Hi there!

We’d love to know if you’d be interested in suggesting a program for TCAF 2014! Our programming will include panels, lectures, readings, workshops, interviews, and probably several other even more interestingly-formatted things. You can suggest something you want to participate in, or just something you want to see.

We have a handy form that you can fill out to suggest your program! Click here to view it. Program suggestions are due on February 14th, 2014.

Here’s what we did last year:

General Programming: and
Kids Programming:
Librarian & Educator Programming:

Here’s the types of programs you can suggest:

GENERAL PROGRAMMING: This is a panel, presentation, reading, or lecture, intended to be a part of the general program on May 10th or 11th.

KIDS PROGRAMMING: This is a presentation, reading, performance, or workshop, intended for children to be presented on May 10th or 11th.

WORKSHOP: This is a specific skills demonstration or skills-building exercise, intended for novices looking to improve their comics creation abilities.

CANADIAN READING SERIES: If you’re a Canadian creator, we have a unique opportunity for you this year. TCAF is creating a dedicated space for Canadian author readings and/or presentations that involve a performative element based on their works. An honorarium will be given for every presenting as a part of this series. Readings should be between 15 and 30 minutes.

WORD BALLOON ACADEMY: On May 9th, we are offering a new stream of professional development programming by comics creators for comics creators and comics professionals. Share and build up your own knowledge base and skills! Maybe you’ve figured out Twitter, maybe you want to do an inking demo with a specific kind of nib, maybe you’ve got photocopying down to an art, maybe you’ve got storytelling down to a science — We’d love to hear from you.

LIBRARIAN & EDUCATOR DAY: TCAF’s Librarian & Educator Day returns for its third year! Held on the Friday May 9th (the same day as Word Balloon Academy!), L&ED is an opportunity for creators to interact with teachers and librarians in both formal and informal settings. Cartoonists, writers, educators, and comics experts are invited to propose programming for this day. Programming blocks have typically been 50 minutes (including any Q&A), but we are open to the idea of shorter programs as well. We’ve had success with lecture/talk style presentations and panel discussions, and would love to have proposals for hands-on or workshop style presentations too. Proposals for programs that provide educators with concrete classroom tools or lesson plans, and/or programs about webcomics in libraries and schools are particularly welcome for 2014.

So, if that sounds interesting to you, head on over and suggest a program!

Thanks for participating!

– Christopher Butcher, Director, TCAF