TCAF Goes Virtual For 2021 Event

by James Ferguson

With several vaccines making their way around the world to address the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to wonder what that might mean for conventions this year. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival was canceled last year, but is back on for 2021, albeit all virtual from May 8th to May 15th.

This change means that TCAF’s marketplace will be longer than ever before and include a week of on-demand programming. Fans can visit TCAF 2021 online to shop through hundreds of exhibitors, sit in on classic Q&As, workshops, talks, and more.

TCAF’s new exhibition website is made in partnership with Canzine (the festival of zines) and the Toronto Hand Eye Society. Zinesters and indie video game creators will be some of the 600 virtual exhibitors at TCAF in May.

Exhibitors will have a customizable online shop page where they an upload up to five items for sale. After TCAF, they’ll send all sold items to a warehouse where orders will be bundled and shipped off to shoppers. This process is designed to help save exhibitors and visitors excess transaction and shipping fees. There will be options to see additional products too.

If you’re interested in exhibiting at TCAF, you can apply here. Applications are open until March 3rd, 2021.

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