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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