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TCAF 2014 Announces Complete Programming Line-up

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is very excited to announce its full line-up of programming for the 2014 Festival. Put together by the TCAF programming team of Gina, Andrew, and Christopher, and with the support, input, and suggestions of TCAF exhibitors and the general public, the 2014 programming schedule illuminates and explores the medium in ways sure to engage and delight both newcomers and the initiated.

Programming will take place at 4 separate venues on Saturday, and 3 venues on Sunday, with a total of 8 distinct programming spaces. Readings, interviews, panel discussions, workshops and demonstrations, not to mention the robust academic programme provided by TCAF’s partnership with the The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics/Société canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée , mean that attendees to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will have multiple ways with which to engage and interact with the medium we love.

To get the full picture of TCAF 2014 Programming, the festival strongly recommends downloading our app, Guidebook, for iOS, Android, and select Blackberry devices. More information at http://guidebook.com/g/a2bgo6mq/?ref=badge&gid=13301.

Highlights of the 2014 programme include:

Comics Curation
Saturday May 10, 1:30pm-2:30pm, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville
The spectacular Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has produced a number of excellent shows that highlight comics and graphic novels, in and amongst their massive installations and world-famous touring shows. TCAF invites you to join Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Frederik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, as he discusses the gallery’s inclusion of cartoonists and their work. Joining him will be two lauded Canadian cartoonists who have recently participated in AGO events: Chester Brown, currently featured in the AGO’s “Chester Brown and Louis Riel” exhibit, and David Collier, who will produce an 8 page comic that will accompany the AGO’s upcoming summer retrospective of painter Alex Colville. Also, a very special announcement will be made at this panel, so don’t miss out!

Kids Fall Graphic Novel Preview
Sunday May 11, 2:45pm-3:45pm, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville
Believe it or not, not every great comic book is debuting at TCAF this year—we left some for this fall! If you’re a kid or a fan of kids and young adult graphic novels, come check out this panel which will feature a preview of the fall’s hottest titles by superstars of the industry! Preview Amulet Volume 6 and Explorer: The Hidden Doors with Kazu Kibuishi, Sisters with Raina Telgemeier, Cat Dad, King of the Goblins with Britt Wilson, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories with John Martz, and Maddy Kettle with Eric Orchard. Moderated by Scott Robins (Toronto Public Library, School Library Journal).

Women in the Manga Industry
Saturday, May 10, 4pm-5pm, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville
In an industry much larger and more diverse than their North American counterpart, comic artists in Japan who are women have a contrasting experience in both their creative and marketing processes. Learn about this and much more from the leading artists in three distinct genres of manga: Moyoco Anno (Insufficient Direction, Sakuran), Est Em (Tableau No. 20, Golondrina), and Akira Himekawa (The Legend of Zelda, My Little Pony). Interview will be conducted by Deb Aoki (Comics Manga Comics), with English/Japanese interpretation by Jocelyne Allen and Aki Takabatake.

The Funny Pages in Canada
Sunday, May 11, 1:30pm-2:30pm, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville
Comic strips and syndicated cartooning have had a rich and vibrant history in Canada, and this panel of authors and experts will come together to talk about where the medium has been, and where the medium is going. Featuring Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better Or For Worse; Jeet Heer, an expert on the history of comic strips; Warren Clements, cartoonist and publisher; Steve Murray (aka Chip Zdarsky), comics author and artist, National Post illustrator and cartoonist. Subjects will include speaking about experiences in syndication, the boom times of newspapers, leaving the paper behind for new mediums, and the future of comics in newspapers.

Crowdfunding Comics
Saturday, May 10, 10am-11am, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville
Crowdfunding has become the newest and one of the most popular methods to bring a creative project to market. But like every method from DIY to international distribution, the path can be fraught with pitfalls and even very successful Kickstarters and Indiegogos can run into major problems! We’ve assembled some of the smartest folks in comics crowdfunding to help answers your questions and successfully crowdfund your comics project! Featuring George Rohac (Breadpig), C. Spike Trotman (Smut Peddler), Jeff Ellis (Cloudscape Comics), and Jamie Tanner (Kickstarter).

For the complete list of programmes and venues, please keep reading!

TCAF 2014 Programming Schedule

The Pilot 2nd Floor

The Pilot is located half a block from Toronto Reference Library, at 22 Cumberland Street.

SATURDAY, MAY 10

10am-11am: TCAF Debut Books Spotlight!

In this exciting panel, join some of the most unique and important young authors in comics—who all happen to have new graphic novels debuting at TCAF! Featuring  Sam Alden (It Never Happened Again), Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary), Jon Chad (The Bad-ventures of Bobo Backslack), and Pascal Girard (Petty Theft).  Moderated by Johanna Draper Carlson, comicsworthreading.com.

11am-12pm: Sports Vs. Comic Books: Making Peace Between Schoolyard Enemies

Jocks Vs. Nerds is an engrained trope, but times have thankfully changed. The North American comics industry is catching up to its European and Japanese compatriots, realizing that blending popular sporting events with comics and graphic novels goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, and the result are great comics that appeal to an entirely new artist. Join authors Box Brown (Andre The Giant), Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer), Wai Au (Fujosports), Jesse Lonergain (All-Star), and moderator Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider), for a spirited discussion of this emerging genre of comics!

12:15pm-1:15pm: Art Theft!

What happens when your artwork is stolen or appropriated? How should you handle it, and what can you do? Join authors Katie Shanahan and Rachel Dukes, each of whom who has had their art taken and repurposed, find out what they did about it, and what you can do! Moderated by Erica Friedman.

1:30pm-2:30pm: Spotlight: Darwyn Cooke

Canadian author Darwyn Cooke has leant his brush to a who’s who of popular superhero characters, but has become best-known for his devotion to Richard Stark’s Parker series of hard-boiled noir novels. Having adapted 4 of those stories into graphic novels, Cooke is now turning his attention to repackaging the original novels with all new artwork and book designs. Joining Cooke on this panel will be his editor, IDW Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier! The two will discuss what’s in store for Parker and all of Cooke’s upcoming projects, in a special interview conducted by ComicsReporter.com’s Tom Spurgeon.

2:45pm-3:45pm: Contemporary Erotic Comics

It’s often said that comics can tell any kind of story, but there seems to be one kind of story that most people are too embarrassed to talk about—erotica. Join these authors and publishers and they discuss the ins and outs of creating comics erotica, from finding an audience to dealing with customs agents and censors to telling your parents what it is you do for a living. Featuring Jess Fink (Chester 5000), Michael DeForge (A Body Beneath), C. Spike Trotman (Smut Peddler), HamletMachine (Starfighter), Graham Kolbeins (MASSIVE), Katie Skelly (Nurse Nurse), Ryan Sands (Thickness), and moderated by Chris Randle (Hazlit).

4pm-5pm: Queering Comics – LGBTQ identity in comics and graphic novels

Meet five creators who, through their stories and published projects, are queering the medium and industry of comics. Whether they authors introduce queer themes into conventional narratives, or create entirely new stories, are giving a long-denied voice back to LGBTQ people—and making some great comics while they do it! Featuring Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Melanie Gillman (As The Crow Flies), Chip Kidd (MASSIVE), and Elisha Lim (100 Crushes), moderated by Publisher of Northwest Press, Zan Christensen.

SUNDAY MAY 11

11:15-12:15pm: The New Small Press

Notable small-press publishers Koyama Press, Secret Acres, Uncivilized Books, and Nobrow Press represent a fine roster of award-winning and upcoming talent from all over the world, and have produced truly beautiful books! Now, come take a peek behind the curtain as they banter about their selection process, the risks and rewards of running a book business, and gaining traction in a marketplace dominated by big publishers. Moderated by Evan Munday (Open Book Toronto).

12:15-1:15: Worldbuilding

Sometimes the setting of a story becomes as important, as integral, as the characters themselves. Whether it’s a broken-down small town, a sprawling fantasy world, the farthest reaches of outer space, building a compelling and believable world is integral to a successful story. Moderator Robert Fones (www.robertfones.com) interviews four talented creators that are experts at building a compelling world. Featuring Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Tara Tallan (Galaxion), and Seth (Palookaville).

1:30pm-2:30pm: Non-traditional Design Inspiration!

Where does inspiration come from? Meet four comics auteurs, each with a design sensibility which draws from across the history of the medium, and far beyond. Darwyn Cooke (Parker), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), Mimi Pond (Over Easy), and Katie Skelly (Operation Margarine) have all produced fantastic new books with unique visual styles and appeal, and they will be joined in a spirited discussion about inspiration and influence with Tom Spurgeon (ComicsReporter.com).

2:45pm-3:45pm: Ed Brubaker: Writing Comics Noir

Dark, cynical, gritty, sexy. The worlds of Ed Brubaker are not places for nice people, but they’ve drawn acclaim, awards, and attention around the world. Whether Brubaker is creating new applying his trademark noir style to popular superheroes like Catwoman, Captain America, or The Winter Soldier, or new and award-winning noir series like Fatale, Criminal, or Incognito, Brubaker has developed a unique creative voice which pays homage to the past, while creating bold, cynical, vicious stories for an appreciative new audience. Join Ed Brubaker and moderators Andrew Murray and Adam Hines of Guys With Pencils as they discuss what it takes to write comics noir.

4:00-5:00pm: Sean Phillips & Stuart Immonen, In Conversation

In this unique event, two acclaimed artists, Sean Phillips (Fatale) and Stuart Immonen (All-New X-Men), sit down to interview each other about their long and illustrious comics careers. Both creators have had similar career trajectories, with first gigs in the late 80s, making their big ‘breaks’ at DC/Vertigo in the 90s, and now working on some of the bestselling and most acclaimed comics in the industry! Style, genre, history and more will all be discussed in this special one-on-one discussion.

The Marriott Bloor Yorkville

The Marriott Bloor Yorkville is located a 10 minute walk from Toronto Reference Library. There are three programming spaces in this venue, all located on “Floor 1”, which is accessed by the elevators in the lobby.

The Marriott 50 (High Park 1)

SATURDAY MAY 10

10am-11am: TCAF Draw-Off!

2 teams enter… but only 1 shall leave! Join cartoonists Jeremy Sorese (Little Heart), Liz Prince (Alone Forever), Britt Wilson (The Greatest Book On Earth), Joey Weiser (Mermin), as they draw against each other (with audience participation!) in a battle of the sharpies! Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics)

11am-12pm: What Do Women Want? Writing Comics for a Female Audience

We’ve seen a million panels about “women working in comics”, but what about the women who read them, and targeting women as a consumer base? How does the Female Gaze apply vs. the Male Gaze, what is the power of female fandom in the industry? In this engaging discussion led by Chromatic Press’ Editor Lianne Sentar, creators Laura Lee Gulledge (Page by Paige), Kate Leth (Adventure Time), Joan Reilly (The Big Feminist BUT), and Noelle Stevenson (LumberJanes) explore what female audiences are looking for, and how creators and publishers can target them with their work.

12:15pm-1:15pm: Spotlight: Reinhard Kleist

Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Reinhard Kleist is the creator of award-winning graphic album Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness. At TCAF 2014 Kleist will debut the English language edition of his newest work, The Boxer, a biography of holocaust survivor and world champion boxer Harry Haft. Join interviewer Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider) as they discuss Kleist’s distinguished career!

1:30pm-2:30pm: Discover Quebecois Comics!

Quebec has an important and burgeoning comics scene, with numerous excellent works being published every year—that are almost unknown in the rest of Canada. Many Quebecois works are making their English-language debut or otherwise being featured at TCAF, so come meet the creators behind them! Featuring Jimmy Beaulieu (My Neighbour’s Bikini), Michel Rabagliati (Paul Joins The Scouts), Real Godbout (Amerika), Julie Delporte (Everywhere Antennas) and Diane Obomsawin (On Loving Women). Moderated by Rupert Bottenberg.

2:45pm-3:45pm: Spotlight: Trina Robbins

Writing, drawing, publishing, inspiring, Trina Robbins has done it all! Comics’ foremost historian on women working in the comics industry, Robbins hasn’t just written the book on women and comics—she’s written several! Join Trina Robbins as she presents from her newest book, Pretty In Ink, followed by a moderated Q&A with noted journalist Johanna Draper Carlson.

4pm-5pm: Spotlight: Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac: Weapons of Mass Diplomacy

Debuting at TCAF, the new graphic novel “Weapons of Mass Diplomacy” (from SelfMadeHero) is already a smash-hit in its native France and internationally—it’s been adapted into a hit film and won the prestigious Fauve d’or at Angouleme! Find out just why film and comic fans are raving about this work as Professor Bart Beaty (ComicsReporter.com) interviews author Abel Lanzac and artist Christophe Blain!

SUNDAY MAY 11

11:15-12:15: Spotlight: Mimi Pond

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer, who has created work for such diverse outlets as The Simpsons, Seventeen Magazine, Designing Women and Pee Wee’s Playhouse! Now she has turned her considerable talents to graphic memoir for the release of Over Easy, a biography of sex, drugs, and the seventies. Join Pond and interviewer Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources) as they discuss this thrilling new work and the wild life that informed it.

12:15pm-1:15pm: Spotlight: Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell’s work has drawn acclaim for it’s boldness, subtle humour, and effortless surrealism. Now Bell has turned her attention to travel, both the destinations and the spaces between. Join TCAF Featured Guest Gabrielle Bell and journalist Heidi MacDonald for a spirited discussion of Bell’s career and her new work.

1:30pm-2:30pm: World War 3: Seth Tobocman

At 35 years and counting, World War 3 Illustrated is one of the longest-running English-language comics anthologies. Its politically provocative framework has served as a launch pad for emerging artists and radical ideas for decades. Far ahead of its time, World War 3 paved the way for today’s more established forms of comics journalism. So how has it lasted? Join WW3 Illustrated’s founding co-editor and regular contributor Seth Tobocman for a whirlwind tour of over 3 decades of comics journalism, cartoon commentary, and protest art!

2:45pm-3:45pm: Comics Criticism

What is the state of comics criticism today, in both the public realm and academia? Join some of the industry’s top journalists, critics, and historians as they attempt to discern the current role, and state, of comics criticism. Featuring Trina Robbins (Pretty In Ink), Heidi MacDonald (comicsbeat.com), Tom Spurgeon (comicsreporter.com), Jeet Heer (The Comics Journal), Keith Friedlander (University of Ottawa), and moderator Blake Bell (The Secret History of Marvel Comics).

4pm-5pm: Spotlight: Renaud Dillies

All the way from Paris, France, TCAF is proud to welcome Featured Guest Renaud Dillies. Author of the acclaimed graphic novels Abelard and Bubbles & Gondola, and the Angouleme “Debut Book Prize” winner Betty Blues. In this feature interview, The Comics Reporter’s Tom Spurgeon will interview Dillies on his life, his career, and his inspirations. French/English interpretation by Stephane Beaujean.

Marriott 100 (High Park 2&3)

SATURDAY MAY 10

10am-11am: Comics Editing

What is the role of a contemporary comics editor? How do editors work in a medium with visual primacy, driven by auteurs, where the phrase “editorially driven comics” recalls the worst sort of work from the past? Join journalist Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources) as she discusses the role and work of editing with a diverse set of editors working in the industry. Featuring Calista Brill (First Second), Scott Dunbier (IDW), James Lucas Jones (Oni Press), Casandra Pelham (Scholastic/Graphix), and Alex Spiro (Nobrow).

11am-12pm: Coming of Age: The Internet Generation

Round about ten years ago, the internet radically altered how comics creators worked, discovered new work, and made friends with their contemporaries. “Webcomics,” once a ubiquitous term, has now splintered into a dozen different methods of digital comics, and socializing is more omnipresent than ever! We check in with six cartoonists who started making comics online at about the same time, to see where they’re at, the avenues open to cartoonists, and how the next generation might be able to follow in their footsteps. Featuring Kate Beaton (Hark A Vagrant), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), Tom McHenry (noncanon), Phil McAndrew (Crying In Front Of Your Dog),  Jess Fink (We Can Fix It), Ryan Pequin (Three Word Phrase), and KC Green (Gunshow). Moderated by Robin Brenner (No Flying, No Tights).

12:15-1:15pm: Comics Design and History

The medium of comic books contains some of the best and most interesting contemporary art being produced today, and luckily many works are now produced in immaculate editions that honour their contents. Moderator Chris Randle (Hazlit) will interview top industry desginers Tracy Hurren (Drawn & Quarterly), Chip Kidd (Random House), and Fawn Lau (VIZ Media) to discover their favourite book designs in comics—other designers and their own! Come explore a history of great comic book design.

1:30pm-2:30pm: Comics Curation

The spectacular Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has produced a number of excellent shows that highlight comics and graphic novels, in and amongst their massive installations and world-famous touring shows. TCAF invites you to join Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Frederik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, as he discusses the gallery’s inclusion of cartoonists and their work. Joining him will be two lauded Canadian cartoonists who have recently participated in AGO events: Chester Brown, currently featured in the AGO’s “Chester Brown and Louis Riel” exhibit, and David Collier, who will produce an 8 page comic that will accompany the AGO’s upcoming summer retrospective of painter Alex Colville. Also, a very special announcement will be made at this panel, so don’t miss out!

2:45pm-3:45pm: Genre Comics & Women

From fairy tales to sci-fi dystopias, for adult and for all-ages readers, women are writing, drawing and publishing comics that explore other worlds, other eras, and other societies. Hear these passionate panelists discuss what they love about genre fiction, why they choose to write and draw genre comics, and what they’re bringing to a kind of comic that is often associated with frilly princesses, Frazetta pinups and femme fatales. Featuring Faith Erin Hicks (The Last of Us), Jordyn Bochon (Finnegan Strape), Becky Cloonan (Batman), Sloan Leong (Alpha Princess Garou Shoujo), Isabelle Melancon (Namesake), and Sanya Anwar (1001); moderated by Rachel Kahn.

4pm-5pm: Chalk-Talk: Lynn Johnston

Go behind-the-scenes with TCAF Featured Guest Lynn Johnston, as she gives this special ‘chalk-talk’ about life, drawing For Better or For Worse, and creating comics, all while drawing live in front of an audience!

SUNDAY MAY 11

11:15am-12:15pm: Spotlight: Isabelle Arsenault & Fanny Britt

Creators of the Governor General’s Award-Winning graphic novel Jane, The Fox, and Me / Jane, le renard, et moi, TCAF’s Featured Guests Isabelle Arsenault and Fanny Britt have touched the lives of tens of thousands of readers with their first collaboration. Join Eva Volin (School Library Journal) as she interviews these two talented women who brought their disparate skills as an illustrator and a playwright to create a truly compelling graphic novel, and find out what’s next!

12:15-1:15pm: History/Nonfiction Comics

It could be argued that contemporary graphic novels broken into the mainstream literary world thanks to their unique ability to vividly recount the best and the worst of the human experience through autobiography, memoir, and history. Join moderator Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources) as she interviews some of the top contributors to the genre, including Nick Abadzis (The Cigar that Fell in Love with a Pipe), Meags Fitzgerald (Photobooth: A Biography), Nate Powell (March), Diana Tamblyn (Gerald Bull and the Supergun) and Nick Bertozzi (Lewis and Clark), and Tyrell Cannon (Victus). Discover how to consider, collect, and curate real-life tales of times past to make them new again!

1:30-2:30: DIY, Zines, Self-Publishing

The influence of mini comix and zine culture on contemporary comics and why that matters. Why have a publisher and self publish? What lessons can we learn from the 70s 80s 90s and can apply to today? Featuring Mark Connery, Marc Bell, Shannon Gerard, Ginette Lapalme, John Holden. Moderated by Fiona Smyth.

2:45-3:45: TBA

TBA

4:00-5:00: Spotlight: est em

Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, the manga creator est-em is highly regarded amongst fans of the BL / yaoi genre of manga for her attention to compelling characters, doomed relationships, and the intense physicality of her characters. It’s why her manga Golondrina—about a female matador—has become a favourite of Japanese manga critics, and why her legion of fans are devoted to her work. Join interviewer Erica Friedman (Yuricon) for a feature discussion with est em on her life, her career, and her work.

Marriott 400 (Forest Hill Ballroom)

SATURDAY MAY 10

10am-11am: Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has become the newest and one of the most popular methods to bring a creative project to market. But like every method from DIY to international distribution, the path can be fraught with pitfalls and even very successful Kickstarters and Indiegogos can run into major problems! We’ve assembled some of the smartest folks in comics crowdfunding to help answers your questions and successfully crowdfund your comics project! Featuring George Rohac (Breadpig), C. Spike Trotman (Smut Peddler), Jeff Ellis (Cloudscape Comics), and Jamie Tanner (Kickstarter).

11am-12pm: Spotlight: Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips

Separately these creators have produced definitive runs on some of the biggest properties in commercial comics, but together they have helped to reinvigorate the crime genre of comics, creating gritty, mean, and compelling works. Brubaker & Phillips have become synonymous with quality crime comics, and their series’ Criminal, Incognito, and most recently Fatale have been justly awarded and raved about. Now, join Comics Beat’s Heidi MacDonald as she interviews the duo the on their collaborative history, the forthcoming ending of Fatale, and what might be next!

12:15-1:15pm: Michael DeForge and friends!

Michael DeForge has had a pretty great year! The prolific cartoonist has seen the release of a new issue of his one-man anthology Lose, his short-story collection Very Casual, his first full-length graphic novel Ant Colony, and a host of mini-comics and short pieces across the internet and various anthologies. Now, on the occasion of his new collection A Body Beneath, DeForge and friends get together to discuss his work and career, led by Publisher Ryan Sands (Youth In Decline) and filled with special guests!

1:30pm-2:30pm: Spotlight: Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

With the release of their bestselling graphic novel Skim, cousins Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki set the world of comics young adult fiction on its ear, thanks to a powerful and unexpected story and gorgeous and haunting artwork. Now, the duo have returned with their sophomore release This One Summer, and we here at TCAF have no doubt it will be similarly affecting, and similarly well-received. In this spotlight interview, join writer Alex Tigchelaar (NOW, Xtra) as she interviews the Tamakis on the occasion of the release of their new book.

2:45-3:45pm: Writing Horror

Whether it’s the splatteriest of splatter, something unsettlingly Lynchian, or the creepiest creeping horror, writing something truly horrific is a skill that these fine writers possess! Join authors Hannah Blumenreich (Paper & Glass), Ed Brubaker (Fatale), I.N.J. Culbard (At The Mountains Of Madness), Ben Rivers (Home), Cameron Stewart (Sin Titulo), and author/moderator Evan Munday (Open Book Toronto, Dead kid Detective Agency) to get to the meat, bone, and guts of writing horror.

4:00pm-5:00pm: Women in Manga!

In an industry much larger and more diverse than their North American counterpart, comic artists in Japan who are women have a contrasting experience in both their creative and marketing processes. Learn about this and much more from the leading artists in three distinct genres of manga: Moyoco Anno (Insufficient Direction, Sakuran), Est Em (Tableau No. 20, Golondrina), and Akira Himekawa (The Legend of Zelda, My Little Pony). Interview will be conducted by Deb Aoki, with English/Japanese interpretation by Jocelyne Allen and Aki Takabatake.

SUNDAY MAY 11

11:15am-12:15pm: Spotlight: Moyoco Anno

Author of manga beloved around the world, TCAF is proud to welcome Moyoco Anno as a Featured Guest for 2014. A fan-favourite for her smash-hit shoujo manga Sugar Sugar Rune, and her groundbreaking josei works Happy Mania, Flowers & Bees, and Sakuran, Anno’s newest manga turns her focus inward for an hilarious and insightful look at married life. Debuting at TCAF, Insufficient Direction chronicles Anno’s marriage to “King of otaku” Hideki Anno, creator of Evangelion, and he quest to become the perfect “otaku wife”. In this feature interview, Moyoco Anno will be joined by her English Publisher Ed Chavez of Vertical Inc., for an unique discussion that will span her career and works.

12:15pm-1:15pm: Spotlight: Jeff Smith

Renowned for the bestselling comic series Bone, Jeff Smith has recently completed his newest dimension-spanning graphic novel RASL, and has begun serializing his new series Tuki Save World online! In this engaging interview programme aimed at an adult audience, Jeff Smith will be interviewed by Eva Volin (School Library Journal) about his career, the conclusion of RASL, and what we can expect from Tuki!

1:30pm-2:30pm: The Funny Pages in Canada

Comic strips and syndicated cartooning has had a rich and vibrant history in Canada, and this panel of authors and experts will come together to talk about where the medium has been, and where the medium is going. Featuring Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better Or For Worse; Jeet Heer, an expert on the history of comic strips; Warren Clements, cartoonist and publisher; Steve Murray (aka Chip Zdarsky), comics author and artist, National Post illustrator and cartoonist. Subjects will include speaking about experiences in syndication, the boom times of newspapers, leaving the paper behind for new mediums, and the future of comics in newspapers.

2:45-3:45pm: Kids Fall GN Preview

Believe it or not, not every great comic book is debuting at TCAF this year—we left some for this fall! If you’re a kid or a fan of kids and young adult graphic novels, come check out this panel which will feature a preview of the fall’s hottest titles! Preview Amulet Volume 6 and Explorer: The Hidden Doors with Kazu Kibuishi, Sisters with Raina Telgemeir, Cat Dad, King of the Goblins with Britt Wilson, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories with John Martz, Maddy Kettle with Eric Orchard, and The Rise of Aurora West with Paul Pope. Moderated by Scott Robins (Toronto Public Library, School Library Journal).

4:00pm-5:00pm: Adventure Time

Join the artists and writers behind the Adventure Time cartoon show and comics, as they participate in a fun drawing competition featuring characters and situations from Adventure Time! Drawers Michael DeForge, Becky Driesdadt, Kate Leth, Jesse Moynihan, and Ryan North (all of whom work on Adventure Time) will be drawing against one another live on stage, and will be inviting folks up from the audience to participate as well! Hosted by Frank Gibson.

Marriott 40 (Summerhill Room)

SUNDAY ONLY SPECIAL PRESENTATION

12:15pm-1:15pm: TCAF International: Japan, England, and Beyond!
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has been exhibiting on behalf of the Canadian Comics Industry and Canadian artists in Tokyo, Japan, for the past 2 years. In 2014 and 2015 we plan to head back to Tokyo, as well as other destinations around the world! Find out about our trips, what we’re hoping to accomplish, and how you as an artist or publisher can get involved.

Canadian Reading Series
All Canadian Reading Series events begin on the hour, and are 50 minutes long. They are comprised of a reading/presentation from each author, followed by a Q&A. Canadian Reading Series presentations are located at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., in the second floor Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.

SATURDAY

10am: Special Presentation: Jack Tremblay and the Canadian Whites: TCAF is honoured to welcome Canadian Golden Age Cartoonist Jack Tremblay. In this special presentation, journalist and historian Jeet Heer will interview Tremblay on the his work and time in the comics industry, including the important “Canadian Whites”, which were comics published in Canada during and just after The Second World War.

11am: Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault for Jane, The Fox, and Me / Jane, le renard, et moi.

12pm: Tony Cliff for Delilah Dirk. Jordyn Bochon for The Terrible Death of Finnegan Strappe.

1pm: Maurice Vellekoop for “The Best of Everything” from Descant #164Elisha Lim for 100 Crushes.

2pm: Karl Kerschl for The Abominable Charles Christopher. Ryan North for Adventure Time and Dinosaur Comics.

3pm: Pascal Girard for Petty Theft. Real Godbout for Amerika.

4pm: Special Presentation: Ben Rivers Presents: SNOW: Comics to Video Games to Film.

Join Benjamin Rivers, author of the Toronto-set graphic novel Snow as he reads from the work. Rivers will be joined by special guests from the forthcoming “Snow” film, including director Ryan Couldrey and leads Nina Iordanova and Kira Hall, to discuss the process of translating the graphic novel to the screen—and to show off a TCAF-exclusive preview clip!

SUNDAY

12pm: Mariko Tamaki, for This One Summer.

1pm: Diane Obomsawin for On Loving Women. Julie Delporte for Everywhere Antennas.

2pm: Britt Wilson. Joey Comeau and Emily Horne for a softer world.

3pm: Tory Woollcott and Kean Soo for Travelogues.

4pm: Special Presentation: Tin Can Forest, book reading and animation screening.

Toronto Reference Library: Comics Workshop Space

TCAF is proud to present a series of short workshops on comics creation, by noted comics experts! All workshops start on the hour, and last for 50 minutes. The Comics Workshop Space is located on the first floor of Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, next to the TD Gallery. Seating for these panels is limited to 30 participants, and we recommend attendees have at least a basic understanding of concepts to be discussed.

SATURDAY

9am-11am: “Zine Workshop” with Seneca College

11am: “Creating Kids Comics” with Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!)

12pm: “Drawing Music,” with Renaud Dillies

1pm: “Inking” with Becky Cloonan

2pm: “Drawing” with Christophe Blain

3pm: “Writing From Life” with Liz Prince

4pm: “Writing Characters from Other Media” with Jim Zub (Samurai JackSkullkickers)

SUNDAY

12pm: “Webcomics” with Danielle Corsetto

1pm: Special Presentation: “How to Fight Censorship” with Charles Brownstein, CBLDF

Many take it for granted that censorship couldn’t possibly be an issue in 21st Century North America, but the sad truth is that the issue is growing more serious every year.  From bans & school funding cuts because of comics like Bone Fun Home in the United States, to serious criminal charges against manga readers at Canada Customs, the freedom to read is very much imperiled.  Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Charles Brownstein presents an overview of the censorship challenges facing readers right now, and talks about ways you can make an impact to combat censorship in your communities at this informative presentation.

2pm: “Gesture & Comics” with Ben Hatke

3pm: “Graphic Activism” with Nicole Guiniling

4pm: “Bitstrips: Democratizing Comics” with Jacob Blackstock

Bitstrips is the international phenomenon that allows the average person to express themselves through comics! Bitstrips has democratized comics creation, and through its Facebook and Mobile apps put that power into the hands of users world wide. But is that such a good idea after all? Join Jacob Blackstock, CEO and Founder of Bitstrips, as he discusses his immensely popular app, its successes, pitfalls, and where it’s going next! Includes a demonstration of Bitstrips and info on how you can start making your own comic strips!

For information on the CSSC/SCEBD Academic Conference, please click here: http://torontocomics.com/csscscebd-academic-conference/

For  TCAF KIDS DAY and general children’s programming, please click here: http://torontocomics.com/news/tcaf-2014-announces-tcaf-kids-day-and-saturday-sunday-kids-programming/#more-14390

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- The Staff of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival

 

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