TCAF is pleased to present Word Balloon Academy, a full day of creator-focused programming on Friday, May 13th at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, located at 90 Bloor Street East (Bloor/Yonge Subway).
Word Balloon Academy is a full day of presentations and workshops especially for comic creators and industry members, and includes programming spanning creative demonstrations, business development topics and professional concerns. These programs require registration, but are completely free to attend.
This year, in addition to the panels, we are also setting up the first WBA “Professional Clinic”! Ask your specific legal and granting inquiries, one-on-one, to representatives from ALAS Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council, and find out more about the local services provided to comics creators here in Toronto. You can also seek health counsel from special guest Kriota Willberg, teacher of anatomy and injury-prevention at various institutions including The Centre for Cartoon Studies and The Society for Illustrators.
Word Balloon Academy Schedule
ALL DAY “PROFESSIONAL CLINIC” located in the main breakout space... Come ask questions anytime someone is there!
Injury Prevention, Kriota Willberg // 11:30 - 3:30
ALAS Ontario, Ken Thompson & Emmanuel Evdemon // 12:00 - 2:00
Ontario Arts Council, Jack Illingworth // 1:00 to 4:00
High Park I
- 10:00 - 11:00 "The Bizarro Land Between Comics to Games" with Benjamin Rivers
- 11:30 - 1:00 "Good Spaces & Good Habits" with Ananth Hirsh & Yuko Ota
- 1:00 - 2:00 Lunch
- 2:00 - 3:00 "Defining 'Comics Editor'" with James Lucas Jones (Oni Press) & J. Torres
- 3:30 - 5:00 "The Evolved Form of Webcomics" with Nicole Chartrand & Mildred Louis
High Park II/III
- 10:00 - 11:00 "What is Money?" with David Brothers moderating Spike Trotman, George Rohac, Benjamin Woo
- 11:30 - 1:00 "Drawing as Exploring: A Strong Sense of Place" with Barbara Yelin
- 1:00 - 2:00 Lunch
- 2:00 - 3:00 "Trends in Printing: Risograph" with Patrick Crotty (Peow Studio)
- 3:30 - 5:00 "DIY Self-Promotion" with Jacq Cohen (Fantagraphics)
HOW TO REGISTER & PARTICIPATE:
Just select the 'ticket' above for each program you'd like to attend on our Eventbrite page. You'll be emailed a digital copy of the tickets. You do not need to print them, but on the day of the event, guests are required to check-in at the WBA registration table before each panel, by name. Please be mindful of your own programming schedule, late-arrivals will lose priority status over the rush line.
REMINDER: Registration is required for each individual program! There is no limit to the number of events a guest can register for (but try not to register for programs you're not committed to attending, and be careful of programs running at the same time, but in different rooms).
WHAT IF EVENTS ARE SOLD OUT?
We will be running 'rush lines' on the day of the event to ensure the greatest number of people get to participate, and that all seats are filled. Even without registering, there is a chance to see presentations, however we highly recommend that you register in advance and arrive on-time in order to guarantee a seat.
BUT HURRY BEFORE REGISTRATION FILLS UP!
Registration closes on Wednesday May 11th at 11:30PM, or when all tickets of any given panel are claimed. Afterwards, admission will be via rush-line only, on a first-come first-serve basis.
Beautiful logo thanks to artist Dustin Harbin!
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org!
When & Where
TCAF - The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
TCAF is a celebration of comics and graphic novels—and their creators—that takes place annually in Toronto, Canada.
For more information please visit http://www.torontocomics.com.