Over the more than decade-long run of this festival, the popularity and attendance have quickly grown from the original 600 people who showed up to now over 24,000. TCAF has become internationally recognized as one of the best free fairs to both attend and exhibit for every type of art and story lover. Because of this acclaim, the festival has been able to garner some big names in the print/online comic scene and animation industry while still keeping its roots in hosting some lesser-known artists. Past guests have included Bryan Lee O’Malley, Noelle Stevenson, Babs Tarr, Adrian Alphona, and Chip Zdarsky. No matter how niche someone’s preference is, it’s easy to find exactly what they like.
TCAF was co-founded by the owner and manager of The Beguiling, one of Toronto’s top shops to buy comics. The store’s connection to the fair is still very strong and is one main reason why TCAF has become so important – they care about the product and industry. As the festival has grown in status, so has The Beguiling’s relationship to the Toronto comic landscape. The store has expanded to another location – Page & Panel – on the ground floor of the Reference Library. Both of these shops regularly hold events and signings that attract a lot of attention and are extremely worth frequenting.
Check out the TCAF site for more information on the guests and schedule, or visit The Beguiling and Page & Panel shops and online sites.
For the better half of the fest’s existence, TCAF has been in affiliation with the Toronto Public Library and is held at their flagship location, the always accessible Toronto Reference Library at Yonge and Bloor.
Cost: Festival is free for entry, some exhibits have fees
The festival runs May 14-15, 2016
Saturday, May 14th | 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 15th | 10am-5pm
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 395 5577
By Chloe MacPherson