Second Floor, 22 Cumberland Street (5 mins walk from Library)
11:00-12:00 Is Comics Blogging Over?
The comics blog: the dominant conversation forum for comics in the late 90s and through the 2000s, is certainly changing, possibly mutating… but is it ‘over’? Social media, new content distribution methods, and a lack of paying outlets may just have changed blogging forever. Join Deb Aoki (Manga.AboutGuide.com), Heidi McDonald (ComicsBeat.com), Tom Spurgeon (ComicsReporter.com), Andrew Wheeler (Freelance/Comics Alliance), and moderator Brigid Alverson (Robot6) in a lively discussion of this contentious topic.
12:15 - 1:15pm Queer Comics 2013
You don’t have to be queer to make or read queer comics. Social, civil, and sexual issues, serious or satirical, make queer comics works that deal with the joys and problems of life that affect all of us. The creators on this panel make books that transcend gender identities to appeal to everyone. Featuring Justin Hall, Erika Moen, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Chip Kidd, and moderator Zan Christiensen (Northwest Press).
1:30 - 2:30pm BRITCOMICS
The last few years have seen an explosion of indie and alternative comics from the British Isles. Representatives from UK Publishers Blank Slate, Nobrow, and Self Made Hero will be on hand to give you the ins, outs, ups, and downs of the UK comics scene. Moderated by Robin McConnell of Inkstuds.
2:45 - 3:45pm Spotlight: Glyn Dillion
Glyn Dillon’s graphic novel The Nao of Brown was widely acclaimed by critics and media as one of the best books of 2012, even going so far as to have won the Special Prix du Jury at Angouleme! TCAF presents Dillon in conversation with American comics artist Dustin Harbin to discuss his process, his work, and his thoughts about the medium.
4:00 - 5:00pm Live Drawing… 2!
Four creators enter, one creator leaves! Come watch four artists draw for their lives – and for your entertainment. Winners will feast on the souls of the losers (vegetarian option available). Featuring Phil McAndrew, Lucy Knisley, Jim Rugg, and Scott C.!
TCAF takes place May 11-12, 2013, in Toronto, Canada. More at http://torontocomics.com/