Sunday, August 19, 2007

TCAF - Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2007

TCAF - Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2007 - Poster
IN REVIEW: Toronto Comic Arts Festival - TCAF 2007

TCAF - Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2007 - LogoYesterday, I hopped on the ol' Go-Train and went to TCAF 2007 (a.k.a. "The Toronto Comic Arts Festival"), which is currently being held at Old Victoria College on the University of Toronto Campus.

Overall, it was a really fun experience and a great place to meet cartoonists of all types. Whether you're into comic books, comic strips, webcomics, graphic novels, or even animation, this is definitely an event you don't want to miss!

TCAF - Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2007 - Snapshot
Snapshot inside TCAF (Victoria College, University of Toronto).

The old university building in which the festival is held offers a neat "nostalgic" atmosphere ... Although, at times, I felt like I was walking through a labyrinth with more and more cartoonists lurking around every corner.

Along the way, I had the pleasure of chatting with several talented folks, including: Matthew Forsythe (2005, 2006 Eisner Award Nominee), John Martz (Chair of the Canadian chapter of the National Cartoonists Society), Rina Piccolo (Tina's Groove), and Brendan Burford (Syncopated Comics / King Features Syndicate).

In addition to the many talented cartoonists that were promoting their wares, the festival offers a variety of different workshop panels. I sat in on the "Digital Comics and Digital Media Workshop" which featured artists including: Attila Adorjany, Bobby Chu, James Jean, José Villarrubia, and Jim Zubkavich. Each one offered some very creative (and sometimes even funny!) tips on how they work digitally.

For those with young families, the festival also offers some fun stuff for the kids too ... Just outside the building, you'll find the OWLKIDS Family Tent where the young ones can collect the signatures of some of the great illustrators from OWL and CHICKADEE magazines, as well as participate in some "How to Draw" sessions.

Congrats to festival's organizers on a job well done!

For more details about the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), I encourage you to visit their website at: http://www.torontocomics.com/tcaf

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

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