TCAF GUEST UPDATE! Welcoming Harper, Kochalka, Rocheleau, Webber, and the National Cartoonist Society!

TORONTO, APRIL 25 – With the 2018 Festival just over 2 weeks away, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce additional Featured Guests, organizations, and the complete range of posters for this year’s Festival. These announcements are in addition to the wonderful list of Featured guests already announced for TCAF 2018, taking place May 12 & 13 (with professional programming on May 11), at Toronto Reference Library, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, and Cumberland Terrace.

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Announcing the nominations for the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards

April 18, 2018 | Nominees for the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards, recognizing the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics in three categories, were announced this morning.

Duncan Macpherson (1924–1993), editorial cartoonist at the Montreal Standard, Toronto Star and Maclean’s magazine, is this year’s Giants of the North inductee. He will be inducted into the Canadian cartoonist hall of fame on the evening of the awards ceremony.

Nominees for the 2018 Doug Wright Best Book Award, presented for the best graphic novel book published in Canada (in English), are:

Hostage (Drawn & Quarterly)
Guy Delisle

I’m Not Here (Koyama Press)
GG

Crawl Space (Koyama Press)
Jesse Jacobs

The Abominable Mr. Seabrook (Drawn & Quarterly)
Joe Ollmann

Anti-Gone (Koyama Press)
Connor Willumsen

Nominees for the 2018 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. The Nipper), presented to a Canadian cartoonist (or writer-cartoonist team) deserving of wider recognition, are:

Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes
The Case of the Missing Men (Conundrum Press)

Gillian Blekkenhorst
All-Inclusive Fully Automated Vacation and House of Strays

Eric Kostiuk Williams
Condo Heartbreak Disco (Koyama Press)

Jason Loo
The Pitiful Human-Lizard Nos. 12, 13 and 14 (Chapterhouse Comics)

Jenn Woodall
Magical Beatdown Vol. 2 and Marie and Worrywart

Each year, the Doug Wright Awards nominating committee chooses to honour the year’s most experimental, unconventional, or avant-garde comic with the Pigskin Peters Award. This year’s nominees are:

The Dead Father
Sami Alwani

The Death of the Master
Patrick Kyle

Crohl’s House Nos. 1 & 2
Alexander Laird, Jamiel Rahi and Robert Laird

Creation: The First Three Chapters
Sylvia Nickerson

Potluck
Wavering Line Collective

Duncan Macpherson, this year’s Giants of the North inductee, was born in Toronto in 1924, and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He studied at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Ontario College of Art, and began his career at the Montreal Standard in 1948. Over the next five decades, Macpherson’s cartoons became a fixture of the political scene in English Canada and his wickedly wrought black-and-white work helped define the country’s political conversation in such publications as the Toronto Star and Maclean’s.

Terry “Aislin” Mosher, once referred to Macpherson as “the king of the third wave” of Canadian editorial cartoonists while a journalist colleague described his work as a combination of “Mary Poppins, Mark Twain and Attila the Hun.” Though he took on politicians of stripes and affiliations, his caustic portraits of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker helped make him famous, with Pierre Berton citing them as being “the beginning of the country’s disillusionment with the Diefenbaker government.”

MacPherson received six National Newspaper Awards, the Royal Academy Medal, was a Member of the Order of Canada, and his work was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He died, in Beaverton, Ontario, in 1993.

Finalists for this year’s awards were chosen from nearly 100 works published during the 2017 calendar year. The nominating committee consisted of Adrian DoranAlexander Hoffman, Betty Liang, and Conan Tobias.

The jury for the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards includes: Bo Doodley, a Toronto-based artist; Jim Munroe, a writer, producer, and creator of games, comics, movies, and novels, living in Toronto; Marc Ngui, a Windsor, Ontario–based sequential artist and speculative designer; and Pamela Marie PiercePamela Marie Pierce, a multi-disciplinary visual artist and illustrator based in Saint John, New Brunswick, whose work has appeared in Heavy Metal and elsewhere..

The Doug Wright Awards will be announced at a ceremony on the evening of May 12, 2018, hosted by cartoonist Dustin Harbin. The awards will be a featured event at the 2018 Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), which takes place in and around the Toronto Reference Library, May 12 and 13.

Conundrum Press announces plans for TCAF 2018

Conundrum Press to Debut Six New Titles at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)

On May 12th and 13th, Conundrum Press will exhibit at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) with six debut titles by Canadian artists, including:

  • Norths: Two Suitcases and a Stroller Around the Circumpolar World by Alison McCreesh
  • The Curse of Charley Butters by Zach Worton
  • Feast of Fields by Sean Karemaker
  • 100 Days in Uranium City by Ariane Dénommé
  • On Vinyl by Lorenz Peter

Weegee: Serial Photographer, will also debut at TCAF. The creators, Max de Radiguès and Wauter Mannaert (Belgium) are featured guests at this year’s festival.

Kris Bertin and Alex Forbes (Halifax) will sign their celebrated graphic novel The Case of the Missing Men, and Howard Chackowicz (Montreal) and Andy Brown (Wolfville) will be signing BDQ: Essays and Interviews on Quebec Comics.

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TCAF Joins Forces with University Researchers for “Comic Cons Research Project”

UPDATE April 11: This survey is now available in both French and English! [Link]

TCAF Joins Forces with University Researchers
New research project explores booming fandom event sector

Toronto – March 19, 2018. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and the Ottawa Geek Market have teamed up with researchers from Carleton University, Ryerson University, and the University of Calgary to launch a multi-year research partnership. Over the project’s three years, researchers will study the role that North America’s comic conventions, comic art festivals and fandom events play in the creative economy and the cultural life of cities.

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TCAF Celebrates Toon Books’ 10th Anniversary in 2018!

TORONTO, CANADA– Trailblazing kids graphic novel publisher Toon Books is turning 10 this year, and they’re celebrating at TCAF! The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that it will join with Toon Books, their staff, and creators, in celebrating their 10th anniversary through programming, appearances, debut books, and more!

Toon Books will exhibit in TCAF’s new kids programming and activity area, in The Marriott Bloor Yorkville’s Forest Hill Ballroom, and will be represented at TCAF by company founder and legendary comics editor Françoise Mouly. Mouly will also act as the Keynote speaker for TCAF Librarian & Educator Day on Friday May 11th, with registration now open. Joining Mouly in the celebration will be an amazing assortment of top comics creators (for Kids and Adults), including Jaime Hernandez, Liniers, Kevin McCloskey, Sergio Garcia Sanchez, and Frank Viva!

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TCAF 2018 Announces International Guests!

TORONTO, CANADA – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s commitment to showcasing the greatest comic creators from Canada and around the world continues with the announcement of eleven international guests for the 2018 Festival. Among their ranks are prize winners from all over the world, including Eisner Awards, Angouleme Selections, and one creator is even an honest-to-goodness Knight! These comics luminaries from Belgium, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Spain, and the U.K. will be welcome guests of TCAF 2018, joining the more than 400 already announced creators who will participate in the Festival. All of these creators will be accessible to Festival attendees on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, through multiple programming and signing/dédicace opportunities, (schedules to be announced).

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Librarian & Educator Day Program - TPL Librarian Scott Robins speaks with creators Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse)

TCAF Librarian & Educator Day Registration Now Open

Librarians! Teachers! Academics! Registration for TCAF Librarian and Educator Day is now open, and once again, it’s FREE! Sponsored by The Beguiling, UDON Entertainment and Manga Classics, and numerous participating publishers, TCAF Librarian & Educator Day is a FREE, full-day of programming aimed at teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, and library workers and collection managers who want to know more about incorporating comics and graphic novels into their collections. Information-rich presentations and lectures, panel discussions, and workshops impart valuable information about building collections, improving circulation, targeting important demographics, and integrating comics into classroom use.

For more information and sign-up, please visit our Librarian & Educator Day Page.

 

Canadian Publishers’ Mission to Comic-Salon Erlangen

International Comic-Salon Erlangen, Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, and Canada FBM2020 are partnering together to bring a small delegation of Canadian graphic novel publishers to Germany’s largest and most important comics industry event, May 31st to June 3rd, 2018.

If you’re an interested Canadian Publisher, please visit the program outline and application page for more information on how you can join us!