This weekend we finally got through the 300+ applications for next year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and picked our 2011 exhibitors.

This evening, I started sending out acceptance letters, welcoming cartoonists who were chosen to exhibit to the festival.

About a third of the way through sending out those letters, I realized that I would be sending out rejection letters tomorrow morning, 4 days before Christmas. Honestly, the date and timing did not occur to me until about 10 minutes ago, as like all things TCAF, we just work as fast as we can to get it all done, and we’re already a little late on sending out the notes.

But honestly? No one wants to get a rejection letter at Christmas. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, this can be a really difficult time of year and having that compounded by finding out that you won’t be getting to exhibit at an event that meant a lot to you? Awful. I don’t want to be the guy that does that to anyone. And so we’re going to delay sending out the rest of the responses until Monday, December 27th.

The worst part is, we’ve sent out about a third the acceptance letters, so lots of people already know that they’ve gotten in. Lots of people _don’t_ though, and I’m aware that I’ve succeeded in making the next 7 days more stressful for them. I am truly sorry about that, we don’t have very many major missteps with the Festival, but this is one of them and its squarely on my shoulders. And as stressful as I’ve made it for some folks, I didn’t make it _shitty_ for anyone, and that is a small comfort.

If you’re one of the folks who applied and is waiting to hear from us, again, I’m very sorry. Please know that we took the utmost care with your application, reading every biography, visiting every link, and experiencing as much of your work as possible. We will get back to you in as expedient and professional a manner as possible on the morning of the 27th, and we hope you’ll understand that waiting these extra days may have ensured a much happier holiday for many of your peers.

Sincerely,

Christopher Butcher, TCAF


3 Comments on “TCAF Stuff”

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  1. Bitter Matt says:

    Well, clearly you’d never make it at Yahoo if that’s your attitude. Forget second thoughts. “Merry Christmas, you’re fired!” ;-)

    Seriously though, pretty well-handled here. Honesty is refreshing.

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks Matt. We try to be as upfront as possible with what we do and why we do it at TCAF, this is an extension of that. People seem to be generally pretty understanding, which I appreciate.

  3. mc_nedelsky says:

    It’s an error, sure, but it’s such an honest and heartfelt one that from my perspective at least (admittedly only a fan/visitor/occasional volunteer at the show) that it makes me feel more warmly towards you and the festival, not less. Well done for copping to it with such grace.

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