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Libraries & Education Day 2021
Friday, May 14th
Free to Attend

What’s this all about?

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.


This year’s event will be online. You’re welcome to attend all of the programming or tune in for only the sessions that most interest you.


Our 2021 keynote speaker will be Jeff Smith (BoneRaslShazam! The Monster Society of Evil). Our sessions will span a range of topics pertinent to comics librarianship and education. In past years we’ve run sessions such as: Indigenous-created Comics in the Classroom, Graphic Novels and the New Visual Literacy, Global Competencies, Comics in a Dangerous Time, Science Comics, and What’s the Deal with French Comics?

Event Schedule


9am to 10am EST

Keynote: Jeff Smith, in conversation with Mark Askwith

Our 2021 keynote speaker Jeff Smith (BoneRASLShazam! The Monster Society of Evil) will be in conversation with Mark Askwith.

10:15am to 11:15am EST

Challenging Indigenous Stereotypes in Comics

Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author David A. Robertson will discuss the far-reaching impact and real-life implications of presenting stereotypes as the truth. The talk will dive into the representations and sexualisation of Indigenous women and its societal impact, the culpability of this media, and what impact positive representations can have on healing.


11:30am to 12:30pm EST

Memoir Comics Workshop With Robin Ha

Making comics is fun and all it takes are blank papers, a pencil, and a story to start it. Join cartoonist Robin Ha to learn how to turn your daily life into comics. In this workshop, you’ll get a basic overview of the comics-making process from developing your story, making layouts, to drawing the final pages of your comics. You’ll also learn about the drawing materials and the elements in comics that you can use to make unique and creative comics. All ages and experience levels are welcome!

Suggested materials for the workshop: Pencil, eraser, pen, a ruler, 10 loose sheets of blank paper, a notebook.

12:30pm to 1:30pm EST

LED Social Mingling Session

Wondering about all the great books that are coming out this Spring? Come in and chat with publishing representatives and creators from:

  • Scholastic Canada (12:30-12:45pm – Jenn Hubbs (Sales Rep) and Luca Kong (Sales Assistant) will chat about new Graphix books, 12:50-1:15pm – Maria Scrivan (Graphix creator) will give a presentation of her books, 1:15-1:30pm – chit chat, Q&A, and more)
  • Penguin Random House (1:00pm – chat with Cale Atkinson, creator of the new Simon & Chester graphic novel series, geared toward kids 6 to 9)
  • Harper Collins (Rosalyn Steele (Sales Director, Library & Academic Markets) will be available to chat about our new graphic novels coming out this year; visitors can sign up for a draw for a set of ARCs of graphic novels coming on our Fall list, including Borders, the new graphic novel from Thomas King)
  • Fantagraphics (12:30-1:00pm – Jenn Chan (Marketing Director) will be on hand to chat and offer resources and previews of our summer and fall lists; 1:00-1:30pm –Anita Kunz (artist/illustrator) will stop by for a Q+A and give a sneak preview of her new art book, Another History of Arta sumptuous, witty, feminist alternate history of Western art)
  • and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group + First Second

See sneak previews of some of the books available this year. Want some recommendations for your class, program, or library? Go right to the source and see what’s available. Float between their online rooms, explore their catalogues and connections, come and go as you please.



1:30pm to 2:30pm EST

Good for Health, Better for Education: Science Fiction Comics

Inspired by the tagline “Good For Health, Bad For Education” from sci-fi cyberpunk graphic novel series AKIRA, Good for Health, Better for Education is a panel discussion between creators J. Torres, Ronald Wimberly, S.M. Beiko, librarian Kim Hull and moderator Angélique Roché. The program will explore the future of sci-fi graphic novels and the value of incorporating them in classrooms and libraries, from AKIRA and beyond.

2:45pm to 3:45pm EST

The Graphic Medicine Confab: Am I Teaching Graphic Medicine?

Join the Graphic Medicine Confab collective of cartoonist/educators Georgia Webber, Joel Christian Gill, Benjamin Schwartz, Kriota Willberg, and their guest librarian Matthew Noe for a panel moderated by Katherine Stebbins. This dynamic group shares their interests in graphic medicine topics including illness narratives, history, racism, surviving trauma, and more. They describe multiple approaches to teaching graphic medicine to medical, artistic, academic, and self-care populations. When you combine various resources, teaching objectives, course topics, and classroom exercises, it becomes evident that there are many different ways you could be teaching graphic medicine.



4pm to 5pm EST

Comics Publisher Speed-Dating

Join NBM/Papercutz, Renegade Arts Entertainment, Highwater/Portage & Main, and Arsenal Pulp Press for a series of short sessions to learn about new and forthcoming graphic novels from each press and meet creators. Over the course of this session publishers will rotate between your break-out rooms in 10-15 mini-sessions that offer a mix of presentations and Q&A session!


If you have any questions regarding the schedule, these events, or anything else to do with LED, please email


Publisher Catalogues

Find all of participating publisher catalogues here! Please contact individual publishers with questions regarding stockists, ordering, other catalogues, and more.




LED Staff

Lindsay Gibb, LED Programming Lead
Matthew Murray, LED Programming Coordinator
Faduma Gure, TCAF Programming and Partnerships Officer
Irene Velentzas, TCAF Programming and Partnerships Officer
Pip Bradford, TCAF Production Manager
Cali Platek, TCAF Marketing and Communications Manager
Terrence Abrahams, TCAF Marketing and Communications Coordinator