The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday. And while there’s plenty for adults to do and see, they made sure that kids were included in the latest and greatest comic arts scene happenings.
Here’s what the kids can get into this weekend. For lists of all panels and programs, visit here.
Saturday, May 12 at Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor St. E.
11:00 AM – A Meeting of the Tea Dragon Society w/ Katie O’Neill – Come and help create brand new and beautiful Tea Dragons with New Zealand’s own Queen of Dragons, Katie O’Neill! (Forest Hill Ballroom)
12:15 PM – Live Drawing: Adventure/Sci Fi – Ben Sears (The Ideal Copy) and Natalie Riess (Space Battle Lunchtime) will take turns drawing out-of-this-world things like Spaceships! Aliens! New Planets! Strange Snacks! (Yorkville Ballroom)
1:30 PM – We Dig Comics! w/ Kevin McCloskey – Kevin McCloskey, author, illustrator and professor, shares fascinating facts about common creatures (including worms, fish, pigeons and snails!) from his Toon Books for beginning readers. He’ll share drawing tips (materials provided) and there will be plenty of gross-out fun! For ages toddler and up. (Forest Hill Ballroom)
2:45 PM – Baby-Sitter’s Club w/ Gale Galligan – Four friends and baby-sitting: what could be more fun? Baby-Sitter’s Club artist Gale Galligan talks about what it takes to write and draw stories about the BFFs in the BSC! (Forest Hill Ballroom)
4:00 PM – Story Planet Presents: Charactermaker w/ Hilary Leung – Author/illustrator Hilary Leung celebrates the release of Reggie Rainbow’s Crazy Adventure by helping the audience start on their own story adventure using his super secret technique for creating amazing characters. Come join in the fun! (Yorkville Ballroom)
Sunday, May 13 at Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor St. E.
11:00 AM – Sunday Morning Storytime! – Change out of your pajamas, wipe the sleep from your eyes, and get ready to read along with some of the great picture book creators at TCAF! Hear new tales from Liniers (Macanudo), Ohara Hale (Be Still, Life), Becky & Frank (Tigerbuttah), Kickliy (Musnet) and Christopher Green (Moon Full)! (Forest Hill Ballroom)
1:30 PM – The Spooky Comics Showdown – Creaking Doors! Clanking Chains! Spider Webs! If you’re still reading, then maybe you’re brave enough for this creepy drawing contest between some of the most perilously paranormal artists around! Featuring Laura Terry (Graveyard Shakes), Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost), Adam Murphy (CorpseTalk), and Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes). Moderated by Brian McLachlan (Draw Out the Story). (Forest Hill Ballroom)
2:45 PM – Great Gowns, Beautiful Gowns: Costuming and Comics – Fashion experts Cecil Castellucci (Don’t Cosplay with my Heart) and Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker) talk about the important role that clothes play in creating characters, and how what you wear can challenge how people see the world. Moderated by Robin Brenner. (Forest Hill Ballroom)
2:45 PM – Live Drawing: Boats – Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles) and Rebecca Mock (Four Points series) will show you how to draw everything you need to sail the seven seas! (Yorkville Ballroom)