The Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) has announced that it will be canceling its 2020 convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was to take place on May 8-10.
After feedback from partners, sponsors, venues, health care officials, and the community, TCAF thought it’d be best to cancel. Restrictions on travel, events, and no end in sight all lead to the decision. While other conventions are postponing the uncertainty of it all and current restrictions made that difficult.
Exhibitors will receive refunds for their tables. They are also putting together a plan to help promote exhibitors and help promote creators in general.
TCAF continues an incredible year of Featured Guest announcements as it proudly unveils its Featured Kids Graphic Novel Authors for the 2019 Festival! A who’s-who of bestselling authors will be debut new books at TCAF, including Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Shannon & Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham (The Princess in Black, Real Friends), Judd Winick (HILO), and Colombian cartoonist Lorena Alvarez (Nightlights), who has also created TCAF’s second official Festival poster for 2019!
TCAF will featured non-stop programming for kids on both days of TCAF: Saturday, May 10, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday May 11, 10am to 5pm. This year we’re happy to announce that the TCAF Kids Area will return to the centre of the Festival, in the Beeton Auditorium on the ground floor of Toronto Reference Library, with select additional kids programming at the nearby Masonic Temple and The Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel. Programs will include live presentations, book readings, interactive drawing activities, and more! The full programming schedule will be unveiled in early April.
Now, keep reading to be introduced to this year’s Featured Kids Graphic Novel authors, and see the gorgeous poster created by Lorena Alvarez!
TCAF 2019 Official Poster by Featured Guest Lorena Alvarez
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is honoured to debut our second official Festival poster of 2019, by the incredible Lorena Alvarez! Hailing from Colombia, Alvarez is the author of the book Nightlights, and will be debuting her newest graphic novel Hicotea, both from publisher NoBrow. Alvarez will also be Featured as part of TCAF’s 2019 spotlight on Colombian cartooning, produced in association with the Colombian Entreviñetas Festival.
This poster joins the already-announced poster by Junji Ito.
TCAF 2019 Featured Kids Graphic Novel Authors
Lorena Alvarez was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia and will attend TCAF in support of her Festival debut Hicotea, the second book in the Nightlights series, published by NoBrow Entertainment. Lorena Alvarez is also part of TCAF’s 2019 spotlight on Colombian comics, and the artist of one of our official festival posters.
Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of the New York Times Bestselling Amulet graphic novel series (working with Jason Caffoe), which is published by Scholastic Graphix. Kazu has been exhibiting at TCAF for over a decade, creating the 2016 Festival poster, and is the editor and co-creator of the Flight and Explorer anthologies, which helped launch the careers of many of your favourite graphic novelists! Kazu attends TCAF in support of Amulet Book Eight: Supernova, which debuted in September 2018.
Jason Caffoe is an artist and illustrator from Seattle, Washington. He is best known as Kazu Kibuishi’s assistant on the Amulet series from Scholastic, Graphix! Caffoe has also contributed original stories to the TCAF-debuting anthology Tamamo the Fox Maiden and the Explorer series of graphic novels.
Shannon Hale & Dean Hale are the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind the Princess in Black series, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, and the duo behind the novelization of Marvel Comics’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor novel Princess Academy as well as the New York Times best-selling series Ever After High.
LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of many books for children, including the graphic novel Real Friends by Shannon Hale (First Second). Pham attends TCAF in support of The Princess Wears Black: Science Fair Scare, debuting at the 2019 Festival. LeUyen Pham lives in California.
Chris Kuzma is an artist living in Toronto, ON with his wife, two children and their cat. He divides his time between drawing comics, doing freelance illustration and teaching at OCAD University. He is one-third of the Wowee Zonk comics collective, celebrating their 10th Anniversary of curating space and creator participation at TCAF! Kuzma attends TCAF this year in celebration of his debut graphic novel for kids, Lunch Quest, published by Koyama Press!
Aaron Leighton is an award-winning illustrator and art director, as well as a fan of all things occult. Aaron Leighton and his collective Trio Magnus contributed significantly to early TCAF’s through beautiful art installations and live-drawing! TCAF is thrilled to welcome him as a guest this year, in support of his debut children’s picture book release A Children’s Book of Demons, published by Koyama Press. Aaron lives in Toronto, ON and spends his free time wrestling with a black cat.
Chad Sell grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin, and lived in a neighbourhood very much like the one in his debut graphic novel The Cardboard Kingdom (Penguin Random House). Affirming the power of play during the most important years of identity-searching and emotional grown, The Cardboard Kingdom is a favourite of kids and adults alike, and we’re thrilled to have Chad at the show this year!
Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, and Ghosts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include three Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, and is attending TCAF with the support of Scholastic Canada, and in celebration of her brand-new TCAF-debuting graphic novel Share Your Smile!
In addition, Raina Telgemeier will be the keynote speaker for the day of professional programming for industry members, including the ‘Librarian and Educator Day’ and ‘Word Balloon Academy’ programs. Telgemeier will also have multiple public appearances Saturday and Sunday, details TBA.
Judd Winick is an award winning cartoonist who has done all kinds of storytelling! He has written for animation on TV, and superhero comics, and written and drawn his own comic strips, graphic novels! Judd is currently still hard at work on his New York Times bestselling HILO series, published by Penguin Random House.
All Featured Guests will be available for autograph opportunities on both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, at either the Little Island Comics signing area, or at their respective publishers’ booths. Look for final signing times in late April at the TCAF website.
Building on years of great author appearances, debut books, and a variety of programming, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) presents its first-ever official Young Adult programming stream and Featured Guests for the 2019 Edition. Highlighting a strong array of debuting work for readers across the Young Adult age-range of 12 years old to 18 years old, TCAF aims to create a great experience for fans of the YA category and genre at the 2019 Festival, taking place May 11th & 12th, in Toronto, Canada.
This year, TCAF’s 100+ hours of programming will have a clearly labeled “YA” stream in all panel descriptions and grids, and clearer search tools and pages on the TCAF website. In addition, the website and program guide will feature a YA program overview so that even casual attendees can discover these authors and their works at the Festival.
TCAF’s full slate of programming will be unveiled in April, ahead of the main Festival May 11th and 12th. The YA stream will encompass readings, panel discussions, and creative workshops, in addition to author autograph sessions.
Now, keep reading to be introduced to some of this year’s Featured Young Adult Authors!
Flavia Biondi: Born in Castelfiorentino, Italy, in 1988, Biondi is an accomplished Italian graphic novelist whose breakthrough work, Generations, was published in English in 2017 by Lion Forge. This story of a gay young man returning home to the small town he had fled resonated with readers across the world, and we’re so pleased to finally welcome her to Toronto. Flavia Biondi’s participation is supported by EuropeComics.
Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau: Co-creators Panetta and Ganucheau attend TCAF in support of BLOOM, a new teen LGBTQ romance graphic novel published by First Second. The team behind numerous popular licensed comic books have turned their attention to this charming new story of generational responsibility and first loves in a seaside bakery, debuting at the 2019 Festival.
Renee Nault: Author of the popular webcomic Witchling, creator Renee Nault has turned her considerable skill to adapting Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale into a graphic novel, published by Penguin Random House Canada. Debuting at TCAF 2019, Nault will be attend TCAF in support of this lush, unsettling new adaptation.
Ryan North: Toronto writer Ryan North broke into the medium with Dinosaur Comics, his experimental formalist daily webcomic. Since then, he has won an Eisner and become a New York Times Bestselling Author, with his most recent work being the nonfiction How To Invent Everything, and chronicling the continuing adventures of smash-hit The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel Comics.
Sarah Winifred Searle: Australia-based Searle is the author of numerous comic short stories, and attends TCAF for the debut of her first full-length graphic novel, Sincerely, Harriet, published by Graphic Universe! Sincerely, Harriett explores the power of imagination and storytelling a beautiful graphic novel intended for younger YA readers.
Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell: Canadian Governor General’s Award-winning author Mariko Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer) joins illustrator and Eisner-nominee Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (What Is Left) to bring to life the LGBTQ graphic novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, published by First Second Books and debuting at TCAF. A sweet and spirited tale of young love, it asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need.
Coleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw: Eisner-nominated Colleen AF Venable and acclaimed illustrator and cartoonist Ellen T. Crenshaw team for the TCAF Debut YA graphic novel Kiss Number 8. A coming-out story about family, friendship, and a young woman’s first love, Kiss Number 8 is published by First Second and will debut at TCAF 2019.
Tillie Walden: Critically acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Tillie Walden hails from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a graduate of the Centre for Cartoon Studies, has published 3 books (with Avery Hill Publishing), and was nominated for an Eisner Award. Walden will attend TCAF in support of her most recent release, On A Sunbeam, published by First Second.
Image Comics has announced that the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2017 will celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary with a slew of cannot-miss panels and events.
For two days in May, Image Comics creators, staff, and friends, will take over TCAF’s newest venue The Masonic Temple (introduced in 2016), located at 888 Yonge Street, a block north of TCAF’s main location Toronto Reference Library. The Image 25th Anniversary Party at The Masonic Temple will be a fully accessible venue which will feature both all-day exhibitors and timed creator signings, as well as panel discussions, live drawing, special ‘talk show’ segment, and more.
The Image 25th Anniversary Party at The Masonic Temple runs Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, May 14, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and as with almost every TCAF event, admission will be FREE.
Image 25th Panels: SATURDAY, MAY 13th TIME: 11 a.m.
LOCATION: Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Image 25th: THE WALKING DEAD artist Charlie Adlard and KILL OR BE KILLED artist Sean Phillips in Conversation Charlie Adlard (THE WALKING DEAD) and Sean Phillips (KILL OR BE KILLED) are giants of not only Image Comics, but also of the great wide world of British comics! Come and see these two titans in conversation, as Sean interviews Charlie about his career, being part of such a huge cultural phenomenon, and his new role as the UK’s Comics Laureate.
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St Image 25th: Drawing Action
Lights? No. Camera? No. Action? Yes! Action! Comics are full of them! But how do you draw something with enough POW that it jumps off the page? Join Brandon Graham, Emma Ríos, Adam Warren, Jason Latour, and Cameron Stewart as they discuss everything from fight choreography to epic chase sequences and beyond.
TIME: 2:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St Image 25th: Designing New Worlds
Magical Monsters! Terrific Technologies! Alien Alternatives! When the real world isn’t big enough for your ideas, sometimes you’ve got to build your own! Join Jamie McKelvie, Sloane Leong, Simon Roy, and Andrew MacLean as they discuss what it takes to design a whole new world to contain your stories.
TIME: 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St Image 25th: Glitterbomb vs. Monstress—Terrifically Terrifying Comics
Few things are as horrific as real horror! Few things are as felt as true feelings! So how do you convey both of those things in comics? Join the teams behind the terrific and terrifying MONSTRESS (Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda) and GLITTERBOMB (Jim Zub and Djibril Morrissette-Phan) on how they go about imbuing their stories and characters with real emotion, while also scaring your pants off.
SUNDAY, MAY 14th
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville
Image 25th: SNOTGIRL vs. KAPTARA—they’re funny, off-the-wall, and always enGROSSing
Snotgirl. Gross. KAPTARA. Also gross. But these books are also both very funny and very stylish! Come hang out with Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung as they talk with hometown heroes Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod about comics, collaboration, and jokes.
TIME: 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St Image 25th: Finding a Balance
Day jobs. Everybody’s got one. But how do you go about paying the bills while creating hit creator-owned comics? How do you make sure you have enough creative energy for both? Marjorie Liu, Jim Zub, Ivan Brandon, and Jason Latour are no strangers to balancing projects they do for others and projects the do for themselves. Come and hear how they try to make it work.
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St Image 25th: From MOTOR CRUSH to ISOLA, Fletcher, Stewart, Tarr, and Kerschl talk collaboration of the years
The teams behind MOTOR CRUSH and the upcoming Isola have been working together for quite a while. Come and hear Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Karl Kerschl talk about their comic book making pasts, jumping to creator-owned comics as a team, and if there’s any friendly competition when both of their books are on the racks.
TIME: 2:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St Image 25th: Cartooning On The Edges of Reality
Drawing things you can see is hard enough. But how do you go about drawing things that aren’t what they seem? How do you draw the surreal and the supernatural? Join masters of the unreal Farel Dalrymple, Vanesa Del Rey, Wes Craig, and Ray Fawkes as they talk about creating visuals for the unknown.
TIME: 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St Image 25th: Island: Experimental Storytelling and Beyond
Island was an exciting experiment in creating a Heavy Metal-style anthology for North America. Having recently wrapped with issue #15, come and join series editors Emma Ríos and Brandon Graham, along with contributors Simon Roy and Farel Dalrymple, as they discuss the goals and achievements of Island, and what’s coming next for North American sci-fi.
Charlie Adlard (THE WALKING DEAD)
Ivan Brandon (BLACK CLOUD)
Wes Craig (DEADLY CLASS)
Farel Dalrymple (POP GUN WAR)
Valentine de Landro (BITCH PLANET)
Brenden Fletcher (MOTOR CRUSH)
Brandon Graham (ISLAND)
Meredith Gran (OCTOPUS PIE)
Leslie Hung (SNOTGIRL)
Karl Kerschl (ISOLA)
Jason Latour (LOOSE ENDS, SOUTHERN BASTARDS)
Bryan Lee O’Malley (SNOTGIRL)
Jeff Lemire (ROYAL CITY, AD: AFTER DEATH, DESCENDER, PLUTONA)
Sloane Leong (FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS)
Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS)
Andrew MacLean (HEADLOPPER) (Andrew MacLean will be exhibiting in Toronto Reference Library.)
Three authors of books in Penn State University Press’s critically acclaimed Graphic Medicine series are participating in the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this May.
Graphic novelist, printmaker, and textile artist Gareth Brookes will exhibit advance copies of his forthcoming graphic novel A Thousand Coloured Castles. Rendered entirely in unique scratched-off crayon drawings, the book depicts life with Charles Bonnet syndrome, which causes intense hallucinations in people with pre-existing vision problems. Brookes’s previous graphic novel, The Black Project, won the 2013 Best Original Graphic Novel Award from Broken Frontier.
MK Czerwiec is a nurse who uses comics to contemplate the complexities of illness and caregiving. She is co-curator of GraphicMedicine.org, co-author of the Eisner-nominated Graphic Medicine Manifesto, and artist-in-residence at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her newly released graphic memoir Taking Turns tells the story of HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, where she worked in the mid-1990s at the height of the AIDS crisis.
Ian Williams—recently named the “guru of Graphic Medicine” by the Canadian Medical Association Journal—is a visual artist and illustrator, a medical doctor, and an independent scholar of the humanities. He founded the website GraphicMedicine.org and is co-editor of the Graphic Medicine series and co-author of the Eisner-nominated Graphic Medicine Manifesto. His graphic novel The Bad Doctor is a darkly humorous look at the practice of medicine through the eyes of a neurotic doctor weighed down by his responsibilities.
Czerwiec and Williams will present on Graphic Medicine in a TCAF session on the 13th at 4pm in the Summerhill Ballroom, Marriot Bloor-Yorkville.
The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF) has announced that going forward it will now officially take place in partnership with The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). The partnership will take effect immediately, beginning with the planning of VanCAF 2017, a two-day comics exhibition taking place on May 27 and 28 in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, returning to The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.
TCAF’s staff will directly oversee all future iterations of VanCAF, under the stewardship of the new VanCAF Festival Director, Andrea Demonakos. Demonakos, previously of Emerald City Comicon and ReedPOP, takes over from departing Festival Director and VanCAF founder, Shannon Campbell. Campbell will now join the VanCAF Board of Directors in an advisory capacity, alongside new board members Miles Baker and Andrew Woodrow-Butcher from TCAF, Vancouver-based comic creator Nathan Fairbairn and musician/visual artist Jarrett Samson.
Sequential and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival have announced that the TCAF 2015 Digital Comics Anthology will be created and distributed for free exclusively by the acclaimed graphic novel and comics app for iPad.
The Anthology is out now and features brand new, specially-commissioned work from a range of comic artists including Hunt Emerson, Barbara Stok, Noah Van Sciver, Margreet De Heer, and Joe Decie. All the comics are themed around TCAF and Toronto, and all the artists will be appearing or exhibiting at this year’s TCAF. The Anthology, which runs to over 50 pages, will be completely free for a limited time, available only via the iPad app which is itself free to download from the App Store.
2015 marks the tenth TCAF festival, which was founded as a biannual event in 2003, and since 2009 has been held annually at the Toronto Public Library’s Toronto Reference Library branch. In 2014, more than 22,000 people attended TCAF events, with over 400 comics creators from 15 different countries as well as a range of exhibitions and programmes. This year is the first in which a digital anthology is part of the Festival package.
The 2015 TCAF Digital Comics Anthology is out now on Sequential and will be available as a completely free download until May 11th.
As the Toronto Comics Arts Festival prepares for its 2014 international celebration of comics and graphic novels, SelfMadeHero, the independent UK publisher of graphic novels, is attending with a number of its top creators from Britain and Europe.
British writer/ illustrator I.N.J. Culbardhas built up a reputation for his H.P. Lovecraft adaptations and his latest book, Celeste, is his much anticipated first original sci-fi work. Eisner-winning UK artist Nick Abadzis, now resident in New York, has collaborated with author David Camus on The Cigar That Fell In Love With a Pipe, an imaginative take on Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth’s relationship at the time of the release of The Lady from Shanghai.
Berlin-based Reinhard Kleist, who made an impact with his graphic novel biography of Johnny Cash, tells the life of Holocaust survivor and champion prizefighter Harry Haft in The Boxer. Kleist will be in conversation with Alan Scott Haft, grandson of Harry and author of the biography on which The Boxer is based, at the Goethe Institute in Toronto on Sunday May 11 at 3pm.
Abel Lanzac and Christophe Blain are the creators of the bestselling political satire Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, based on Lanzac’s experiences as an advisor to former French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. After selling half a million copies in France, the book was adapted into a successful movie under its original title,Quai D’Orsay (distributed in North America as The French Minister). All of the listed books are published by SelfMadeHero in Spring this year in both the UK and US.
The creators will take part in various talks and events throughout the weekend.
This weekend sees the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and there looks to be some fantastic panels that mix comics, politics, and social issues!
Political Cartoonist and Protest Artist Seth Tobocman in Toronto for TCAF!
Since 1979, cartoonist and protest artist Seth Tobocman has found unprecedented ways of combining art with social justice. Decades later, his work continues to recycled by activists worldwide in the form of political posters, pamphlets, album artwork, tattoos, jewelry, graffiti stencils, and more. He also co-founded (and continues to edit) “World War 3 Illustrated,” the longest-running anthology of political comic art available in the English language.
“Political Comix and the Art of Protest”
Saturday, May 10th | 6PM
A welcoming party, presentation by Seth, and social mixer. Food and drinks available for purchase | Non-alcoholic drinks available for free | Entry is PWYC
@ Ad Astra Comix | 156 Bathurst Street | 2nd Floor RSVP on Facebook
“35 Years of World War 3 Illustrated”
Sunday, May 11th | 1:30 PM
A presentation of the radical comics anthology by Seth Tobocman at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Organized as a workshop of TCAF | Entry is FREE.
@ Marriott Hotel | 90 Bloor Street East RSVP on Facebook
An Original Ad Astra Workshop:
“GRAPHIC ACTIVISM: Using & Making Comics for Social Change”
Sunday, May 11 | 3pm – 4pm
Toronto Reference Library | Learning Center RSVP on Facebook
What is a political comic? How have comics, cartoons, and other forms of narrative art been used historically for education– even social movements and political campaigns?
More importantly, how can YOU make a comic about an issue YOU care about? Join us for this crash-course workshop on how political comics may become this generation’s most powerful tool for social change.
I wish I could be at the show, because those sound like some great panels.