TCAF is pleased to present Word Balloon Academy, a full day of creator-focused programming on Friday, May 11th at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, located at 90 Bloor Street East (Bloor/Yonge Subway).

Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops especially for comic creators and industry members, and includes programming spanning creative demonstrations, business development topics and professional concerns. These programs require registration, but are completely free to attend.

THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMMING INCLUDES:

Friday, May 11th, 2018
10am – 5pm @ the Bloor Yorkville Marriott
Registration required
TICKETS: http://tcaf-wba-2018.eventbrite.com

ALL DAY High Park Foyer: PROFESSIONAL CLINIC

Drop-in for a headshot photo session for your author profiles! Bring your creator bios and have an editor improve them! One-on-one Q&A sessions with about getting comics grants with the Canada Council (limited space)!

@ Toronto Reference Library

  • 8:30 – Françoise Mouly Keynote

Presented in collaboration with L&E Day, CSSC

No registration needed just for the shared keynote.Wake up early and just show up!

@ High Park I

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Being the Box: Mail-Order Comics with Zainab Akhtar, mod: David Brothers
  • 11:30 – 1:00 Creating While Depressed with Leslie Hung, Sloane Leong, Ananth Hirsh, mod: David Brothers
  • 1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Cooperating with Comics Press with Sarah Horrocks
  • 3:30 – 5:00 Radical Application of Black Aesthetic with Ronald Wimberly, mod: David Brothers

@ High Park II/III

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Manga Secrets with Inio Asano
  • 11:30 – 1:00 Comics as a Side-Hustle with John-Charles Holmes, Julie Dirchansky, Aaron Costain, mod: Megan Purdy
  • 1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Tell Me What’s Weird: Networking Etiquette with Deb Aoki, Jonathan Vallelly, Jake Shapiro, mod: Christine Wong
  • 3:30 – 5:00 Drawing for Risograph with Natalie Andrewson

For fuller descriptions and the Word Balloon Academy FAQ, visit the programming page: Link

HOW TO REGISTER & PARTICIPATE:

Just select the ‘ticket’ above for each program you’d like to attend on our Eventbrite page. You’ll be emailed a digital copy of the tickets. You do not need to print them, but on the day of the event, guests are required to check-in at the WBA registration table before each panel, by name. Please be mindful of your own programming schedule, late-arrivals will lose priority status over the rush line.

REMINDER: Registration is required for each individual program! There is no limit to the number of events a guest can register for (but try not to register for programs you’re not committed to attending, and be careful of programs running at the same time, but in different rooms).

Note: While registering, please be aware that there are multiple programs happening at the same time! Please be mindful that you’ve chosen the topic you want more, and are available at the time listed. Space is limited and we’d like as many people to be able to attend as possible– thank you for your cooperation!

WHAT IF EVENTS ARE SOLD OUT?

We will be running ‘rush lines’ on the day of the event to ensure the greatest number of people get to participate, and that all seats are filled. Even without registering, there is a chance to see presentations, however we highly recommend that you register in advance and arrive on-time in order to guarantee a seat.

BUT HURRY BEFORE REGISTRATION FILLS UP!

Registration closes on Thursday May 10th at 11:59pm, or when all tickets of any given panel are claimed. Afterwards, admission will be via rush-line only, on a first-come first-serve basis.