Saturday, May 12, 10am-5pm & Sunday, May 13, 10:30am-5pm
@ The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor Street East
In the Forest Hill Ballroom and Yorkville Room
Free to attend!

There’s so much great stuff for readers and fans of all ages to do at TCAF, and we’ve got our greatest kids area yet for 2018! Taking over the Forest Hill Ballroom and Yorkville Room in the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, in our dedicated kids programming area you’ll find:


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These are just SOME of the Kids authors that will be at TCAF! Click here for the full list!

Here are the great programs taking place on Saturday and Sunday! Look for author presentations and discussions in the Forest Hill Ballroom, and live-drawing events just next door in the Yorkville Room!


Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor Yorkville

11:00 AM A Meeting of the Tea Dragon Society w/ Katie O’Neill
Come and help create brand new and beautiful tea dragons with New Zealand’s own Queen of Dragons, Katie O’Neill!

Happy Birthday TOON Books! To celebrate, some of their best and brightest artists are getting together for a good old fashioned drawing party! Featuring Jaime Hernandez, Liniers, Kevin McCloskey, Sergio García Sánchez, and Frank Viva!

1:30 PM We Dig Comics! w/ Kevin McCLoskey
Kevin McCloskey, author, illustrator and professor shares fascinating facts about common creatures (including worms, fish, pigeons, and snails!) from his Toon Books for beginning readers. He’ll share drawing tips (materials provided) and there will be plenty of gross-out fun! For all ages toddler and up.

2:45 PM Baby-Sitter’s Club w/ Gale Galligan
Four friends and baby-sitting: what could be more fun? Baby-Sitter’s Club artist Gale Galligan talks about what it takes to write and draw stories about the BFFs in the BSC!

4:00 PM Summer Camp Comics
Summer! It’s almost everyone’s favourite season! It’s got sunburns, it’s got bugs, it’s got the endless sweating. Wait…why does everyone love summer? Oh right, SUMMER CAMP! Come and hear from some of the summer loving-est creators as they explain why summer camp is the perfect place for learning and adventure! Featuring Vera Brosgol, Mariko Tamaki, Brooklyn Allen, and Melanie Gillman. Moderated by Ardo Omer.

Yorkville Room, Marriott Bloor Yorkville

11:00 AM Live Drawing: Fashion
Help Charise Mericle Harper (Fashion Kitty) and Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker) draw outrageous outfits and fun time threads!

12:15 PM Live Drawing: Adventure/Sci Fi
Ben Sears (The Ideal Copy) and Natalie Riess (Space Battle Lunchtime) will take turns drawing out-of-this-world things like Spaceships! Aliens! New Planets! Strange Snacks!

1:30 PM Cloud Spotting w/ Panda & Parrot
Hilary Leung and Niall Eccles debut their NEW Scholastic picture book, “Stego-cumulus”. They will chat about how their book was made and answer important questions like who is more like Panda / Parrot, followed by a book reading and an interactive drawing game.

2:45 PM Live Drawing: Strips
Liniers (Macanudo) and John Martz (A Cat Named Tim) are great at making comic strips full of fun and feelings, and they want to show you how!

4:00 PM Story Planet Presents: Charactermaker w/ Hilary Leung
Author/illustrator Hilary Leung celebrates the release of Reggie Rainbow’s Crazy Adventure by helping the audience start on their own story adventure using his super secret technique for creating amazing characters. Come join in the fun!


Forest Hill Balloom, Marriott Bloor Yorkville

11:00 AM Sunday Morning Storytime!
Change out of your pajamas, wipe the sleep from your eyes, and get ready to read along with some of the great picture book creators at TCAF! Hear new tales from Liniers (Macanudo), Ohara Hale (Be Still, Life), Becky & Frank (Tigerbuttah), Kickliy (Musnet) and Christopher Green (Moon Full)!

12:00 PM SPARKS! w Ian Boothby & Nina Matsumoto
Eisner Award-winning creators Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto have teamed up on Sparks!, the tale of two heroic cats inside a robotic dog. Come and join in on the fun as they talk about all the great things you can get done when you work together!

1:30 PM The Spooky Comics Showdown
Creaking Doors! Clanking Chains! Spider Webs! If you’re still reading, then maybe you’re brave enough for this creepy drawing contest between some of the most perelious paranormal artists around! Featuring Laura Terry (Graveyard Shakes), Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost), Adam Murphy (CorpseTalk), and Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes). Moderated by Brian McLachlan (Draw Out the Story).

2:45 PM Great Gowns, Beautiful Gowns: Costuming and Comics
Fashion experts Cecil Castellucci (Don’t Cosplay with my Heart) and Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker) talk about the important role that clothes play in creating characters, and how what you wear can challenge how people see the world. Moderated by Robin Brenner.

Yorkville Room, Marriott Bloor Yorkville

11:00 AM Live Drawing: Comics Games v2
Get nervous drawing? Learn some cartooning games to take the pressure off. Join Brian McLachlan, Kean Soo, Katie Shanahan, and Hilary Leung as they doodle their way through a whole new set of drawing games and activities. (Also great for parents who want to find a way to encourage and join in their kids’ love of drawing.)

12:00 PM CRAFTY CAT w/ Charise Mericle Harper
Learn how to craft your way out of any situation with Craft Cat creator Charise Mericle Harper!

1:30 PM Johnny Boo and You! Comics Class w/ James Kochalka
While we’re getting excited for Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer, the latest book from James Kochalka, come and learn how to turn anything you draw into delicious ice cream!

2:45 PM Live Drawing: Boats
Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles) and Rebecca Mock (Four Points series) will show you how to draw everything you need to sail the seven seas!