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Applications for TCAF 2017 are now closed. We will be getting back to folks starting on Monday December 12th, 2016.

Exhibitor applications are now being accepted for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2017, scheduled to take place Friday May 12th through Sunday May 14th, 2017 (Friday May 12th: Professional Development. Saturday May 13th & Sunday May 14th: Exhibition Days).

If you’re interested in exhibiting at TCAF 2017, please register online using this application form. We are asking all creators, collectives, and publishers interested in exhibiting at TCAF 2017 to register online using the application form. If you are a full-line publisher (more than 10 releases per year) and will require multiple table-spaces, please still register using this form, but also contact for further information and instructions.

We ask creators to exhibit every other year.

If you exhibited in 2016 it is highly unlikely that you will be given a space for 2017, without extenuating circumstances (i.e., a major new print release, a gallery show, etc.).

Applications for TCAF 2017 are due by Friday, October 14th, 2016.

Please note that filling out this form does not guarantee table space at TCAF 2017. TCAF will reply to all applicants by Monday, December 12th.

Because of the high volume of submissions we have historically received, preference for exhibition space will be given to:

a) Comics creators (versus illustrators/animators/fine artists/other creative persons),
b) Creators with new major works debuting at or around TCAF 2017,
c) Those creators who have not exhibited in 2016.

If you have any problems, questions, or concerns, please contact

Thank you,

– Christopher Butcher, Director, TCAF


Seth’s Cute Dog Hobo comes to life in 3D Form

6a0133ed798d71970b01b8d1e3e62d970c-800wiAs part of TCAF’s ongoing relationship with Toronto Public Library, this year Digital Innovation Hub staff memebr Alex Dimitrov created a 3D model of the dog character based on Seth’s poster for the inaugural TCAF in 2003! This cute hobo dog (with bindle!) is available as a free 3D object download courtesy of Toronto Public Library, and you can also head to Toronto Reference Library and print out a copy of this doggy for yourself!

We think Alex did a great job with the design and the printing, and the finished model is currently on display in front of Toronto Reference Library’s digital innovation hub on the first floor.

For the full process break-down and information on downloading these files, head over to The Toronto Public Library website and check it out for yourself!

TCAF 2003 Poster by Seth

TCAF 2003 Poster by Seth




The moment you’ve all been waiting for!

The full programming schedule for TCAF 2016 is now available at, or on Guidebook.




And don’t forget all of the TCAF 2016 EVENTS!

So check it out on the website, or download the FREE TCAF 2016 Guidebook to your smartphone or tablet, and start scheduling your perfect festival. With over 100 events and programs, YOU CAN’T LOSE!

And did we mention that IT’S ALL FREE!!!

TCAF would like to thank our Guidebook and Programming Sponsor, Seneca College, whose generous support makes things like multi-track scheduling a reality.

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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

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 1602:30PM – 3:15PM – Spotlight: Faith Erin Hicks’ The Nameless City

Join cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys) as she introduces her brand-new graphic action-adventure The Nameless City! Her presentation will be followed by a signing.

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



Announcing Kazu Kibuishi’s TCAF 2016 Poster!


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to present its second and final official poster art for TCAF 2016, by none other than KAZU KIBUISHI!

We’re thrilled by this Kazu’s incredible vision of comics, paying tribute to giants like Moebius and Meizzers while still being uniquely his own. This poster, along with Kate Beaton’s “paper doll” 2016 poster, will be printed and available for purchase in early May, and at the Festival itself. Our thanks to Kazu!



Kazu Kibuishi is creator of the New York Times Best Selling Amulet series of graphic novels, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from Film Studios at the University of California Santa Barbara, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently works as a full-time comic book artist.


Download the TCAF 2016 Guidebook

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is partnering with the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design at Seneca College to present the 2016 Festival Guidebook!

Guidebook is a mobile app that lets festival-goers have the entire program guide on their smartphone or tablet! No more dealing with newsprint-covered fingers or waiting until TCAF Day 1 to see what’s happening at the festival. The TCAF 2016 Guidebook currently has exhibitor bios and festival info, with off-site event listings and festival programming being added soon.

So, you can either enter your phone number below, or go to the iTunes or Google Play app stores to download Guidebook, and then search TCAF 2016 – Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016 for this year’s guide.

(There’s also a web view, if that’s more your thing:

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NEW! Visit Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop online!


In March 2015, we made it official that TCAF’s new festival shop, Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, would become a permanent addition to Toronto’s retail and comics landscape. Celebrating our first full year as a store we’ve grown tremendously, offering a uniquely curated look at the comics, graphic novels, art, and sundries, that are available today. Today we announce that we’re going online, offering international shipping–but only on the merchandise and materials we make ourselves, and with our artist partners!

pony_square_largeLaunching the store is the brand-new PONY Enamel Pin by Kate Beaton, produced in association with comic shops Strange Adventures and The Beguiling! Featuring a super cute farting pony drawn by Kate Beaton, this is the first of many new items we hope to debut in the coming weeks.

Kate Beaton’s Pony Enamel Pin joins some of the great t-shirts, bags, and booklets we’ve designed over the years. And best of all, like everything bought from The TCAF Shop, all proceeds go to supporting the Festival and ensuring it has a healthy future ahead of it. Our thanks to Kate and all of the artists that have worked with us over the years!

So head over to to see the materials that are available now, and look for a bunch of updates as we get closer to the Festival!


The TCAF Staff

P.S.: We have lots more in store than on the website, and TCAF’s Festival Posters will continue to be sold exclusively online from The Beguiling Original Art Store.


Announcing: TCAF 2016 Featured Kids Guests!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival strives to showcase as wide a spectrum of comics as possible, and a cornerstone of that every year is our Kids Programming – And this year is no different! With over 130 all-ages creators in attendance, a full day of kids-focused programming, and plenty of debuting books, 2016 is sure to be a packed year for the whole family. Joining previously announced Featured Kids Guests Marguerite AbouetKate Beaton and Faith Erin Hicks, we are pleased and excited to welcome to TCAF 2016:


Alex A., author and illustrator of Super Agent Jon Le Bon (known in French as L’Agent Jean), Canada’s best-selling Canadian-authored, French-language graphic novel series with over 300,000 copies in print.


Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series. He is also the founder and editor of the acclaimed Flight anthologies as well as the creator of Copper, a collection of his popular webcomic.

Dana Simpson, creator of the massively popular comic strip, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, which is currently syndicated in nearly 200 newspapers! She is also the author and artist behind the webcomic Ozy and Millie, which ran from 1998-2008. There are currently three Phoebe and Her Unicorn collections in print, with the third one, Unicorn vs. Goblins, being released in February 2016.

SUNDAY ONLY — Raina Telgemeier, the award-winning author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, and Sisters, all #1 New York Times bestsellers! She’s a long-time friend of TCAF, and we’re so happy that she’s able to stop by

To find out more about these folks, as well as all of our Kids Guests and Programming, head on over to our Featured Kids Guests page.

In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing more Featured Guests! Events! Film Screenings! Art Shows! And Festival Programming! So check back soon!

Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

Twitter: @Torontocomics


Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to


Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2016 are still available, please contact us at: for more info.

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By now you’ve all seen the absolutely incredible Paper-Doll-themed poster that TCAF 2016 Poster Artist Kate Beaton has created for us! But what you haven’t seen is this brand new Digital Paper Doll, using the elements of Kate’s poster artwork, created by TCAF staffer Kim Hoang!

Kim is a comic artist with the Love Love Hill collective, a game-maker, and one of the administrators of the Montreal-based Pixelles initiative, which helps women make and change games. When we discussed the idea of making an interactive version of Kate’s poster, Kim leapt at the opportunity to program it, and did an incredible job! You can play with it above, or you can try the full-screen version at

Our thanks to Kim, Kate, and all involved for helping make something cool. :)


Volunteer at TCAF 2016!

photo (8)Thank you for your interest in volunteering at TCAF! Every year we need about 250 people that are willing to set aside the weekend and devote themselves to (among other things) greeting visitors, moving things about town, setting up tech equipment, helping orient visitors, managing the flow of people in the library, and distributing festival guides. In addition to tasks around the days of the festival proper, volunteers also help us with parts of the festival that take place in the days before to the main event; from setting up tables to helping at lead-up events, these volunteers are essential to the festival’s success. We’re incredibly grateful to all of these people, and we’d love for you to be one of them.

TCAF volunteers work in small teams of between five and twelve people. These teams are each responsible for running a particular space or process essential to the Festival. Each team has a team leader, who is usually a veteran TCAF volunteer who knows the lay of the land. And for the first time this year, the sign-up form will allow return TCAF volunteers the opportunity to apply for one of these lead positions.

Volunteering at TCAF can be a lot of fun, and is a great way to meet people who are interested in comics! TCAF volunteering looks great on your résumé, and can count towards your required high school volunteer hours. Plus, TCAF volunteers each get a swank TCAF t-shirt, a TCAF poster, and probably a cup of coffee or two, as well as the admiration and appreciation of all 20,000 people who attend the Festival!

If you’d like to sign-up to volunteer at TCAF, please fill in the form linked below. If you have specific questions about volunteering at TCAF, feel free to email me at, and I’ll get back to you in a few days with some answers.


Volunteer sign-up will end March 31, so you should fill out this form now:


Please note that this sign-up questionnaire is going to ask you for your availability during TCAF (i.e. May 13th – 15th 2016). These dates are set in stone on our end; there just isn’t much we can do to accommodate you if you can’t make it due to your work shift/cousin’s wedding/root canal. Check your calendars for this weekend and ensure you are free for the shifts you sign up for. Once you submit your application, we’ll be counting on you!

After you fill out the form, you will be signed up to volunteer for TCAF 2016! We’ll be in touch with you as we get closer to the Festival to give you some more info and to assign you your volunteer shifts.

Thanks again!

-Dan Seljak, Volunteer Co-ordinator

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