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 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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TCAF 2019 Announces Young Adult Guests and Programming

TORONTO, CANADA: Building on years of great author appearances, debut books, and a variety of programming, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is proud to present 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.

“We’ve long been both readers and proponents of YA,” said TCAF Artistic Director Christopher Butcher. “Until now we’ve integrated some of the incredible, bestselling YA authors that we’ve been fortunate enough to welcome to TCAF into our general program, trusting interested young readers to find the material they’re looking for. But as the market changes, and the fandom changes, we want to make sure that we’re putting these creators out in front where fans will see them, and for us that means a branded program, in partnership with some of the category’s top publishers.”

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, www.torontocomics.com. 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.

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TCAF Announces 2019 International Guests!

Junji Ito’s Poster for TCAF 2019

FEBRUARY 15, TORONTO: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival proudly announces its second round of Guest for the 2019 Festival, focusing on the international cartooning community! Building on TCAF’s history of cartooning and cultural exchanges, the 2019 Festival will be the most international yet, with more than 20 countries represented at the two-day exhibition on May 11 and 12, at Toronto Reference Library and surrounding neighbourhood.

Focusing on adult literary and popular works across genres including memoir, historical fiction, fantasy, and yes, even superheroes, these creators will help focus the eyes of the world on Canada, this May, with English- and French-Language translations of their greatest works available for North American readers.

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TCAF ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF FEATURED GUESTS FOR 2019

TORONTO, CANADA: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is excited to announce its initial round of Featured Guests of the 2019 Festival! Drawing from across North America and highlighting some of the very best adult graphic novels being published today, these authors will join the more than 350 cartoonists from 20+ countries participating in the FREE, two-day exhibition on May 11 and 12 at Toronto Reference Library!

Each year TCAF showcases Canada’s most incredible comics talent on a world stage by promoting top-tier creators and publishers, and inviting the attention of the global cartooning community. TCAF 2019 will see more than 40 Featured Guests in total, from North America and abroad, and for readers of all ages. In addition to the two-day exhibition, the Festival will include a full week of comics-related performances, readings, workshops, gallery exhibitions, parties, and so much more!

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JUNJI ITO TO ATTEND TCAF 2019

Toronto Public Library presents

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2019
Saturday May 11th, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 12th, 10am-5pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
Free To Attend | www.torontocomics.com

PLEASE INCLUDE IN YOUR EVENT LISTINGS

Junji Ito's Poster for TCAF 2019

Junji Ito’s Poster for TCAF 2019

FEBRUARY 11: TCAF, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that acclaimed Japanese manga creator and international horror sensation JUNJI ITO will participate in TCAF as a Featured Guest and Official Poster Artist of the 2019 Festival, to be held May 11-12, 2019, in Toronto, Canada. Junji Ito is best known for his groundbreaking horror stories including Uzumaki, Gyo, Tomie, and “The Enigma of Amigara Fault,” and will travel to Toronto in support of his new short story collection Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection, to be published this April by VIZ Media.

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Check out BLIND DATE, sponsored by TCAF and Entreviñetas

This past Fall, As part of TCAF’s growing partnership with Colombian comic artists, we collaborated with Enterviñetas and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia to launch a special project called Blind Date (or Cita a ciegas).
The Blind Date project pairs Colombian and Canadian comic artists who have never met to collaborate digitally across hemispheres to create a digital comic art project. Fun fact: this project resulted in the first grant specifically for comic artists ever in Colombia! So exciting!
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2018 Doug Wright Awards honour Jacobs, Woodall, and Alwani; Duncan Macpherson inducted into Hall of Fame

May 13, 2018 | The winners of the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards, recognizing the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics, were announced Saturday evening at a ceremony in Toronto. One of this year’s winners is a multiple Doug Wright Award nominee, and all three took home awards for the first time.

Crawl Space, by Jesse Jacobs (a six-time Wright Award nominee) won the 2018 Doug Wright Best Book Award. Crawl Space, published by Koyama Press, is a surreal story of adolescence. The judges said of this year’s winner:

One part John Hughes and one part Terrence McKenna, Crawl Space transforms the common corners of a suburban adolescence into a cosmic philosophical landscape. It flies high with masterful visual storytelling, and a mind-bending drawing style all the while staying grounded in its gentle humor and pathos.  It’s a book that’s hard not to love.

First-time nominee Jenn Woodall was the winner of the 2018 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (also known as “The Nipper”). The Nipper is presented to a Canadian cartoonist (or writer/artist team) deserving of wider recognition. Woodall was nominated on the merit of her books Magical Beatdown Vol. 2 and Worrywart, of which the judges said:

Worrywart was uniquely vulnerable and relatable, and we loved seeing the protagonist contend with anxiety as a tangible character that never leaves. Magical Beatdown deploys violence in a very satisfying way, and that, coupled with Jenn’s gorgeous illustrative style made this book a clear winner.

First-time nominee Sami Alwani’s book The Dead Father was awarded the 2018 Pigskin Peters Award, presented to the most experimental, unconventional or avant-garde comic of the year. In their comments about Alawani’s debut comic the judges said:

Alwani explores the pressures and obligations of our arbitrary circumstances and the anxiety that comes inherent in every opportunity. Alwani’s debut leaves us with great expectations for his future work, the irony of which is clear in his story of poor Baby Alwani, who seems both deserving and devastated by the expectations of his father and a clamoring, rabid throng of reporters.

This year’s inductee to the Giants of the North Canadian cartoonist hall of fame, which celebrates creators who have made a life-long contribution to the field, is Duncan Macpherson (1924–1993). Macpherson was inducted into the Giants hall of fame by Terry “Aislin” Mosher, and accepted om his behalf by his son, Ian Macpherson.

Born in Toronto, Macpherson served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Ontario College of Art, and his work appeared in the Montreal Standard, and, most famously, the Toronto Star. Mosher, referred to Macpherson as “the king of the third wave” of Canadian editorial cartoonists. He was awarded multiple National Newspaper Awards, his work has been displayed at the Ontario Art Gallery, and he was the first cartoonist to ever become a member of the Order of Canada. He died, in Beaverton, Ontario, in 1993.

A feature event of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards took place in the High Park Ballroom of the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel. They were hosted by Dustin Harbin, and featured live drawing by R. Sikoryak.

Finalists for this year’s awards were chosen from nearly 100 works published during the 2017 calendar year. The jury for the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards included: Bo Doodley, a Toronto-based artist; Jim Munroe, a writer, producer, and creator of games, comics, movies and novels, living in Toronto; Marc Nui, a Windsor, Ontario–based sequential artist and speculative designer; and Pamela Marie Pierce, a multi-disciplinary visual artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in Heavy Metal, based in Saint John, New Brunswick. The Pigskin Peters Award was chosen by the nominating committee, which this year consisted of Adrian Doran, Alex Hoffman, Betty Liang, and Conan Tobias.

NBM Announces TCAF 2018 Premieres, Signing Schedule

NBM Graphic Novels is enthusiastically once again attending The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 and can be found at Table #133.

Publisher Terry Nantier will be on hand for the company and he’ll be joined by David B, one of France’s finest cartoonists and a co-founder of the legendary L’Association collective, who is attending TCAF as a Featured Guest.

David B is attending TCAF in support of his new graphic novel from NBM, Hasib & the Queen of Serpents, which will debut at the show and he will be both signing at the NBM Booth and appearing on several panels.

Heir to the wise Daniel, Hâsib is a young woodcutter promised to a great future. When his greedy companions abandon him in the middle of the forest, he meets the Queen of the serpents. She then tells her story, a fabulous adventure filled with gods and demons, princes and prophets. We find Prince Janshah madly in love with Shamsa, the bird woman of King Solomon. Love and perjury, epic battles and giant spiders ensue… From Kabul to Cairo, journeys intertwine with intrigues and spiritual quests while the fabulous nights follow one another. An enchanting and intricately designed interpretation of the story of Hâsib Karîm ad-Dîm, through which fragment of the giant tale David B. opens us the gates of the Thousand and One Nights. For mature readers.

Also premiering at TCAF is Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets from creators Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin.

Niki de Saint Phalle knew art could save the world because art saved her… from madness, from violence. Even from herself.
 A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.

Also appearing at TCAF will be Julian Voloj (Ghetto Brother) who will be be premiering his comic biography, The Joe Shuster Story, from our sister company, Papercutz.  In addition, he’ll be signing at the NBM booth and will be participating on a panel.  (Details here!)

David B – Panels and Signing Schedule

Saturday

11:00 AM:  BD Today – Contemporary French Comics
High Park Ballroom 2/3 (Marriott)
The best-selling French comics sell 5x better than English comics in North America. That’s millions and millions of copies! Sacré Bleu! Join some of the most critically acclaimed voices in French comics to talk about what makes the French comics scene so magical, and what exciting books and artists we should keep our eyes out for. Featuring Yvan Alagbé, David B, Brigitte Findakly, Julie Rocheleau, and Lewis Trondheim. Moderated by Bart Beatty.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

Sunday

12:00 PM: Personal Boundaries: Changing Shape of Memoir
Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor, Library)
What is the power of personal narratives when tweets, instagram photos, and snapchats are increasingly changing the norms of sharing personal information? Does the longer narrative of memoir become more relevant,a break from the bombardment of social media? Or will it soon be dismissed by readers who want more immediacy from a glowing screen? Featuring memoirist David B, Georgia Webber, Marguerite Dabaie, and Karl Steven. Moderated by Irene Velentzas.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

3:00 PM: Literally Illustrated Classics
Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor, Library)
What are the specific challenges artists face when adapting a beloved work into a graphic novel? Emily Carrol, David B, Meaghan Carter and Ron Wimberly discuss how to honour the original while bringing something new to it, and updating and reworking problematic aspects of older work to bringit up to the standard of a contemporary audience. Moderated by Megan Kearney.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

Exclusive Inio Asano & TCAF Merchandise for 2018!

Coming to TCAF this weekend? You’re in for a treat, because we have some AMAZING exclusive items and giveaways for you! All items will be available in Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, and the Inio Asano items will also be available at the second floor Beguiling Table.

Inio Asano Exclusives

Free Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction Poster for all TCAF Attendees (while supplies last)
All attendees of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will receive a free Inio Asano Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction Volume 1 cover poster (24″ x 36″), courtesy of VIZ Media LLC.

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HOCKEY NOIR FUNDRAISER – WIN SIGNED MATTHEWS & MARNER LEAFS JERSEYS!

As part of Hockey Noir (tickets on sale now), the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Continuum Music, and ECM+ were donated authentic signed Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys signed by #16 Mitch Marner and #34 Auston Matthews! These signed jerseys — each from their record-setting rookie seasons — also come with a certificate of authenticity, a signed & framed photo, and a Maple Leafs drawstring knapsack!
Raffle tickets will be sold at the TCAF INFO Desk on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library during Saturday May 12 (9am to 5pm) and Sunday May 13 (10am to 5pm). The draw will take place Monday May 14th, and winners will be contacted by phone.
The tickets will be sold at 1 ticket for $5 or 3 tickets for $10 and all proceeds will go directly to support the production of Hockey Noir.

Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity – Until July 29th

Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity
From May 12th to July 29th
@ Toronto Reference Library, TD Gallery, 789 Yonge Street

Scott Pilgrim, Captain Canuck, Nelvana, and Kagagi are just a few of the thrilling Canadian comic book heroes you can explore at the Alter Ego exhibition. Check out some of Canada’s best biographical and realist comic creators, and learn about the talented Canadians behind many popular superheroes, like pioneering Superman artist Joe Shuster.

An exhibit created by Library and Archives Canada and presented by the Toronto Public Library.

 

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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NEW PROGRAMMING VENUE: The Cumberland Terrace, First Floor

As you may know, this year TCAF is presenting Zineland Terrace, our first ever zine-focused show held in the Cumberland Terrace Mall. This space will not only host exhibitors (full list of whom you can find here: Link), but also a stream of TCAF programming! The following panels will be held a the Cumberland Terrace First Floor programming space:
SATURDAY MAY 12th
11:00am – 12:00pm Spotlight: Germany’s Spring Collective
12:15pm – 1:15pm Spotlight: Hockey Noir
1:30pm – 2:30pm Country Comics and City Comics
2:45pm – 3:45pm Spotlight: Hartley Lin x Georgia Webber
4:00pm – 5:00pm Spotlight: Yvan Alagbé
SUNDAY MAY 13th
11:00am – 12:00pm Finding Your Publishing Niche
12:00pm – 1:15pm From the Inside Looking Out: Comics and Mental Health
2:45pm – 3:45pm Historietas: Comics in the Spanish Speaking World
Keen attendees may notice that these programs were originally slate to happen in the High Park 1 Ballroom at the Marriott Hotel. Luckily this new location at the Cumberland lets us have even more space for programs, so even more people can attend! All programs scheduled to take place at the High Park 2/3 Ballroom will still be there, just in the bigger and grander complete High Park Ballroom!
For more information on these and all of our TCAF programs, don’t forget to check out the TCAF Guidebook:

Or you can check out all of our programs (plus a map of our the neighbourhood) on our Panels & Programs page.

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!

 

ANNOUNCING WORD BALLOON ACADEMY 2018! Register today!

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.

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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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