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).

Note: While registering, please be aware that there are multiple programs happening at the same time! Please be mindful that you’ve chosen the topic you want more, and are available at the time listed. Space is limited and we’d like as many people to be able to attend as possible– thank you for your cooperation!

Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops especially for comic creators and industry members, and includes programming spanning creative demonstrations, business development topics and professional concerns. These programs require registration, but are completely free to attend.

 

PANEL SCHEDULE

Word Balloon Academy
Friday, May 10th, 2019
9am – 5pm@ the Bloor Yorkville Marriott
Registration required
TICKETS: http://tcaf-wba-2019.eventbrite.com

 

Toronto Reference Library

9:00 Raina Telgemeier Keynote (in collaboration with L&E Day)

*No registration is needed just for the shared keynote. Wake up early and just show up!

 

High Park I

10:00 – 11:00 Teaching Comics Teaching

As much as we’d all like there to be, there is no centralized cartoonist guild system for us. We don’t all have equal access or post-secondary education, and what’s there doesn’t always provide a clear path. How do you develop your cartooning skills when everyone works in a vacuum? How do you teach your idiosyncratic methods to future comics artists? Creator, educator, and organizer Georgia Webber lends her voice to help emerging artists discover relationships, mentors, and resources. For seasoned professionals, Georgia offers her methods for how to disperse knowledge productively in a way that both solidifies future job prospects as well as better your own comics community.

11:30 – 12:30 Can I Write That Off?

The much-awaited panel about comics finances is here! Olivia Ongai of Pindot Press is here to share with you her day job knowledge in accounting (for both Canadians AND Americans!). Get your books and spreadsheets in order in this 101 course on how to navigate necessary small business skills, such as keeping better records of your sales, invoicing for freelance and wholesale, filing good and smart tax practices, and finding help if you are overwhelmed. Fear money no more!  

12:30 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK

2:00 – 3:00 POC!! People of Comics Hoedown

Art school graduates and students of comics-adjacent fields, Rabeea Syed, Victor Martins, Cleopatria Peterson, Pedro Salinas create a interesting Venn diagram: working around the clock as creators, small publishers, organizers, and retailers. They also all happen to be young POC who are equally as excited, angry, and ready to inherit the industry. They are here, to lead you, the attendee, in an informal town hall about what YOU think is the future of comics. Hear what they think there was to learn about the best and worst of the comics past and their post-secondary history, and share your hopes and dreams of the present. Hash out what will be your challenges and difficulties, and organize together the comics community of the future!

3:30 – 4:30 Smart Social Media

Comics creators, being oft-excluded from fine arts, tends to go it alone. However, if you’d prefer not to DIY in print, there’s still plenty of ways to gallerize your work online to attract benefactors who will put your work in production. Kendra Yee is one such illustrator! Having her work ‘discovered’ on Tumblr turned out to be the first brick in the bridge between her audience and a body of work that is eclectic, experimental, and cross-medium. Comic editor and critic Kim Jooha is here to interview her about what it takes to get noticed in the fast-moving currents of social media trends.

 

High Park II/III

10:00 – 11:00 Confidently Crowdfunding

Kickstarter’s very own Comics Outreach Lead, Camilla Zhang, engages a roundtable of crowdfunding alumni in conversation! Compare and contrast the fundraising experiences of Verse‘s Sam Beck, Rising Sand‘s Ty Dunitz & Jenn Lee, Bea, Haunted‘s Joey Donaldson & Tuna, Crown & Anchor‘s Alaire & Toben Racicot. Whether you’re wondering about online tip jars, anthology contributions, one-off books webcomics-turned-Volume-Ones, or more– this star lineup of speakers has you covered. Real takes about what it takes to raise, market, and complete a project that’s paid for in community.

11:30 – 12:30 Soft for Comics: Clip Studio Paint

Many drawing programs exist to help you create comics digitally, but not many are as prolific and dedicated as Clip Studio Paint. Artist Wai Au teaches an introduction to this powerful and affordable software by walking you through every basic element of a comic. Whether you’re working for web, for print, or for both, take advantage of this tool that was made specifically for you, the comic artist!

12:30 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK

1:45 – 3:00 The Trek Towards Longform

The long epic graphic novel is the big dream we all strive for, but what does it take to climb to that peak? The hosts of the podcast “Graphic Novel TK”, Gina Gagliano and Alison Wigus, are here to quiz seasoned creator Sarah Winifred Searle about the path they tread to get there. Hear tales of how to use your experience in short comics in anthologies and online to propel yourself towards actually completing The Big Idea from off your backburner. Understand how your endurance, narratives, and processes change when you’re challenged with the goal that many comics creators aim to achieve. (This presentation will be recorded for audio.)

3:30 – 5:00 Practice Comics Practice

You’re creative, you’re smart, you dabble in many fields, and so you started to draw comics. Suddenly, everything is everywhere! You were too excited, you got involved in a million projects, your working process is completely disorganized, and you have no idea how anything will ever get done. Maybe it’s even sooo messy that you are even having a bit of an identity crisis, balancing your love of making comics with your need to cha-ching. Well, WBA program coordinator, Kim Hoang (yes, the one that writes all these descriptions) is here to help you refine, define, and design your “art practice”. Kim will take you through her five years’ observation of organizing WBA, and ten years of comics collective Love Love Hill. Make better decisions, for Comics and You.

 

Summerhill Room

ALL DAY “PROFESSIONAL CLINIC”

Go head-to-head, one-on-one with a variety of career coaches to help improve your professional presentation! This year we are providing:

 

FREE AUTHOR PORTRAITS with Nicole Helena

As much as we like to draw our own faces, sometimes you just need a nice, pro-looking photo. Drop-in the room and sign up as you go, and Nicole will email you a great-looking photo!

Nicole Helena is a Toronto-based photography graduate from Sheridan College. After having studied and practiced painting for a few years, she’s developed a keen sense of design, lighting and colour theory. She has been featured in the Bachelor of Photography Exhibition in 2017 and 2018, and has won a few awards, such as the Sheridan College Book Award (2015), MADD/Allstate Drug and Awareness Contest (2012) and the Photography Recognition Award from Brother Andre Catholic High School (2012). www.nicolehelena.com

 

WRITING AND MARKETING COACHING with Fiona Raye Clarke

Back by popular demand! Drop by Fiona’s station with author bios, parts of your website, whatever else describes you in writing, and she’ll give you tips and tricks on how to improve it all!

Fiona Raye Clarke is an award-winning Trinidadian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, author, editor, and community leader. Her writing has appeared in Broken Pencil Magazine, alt.theatre, and Short Fiction Break. She was a 2018 Diaspora Dialogues Long Form Mentorship Program mentee where she worked on her short fiction collection. She is currently completing her first novel through Humber’s Creative Writing program. www.fionarayeclarke.com

 

KICKSTARTER COACHING with Camilla Zhang

After seeing her in the morning at her WBA panel, you’ll definitely want to talk more to Camilla one-on-one about how best to crowdfund your next big book.

Camilla Zhang is a New York City native who is passionate about promoting empathy, diversity, and equality through great storytelling. As Kickstarter’s Comics Outreach Lead she advises comics creators on their campaigns, organizes educational webinars and workshops, advocates for creator needs within the company, and curates the Comics & Illustration category page. www.kickstarter.com/comics-illustration

 

12PM TO 2PM: LAW LUNCHEON with Byron Pascoe

Lightning crash courses on various legal topics pertaining to comics with entertainment lawyer, Byron Pascoe. Bring all your law questions and quiz him about all his kn-law-ledge.

Byron Pascoe is an entertainment lawyer with Edwards PC, Creative Law. Byron began his professional career managing a TV and new media production company. During Law School, he co-founded Charter Project, a national education initiative about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. At Edwards PC, Creative Law, Byron provides legal services to creators and creative businesses. www.edwardslaw.ca/animation

This event requires registration through the WBA 2019 Eventbrite. Each 20-minute topic is limited to 6 people.

  • 12:00 — Publishing Agreements: Is a publisher interested to publish your comic? Byron will discuss key considerations about publishing agreements including advances, royalties, dramatization rights, shelving your comic, delivering the manuscript, and more.
  • 12:20 — Option Agreements: Have you been offered an option agreement by a producer to adapt your comic for the big screen? Byron will talk about what these agreements should and should not include, and other key considerations, including duration of the option period, the option fee (amount and payment terms), the work being done during the development phases, and your roles and fees should the project proceed.
  • 12:40 — Service Agreements: Have you been offered the opportunity to provide creative services for someone else’s project? Byron will cover service agreements you’re asked to sign, including important issues such as rights, compensation, cash flow, rights to future work, credit, etc.
  • 1:00 — Co-Creator Agreements: Are you developing a new concept with a fellow creator? Byron will cover agreements outlining the rights and obligations of each party to ensure everyone is on the same page, and you can focus on developing a great new project.
  • 1:20 — Engaging Others: It’s important to have clarity with everyone who works on your project. For most people you hire, the arrangement is simply a way to ensure you’re on the same page about fees and to ensure that you obtain the intellectual property rights that are created by the people you hire. There are other key factors to consider that Byron will outline.
  • 1:40 — Copyright 101: What triggers copyright? How long does it last? What does government registration do? What if someone copied me? Did I copy someone else?

10AM TO 2PM: 15-MINUTE Q&A with the Canada Council for the Arts
Are you a Canadian creator or publisher that hasn’t yet cracked our national arts funding body? Are you not sure about your qualifications, or where to get more info? Are you maybe just curious as to what kind of comics the Canada Council is funding these days? For fifteen minutes, have the rapt attention of the Program Officer Christian Mondor, and discover what you’ve been burning to know about their Literature program.

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. www.canadacouncil.ca

 

HOW TO REGISTER & PARTICIPATE:

Just select the ‘ticket’ above for each program you’d like to attend on our Eventbrite page. You’ll be emailed a digital copy of the tickets. You do not need to print them, but on the day of the event, guests are required to check-in at the WBA registration table before each panel, by name. Please be mindful of your own programming schedule, late-arrivals will lose priority status over the rush line.

REMINDER: Registration is required for each individual program! There is no limit to the number of events a guest can register for (but try not to register for programs you’re not committed to attending, and be careful of programs running at the same time, but in different rooms).

WHAT IF EVENTS ARE SOLD OUT?

We will be running ‘rush lines’ on the day of the event to ensure the greatest number of people get to participate, and that all seats are filled. Even without registering, there is a chance to see presentations, however we highly recommend that you register in advance and arrive on-time in order to guarantee a seat.

BUT HURRY BEFORE REGISTRATION FILLS UP!

Registration closes on Thursday May 9th at 11:59pm, or when all tickets of any given panel are claimed. Afterwards, admission will be via rush-line only, on a first-come first-serve basis.

Beautiful logo thanks to artist Dustin Harbin!

Questions? E-mail Kim at wba@torontocomics.com!

 

WHAT IS WORD BALLOON ACADEMY?

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).

Note: While registering, please be aware that there are multiple programs happening at the same time! Please be mindful that you’ve chosen the topic you want more, and are available at the time listed. Space is limited and we’d like as many people to be able to attend as possible– thank you for your cooperation!

Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops especially for comic creators and industry members, and includes programming spanning creative demonstrations, business development topics and professional concerns. These programs require registration, but are completely free to attend.

 

HOW TO REGISTER & PARTICIPATE:

Just select the ‘ticket’ above for each program you’d like to attend on our Eventbrite page. You’ll be emailed a digital copy of the tickets. You do not need to print them, but on the day of the event, guests are required to check-in at the WBA registration table before each panel, by name. Please be mindful of your own programming schedule, late-arrivals will lose priority status over the rush line.

REMINDER: Registration is required for each individual program! There is no limit to the number of events a guest can register for (but try not to register for programs you’re not committed to attending, and be careful of programs running at the same time, but in different rooms).

 

WHAT IF EVENTS ARE SOLD OUT?

We will be running ‘rush lines’ on the day of the event to ensure the greatest number of people get to participate, and that all seats are filled. Even without registering, there is a chance to see presentations, however we highly recommend that you register in advance and arrive on-time in order to guarantee a seat.

 

BUT HURRY BEFORE REGISTRATION FILLS UP!

Registration closes on Thursday May 9th at 11:59pm, or when all tickets of any given panel are claimed. Afterwards, admission will be via rush-line only, on a first-come first-serve basis.

 

Beautiful logo thanks to artist Dustin Harbin!

Questions? E-mail Kim at wba@torontocomics.com!

 

WBA FAQ

Q: What is Word Balloon Academy?

A: Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops for comic creators and industry members, free of charge and scheduled the day before the main exhibition days of the festival.

Q: Who is it for? Can anyone attend a WBA workshop or presentation?

A: WBA was created with creators and industry members in mind, but is open to non-exhibitors as well. The only condition: for each presentation at the WBA, you must register to attend! There are separate dates for exhibitors and the public to register, so keep your eyes open for the registration date that applies to you.

Q: What is this ‘Professional Clinic’?

A: We’ve brought in various professionals to help YOU become more professional! Ask all your burning questions one-on-one! Come get an author portrait shot, or bring your creator bios in to be edited. In 2019, sign up for a little primer on different legal issues! You can also sign up to ask Camilla Zhang, comics outreach coordinator for Kickstarter, all your crowdfunding questions!

Q: If I want to attend a full day of presentations, can I keep my seat all day?

A: No! Sorry about that, but we need you to register for each presentation separately. There is ample time to clear the rooms and re-enter. There will also be tables to peruse in the breakout space! We’ll make it really easy, we promise.

Q: What can I expect from a WBA presentation?

A: Most presentations are a talk with slides, a live demonstration of skill, or experts in conversation, but there’s room for each presenter to make it their own. We’ve tried to choose topics that are a little beyond your comics basics — after all, we’re all pros here right? 🙂 Observe and ask pertinent questions at the end, and learn from the presenters as well as your peers. You should bring your own pen and paper to take plenty of notes — and it doesn’t hurt to have your business card on you!

Q: Can I ask a WBA presenter to sign my books? How about portfolio reviews?

A: That’s not what they’re here for, so we advise against it, but it will be up to them in the end. Please ask respectfully at the end of the presentations, or save it for the appropriate times during the rest of the festival weekend. There’s still lots to be partaken in at TCAF after WBA ends — you’ll not yet have missed an opportunity.