Programming

2015 – TCAF Kids Programming: May 9th

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library, The Browsery - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

TCAF Kids Programming – Saturday
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., The Browsery, 1st Floor
Saturday May 9th, 9am-4:30pm
Free to attend

10:00am — Draw Along with Juan Carlos Solon
Join pixel artist Juan Carlos Solon for some video-game inspired drawing for kids!

10:30am — Draw Along with Love Love Hill!
Make your best funny and weird animals with Love Love Hill (Cry to the Moon)!

11:00am — Draw Along with Megan Kearney!
Join Megan Kearney (Valor) for great fantastical drawings!

11:30am — Draw Along with Mike Maihack!
Space adventure!  Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space) will take you along on a wild ride to outer space with artwork!

12:00pm — Draw Along with CTON!Join us for a super-awesome drawing adventure with CTON (CTON’s Super A-Maze-Ing Year of Crazy Comics!).

12:30pm — Draw Along with Eric Kim!
Try your hand at creating your own manga-inspired art with Eric Kim (Love as a Foreign Language)!

1:00pm — Draw Along with Shelli Paroline!
Draw your own adventure with Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh)!

1:30pm — Draw Along with Tory Woollcott!
Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind) will take you on a drawing expedition in this fun diary comics drawing session!

2:00pm — Draw Along with Charlene Chua!
Join Charlene Chua (Julie Black Belt) and get ready for some wild drawing fun in this great cartooning session!

2:30pm — Draw Along with Megan Kearney!
Fairy tales retold!  Come join Megan Kearney (Valor) and draw characters and creatures from your favorite fairy tales.

3:00pm — Draw Along with Brian McLachlan!
Learn how to create your very own comics with award-winning author Brian McLachlan (Draw Out the Story)!

2015 – TCAF Kids Day @ St. Paul’s: May 9th

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • St. Paul's On Bloor - Google Map
  • 227 Bloor St. East

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

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

TCAF KIDS DAY
@ St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East
Saturday May 9th, 10am-5pm

Free to attend, no registration required!
All presentations are followed by a one-hour signing at this venue.

 

Welcoming Jenni Hom & Matt Holm! 

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

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

 

TCAF Kids Day Schedule:

10:30am-11:30am: Jenni Holm & Matt Holm present: Get Graphic with Babymouse and Squish!
Join sister and brother team Jenni and Matt Holm as they talk about their bestselling series Babymouse and Squish.  There will be fun drawing activities and interactive exercises for children of all ages — as well as a special preview of their upcoming graphic novel Sunny Side Up!

11:45am-12:45pm: Kean Soo presents: Making Comics with Kean!
Kean Soo, the creator of the hit series Jellaby and the all-new turbo-charged racing adventure comic series March Grand Prix takes you through the creation of his graphic novels, discussing how he draws his wonderful, iconic characters, cars, and imaginary friends.

1pm-2:15pm: Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman present: Comics Dance Party!
It’s a comics dance party!  Join New York Times bestselling graphic novelists Raina Telgemeier (Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat) for an hour of kids comics fun!  With live drawing, games, and activities, this dance party just won’t stop!

2:30pm-3:15pm: George O’Connor presents: Getting Mythological!
By the power of Zeus!  It’s the classic stories told in the Greek myths . . . as comics!  Join New York Times bestselling Olympians author George O’Connor as he talks about adapting the stories of the gods into graphic novels . . . and draws some gods of his own!

3:30pm-4:15pm: Gurihiru will be drawing and chatting, live!
Gurihiru have worked on some of the biggest properties in comics, including Star Wars, The Avengers, and Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Join this amazing duo as they draw and answer questions about their work for fans of all ages!

 

TCAF Kids Day Poster by Gurihiru!

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

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

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

See you at TCAF!

 

 

2015 – The Pilot Tavern: May 9th

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • The Pilot - Google Map
  • 22 Cumberland Ave.

The Pilot 2nd Floor

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

SATURDAY, MAY 9

SATURDAY

10am – International Comics Scenes: Scotland, Latvia, Québec, Germany
It’s a great big world out there, and there are comickers making independent and unique work, creating comic scenes in lots of unexpected places. Meet representatives of the international comics community who will talk about the comics markets where they live, and explore differences and similarities worldwide. Featuring Neil Slorance (Scotland), Laura Ķeniņš (Latvia), Thomas-Louis Côté (Québec), and Rita Fürstenau (Germany).
Moderator: Eleri Harris

11am – Spotlight: Lorenzo Mattotti
Join one of the masters of modern art comics, Lorenzo Mattotti (Hansel & Gretel, The Raven, Fires) in this career-spanning interview with Stéphane Beaujean (Kaboom Magazine, Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême).

12:15-1:30pm: Have a Beer with Reid Fleming
“I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!” is the name of the short documentary about Reid Fleming: The Toughest Milkman in the World, and his creator, David Boswell. Courtesy of documentary director Charlie Tyrell, TCAF will be screening the documentary, which features Matt Groening, Kevin Pollak, and David Boswell himself! After the short screening, hang out and grab a pint and a bite to eat at The Pilot…!

1:30-2:30pm: Spotlight: Étienne Davodeau, in Conversation with Pascal Girard
Étienne Davodeau has a long and venerated career in French comics, but his masterworks are only now beginning to appear in English. His 2014 release The Initiates, an autobiographical tale about a winemaker and comics artist who trade jobs for a year, topped many critics lists. Now in 2015 Davodeau releases the acclaimed Lulu Anew, a bestseller which inspired a feature film in France! Meet Davodeau as he converses with his former collaborator, Québécois cartoonist Pascal Girard (Reunion, Bigfoot) and moderator Thomas-Louis Côté, director of the Festival de la BD francophone à Québec in what is sure to be a wonderful discussion.

2:45pm: Spotlight: Ed Luce
Ed Luce is an artist and writer from San Francisco best known for his wildly popular indie comic Wuvable Oaf, which is debuting as a graphic novel by Fantagraphics Books at TCAF this year. The story of a large, hirsute, gay ex-wrestler looking for love while listening to Morrissey and living with his cats, Wuvable Oaf is, at its heart, a sweet, completely original romance comic.  Moderated by Andrew Wheeler.

4:00: Comics Reportage in the Internet Age
Short, non-fiction reportage is making waves on the internet in 2015. Short, sharp, personal comics pieces can get to the heart of an idea quickly and in a way that was previously only the domain of political gag cartoons. Eleri Harris, associate editor of The Nib, is joined by an incredible array of contemporary cartoonists including Jess Fink (We Can Do It), Dan Berry (Make Then Tell), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Jon Rosenberg (Scenes from a Multiverse), to discuss what it takes to make timely and relevant reportage on the internet.

2015 – Learning Centre 1: May 9th

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Learning Centre 1, 1st Floor
Saturday May 9th, 2015
Free to attend

10am – Self Distribution
So the comic’s been made… what happens next? Moderator Evan Munday takes you through the mysterious process of comics distribution with panelists from various small presses: Ted Intorcio (Tinto Press), Dave Kelly (So What? Press), Zack Soto (Studygroup). Learn about the good people who deliver your favourite books into your hands, and how they do it.

11am – Spotlight: Dustin Harbin

A cartoonist, illustrator, and letterer hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Dustin Harbin writes a weekly webcomic, DHARBIN!, and is debuting the conclusion of his ongoing series, DIARY COMICS from Koyama Press, at TCAF 2015.  Harbin is the former Creative Director of Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find/Heroes Convention, and his past clients include Wired Magazine, Richmond Magazine, Chicago Title, Boulevard Films, Marvel Comics, and 12 Gauge Comics, among others. Moderated by Marc Sobel.

12pm – Manga Studios Virtual Tour!
Join Timothy Lehmann, the author of Manga: Masters of the Art, on a photo-tour into the secret studios of manga-ka! See the workspaces of acclaimed artists such as Takehiko Inoue, Suehiro Maruo, Erica Sakurazawa, and past TCAF guests Jiro Taniguchi and Usamaru Furuya. An intimate peek at the artists at work, details of their studios, tools, computers and reference books, as well as samples of their finished work.

1pmAlternative, Alternative Heroes
The recent rise to prominence of Image Comics as a strong competitor to the Big Two’s genre grip has demonstrated that there is a massive market for alternative heroics. But what of the heroes that are even more out there? What attracts art/alternative cartoonists like A. Degen and Jim Rugg to the capes-and-cowl crowd?  Moderated by Andrew Wheeler.

2pm – Fantasy Comics for Young Readers
Fantasy in comics has been a long-time staple, but has evolved to keep up with new readers and their modern demands. How do you reconcile the need for diverse representation within an old genre built of rich tropes and tradition? Isabelle Melancon (Valor), Scott Chantler (Three Thieves), and George O’Connor (Olympians) take up this subject, among others, in a round-table discussion about their own revisions and revivals of fantasy, all the while preserving the classic charm of magical worlds. Moderated by Scott Robins.

3pm – From Gangs to Hip Hop: The Story of Ghetto Brother
A look into the background of the fascinating non-fiction graphic novel Ghetto Brother, which tells the story of the 1971 gang truce that paved the way to the emergence of hip hop in the South Bronx. This is also the story of Benjy Melendez, a Puerto Rican immigrant and founder of the notorious gang “Ghetto Brothers” who, in environment dominated by drugs, poverty, and violence, promoted peace, not revenge, and after learning about his Crypto-Jewish background, reclaimed his roots. Photojournalist Julian Voloj explains how he unearthed the story and what source material was used to make this stranger-than-fiction tale as authentic as possible.
Introduction by Terry Nantier

4pm – The Outside Circle: Kelly Mellings and Patti LaBoucane in Conversation
Author Patti LaBoucane and illustrator Kelly Mellings in conversation about the creative collaboration that went into the making of The Outside Circle. Patti LaBoucane, who is of Métis descent, worked closely with Kelly Mellings, who is of non-Aboriginal descent, to find a way to create a wholly authentic and realistic portrayal of reconciliation and healing programs offered to gang-affiliated and incarcerated aboriginal men in Canada today.
Introduction by Emily Mockler, House of Anansi Press

2015 – Hinton Learning Theatre: May 9th

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

D+Q 25th Anniversary Programming
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd Floor
Saturday May 9th, 2015
Free to attend

10am: Marc Bell in Conversation with Kate Beaton
It’s perhaps a little known fact that Marc Bell (Stroppy, Pure Pajamas) and Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant) both attended Mount Allison University and both were editors of the school newspaper’s comics section. As Beaton dug back into the archives she came across an era where the editor filled every available space with doodles and nonsense. That editor was, of course, Marc Bell. With the release of his first graphic novel Stroppy, two of the funniest and most affably nomadic cartoonists, Bell and Beaton, sit down and talk about how a character gets its voice, makes its choices, and why sometimes the best parts of comics are hidden in the corners of the panels.

11am: Translation & Bilingualism: Bonjour / Hello
Longtime D+Q translator Helge Dascher joins D+Q cartoonists Julie Delporte (Everywhere Antennas) and Pascal Girard (Petty Theft) for a wide-ranging discussion of the realities of translating comics and what is gained or lost in translation. They will also discuss how living in a bilingual city with French and English comics communities transforms their comics-making experience. Drawn & Quarterly Marketing Director Julia Pohl-Miranda moderates.

12pm: John Porcellino and Julie Doucet in Conversation with Tom Devlin
Julie Doucet (My New York Diary) and John Porcellino (The Hospital Suite) have been pen pals and friends for nearly twenty-five years. In this discussion, they look at their own and each other’s approaches to art-making, whether in comics, diaries, or collage for Doucet or in the long-running, single-format King-Cat Comics & Stories for Porcellino. They’ll talk about why they work the way they do and what they hope to learn by approaching storytelling using varying methods.

2pm: Jillian Tamaki and Adrian Tomine in Conversation, moderated by David Berry
Jillian Tamaki and Adrian Tomine are two of the most acclaimed cartoonists working today, both for their ability to command unique visual styles, and for the way they render realistic, and often funny, three-dimensional characters. National Post columnist David Berry will speak to these legends about their TCAF debut books, Optic Nerve 14 (Tomine) and SuperMutant Magic Academy (Tamaki).

3pm: Speculative Literary Comics
Drawn & Quarterly managing editor Tracy Hurren unpacks the constructed worlds of cartoonists Michael DeForge (First Year Healthy), Keith Jones (Catland Empire), and Matt Forsythe (Jinchalo) who operate outside of the usual world of independent cartoonists by designing a top-down approach to fantastical dreamscapes.

2015 – Writer’s Room: May 9th

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library, Writer's Room - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Writer’s Room, 3rd Floor
Saturday May 9th, 2015
Free to attend

10am-12pm: Story, Art, and Commerce
An informal look at storytelling in comics—editorial process, story development, and the different aspects of the creative life, including the juggling of Art and Commerce in one’s life and projects. A conversational workshop for authors and artists with Mark Siegel, Editorial Director of First Second Books.

12pm-2pm: Mixed Media Comic Zines
Brought to you by Seneca College’s Independent Illustration program, in this hands-on mixed media workshop you will create a comic book zine in just two hours. Seneca illustration profs invite you to experiment with a diversity of mark-making tools that will push your style in unexpected directions. Get your hands dirty as you explore inking, painting, scratching, stamping, cutting and pasting to make pictures that tell your story. By the end of the workshop, you will have created your very own short comic zine ready to be photocopied and distributed!

2pm-4pm: Manga-ka The Game: Complete Play Through!
Jason Thompson is the writer of the popular column “House of 1000 Manga”, and literally wrote the book on the medium. Now he’s created something all-new: Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics! Through fleeting trends and crazy obsessions, test your cleverness to end up with the most Fame when the clock runs down. Be one of the very first players in the world to experience the game in this complete play-through! Only a limited number of participants will be allowed, check in with Jason in the Comics Vs. Games area Saturday morning to confirm a spot!

2015 – Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Hotel: May 9th

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel - Google Map
  • 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7

@ Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor St. East, Toronto
Saturday May 9th, 2015
Free to attend

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.

10am: How, Where, and Why Should I Start Reading Comics?
It can be daunting to enter the world of comics, and just not knowing where to begin as a reader. This panel features authors from some of the most important and widely-read books in the graphic novel revolution, speaking about their work, and the broad appeal of the medium. Featuring Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), George O’Connor (Olympians), Raina Telgemeier (Sisters), and Professor Glen Downey (The York School). Moderated by Robin Brenner (No Flying, No Tights).

11am: The New Mainstream?
As Marvel and DC Comics look to aggressively diversify their offerings, they’re turning more and more to indy, alternative, and web cartoonists to speak to new audiences. Is this the “new mainstream” of comics? Or are these creators doing what they’ve always done – just making great comics? Join Ray Fawkes, Brendan Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, Ryan North, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Chip Zdarsky on a panel that is too unwieldy to exist, but is gonna be a hoot nonetheless. Moderated by Christopher Butcher.

12:15pm: Art of the Travelogue
The comics form lends itself beautifully to carnets de voyage, documents of trips, times, and places. Meet five of the foremost authors working in this genre, covering important, unexpected, and incredible trips, in comics. Featuring Lucy Knisley (Displacement), Boulet (Notes), Abby Denson (Cool Japan Guide), Kate Lavut (CHiCO), Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant!), and Oliver East (Trains Are…Mint). Moderated by Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading).

1:30pm: Spotlight: Lynda Barry, Funk Queen of the Universe
Professor of comics (Syllabus), creativity guru (What It Is), groundbreaking alternative cartoonist (Ernie Pook’s Comeek), award-winning graphic novelist (One! Hundred! Demons!), Lynda Barry needs no introduction. Globe & Mail columnist Nathalie Atkinson interviews Barry about her most recent book Syllabus and her work as an Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2:45pm: Editorial Illustration
While deceptively similar on the surface, comics and editorial illustration are two fields requiring different formal skill sets, creative attentions, and expressive uses. Acclaimed illustrators discuss the subtle nuances of working in one medium versus the other, and the effect of each on their professional careers. Featuring Pénélope Bagieu, Eleanor Davis, and Kagan McLeod. Moderated by Rachel Kahn.

4pm: Balancing Work & Family, When You Work with Your Family
How do spouses create comics together? How about cousins, or siblings? Meet three unique creative teams who are making some of the best work in the industry, who also have familial relationships. How do you carve out professional time, find personal distance, and create great comics at the same time? With Jenni Holm, Matt Holm, Kathryn Immonen, Stuart Immonen, and Mariko Tamaki. Moderated by Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly, The Beat).

5:15pm-7pm: Stripped! Special Screening!
Join us for this special free screening of Stripped: The Comics Documentary! Fresh from its showing at the Angoulême Comics Festival, Stripped is a documentary interviewing over 40 of the world’s best cartoonists – the ultimate love-letter to the comics strip. Following the screening, join directors Dave Kellett & Fred Schroeder and an all-star cast of cartoonists who participated in the film: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content), Karl Kerschl (Gotham Academy), Scott McCloud (The Sculptor), and Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), for a talk and Q&A!

 

2015 – High Park Ballroom, Marriott Hotel: May 9th

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel - Google Map
  • 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7

@ Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor St. East, Toronto
Saturday May 9th, 2015
Free to attend

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.

10am: Subscription Comics
They say print is dying, yet in this age of the Internet, independent publishers are still finding creative ways to use old-school systems to their advantage. Comic artists are rediscovering periodical content releases with services such as Patreon and online magazines, along with the nostalgic revival of mail-order. Learn more about how subscription comics are faring these days with Box Brown (Retrofit), Ryan Sands (Frontier/Youth In Decline), Tom Kaczynski (Uncivilized Books), Lianne Sentaur (Sparkler). Moderator: Brigid Alverson.

11am: Spotlight: Aya Kanno
TCAF welcomes internationally acclaimed manga creator Aya Kanno! Working in shoujo, or girls’ comics, Kanno tells excellent, beautifully-drawn stories, that also smartly interrogate the genre, and its approach to gender, sexuality, and storytelling. With her works Blank Slate, the New York Times bestselling series Otomen, and the newly released Requiem of the Rose King, Kanno has won legions of fans in North America! Now, find out all about Kanno in this feature interview conducted by Brigid Alverson (Publisher’s Weekly).

12:15pm: Gay Comics Art Japan with Gengoroh Tagame
Gengoroh Tagame joins his publishers Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins of MASSIVE, and Leyla Aker of Viz Media / SuBLime BL Manga, to talk about the crossover context of queer manga, the hidden wealth of gay manga, and the availability and visibility of queer art in Japan today. Moderated by Anne Ishii.

1:30pm: Spotlight: Gurihiru
Gurihiru! These two amazing ladies work under one name to produce incredible comics and illustration! Not exactly mangaka, Gurihiru have found success on both sides of the Pacific through illustration work, and North American comics like Power Pack for Marvel Comics, and Avatar: The Last Airbender for Dark Horse Comics! Now, find out how Gurihiru got their start, their fascinating Japanese career, and their collaborative creative process in this special feature interview by Deb Aoki (Manga Comics Manga).

2:45pm: Spotlight: Noelle Stevenson
Whether you know her as the co-writer of the smash-hit comic book series The Lumberjanes, or for her Harvey and Slate Award-winning webcomic Nimona, chances are you know the work of TCAF featured guest Noelle Stevenson! With the first Lumberjanes collection hitting the New York Times Bestseller List, and the completed print collection of Nimona debuting at TCAF, now’s the perfect time to settle in and reflect on Noelle’s amazing career to date, and to find out what’s next! Noelle will be interviewed by Robin Brenner (No Flying, No Tights) in this lively presentation!

4:00pm: What Do Women Want? Writing Comics For A Female Audience
A reprise of one of our most popular panels of 2014! 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 as opposed the Male Gaze, and what is the power of female fandom in the industry? In this engaging discussion led by Chromatic Press’ Editor Lianne Sentar, journalist Sam Maggs (Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy) and comics creators Sandra Bell-Lundy (Between Friends),  Brenden Fletcher (Gotham Academy, Batgirl), Svetlana Chmakova (Awkward), and Sydney Padua (Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage) explore what female audiences are looking for, and how creators and publishers can target them with their work.

2015 – Summerhill Room, Marriott Hotel: May 9th

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel - Google Map
  • 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7

@ Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor St. East, Toronto
Saturday May 9th, 2015
Free to attend

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.

11am: Spotlight: Barbara Stok
Visiting TCAF all the way from the Netherlands, Barbara Stok makes her TCAF debut with her fantastic and critically-acclaimed graphic novel Vincent, published by SelfMadeHero. This unique biography of tortured painter Vincent VanGogh makes its North American debut at TCAF, and in this program, Stok will present from the work and then be joined in a lively Q&A by Barbara Postema of Ryerson University.

12:15pm: Patti Laboucane and Kelly Mellings read The Outside Circle
In this TCAF debut book, two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways, and to bring about positive change in their lives. Join author Patti Laboucane and illustrator Kelly Mellings as they read from this important work.

1:30pm: Kate Lavut reads CHiCO
CHiCO is a true story of the time Kate Lavut dressed as a boy and took the bus to Mexico.  Broken Pencil calls CHiCO “A witty and dry comic that constantly zig zags from humorous to tragic.” Lavut will be launching the print edition of CHiCO at TCAF! Join Lavut for a reading and Q&A from this unique, important graphic novel.

2:45pm: Sandra Bell-Lundy: Do Women of a Certain Age Read Comics?
Sandra Bell-Lundy is the artist and writer of the hilarious daily newspaper comic strip Between Friends. In this presentation, Bell-Lundy will present a special selection of her strip, and share the anecdotes, inspiration, and reader responses that make the strip what it is. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, Bell-Lundy’s presentation is not to be missed. Moderated by John Martz.

4pm: Steven M. Johnson: Lateral Thinking and Patent Depending
Steven M. Johnson is the creator of  the unique, the incredible, and the accidentally futurist single-panel comic Patent Depending, in which he invents new contraptions reflecting the strange, changing needs of modern life. Johnson will talk about the creation of his strips, and the use of lateral thinking in coming up with ideas for his work, in an expanded version of his well regarded TEDx talk.

2015 – The Japan Foundation: May 9th & 10th

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • The Japan Foundation - Google Map
  • The Colonnade building, 131 Bloor Street West, second floor.

Tatsumi: Movie Screening and Tribute
Saturday, May 9th, 3pm-5pm
@ The Japan Foundation Toronto, 131 Bloor St. West, 2nd floor
Free event, open to the public. RSVP to guarantee seating.

In memory of the pioneering gekiga manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, (June 10, 1935 – March 7, 2015), the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and The Japan Foundation, Toronto, present a special screening of Tatsumi, Eric Khoo’s 2011 animated film. Tatsumi, a tribute to the life and work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, will be introduced by TCAF’s Christopher Butcher, and other local friends of the artist. Mr. Tatsumi was an honoured guest at TCAF in 2009, when he published his autobiographical manga, A Drifting Life.

Tatsumi celebrates the life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi—a manga pioneer who elevated the genre to a new level of creative expression and adult realism. A comics-crazed teenager, Tatsumi began to get published and was able to support his poor family in postwar occupied Japan. He  found even greater inspiration after meeting his idol, the famous Disney-esque animator Osamu Tezuka. But despite his success, Tatsumi became dissatisfied with making whimsical children’s comics. In the late 1950s, Tatsumi coined the term gekiga (dramatic pictures) and redefined the manga landscape with an alternative genre for adults. Realistic and disquieting, his work began to grapple with the darker aspects of life in his rapidly changing country—with stories that are perverse, shocking and darkly comic. A tribute to an artist who made comics cinematic, filmmaker Eric Khoo’s (Be with Me) inventive animated drama brings Tatsumi’s memoir A Drifting Life and five of his classic stories to life.

Contains adult themes and images; not suitable for children.

“CRITICS PICK! It’s potent stuff, delving into pornography, incest, murder and mutilation in the company of alienated men and unhappy, sometimes cruel women.” —Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“A eye-popping visual treat and a journey into the creative spirit.” —Variety

“A fascinating and ultimately moving tribute to a seminal comic artist’s dark, disquieting but powerful works.”—Hollywood Reporter

Working Together: Gurihiru on Creative Process, and Navigating Japanese Publishing!
Sunday, May 10, 2pm-3pm
@ The Japan Foundation Toronto, 131 Bloor St. West, 2nd floor
Free event, open to the public. RSVP to guarantee seating.

Join us for a discussion with Gurihiru (the artist duo of Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano) about their work as illustrators and manga and comic artists! Gurihiru are featured guests of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and designed one of the official 2015 posters.

About Gurihiru:

Gurihiru, aka Illustrator Unit Gurihiru and Gurihiru Studios, is a Japanese illustration team, composed of artists Chifuyu Sasaki (workplan design, pencils, inks) and Naoko Kawano (workplan design, colors, webdesign). Though their comic book endeavors are centered in the United States, Gurihiru also illustrates character designs for games and animations in Japan.

The pair have worked in several Marvel Comics titles, such as: Power Pack, Fantastic Four, and Gus Beezer & Spider Man, as well as Thor, Captain America, and Wolverine. More recently, Gurihiru has come together with Nickelodeon and Dark Horse Comics to continue the story of Avatar: The Last Airbender in graphic novel format, a collaborative effort that has spawned three trilogies: The Promise, The Search, and The Rift.

2015 – Learning Centre 1: May 10th

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Learning Centre 1, 1st Floor
Sunday May 10th, 2015
Free to attend

11:15am – TCAF Abroad: England, Japan, and France
TCAF staffers talk about the Festivals overseas, what they hope to accomplish, and how you can be a part of it. Featuring Christopher Butcher, Kim Hoang, and Friends

12pm – Pressing the Limits of Representation
In this spirited conversation, contributors from every sphere of comics creation and discussion explore the limits and parameters of what can be expressed in the contemporary comics artform. With Professor Andrew Lesk (University of Toronto), Josh Simmons (House), C. Spike Trotman (Smut Peddler), Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly), and James Romberger (7 Miles a Second, The Late Child). Moderator: artist and writer Marguerite Van Cook (The Late Child).

1pm – Manga Translation
Imported comics from Japan have found their foothold in Western readership thanks to the silver script spinnings of a talented few. Talk with Kumar Sivasubramanian (Dark Horse, Vertical), Jocelyne Allen (Vertical, Yen, Viz), and Deb Aoki (Manga Translation Battle) about their experiences bridging the language gap. Moderated by Robin Brenner, our manga translators swap tales about how they broke into the business, their tips and tricks, and their unique encounters in the business of story conversion.

2pm – Comics vs Games: Microtalks!
Ten speakers, ten super short microtalks relating art, storytelling and comics to the world of games. In one hour you’ll learn about: painterly pixel art, the RPG influence in comics, Japanese dating sims, tombstone storytelling, deconstructing Zelda, just what it’s like working with one foot in both mediums and more! Featuring: David Calvo (Kwaan), Alfe Clemencio (Fading Hearts), AM Cosmos (otome.sexy), David Hellman (Second Quest, Braid), Andrew Hlynka (Drew and the Floating Labyrinth), Kim Hoang (Love Love Hill, Mouffe), Rachel Kahn (By Crom!),  Xin Ran Liu (Moon Hunters, Shattered Planet), Matthew Ritter (Nova Phase, Boon Hill), Jason Shiga (Meanwhile…), Miguel Sternberg (Comics vs Games, They Bleed Pixels).

3pm – Introduction to Game Making for Artists
Ever wanted to make your own game but didn’t know where to start? Intimidated by code? Meet six artists who’ve taken the plunge into game making. Learn about the software they use, their experience learning to program and how to start developing your own games using beginner friendly game making tools including Construct 2, GameMaker, Stencyl, Ren’Py and Unity. Featuring: Chris De Castro (Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods, CFC:BODY/MIND/CHANGE), Paloma Dawkins (Gardenarium, Dream Warrior), Matt Hammill (Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Gesundheit!), Kim Hoang (Love Love Hill, Mouffe), Archie Wisco (The Floor Is Lava), Sagan Yee (Pollyanna: An Animated Earthbound Tribute, Punk Prism Power).

4pm – Spotlight: Rotopolpress
Rotopolpress is a German independent publishing house focussing on graphic storytelling. Its products range from comics and graphic novels to high-quality art prints, postcards, paper games and hand-crafted sketchbooks. In 2007 Rotopolpress was founded by illustrators Rita Fürstenau, Lisa Röper and Michael Meier in the town of Kassel, where the press still is today. Join Rita Fürstenau as she takes you through a history of the publisher, and the beautiful books that they produce.

2015 – The Pilot Tavern: May 10th

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 11:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • The Pilot - Google Map
  • 22 Cumberland Ave.

The Pilot 2nd Floor

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

SUNDAY MAY 10

11:15am: Tin Can Forest read from We Are Going to Bremen to Be Musicians
Accordionist and novelist Geoff Berner together with folk-surrealists Tin Can Forest re-tell this dark, strange German folk tale about four animals running away from their masters to become town musicians in the city of Bremen. Join Tin Can Forest and multi-talented musician Berner in this unique audio-visual presentation of their book!

12:15pm: Spotlight: Hunt Emerson
Hunt Emerson has drawn cartoons and comic strips since the early 1970s, publishing more than two-dozen comics and albums including Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Casanova’s Last Stand, and his most recent North American release, Calculus Cat! Join Hunt and longtime friend Paul Wardle as they span the length of Hunt’s comics-making career in this feature interview.

1:30pm: International Comics Scenes: Japan, Finland, Australia, England
It’s a great big world out there, and there are comickers making independent and unique work, creating comic scenes, in lots of unexpected places. Meet representatives of the international comics community who will talk about the comics market where they live, and explore differences and similarities worldwide. Featuring Ken Niimura (Japan), Majuri Sini (Finland), Marc Pearson and Katie Parrish (Australia), and Clark Burscough of the Thought Bubble comics festival in Leeds, England. Moderated by Heidi MacDonald.

2:45pm: Sex, Sluts, And Stigma
Some cartoonists get down and dirty in their comics, telling autobiographical or reality-informed stories of their sexual adventures. How do friends and family react to their work, and how do they deal with the stigma of being smutty, slutty, or sex-positive? Featuring Anna Bongiovanni (Bikes, Babes, Booze, Blackouts, Binges, and Bad Ideas), Jess Fink (Chester 5000), Erik Kostiuk-Williams (Hungry Bottom Comics), Gisèle Lagacé (Pixie Trix), and Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter). Moderated by Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading).

4pm: CAROUSEL: Comics Readings
R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) brings his long-running series of live comics readings & performances back to TCAF. Guests include Dakota McFadzean (Don’t Get Eaten By Anything), Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug), and many more.

2015 – Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Hotel: May 10th

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 11:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel - Google Map
  • 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7

@ Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor St. East, Toronto
Sunday May 10th, 2015
Free to attend

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.

11:15am: Spotlight: Charles Burns
For over 30 years, the worlds of Charles Burns have shocked, delighted, and educated comics readers. His books are taught in schools all over North America, not only as great works of fiction, but also as explorations of our field. In his first ever appearance at TCAF, Charles Burns will discuss his career, passions, and the wild conclusion to the X’ed Out trillogy with Stéphane Beaujean of the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

12:15pm-1:15pm: Charles Burns and Killoffer in Conversation
While they are usually separated by an ocean,  TCAF featured guests Charles Burns and Killoffer have never been closer in their TCAF debut collaboration In the Garden of Evil.  Hear how this landmark project came to be in this lively discussion cross continental conversation.

1:30pm: Building a Better Anthology Comic
With crowdfunding, online networking, and an expanding demand for sharp new voices in comics comes the uprising of collective publishing 4and the anthology! Fill in the gaps in what you think you might already know about them, through the eyes of successful project leaders. Sfé R. Monster (Beyond Anthology), C. Spike Trotman (Poorcraft, Smut Peddler), Isabelle Melancon (Valor), and Amanda Meadows (The Devastator) examine their experiences in content curation, talent discovery,  and audience development. Moderated by Andrew Wheeler.

2:45pm: Making Comics History
Research, depiction, reference, and imagination; a lot goes into telling a true-to-life story, and balancing veracity with storytelling is always a fine line to walk. Join an incredible group of creators who have delved into the past to tell a story for today’s readers, their struggles and successes. Featuring Meags Fitzgerald (Photobooth), Sydney Padua (Lovelace & Babbage), Aya Kanno (Requiem of the Rose King). Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly).

4pm: Spotlight: Simon Hanselmann! With special guests Michael DeForge and HTMLflowers
TCAF is thrilled to welcome an Australian cartoonist who has taken the medium by storm: Simon Hanselman! His Megg, Mogg, and Owl strips appear weekly at VICE Magazine, and the collections MEGAHEX from Fantagraphics Books and Life Zone from Space Face Books have topped critics lists, and netted him two Ignatz Awards. In this special presentation, Simon Hanselmann will be joined by cartoonists and friends Michael DeForge and HTMLflowers, and be interviewed by Stéphane Beaujean (Kaboom, Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême). It’s going to be incredible.

 

2015 – Summerhill Room, Marriott Hotel: May 10th

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 11:15 am - 3:30 pm
  • Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel - Google Map
  • 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7

@ Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor St. East, Toronto
Sunday May 10th, 2015
Free to attend

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.

11:15am: Get Published In Japan!
It’s a dream of many young comics creators to see their work published in the Japanese market, but what does it really take to break into one of the busiest, most crowded, and toughest comics markets in the world? Moderator Deb Aoki (Manga Comics Manga) leads a lively discussion about how a “foreigner” might be able to find their work published in Japan. Featuring: Yuri Yamamoto, editor for Hakusensha manga magazine Bessatsu Hana to Yume; Ken Niimura, artist of I Kill Giants and creator of Henshin, published by Image in North America and IKKI/Shogakukan in Japan; independent manga artist Yuuko Koyama; and Abby Denson, author of Cool Japan Guide.

12:15pm: Mangaka The Game: Quick Play Through
Jason Thompson is the writer of the popular column “House of 1000 Manga”, and literally wrote the book on the medium. Now he’s created something all-new: Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics! Through fleeting trends and crazy obsessions, test your cleverness to end up with the most fame when the clock runs down.  In this special rapid-fire play session, audience members will get to compete in the game for themselves!

1:30pm: Making 3D Comics
Christian LeBlanc makes 3D comics! You will have seen his work on the recent Eisner-nominated “Madman In Your Face 3D Special! Starring Frank Einstein” by Mike Allred, and published by Image Comics. In this special panel, Christian will show you how he creates 3D comics, demystifying the process for a whole new generation of fans!

2:45pm: Tulintu: Comics Art in Glass
An official exhibition of TCAF 2015, “Tulintu: Comic Art in Glass” will be exhibited at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, from May 4th through May 11th. “Comic Art in Glass” is a project that combines comics with traditional glassblowing, telling a story over 15 exquisitely crafted pieces, with each sculpture detailing a particular scene or panel. Creators Ella Varvio and Sini Majuri will discuss the creation of the glass, the story, and this exciting project in this feature panel presentation.

2015 – High Park Ballroom, Marriott Hotel: May 10th

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 11:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel - Google Map
  • 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7

@ Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor St. East, Toronto
Sunday May 10th, 2015
Free to attend

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.

11:15am: Truth & Intimacy in Graphic Memoir
Autobiography and memoir are among the most popular genres of contemporary comics, and with good reason: the successful comics memoir renders its subjects explicitly, both textually and visually. In this medium where so little is left to the imagination, real experience may never have been so intimate, so “true.” In this feature presentation, moderator Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading) will interview four of the most acclaimed practitioners of contemporary comics memoir, to get at the root of what it’s like to put it all on the page. Featuring Dustin Harbin (Diary Comics), Étienne Davodeau (The Initiates), John Porcellino (King Cat), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters).

12:15pm: In Conversation: Lucy Knisley and Pénélope Bagieu
North American readers may not be familiar with the work of BD author Pénélope Bagieu, but she’s taken the French comics world by storm with a mix of reality-infused graphic novels, travelogues, editorial illustrations and more. Far more familiar to North American readers is Lucy Knisley, whose autobiography, memoir, travelogues and reportage have won her a huge fan base. Join these two creators in a special conversation moderated by Heidi MacDonald, as they explore the similarities in their work and travel, and the intersection of memoir and fiction.

1:30pm: Scott McCloud presents The Sculptor
Scott McCloud is the acclaimed creator of key comics theory texts Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics. His work is found on university syllabi across North America, and he has had the single greatest impact on how comics are taught and thought about in the 20th and 21st centuries. Now, for the first time since his spectacular series Zot!, McCloud returns to creating original comics with the brand-new graphic novel The Sculptor. An exploration of art, loss, and the act of creation, The Sculptor is a dense and layered work generating international discussion. In this presentation, Scott McCloud will discuss the inspiration for and creation of The Sculptor with Professor Glen Downey of The York School.

2:45pm: Spotlight: Eleanor Davis
Illustrator and comics author Eleanor Davis is creating some of the most visually unique and expertly crafted comics short stories being produced today. Utterly unlike anything else in the medium, her recent short stories were collected into the critically acclaimed collection How To Be Happy from Fantagraphics books at the end of 2014, the book topping many ‘best-of-the-year’ lists. Eleanor will be giving her short Artists’ Talk presentation that explores the idea of finding truth in fiction and the strange passions inside the author/reader relationship. Following the presentation Davis will be interviewed on her work and career by Marc Sobel.

4pm: Art & The Urban Experience
How is a city captured in comics art? In this panel, participants with strong depictions of cities and the urban experience in their work will discuss issues of community versus belonging, assimilation versus individuality, capturing the essence of a city in art, and how best to convey these experiences in the medium of comics. Featuring Guno Park (Subway Stations of the Cross), Sophie Yanow (War of Streets and Houses), Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Kat Verhoeven (Towerkind), and Eleri Harris (The Nib). Moderated by Rachel Kahn.

2015 – TCAF Kids Programming: May 10th

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library, The Browsery - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

TCAF Kids Programming – Sunday
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., The Browsery, 1st Floor
Sunday May 10th, 11:30am-3:00pm
Free to attend

11:30am — Draw Along with Matt James!
Join illustrator Matt James in this fun drawing session to kick off TCAF’s Sunday kids programming!

12:00pm — Draw Along with Frank Viva!
Journey and adventure along with Frank Viva (A Trip to the Bottom of the World), who creates and explores wonderful new worlds with his comics art!

12:30pm — Draw Along with John Martz!
Join comics artist John Martz and create some of your own charming, minimalist creatures!

1:00pm — Draw Along with John Green!
It’s time to draw boats and hippopotamuses in this draw-along with Teen Boat! and Hippopotamister author John Green!

1:30pm — Draw Along with Tory Woollcott!
Draw yourself!  Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind) will show you how to turn your own life into a story.

2:00pm — Draw Along with Braden Lamb!
Come draw an exciting adventure with Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh)!

2:30pm — Draw Along with Megan Kearney!
Draw along with Megan Kearney (Valor) as she creates fantastical creatures before your very eyes!

2015 – Hinton Learning Theatre: May 10th

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

D+Q 25th Anniversary Programming
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd Floor
Sunday May 10th, 2015
Free to attend

12pm: Masters of Idiosyncrasy: Chester Brown and Michael DeForge
Cultural critic and CBC ‘q’ contributor Jeet Heer delves into the surreal with two cartoonists who have rewritten the rules of cartooning for their generation. Not only did Chester Brown (Paying For It) and Michael DeForge (First Year Healthy) come on to the scene with a steely vision like no one before them, they each did so with hallucinogenic aplomb. This conversation will be full of daring tangents and tangerine dreams.

1pm: Jason Lutes and Anders Nilsen in Conversation with R. Sikoryak
R Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) animates a conversation between Jason Lutes (Berlin) and Anders Nilsen (Poetry Is Useless) about the pressures and pleasures of negotiating careers as artists while also teaching art to new generations. This wide-ranging conversation will offer new perspectives on their work, and reveal how generous and thoughtful Anders Nilsen, Jason Lutes, and R Sikoryak are about their craft.

2pm: Seth in Conversation with Tom Devlin
With the release of a new PALOOKAVILLE (some say the finest issue yet), Tom will talk to Seth about his modern career as a designer, his nearly completed serial CLYDE FANS, and his just begun serial NOTHING LASTS. Both will discuss their abiding love for the lasting stories of the modern teleplay classic, GILLIGAN’S ISLAND and how it affected their world view.

3pm: Changing of the Guard: A D+Q AMA
Drawn & Quarterly celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. On stage will be founder and “chief” Chris Oliveros with his two right hands, Associate Publisher Peggy Burns and Creative Director Tom Devlin. How do they select what to publish? How do you submit a book? How did they start in comics? Where do they see the future of comics heading? Where’s the best duck fat poutine in Montreal? When is the next issue of Joe Matt’s Peepshow? Ask them anything. Heidi Macdonald of Publishers Weekly and The Beat will be on hand to ask the hard-hitting questions.

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