TCAF 2022 Plans
It’s a week away, which isn’t much time, but we’re all having to be more flexible these days.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is taking place June 17-19 this year at the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge St.
It’s a blend of virtual and in-person events. The well-respected Libraries & Education Day, held Friday, June 17, is taking place online, for example, while the new Academic Symposium on “Histories & Futures of Comics Communities” takes place the same day in person (free, registration required).
That same day, Friday, I will be giving a talk on “Publicity Practices for Comic Creators” as part of Word Balloon Academy, the day of “skills-building and career management programming for comics creators.” My presentation is at 1 PM at the library, and there are a bunch of great talks and learning opportunities as part of that track (free, registration required). I gave a version of this talk at the last in-person TCAF in 2019, and it went over well.
I will also be moderating the “Queer Crossroads” panel at 1 PM on Saturday, June 18, as part of the show. Here’s the official description:
“What do you do when you don’t fit into society’s neat little boxes and categories? When you don’t fit into a set of prescribed binary choices, but stand at a crossroads of multiple identities? In this panel, Catherine Castro (Call Me Nathan), Lee Lai (Stone Fruit), and Rhael Macgregor (Tinder, Earth Angel, Small Big Gay) explore how a medium full of little boxes can work to disrupt binary understandings of identity — whether gender, sexuality, or relationships — to create robust queer narratives.”
See more of the panels and programming here. If you’re going to be there, I’d love to say hi!
Update: Due to flight issues, I was unable to attend the show this year.