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)

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.

 

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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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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Announcing Featured Kids & YA Authors at TCAF 2018!

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 proud to unveil its initial programming for Kids and Teens at their 2018 Festival, with great graphic novelists and programming for young readers! TCAF 2018 will Feature more than a dozen internationally celebrated authors of work for kids, and middlegrade and young adult readers! Better still, TCAF will feature two full days of programming for young people this year, completely free to attend! It’s an amazing year for young readers and aspiring young authors to attend the Festival!

Keep reading for the full list of Featured Creators and Kids and Teen Programming highlights!

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TCAF 2018 Dates, May 12 & 13

Hi there!

Just a quick update because we made a small error back in August that seems to have propagated pretty far.

TCAF 2018’s dates main Exhibition dates at Toronto Reference Library, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, and The Masonic Temple are:

Saturday, May 12th, 2018, from 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 13th, 2018, from 10am-5pm

In addition, we will also be doing streams of professional development programming including the CSSC academic conference, Librarian & Educator Day, and Word Balloon Academy programs on Friday, May 11th, though there is currently no plan for public-facing programming on that day.

If you have any questions please hit us up! registration@torontocomics.com.

Thanks!

 

May 13-14: German Comics Pavilion @ TCAF

Updated May 11th.

The German Comics Pavilion at TCAF
Featuring Anna Haifisch, Ulli Lust, and Martina Schradi
Saturday May 13, 9am-5pm & Sunday May 14, 10am-5pm
The Appel Salon, Novella Room, Toronto Reference Library 2nd Floor
Part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Presented in association with the Goethe-Institut, Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen, Germany @ Canada 2017: Partners from Immigration to Innovation, the Federal Foreign Office and the German Comics Association

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to welcome a special pavilion of cartoonists, publishers, associations, and gallery shows from Germany! Germany is home to a thriving comics and artistic scene, and at TCAF 2017 you’ll be able to sample some of the diverse wares, thanks to a special international exchange between TCAF and Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen in Germany, with the incredible support of the Goethe-Institut. The pavilion is located on the second floor of Toronto Reference Library in the Appel Salon. TCAF will travel to Erlangen in 2018 with a cadre of Canadian cartoonists, to complete the exchange.

Exhibiting in the pavilion will be cartoonists Anna Haifisch, Ulli Lust, and Martina Schradi, as well as Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen and The German Comics Association, and German comics publisher Rotopol (who will also be present but exhibiting on Toronto Reference Library’s first floor, so look for them there). The Pavilion will also house 3 small art exhibitions, including: “Ach, So Ist Das? (Oh, is that so?),” a survey of contemporary LGBTI society; a survey of contemporary German comics curated by comics journalist Lars von Törne for the Frankfurt Book Fair and presented here in collaboration with the German Comics Association; a selection of prints by Anna Haifisch. Details on all exhibitions below!

International Comic Salon Erlangen

Held every two years in Erlangen, Germany (near Munich!), the International Comic Salon Erlangen is the most important German-language comic event, with more than 25,000 visitors, hundreds of participating artists, art exhibitions, presentations, and more! At TCAF, Erlangen staffers Michael Jordan and Lars von Törne will represent the festival with a selection of materials from the history of the festival, including a display of past and present festival posters.

German Comics Association

The German Comics Association exists to promote German comics abroad, and at this event the organization’s Axel Halling and Stefan Neuhaus will be present with a display of German-created graphic novels in English, French, and the original German to browse and purchase, should you be interested.

This table will also have a billingual English/German catalogue of work by German cartoonists (click here to view it), curated by Lars Von Torne, for those looking to translate and publish works in English (or just navigate the world of German comics!). An exhibition based on this book will also be presented in this area. The book table and the exhibition will both be presented in collaboration with the German Comics Association and the Federal Foreign Office.

Anna Haifisch

Anna Haifisch’s idiosyncratic comic strips chronicle the experiences of an artist in his formative years, satirizing the exclusive, and at times, absurd, nature of the fine art world. Plagued with doubt, the artist is confronted by setbacks punctuated with occasional glimpses of recognition. Based on Haifisch’s own experiences as an illustrator in Germany and the US, The Artist has most recently run as a serialized comic in Vice Magazine to critical acclaim, and is published in by Breakdown Press.

Anna Haifisch will be exhibiting 20 pieces of work from her recent work at The German Comics Pavilion.

Ulli Lust

Ulli Lust, born 1967 in Vienna, is an Austrian cartoonist who lives and works in Berlin. Her graphic novel Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life was translated into English and published by Fantagraphics Books in 2013. In 2013, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life won an Ignatz Award for best graphic novel, the LA Times Book Award for Graphic Novels and then in 2014 was nominated for an Eisner Award for best reality-based work. The New York Review of Comics will publish the English translation of Voices in the Dark, Ulli Lust’s adaptation of Marcel Beyer’s novel which is set in Berlin during the Nazi era, in Fall 2017. Ulli Lust also teaches at Hannover Art School in Germany, and will be traveling with some of her students and have some student work and school information available.

Ulli is attending TCAF with the support of the Austrian Cultural Institute.

Martina Schradi and “Ach, So Ist Das?”

Martina Schradi is a German author, cartoonist and certified psychologist from Nuremberg. She is known for Ach, So Ist Das? or Oh, I see?!, a collection of comics depicting the daily lives and struggles of people in the LGBT*I community. This book will debut in English at TCAF 2017, and it will also be transformed into an English language exhibition to be displayed at TCAF. After successfully exhibiting her work, Schradi began travelling throughout Germany to conduct workshops and readings. These workshops are designed to inform people on how to use her comics to fight prejudice.

Martina is attending TCAF as part of a cultural exchange with Comic-Salon Erlangen and the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Signing Times:

Saturday May 13th

  • 12-1 p.m. Martina Schradi
  • 1- 2 p.m. Ulli Lust
  • 2-3 p.m. Anna Haifisch, Rita Fürstenau
  • 3-4 p.m Nadine Redlich

Sunday May 14th

  • 12-1 p.m. Martina Schradi
  • 3-4 p.m. Anna Haifisch, Carmen José
  • 4-5 p.m. Ulli Lust

Our thanks to the Goethe-Institut, The Austrian Cultural Institute, Comic Salon Erlangen, and Lars Von Torne for their support of this exhibit. 

In association with Germany @ Canada 2017: Partners from Immigration to Innovation