Kid’s News


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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Presenting Kate Beaton’s TCAF 2016 Poster!


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to present its first official poster art for TCAF 2016, from the incredible talented KATE BEATON!

Kate has created something really special here, showcasing the many different ways that readers and fans enter and interact with the medium of comics. This poster will also be produced on a slightly thicker and more rigid paper stock, so that any of you our there that want to actually cut up and play with your poster will be able to do so. Look for it this spring!

Our thanks to Kate Beaton for turning in a phenomenal poster that embodies a lot of what we love about comics.


Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared in the comics scene in 2007 with her online comics strip Hark! A Vagrant! Since then, she has become a fan favourite and has garnered a significant following, with comics & illustrations appearing in places like the New Yorker, Harper’s, and Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology. Her collection, Never Learn Anything from History, is published by Topatoco, and her next title, Hark! A Vagrant published by Drawn & Quarterly, spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list, and topped best of the year lists from Time, E!, Amazon, and Publishers Weekly. Beaton’s cartoons often display a wonderfully light touch on historical and literary topics. The jokes are a knowing look at history through a very modern perspective, and a campaign against anyone with the idea that history is boring. In 2015, Kate released Step Aside, Pops with D+Q, as well as her first children’s book, The Princess and the Pony, with Scholastic.

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TCAF 2016: Initial Featured Guests Announcement

Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling present

TCAF 2016 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Professional Development: Friday, May 13, 8:30am-5pm
Saturday, May 14, 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 15, 10am-5pm
Free to attend


TORONTO, CANADA — We here at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival are thrilled to announce our initial Featured Guests and Events for TCAF 2016, taking place May 14th and 15th in Toronto, Canada! With over 400 cartoonists scheduled to attend from more than a dozen countries on their way to Toronto this May, we’re getting ready celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! Prepare yourself for a week of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 14 and 15, 2016!

Every year the Toronto Comic Arts Festival showcases Canada’s incredible comics talent on a world stage by promoting some of our best and brightest creators and publishers, and inviting the attention of the global cartooning community. The 2016 programme builds on our previous successes, with a continued commitment to offer more engaging programming, in multiple formats, focusing on compelling and challenging work being made across the world. Art sales and exhibition, increased programming, and gallery shows are at the core of the 2016 programme, as highlighted by these talented Featured Guests:

Beaton 160Canadian comics hero Kate Beaton is the creator of beloved humour series Hark! A Vagrant, which has spawned a bestselling book of the same title. In 2015, Beaton released her first picture book, The Princess and the Pony (Scholastic), and a second collection of strips entitled Step Aside, Pops (Drawn & Quarterly). Beaton’s work is both expressive and hilarious, possessing a signature style and wit that are uniquely her own.

Kate Beaton is one of TCAF’s 2016’s official poster artists, and we will be revealing her official poster in the next few weeks!

Fegredo 160Duncan Fegredo has been on the North American comics scene since illustrating Kid Eternity (DC Comics) with writer Grant Morrison. Since then he’s gone on to illustrate a number of critically acclaimed works, including Enigma (DC Comics) with writer Peter Milligan, and a much-lauded run on Hellboy (Dark Horse) with Mike Mignola. His most recent work is MPH (Image Comics), with writer Mark Millar. This will be Duncan Fegredo’s first visit to TCAF, and we’re excited to welcome him to Canada!

Lisa Hanawalt is amazing! Since debuting My Dumb Dirty Eyes at TCAF 2013, Hanawalt has really made her mark at the designer of the Netflix super hit series BoJack Horseman, contributing columns to Lucky Peach magazine, and co-hosting the podcast Baby Geniuses. She is returning to TCAF 2016 as a Featured Guest to in support of her new graphic novel Hot Dog Taste Test (Drawn & Quarterly), debuting at the show!
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MariNaomi is a prolific creator of autobiographical comics. She an Eisner-nominated artist, known for fantastic books like Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories and Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22. At TCAF 2016 she will be debuting the brand new book Turning Japanese (2D Cloud). We’re so pleased to have her join us as a Featured Guest!
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Noir comics master Sean Phillips is coming back to TCAF! Phillips has worked on everything from Batman to X-Men, but he’s maybe best known for his collaborations with writer Ed Brubaker: Criminal, Incognito, Fatale, and the recently-completed The Fade Out (Image Comics). This year, Sean is bringing with him “Phono+Graphic,” an art show that spotlights over 80 amazing album covers created by comics artists for vinyl records. The show tours here from the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, and we’re excited to bring it to Canada.
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With six books under his belt, Michel Rabagliati is an essential figure in not only the comics scene of Quebec, but all of Canada. Creator of essential works like Paul Moves Out, Paul Joins the Scouts, and The Song of Roland (recently adapted into a feature film!), Michel is attending TCAF 2016 to debut the English version of Paul Up North (Conundrum) and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Canadian publisher Conundrum Press. It’s sure to be a real party!
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Rokudenashiko is a world-famous artist, best known for her vulva-centric sculptures. Her work challenges Japan’s prudish censorship laws, which has now led to her being twice arrested by the on obscenity charges in Japan. Rokudenashiko is attending TCAF 2016 in support of her new graphic novel and essay collection What Is Obscenity? The Story Of A Good For Nothing Artist And Her Pussy (Koyama Press), produced in association with MASSIVE.

His name is Chip Zdarsky, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back to TCAF 2016 as a Featured Guest and one of our 2016 Poster Artists. Chip Zdarsky is the co-creator of the books Sex Criminals and Kaptara (Image Comics), and is writing Howard The Duck (Marvel Comics) and Jughead (Archie Comics). We’ll be revealing his 2016 poster in the next few weeks!

And these are just the first eight featured guests among the more than 400 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2016 Festival.

Featured guests will continue to be announced through January, February, and March, with special guests from Germany, Italy, USA, France, Japan, and Canada still to be revealed!

In addition to the programmes mentioned above, TCAF 2016 will also feature several programming spotlights including a special tribute to the wonderful and hardworking Canadian publisher Conundrum Press, on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary, and First Second Books on their 10th Anniversary.

Additional Programs will be announced in February and March, including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics Vs. Games 5, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. 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


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors and partners, including presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library and primary sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art.

TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

TCAF would like to thank 2D Press, Conundrum Press, Drawn & Quarterly, Koyama Press, The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, Massive, and La Pasteque for the support of the artists and programmes mentioned in this announcement.

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

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Sign Up Now for TCAF Librarian & Educator Day, May 13th!

Toronto Comic Arts Festival Librarian & Educator Day: Friday, May 13th 20161000px_gurihiru_poster_flat_tif

The fifth annual TCAF Librarian & Educator Day is happening on Friday, May 13th 2016 at Toronto Reference Library. Building on the success of our last four years, and incorporating your feedback, L&ED 2016 will once again be a full day of professional programming to help you make the most of the medium of comics in your libraries and schools.

Librarian & Educator Day is held in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at Toronto Reference Library, a block from the Yonge-Bloor station in downtown Toronto. Librarians and teachers may participate in Librarian & Educator Day for free, but must register via the link below.

Click here to sign up!

Programming for Librarian & Educator Day 2016 will begin to be announced in early spring.

If you have any questions about TCAF’s Librarian & Educator Day, please email Programming Co-ordinator Andrew Woodrow-Butcher at

Art Credit: TCAF 2015 Poster by Gurihiru


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