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TCAF 2011 – Festival Wrap-Up and 2012 Announcement!

Posted: June 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm, by chris

Hi everyone!

My name is Christopher Butcher, and I’m the co-founder and Festival Director for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). As you might know, TCAF is a festival dedicated to celebrating comics and graphic novels and their creators, with a specific focus on all of the great comics that Canada has to offer.

About a month ago now, I had the extreme pleasure of presiding over the sixth Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and our third annual outing (TCAF was biennial for the first 3 events). It was held at Toronto Reference Library and presented in coordination with our partners at Toronto Public Library, and I’m pleased to report that TCAF 2011 was both the best and the best-attended TCAF ever! The excitement—and the Twitter trending—started in earnest earlier than ever and then built to a fever-pitch by the May 7-8 weekend. I’ve personally never seen people so excited for a comics event our size before, and as the Festival Director and as a fan of comics, that was a great feeling.

In keeping with tradition, I’m sending out this informal note talking about TCAF 2011 and announcing our plans for 2012… read on!

Another Record Year!

First and foremost, we’d like to thank our partner and presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library for their support, promotion, and hosting of TCAF 2011. TCAF took place across three floors of Toronto Public Library’s flagship location, Toronto Reference Library, and also incorporated their lovely new programming and event space The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon. It was our largest overall floorplan and personally I feel as though it was our best use of the library space yet—despite some hurdles in the form of ongoing library renovations. TCAF 2011 expanded to feature over 300 artists, illustrators, authors, and publishers, 4 tracks of comics-related programming including readings, interviews, and symposiums, two art installations, and a host of satellite events. This all allowed us another fantastic increase in attendance year-over-year – a record high of 15,000 TCAF-specific attendees visited the Festival spaces over the 3 day period, a 25% increase over 2010!

As I mentioned, TCAF 2011 was our third annual show, and our third year partnering with TPL, and it was clearly another successful partnership. TCAF at Toronto Reference Library reinforces the core ideals of the Festival: that it’s a free event, that it’s about the books, and that it is open to everyone—not just the comics initiated. While I think all involved agreed that the library was more than a little crowded at times on Saturday afternoon, it never stopped having a great, friendly vibe and an amazing energy. Those are the reasons that we partner with Toronto Public Library, and those are the reasons that we’re going to be working together again in 2012.

Thanks For The Support!

There’s no TCAF without great creators and works of art to celebrate, and so we’d like to thank all of the cartoonists, publishers, writers, artists, and other agencies that took the time to exhibit and present at TCAF 2011. This was our most diverse and international fest yet, with creators from 12 different countries around the world presenting a variety of idiosyncratic worldviews through the comics medium. Our special thanks go to Featured Guests David Boswell, Chester Brown, Darwyn Cooke, Ludovic Debeurme, Brecht Events, Usamaru Furuya, Lorenzo Mattotti, Mawil, Natsume Ono, John Porcellino, Jillian Tamaki, Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, and last-minute guest Pendleton Ward for appearing at the show, participating in panels and workshops, and their general support of the festival.

Thanks must also go to our various cultural agency partners with whose support having such a fantastic lineup of international cartoonists was made possible: The Goethe-Institut, VIZ Media, LLC, The Flemist Literature Fund, The Consulate General of France in Toronto, The Itstituto Italiano di Cultura, and The Japan Foundation.

Finally, a hearty thanks to our Media Sponsor Eye Weekly (now The Grid), Kids Sponsor Owlkids, and local sponsor Midoco Art & Office Supplies.

About The 2011 Festival

TCAF 2011 saw us building on past successes by undertaking new and successful initiatives in every facet of the event, listening to exhibitor and attendee feedback, and worked with Toronto Public Library to try and improve the experience of everyone coming to the Festival. TCAF 2011 featured wider aisles and better overall traffic flow, a dedicated and much larger signing area, and were able to maintain the overall number of exhibitors. TCAF 2011 also featured additional programming spaces to try and accommodate the public’s hunger for comics programming and discussion, and it reorganized the exhibitor spaces into just two large locations, so that everyone felt a connected part of the overall proceedings.

TCAF 2011 saw an expansion of the Owlkids Kids area and programming into a dedicated space that lasted the full two days of the Festival, and was wonderfully busy! It saw a fantastic installation of German underground and alternative comics art courtesy of The Goethe-Institut, and a live-art demonstration and installation on Saturday and Sunday courtesy of Toronto art-collective Trio Magnus (Clayton Hanmer, Aaron Leighton, and Steve Wilson). 2011 also saw the return of a revamped small-press and indy-publishing area curated by Toronto collective Wowee Zonk. Dubbed “The Small Press Schooner”, this area boasted more than 30 international artists displaying non- and nominally-narrative artworks across both days, and was a cutting edge adjunct to the regular exhibition space. We’d like to thank Wowee Zonk members Chris Kuzma, Patrick Kyle, and Ginette LaPalme for their organizational support.

We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You…

Speaking of folks who worked hard to make TCAF 2011 a success, we’d like to thank some of the organizations and individuals who helped make this year’s Festival a success:

- Sponsors Toronto Public Library, VIZ Media LLC., Eye Weekly, The Goethe-Institut, Owlkids, The French Consulate in Toronto, The Flemish Literature Fund, The Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto, The Japan Foundation, and Midoco Art & Office Supplies.

- Venue partners Toronto Reference Library; The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (with special thanks to Beth Kawecki); Goodhandy’s Bar & Nightclub and Todd Klink and Mandy Goodhandy; Pop Sandbox and The National Film Board; The Pilot Tavern; Crews & Tango; Pauper’s Pub; Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall; Clinton’s Tavern.

- TCAF 2011 poster artist Jillian Tamaki for her amazing image!

- The staff of Toronto public Library and Toronto Reference Library for all of their work, particularly Ab Velasco for his efforts on our behalf.

- Our many programming hosts and moderators, including Deb Aoki, Ed Chavez, Robin McConnell, Phil Rynda, Dustin Harbin, Bart Beaty, Tom Spurgeon, Anne Koyama, Andy Brown, Greg Means, Chris Hannay, Zan Christiensen, Eva Volin, Caitlin McGurk, Calista Brill, R. Sikoryak, Robin Brenner, Box Brown, Bill Kartalopoulos, and Zak Sally.

- The hosts and staff of the 2011 Doug Wright Awards for throwing a great event again this year.

- The staff of The Beguiling for again coming through on their weekend off.

- Chip Zdarsky for all of his efforts on behalf of TCAF, including but not limited to his production and design of the Festival Guide this year.

- Nadine Lessio for the TCAF web-design, and Shane Bennett for technical assistance.

- Corey Mintz for his spectacular restaurant guide!

- All of the authors and publishers who chose to debut projects at TCAF 2011.

- Peggy Burns from Drawn & Quarterly, Holly Post from Topatoco, Leigh Walton from Top Shelf Productions, and Anne Koyama from Koyama Press, for going above-and-beyond the call of duty in organizing tons of artists guests from around the world to visit Toronto this year.

- My personal thanks go to our amazing organizational team, Miles, Peter, Gina, Kate, Nathalie, Andrew, Scott, Parrish, and Krystle. Another amazing year guys and gals!

- Likewise, our day-of site coordinators did a bang-up job making the show a success. Thanks to Sean Rogers, Sally Sparrow, Amanda Sanecki, Greg Baker, Stacy King, and Jonathan Valley.

- And as always, our biggest thanks go to our amazing team of volunteers. Again this year, our volunteers were just the best—efficient, helpful, and wonderfully positive about the whole event. Our volunteers receive the highest praise from our exhibitors and from the public, and it is truly deserved. Thank you again this year for all of your hard work, and I hope we can count on you again for 2012!

TCAF 2012

So the big news that everyone wants to know is where and when? We’ve answered the where part—TCAF 2012 will be continue to occur at Toronto Reference Library and The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon—and now it comes down to when. After much discussion internally and with TPL staff, we’ve decided that TCAF 2012 will occur on Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6, 2012. Exhibitor Applications for 2012 will open on Monday, August 1st at www.TorontoComics.com.

As you may be aware, this year’s TCAF overlapped with the comics-industry-wide event Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), a celebration of all the things great about comics and the direct market of comic book specialty stores. We felt and continue to feel that TCAF is a natural fit with an international celebration of comics and comics culture, and 2012 will continue to see TCAF and FCBD sharing a weekend. While we did explore other dates for TCAF 2012 that didn’t overlap with FCBD, between bookings at Toronto Reference Library, National Holidays, and the massive Anime North event that happens just outside of Toronto, we found that May 5th and 6th were really the only suitable dates.

We think that supporting the direct market of comic book specialty stores is an important goal, and we fully encourage everyone reading this message to visit their local comic book shop not just on Free Comic Book Day but throughout the entire year.

Picking the May 5-6 date allows TCAF to remain an annual event, it keeps us within one week of our preferred dates (Mother’s Day Weekend), and it maintains our commitment to running an amazing free, accessible, comics-oriented show in partnership with Toronto Public Library. We think May 5-6 is going to be an amazing weekend to be a comics fan in Toronto—and in North America.

In Conclusion…

So on behalf of myself and the entire staff we’d like to thank everyone who made The 2011 Toronto Comic Arts Festival such a success—attendee, exhibitor, and volunteer alike. We appreciate your support, promotion, and most of all your attendance at all of our TCAF events. We’re looking forward to an even better show 2012, and for all of the shows beyond.


Christopher Butcher, Festival Director and Co-Founder
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

On behalf of…

Peter Birkemoe, Co-Founder

Miles Baker, Assistant Festival Director

Gina Gagliano, Programming Coordinator

Kate Dickson and Nathalie Atkinson, Media Coordinators

Scott Robins, Kids Programming Coordinator

Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Volunteer Coordinator

Parrish Kilthei, Tech Coordinator

Krystle Tabujara, The Beguiling Liaison

REMINDER: 3 More Events Tonight!

Posted: May 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm, by chris

Just a reminder, there are three more GREAT TCAF events tonight.

May 9: Meet French bandes dessinées author Arnaud Boutle
Date: Monday, May 9th, 2011
Time: 6:30pm
Type: Presentation
Location: Pierre-Léon Gallery, 24 Spadina Road

A resident of Toronto since 2008, French bandes dessinées author Arnaud Boutle invites you to discover his most recent book, Entre les Ombres (Between the Shadows), recently published by the prestigious Éditions Glenat.

Boutle will discuss his working and writing methods, share a few technical secrets and create new strips before your eyes. His talk and presentation will be followed by a book signing session.

Arnaud Boutle is a self-taught creator. Following his fine arts studies in Rennes, he learned the techniques of bandes dessinées by himself: starting in 1995, he colored other people’s strips, contributing to a dozen books in this capacity. In 2003, he launched his career as the creator of his own works, by publishing the first volume of a trilogy based on the tale of Pinocchio, which was completed in 2007.

Free admission, in French

May 9: An Evening at the IIC with Lorenzo Mattotti
Date: Monday, May 9, 2011
Time: 6:30pm
Type: Panel
Location: Istituto Italiano di Cultura — 496 Huron St., Toronto

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is honored to host a talk by mesmerizing maestro Lorenzo Mattotti. The Italian artist will discuss his career in comics and beyond, including his latest graphic novel Stigmata, and his collaborations, from his animated terrors in the movie Fear(s) of the Dark to illustrating Lou Reed’s concept album The Raven.

Lorenzo Mattotti is a world-renowned cartoonist and multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, illustration, animation, and design. After studying architecture, he decided to devote himself to comics. His works have been published in the most important magazines and his books are translated all over the world. From “Il signor Spartaco”, “L’uomo alla finestra”, “Stigmate””Ligne fragile”, and many other works, up to “Fires” and “Murmur” published by Penguin Books in 1993, Mattotti’s work has evolved with a continuing coherence, though always within the eclectic tradition of those who have the courage to be innovative. For children he has illustrated “Pinocchio” by Collodi, “The Pavilion on the Links” by Stevenson and has published “Eugenio” that had the Grand Prix of Bratislava in 93. Mattotti has also worked in the fashion world, reinterpreting the models of the most famous fashion designers for “Vanity” magazine. He has carried out advertising campaigns and has illustrated the cover of such magazines as The New Yorker, Le Monde and Suddeutsche Zeitung. In 1995, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and The Frans Hals Museum in Harlem dedicated an anthology to him. He realized many important posters: Cannes 2000 – “Lire en Fête” “La Marie de Paris”. Recently he worked in the Film “Eros” of Wong Kar Way – Soderbergh et Antonioni, he creates the segments within the three episodes. In May 2011, Fantagraphics will publish Mattotti’s newest work The Raven, a collaborative effort with musician Lou Reed adapting and transforming the works of Edgar Alan Poe.

May 9: “ZOO” J-Film Screening & Discussion with Usamaru Furuya
Date: Monday, May 9th, 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Type: Presentation
Location: Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina

Internationally acclaimed manga creator Usamaru Furuya will be in Toronto as a Guest of Honour of the 2011 Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 7th and 8th. But in addition to his comics work, Furuya is also a fine artist, writer, and designer, and has contributed to several popular Japanese films. One of these is ZOO, an unique collection of 5 thematically linked short films, all based upon the writing of popular Japanese horror writer “Otsuichi.” Furuya was tapped to write the screenplay adaptation, provide character designs, and storyboard one of the short films, an anime based on the poem “Sunny.”

To celebrate this facet of Furuya’s work, TCAF and the Shinsedai Film Festival will be co-presenting a screening of ZOO on Monday, May 9th at 7PM at The Toronto Underground Cinema. Usamaru Furuya will be on hand to introduce the film and, following the screening, will engage in a moderated Q&A with J-Film Pow-Wow Blog Editor and Shinsedai Film Festival coordinator Chris MaGee. A short book sale and signing will follow.

Admission to this event is $10. RSVP on Facebook.

Please Note: A last minute signing has been added for Mr. Furuya. On Monday May 9th, Mr. Furuya will be signing at World’s Biggest Bookstore, 20 Edward Street, just north of Yonge and Dundas, from 5pm-6pm.

Thanks for making TCAF such a huge success, we’ll have more to say on that later!

- Christopher Butcher, Director, TCAF

TCAF Welcomes Sponsor MIDOCO

Posted: May 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm, by chris

TCAF would like to welcome 2011 sponsor Midoco Art & Office Supplies. Located in the Annex and the Beaches, Midoco is a full-service arts supplies store. They will also have a booth on site for all of your supplies needs, including pens, books, paper and more. They will be located on the second floor, outside the entrance to the Appel Salon.

Fantagraphics Signing Schedule! Just added: Dave Cooper!

Posted: May 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm, by miles

The good people at Fantagraphics have given us a sneak peak at their signing schedule and announced a last-minute special guest, Dave Cooper!

David Charles Cooper’s critically-acclaimed comics have garnered multiple Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Awards, and Cooper himself has won an award from New York’s Society of Illustrators. He will be signing at the Fantagraphics table (162-13) along with these fantastic artists.

11:30-12:30 pm — T Edward Bak
12:30-1:30 pm — Blake Bell
1:30-2:30 pm — Dave Cooper
2:30-3:30 pm — Zak Sally
3:30-4:30 pm — Lorenzo Mattotti

12:30-1:30 pm — T Edward Bak
2:30-3:30 pm — Zak Sally
3:30-4:30 pm — Lorenzo Mattotti

— Miles Baker, Assistant Director, TCAF

Free Art-Bus Tour, Saturday May 7th

Posted: May 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm, by chris

The folks at The Gendai Gallery are hosting a manga/art exhibition, opening on Saturday May 7th. They will also be doing a panel discussion on Sunday May 8th with artists Michael Nicoll Yahgulanass and Joanne Hui (see schedule for details).

If you’d like to take a free bus tour of comics and related art spots in the city, please contact Gendai Gallery below:

Free Art Bus Tour (Manga Edition)
Saturday, May 7, 2011, 12-5pm
To reserve a seat, please contact Gendai Gallery at info@gendaigallery.org by Friday May 6.

12:00pm Pick up at OCAD (100 McCaul Street, Toronto)
12:30pm Toronto Comic Arts Festival (Toronto Reference Library)
2:30pm Gendai Gallery, Haida Manga Reading Room & Comic Jam Studio (6 Garamond Court, Toronto)
5:00pm Drop off at OCAD


- Christopher Butcher, Director, TCAF

TCAF welcomes “Adventure Time” and “Bueno The Bear” creator Pendleton Ward!

Posted: May 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm, by chris

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is pleased to welcome Pendleton Ward, creator of the Adventure Time animated series, as a last-minute guest for the 2011 Festival.

Pendleton Ward is the creator of Adventure Time with Finn & Jake, an animated series airing on The Cartoon Network in the U.S., and Teletoon in Canada.  Adventure Time follows a human boy, Finn, and his adopted brother — a magical dog named Jake — who set out to become righteous adventurers in the Land of Ooo. Adventure Time also features the talents of many TCAF exhibitors, including Bob Flynn, Michael DeForge, Steve Wolfhard, Andy Ristiano, and Phil Rynda!

Ward will be participating in a panel event with a bunch of Adventure Time staff, as well as two signings on TCAF weekend!

Comics & Animation: A Conversation with the Artists of Adventure Time
Panelists: Michael DeForge, Bob Flynn, Andy Ristaino, Steve Wolfhard, and special guest Creator of Adventure Time Pendleton Ward!
Moderated by Phil Rynda
Location: The Pilot, 22 Cumberland Street (across from Toronto Reference Library)
Time: Saturday, 2:15 – 3:15

Cartoon Network’s hit series “Adventure Time” has strong ties with comics and cartooning. A panel of Adventure Time artists and contributors will discuss their work on Adventure Time as well as the bridge between comics and animation. Now featuring special guest Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time! Pendleton Ward will be signing for fans in The Beguiling Signing Area, located on the basement level, directly following this panel.

Signing: Pendleton Ward
The Beguiling Signing Area, Toronto Reference Library, Basement Level
Saturday May 7th, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Signing: Pendleton Ward
The Beguiling Signing Area, Toronto Reference Library, Basement Level
Sunday May 8th, 11:30am-1:00pm

Our thanks to Pendleton Ward for making the trip up to Canada for this year’s Festival!

- Christopher Butcher, Director, TCAF

TCAF 2011 Floor Maps

Posted: May 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm, by miles

Did we mention that there are over 300 cartoonists attending TCAF this year? Here’s the proof.

TCAF 2011: Signing Schedule

Posted: May 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm, by miles

It’s here! All your favourite creators are eager to personalize your books! Read on!

Saturday, May 7

Beguiling Signing Area (Basement Level)

Nate Powell: 9:30-11
Kate Beaton: 10:30-11:30
David Boswell: 11:00-12;30, 3:30-5:00
Ludovic Debeurme: 11:30-1:00
Arnaud Boutle: 11:30-1:00
Antoine Dode: 11:30-1:00
Brecht Evens: 11:30-1:00
Matt Kindt: 1:00-2:00
Lorenzo Mattotti: 1:00-3:00
Mawil: 1:00-2:30
Jeff Lemire: 1:00-2:00
Usamaru Furyua: 2:00-3:30
Paul Pope: 3:00-5:00
Jose Villarrubia: 3:00-5:00
Pendleton Ward: 3:30-5:00

Drawn & Quarterly (Tables 103-108)

Pascal Girard : 11:00-12:00
Zach Worton: 11:00-12:00, 4:00-5:00
John Porcellino: 11:00-12:00
Keith Jones: 12:00-1:00
Joe Ollmann: 12:00-1:00, 3:00-4:00
R. Sikoryak:12:00-1:00
Chester Brown: 12:00-4:00
Chris Ware: 1:00-3:00
Adrian Tomine: 1:00-3:00
Jillian Tamaki: 1:30-3:30
Pascal Girard: 3:00-4:00
Brecht Evens: 3:00-5:00

Conundrum (Table 140)

Jimmy Beaulieu 10:00-12:00
Philippe Girard 10:00-12:00
Robin McConnell: 12:00-1:00
Rebecca Kraatz: 1:00-3:00
Maryanna Hardy: 3:00-4:00
David Collier: 4:00-5:00

Adhouse Books (Table 204)

Jay Stephens: 9:00-12:00
Stuart Immonen: 12:00-3:00

Signing Schedules for the following publishers and creators will be available at their tables.

Blank Stale UK (Table 111)

Joe Decie

Fantagraphics (Tables 162-163)

Blake Bell
Lorenzo Mattotti

Top Shelf (Tables 231, 253-254)

Ludovic Debeurme
Kathryn & Stuart Immonen
Matt Kindt
Jeff Lemire
Kagan McLeod
Nate Powell
Eric Skillman

Sunday, May 8

Beguiling Signing Area

Kate Beaton: 11:00-12:30
Nate Powel: 11:00-12:30
Paul Pope: 1:00-3:00
Jose Villarrubia: 1:00-3:00
Matt Kindt: 1:00-3:00
Jeff Lemire: 1:00-3:00
Lorenzo Mattotti: 2:00-3:30
David Boswell: 3:30-5:00
Ludovic Debeurme: 3:30-5:00
Arnaud Boutle: 3:30-5:00
Antoine Dode: 3:30-5:00
Mawil: 3:30-5:00

Drawn & Quarterly

Zach Worton: 11:00-12:00, 3:30-4:30
Pascal Girard: 11:30-1:30
Keith Jones: 11:30-12:30
Joe Ollmann: 11:30-12:30, 3:30-4:30
Chester Brown: 12:00-4:00
R. Sikoryak: 12:30-1:30
Brecht Evens: 12:30-1:30, 4:00-5:00
Chris Ware: 1:30-3:30
Adrian Tomine: 1:30-3:30
Jillian Tomaki: 1:30-3:30
Seth: 1:30-3:30
John Porcellino: 4:00-5:00


David Collier: 11:00-12:00
Robin McConnell: 12:00-1:00
Maryanna Hardy: 1:00-2:00
Jimmy Beaulieu: 2:00-4:00
Philippe Girard: 2:00-4:00

Adhouse Books

Jay Stephens: 11:00-1:00
Stuart Immonen: 3:00-5:00

Signing Schedules for the following publishers and creators will be available at their tables.

Blank Stale UK

Joe Decie


Blake Bell
Lorenzo Mattotti

Top Shelf

Ludovic Debeurme
Kathryn & Stuart Immonen
Mat Kindt
Jeff Lemire
Kagan McLeod
Nate Powell
Eric Skillman

New Event! Meet French bandes dessinées author Arnaud Boutle!

Posted: May 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm, by miles

Just in case you missed it, we just announced a new event at our event page spotlighting French creator Arnaud Boutle.

A resident of Toronto since 2008 (as seen in his wonderful A Bit in Toronto series), French bandes dessinées author Arnaud Boutle invites you to discover his most recent book, Entre les Ombres (Between the Shadows), recently published by the prestigious Éditions Glenat. He will be speaking at the Pierre-Léon Gallery, 24 Spadina Road, on Monday, May 9, starting at 6:30pm.

Boutle will discuss his working and writing methods, share a few technical secrets as he create nsew strips before your very eyes! His talk and live drawing presentation will be followed by a book signing.

Arnaud Boutle is a self-taught creator and his live drawing demonstration is sure to be a treat. Following his fine arts studies in Rennes, he learned the techniques of bandes dessinées by himself: starting in 1995, he colored other people’s strips, contributing to a dozen books in this capacity. In 2003, he launched his career as the creator of his own works, by publishing the first volume of a trilogy based on the tale of Pinocchio, which was completed in 2007. This is sure to be an illumination and entertaining event. Admission is free, the presentations will be in French.

If you want more information, please visit the Alliance Française de Toronto site.

TCAF 2011 Panels & Programming – Updated May 3rd

Posted: April 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm, by chris

Here’s the final update to this year’s TCAF programming! Changes include the SURPRISE last-minute appearance of Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward to the Adventure Time Panel Saturday at 2:15, Brecht Evens has been added to the “Building Visual Language” Panel Sunday at 3:15, and unfortunately Ryan North won’t be on the “This Comic isn’t about me” panel as he’ll be doing Machine Of Death: Draw & Guess on Saturday at 4pm.


Saturday: The Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland Street, Across the street from Toronto Reference Library

A2: Beyond the Panels: A Panel on Art in Comics & Other Spaces
Panelists: Graham Annable, Benjamin Rivers, Miguel Sternberg and George Walker
Moderator: Matt Hawkins
Location: The Pilot
Time: 10:30 – 11:30

Comic artists often lend their talents to more than just comics. What is it about working in different mediums that appeals to and encourages artists? Are there stories to be told in one space that wouldn’t work in another? In a discussion with four artists, this panel will look at how the comics form is shared and explored across different disciplines such as game design, animation, woodcuts, and more.

A3: Indie Comix Japan: A Short Overview, Plus Comics Worth Reading
Panelists: Deb Aoki and Ed Chavez
Location: The Pilot
Time: 11:45 – 12:45

Just as North America and Europe have vibrant independent and alternative comics scenes, so does Japan. Forget what you think manga can be. Gritty urban tales, political commentary, gender-bending sci-fi, slacker slice-of-life, stream-of-consciousness dreamscapes, grotesque horror, outrageous erotica, and much, much more can be foundin Japan’s largely untapped treasure trove of alternative manga. Join Vertical manga editor/expert Ed Chavez and about.com manga editor Deb Aoki as they introduce you to the world of indie manga. Get a short overview of its history, a glimpse at what the indie scene is like for creators in Japan, and discover must-read titles now available in English and undiscovered gems worth seeking out.

A4: Creator Roundtable: Pope, Graham, & Hiti
Panelists: Paul Pope, Brandon Graham, and Sam Hiti
Moderated by Robin McConnell
Location: The Pilot
Time: 1:00 – 2:00

Paul Pope, Sam Hiti and Brandon Graham are creating modern comics built on a wealth of influences. Joined by Inkstuds host Robin McConnell, they will be exploring the tableau of work that inspires them and how that affects the creative processes in work such as Death Day, Tiempos Finales, King City, Multiple Warheads, 100%, THB and more.

A5: Comics & Animation: A Conversation with the Artists of Adventure Time
Panelists: Michael DeForge, Bob Flynn, Andy Ristaino, Steve Wolfhard, and special guest Creator of Adventure Time Pendleton Ward!
Moderated by Phil Rynda
Location: The Pilot
Time: 2:15 – 3:15

Cartoon Network’s hit series “Adventure Time” has strong ties with comics and cartooning. A panel of Adventure Time artists and contributors will discuss their work on Adventure Time as well as the bridge between comics and animation. Now featuring special guest Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time! Pendleton Ward will be signing for fans in The Beguiling Signing Area, located on the basement level, directly following this panel.

A6: Balancing a Canadian Identity w/ Working in the Mainstream
Panelists: Darwyn Cooke, Ray Fawkes, Kathryn and Stuart Immonen, and Jillian Tamaki
Moderated by Robin McConnell
Location: The Pilot
Time: 3:30 – 4:30

What part does being a Canadian play in a comic creator’s storytelling? With many of the largest comics companies being based in the United States, and publishers and an audience that have a US sensibility, how do Canadian creators retain their sense of self while working on licensed properties, or even graphic novels edited and published by people not from the same country that they are? This panel examines the Canadian identity in terms of the mainstream comics market.

Saturday: The Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, first floor

A7: From Conception to Reality: Bringing Ideas to Fruition
Panelists: Kate Beaton, Joe Lambert, John Martz and Dylan Meconis
Moderated by Dustin Harbin
Location: The Beeton
Time: 9:15 – 10:15

From graphic novels to mini-comics, working alone or as part of a collaborative effort, from print to web and back again, there are more choices than ever for cartoonists. Coming up with an amazing idea is only half the challenge. Deciding what to do with your idea is almost as important as the idea itself. This panel will be a wide-ranging discussion of the process artists go through to bring their ideas from conception to fruition.

A8: Creator Roundtable: Brecht Evens, Mawil, Ludovic Debuerme
Panelists: Ludovic Debeurme, Brecht Evans and Mawil
Moderator: Bart Beaty
Location: The Beeton
Time: 10:30 – 11:30

Come hear a discussion on the comics medium with three of TCAF’s Featured Guests: Ludovic Debeurme (Lucille), Brecht Evens (The Wrong Place, Night Animals), and Mawil (Beach Safari, We Can Still Be Friends). Moderated by Professor Bart Beaty.

A9: Lost Myths Live Show
Panelists: Rupert Bottenberg and Claude Lalumiere
Location: The Beeton
Time: 11:45 – 12:45

LOST MYTHS — co-created by writer/storyteller Claude Lalumière and visual artist Rupert Bottenberg — is an online archive (lostmyths.net) of cryptomythological stories, comics, art, and more; a growing collection of collectible artefacts (available at TCAF!); and a fully immersive multimedia live show of storytelling and art, accompanied by pre-recorded music and sound effects.

A10: Spotlight & Signing: Natsume Ono
Moderated by Deb Aoki
Location: The Beeton
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 program; 2:00 – 3:00 signing

TCAF Featured Guest Natsume Ono has made a huge impression in North America since the publication of not simple, her first title published in English. Now with five different series or one-shots announced and 12 books in print by the end of the year, it’s the perfect time for Natsume Ono to make her first appearance in North America! Join manga.about.com host Deb Aoki as she interviews Ono on her life and career, and hosts a moderated Q&A with lucky audience members. Note, attendance to this panel will be strictly limited to 80 people, at the request of Ms. Ono and her publishers. Attendees will view the panel, then attend an exclusive signing with Ms. Ono in the same space. Admission will be based on a lottery system. To get a chance to view the panel and attend the signing, head to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1600353701.

A12: Spotlight: Chris Ware
Moderated by Tom Spurgeon
Location: The Beeton
Time: 3:10 – 4: 10

Chris Ware has had a spectacular career in comics, and continues to amaze, impress, and emotionally connect with his readership with every annual release. Join Chris Ware and moderator Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter as they discuss Ware’s career and forthcoming work.

A13: Machine of Death: Draw & Guess
Kate Beaton, Aaron Diaz, Chris Hastings and K.C. Green vs. Matthew Bennardo, Ryan North and David Malki!
Location: The Beeton
Time: 4:15 – 5:00

Join cartoonists playing a non-trademarked version of Pictionary, using clues issued from the Machine of Death! The Machine, of course, cal tell you exactly how you are going to die in just a few cryptic words. Will the contestant have to draw “TRUCK” or “INABILITY TO UNDERSTAND METAPHORS”?

Saturday: Learning Center 1, Toronto Reference Library, first floor

A14: Spotlight on David Boswell
Moderated by Tom Spurgeon
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 9:15 – 10:00

David Boswell, creator of the iconic underground comics character Reid Fleming: World’s Toughest Milkman, attends TCAF to be inducted into the Canadian Cartooning Hall of Fame, The Giants of the North. Come hear the story behind the evolution of Reid Fleming and about Boswell’s 34 years in the alt. comics industry with moderator Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter.

A15: Root Rot Release
Featuring: T. Edward Bak, Michael DeForge,  Ines Estrada, Bob Flynn, Jesse Jacobs, Hellen Jo, Joseph Lambert, Diana McNally, Robin Nishio, Angie Wang and Mickey Zacchilli
Moderated by Anne Koyama
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 10:15 – 11:15

Koyama Press is proud to announce a launch party to celebrate the release of the Root Rot anthology. Ten of the artists will be in attendance for the book’s debut. Come and meet them! Plus live drawing, signings, giveaways and more!

A16: Spotlight: Lorenzo Mattotti
Moderated by Robin McConnell
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 11:30 – 12:15

Lorenzo Mattotti is recognized today as one of the most outstanding international exponents of comics art. His books have been translated all over the world. Mattoti, a Featured Guest of TCAF, appears here to discuss his life and his work, including his most recent graphic novels Stigmata and The Raven. Mattotti will be interviewed by the host of Inkstuds, Robin McConnell.

A17: Quebecois Comics
Panelists: Jimmy Beaulieu, Frederic Gauthier, Pascal Girard, Philippe Girard, Marc Tessier and Stanley Wany
Moderated by Andy Brown
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 12:30 – 1:15

Come listen to a discussion of the Quebecois comics culture: what’s involved, what makes it unique, and what we can expect in the future.

A18: Telling True Stories
Panelists: David Collier, Jim Ottaviani, GB Tran, Zach Worton, and Tory Woollcott
Moderated by Greg Means
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 1:30 – 2:15

The scope of non-fiction in comics is now broadening into a far larger realm, from autobiography to journalism, documentary, historical fiction, and educational comics. Come listen to four creators talk about their non-fictional work and its place within the comics medium.

A19: Ask a Freelancer
Panelists: Lucy Knisley, Dylan Meconis and Erika Moen
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 2:30 – 3:15

Seasoned pros of the self-employed art and comic worlds, Lucy Knisley, Dylan Meconis and Erika Moen are here to personally sherpa you through the jagged mountains of freelancing. These self-sufficient ladies have years of experience under their belts and are happy to share their collective knowledge to those just starting out. They will tackle such questions as, ‘Do I need a higher education to be a professional artist?’, ‘How do I self-publish?’, and the ever-terrifying ‘How do taxes work when you’re doing this solo???’ WONDER NO MORE, FRIENDS. Lucy, Dylan and Erika are here for you. No more tears, sweetie, no more tears.

A20: Design
Panelists: John Green, John Martz, Adrian Tomine, Seth, and Colleen AF Venable
Moderated by Chris Hannay
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 3:20 – 4:10

What’s involved in transforming a comic from a collection of pages of art to a book? What factors play a part in font design/choice, book layout, and cover creation? Join this outstanding collection of comics creators and designers to learn how design affects a book’s final image.

A21: That Comic Isn’t About Me: Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Comics
Panelists: Erika Moen, Yuko Ota, Ananth Panagariya, and Jose Villarubia
Moderated by Zan Christensen
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 4:15 – 5:00

Unless you’re a famous historical figure, a super-powered mutant, or the author of the story, odds are the comic isn’t actually about you. But that’s not usually what we mean when we think that. How important is it for us to easily identify with the characters being portrayed in a story, and what effect does that have on the diversity of the comics landscape? Why do readers so often overlook stories featuring characters whose gender, sexuality, race, class, or culture differs from their own? And how does the creator’s sense of identity seep into their creative work in both overt and subtle ways? Are we also tempted to tell stories just to people we identify with?


Sunday. The Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland Street, Across from Toronto Reference Library

U1: Embedded Culture
Panelists: Barry Deutsch, Sarah Glidden, Matt Kindt and Wei Li
Moderated by Eva Volin
Location: The Pilot
Time: 11:15 – 12:15

Comics let us travel to new places, meet new people, and experience life differently than we do in the normal day-to-day. How do cartoonists help their readers make the transition between the familiar and the never-before-experienced?

U2: Illustration
Panelists: Lorenzo Mattotti, Jillian Tamaki, Adrian Tomine
Moderated by Caitlin McGurk
Location: The Pilot
Time: 12:30 – 1:30

Many cartoonists also have a career in illustration. Come listen to four prestigious comics artists and illustrators discuss the difference between creating in a narrative form (comics) and a static one (illustration).

U3: Guilty Pleasure Comics
Panelists: TBA
Moderated by Calista Brill
Location: The Pilot
Time: 1:45 – 2:45

Four cartoonists discuss the comics that they love, that influenced them, that they’d defend against all comers — and that are their guilty pleasure.

U4: Studio Tour
Panelists: Becky Cloonan, Jeph Jacques, Keith Jones, Jim Ottaviani and Ramon Perez
Moderated by Hillary Chang
Location: The Pilot
Time: 3:00 – 4:00

What does a comics creator’s studio look like? Find out in this guided tour of five very different creators’ work spaces.

U5: Carousel for Adults
Panelists: Kate Beaton, Jess Fink, Jason Little and Jeffrey Lewis
Moderated by R. Sikoryak
Location: The Pilot
Time: 4:10 – 5:00

R. Sikoryak brings his long-running cartoon slide show series to TCAF. The presentations are reminiscent of a radio show, with live narration, music, and sound effects combined with wildly creative imagery. From stick figures to lush illustrations to the occasional photograph, Carousel embraces all forms of multi-media visual storytelling.

Sunday, The Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, first floor

U6: Haida Manga and Shanghai Daily: A Graphic Travelogue
Panelists: Joanne Hui and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanass
Moderated by Rupert Bottenberg
Location: The Beeton
Time: 11:15 – 12:15

Presented by the Gendai Gallery, the Haida Manga Reading Room & Comic Jam Studio is an exhibit of the graphic works of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaaas and Joanne Hui, and a series of workshops launching on May 7th. Both artists use the form of manga to address unique moments in Canadian history that are particular to their culturally specific histories of activism and resistance. The exhibit celebrates Asian Heritage Month in May and runs until June 26th.

U7: Spotlight on Usamaru Furuya
Moderated by Christopher Butcher
Location: The Beeton
Time: 12:30 – 1:30

Usamaru Furuya is a fantastic and unique comics creator, a classically trained fine artist who put his enormous skills into the service of making great manga. Now after a 10 year absence from English-language comics, Furuya’s work is again finding audiences in North America with Viz’s Genkaku Picasso and Vertical’s Lychee Light Club & No Longer Human mixing shonen and seinen tropes with Furuya’s own surreal worldview. TCAF Festival Director Christopher Butcher will interview Furuya about his career in Japan and North America, and what’s next for the prolific creator.

U8: Married in Comics
Panelists: Kathryn and Stuart Immonen, Joe Ollman, Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier
Moderated by Robin Brenner
Location: The Beeton
Time: 1:45 – 2:45

These cartoonists are married to their work — literally! Come hear a discussion of marriage in comics, encompassing the topics of being married to another cartoonist and depicting married life on the comics page.

U9: Signing: Natsume Ono
Location: The Beeton
Time: 3:00 – 4:00

An exclusive signing with manga sensation Natsume Ono. To register for this signing, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1600510169.

U10: Comics Storytelling
Panelists: Vera Brosgol, James O’Barr, Nate Powell and Eric Wight
Moderated by Alex Janson
Location: The Beeton
Time: 4:05 – 5:00

Comics bring words and images together in a way that no other medium does. What’s unique about telling stories in the comics form? Four creators talk about why they’ve chosen comics as their storytelling medium.

Sunday, Learning Center 1, Toronto Reference Library, first floor

U11: Her Majesty’s Comics
anelists: Adam Cadwell, Joe Decie, Kayla Hiller, Tom Humberstone, Phillipa Rice, and Sam Arthur
Moderated by Box Brown
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 11:15 – 12:00

There’s an explosion of comics talent that’s been coming out of the UK lately; new artists, new formats, and new publishers. We’ll get you up to speed with the landscape of the changing UK comics scene.

U12: Framing Comics History: Reprints
Panelists Jeet Heer, Seth and Chris Ware
Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 12:15 – 1:00

The past several years have seen a wealth of historical comics reprints, which have set new standards in both aesthetic and historiographical presentation. Seth, Chris Ware, and Jeet Heer have worked on books reprinting the work of Harold Gray, George Herriman, Frank King, Charles Schultz, John Stanley, Doug Wright, and more. They will discuss their ideas about presenting historical comics in this panel.

U13: Print Culture
Panelists: Tom K., John Porcellino and Dylan Williams
Moderated by Zak Sally
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 1:15 – 2:00

From Comic Books to ‘Graphic Novels,’ from the Undergrounds to Art Comics, Fanzines to Zine Culture — the names may change, but one thing remains constant: they are all reproduced, on paper. No matter the decade, subject matter, or economics involved, comics have always been linked to print. With physical objects no longer being a necessity (and the book form itself on the decline), what will be the role of print culture in the next decade and beyond?

U14: Spotlight on John Porcellino
Moderated by Tom Spurgeon
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 2:15 – 3:00

Join the King-Cat himself, TCAF Featured Guest John Porcellino, in a career-spanning discussion of his work. Porcellino’s career has been a fascinating one, building a one-man empire of mini-comics publishing, while still working with publishers including Drawn & Quarterly, La Mano, and Hyperion Books. Porcellino’s most recent work is illustrating the fascinating new multi-media project The Next Day, an important look into suicide and mental health issues. Porcellino will be interviewed by The Comics Reporter‘s Tom Spurgeon.

U15: Building Visual Language
Panelists: Marta Chudolinska, Edie Fake, and Brecht Evens
Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 3:15 – 4:00

Comics benefit from the reiteration of visual symbols which gain meaning through their repetition, manipulation, and transformation over multiple panels and pages. This panel is a discussion of the process of developing a visual system over the course of a book-length comics work.

U16: New and Upcoming Works
Panelists: Pascal Girard, Joe Ollman, and TBA
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 4:15 – 5:00

Join a trio of cartoonists for a presentation and discussion of their latest works: Pascal Girard (Reunion), Joe Ollman (Mid-Life), and an as-yet-unannounced third surprise guest.

- Chris