Announcing the 2019 Wowee Zonk Exhibitors!

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2019, TCAF is proud to announce the exhibitors of the Wowee Zonk Small Press Shoscase for 2019! These exhibitors can be found in the Browsery Space of Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.

Wowee Zonk is a Toronto small press arts collective founded by Chris Kuzma, Patrick Kyle, and Ginette LaPalme, which has been curating a unique small press space inside TCAF since 2010.

In addition to Chris, Patrick, and Ginette, this year the Wowee Zonk space will featured some of the raddest and baddest creators out there! Check out this list and click through for more info about their work.

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TCAF 2019 Announces Third Poster Image by Seth, New Round of Featured Guests!

TORONTO, CANADA: With the Festival just three weeks away, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce it’s final poster image for 2019, and another round of incredible Featured Guests for the 2019 Festival, to be held May 11th and 12th, 2019, at Toronto Reference Library and the surrounding neighbourhood.

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Announcing the nominees for the 2019 Doug Wright Awards

APRIL 16, 2019—Nominees were announced this morning for the 15th annual Doug Wright Awards, recognizing the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics.

Finalists for the 2019 Doug Wright Best Book Award, presented for the best English-language book published in Canada, are:

A Western World (Koyama Press)
Michael DeForge 

Young Frances (Adhouse Books)
Hartley Lin

Evie and the Truth About Witches (Koyama Press)
John Martz 

Somnambulance (Koyama Press)
Fiona Smyth 

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Inés Estrada Guest Cancellation

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fantagraphics and TCAF regret to announce that Featured Guest Inés Estrada will no longer be able to attend TCAF 2019, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wowee Zonk. Estrada’s new book, Alienation, will still be debuting at the show and both TCAF and Fantagraphics hope that Inés can make it to Toronto in the future.

 

Comics X Games 2019 Announces Exhibitors!

Returning for its eighth year, Hand Eye Society and TCAF have teamed to bring you COMICS X GAMES 2019, a celebration of the intersection of comics, indie video games, and narrative! The CXG installation takes place at Toronto Reference Library, in the second floor “Meet-up” space next to the elevators.

Today CXG 2019 has announced its exhibiting games for 2019, which includes nearly THREE DOZEN unique games from across Canada and around the world! These exhibitors join the already-announced CXG Special presentation of FLOOR KIDS JAM: ART X GAMES X MUSIC, which will be taking place at Toronto Reference Library, in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon.

For the full announcement of Comics X Games 2019, check out the official event page.

If you have any questions, please contact cxg@handeyesociety.com (all e-mail will be forwarded to the CxG/HES Logistics team: Amanda Wong, Ken Cho, Alanna Predko and Sagan Yee).

 

TCAF Welcomes Yuri Manga Creator HIROMI TAKASHIMA

Hiromi Takashima’s super-cute self-portrait!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to welcome Yuri manga creator Hiromi Takashima to the 2019 Festival! Takashima-sensei is the acclaimed creator of yuri manga series “Kase-san and…”, published in English by Seven Seas and in the original Japanese by Shinshokan.

The Kase-san series centers on a high-school romance between the clumsy, flower-adoring Yamada, and the exhuberent Kase-san, the school’s track and field star. Through each interconnected volume of the series, the two girls, so different from one another, learn how to make their first love bloom.

EDIT: Tickets for Hiromi Takashima’s Panel Discussions and Signing are now available at Eventbrite.

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Kid Koala and JonJon rock TCAF 2019 with the FLOOR KIDS JAM!

TORONTO–The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce today that it will welcome the incredible creative team of KID KOALA and JONJON to the 2019 Festival as they present FLOOR KIDS JAM, an ART X MUSIC X GAMES interactive event featuring their new game Floor Kids! The event takes place as part of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, during its programming at Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, on Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12, from 11am-5pm each day. Admission to the event is free, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Flavia Biondi Cancellation for TCAF 2019

We’re sad to report that unfortunately Flavia Biondi is no longer able to attend TCAF 2019 as our Featured Guest, owing to her very intense work schedule. We hope to welcome back Flavia in a future year, and we recommend checking out her excellent graphic novel Generations, published by Lion Forge.

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Zineland Terrace Returns to TCAF for 2019!

Zineland Terrace Poster by Jenna Rose SandsWe are proud to announce that Zineland Terrace, the TCAF Zine Fair, will be returning for its second year.

Zineland Terrace is a unique space for zine creators, readers, and well, everyone! Last year’s fair was a huge success, and we are excited to continue to offer a different kind of space for self-publishing during TCAF weekend.

Zineland Terrace will occur at The Cumberland Terrace (2 Bloor St W) on May 11-12, 2019. The event will run concurrently with the TCAF festival floor directly across the street at the Toronto Reference Library, but will focus on creators using self publishing, DIY, and zine culture to forge new and critical narratives and communities.

We are inviting any zine creator to apply! You do not need to make comics or have exhibited at TCAF before. We are taking a wide and supportive approach to what counts as a zine, and we want to showcase the broad and diverse spectrum of people working in the medium. To this end, we are especially encouraging local, emerging, and marginalized creators to apply to exhibit at TCAF’s Zineland Terrace.

Applications to exhibit are open from now until March 29th April 5th (extended) through this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1geU0OXIlYuJJPyiH0a0oRF3FkxESQmt0mQQ92QlPT3E/.

Application results will go out within 10 days of closing.

There is no fee to apply. If you are accepted to exhibit, the table fee will be $70 (+HST, totalling $79.10).

The exhibitor fee goes directly to covering costs for the venue for the weekend, and covers both days. If the fee is a barrier for you to participate or apply, please send us an email at zinelandterrace@gmail.com

Thank you to Jenna Rose Sands for our incredible poster art! Check her out @assiniysikew.

TCAF 2019 Announces Featured Kids Graphic Novel Authors & New Poster!

TORONTO, CANADA: 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!

“Comics for kids are some of the most widely read and loved works in the medium today,” said TCAF Programming Coordinator Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, who has headed kids programming since TCAF 2009. “Our ambitious roster of 2019 Featured Kids Guests celebrates the range and vitality of these books. TCAF is not just a place for kids to find their next favourite read from among our dozens of exhibitors with kid-friendly comics, but also a place for them to meet their all-time favourite creators, or to try their own hand at creating during our drop-in comics activities.”

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