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UPDATED: TCAF 2015 Exhibitor Applications Now Closed

UPDATE: TCAF 2015 Exhibitor Applications are now closed. Applications for TCAF 2016 will open on August 1st, 2015. Mark your calendars.

Update: TCAF tradition and due to an incredible last-minute demand, we will be keeping exhibitor applications open until October 24th. Unlike previous years, this is only a one-week extension and there will be no other extensions. We will be privileging applications submitted by the original due date of October 17th.

Hello Comics!

We’re happy to announce that the Application Process for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015 has begun! Click here to begin your application. We will be accepting responses until Friday, October 24th, 2014.

A few quick notes about applying for TCAF:

– NEW FOR 2015: We are asking creators to exhibit every other year. If you exhibited in 2014 it is highly unlikely that you will be allocated a space for 2015 without extenuating circumstances (i.e., a major new print release, a gallery show, etc.). There are still many ways to participate in TCAF without a table, including programming and workshops. Most publishers are exempted from this rule.

– We are asking ALL creators, collectives, publishers, and self-publishers interested in exhibiting at TCAF 2015 to register online using the application form linked above. If you are a full-line publisher or will require multiple table-spaces, please email after you have submitted your application for further information.

– If you are a creator attending but sitting with your publisher (i.e.: You don’t need to buy your own table), please still apply! It’ll really, really help us out.

– Filling out an application does not guarantee table space at TCAF 2015.

– 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 2015,
c) Those creators who have not exhibited in 2014.

– We’ll be contacting everyone on or by December 1st to let them know if their registration and table space requests have been accepted.

– TCAF 2015 will feature a day of Professional Development Programming on May 8th, with the main exhibition on May 9th and 10th, 2015, at Toronto Reference Library in beautiful Toronto, Canada.

If you have any problems, please contact


– Christopher Butcher, Festival Director.
– Miles Baker, Managing Director


TCAF in Tokyo 2014 – November 23


Part of the 2013 crew: Kagan McLeod, Andrew Townsend, Kim Hoang, Miguel Sternberg, Miles Baker

Hey everyone! TCAF will be returning to Tokyo again in 2014, to exhibit at Kaigai Manga Festa / International Comics Festival 2014. KMF will be held Sunday, November 23rd, from 11am to 4pm, as part of the COMITIA comics event at Tokyo Big Sight. The official website for this event is and the Facebook is

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will be set up as representatives of both our own festival and Canadian comics in general, represented by Festival Directors Chris Butcher and Miles Baker, and Translator Jocelyne Allen. As in previous years, we will be bringing a selection of Canadian graphic novels in English, French, and especially wordless books for international fans to discover. We will also have a small selection of festival posters, postcards, and other merchandise available.

TCAF is also offering free table space to any comics artist who has previously exhibited at TCAF 2003-2014. We’ll also help book flights and accommodations, offer recommendations, and plan a few special events and trips with our awesome translator Jocelyne so that you can get the most out of your Tokyo visit.

If you’re interested in joining us in Tokyo, please e-mail us at a.s.a.p. November isn’t that far away!

– Christopher Butcher, TCAF

Cover photo by Gary Sherman of Tokyo/Mt. Fuji.

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TCAF 2014 Festival Wrap-Up – Announcing TCAF 2015

Toronto Comic Atrs Festival 2014 - As the doors open, Saturday May 10th

Welcome, everyone!

TCAF T-Shirt by Natsume Ono. Modeled by Krystle TabujaraMy name is Christopher Butcher, and I’m the Co-Founder and Festival Director of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (what we call TCAF). Last month on May 10th and 11th we held the ninth iteration of TCAF, a wonderful celebration of comics, graphic novels, and their creators, from Canada and abroad. On behalf of the entire TCAF team, I’d like to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, and the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make 2014 a success.

TCAF 2014 was a pretty phenomenal year for us: we fine-tuned many aspects of the Festival to make them the best that they could be, and introduced new elements to the Festival that will further our mandate to promote and enrich the careers of cartoonists and graphic novelists, with a focus on all of the great work being done here in Canada. As every year, we hope to build on these successes, address deficiencies, and move boldly forward into the future.

As in previous years, the report on our 2014 Festival will be informal, light, and hopefully entertaining, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Oh, but before I start: Could you fill out our attendee survey? We’d really appreciate it! Click here.

TCAF 2014 TimeLapse – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival from Toronto Comic Arts Festival on Vimeo.

SAVE THE DATE: TCAF 2015 takes place May 8th, 9th, and 10th

TCAF volunteers at the merch table.The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is thrilled to announce that it will return to Toronto Reference Library and The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon for 2015. The dates are Friday May 8th (Professional Development), and Saturday May 9th & Sunday May 10th (Exhibition Dates). This continues the wonderful partnership between TCAF and its Presenting Sponsor Toronto Public Library, and secures a beautiful, large, and central location from which to continue building the Festival.

In addition, TCAF will continue to spread its programming and exhibitions through the surrounding neighbourhood and the city, by partnering with venues including The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, St. Paul’s on Bloor, The Pilot, The Japan Foundation, and more. TCAF will continue to grow through its programs and exhibitions, maintaining a strong mix of exhibiting and participating artists each with something unique to offer.

We think it is important to include the Friday May 8th date in the ‘official’ TCAF 2015 dates, as this Professional Development Day is a true extension of our aims and goals. We hope that comics professionals of all stripes, including creative and support professionals, librarians, teachers, archivists, and academics, will continue to support and engage these activities.

And, as in previous years, the Sunday of TCAF will coincide with Mother’s Day. We encourage all Moms reading this to get on board with comics (if they haven’t already!) and to explore the great collections within Toronto Public Library! Failing that, we encourage everyone else with a mom reading this to schedule a nice early brunch before TCAF opens to the public at 11am that day…

TCAF Postcard Set 1

Building a better TCAF – Attendance is up! Crowd control is on point.

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We’re always conflicted about an increase in attendance numbers, because the physical size of TCAF’s space at the library has not increased significantly since 2011… so we were surprised to hear that attendance was way up for 2014! To us, everything felt like it moved pretty smoothly, and we’re going to do our best to keep things flowing in the Library and all of our spaces in the years to come.

This year’s attendance across all TCAF events was approximately 22,000, up from 18,000 in 2012 and 2013. Both Saturday and Sunday saw considerably more people coming through Toronto Reference Library than last year, based on raw data provided by Toronto Public Library. Sunday in particular was up considerably over 2013 thanks to some really great weather (versus 2013’s hailstorm…).

In addition to the Toronto Reference Library, our space at The Marriott Bloor Yorkville for panels and programming saw vast increases, and our TCAF Kids Day event at St. Paul’s on Bloor hit capacity at several times. Many programs at The Pilot were standing room only, and our Friday professional programming also had respectable attendance, though we recognize there’s room to grow there too!

Our greatest successes came through our wonderful partnership events, particularly all the activities associated with Comics Vs. Games 3: The Bit Bazzar, Comics Vs. Games Showcases, and Comics Vs. Games 3D Gallery. The Bit Bazzar and associated events drew more than 3,000 people, nearly double the numbers in 2013! All of our off-site events this year were very healthily attended. From our kuš Gallery Show “The Last Match” to our screening of the Canadian comics history documentary Lost Heroes to our ever-popular Queer Mixer, events were jam-packed with folks, both those already familiar with the medium of comics and newcomers finding their ‘way in’.

Our continued partnerships and outreach events remain a vital part of the growth of the Festival, and these events will continue to increase in number and diversify in the hopes of reaching the widest-possible audience for comics and graphic novels. Our partnerships with cultural organizations like The Alliance Française, The Japan Foundation, and the Goethe-Institut, and like-minded peers like Bento Miso, the Hand Eye Society, and Attract Mode, will help make this a reality.

Toronto Comic Atrs Festival 2014

Thank you for your support!

TCAF is going to remain a festival that is free to attend, with affordable tables and tons of free (or inexpensive) programming for the public, and we couldn’t do that without the support of our sponsors and partners.

TCAF 2014 Badges!First and foremost, we would like to thank presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library, including the staffs of Toronto Reference Library and The Appel Salon, for their continued partnership and their huge contribution to the Festival. It’s this partnership that helps communicate one of TCAF’s primary goals: the elimination of barriers to entry to the medium of comics. Comics are for everyone, and having TCAF be a part of Toronto Public Library’s rich slate of programming reinforces that fact to the public.  Our thanks to TPL for their continued support.

TCAF also couldn’t happen without the retail and logistical backbone that is The Beguiling Books & Art, and Little Island Comics. These two organizations and their staffs contribute mightily to the organization and execution of this event, and their support is greatly appreciated.

TCAF would like to thank the following organizations for their financial support:

  • We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
  • TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
  • Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation for their support of our festival programming.
  • VIZ Media for their continued blanket support of the festival.
  • We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
  • Guru Studio for their support of the TCAF Welcome Party.
  • TopatoCo for their sponsorship of badges and lanyards (a much-requested addition to TCAF!)
  • Scholastic for their support of our Kids Programming.
  • TCAF would like to thank sponsors Revvly, OwlKids, and NOW Toronto for their promotional support.
  • TCAF Library and Educator Day was supported in part by the donations of publishers First Second, IDW Publishing, Scholastic Canada, and VIZ Media.

TCAF’s partnerships with peer organizations and businesses help create a unique and engaging festival, and we thank the following organizations for their support in 2014: Midoco, The CSSC/SCEBD, Bento Miso, The Toronto Hand Eye Society, Attract Mode, The Japan Foundation, Videofag, and Narwhal Gallery.


2014: In Review

TCAF Shirt by Fabio Moon and Gabriel BaAfter the 2013 Festival, I sat down with my team to really re-think the Festival, what worked and what didn’t. The tenth anniversary was a great time to reflect on how things had been going, and to look towards building the Festival in sustainable, creative, and ever-expanding ways. I feel like the 2014 Festival successfully bore the fruits of these discussions, and set the stage for the next 10 years of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival. It was a good year, with great guests and exhibitors, thousands of attendees having a wonderful time, and a phenomenally positive energy that buoyed spirits all weekend long. I am very proud of the staff and volunteers who donated their time and energy to execute this very complicated undertaking.

The highlight for me, personally, this year was standing up and welcoming three enormously talented cartoonists—Kate Beaton, Lynn Johnston, and Raina Telgemeier—to the stage for our Friday night Kick-Off Event. I got to say a few words about this year’s TCAF, about redoubling our commitment to inclusion, diversity, and visibility for comics creators of all stripes, and I got to do it in front of three women whose work I admire tremendously. We try not to be too didactic in our approach, but sometimes it’s important to make a statement about the way things are and the way you’d like them to be, and I’m enormously proud I got to do so in front of a packed audience this year.

I’m also very proud of the diversity and vision of our authorial line-up for 2014. We welcomed creators from more than 19 countries around the world this year, with more than 150 first-time exhibitors and participating authors! TCAF has a consistency from year to year, but we strive to keep it feeling fresh and unique as well. Having a high number of new exhibitors helps accomplish that, but sometimes having amazing and unannounced guests helps that too! Our thanks to ‘unannounced’ TCAF Guests Hideki Anno (creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion), and Randall Munroe (creator of XKCD), and the dozens of cartoonists and illustrators who just dropped by to see the show… we’ll try not to blow your cover. ;)

WBA_LogoTCAF 2014 also saw the introduction of new programming streams, new ways of engaging fans of the medium and welcoming newcomers. Our biggest addition was the “Comics Academic Conference” on Friday May 9, run by the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics / Société canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée. We were happy to finally, formally, bring an academic component to the Festival, and we thank the CSSC/SCEBD and Barbara Postema and Glenn Willmott from that organization, for developing this new partnership.

We also introduced Word Balloon Academy, our day of professional development and education for comics creators. Everything from skills-building to health-and-safety (thanks, Kriota Willberg!) to financial advice was available, our way of giving back to creators and strengthening the industry. These programs joined our already-successful Librarian & Educator Day to create a full-day of professional development and educational programming, and we will continue and grow these programs in future years.

TCAF was bigger than ever, with a larger programming slate and more diverse in its approach and presentation than ever before too. It was a year of tremendous growth after a lot of planning and rethinking our whole approach, and, well, that’s why we do this crazy thing every year. Thanks for your support of all of you who attended and worked so hard to make it a success. :)

Toronto Comic Atrs Festival 2014

We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You

TCAF 2014 Tote Bag. Modeled by Andrew Townsend.Speaking of the folks who made TCAF a success, we’d like to thank some of them now.

TCAF would like to thank all of the participating artists and authors for exhibiting with us. There wouldn’t be a show without you!

TCAF would also like to thank those who dedicated their time moderate, plan, or otherwise to participate in our large slate of programming. We appreciate the considerable amount of work that goes into moderating and developing a successful program, and TCAF is far richer for your hard work–thank you.

Our sponsors and partners, outlined above.

Our event partners The Alliance Française, Bento Miso, kuš!, Videofag, Narwhal Gallery, Attract Mode & Matt Hawkins, The Toronto Hand Eye Society, Guru Studio, St. Paul’s on Bloor, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Buddies in Bad Times, Weird Things, The Pilot, The Japan Foundation, The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, The Carlton Magic Lantern Cinemas, The Spotted Dick, The Tranzac Club, and Ryerson University.

TCAF would not have as rich, diverse, and international an array of authors without the support of governmental and cultural organizations and publishers working to promote an international vision of the medium of comics. Our thanks to cultural organizations The Consulate General of France in Toronto and The Goethe-Institut, and to publishers Abrams, Conundrum Press, Drawn & Quarterly, First Second Books, Groundwood Books, Koyama Press, Nobrow Press, La Pasteque, Scholastic Canada, and SelfMadeHero.

In addition, we would like to thank Ginette LaPalme, Chris Kuzma, and Patrick Kyle of the Wowee Zonk collective for curating and organizing our small press area, and taking care of an additional 20+ artists and groups. We greatly appreciate your expertise!

TCAF would like to thank the artists of our official Festival Posters, Isabelle Arsenault, Michael DeForge and Lynn Johnston, for creating such gorgeous images to brand and promote the festival. TCAF would also like to thank Sean Phillips, Darwyn Cooke, Steve Murray, Krystle Tabujara, Derrick Guerin, and est em, for providing original artworks to the Festival this year, and to past poster artists Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, and Natsume Ono for loaning their artwork to our new t-shirts!

TCAF would like to thank Jocelyne Allen, Aki Takabatake, Yoko Galloway, Mimmy Shen, and Stephane Beaujean for their translation support.

Thanks to the staff and organizers of The Doug Wright Awards for another great year, and Happy 10th Anniversary!

TCAF would like to thank the the following individuals for their support in various roles: Leyla Aker, Corey Mintz, Chip Zdarsky, Erik Ko, Kim Hoang, Georgia Webber, Darwyn Cooke, Miguel Sternberg, Jennie & Henry Faber, Jim Munroe, Ryan North, Denise Anderson, Julie Tait, Aki Yanagi, Ed Chavez, Terry Nantier, Peggy Burns, Julia Pohl-Miranda, Kathleen Glosan, Matt Hawkins, Robin Smith, Barbara Postema, Glenn Willmott, and the numerous folks who helped pull together different parts of TCAF.

TCAF would like to thank the Staff of The Beguiling and Little Island Comics, Alex, Arthur, Bettina, Chris, Christine, Derek, Genève, Halliday, Helen, Jason, Jerry, Jim, Jonathan, Laura, and Paul,  who contribute mightily to seeing TCAF become a reality each year.

Thank you to TCAF’s head volunteers and site coordinators for 2014: Ahmed Aljumaa, Radwa Auda, Connor Baker, Luc Becker, Pip Bradford, Cassiopeia Burrell, Bled Celhyka, Eva Cherney, Murad Hemmadi, Kim Hoang, Kerrie McCreadie, Tiff Preney, and Sally Sparrow.

Speaking for myself, I would like to thank the rest of the staff at TCAF for their hard work and dedication to the Festival this year. More and more TCAF becomes a year-round commitment for many of the folks involved, and I appreciate that you are all willing to rise to the challenge. My thanks to Miles Baker, Andrew Townsend, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Gina Gagliano, Krystle Tabujara, Dan Seljak, Georgia Webber, Kim Hoang, Lindsay Gibb, Parish Kilthei, Jamie Edwards, and Nathalie Atkinson. We’ve built an awesome team here.

Finally, TCAF would not be possible without the support of its many volunteers. Our sincere thanks to all of the volunteers and everyone who has donated their time to help make TCAF a success.

Toronto Comic Atrs Festival 2014

TCAF 2015 and beyond!

So we’ve already begun planning for TCAF 2015. Guests are being confirmed, publishers lined up, venues booked. I wasn’t kidding when I said TCAF was becoming a year-round job. Applications for TCAF 2015 will open at on August 1st, 2014.

It’s also becoming a year-round festival in many ways, as TCAF begins to exhibit as an organization at other shows around the world, fulfilling our mandate to promote Canadian authors and their works. This year, if all goes according to plan, we’ll hopefully see you in England, Japan, and France. Developing these international relationships, opening up opportunities for our exhibiting artists at home and abroad, that’s what we’re all about, and we’re really looking forward to further growth along those lines in the years to come.

If you are a creator who has exhibited at TCAF who is interested in joining us on one of our overseas adventures, contact us and let us know! We’ll be offering more details here soon.

Toronto Comic Atrs Festival 2014

In Conclusion…

So in closing, please fill out our attendee survey!

But seriously though, on behalf of myself and the entire staff, I’d like thank everyone who contributed to make The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014 such a success. We’ll see you all next year, if not sooner…


Christopher Butcher, Festival Director and Co-Founder

On behalf of…

Peter Birkemoe, Co-Founder
Miles Baker, Managing Director
Andrew Townsend, Support Manager
Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Kids Programming Director
Gina Gagliano, Programming Coordinator
Krystle Tabujara, Logistics Manager
Dan Seljak, Volunteer Coordinator
Georgia Webber, Guest Services Coordinator
Lindsay Gibb, Library and Educator Day Coordinator
Parish Kilthei, A/V and Site Coordinator
Jamie Edwards, Site Coordinator
Kim Hoang, Site Coordinator

TCAF Event photos used in this post by Toronto Public Library. Additional photos by me. :)

TCAF video produced by Joanna Wong,




TCAF Partners With Two Great Toronto Festivals! The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, and TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that we have partnered with two upcoming Festivals! TCAF will be a screening partner for both The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, taking place June 12-27, 2014, and TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, taking place June 13-16, 2014.

Toronto Japanese Film Festival: TCAF will be partnering to present The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, the new action/comedy by Director Takashi Miike (Ichi The Killer, Audition). The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is based on the (sadly untranslated) manga by Noburo Takasashi, and full to the brim with action, bawdy comedy, and incredibly garish yakuza fashion. It looks like a hoot. The Toronto Japanese Film Festival takes place June 12-27, 2014, at The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. More info at

CONTEST: The Toronto Japanese Film Festival has provided 5 pairs of tickets to TCAF to attend the exclusive, one-night only, June 13th screening of The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji for us to give away! We are giving them to people signed up to our mailing list, so sign up in the upper-right-corner of this page! Details at the bottom of this post.

Toronto Animation Arts Festival International: TCAF is proud to partner with TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, to present a screening of CHEATIN’, Directed by legendary animator Bill Plympton. The Screening will take place Saturday, June 14th, at 6:45pm. Tickets are available at TAAFI 2014 takes place June 13-16, on Toronto’s Waterfront at Corus Quay & George Brown – Waterfront Campus. For more information on TAAFI, visit


To enter to win one of five pairs of tickets to see The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji on June 13th at 7:00pm, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-right corner of this site), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “ICHI” to before Monday, June 2nd, at 11:00am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners that day.


  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “ICHI”, and must be sent to
  2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  3. Entries must be received before Monday, June 2nd, at 11:00am.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per person/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.
  7. Sole screening on Friday, June 13th, at 7:00pm. Please don’t enter if you know you can’t attend, thanks! :)

Good luck!


TCAF Thanks Lindsay Gibb

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would like to thank Lindsay Gibb, writer and (until recently Editor of Broken Pencil) for all of her hard work on the festival, specifically Library & Educator Day, Friday, May 9th. Lindsay has been invaluable in helping plan this event, and has volunteered all weekend, and we greatly appreciate it.

Due to a copy editing error, Lindsay’s name doesn’t appear in the Festival Guide this year, and we’re incredibly sorry about that. We wanted to make sure she got the credit where it was due.

Thanks, Lindsay!

– Christopher Butcher, Director, TCAF


TCAF 2014 Signing Schedule & Kids Signing Schedule

Want a chance to meet some of your favourite creators? Feel like getting the ULTIMATE piece of TCAF memorabilia (aka a signature)? Then check out the list below of signing times for TCAF’s Featured and Signing Guests! Available in both text and grid form, this schedule can also be found in the festival program and the digital Guidebook.

UPDATE: TCAF welcomes Ivan Brandon, writer of Wolverine, Viking, and Editor of 24Seven.  Ivan will be signing Saturday from 1pm-3pm and Sunday from 2pm-4pm at The Beguiling Store On-Site, located outside of The Appel Salon on the 2nd floor.


Beguiling Signing Table, Located outside of the Salon on the 2nd Floor of the library.

Saturday, May 10th
- est em 10am – 11:30am
– Jack Tremblay 11am – 12:30pm
– Maurice Vellekoop 11:30am – 1pm
– Ivan Brandon 1pm-3pm
– R. Sikoryak & Kriota Willberg 3pm – 4pm

Sunday, May 11th
- est em 11:30am – 1:30pm
– Becky Cloonan 2pm – 4pm
– Ivan Brandon, 2pm-4pm

Basement Signing Area, Located down the stairs next to the elevators.

Saturday, May 10th
- Peter Beagle 11am – 12:30pm
– Kate Beaton 12:15pm – 1pm
– Lynn Johnston 1pm – 2:30pm
– Mariko Tamaki 2:45pm – 4pm
– Jillian Tamaki 2:45pm – 4pm
– Becky Cloonan 4pm – 5pm

Sunday, May 11th
Kazu Kibuishi 11am – 12:30pm
– Jason Caffoe 11am – 12:30pm
– Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips 1pm – 2:30pm
– Stuart Immonen & Kathryn Immonen 1pm – 2:30pm
– James Lucas Jones 2:30pm – 3:30pm (Portfolio Review)
– Scott Dunbier 2:30pm – 3:30pm (Portfolio Review)

Marriott Signing Area, Bloor Yorkville Marriott, 80 Bloor St. E

Saturday, May 10th
– Ed Brubaker 12pm – 1:30pm
– Sean Phillips 12pm – 1:30pm
– Moyocco Anno & Est Em 2:30 – 3:45
– Akira Himekawa 2:30 – 2:45

Sunday, May 11th
– Akira Himekawa 11am – 12pm
– Moyoco Anno 12:15pm – 1:15pm
– Kate Beaton 1:15pm – 2pm
– Jeff Smith 1:15pm – 2:15pm
– Lynn Johnston 2:30pm – 3:45pm
– Warren Clements 2:30pm – 3:45pm
– TBA 3:45pm – 5pm
– Kazu Kibuishi & Jason Caffoe 3:45pm – 5pm

Little Island Comics Table, Beeton Auditorium, Reference Library 1st Floor

- Jon Klassen 10:00am – 12:00pm
- Frank Cammuso 11:00am – 1:00pm
– Darren Rawlings 11:30am – 12:00pm
– Marthe Jocelyn, Richard Scrimger, Claudia Davila 12:30pm – 1:00pm
– Chris Leung 1:00pm – 3:00pm
– Willow Dawson (TBC) 3:00pm – 4:00pm
– Eric Wight – 4:30pm – 5:00pm

- Jon Klassen & Frank Cammuso – 11:00am – 1:00pm
- Chris Leung – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
- Jimmy Gownley – 1:30pm – 2:00pm
– Eric Wight – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
- Hilary Leung 3:45pm – 4:15pm


TCAF 2014 Reveals Floor Maps

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has released its floor maps for the 2014 Show.

Find out where your favourite cartoonists will be this weekend! Nearly 450 creators are represented in the two maps below, our biggest festival to date!

Keep reading behind the cut…

Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

The Atrium


The Salon


Table numbers beginning with 1 indicate a table in the Atrium.
Table numbers beginning with 2 indicate a table in the Salon
WZ indicates an exhibitor sitting in the Wowee Zonk Small Press Area

2D Cloud 155
Nick Abadzis 124-126
Absolute Truth Press 103
AdHouse Books 202
Jayd Ait-Kaci 162
Alabaster WZ
Lauren Albert WZ
Sam Alden 139
Elliot Alfredius 265
Alternative Comics 140
David Alvarado 164
Phil Amara Signing
Grace An 115
Kalman Andrasofszky 273-275
Natalie Andrewson 137
Moyoco Anno Signing
Sanya Anwar 216
Isabelle Arsenault 138
Wai Au 206
Secret Acres 136
Christopher Baldwin 255-261
Peter S. Beagle Signing
Kate Beaton 107, 129-130
Jimmy Beaulieu 134-135
Alexandra Beguez 220
Andy Belanger 273-275
Josh Belford 166
Andrea Bell 164
Blake Bell 121
Gabrielle Bell 123
Marc Bell WZ
Lucy Bellwood 145
Gregory Benton 202
Stefan Berg 177
Dan Berry 217
Nick Bertozzi 118
Christophe Blain 124-126
Gillian Blekkenhorst 210
Hannah Blumenreich 219
Jordyn Bochon 221
Boggs Comics Vs Games
Dmitry Bondarenko 210
Anna Bongiovanni 250
Rupert Bottenberg 116
Jason Bradshaw 254
Mandie Brasington 175
Breakdown Press WZ
Tony Breed 204
Megan Brennan 227
Fanny Britt 138
Molly Brooks 226
Box Brown 148
Chester Brown 107, 129-130
Ed Brubaker Signing
Kevin Budnik 164
Pigeon Press 127
Andy Burkholder WZ
Sarah Burwash 134-135
Adam Buttrick WZ
Jason Caffoe Signing
Frank Cammuso Signing
Lindsay Cannizzaro 208
Tyrell Cannon 154
Cartoon Books 150
CGA Comics 174
Jon Chadurjian 202
Afu Chan 168
Scott Chantler 170
Robyn Chapman 176
Lee Cherolis 233
Peter Chiykowski 246
Zan Christensen 106
Mimi Chrzanowski 247
Marta Chudolinska 177
Anthony Clark 255-261
Warren Clements 141
Tony Cliff 241
Becky Cloonan Signing
Closed Caption Comics WZ
Cloudscape Comics 249
Coffee Spoons Comics 163
Joey Comeau 255-261
Michael Comeau WZ
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund 264
The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund 250
Mark Connery 155
Mark Connery WZ
Conundrum Press 134-135
Alexis Cooke 175
Darwyn Cooke 180
Gemma Correll 219
Danielle Corsetto 266
Ben Costa 173
Aaron Costain 114
I. N. J. Culbard 124-126
Czap Books 224
Gigi D.G. 212
Marguerite Dabaie 244
Evan Dahm 271
Matthew Daley 109
Jonathon Dalton 249
Ashley Davis 214
Willow Dawson Signing
Joe Decie 108
Michael DeForge 128
Julie Delporte 107, 129-130
Aaron Diaz 255-261
Renaud Dillies 172
Dirty Diamonds 146
Evan Do 262
Ryan Dodgson WZ
Patrick Dorian 213
Alexandra Douglass 223
Sean Dove 247
Drawn & Quarterly 107, 129-130
Becky Dreistadt 270
Kate Drwecka 163
Rachel Dukes 245
Deanna Echanique 269
Tonto Comics 102
Éditions TRIP Comix 116
Dylan Edwards 106
Jeffrey Ellis 249
Est Em Signing
Robin Enrico 216
Brian Evinou 215
Explorer 201
Fantagraphics Books 119-120
Fat Pigeons 262
Alex Fellows 137
Jess Fink 228-230
First Second 151
Meags Fitzgerald 134-135
Bob Flynn 171
Claire Folkman 146
Little Foolery 162
Sean Ford 136
Forsslöf 265
Matt Forsythe 107, 129-130
Sophia Foster-Dimino 109
Friendship Edition 210
Rosena Fung WZ
Marnie Galloway 239
Zachary Garrett 233
Frank Gibson 270
Steven Gilbert 176
Colour Code 100
Melanie Gillman 240
Pascal Girard 107, 129-130
Réal Godbout 134-135
Daniel Goldman 160
Sophie Goldstein 127
Zac Gorman 243
Jimmy Gownley Signing
Meredith Gran 272
John Green B4
KC Green 269
Andrew Gregoire 254
Grimalkin Press 167
Groundwood Books 138
Laura Lee Gulledge 234
Nicholas Gurewitch 255-261
Robin Ha 237
Kori Handwerker 232
Dustin Harbin 113
Sacred Prism 147
Laura Harte 210
Ben Hatke 151
Ian Herring 273-275
Beth Hetland 239
Hic & Hoc Publications 165
Faith Erin Hicks 263
Akira Himekawa Signing
Kim Hoang 206
Eric Hobbs 172
Matthew Hoddy 218
Geneva Hodgson 268
Maria Hoey 161
Peter Hoey 161
John Holden 155
Mike Holmes 272
Emily Horne 255-261
Abby Howard 221
Luke Howard 240
Tang-Wei Hsu 116
Shilin Huang 252
Kevin Huizenga 117
Leslie Hung 268
David Huyck 171
Kathryn Immonen Signing (Sunday Only)
Stuart Immonen Signing (Sunday Only)
Ink Brick 215
Jesse Jacobs 131-133
Jeph Jacques 255-261
Anthony Jenkins 141
Cathy G. Johnson 248
Keith Jones WZ
Lynn Jonston Signing
Jeremy Jusay 169
Hanna K 265
Rachel Kahn 227
Keren Katz 226
Megan Kearney 236
Christian Keller 174
Karl Kerschl 273-275
Kazu Kibuishi Signing
Chip Kidd 101
Eric Kim 110
Seo Kim 131-133
Bart King 102
Jon Klassen Signing
Reinhard Kleist 124-126
Eric Kostiuk Williams WZ
Koyama Press 131-133
Chris Kuzma WZ
Patrick Kyle WZ
Samantha Kyle 233
Gisele Lagacé 253
Jacqueline Lai 262
Abel Lanzac 124-126
Ginette Lapalme WZ
Timothy Larade 263
Jason Laudadio 273-275
Megan Lavey-Heaton 236
Ravi Lee 262
Sloane Leong 156
Kate Leth 255-261
Chris Leung Signing
Elisha Lim 131-133
Ellen Lindner 238
Sara Lindo 244
Jenn Liv 169
Stu Livingston 201
Amy Lockhart WZ
Sam Logan 255-261
Jesse Lonergan 172
Alec Longstreth 203
charmwitch 212
Love Love Hill 206
Ed Luce 100
Eunice Luk WZ
David Lumsdon 253
Hidden Fortress 128
Nick Maandag WZ
Wren Macdonald 137
Mike Maihack B1
Juli Majer WZ
Caitlin Major 218
April Malig 238
David Malki ! 255-261
Julie Man 206
Aaron Manczyk 152
Lonnie Mann 248
Stephanie Mannheim 163
Finnish Comics Society 103
Benjamin Marra 118
Murilo Martins 222
Phil McAndrew 167
Steven McCabe 177
Cory McCallum 109
Kel McDonald 267
Dakota McFadzean 134-135
Emily McGratten 242
Karen McGratten 242
Tom McHenry 141
Brian McLachlan Signing
Kagan McLeod 228-230
Isabelle Melancon 236
Angela Melick 244
Walker Mettling 128
Sab Meynert WZ
Mixed Bizness 216
Rebecca Mock 208
Talya Modlin 105
Annie Mok 145
Sfé Monster 231
Ami Moore 245
Rosemary Mosco 255-261
Jesse Moynihan 178-179
Kris Mukai 246
Nick Mullins 211
Roman Muradov 109
Telegraph Art & Comics 99
Namesake / The End 236
David Namisato 153
Renee Nault 235
NBM Publishing 172
Vicki Nerino 144
Hazel Newlevant 216
Maria Nguyen 262
Trinh Nguyen 262
L Nichols 231
Nobrow Press 178-179
Sam Noir 223
Ryan North 255-261
Nozmo 241
Diane Obomsawin 107, 129-130
Obsessive Comic Dames 175
OCADU student table WZ
One Percent Press 122
Sean O’Neill B3
OOF! Comics & Animation 166
Eric Orchard 228-230
Toril Orlesky 211
Arlin Ortiz 246
Yuko Ota 271
Keith Pakiz 166
Evan Palmer 209
Ananth Panagariya 271
Emily Partridge 225
La Pastèque 149
Maritsa Patrinos 208
Luke Pearson 178-179
Peow! Studios 265
Ryan Pequin 225
Ramon Perez 273-275
Kelly Phillips 146
Sean Phillips Signing
Cody Pickrodt 147
Morgan Pielli 244
Carey Pietsch 146
Ed Piskor 142
Pixie Trix Comix 253
Jason Poland 218
Mimi Pond 107, 129-130
Porcupine’s Quill Wordless Novels 177
Nate Powell 228-230
Liz Prince 228-230
Providence Comics Consortium 128
Vanesa R. Del Rey 242
Michel Rabagliati 134-135
Darren Rawlings Signing
MK Reed 203
Erin Rei 210
Joan Reilly 237
Jesse Reklaw 119-120
rem 207
Retrofit Comics 148
Revival House Press 161
Ethan Rilly WZ
Benjamin Rivers 217
Paul Rivoche 273-275
Trina Robbins 121
Keiler Roberts 154
Scott Roberts 154
Eric Roesner 164
Dave Roman B4
Josh Rosen 254
Roses and Maiden Tears 241
Alexander Rothman 215
Royal Academy of Illustration & Design 273-275
saicoink 241
Yumi Sakugawa 158
Salgood Sam 139
Vitaly Samarin 162
Youth in Decline 112
Frank Santoro 173
Kris Sayer 227
kuš 104
Mackenzie Schubert 160
Tom Scioli 142
Sarah Searle 232
Steve Seck 244
Daryl Seitchik 163
SelfMadeHero 124-126
Chad Sell 205
Chromatic Press 207
Seth 107, 129-130
Jonathan Reid Sévigny 134-135
Katie Shanahan 201
Tin Can Forest 105
Kelsey Short 158
Shouri 253
Anuj Shrestha 152
Pete Sickman-Garner 228-230
R Sikoryak Signing
Katie Skelly 113
Jeff Smith 150
Chad Solomon B2
Kean Soo B3
Jeremy Sorese 204
Zack Soto 111
Space Face Books WZ
Spera 168
Spike 267
Izabela Stanic 262
Blank Slate Books 108
Leslie Stein 128
Sasha Steinberg 238
Miguel Sternberg Comics Vs Games
Noelle Stevenson 117
Cameron Stewart 273-275
Annie Stoll 208
Bianca Stone 215
Philip Street 141
Gary Sullivan 215
The Sun Bros 213
Taddle Creek 175
Tara Tallan 262
Jillian Tamaki 138
Mariko Tamaki 138
Diana Tamblyn 166
Johann Tebrake 210
Raina Telgemeier B4
Katie Tiedrich 214
Josh Tierney 168
Marcus To 273-275
Rebecca Tobin 159
Seth Tobocman 115
Top Shelf Productions 228-230
Topatoco 255-261
J. Torres B1
Jack Tremblay Signing
Andrea Tsurumi 226
Noel Tuazon 172
Tugboat Press 203
Paul Tunis 215
Kelly Turnbull 243
James Turner 153
Uncivilized Books 123
Kyla Vanderklugt 168
Eric Vedder 273-275
Estrella Vega 220
Charmaine Verhagen 144
Katherine Verhoeven 210
Jon Vermilyea 131-133
Vertical Inc. 143
José Villarrubia Signing
George Walker 177
Andy Warner 114
Adam Warren 251
Peter Wartman 139
Watdafac Gallery 159
Weald 227
Elizabeth (E.K.) Weaver 157
Georgia Webber 109
Joey Weiser 209
Daniel Werneck 222
Lale Westvind WZ
Eric Wight 234
Alison Wilgus 157
Kriota Willberg Signing
Dailen Williams 247
Britt Wilson 144
Selena Wong WZ
Jenn Woodall 210
Phil Woollam WZ
Sophie Yanow 123
Yeti Press 164
Regina Ying 262
Jessi Zabarsky 235
Lior Zaltzman 163
Chip Zdarsky 252
Amei Zhao 168
Jim Zub 251
Jeff Zwirek 156


TCAF 2014 Announces Complete Programming Line-up

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

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

To get the full picture of TCAF 2014 Programming, the festival strongly recommends downloading our app, Guidebook, for iOS, Android, and select Blackberry devices. More information at

Highlights of the 2014 programme include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

TCAF 2014 Programming Schedule

The Pilot 2nd Floor

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


10am-11am: TCAF Debut Books Spotlight!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

12:15-1:15: Worldbuilding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Marriott Bloor Yorkville

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

The Marriott 50 (High Park 1)


10am-11am: TCAF Draw-Off!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4pm-5pm: Spotlight: Renaud Dillies

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

Marriott 100 (High Park 2&3)


10am-11am: Comics Editing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

2:45-3:45: TBA


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

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

Marriott 400 (Forest Hill Ballroom)


10am-11am: Crowdfunding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:45-3:45pm: Writing Horror

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marriott 40 (Summerhill Room)


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12pm: Mariko Tamaki, for This One Summer.

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

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

3pm: Tory Woollcott and Kean Soo for Travelogues.

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

Toronto Reference Library: Comics Workshop Space

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


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

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

12pm: “Drawing Music,” with Renaud Dillies

1pm: “Inking” with Becky Cloonan

2pm: “Drawing” with Christophe Blain

3pm: “Writing From Life” with Liz Prince

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


12pm: “Webcomics” with Danielle Corsetto

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

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

2pm: “Gesture & Comics” with Ben Hatke

3pm: “Graphic Activism” with Nicole Guiniling

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

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

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– The Staff of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival



TCAF 2014 Announces TCAF KIDS DAY, and Saturday & Sunday Kids Programming

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce it’s programming for kids and families for the 2014 Festival!

This year sees a special day of large-format presentations located at St. Paul’s on Bloor, just down the street from TCAF’s main venue Toronto Reference Library. Called TCAF KIDS DAY, the large-format presentations will accommodate more than 200 attendees and feature talks by some of TCAF’s biggest guests!

All of this joins 2 full days of kid-oriented programming at Toronto Reference Library, now located in the spacious Beeton Auditorium on the first floor! Live-drawing events, how-to’s, storytimes, and comic giveaways are in store! Read on for full details!

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

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

boneProgram #1: Jeff Smith, Creator of Bone! 10:00 – 11:00am

Creator of the beloved series Bone (Published by Scholastic and by Cartoon Books in different formats), Jeff Smith will draw his characters live, and discuss the history of the series! 

akira_himekawa_220x330Program #2: Akira Himekawa: Drawing The Legend of Zelda and My Little Pony! 11:30am – 12:30pm

Join us for a live drawing demonstration by Akira Himekawa, all the way from Japan! Creators of the bestselling manga based on the Legend of Zelda series and published by VIZ Media, and the Japanese manga editions of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!

ZitaCoverProgram #3: Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy, and Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl! 12:30 – 1:30pm

On the occasion of the much-anticipated release of The Return of Zita the Spacegirl, join creator Ben Hatke to welcome her back! Ben will be joined by author and artist Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and they will both present from their newest works.

LukePearson_BookProgram #4: Luke Pearson: How to Draw Hilda! 1:30 – 2:30pm

When not storyboarding episodes of Adventure Time, Luke Pearson writes and draws the Hilda series, the latest of which, Hilda and the Black Hound,  will debut at TCAF! Join Luke for this special presentation, and learn how to draw Hilda yourself!

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Program #5:  Getting Real with Raina Telgemeier and Jimmy Gownley! 2:30 – 3:30pm

Join acclaimed creators Raina Telgemeier (Drama) and Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever) as they tell real tales of middle school and comics!

amulet-kazu-kibuishiProgram #6: Telling Tales with Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe, creators of Amulet and Explorer! 3:30 – 4:30pm

Join creators Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe as they discuss their bestselling series’s Amulet, Explorer, and Flight! Fans might event catch a glimpse of the forthcoming volumes of Amulet and Explorer…!

Rawlings LrgSpecial Feature: Artist In Residence
Featuring Darren Rawlings, artist of The Silver Six!

TCAF Kids Day is proud to welcome incredible artist Darren Rawlings, co-creator of the hit Scholastic Graphix graphic novel The Silver Six! Darren will be on-hand ALL DAY at TCAF Kids Day, signing and sketching for fans, doing live-drawing demonstrations, and generally just being awesome! Darren Rawlings will be set up next to the Little Island Comics table.

Special Feature: Little Island Comics On Site!

TCAF sponsor Little Island Comics will have a special pop-up mini-store on-site at St. Paul’s on Bloor, selling books for all of the presenting artists! Get your copies of Astronaut Academy, Smile, Bone, Explorer and more, and get them signed by the participating artists!

TCAF Kids Programming – Saturday
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Beeton Auditorium, 1st Floor
Saturday May 10th, 9am-4:30pm
Free to attend

9:00am: Free Comic Giveaway & Crafts and Activities!
Drop by the TCAF kids area and pick up a free comic book or two, while supplies last! Plus, all day we’ll be leading great crafts and activities where kids can create their own super masks, draw their own comics, and much more!

9:30 – 10:00am: Storytime with Jon Klassen
Caldecott medalist Jon Klassen (This Is Not My Hat) starts off the days programs with a storytime sure to please all ages!

10:15 – 10:45am: The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Big Birthday Bash!
Join creator Frank Cammuso as he celebrates the release of the second graphic novel in his hilarious series The Misadventures of Salem Hyde. 

“Salem Hyde just isn’t like other kids. For one thing, she’s stubborn, independent, and impulsive. For another, she’s a witch. When Salem enters the class spelling bee, she is confident she can beat all her classmates at spells, no problem. Too late, she realizes the competition is about spelling words, not magic. And there’s nothing like a misspelled spell to cause all kinds of havoc!”

11:00 – 11:30am: Spotlight: Darren Rawlings
Join artist Darren Rawlings (The Silver Six) as he presents this interactive program about comics, illustration, and animation.

11:45am – 12:30pm: Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book
Join us as we celebrate the release of this hilarious and action-packed comics adventure, with creators with Claudia Dávila, Marthe Jocelyn & Richard Scrimger

“When chubby, geeky Wylder Wallace spills lunch on cool and aloof Addy Crowe at Toronto’s Comicon, she dashes to the bathroom, leaving behind the latest issue of her uncle’s steampunk comic hit: FLYNN GOSTER in GOLD RUSH TRAIN. Wylder, a fan of the Flynn comics, opens this new one eagerly, astounded to see the girl who was just yelling at him inside the comic. Fascinated, he follows Addy into the bathroom, and the adventure begins….”

12:45 – 1:15pm: Welcome Back, Jellaby!
Kean Soo reintroduces us to everyone’s favourite monster, Jellaby!

“Quiet but bright Portia has just moved to a new neighborhood with her mom. Adjusting to life without a father is hard enough, but school is boring and her classmates are standoffish — and even Portia’s mom is sort of distant. But things start to get better when Portia mounts a midnight excursion into the woods behind her house where she discovers a shy and sweet purple monster. Life with Jellaby is exciting, but Portia’s purple friend has secrets of his own….”

1:30 – 2:00pm: Cleopatra in Space
Join creator Mike Maihack as he an exciting program based on his latest work, Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice!

2:15 – 3:00pm: Jane, the Fox & Me
Join author Fanny Britt and illustrator Isabelle Arsenault, creators of the Governor General’s Award-winning children’s graphic novel Jane, the Fox & Me (Jane, le renard & moi) as these two Montreal-area creators share their inspirations for creating this wonderful book.

3:15 – 3:45pm: Heroes vs Giants
Artist Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!) shows kids how to draw a gargantuan gaggle of giants and a heaping helping of heroes!

4:00 – 4:30pm: Beastie Bash!
Join Eric Wight (artist for the Magic Shop series and creator of Frankie Pickle) for this interactive program where kids will create monsters and beasties that are silly from top to bottom!

TCAF Kids Programming – Sunday
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Beeton Auditorium, 1st Floor
Sunday May 11th, 11am-4pm
Free to attend

11:00am: Free Comic Book Giveaway & Crafts and Activities!
Drop by the TCAF kids area and pick up a free comic book or two, while supplies last! Plus, all day we’ll be leading great crafts and activities where kids can create their own super masks, draw their own comics, and much more!

11:30am – 12:30pm: Comics Quickfire!
A fast-paced game show where volunteers are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Audience members will provide suggestions and add to the creation of totally improvised epic drawings! Featuring hosts Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Alec Longstreth (Phase 7), Jason Caffoe (Explorer: Lost Islands), John Green (Teen Boat!), Frank Cammuso (Misadventures of Salem Hyde) and Raina Telgemeier (Drama)! Great for all ages!

12:15 – 12:45pm: Creative and Cat-tastic!
Cats and cartooning go together like lasagna and naps. Join cartoonists Britt Wilson (Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake) and John Martz (Black and Bittern Was the Night) in a series of drawing activities and games featuring characters from their upcoming, feline-focussed kids’ comics from Koyama Press. Wilson’s Cat Dad, King of the Goblins and Martz’s A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories both feature a delightful collection of kitties and critters that are sure to amuse and inspire. 

1:00 – 1:30pm: Where Do Ideas Come From?
Cartoonist Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever, Amelia Rules!) shows kids how they can turn day-to-day events into comic book stories. As part of the presentation, kids will work with Jimmy to create a character together.

1:45 – 2:15pm: Draw Out the Story
There are 10 secrets to making comics revealed in Brian McLachlan’s OWLKids book, Draw Out the Story. Join the author as he reveals what tools are working behind the scenes in your favourite comics.

2:30 – 3:00pm: Graphic Novel Readers Theatre
A live performance involving lots of audience participation and silliness. Raina Telgemeier (Drama), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and John Green (Teen Boat!) will perform chapters from their all-ages comics including one from the soon to be released anthology, Comic Squad!

3:15 – 3:45pm: Write and Illustrate a Story with All Your Friends!
Local artist Hilary Leung (The Pirate Girl’s Treasure: An Origami Adventure) shows kids how collaboration can turn into awesome illustrated stories! In partnership with Story Planet, Hilary recently completed a 40-page story book written by himself and a dozen Grade 5 students from 4 different schools, and he’ll share tips and ideas for working with a group to generate great plots and characters!



TCAF 2014 Kick-Off with Lynn Johnston & Kate Beaton

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is delighted to announce its official ‘Kick-off’ event for the 2014 Festival, “Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton, In Conversation”. The event features two Canadian cartooning dynamos discussing their art and craft, and how the industry and medium have changed over the past three decades with the advent of new technologies. TCAF is also happy to official unveil our 3rd poster for 2014, by Lynn Johnston herself, at the end of this new post!

“Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton, In Conversation” will take place Friday, May 9th, 2014, at Toronto Reference Library in The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, 2nd floor. The event runs from 7:30pm-8:30pm (doors open to the public at 7:00pm), and a signing with both creators will follow. The event is free to attend, and tickets are available now at

About the Authors

Lynn Johnston is the creator of the enormously popular newspaper stripFor Better Or For Worse, which was syndicated in over 2,000 newspapers across Canada, the United States, and over 20 other countries between 1979 and 2010. Among her many accolades, she is a member of the Order of Canada, has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and in 2008 she was inducted into the Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame. She was also the first woman and first Canadian to win the American National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Award, the organization’s highest honour.

Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared in the comics scene in 2007 with her online work “Hark! A Vagrant!”.  Since then, she has become a fan favorite and has gathered a significant following, with illustrations appearing in places like The New Yorker,Harper’s and Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology. Praised for their expression, intelligence and comic timing, her cartoons often display a wonderfully light touch on historical and literary topics. Her first strip collection, Never Learn Anything From History, has been a bestseller for Publisher Topatoco since its release in 2009, and her 2012 release, published by Drawn & Quarterly also called Hark! A Vagrant, was a New York Times Best Seller.

Our thanks to Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton for participating in what is sure to be a lively discussion!

TCAF 2014 Poster by Lynn Johnston:



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