toronto comics and art festival

☆TCAF 2017☆

Guys! I’ll be at TCAF next weekend as a featured guest and ready to sign Check, Please: Year Two!

I’ll be signing copies of Year One and Year Two, speaking on two panels, and will give a one hour talk at the TCAF Word Balloon Academy. (Check here for scheduling!)

  • 12:00 PM – Spotlight: Ngozi Ukazu – Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu has taken the comics world by storm. Its giant readership and successful crowd-funding campaigns show how the series has tapped into an audience that is hugely underserved by mainstream publishing. Come and hear Ngozi talk about her life in comics thus far, her plans for the series’ future, and what it like to have a small side project suddenly turn into a huge hit!
  • 12:15 PM – Sports! – Comics and…sports?!?! This pairing isn’t as strange as you might think! From diehard sportos to secret jocks, come and hear what these creators love about the wide world of sports!Panelists: Michael Nybrandt, Sonam Wangyal, Ngozi Ukazu, Jarrett Williams. Moderator: RJ Casey.

When I’m not signing or in panels, I’ll likely be wandering the show floor and hanging out around @mynameismad‘s table being a nuisance. But otherwise, I’m psyched! I can’t wait to see all of you guys! TCAF 2016 was an amazing convention and being welcomed back is an honor.

hey folks! just a quick announcement that i will have a mini baby book for sale at tcaf next month! it’s the first twelve strips, nothing fancy, but pretty gosh darn cute imo, and i’ll be selling it with the baby enamel pins as well! 

if you make it to tcaf (may 13-14) def come by and say hi, ok (´∀`)

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TCAF was a+! Thanks to all of you who stopped to have a chat and buy my books. Very thankful i won’t have to drag two boxes of comics back home. I do wish I had more time to walk around though, so many great panels I’d like to go to!

Huge thanks to Jenn and Ty, the creative team behind the gorgeous @therisingsand for watching my table, letting me crash in Toronto and hang out with their cats. Don’t know if i could even afford to stay in Toronto without these guys!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival was great but also very dichotomous? Seeing the amazing work was inspiring; realizing how much even “successful” people are struggling was not.  Let me try to summarize the big things I took away from TCAF:

  1. Comics and Games are actually very good, and you can see that as soon as you create a space outside the influence of WB/Disney/AAA/&c 
  2. Comics and Games are queer as hell, see above. In fact, it feels like the field is incredibly diverse right now? 
  3. Most of the people creating the indie stuff you love have day/part time jobs, because patreon/ad revenue (ha ha ha) don’t pay enough 
  4. The web is increasingly hostile to small creators as FB, Twitter, Tumblr & Reddit design their systems to bury unsponsored content and bury or simply blacklist outright external links. These sites want everything to be sponsored, and hosted on THEIR servers. (Reminder: if you’re reblogging my articles, thank you for doing so because you are literally the only way my stuff is getting seen by anyone at this point. Tumblr blacklists external links now.)
  5. The fandom spaces that should be supporting this diverse work are actually a maelstrom of doxxing, identity policing, callouts, &c. 

So in summary, comics and games have a flood of diverse experimental creators who go unsupported by the market, government, or fans. I don’t know how to quite square how dire yet how inspiring/hopeful this is simultaneously. But that’s life in 2017 generally I guess.

EXHIBIT: My Brother’s Husband – Artwork by Gengoroh Tagame

May 2nd to May 30th, 2017
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
1st Floor Display Room (Near the Browsery)
Free

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to a host a small display of materials from the creation of My Brother’s Husband, the new graphic novel series by TCAF Featured Guest Gengoroh Tagame. Winner of the Excellence Award for manga at The 19th Japan Media Art Festival, My Brother’s Husband is the moving story of a Japanese man learning to accept his late brother’s Canadian husband, the first LGBT person he’s ever met, who is visiting Japan. Upon winning the award, a small display of roughly 16 pieces of Tagame’s artwork, from layouts, to penciled pages, to final artwork, was assembled to be displayed for the award ceremony. It is this exhibition of materials, with additional English language material, which will be exhibited at Toronto Reference Library this May, as a part of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

My Brother’s Husband will make its English-language debut at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 13th and 14th, 2017, from Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House.

TCAF would like to thank Toronto Public Library, and Pantheon Books, for their assistance with this exhibition.

“Specialization isn’t just key to evolution—it can help bring new focus to your work and encourage readers to learn from (and share!) your enthusiasm. In this panel from the 2016 Toronto Comic Arts Festival, join Lucy Bellwood/@lucybellwood​  (Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea), Erika Moen/@erikamoen​  (Oh Joy, Sex Toy), Lisa Hanawalt/@lisahanawalt​ (Hot Dog Taste Test, BoJack Horseman), and Kate Beaton/@beatonna​ (Hark, A Vagrant) as they discuss the benefits and perils of “having a niche” in comics.”

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I’m at TCAF this weekend!  The Toronto Comics Arts Festival is my very favourite convention, AND it’s completely free, AND it’s at the beautiful Toronto Reference Library.  I’ll be hanging out in the above-mentioned RYAN ZONE on the third floor, right by the stairs, with books, buttons, socks, MAGNETIC POETRY, and high fives galore.

I’m also on a panel Saturday, at 12:15 pm in the High Park Ballroom at the Marriott: 

  • 12:15 PM – Prose to Comics / Comics to Prose – The biggest names in YA books talk about how what they love about comics, the challenges of writing in a new medium, and if they think it’ll change the way they connect with their audiences.Panelists: Scott Westerfeld, Shannon Hale, Ryan North, Cecil Castellucci. Moderator: Scott Robins

See you there hopefully!!!!!!!

Hey guys! Toronto Comic Arts Festival is happening this weekend, and I’ll be tabling there with my group Les Copains!

We’ll be selling our mini comics anthology, Les Copains vol.1, where I drew up a small intro for my little guy Axel (who lives in a haunted pub). And while I don’t have a book ready for The Pinewood Curse just yet, I’ll for sure have some pins, prints and goodies for you to pick up. (pictured above is a little preview booklet for Pinewood!)

I’ll be at the table from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, and Sunday from floor opening to noon. Come and say hi if you can! ❤ ❤

OH! and not to get name droppy or anything BUT I’ll be sitting with the amazing @aurelie-a, @caityhallart, @gaaaaaaaaah, @KerlKerl, and @JP!!

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🚁🍉🌿🛀🚚🕰👒🐢 Life Like Lulu, poster zine about life in the dream lane. Debuting at TCAF this weekend in Toronto, May 14-15. Find me on the second floor of the library at table 282!

I’ll also be talking on a panel set up by First Second called ‘Improving Yourself’, at the Hilton Theater on the third floor of the library from 1-2pm Saturday!

As well as doing a live drawing event on Saturday in the Apple Salon on the library’s second floor from 12pm-12:30!

Woof! Can’t wait for this weekend!!