TCAF 2020 Professional Registration is Now Open

Are you a professional working in the comic book industry? A creator going to TCAF not exhibiting, or a journalist looking to cover the show? Consider applying for Professional Accredation at TCAF 2020!

The Professional Registration form is now open for the 2020 show: Click Here For Professional Registration

As a reminder, most events are free to attend at TCAF, and pre-registration is only rarely required. Pro Reg is for professional working creators who are not necessarily exhibiting at the show, but will still be in attendance, as well as members of the media, agents, editors, and other folks like that.

For any questions please email



Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling present

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2020
Saturday May 9th, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 10th, 10am-5pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
@ The Concert Hall, 888 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
Free To Attend |


FEBRUARY 19, 2020: TCAF, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, is thrilled to announce that acclaimed Japanese manga author Kamome Shirahama, creator of the series Witch Hat Atelier, will participate in the 2020 Festival as a Featured Guest. In addition to the hit manga series, published by Kodansha Comics, Shirahama is also widely known for her work on popular Marvel and DC Comics series including Wonder Woman, Star Wars, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, and Doctor Strange among many others. She will attend TCAF with a robust participation in the festival, including the English-language debut of Witch Hat Atelier Volume 6.

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VOLUNTEER AT TCAF 2020! Come helps us make one of the greatest comic events in the world!


Yes, it’s true! The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization, and we’re looking for about 200 amazing volunteers this year to help us make the Festival a success!

Volunteers will do jobs like helping our with guest line-ups, welcoming attendees to the festival with festival guides, making sure areas don’t get too crowded, and So Much More! Plus, you get a cool t-shirt! 🙂

In addition, if you ever wanted come on staff or have a larger role at TCAF, being a volunteer is a great way to meet the team and learn the ropes of the fest before joining up!

So head over to this form here, fill out your details, and we’ll be in contact soon to discuss volunteering for TCAF 2020!



On behalf of Volunteer Coordinators Steph & Hannah!


Advertise in the TCAF 2020 Festival Guide

Hey y’all! Each year TCAF prints 12,000 to 15,000 copies of the Festival Guide, which is the premiere source of info for attendees of the festival. It’s got everything from exhibitors to panels, guests, signings, gallery shows, original comics and more! Advertising funds help offset costs of the Festival.

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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is looking for an enthusiastic individual to help recruit and coordinate a team of approximately 250+ volunteers. The Festival attracts 25,000 attendees per year across multiple downtown Toronto venues in early May. The Assistant Volunteer Coordinator will work with the Volunteer Coordinators to help provide support for some of the best volunteers in the industry! (It’s true! We get compliments on our volunteers all the time!). 

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Register Now for TCAF Library & Educator Day 2020

TCAF Libraries & Education Day is a day of programming aimed at teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, library workers and collection managers who want to know more about incorporating comics and graphic novels into their collections and classrooms. 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.

There is both free and paid registration depending on whether you’d like to purchase a lunch and patron pack.

For more details or to register, please click here.


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


Each year TCAF offers well over 100 hours of programming related to comics, graphic novels, BD, manga, and more. While we work with authors and publishers to generate ideas for these programs, we’re also interested in suggestions from the larger comics industry and community, for what kind of programs they’d like to see at TCAF 2020, taking place May 9 & 10 (with a Professional Development Day on May 8).

Click here to read the complete outline for our programming, and fill out the Call For Programming!

TCAF Statement about Toronto Public Library and the 2020 Festival.

In October 2019, TCAF’s presenting sponsor, Toronto Public Library (TPL), booked an event with a known transphobic speaker, in contravention of their own policies and despite significant criticism from trans and queer people, library stakeholders including TCAF, and their own staff Union. This decision by TPL leadership has significantly damaged relations with the LGBTQ2S+ community in Toronto and internationally, and have made vital library spaces, which are meant to serve the public, less accessible and more unsafe to marginalized communities.

This situation caught us by surprise, as we rely on TPL, through sponsorship, to provide us with space that supports and nurtures comics creators, publishers, academics, and our larger community, and reinforces TCAF’s goals of being an accessible and inclusive venue for the medium we love. We recognize that TPL has put up a huge block to that accessibility through their actions. Both the board and staff of TCAF are continuing to discuss the relationship we want to have with TPL going forward.

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SEP28: Uptown Kidlit! Kids Book & Comic Festival

Uptown Kidlit! Kids Book & Comic Festival
Presented by iSurround, North York Arts, and TCAF: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Saturday, September 28, 9:30am-4:00pm
@ North York Central Library, Auditorium, 2nd Floor
5120 Yonge Street (at North York Centre TTC)

Uptown Kidlit – Poster by Anoosha Syed

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and North York Arts are thrilled to announce a brand-new, one-day kids focused literary event to be held at North York Central Public Library. We call it UPTOWN KIDLIT! 

Uptown Kidlit is a free event that will feature a day of feature programs, drop-in workshops, and a small vendor fair with local authors selling comics, books, and more.

Participants include: George O’Connor (The Olympians graphic novel series), Anoosha Syed (author and Poster Artist!), Deborah Kerbel, Richard Scrimger, Britt Wilson, Ted Staunton, Lesley Livingston, Kean Soo, Lis Xu, John Martz, Tory Woollcott, Chad Solomon, Anoosha Syed, Brian McLaughlan, Hilary Leung, Rabeea Syed, and many more!

Click under the cut for full schedule and author bios!

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SEP 22: Comics & Graphic Novels @ Word on the Street!

Comics & Graphic Novels @ Word on the Street
Sunday, September 22, 10am-5:00pm
@ Harbourfront Centre, Queen’s Quay
Free for the public to attend

Sunday September 22nd it’s marks the annual Word on the Street Literary Festival in Toronto! TCAF has entered a relationship with WOTS to help develop their comics and graphic novels programming and exhibitors for 2019 and 2020! We think this relationship will help promote some of Canada’s greatest comic creators and graphic novelists to the amazing crowd of book lovers that WOTS attracts each year.

Keep reading to see participating exhibitors and programming!

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Hartley Lin, Ariane Dénommé, and Xiaoxiao Li take home 2019 Doug Wright Awards, Fiona Smyth and Alootook Ipellie inducted into Giants of the North

Hartley Lin, Ariane Dénommé, and Xiaoxiao Li take home 2019 Doug Wright Awards, Fiona Smyth and Alootook Ipellie inducted into Giants of the North

May 15, 2019—The winners of the 15th annual Doug Wright Awards, recognizing the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics, were announced on Saturday evening during a ceremony at Toronto’s Marriott Yorkville. 

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Guest Update: Shannon and Dean Hale Saturday Only

Due to scheduling issues, Shannon and Dean Hale will only be participating in TCAF on Saturday, May 11th. Other than these creators and Jeff Lemire and Tillie Walden, all other creators at TCAF are scheduled to appear at events on May 11 & 12.

HOWEVER! Shannon and Dean have a jam-packed schedule that day though, with the following events and signings!

Signing: Penguin Random House Table
Saturday, May 11, 10am-11am
Booth 126-127, Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor

Squirrel Girl Panel: Talk Nuts, Kick Butts – Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Shannon & Dean Hale share with us their love of Squirrel Girl and give us a look behind the scenes of creating Doreen. Moderated by Hélène Deval
Saturday, May 11, 12:15 PM-1:15 PM
Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor Yorkville

Spotlight: The Princess in Black
The creative team behind the celebrated Princess in Black series launch the latest installment: Science Fair Scare. Join Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham as they tell you all about the making of your favourite series!
Saturday, May 11, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

See you there!


TCAF is pleased to present Word Balloon Academy, a full day of creator-focused programming on Friday, May 10th at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, located at 90 Bloor Street East (Bloor/Yonge Subway).

Admission to Word Balloon Academy is ticketed, and tickets are now available on Eventbrite.

You can see the Schedule and Detailed Programming Descriptions on the Word Balloon Academy Page on this site.

Go check it out, and we’ll see you Friday!

Word Balloon Academy Crest by Dustin Harbin

Zineland Terrace Announces Exhibitors and Programming for 2019

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.

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TCAF 2019 Masonic Temple Programming Live – Tickets Available!

Tickets available at Eventbrite

This year TCAF returns to the beautiful Masonic Temple Concert Hall for two full days (and one great night) of Featured programming events!

At the request of our venue, publishing partners, and staff, all events at The Masonic Temple will be ticketed this year. Tickets are free for daytime events on Saturday and Sunday, and will be available on the Eventbrite page on Tuesday, April 30, at 11am EST.

Another exciting piece is that this year we’re able to provide ASL interpretation for all main stage programming at the Masonic Temple! Tell your friends!

Keep reading for details on the amazing programs taking place this year!

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TCAF 2019 Posters Now On Sale!

Gorgeous printed versions of our TCAF 2019 Posters are now in stock at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, and at TCAF’s Premiere Sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art, 319 College Street. Posters are $10 each, or all 3 for $20.

Total poster size (with show info and sponsor logos) is 13″ wide by 21.5″ tall. Main poster image area is 13″ x 19″. Printed on bright matte stock. They look great!

Fiona Smyth, Alootook Ipellie To Be Inducted into “the Giants of the North Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame”

Fiona Smyth, Alootook Ipellie To Be Inducted into the Giants of the North Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame 

April 23, 2019—Fiona Smyth, an artist and teacher known for her groundbreaking comics tackling female sexuality, and Alootook Ipellie (1951–2007), a multi-faceted artist, writer, activist, and cartoonist recognized for his satirical comics about Inuit life in Canada, will be inducted next month into the Giants of the North Hall of Fame for Canadian cartoonists.

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Junji Ito Events at TCAF 2019

Ever since we announced that the incredible horror manga creator Junji Ito would be participating in TCAF 2019, fans have been excited to learn exactly how they can interact with him at the Festival! Well here’s all the details for his signings, panels, and more!

Special Event #1: TCAF Kick-Off featuring Junji Ito, Friday May 10th (Tickets required)
Special Event #2: Junji Ito Live Drawing Session @ The Masonic Temple, Saturday May 11th (Tickets Required)
Signing #1: Junji Ito signing at Toronto Reference Library, Saturday May 11th (Wristband Required)
Signing #2: Junji Ito signing at Toronto Reference Library, Sunday May 12th (Wristband Required)

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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 (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.


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:

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

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