Programming

2016 – TCAF Kids Programming: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library, The Browsery - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

TCAF Kids Programming at the Library – Saturday
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Appel Salon
Saturday May 14th, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Free to attend

Bring out the inner artistry of your little ones at the Draw-Along Kids Room! All day, we are cycling in the best of childrens’ comics artists to draw alongside our youngest attendees. Come by and let your imaginations run wild with real, live cartoonists!

10:00 – 10:30 — Draw Along with Matt James!

10:30 – 11:00 — Draw Along with Laura Terry!

11:30 – 12:00 — Draw Along with Joe Flood!

12:00 – 12:30 — Draw Along with Natalie Andrewson!

12:30 – 1:00 — Draw Along with Tillie Walden!

1:00 – 1:30 — Draw Along with Megan Kearney!

1:30 – 2:00 — Draw Along with Tony Cliff!

2:00 – 2:30 — Draw Along with Ben Towle!

2:30 – 3:00 — Draw Along with Nathan Jurevicius!

3:00 – 3:30 — Draw Along with Scott Chantler!

3:30 – 4:00 — Draw Along with Megan Brennan!

 

2016 – TCAF Kids Day @ St. Paul’s: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • St. Paul's On Bloor - Google Map
  • 227 Bloor St. East

final_1000px_kazu_kibuishi_poster_2016The 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!

Beaton 16010:30AM – 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!

Dana Simpson 16011:45AM – 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.

Alex A 1601:00PM – 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.

FEH 1602:15PM – 3:00PM – 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.

Kazu Kibuishi 1603:30PM – 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!

final_1000px_kate_beaton_poster_2016ABOUT 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 contact@torontocomics.com.

2016 – The Pilot Tavern: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 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.

10:00 – 11:00 — Spotlight: Shintaro Kago
Japanese ero-guro and horror manga master Shintaro Kago is renowned around the world for his gruesome, darkly humourous, provocative, and formally ambitious comics. With work frequently cited by Scott McCloud, Kago’s experimental comics are a wonder to behold, while his often repugnant subject matter tries to push the viewer’s eye from the page. It’s this tension between form and content that makes Kago’s work so interesting, and it’s this tension (along with many other subjects) that Youth In Decline publisher Ryan Sands will discuss with Kago in this special interview.

11:00 – 12:00 — Spotlight: Jeff Lemire interviewed by Ray Fawkes
Comics pals and occasional collaborators Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes are two of Toronto’s best known creators, thanks to their diverse careers which include careers writing comics for DC, Marvel, and Valiant, as well as creator-owned graphic novels published by Image, and Top Shelf. In this feature interview, Fawkes will interview Lemire about their careers, collaboration, and their upcoming projects including Lemire’s Fall 2016 graphic novel, Roughneck.

12:15 – 1:15 –Depictions of Sex in Comics
How do you choose to represent a subject that is both personal and universal, while best toeing the line between good taste and great titillation? Ranging from the informative to the surreal, comic artists intimately push on the frontiers of how sex is centered in a variety of approaches. With panelists Zan Christensen (Northwest Press), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals), Erika Moen (Oh Joy, Sex Toy), Shintaro Kago (Tract), Cory Silverberg (Sex is a Funny Word), and Spike Trotman (Smut Peddler); moderated by Rebecca Sullivan, University of Calgary.

1:30 – 2:30 —  Comics & Humour
What’s funny? These are the folks who know. Moderator David Berry (National Post) gets to the bottom of how to be funny and why in comics, with cartoonists KC Green (Back, Gunshow), Nick Gurewitch (Perry Bible Fellowship), Jane Mai (See You Next Tuesday), Angela Melick (Wasted Talents), and Matt Furie (Boys Club). Moderated by David Berry of the National Post.

2:45 – 3:45 — Niche Comics
Sure we all love comics, but what’s the other thing that makes you light up like an incandescent bulb? Specialization isn’t just key to evolution—it can help bring new focus to your work and encourage readers to learn from (and share!) your enthusiasm. Join Kate Beaton (history), Erika Moen (sex and sexuality), Lisa Hanawalt (horses), and Lucy Bellwood (boats) for a discussion of how niche interests can lead to diverse, vibrant careers.

4:00 – 5:00 — Spotlight: Sean Phillips
TCAF welcomes returning featured guest Sean Phillips to the 2016 Festival! In this feature interview, Phillips will talk about his recently completed Image Comic series The Fade Out, the TCAF Gallery Show “Phono+Graphic” which he curated, and maybe even preview a little of his next comic series with collaborator Ed Brubaker, Kill or Be Killed. Moderated by David Brothers, Image Comics.

2016 – Learning Centre 1: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 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 14th, 2016
Free to attend

10:00 – 11:00 — Spotlight: Ant Sang
Brought up in New Zealand and Hong Kong, Ant Sang’s work in comics, film, and animation evidences worlds of influences from anime and sci-fi to comic books and Shaw Brothers kung-fu films. Inspired by the mid-90s alt-comix scene, he began creating and self-publishing his own comics, becoming on of New Zealand’s most respected graphic novelists! As part of Conundrum Press’ 20th Anniversary, Ant has travelled from New Zealand to present from his Conundrum-published work Dharma Punks, and discuss his long comics and animation career.

11:00 – 12:00 — Historical Comics
Panelists Chester Brown (Louis Riel), Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk), Ben Towle (Oyster War), and Sarah Winifred Searle (Colonial Comics) compare and contrast their methods for retelling events in history. Learn about how they narrow their focus to make old stories come alive again, through a faithful and sometimes fantastic narrative lenses. Moderated by David Humphreys.

12:15 – 1:15 — Comics vs. Games Microtalks
Description:The Comics vs Games microtalks return with 50-ish minutes of super short talks on the art and creativity of game development with possibly just a hint of comics in the mix. Featuring speakers Keith Makse, Yifat Shaik, Derek Quenneville, Kalervo Sinervo, Alex Rushdy, and Andrew Baillie. Program coordinated by Miguel Sternberg.

1:30 – 2:30 — Abstract Art
Amidst the battle for inclusion of comics into the realm of high art, we have artists incorporating elements of high art into their comics! Join Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover), Sab Meynert (Sprawling Heart), Aidan Koch (After Nothing Comes), Fiona Smyth (Sex is a Funny Word), and Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) as they chat about integrating a non-representational and conceptual approach. Moderated by R. Sikoryak.

2:45 – 3:45 — Québecois Comics 2016
Our francophone neighbours are producing some of the best recognized Canadian books outside of Canada. Don’t be left behind and find out what our fellow countrymen are up to! Attache ta tuque et ne manque pas this panel, listing what’s good from Québec this year, là! Panelists feature a mix of artists and publishers: Bach (Mécanique générale), Stanley Wany (Éditions TRIP), Samuel Cantin (Pow Pow), Cab (Front Froid) and Thomas-Louis Côté (Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec). Moderated by Alex Tigchelarr.

4:00 – 5:00 — Translation
As books cross borders, translators have the difficult task of appropriately representing the distinct voices of creators. Deliberate over the challenges alongside artists and translators Jocelyne Allen, Samuel Leblanc (Perfume of Lilacs), and Boulet (Notes). Discover their translation tips and tricks across all the different languages they speak. Moderated by Deb Aoki.

2016 – Hinton Theatre: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd Floor
Saturday May 14th, 2016
Free to attend

10:00 – 11:00 — An Introduction to The Graphic Novel
So, what even is a “Graphic Novel” anyways? Is it different than comics? 2016 marks the respective 20th and 10th anniversaries of Conundrum Press and First Second Books, two highly regarded publishers and promoters of graphic novels. Come and hear company head Mark Siegel (First Second Books) talk about what “Graphic Novels” mean to him, and how to get them into readers’ hands. Panel introduced by Anders Lundgren.

11:00 – 12:00 — Putting Your Heart on the Page
Jon Chad, Eric Orchard, and Sean Karemaker are three prolific and hyper-imaginative cartoonists. Between the three of them they’ve made educational comics for kids, children’s books, fantasy webcomics, indie graphic novels, and more. Together they’ll talk about how they decide on their best ideas, how much energy goes into each page, and what it takes to connect with readers of all different ages.

12:00 – 1:00 — Comics Tools
Sure, you can make comics with just a pen and paper, but Meags Fitzgerald (Long Red Hair), John Patrick Green (Teen Boat), and Molly Brooks (Flying Machines) have a few more tricks up their sleeves. Come and hear their thoughts on white out, drawing digitally, or what they use for research or inspiration.

1:00 – 2:00 — Improving Yourself
Some artists work for years to perfect their craft…but how??? Writer Jim Ottaviani (The Imitation Game) and artist Natalie Andrewson (Lemon & Ket) talk about how to stay dedicated to getting better at comics, to pushing through creative and professional blocks, and how collaboration can help push their skills forward.

2:00 – 3:00 — HAMILTON EXPRESS
Toronto’s pretty great, but have you heard about Hamilton! Steel City residents David Collier (Hamilton Illustrated) and Joe Ollmann (Happy Stories About Well-Adjusted People) talk about why they choose to live in Hamilton, the artistic benefits of living in a smaller city, and how where they live affects their art.

3:00 – 4:00 — Dedication
Imagine making comics for more than 10 years. 10 YEARS! That takes…  dedication. Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City), Zach Worton (The Search for Charley Butters), and Box Brown (Andre the Giant) have stuck with comics for more than a decade. Hear them talk about starting out in zines and webcomics, book deals and self-publishing, developing audiences all over the world, and what it takes to stay dedicated to the game for this long.

4:00 – 5:00 — Creativity
Dakota McFadzean (Don’t Get Eaten By Anything) did a daily webcomic for over five years. Balak and Bastien Vivès (Lastman) co-created an international sensation. With this timeline, where did they generate all their ongoing ideas? How have they stayed inspired when a project takes on a life of its own? Top creators of long-running series present their strategies to balance their own creative impulses with audience expectations.

2016 – Writer’s Room: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 10:00 am - 5:00 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 14th, 2016
Free to attend

10:00 – 11:30 — Webcomics
French Featured Guest Boulet has been running his comics weblog, bouletcorp.com, for over 10 years and millions of views worldwide. Learn from the best, as Boulet leads you in this workshop on how to create your own webcomic! He will demonstrate the way that the comic form differs when you go from page to browser, from paper to screen.

12:00 -1:30 — Draw your Favourite Quote, with Mike Medaglia
Description:Mike Medaglia is the creator of oneyearwiser.com and the author of One Year Wiser: 365 Illustrated Meditations. He draws a Meditation Comic for The Huffington Post and a weekly strip, “The Mindful Life”, for The Elephant Journal. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to bring inspirational words to life through illustration. With Mike’s input, you can create something to keep for daily inspiration or to share with a friend or family member.

1:30 – 3:00 — Ant Sang: Comics and Animation
New Zealand artist Ant Sang has been writing, drawing, and self-publishing comics for years. He’s also dividing his time between comics and writing and designing major animation projects, including the new ‘film notes to eternity’. In this workshop and discussion, Ant will talk about applying his comics skills to film and animation, and vice versa.

3:15 – 4:45 — Mini-Comics
Worried about the long-form commitment of the comic of your dreams? Cut your teeth on something small, in the world of mini-comics! Jon Chad is an illustrator, cartoonist, and teacher at the Centre for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Join him in dipping into comics creation, in the manageable step of a fun short project.

2016 – Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Hotel: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 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 14th, 2016
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.

10:00 – 11:00 — Spotlight: Brian K Vaughan, Steve Skroce: We Stand On Guard
100 years from now, a heroic band of Canadian rebels must defend their homeland from invasion… by The United States of America! This is the grim (and wryly humourous) reality of Brian K. Vaughan (Saga) and Steve Skroce (The Matrix)’s TCAF debut graphic novel We Stand On Guard! Join in on this spotlight interview between these two titanic talents, moderated by Barry Hertz, National Post.

11:15 – 12:15 — Black Comics / Comics & Race
The black experience is massively varied and difficult to pin down, even within the relatively small sphere of comics. In this panel, we plan to show just a slice of the black experience in comics from several different angles. Whether you’re interested in what racial diversity can bring to the comics industry or simply looking for guidance for your own career, this panel of experts has plenty of wisdom and intersecting experience to impart. With panelists Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), Marguerite Abouet (Aya), Taneka Stotts (Elements Anthology), Richie Pope (Newdini), Bill Rosarium (Rosarium Publishing); moderated by David Brothers.

12:15 – 1:15 — Pets!
Cartoonist friends get together and talk about their pets! Having pets is an important part of the lives of creators Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content), Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind), Kean Soo (Jellaby), and Karla Pacheco (Inspector Pancakes). Tales of furry friends and how they have contributed emotionally and creatively to the life of many a lone-artist will be shared in this sure-to-be-fun panel.

1:30 – 2:30 — Newspaper Comics in a Digital World
How are newspaper comic strips evolving in a digital world? Is print really dead? Join six internationally syndicated comic strip artists (Paul Gilligan, Pooche Cafe, Sandra Bell-Lundy, Between Friends, Jonathan Mahood, Bleeker The Rechargeable Dog, Terri Libenson, Pajama Diaries, Dana Simpson, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, and Rina Piccolo, Tina’s Groove) as they discuss new opportunities for their strips, the remodeling of syndication as a business, and the role of social media for newspaper comics.

2:45 – 3:45 — The Monthly Grind: Working as an artist or writer on a monthly series
Learn how Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals), Margueritte Bennett (Insexts), Jason Latour (Southern Bastards), Ivan Brandon (Drifter), Ray Fawkes (Junction True), and Emi Lenox (Plutona) stay on deadline as they are on the hook each month for a new comic! Andrew Wheeler moderates a lively round table about the difficulties and rewards of churning out a series on the regular.

4:00 – 5:00 –Spotlight: Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra
The graphic novel series Y: The Last Man is one of Vertigo’s greatest success stories. This tale of an apocalypse in which all men (and male animals!) are killed, save one man and one monkey, has become one of the most popular and widely-read mainstream comic series, periodically returning to the New York Times Best Seller list, and even being adopted to University course curricula across North America! In this special feature interview, the creative team of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra will be reunited with their original commissioning editor Heidi MacDonald in a special discussion, moderated by Mark Medley (The Globe and Mail).

5:15 – 7:00 — Special Presentation: Turbo Kid Free Screening!
TCAF is proud to present a special free screening of the hit post-apocalyptic action-adventure comedy film TURBO KID! In this fan-favourite film that wears its 80s influences on its sleeve, a kid must overcome incredible odds to find the girl of his dreams, in the post-apocalyptic (and cartoonishly hyper-violent) wasteland ruled by the one-eyed despot Zeus. Fans of 80s kid-led adventure flicks will love this film, which /Film says “feels like no other film in the last decade.” This special screening will feature an introduction and short Q&A with Jeik Dion and Gauthier Longevin, creators of the Turbo Kid comics (also available at this screening from Studio Lounak!) based on the movie. This screening takes place with the support of Raven Banner Releasing and Studio Lounak. Admission is first-come, first-served.

2016 – High Park Ballroom I, Marriott Hotel: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 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 14th, 2016
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.

10:00 – 11:00 — Spotlight: Edward Ross
Edinburgh-based cartoonist Edward Ross uses comics to uncover the magic and mechanics behind our favorite movies. His debut graphic novel, Filmish, takes readers on an exhilarating ride through the history of cinema. Exploring everything from censorship to set design, Ross spotlights the films and film-makers that embody this provocative and inventive medium!  He visits TCAF to discuss why comics is the perfect medium for an exploration of the stars and stories that have shaped our lives for more than a century. Moderated by Nathalie Atkinson.

11:00 – 12:00 — Spotlight: MariNaomi
Graphic novelist MariNaomi’s three book-length works have been groundbreaking memoirs, exploring places and situations that most people will never find themselves experiencing. On the occasion of the release of her third book, Turning Japanese, about her time working in hostess clubs in Tokyo and Los Angeles, join MariNaomi as she’s interviewed by Deb Aoki (Manga Comics Manga) and Calvin Reid (Publisher’s Weekly) about the incredible life-lived captured in her graphic novels.

12:15 – 1:15 — Spotlight: Teva Harrison
Since serializing her new graphic novel In-Between Days in the pages of Canada’s The Walrus magazine, Teva Harrison’s journey through the trials of breast cancer has been brought to the attention of thousands of Canadians. In this special Spotlight, Harrison will read from her work, and be interviewed by USNA’s Allan Stanleigh.

1:30 – 2:30 — Spotlight: Jennifer Hayden
A caustic, sarcastic, and riveting graphic novel, Jennifer Hayden’s memoir The Story of My Tits chronicles the author’s battle with breast cancer, body image, relationships and more. In this spotlight program,  Jennifer Hayden will be interviewed by Brigid Alverson (Robot6) on her story, and what it’s been like to have shared that story with the world.

2:45 – 3:45 — Lost Loves: Manuele Fior and Barbara Yelin Explore a History of Romance
TCAF 2016 will see the debut of two beautifully painted new graphic novels by European cartoonists: 5000km per second
by Italy’s Manuele Fior, and Irmina by Germany’s Barbara Yelin. These incredible works detail stories of difficult, lost loves set across tumultuous time periods, different in setting and time, but still resonating with each other. In this spotlight interview, moderator Hélène Deval will interview Fior and Yelin about their work and careers, and the creation of these beautiful graphic albums.

4:00 – 5:00 — Spotlight: Noah Van Sciver
The incredibly prolific Noah Van Sciver has been creating graphic novels at an unbelievable pace since his professionally published graphic novel, The Hypo, in 2012. At a rate of more than one graphic novel per year, plus issues of his comic series Blammo and short pieces across several anthologies, Van Sciver has been racking up critical acclaim and attention. Now on the release of his newest work, Dis-Quiet, Brigid Alverson interviews the young creator about what drives him, and what we can expect to see next.

2016 – High Park Ballroom II & III, Marriott Hotel: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 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 14th, 2016
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.

10:00 – 11:00 — Anthologies
Anthologies have been a great way for both emerging and established artists to both create and participate in a larger community. Listen to experienced anthologists Spike Trotman (Templar, Arizona), Megan Kearney (Beauty and the Beast), Tom Devlin (Drawn + Quarterly), and Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) in conversation about the various volumes they have produced. They will talk about the weight of curation, the publishing challenges, and how the experience has impacted their own careers as well as launched others. Moderated by Brigid Alverson.

11:00 – 12:00 — Spotlight: Michel Rabagliati
Michel Rabagliati has had a banner year, with the release of his newest acclaimed “Paul” book Paul Up North, and the film adaptation of his love-letter to his home province Paul à Québec (published in English as The Song of Roland)! Now join TCAF Featured Guest Michel Rabagliati in this career-spanning interview with Conan Tobias (Taddle Creek), as he talks about films, the end of the “Paul” books, and what’s next for Quebec’s most beloved cartoonist. With translator Pier-Alexandre Fortin.

12:15 – 1:15 — Spotlight: Boulet
TCAF 2016 will see the release of the first full-length graphic novel from online comics superstar Boulet! The English edition of Notes Book 1 contains a wide selection of Boulet’s beloved short comic strips, and Boulet is returning to TCAF to celebrate its release! Join Boulet and interviewer Hélène Deval in this feature interview!

1:30 – 2:30 — These are the comics I Love!
What are the comics you love more than any other? Join moderator David Humphreys as he interviews four unique cartoonists, Ted Rall (Snowden, Bernie), Sean Phillips (The Fade Out), Karla Pacheco (Inspector Pancakes), and Kat Verhoeven (Towerkind), about their favourite comic books and why they love them.

2:45 – 3:45 — Spotlight: Rokudenashiko
Japanese visual artist Rokudenashiko made headlines around the world when she was arrested for obscenity, for boating in a custom kayak that was designed based on her own vagina. She then made a comic about her experiences, and it’s been translated and published as What is Obscenity? By Koyama Press and Massive! Now Rokudenashiko is in Canada for the first time, talking about her experiences with censorship, the Japanese legal system, and comics in a spotlight presentation with interviewer Dr. Rebecca Sullivan of the University of Calgary, and interpreter Jocelyne Allen.

4:00 – 5:00 — In the Studio
Every artist works differently, each studio space unique (though with shared commonalities). How do these work spaces differ from one another, and how have these working habits developed, improved, or degraded over time! Join Kevin Czap (Czap Books), MariNaomi (Turning Japanese), Bendik Kaltenborn (Adult Contemporary), and Brecht Evens (Panther) as they show you their artist’s studios. Moderated by Vivian Ng.

2016 – Portfolio Reviews: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor Study Room - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

Portfolio Reviews: Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor Study Room

Various comics publishers have agreed to do Portfolio reviews this year, for creators looking to be professionally published, or seeking specific feedback on their art. Portfolio reviews are on a first-come, first-served basis, and line-ups may be limited.

 

Saturday May 14th

10:00 – 11:00 — David Brothers (Image)

12:00 – 2:00 — John Anderson (Soaring Penguin Press)

2:00 – 3:00 — Mark Siegel (First Second)

2016 – Summerhill Room, Marriott Hotel: May 14th

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 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 14th, 2016
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.

10:00 – 11:00 — Comics 101: Introduction to Comics
Are you comics-curious but never knew where to start? In this panel, Sam Maggs (The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Fred Kennedy draw an easy path for newcomers to begin discovering this wonderful medium. Come discover where to go to find the books that might best appeal to you! Moderated by Stephanie Cooke.

11:00 – 12:00 — Comics 101: Comics & Libraries
Are you a librarian or educator who is comics-curious but never knew where to start? Let Hope Nicholson (Secret Loves of Geek Girls), Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), and Scott Robins (Toronto Public Library) discuss strategies on how to get increase literacy via comics. Plus! Come find out how to get more comics and graphic novels into your libraries! A discussion on all the ways that Comics & Libraries can work together for a brighter future. Moderated by Glen Downey.

12:15 – 1:15 — Comics 101: Health, Safety, and Self-Care for Comics Creators
Drawing for long hours is hard work for the neck and back. In this workshop you will learn a little back anatomy, explore different types of back injuries and their causes, focus on postural awareness, and practice some exercises for preventing and/or managing back pain. Artist and teacher Kriota Willberg discusses when to see a qualified medical professional for back injuries, and will strategize routines for reducing pain as you draw.

1:30 – 2:30 —  Comics 101: How to Start Publishing Your Comics
Reading comics is not enough and your passion for the medium has manifested into the next form — making them! Self-publishing your own comics will be a snap with the helpful expert advice of indie comics pubs and creators Raighne Hogan (2dcloud), Hazel Newlevant (Chainmail Bikini), Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles), Kevin Czap (Czap Books). Moderated by Rachel Kahn.

2:45 – 3:45 — Comics 101: Introduction to Franco-Belgian Comics
Since the mid-20th century, French and Belgian bandes dessinées have consistently pushed the boundaries of the medium. But other than Tintin and Asterix, relatively little of this work is known here or is available outside of Quebec, either in its native language or in translations. Please join veteran cartoonist Ken Steacy for an illuminating talk/slideshow on the profound influence BD has had on the comics medium, and his own approach to visual storytelling since he first encountered it over forty years ago.

4:00 – 5:00 — Comics 101: Introduction to Canadian Comics
From The Canadian Whites to Captain Canuck to Chester Brown, Canada has plenty to offer the world in comic form! Get patriotic about the history of Canadian comics with Hope Nicholson (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls), Scott Chantler (The Dark Island), Ken Steacy, and guest moderator Mark Askwith (SPACE), to find out what else the home team is producing.

Live Drawing @ The Masonic Temple

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • The Masonic Temple - Google Map
  • 888 Yonge St. 3 minutes north of Toronto Reference Library.

Toronto_Masonic_TempleThis 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.

Live Drawing
@ 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)

Sunday
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)

2016 – TCAF Kids Programming: May 15th

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library, The Browsery - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

TCAF Kids Programming at the Library – Saturday
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Appel Salon
Sunday May 15th, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Free to attend

Bring out the inner artistry of your little ones at the Draw-Along Kids Room! All day, we are cycling in the best of childrens’ comics artists to draw alongside our youngest attendees. Come by and let your imaginations run wild with real, live cartoonists!

11:00 – 11:30 — Draw Along with Lucy Bellwood!

12:00 – 12:30 — Draw Along with Sydney Smith!

12:30 – 1:00 — Craft Along with Tory Woollcott and Kean Soo!

1:00 – 2:00 — Creating Memorable Characters with Brian McLachlan
Owl Magazine cartoonist Brian McLachlan, shares tips and techniques for creating characters that have a story and appearance that readers remember long after the comic book is closed.

2:00 – 3:00 — Spotlight: Alex A.
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 a very young age.

3:00 – 4:00 — Spotlight: Matt Holm
Have you read the Babymouse graphic novels? How about the Squish series? Or maybe the incredible new graphic novel Sunny Side Up? Well all of these books were drawn and co-created by Matthew Holm (or Matt as he’s sometimes known). Matt will have a special presentation for anyone interested in creating stories!

4:00 – 5:00 — Spotlight: Gene Yang
Gene Yang is The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and the author of numerous graphic novels like American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero. He’s also the writer of the Superman comics! In this talk and drawing session, Gene will talk about writing and drawing his comics.

2016 – Learning Centre 1: May 15th

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 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 15th, 2016
Free to attend

11:15 – 12:00 — Small Presses
Small publishers NoBrow, Peow, Retrofit, and 2dcloud help us all discover raw and fresh talent from the margins. Hear about their motivations, process, operations, and all the behind-the-scenes fun to be had when you take on the daring task of uncovering strange new territory for the world of comics. Moderated by Heidi MacDonald.

12:15 – 1:15 — Comics vs. Games on Twitch – Creative and Game Streams
Maintaining an online presence is important to a lot of artists, and many creatives have taken to Twitch to inform their followers on their processes. The streams (pun intended) also cross when gamers start creating on twitch, and creators start playing games. This panel will highlight streamers who do creative streams, game streams or both and they will discuss how they started, what kept them going, and what their plans are for the future for their streaming channels. With speakers Nic ter Horst, Rosemary Brennan, Shawn Mcgrath, Rachel Kahn; moderated by Leisha-Marie Riddel.

1:30 – 2:30 — TCAF Abroad 2016-2017
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is planning more trips to promote Canadian comics abroad throughout the world in 2016 and 2017? Are you a creator interested in travelling overseas, and hoping to see your work translated into foreign language? Join the TCAF staff in this fun and informal info-session on upcoming trips and find out how you can be a part of them!

2:45 – 3:45 — Spotlight: Marguerite Abouet
TCAF is proud to welcome Marguerite Abouet, the creator of the beloved comic series Aya, about life in the Ivory Coast in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the children’s graphic novel Akissi. In this feature panel, Abouet will be  interviewed by Brigid Alverson (Publisher’s Weekly) on her life and career, and turning her youthful experiences into an internationally lauded graphic novel series and animated film. French interpretation by Nathalie Atkinson.

4:00 – 5:00 — Spotlight: Chester Brown
The iconoclastic and bestselling cartoonist of Paying for It and Louis Riel returns to TCAF with a polemical interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked ­about graphic novels of 2016! Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown’s fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. Join Brown and interviewer Alex Tigchelarr for this spirited discussion of Brown’s newest work.

2016 – Hinton Theatre: May 15th

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd Floor
Sunday May 15th, 2016
Free to attend

11:00 – 12:00 — Reading Without Walls
In January 2016, Gene Luen Yang was voted by the US Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council to be the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. As such, he introduced the program “Reading Without Walls.” This platform challenge kids to read outside their comfort zones in three very specific ways. Come hear First Second’s publisher Mark Siegel and Gene Luen Yang talk about the platform, and why it is important to challenge the way kids read.

12:00 – 1:00 — Let’s Make Comics for Everyone
Have you heard? Comics aren’t just for kids anymore! They’re also not just for anyone type of person! People of all ages, genders, classes, cultures and races read comics. But how do you make work that appeals to everyone, or to as wide of an audience as possible? Join Mike Holmes (Secret Coders) and Rebecca Roher (Bird in a Cage) for a spirited discussion about how they make comics with the readers in mind.

1:00 – 2:00 — Inclusion
Whether it’s old horror, ladycentric porn, improv, sexuality, or publishing their friends’ work, Spike Trotman and Tillie Walden are two people with a lot of passions. But how do various types of diversity play out across their many interests? How does being an advocate for different identities and voices present and change when you’re a creator, a publisher, an illustrator, an artist? Come take part in what is sure to be a spirited discussion of the blurry line between the personal and the professional!

2:00 – 3:00 — Inspiration
With over a dozen books published between them, Michel Rabagliati (Paul Up North) and MK Reed (The Cute Girl Network) clearly have no trouble coming up with ideas. But what’s the difference between a good idea, and an idea that becomes a great comic? What life events or issues in society sparks that drive to tell a story? What inspires these two cartoonists to make comics instead of other kinds of art? With translator Pier-Alexandre Fortin.

3:00 – 4:00 — Life Outside Comics
Description:Being a cartoonist is hard. There’s the hours spent drawing, tabling at comics shows, eschewing social commitments for deadlines, erratic sleep schedules. Come listen to two artists at very different points in their careers, Kat Verhoeven (Towerkind) and Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk), Billy Mavreas (Mutations) talk about what their lives look like outside of comics, and what they’ve learned along the way.

4:00 – 5:00 — Making the World a Better Place
Just how can we use comics to make the world a better place? Come hear First Second’s Gina Gagliano and Image Comics’ David Brothers as they reflect on the positive impacts that comics can make in the world today.

2016 – Writer’s Room: May 15th

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Writer’s Room, 3rd Floor
Sunday May 15th, 2016
Free to attend

11:00 – 12:30 — Kids Comics
John Patrick Green is the author of many children’s books, including Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden, Teen Boat!, and Hippopotamister. Carey Pietsch was the artist on Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift and on Lumberjanes issues 21-24​. In this workshop for adults, they explore how to craft a fun and enticing story to the needs and expectations of a young audience.

12:45 – 2:15 — How I Wrote Two Books With TWINE
Ryan North is a real renaissance man who creates a the daily webcomic Dinosaur Comics, runs the online advertising agency Project Wonderful, and writes successful mainstream comics like Adventure Time and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! So when it came time to write the sprawling Choose-Your-Own-Path Adventures To Be Or Not To Be, and Romeo And/Or Juliet, he approached it in a very different way: he used the programming language/interface TWINE. Now, Ryan isn’t going to teach you how to use TWINE, but he is going to talk about how he used the program to write two novels, and why he didn’t use it to write two comic books, and how that maybe–just maybe–those decisions might apply to your own burgeoning creative career.

2:30 – 3:45 — Nonfiction
Jim Ottaviani is the author of nearly a dozen nonfiction graphic novels, on subjects ranging from science to history, and in his newest book The Imitation Game explores the life and work of Alan Turing. In this workshop, Ottaviani will share his secrets for creating successful nonfiction works, tackling important themes such as research, reference, historical fidelity, and more! Come learn about this burgeoning field of graphic novels from one of it’s most prolific creators.

4:00 – 5:00 — Managing A Creative Career
Description: Knowing what to expect from a career in creative fields can be a surprisingly difficult task. George Rohac (CEO, Breadpig Inc) will provide general tools and guides to help you navigate expectations and workshop with you about what to do and look forward to with your own efforts!

2016 – The Pilot Tavern: May 15th

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 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.

11:00 – 1:15 (2 hours) — CANADALAND: Comics Newsmakers
CANADALAND! It’s a news site and podcast network that has set Canadian journalism on fire. Crowdfunded by its audience, Canadaland’s primary focus is on media criticism and media reporting. In this special live taping of a future Canadaland podcast, host Jesse Brown will interview two TCAF guests who’ve had their own run-ins with media reporting–and the law! Featuring Rokudenashiko (What is Obscenity?), Ted Rall (Bernie) and Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals).

1:30 – 2:30 — Spotlight: Simon Hanselman and HTML Flowers
Journalist Sean Rogers (The Globe and Mail) interviews TCAF Featured Guest Simon Hanselmann, and frequent collaborator HTML Flowers, on their comics and graphic novel work. Hanselmann’s newest collection, Meg & Mogg in Amsterdam and Other Stories, debuts at TCAF 2016, and its collection of “neurosis, aggression, and nonchalance,” will provide plenty of fodder for discussion…!

2:45 – 3:45 — Spotlight: Balak & Vives: The Last Man!
Creators Balak and Bastien Vives are 2/3 of the team behind the bestselling French action adventure series LASTMAN (published in English as The Last Man, by First Second Books). In their first visit to TCAF, these two creators will discuss the making of this epic series, it’s hybrid form which incorporates French albums, Japanese manga, and international video games, and what’s up next for the series in France and around the world! Moderated by journalist Stéphane Beaujean (Kaboom).

4:00 – 5:00 — CAROUSEL!
Carousel, R. Sikoryak’s long running comics performance/reading series, returns to TCAF with shows by Michael DeForge (Lose, Dressing),  Andrea Tsurumi (Why Would You Do That?), Kriota Willberg (No Pain, Pathology Laffs), Jennifer Hayden (The Story of My Tits), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics, iTunes), and more.

2016 – Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Hotel: May 15th

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 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 15th, 2016
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.

11:15 – 12:15 — Adult Memoir
The cliché says to ‘write what you know’, yet the act of doing it is a lot more complex than any cliché! Noted autobiographists Meags Fitzgerald (Long Red Hair), Gina Wynbrandt (Someone Please Have Sex With Me), Jennifer Hayden (The Story of My Tits) , and Teva Harrison (In-Between Days) navigate, curate, and cull their memories for the sake of their narratives. Find out how they make the tough choices on how best to present their life experiences in a panel moderated by Brigid Alverson.

12:15 – 1:15 – Memoir for Kids
Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Tillie Walden (A City Inside), Matt Holm (Babymouse), Dasha Tolshikova (A Year Without Mom), have scrapbooked the life lessons they learned in their childhoods for comics consumption. How do you best package memories that are both close and far away, in a way that is purposefully impactful to young lives growing up like you? Moderated by Mariko Tamaki.

1:30 – 2:30 —  Spotlight: Kate Beaton and Chip Zdarsky
Creators Kate Beaton and Chip Zdarsky have a lot in common! In addition to being good pals, they’re both superstars whose comics have won incredible acclaim both online and in print! In this special reprise of a feature interview panel featuring these two creators from 2011, Kate and Chip will be interviewed by TCAF Festival Director Christopher Butcher to see just how much things have changed for them in five years, and what we can expect to see from them in the near future.

2:45 – 3:45 — Diversity
It is unmistakable that the evolution of any medium is contingent on the inclusion of a healthy variety of different voices. Karla Pacheco (Inspector Pancakes), Anne Ishii (Massive Goods), Ant Sang (The Dharma Punks), Cathy G. Johnson (Gorgeous), Gene Yang (Boxers & Saints), and Bill Campbell (Rosarium) are some such forces changing the canon of what is considered comics. Learn strategies on how you can also take part, on all axes of identity, in this panel moderated by Image Comics’ David Brothers.

4:00 – 5:00 — Spotlight: Raina Telgemeier and Faith Erin Hicks
Faith Erin Hicks is the creator of numerous bestselling Young Adult graphic novels who has just started her epic fantasy trilogy The Nameless City! Raina Telgemeier, is the bestselling author of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, and the forthcoming Ghosts, making books that kids and tweens treasure. Now, these two young titans of kidlit meet on stage to discuss their incredible careers, in a feature presentation moderated by Scott Robins (Toronto Public Library).

2016 – Summerhill Room, Marriott Hotel: May 15th

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 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 15th, 2016
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.

11:15 – 12:15 — Comics 101: How to Read a Comic Book
What’s a gutter? A balloon? Decompression? Cross-hatching? Full-bleed? Speed Lines? What if you’re just starting out in the wonderful world of reading comics, and don’t know all of the terms, let alone all of the basics of the unique language of comics? Well old uncle Dusty is here to help. Dustin Harbin (Behold! The Dinosaurs) will welcome you to the world of comics, how to read comics, and maybe, just maybe, why it’s so important in the first place.

12:15 – 1:15 — Comics 101: Introduction to Comics for Parents
Cartoonists who have taken the daring leap into parenthood — or parents who have taken the daring leap into cartooning — discuss how having children affects their work. How have they dealt with work schedules with the demands of parenthood? How has being a parent influenced the content of their work? With Scott Chantler (Three Thieves), Cory Silverberg (What Makes a Baby), Mike Dawson (Troop 142), Glynnis Fawkes (Alle Ego), and Scott Robins (Toronto Public Library) moderating.

1:30 – 2:30 — Creative Influences Outside Comics
No one creates in a vacuum, and artists require a variety of external influences in order to make relevant, interesting, and innovative work. Join Cathy G Johnson (Gorgeous), Scott Chantler (Three Thieves), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), and Zach Worton (The Search for Charley Butters) as they talk about the cross-media interests that most informs their comics. Moderated by Bill Campbell.

2:45 – 3:45 — Comics History: Lou Skuce, “Canada’s Greatest Cartoonist”
Lou Skuce was a cartoonist and commercial illustrator who, throughout his career in the early twentieth century, came to be known as Canada’s Greatest Cartoonist. Nearly forgotten by the public at large today, Taddle Creek magazine publisher Conan Tobias is leading the charge in celebrating this giant of Canadian cartooning, with an art show, feature-length article in the magazine, and this panel!

4:00 – 5:00 — Queer Comics 101
What’s queer about comic books? Plenty. From the early days of queer representation in undergrounds to today’s fully-bloomed queer webcomics, queer themes, characters, and creators are getting their time in the spotlight in the comics industry. Join writer Mariko Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer), Sfé Monster (Beyond), Graham Kolbeins (Massive), and moderator Zan Christiansen (Northwest Press) for this fun and informative discussion!

2016 – High Park Ballroom I, Marriott Hotel: May 15th

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 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 15th, 2016
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.

11:15 – 12:15 — Comics International: Comic Books in the Greek Depression
In Summer 2015, creator Miike Something (Toronto Comics Anthology) touched down in Athens for a month of travel, just as every bank closed indefinitely, mere days before the Greek bailout referendum. Through teargas and police scuffles, he chanced into a Greek Comicon and had a chance to meet some of the most fascinating comic creators on the planet. In this presentation, he will talk about his trip, the creators he met, and what prompted those creators to keep making comics as their country seemingly self-destructed around them.

12:15 – 1:15 — Spotlight: Brian Chippendale & Keith Jones
Brian Chippendale is the drummer for the acclaimed noise band Lightning Bolt, co-founder of the influential “Fort Thunder” art collective, and has just released a new graphic novel called Puke Force. Keith Jones is a renowned Canadian fine artist and ‘doodler’ who is debuting his latest full-length graphic novel, Secretimes, at TCAF. Both cartoonists will present from their work, and then be lead in a Q&A by interviewer Glen Downey.

1:30 – 2:30 — Spotlight: Brecht Evens
French cartoonist Brecht Evens paints some of the most gorgeous graphic novels around, but they’re also amongst the most provocative and insightful. At TCAF, Evens will release his fourth work to be translated into English, the brand-new graphic novel Panther. Join comics journalist Stéphane Beaujean (Kaboom Magazine) as he interviews Evens on this important new meditation on imagination, and coming to terms with loss.

2:45 – 3:45 — Spotlight: Francisco Sousa Lobo
Portuguese cartoonist Francisco Sousa Lobo is a multi-disciplinary artist who came to TCAF’s attention after his self-published graphic novel The Care of Birds was picked as one of Paul Gravett’s favourite comics of 2015. Please join us in welcoming Sousa Lobo to his first TCAF ever, in this spotlight interview conducted by Glen Downey.

4:00 – 5:00 — Spotlight: Bendik Kaltenborn
Bendik Kaltenborn’s 2015 graphic novel release Adult Contemporary was a graphically bold, funny, and clever work that has drawn raves from Jim Woodring, Marc Bell, and Joost Swarte! Traveling all the way from Norway, come meet the creator and find out what makes him tick in this spotlight interview, conducted by Glen Downey.

2016 – High Park Ballroom II & III, Marriott Hotel: May 15th

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 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 15th, 2016
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.

11:15 – 12:15 — Spotlight: Lisa Hanawalt
Lisa Hanawalt is a multi-talented cartoonist, designer, animator, fine artist and textile artist. She’s at TCAF 2016 debuting her newest comics collection, Hot Dog Taste Test, which includes a wide array of work including her James Beard Award-winning comics for Lucky Peach magazine. Oh, and did we mention she’s a designer/producer of BoJack Horseman? Basically, Lisa is incredible, and you’re going to want to come hear this feature interview between herself and writer Anna Fitzpatrick (Rookie Magazine, The Globe and Mail).

12:15 – 1:15 — What Women Want: Writing Comics for Women
This crowd-pleasing panel returns for the third year in a row! After discussing “women working in comics” in plenty of other roundtables, what about the women who read comics? How does a creator or publisher excite women as a consumer base? Meags Fitzgerald (Long Red Hair), Sophie Goldstein (The Oven), Marguerite Bennett (Insexts), and Kim Hoang (Love Love Hill) buckle in for a spirited discussion of the Female Gaze vs the Male Gaze, the power of female fandom, and the way girls and women have always read comics… so it’s about time we catered to them more! Moderated by Lianne Sentar (Sparkler).

1:30 – 2:30 — Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy
This panel brings together queer and trans cartoonists, publishers, and editors to discuss LGBTQ contributions to modern science fiction and fantasy comics. From webcomics to anthologies to mainstream publishing, we’ll hear how queer comics and genre fiction intersect, and how speculative fiction can be used to amplify queer voices and imagine queer futures. Panelists Andrew Wheeler (Another Castle), Jeremy Sorese (Curveball), Gisele Jobateh (Star Trip), Dylan Edwards (Transposes), Megan Rose Gedris (YU+ME), and Taneka Stotts (Elements Anthology), with Melanie Gillman moderating.

2:30 – 3:45 — 20 Years of Conundrum Press
Please join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of venerable Canadian publisher Conundrum Press! Publisher Andy Brown recounts some of the history of the publisher, including its early days in Montreal, its shift to a graphic novel-exclusive publisher, the move from Montreal to the east coast, and its lovely new anniversary volune: 20×20: Twenty Years of Conundrum Press which is debuting at TCAF 2016! Andy will be joined by a variety of Conundrum Press cartoonists in this presentation, which will be moderated by David Berry of the National Post.

4:00 – 5:00 — Food
Satisfy your craving for good comics and good eats with this panel dedicated to the fusion of food and illustrated storytelling. Ranging from instructional recipe comics and graphic memoirs to fantasy world cuisine and delectable erotica, the ever-expanding genre of food comics has something to please any appetite. Follow along with Lauren Jordan (Food Zine), Lisa Hanawalt (Hot Dog Taste Test), Megan Rose Gedris (YU+ME), Kevin Budnik (Handbook), and Becca Tobin (It’s Me, Frontier) on their multi-course deconstruction of food, its significance in culture and in our lives, and how comics are a perfect way to convey all things culinary.

2016 – Portfolio Reviews: May 15th

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor Study Room - Google Map
  • 789 Yonge Street

Portfolio Reviews: Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor Study Room

Various comics publishers have agreed to do Portfolio reviews this year, for creators looking to be professionally published, or seeking specific feedback on their art. Portfolio reviews are on a first-come, first-served basis, and line-ups may be limited.

 

Sunday May 15th

11:00 – 1:00 — James Lucas Jones (Oni Press)

1:00 – 3:00 — Tucker Stone (NoBrow Press)

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