance on a shaky platform that is ascending with increasing velocity while avoiding space debris—try your best to reach as high as you can!
Bravery Network (Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android)
Teams of futuristic teens try to hit, blast, and tease their opponents into submission. Players simultaneously select which weapons or tools their fighters should use to defeat their foes. Outwit or overwhelm the rival team and get them to throw in the towel one by one — whether that’s by beating them up, blowing them up, or reminding them that they haven’t eaten in a while.
Cryptark (Windows, PS4)
Alien Trap Games
Cryptark is a 2D sci-fi roguelike shooter where you take on the role of a heavily armed privateer seeking to earn government contracts by boarding deadly alien space-hulks. It’s up to you to strategize a plan of attack, pick an equipment loadout, and destroy the central core to be victorious.
Cupkins (Facebook, Android)
Cupkins is an innovative Russian themed social strategy puzzler based on community building using traditional Russian nesting dolls, known as Matryoshka dolls. After thousands of dolls get lost in the wild, players organize them back into their proper sets using a new game mechanic which requires similar strategies and planning like Chess.
Dodge Club Party (Wii U)
James Montagna, George Mathews, Lindsay Collins, Tommy Pedrini
Dodge Club Party is an experimental 5 player free-for-all installation game! It all takes place on a 16×16 pixel screen, with its colorful cast of characters represented by bold, blocky graphics. Players can casually pick up and play at any time, challenging each other to see who can last the longest, becoming the fireball to take on a group of opponents, or going for the top score of the day. No matter how you choose to play, you’re bound to make new friends with Dodge Club Party!
Don’t Fall In The Hole (iOS, Android)
A multiplayer turn-based strategy action game for iPad, Windows 8, and Android. Use explosions and power-up weapons to force your opponents to tumble from platforms or fall into holes. Teleport or use your grappling hook to pull yourself from the edge. Only catch? With no propulsion, it’ll take good aim and quick thinking to earn your victory.
Endlight-Outside (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Fly around constantly evolving structures trying to take the best photo possible… before they explode.
GalaCollider (Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android)
Set billions of years in the future, GalaCollider is a mobile and PC game that innovates by combining a collectible card game, RTS and 4x game into an exciting space-exploration strategy game with intuitive gameplay and depth.
Hackers Versus Banksters (Mac, Windows, Linux)
A Visual Novel about revenge! Toronto Mistrust Bank stole $70,000 from Tankboy. But Tankboy and his common-law wife Crowgirl are master hackers! That corrupt Bay street corporation chose the wrong poor people to mess with!
Last Fight (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
LASTFIGHT is a 3D fighting/platform game with an arcade style based on the recently awarded comic book LASTMAN. Packed with humour, skill and fun for up to 4 players, LASTFIGHT introduces a roster of 10 different characters. Each of its 8 arenas offers specific boosts and items for a constant update in gameplay.
LongStory (iOS, Android)
Bloom Digital Media
LongStory is an episodic dating sim focused on helping players have healthier real world relationships. When the previous owner of Locker 1224 mysteriously disappeared, you were left holding the only clues. Build relationships with new friends and old enemies to work out exactly what happened – and if there’s anything you can do to put it right. In LongStory you play as the gender of your choice. There are 5 dateable characters: Two girls, two boys, and one… well, you’ll have to wait and see.
LOUD on Planet X (Mac, Windows, PS4, Vita, iOS, Android)
LOUD on Planet X is an arcade-style indie music game featuring Tegan and Sara, Purity Ring, METZ, Metric, Lights, July Talk, F*cked Up, Cadence Weapon, Austra and more. Choose from a cross-section of top current indie music artists, then defend your stage from hordes of quirky aliens by tapping to the music and using a fun assortment of makeshift weapons like speakers, strobe lights, fog machines, amplifiers, bouncers and custom special attacks!
MANDATORY UPGRADE: X MARKS THE SPOT (Windows, Android)
One More Story Games
Special Agent Rachel Varley didn’t know what she was getting into when she rejoined the world of international intelligence & security, but she sure wasn’t expecting a suspicious death on her first day back, and definitely not a death involving a runaway cybernetic exosuit. Will Rachel be able to get to the heart of the mystery and still manage to escape in one piece?
No Holds Billiards (Mac, Windows)
Maurice Grela, Kevan Yip, Michelle Skarupa, Em Halberstadt
No turns, no holds, just Local Multiplayer Billiards LIVE! A modern spin on the classic game of 8-ball Billiards. Two players each control a cue ball and are able to take shots simultaneously. The game is broken up into three phases. First, players must break and try to sink any ball. Once a players sinks the first ball, they have to sink the balls of that remaining pattern. Finally, once all their balls are sunk, they must sink the Eight ball to win the game.
Project Grand Vault (Windows)
Dead Cell Games
Project Grand Vault is a 3rd person action adventure, with some RPG elements. The story follows two Treasure Hunters that attempt to move into a new city, only to get caught up in a race to uncover a legendary treasure.
Quick Drop (iOS, Android)
Woolly Walrus Games
Quick Drop is the elevator game you never knew you wanted. Dropping off passengers on different floors might seem simple at first, but limited space and passenger discontent create a strategic experience unlike any other. A one tap game with strategy and precision. The game was prototyped at the Toronto Global Game Jam 2016 and is now out for Android and iOS.
Real Army Simulator (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android)
The Really Serious Game Company
Real Army Simulator is the often humorous, slightly satirical and sometime real account of what is really like to be a soldier in the army. Pulled from Yifat real account of her army service in the Israeli army, the game tries to show a more realistic view of the army and what it’s like to be part of it. It presents life in the army as being part of a large bureaucratic and mundane machine rather than the glorified heroic experience often depicted in games.
Runbow (Wii U)
Runbow is a fast-paced action party game with a never-before seen color mechanic: Up-to nine players race against each other locally or online as platforms and obstacles appear and disappear when the background changes colors. Players can go head-to-head in Run, Arena, King of the Hill, and ColourMaster or save the day alone in Adventure and The Bowhemoth game modes.
SHNIPERS (Mac, Windows)
SHNIPERS is a competitive multiplayer arena game for 2-4 players. In the game, you fire bullets that never stop bouncing until they hit a target, leading to an increasingly crowded and frenetic playing field.
Shuyan is an episodic, action-adventure game for the iOS that takes players on a combat-packed, enlightening journey to discover the true meaning of kung fu. When you play, it feels like a comic book married a video game.
Sky Rogue (Mac, Windows, Linux)
A fwooshy, intense, procedurally generated fly-em-up. Blow things up over land, sea, and air, on an infinite number of procedurally-generated islands. Go toe-to-toe with enemy aces or assault giant flying aircraft carriers, but watch out for volleys of missiles; when you die, you’re dead.
Sokobond (Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android)
Alan Hazelden, Harry Lee, Ryan Roth
Sokobond is an elegantly designed puzzle game about chemistry. It’s logical, minimalist, and crafted with love and science.
Super Hero VR
Red Meat Games
Super Hero VR is a virtual reality simulation of the player becoming a super hero and using motion controllers, the player will take on all the iconic poses of superheroes in order to fly, fight and defend from a variety of monsters and villains.
Those Without Shadows (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Long after her death, Anna Khatri wakes up in the afterlife and sets out to solve the mystery of what transpired. Those Without Shadows is collection of stories of heroes from her past and her future in an effort to find answers. Those Without Shadows is an illustrated web novel with parts that you play!
Visual Novel Chill Zone (Windows)
A collection of short games by Andrew Baillie exploring relationships at all levels. The platonic are important as the romantic and the familiar as important as new. He basically just likes making games with low stakes where people talk to each other.
Wits & Warfare (Windows, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android)
Red Meat Games
Wits & Warfare is an Empire-Building game with Trivia. You play as a mad scientist trying to create the Universal Theory by raiding your competitor’s research labs.
Za Vas (To You) (Mac, Windows)
Brittney Oberfeld, Kimberly Koronya, Lee Tran, Jen Costa, Mike Romaniak
The player enters a classic Russian dinner party. They must endure the entire length of the party while keeping up with all the expected actions of a dinner guest. Throughout the night, they must eat, drink, make small talk, take photos & dance their heart out – all to the Russian beat. You must figure out each character’s trigger and do the appropriate action — or endure the pain of rejection.
TCAF is 10 days away! While many of us are counting down until the 14th, we want to take a moment (a brief moment) to look back on all of the folks added in the past 2 months. We’re excited to draw your attention to 25 artists, collectives, and publishers joining us for the fun and fast-approaching TCAF 2016:
- Altcomix legend Dave Cooper is coming to debut his new book, Pig Goat Banana Cricket Volume 1: Orgle Borgle Selfie Simple-Dee-Doo! Dave will be hanging out at the NBM Graphic Novels table.
- Former DC Comics superstar Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Black Canary) is coming to TCAF, hot on the heels of his two newly announced books: Motor Crush with Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr and Isola with Karl Kerschl!
- Joining Featured Guests Jeff Lemire and Jennifer Hayden, Top Shelf Comix are going to be hosting local superstars Eric Orchard (Maddie Kettle), Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare) and Ray Fawkes (Junction True). We’re lucky to have so much hometown talent!
- Kriota Willberg is coming back to host an all day professional clinic at Word Balloon Academy, and she’s bringing along R. Rikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) for the fun. Kriota is a teacher of anatomy and injury-prevention at various institutions including The Centre for Cartoon Studies and The Society for Illustrators.
- Tina’s Groove creator Rina Piccolo has asked a bunch of her newspaper friends to come and be on some programming, so Sandra Bell-Lundy (Between Friends), Jonathan Mahood (Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog), and Terri Libenson (The Pajama Diaries) will be signing guests next weekend!
- Toronto’s very own RAID Studio are back, bringing along the superstar talents of Ramon K Perez, Tri Vuong, Nimit Malavia, Gabe Sapienza, Eric Vedder, and Anthony Falcone.
- TCAF favourite Matt Holm (Sunny Side Up) is returning to the festival! Keep an eye out for him at the Penguin Random House table, as well as various programming throughout the weekend!
- Longtime festival friends Fanfare Presents and Magic Pony will be tabling at TCAF, bringing with them plenty of exciting and beautiful books!
- We’ve also had a number of people tell us that they’re hanging with publishers or co-tabling with friends, and so we’re more than happy to welcome Jason Fischer, Isabella Rotman, Mimi Chrzanowski, Geneviève Godbout, and Christine Wong!
You can find out more info on all of these exhibitors at the Full Exhibitor List page, or in the TCAF 2016 Guidebook.
We are very pleased to welcome our longtime friends and collaborators Magic Pony as exhibitors at TCAF 2016.
Magic Pony is a online shop, publisher & studio. They feature an ever-changing collection of interesting artwork, ideas & objects with a wide range of collaborators & creators. Magic Pony work in collaboration with Narwhal Gallery, who are this year the hosts of the TCAF gallery show TRACT: Shintaro Kago Exhibition.
This year at TCAG, Magic will be sharing books from MP Press, as well as exciting new work from acclaimed Japanese artist Toshio Saeki.
RÊVE ÉCARLATE: Art of Toshio Saeki
Premiering at TCAF, Reve Ecarlate is a deluxe hardcover anthology of work by ero-goru artist Toshio Saeki aka “The Godfather of Japanese Eroticism.” Collecting work from the period 1970-72, each page features timeless scenes of grotesque monsters, macabre eroticism and pop colours that speak of an artist who has devoted his life to drawing “what is happening in his head when he closes eyes. “. A must-have for any lover of the Hergé and Joost Swarte’s “clear line” style. Published by Cornelius. French. Hardcover, 192 pages. Available at the Magic Pony booth.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud once again to announce TCAF KIDS DAY, a full-day celebration of great graphic novels for kids!
On Saturday, May 14th, TCAF once again takes over St. Paul’s Church on Bloor Street East (at Church Street) for a day-long celebration of the best comics for young people! This year’s feature presenters include creators Kate Beaton (The Princess and the Pony, King Baby), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Alex A. (Super Agent Jon le Bon), Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City), and Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe (Amulet)!
TCAF KIDS DAY is free to attend, and includes author presentations, book sales at our pop-up Little Island Comics shop on-site, autograph sessions, and activities! Come see your favourite cartoonist, or bring the whole family for the whole day, no tickets are required! And this is in addition to the dedicated Kids Area at Toronto Reference Library too, so make sure to visit both venues!
TCAF Kids Day
Saturday, May 14th 2016, 10am-4:30pm
@ St Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East
Free to attend!
More info at torontocomics.com/tcaf-kids
Schedule of Events!
10:00AM: TCAF Kids Day Begins!
St. Paul’s opens to the public, and each attending child will be given a FREE comic book while supplies last! Plus all day, there will be drop-in drawing and comics activities, and author signings to enjoy!
10:30AM – 11:30AM – Spotlight: Kate Beaton’s The Princess and the Pony
Join Kate Beaton (The Princess & The Pony) as she introduces kids to Princess Pinecone and a very special little pony, and gives us a sneak preview of her forthcoming picture book King Baby from Scholastic! Presentation followed by a signing for The Princess and the Pony.
Kate Beaton also drew one of this year’s official TCAF posters, as seen at the bottom of this page! Thanks Kate!
11:45AM – 12:45PM – Spotlight: Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn
Maybe you’ve seen the hilarious comic strip Phoebe and her Unicorn in your local newspaper, or in graphic novel format at your local library? Well come meet that series’ creator Dana Simpson as she talks about how she became a cartoonist, and what it’s like to draw Phoebe and Her Unicorn for a living. Her presentation will be followed by a signing.
1:00PM – 2:00PM – Spotlight: Alex A’s Jon le Bon
Quebec’s best-selling kids graphic novel author Alex A. talks about his series and its hero Super Agent Jon Le Bon, explaining how he began writing and illustrating graphic novels at the very young age of 8. Then, with Alex’s drawing tricks and writing tips, the audience will be invited to express their own creativity by developing characters and drawing them! There may even be time for a drawing challenge based on audience suggestions! A signing will follow the presentation.
2:30PM – 3:15PM – Spotlight: Faith Erin Hicks’ The Nameless City
Join cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys) as she introduces her brand-new graphic action-adventure The Nameless City! Her presentation will be followed by a signing.
3:30PM – 4:30PM – Spotlight: Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe: Creators of Amulet
Cartoonists Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe discuss their careers and the process of creating one of today’s best-selling graphic series, Amulet. This presentation will include a live drawing demonstration and Q&A with the audience. A short autograph session will precede the presentation, from 2:30PM – 3PM.
Kazu Kibuishi also drew one of this year’s official TCAF posters, as seen on the upper-right corner of this article! Super-cool, Kazu!
ABOUT TCAF and TCAF KIDS DAY!
TCAF Kids Day is part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, presented by Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling Books & Art. Welcoming over 400 cartoonists to the city each year, TCAF Kids Day just one way in which the Festival fulfills its mission “to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as legitimate medium of literary and artistic worth…for the betterment of the medium of comics and to reach as wide an audience as possible for them.”
Don’t get confused! We also have a dedicated Kids Area, and a number of exhibiting authors with kid-friendly books, in our main exhibition area at Toronto Reference Library, in the second floor Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.
TCAF KIDS DAY is held at St. Paul’s Church, located at 227 Bloor Street East, in between Church St. and Ted Rogers Way. It is a fully-accessible facility.
TCAF KIDS DAY is free for the public to attend. There are no tickets for any presentations, all admission is general audiences, first-come, first-served. All members of the public are welcome, but grown-ups should remember that this portion of TCAF programming is aimed at young children and attend accordingly.
Questions? E-mail us at email@example.com.
Hello folks, sad to report that unfortunately Featured Guest Duncan Fegredo won’t be able to attend TCAF 2016, due to work commitments.
We’re bummed, obviously, but these sorts of things happen in a Freelance professional’s life, and we’re all hopeful that Duncan will be able to return in a future year.
– Christopher Butcher, TCAF
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Word Balloon Academy
Friday, May 13th, 2016
10am – 5pm @ the Bloor Yorkville Marriott
TCAF is pleased to present Word Balloon Academy, a full day of creator-focused programming on Friday, May 13th at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, located at 90 Bloor Street East (Bloor/Yonge Subway).
Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops especially for comic creators and industry members, and includes programming spanning creative demonstrations, business development topics and professional concerns. These programs require registration, but are completely free to attend.
This year, in addition to the panels, we are also setting up the first WBA “Professional Clinic”! Ask your specific legal and granting inquiries, one-on-one, to representatives from ALAS Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council, and find out more about the local services provided to comics creators here in Toronto. You can also seek health counsel from special guest Kriota Willberg, teacher of anatomy and injury-prevention at various institutions including The Centre for Cartoon Studies and The Society for Illustrators.
HOW TO REGISTER & PARTICIPATE:
Just select the ‘ticket’ above for each program you’d like to attend on our Eventbrite page. You’ll be emailed a digital copy of the tickets. You do not need to print them, but on the day of the event, guests are required to check-in at the WBA registration table before each panel, by name. Please be mindful of your own programming schedule, late-arrivals will lose priority status over the rush line.
REMINDER: Registration is required for each individual program! There is no limit to the number of events a guest can register for (but try not to register for programs you’re not committed to attending, and be careful of programs running at the same time, but in different rooms).
WHAT IF EVENTS ARE SOLD OUT?
We will be running ‘rush lines’ on the day of the event to ensure the greatest number of people get to participate, and that all seats are filled. Even without registering, there is a chance to see presentations, however we highly recommend that you register in advance and arrive on-time in order to guarantee a seat.
BUT HURRY BEFORE REGISTRATION FILLS UP!
Registration closes on Wednesday May 11th, or when all tickets of any given panel are claimed. Afterwards, admission will be via rush-line only, on a first-come first-serve basis.
Questions? E-mail Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Panel Schedule and Descriptions
ALL DAY “PROFESSIONAL CLINIC” located in the main breakout space
Kriota Willberg, ALAS Ontario, Ontario Arts Council // Counsel schedule TBD
8:30 Ryan North Keynote (in collaboration with L&E Day, CSSC)
High Park I
10:00 – 11:00 The Bizarro Land Between Games to Comics
As a part of the Comics VS Games collaboration at TCAF, Benjamin Rivers (Snow, Alone With You) presents the nuances of changing gears between the two adjacent mediums. With some tough love, he will break down and help you wrestle the familiar-but-not-same expectations in finance, workflow, audience, and exhibitor culture.
11:30 – 1:00 Good Spaces & Good Habits
What do you need in a workspace, both physically and mentally, to make comics? From your actual desk or office, to your social wellness and personal fitness, there are many factors that comprise an environment that helps you continue creating productively. Listen to Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota of “Johnny Wander” (Lucky Penny) real talk about their personal take on studio spaces, health, collaboration, all in the pursuit of an ideal work-life balance.
1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK
2:00 – 3:00 Defining “Comics Editor”
What is the role of the editor in North American comics? Despite being a growing necessity as comics moves into the world of literary publishing, the relationship between the artist and the editor is not often obvious. J Torres (Brobots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle) and his editor James Lucas Jones of Oni Press elucidate some of these mysteries in their own personal case study. Join them in conversation, as they reminisce over their journey of comics iteration.
3:30 – 5:00 The Evolved Form of Webcomics
The internet as a publishing platform continues to be a frontier to conquer by some of the most inventive artists out there today. Nicole Chartrand (Feywinds) & Mildred Louis (Agents of the Realm) discuss how the field has changed over the years, and how technology and access has affected both their creative process and expanded readership. Looking forward: where can we expect webcomics to go as they are normalized as an artform?
High Park II/III
10:00 – 11:00 What is Money?
Comics is not known to be a moneyed industry, and discussing payment and profits can be an uncomfortable topic when the earnings can vary so widely. David Brothers of Image Comics moderates a frank and honest discussion about what to expect and how to navigate money better, whether you’re doing comics as a full professional, as a sideline, or an amateur. Learn about when to ask for help, how to ask for help, and your own limits and potential. Panelists: Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), George Rohac (Breadpig), and Benjamin Woo (assistant professor at Carleton University).
11:30 – 1:00 Drawing as Exploring: A Strong Sense of Place
Featured Guest Barbara Yelin’s comic Irmina is meticulously crafted in intricate, realistic historical city landscapes, all in the aim to capture the atmosphere of London, Oxford, and Berlin in the 1930s. In this live drawing demo, she will lead you through her research and techniques: layering various materials such as pencil, watercolor, acrylic, and eraser. Observe her tricks for getting those backgrounds perfectly in service to the story, capturing the personality of that extra character: the urban setting.
1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK
2:00 – 3:00 Trends in Printing: Risograph
Comics is currently playing a big part in the revival of the Risograph: an extremely tactile and flexible printing machine, perfect for smaller print runs, filling the gap between screenprinting and offset, all while fitting neatly in your apartment. Patrick Crotty of Peow leads you through the specific charms of this process, as he chronicles the roots of riso in cutting-edge small press (like Youth in Decline and Breakdown Press). This isn’t your basic ol’ Pre-press 101; come learn more about one of the most important modern comic printing trends.
3:30 – 5:00 DIY Self-Promotion
Self-promotion that’s specifically related to comics creation is a nebulously fickle, personal, and seldomly-taught topic. To help you out, Jacq Cohen, Director of Marketing, Publicity, & Promotions for Fantagraphics, goes over a step-by-step guide of how to create and execute a promotional plan for a self-published mini-comic. Compare and contrast how the best of publishers do it and take those methods home!
Q: What is Word Balloon Academy?
A: Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops for comic creators and industry members, free of charge and scheduled the day before the main exhibition days of the festival.
Q: Who is it for? Can anyone attend a WBA workshop or presentation?
A: WBA was created with creators and industry members in mind, but is open to non-exhibitors as well. The only condition: for each presentation at the WBA, you must register to attend! There are separate dates for exhibitors and the public to register, so keep your eyes open for the registration date that applies to you.
Q: What is this ‘Professional Clinic’? It wasn’t there last year!
A: New in 2016 per your demand, we’ve set up an area outside of the WBA presentations where you can rest and gain some one-on-one knowledge, when you’re not in a panel. ALAS Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council will have literature you can take home about legal and granting services, and during office hours, their volunteers can talk to you about how they can help cartoonists, specifically! We’re also joined by Kriota Willberg, a teacher of anatomy and health in drawing careers, to coach you on how to prevent and take care of injuries that you may encounter in creative pursuits. If you have a general curiousity or professional inquiry and you just don’t know where to start, get the personal touch at the WBA Clinic!
Q: If I want to attend a full day of presentations, can I keep my seat all day?
A: No! Sorry about that, but we need you to register for each presentation separately. There is ample time to clear the rooms and re-enter. There will also be tables to peruse in the breakout space! We’ll make it really easy, we promise.
Q: What can I expect from a WBA presentation?
A: Most presentations are a talk with slides, a live demonstration of skill, or experts in conversation, but there’s room for each presenter to make it their own. We’ve tried to choose topics that are a little beyond your comics basics — after all, we’re all pros here right? Observe and ask pertinent questions at the end, and learn from the presenters as well as your peers. You should bring your own pen and paper to take plenty of notes — and it doesn’t hurt to have your business card on you!
Q: Can I ask a WBA presenter to sign my books? How about portfolio reviews?
A: That’s not what they’re here for, so we advise against it, but it will be up to them in the end. Please ask respectfully at the end of the presentations, or save it for the appropriate times during the rest of the festival weekend. There’s still lots to be partaken in at TCAF after WBA ends — you’ll not yet have missed an opportunity.