SPRING: The Elephant in the Room Exhibition – Until May 26

SPRING: The Elephant in the Room Exhibition
@ Toronto Reference Library, 3rd Floor
Running May 12 to May 26.

Presented with the support of The Goethe Institut Toronto and Toronto Reference Library

Romy Blümel

In Spring 2016, eight German cartoonists from the all-woman collective SPRING travelled to Nitryagram in southern India to meet their cartooning colleagues and to create a joint issue of their comics anthology magazine. That work, SPRING: The Elephant in the Room, contains the stories of 16 women reflecting on their lives and how they live., the roles women take on and the decisions they make. It contains shorter and longer stories, some more detailed, some more abstract, but ultimately it is the similarties rather than the differences that abound in this work.

For the exhibition at TCAF, whole stories and short excerpts of the Spring #13 will be displayed, and one of the participating artists, Stephanie Wunderlich, will be in attendence for both days of TCAF, seated adjacent to the exhibit. Copies of SPRING magazine will be made available for sale Saturday and Sunday during TCAF at Stephanie’s table, and afterwards at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop.

TCAF Exhibit: 25 Significant Moments of Quebec Comics / 25 Moments Importants de la BD Québécois

25 Significant Moments of Québéc Comics
25 Moments Importants de la BD Québécois
From May 9th to July 29th
@ Toronto Reference Library, Browsery, 789 Yonge Street

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in partnership with The Festival de la Bande Desinee Francophone de Québéc, Québéc BD, and the Province of Québéc, are proud to present the bilingual exhibition 25 Significant Moments of Quebec Comics / 25 Moments Importants de la BD Québécois.

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Complete list of TCAF 2018 events at a glance…!

The 2018 Toronto Comic Arts Festival is rapidly approaching, and while we’ve got our great interactive events listing up and running, sometimes you just want to know what’s happening in one, quick list! In that spirit, here’s a listing of all of the TCAF 2018 off-site and special events, with facebook and website links when available. This is complete as of May 6th, 2018, but we will update if new info comes in.

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Programming Updates for Librarian & Educator Day and Academic Conference

Good news everyone! Both TCAF Librarian & Educator Day and the CSSC Academic Conference have unveiled their full programs for 2018.

You can find the TCAF Librarian and Educator Day program here. As a reminder, registration for this event is still available!

You can find the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics Conference Schedule here.

Also, as a reminder you can see the exhibitor list and programming for the Comics X Games programme and the Word Balloon Academy programme here on the website as well!

 

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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