Toronto Comic Arts Festival & Quirky Quarks


Readers, comics lovers, and physics enthusiasts, I’m excited to tell you about how I’ll be spending the weekend of May 13, 14, and 15…

What is TCAF? In their own words, straight from :

TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival. It is a week long celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. Since 2009, TCAF has been held at Toronto Reference Library in Toronto, Canada, and presented by Toronto Public Library.

My festival sign showing the characters, Maxwell, Emmy, and Erwin, from the book Quirky Quarks

My festival sign showing the characters, Maxwell, Emmy, and Erwin, from the book Quirky Quarks

This year, I will be debuting my book “Quirky Quarks: A Cartoon Guide to the Fascinating Realm of Physics” which I co-authored with physicists Boris Lemmer, and Benjamin Bahr. (To read a previous blog article about the book, please click HERE. To order the book on Amazon, click HERE.) If you’d like to pay less for the book, visit me at TCAF!

The funky illustrated jeans... my TCAF uniform (Standard uniform of Cartoonists)

The funky illustrated jeans… my TCAF uniform (Standard uniform of Cartoonists)

In addition to signing copies of my book, I will also be appearing on two panels. If you’re planning on attending, here are the details. I will provide links below for further reading.

What: Panel “Newspaper Comics in a Digital World.” (Can you guess what the topic is?)
When: Saturday May 14th, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: Toronto Marriott (Bloor/Yorkville) Forest Hill Ballroom
Who: Sandra Bell Lundy (Between Friends), Terri Libenson (The Pajama Diaries), Jonathan Mahood (Bleaker, The Rechargeable Dog), Paul Gilligan (Pooch Cafe), and Dana Simpson (Phoebe And Her Unicorn). I will be the boss, er, I mean, moderator.

…and the second panel…

What: Panel, “Non-Fiction Stream: Illustrating STEM” How reading comics can encourage interest in science and technology. This is part of the Librarian & Educator Day… see link below.
When: Friday May 13th, 3pm
Where: Bluma Appel Salon —The Toronto Reference Library
Who: Cartoonist and graphic novelist MK Reed, and Children’s author Glen Downey, who will be moderating, and moi, yours truly.

So now that you’ve read the details of North America’s finest Comic Arts Festival, don’t you want to knock everything else off your schedule just to be there? No, seriously, folks, if you like alternative comics, or as I like to say, comics for smart people, then this is your event.

I will be there — find me, come to my panels, buy my book, buy me a drink, or all of the above. Just be there!

For further details, directions to events, and exhibitor list please visit: TCAF

For further reading on Librarian & Educator events, please click HERE.

*Link to TCAF’s Programming Schedule: TCAF Programming 2016
Thanks for reading. Please share with your comics-loving friends!


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