Announcing Kodansha x TCAF!

TCAF is excited to announce that we will be featuring an EXCLUSIVE online art show in partnership with mangaka Akane Shimizu and her publisher Kodansha. Get a peek behind the scenes of the hit series Cells at Work! this May! 

Check out a sneak preview of the upcoming final volume (complete with a look at the virus that’s upended our lives), along with rough sketches from creator Akane Shimizu. Dive into the secret world of the human body manga-style!

We will also be hosting a panel to continue our highlight of Cells at Work!. Join us on Thursday, May 13th, at 3:00 PM EDT (link coming soon), as we examine the dynamic, entertaining, and educational world of the hit manga series. A science teacher, a doctor of medicine, and a manga writer band together to look at the series through their respective lenses, talk about the science behind the stories, and consider the intersection between science literacy and visual storytelling. 

Thanks to support from publisher Kodansha, you’ll also get a sneak peek of the upcoming English release of Cells At Work! volume 6! Don’t miss it!

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Registration is now OPEN for Libraries & Education Day 2021!

TCAF IS FOR EDUCATORS AND LIBRARY WORKERS!

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 and you’re welcome to attend all of the programming or tune in for only the sessions that most interest you.

Registration is now open. 

Our 2021 keynote speaker will be Jeff Smith (Bone, Rasl, Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil). The rest of the 2021 program will be announced as it is confirmed (coming soon!). 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? 

If you have any questions, please email libraries@torontocomics.com.

TCAF 2021 Call for Programming

What do YOU want to see at #TCAF2021?

Every year, we offer over 100 hours of programming related to comics, graphic novels, manga, and more. Although this year’s festival will look a little different (totally virtual), we’ll still be including all of the regular programs you’ve come to know and love, including panels, lectures, readings, workshops, interviews, roundtables, and live drawings — and we’re open to new ideas, too!

While we work with authors and publishers to generate ideas for these programs, we’re also interested in suggestions from the larger comics industry and community. TCAF has multiple streams of programming, including:

• Readings, panel discussions, interviews, and other presentations
• Academic paper roundtables and presentations
• Libraries & Education programming
• Programming for kids and teens
• Word Balloon Academy (Skills Building for Creators)

Click here for more information, and to fill out the Call for Programming by March 12th, 2021!

Register Now for TCAF Library & Educator Day 2020

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.

There is both free and paid registration depending on whether you’d like to purchase a lunch and patron pack.

For more details or to register, please click here.

 

TCAF 2019 Masonic Temple Programming Live – Tickets Available!

MASONIC TEMPLE CONCERT HALL – 888 YONGE ST.
FEATURE PROGRAMMING SPACE!
TICKETS REQUIRED – RUSH LINES ON SITE
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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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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