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The world's best comic artists descend on the city from May 13 to 14. Sponsored feature: presented by TCAF 2017
TORONTO COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL 2017, a celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators. Main Exhibition: Toronto Reference Library, May 13 – 14, 2017. Free to attend. More event info here.
This year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival is its the biggest yet, and not just because of the incredible two-day exhibition at the Toronto Reference Library featuring over 400 cartoonists from more than 20 countries.
The TCAF 2017 program is chock-full of readings, presentations, panel discussions, gallery shows and, yes, an astounding main exhibition that’s free to attend. There’s even an official TCAF beer launch! Don’t miss these highlights happening off-site.
[Check out the full TCAF 2017 program here and download the guidebook app.]
The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen, The Pilot (22 Cumberland), 9 pm
Hope Nicholson launches a new book that celebrates heroic female characters in comics, from Miss Fury to Little Lulu.
TCAF Kick-Off, Toronto Reference Library Salon (789 Yonge), 6:30 pm
The launch of TCAF 2017 and Image Comics‘ 25th anniversary party, this event will showcase some of the star Image creators as they reminisce about the company.
BLACK DOG: The Dreams of Paul Nash, Masonic Temple (888 Yonge Street), 9 pm
Paolo Bacilieri: FUN, Istituto Italiano di Cultura (496 Huron), May 12 – June 14
This month-long exhibit features Bacilieri’s works, including 30 original illustrations from his latest graphic novel, FUN.
Image 25th: Charlie Adlard x Sean Phillips, Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville (90 Bloor East), 11 am
The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard and Kill or Be Killed‘s Sean Phillips will discuss British comics and Phillips’s new role as the UK’s Comics Laureate.
LGBTQ Comics Abroad, Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville (90 Bloor East), 4 pm
LGBTQ comic artists Gengoroh Tagame (My Brother’s Husband), Martina Schradi (Oh, I see?!), Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist), Tommi Parrish (Perfect Hair) and A.C. Esguerra (EIGHTY DAYS) discuss issues facing queer and trans artists and audiences worldwide.
21st Century Webcomics, High Park Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville (90 Bloor East), 2:45 pm
Film Screening: The Absence of Eddy Table, High Park Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville (90 Bloor East), 5 pm
Filmmaker Dave Cooper will be on hand to answer audience questions after the screening.
Science of Superheroes, Summerhill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville (90 Bloor East), 11 am
This panel discussion will address how science has affected – and been affected by – characters like Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman.
Canadian Editorial Comics, Summerhill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville (90 Bloor East), 12:15 pm
Newspaper cartoonists Terry Mosher (Aislin), Michael deAdder (formerly of the Halifax Daily News), Postmedia’s Sue Dewar and the Hamilton Spectator’s Graeme MacKay discuss their craft and its prospects. Moderated by The Globe and Mail’s Brian Gable.
Sound and Vision: Music in Comics, The Pilot (22 Cumberland), 10 am
Spotlight: Gary Panter x R. Sikoryak, The Pilot (22 Cumberland), 1:30 pm
Veteran New York-based cartoonists discuss their work with the influential RAW Magazine as well as the process of publishing graphic novel adaptations of prose texts.
Who Are Your Heroes: Comics and Representation, Masonic Temple (888 Yonge), 12:15 pm
Image 25th: Glitterbomb x Monstress, Masonic Temple (888 Yonge), 4 pm
REAL FRIENDS: Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham, Kids Day at St. Paul’s (227 Bloor East), 10 am
Both main exhibition days of TCAF will feature plenty of kid-friendly programming. This event kicks things off with a chat about the emotional ups and downs of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in The Group. Come help launch Kids Day!
Bière Paul Beer, The Pilot (22 Cumberland), 7 pm
Join the launch party for the first-ever official TCAF beer, the result of a collaboration with Brasserie Dunham.
TCAF Queer Mixer, Glad Day Books (499 Church Street), 7pm
Comics As Political Resistance, Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville (90 Bloor East), 12 pm
Spotlight: Jeff Lemire, Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville (90 Bloor East), 4 pm
This Juno Award winner is the cartoonist behind Gord Downie’s Secret Path project, which reveals the story of Charlie Wenjack – a boy who fled from a residential school.
New Book Spotlight: The Monsters of Autobio, High Park Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville (90 Bloor East), 1:30 pm
Critical Eye on Comics, Summerhill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville (90 Bloor East), 4 pm
So Pretty/Very Rotten, Japan Foundation, Hudson’s Bay Centre (2 Bloor E, #300), 2 pm
Creators Jane Mai and An Nguyen present their collection of comics and essays that explore cute culture and Lolita fashion.
Looks Good Enough to Eat: Comics and Food, The Pilot (22 Cumberland), 12 pm
Illustrating food can teach us a lot about culinary techniques, history, family and more. Panelists include Robin Ha, Sarah Becan, Jade Feng Lee, Kat Verhoeven and Emily Forster. Moderator: Lauren Jordan.
Sweaty Pages: Comics and Erotics, The Pilot (22 Cumberland), 2:45 pm
Image 25th: Cartooning On The Edges of Reality, Masonic Temple (888 Yonge), 2:45 pm
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