ANNOUNCING: Zineland Terrace – The First Ever TCAF Zine Fair!

We are proud to announce Zineland Terrace, the first ever TCAF Zine Fair!

Every year, some of the world’s most exciting comic artists gather for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. This year, we are delighted to expand the scope of the festival’s exhibitor programming to include a brand new, truly unique space for zine creators, readers, and well, everyone!

TCAF’s Zineland Terrace will happen at The Cumberland Terrace (2 Bloor St W) on May 12-13, 2018, from 11am to 5pm each day. The event will run concurrently with the main 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 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.

 

TCAF Welcomes Esteemed Manga Creator
Inio Asano to the 2018 Festival!

Inio Asano

TORONTO, CANADA—The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that acclaimed Japanese manga creator Inio Asano will participate in TCAF as a Featured Guest of the 2018 Festival, to be held May 12-13, 2018, in Toronto Canada. Asano will travel from Japan to Canada in support of the new manga Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction, the first volume of which will be published in English by VIZ Media this April.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Asano-sensei to TCAF,” said Christopher Butcher, the Festival’s Artistic Director. “Inio Asano has been one of my favorite mangaka since VIZ released solanin in English, a book I absolutely love. Inio Asano has a wide variety of stand-alone manga and series in print, and manga fans and TCAF’s audience of graphic novel and alternative comics fans will find much to love.”

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Announcing The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018! Featured Guests, Programs, and more!

 Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling present

TCAF 2018 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Professional Development: Friday, May 11, 8:30am-5pm
Saturday, May 12, 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 13, 10am-5pm
Free to attend
www.torontocomics.com

TORONTO, CANADA — The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is very excited to announce the initial Northan American Featured Guests and Events for TCAF 2018! With over 350 cartoonists from more than 15 countries on their way to Toronto this May, we’re set to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! Get ready for a week of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 12th and 13th, 2018! Tell your friends!

Every year the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 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. The 2018 programme builds on our previous successes, with a continued commitment to offer more inclusive and engaging programming, in multiple formats, focusing on compelling and challenging work being made across the world and right here in Canada! We’re proud to spotlight a wide variety of incredible Canadian cartoonists with exciting new projects debuting at TCAF.

Keep reading to see two incredible official TCAF posters by Canadian cartoonists, an amazing variety of Featured Guests, and even TCAF’s very first Opera project! It’s going to be an incredible year for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival!

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TCAF proudly presents HOCKEY NOIR: A billingual Chamber Opera in 3 Periods

TCAF, along with our partners Ensemble contemporain de Montreal (ECM+) and Continuum Contemporary Music, are thrilled to bring you Hockey Noir, a multimedia chamber opera. Set in the 1950s, the classic hockey rivalry between Toronto and Montreal takes centre stage with a side of organized crime. Love, lust, scandal, blood, betrayal – in sudden death, who wins and who loses is determined not by fate but by the final shot!

Hockey Noir was written by TCAF Featured Guest Cecil Castellucci, and features artwork by Toronto illustrator Kymberlyn Porter. Showtimes are May 10th and 11th at 8pm, and a 2pm matinee on May 11th. For more info and tickets, check out continuummusic.org.

Full details under the cut!

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APPLY NOW FOR TCAF 2018!

Applications for TCAF 2018 are now closed.

Applications were open from August 14th – October 31st, 2017.

TCAF 2018 will feature a day of Professional Development Programming on Friday May 11th, with the main exhibition on Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th, 2018, at Toronto Reference Library in sunny Toronto, Canada. We are now accepting applications for comics creators who are interested in exhibiting at the festival.

Creators who submitted an application on time will be contacted with their results starting on December 18th.

Because of the high volume of submissions we have historically received, preference for exhibition space will be given to:

  1. Comics creators (versus illustrators/animators/fine artists/other creative persons),
  2. Creators with new major works debuting at or around TCAF 2018,
  3. Those creators who did not exhibit in 2017.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at registration@torontocomics.com.