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VIP Packages on Sale!

Posted: April 22nd, 2014

Last year's attendees will remember the introduction of our exciting VIP Packages, and we're proud to announce that they're back for 2014!

VanCAF 2013 VIP Package

This year's VIPs will receive:

- Ten limited edition VanCAF 2013 postcards, featuring exclusive art donated by Natasha Allegri, Renee Nault, Sam Logan, Simon Roy, Lucy Bellwood, Josue Menjivar, Tony Cliff, Nina Matsumoto, Jonathon Dalton, and Molly Nemecek!;
- An exclusive VanCAF 2013 poster art print, featuring art by Tony Cliff;
- Three raffle tickets for the VanCAF 2013 gift baskets, with contributions from Oni Press, Metropolis Comics & Toys, Urban Fare, and more;
- A VanCAF vinyl backpack, for all your loot-storing needs;
- Two refreshment vouchers;
- An issue of Broken Pencil Magazine;
- Reserved VIP seating at all events in the panel room.

VIP Packages are $15 each, or save five dollars when you buy a family bundle of four for $55! There are only 100 VIP packages available, so head on over to the Fundraising page to pre-order yours before they're gone!

Volunteers Needed

Posted: April 12th, 2014

With VanCAF a little over a month away, we're looking for volunteers to help make the 2014 festival even better than the last. But don't just do it out of the goodness of your hearts: VanCAF volunteers get exclusive goodies and prizes. Check out our volunteer page and drop us a line if you think you'd like to be involved!

New Guests!

Posted: March 3rd, 2014

We have excellent news, as storyboard artist and creator Tyson Hesse joins our guestlist, as well as Vancouver and comics veteran Davis Boswell. Welcome aboard, fellas!

Danielle Corsetto

Posted: February 2nd, 2014

Unfortunately Danielle Corsetto of Girls with Slingshots is unable to join us for VanCAF 2014. She expresses her deepest regrets that she'll have to bow out, and hopefully we'll see her in 2015. Thanks, Danielle!

But don't be sad; there's still loads of great guests and exhibitors for 2014!

Guests & Exhibitors Galore

Posted: January 6th, 2014

With the new year comes new announcements! As more exhibitor and guest info slowly trickles in, it's worth keeping a watchful eye on the VanCAF Twitter and Facebook feeds so you can stay up-to-date on all our exciting progress. For now, though, our special guests are coming along very nicely indeed, with the addition of talents like Becky & Frank, Aaron Diaz, Pia Guerra, and Kris Straub. More on the way! (In the meantime, you may want to satisfy yourself with browsing our increasingly impressive 2014 Exhibitor line-up.)

The Deadline Has Passed!

Posted: December 3rd, 2013

VanCAF applications are officially closed! We have a record-breaking number of amazing applications this year, so we'll be reviewing them carefully over the next couple of weeks. Applicants should expect to hear from us by December 16th, and we'll be announcing our exhibitor line up in the weeks following. Good luck, everyone!

One Day to Application Deadline

Posted: December 1st, 2013

Applications for VanCAF 2014 close tomorrow. While applications will still be accepted after the deadline, tomorrow is the last day to have your submission considered as part of the initial curation; all late applicants will be placed immediately on a waiting list.

Applications this year have thusfar been amazingly strong, and we know we're going to have to turn away a lot of enthusiastic and talented artists. Let's make VanCAF 2014 an overwhelming success so that we can strive towards twice the space (and twice the exhibitors!) in 2015!

Good luck, applicants! See you on the other side!

Applications are open!

Posted: July 15th, 2013

Good news, everyone! Applications for 2014 are open (and unlike Professor Farnsworth, we have no downside to our proclamation). Be sure to fill out yours today! Deadline for application is December 2nd, 2013 after which we will issue invitations pending review of all applications.

Click here to apply, or e-mail us if you have any questions.

VanCAF 2014 is go!

Posted: July 8th, 2013

The 2014 Vancouver Comic Arts Festival will officially be taking place May 24th & 25th, 2014, again in the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. Mark your calendars and check back regularly for updates, as we'll be announcing our guest and exhibitor line-up throughout December and January, with our programming schedule soon to follow!

Exhibitors: The application forms for participating in the 2014 exhibit will go live on July 15th, so be sure to check back soon for your chance to participate!

2013 is a wrap! THANK YOU, VANCOUVER!

Posted: May 28th, 2013

And with one last sigh we say goodbye to VanCAF 2013. The tremendously supportive feedback we've received from attendees and exhibitors has been overwhelmingly heartwarming and we'd like to take a moment to thank all those involved in making it happen:

First, to our sponsors: Geist, 102.7 The Peak, Urban Fare, Starbucks, Metropolis Comics & Toys, Oni Press, Jukebox Print, and most importalty the Vancouver Parks Board and the Roundhouse Community Centre. Whether through discounts, donations, or tremendous support, VanCAF couldn't happen without your assistance.

Second, to our special guests and exhibitors, who pay their own travel and accommodation to join our small show north of the border. Thank you for your dedication to making VanCAF a success!

Third, to our amazing volunteers, who sacrificed time out of their weekend to work their butts off in exchange for snacks and t-shirts. That is not even fair wage.

And finally, to our wonderful attendees, who support the artists and overwhelm us all with their love of comics. Thank you, Vancouver!

Applications for 2014 will go live within the next month, so follow our Twitter or Facebook to stay up-to-date on announcements for 2014. Have a wonderful year and we'll see you again next May!

VanCAF begins!

Posted: May 24th, 2013

AND SO IT BEGINS! VanCAF 2013 will be officially up and ready for business this evening, kicking off with our book launch for Ed Brisson, Matt Bors, and Jesse Davidge. Come join us at tonight at Displace Hashery in Kitsilano!

THE SHOW

Saturday, May 25th, 10 AM - 6 PM

The festival opens at 10 AM with the first event, the Cloudscape Comic Live-Draw, at 11 AM.

After the exhibition closes, an exclusive exhibitors-and-volunteers-only event will take place at the Stormcrow from 7PM - 10PM.

Sunday, May 26th, 11 AM - 5 PM

Events start right at open at 11 AM with the Springfield North event and wrap up at 4 PM.

After the exhibition wraps up, we'd be delighted to welcome everyone to join us at Soho Billiards in Yaletown for a fun, relaxed comic jam with guests and exhibitors! Amateurs welcome!

See you there!

And Now a Word From ...

Posted: May 15th, 2013

With VanCAF imminent we'd like to take a moment to thank some of the businesses that have reached out to support us this year. Either through free advertising, discounted supplies, or with donations to our fundraiser raffles, VanCAF 2013 couldn't have happened without the following businesses:

The Peak.Fm

Oni Press

Urban Fare

Metropolis Comics & Toys

Starbucks Coffee

Jukebox Print

Geist Magazine
And last, but certainly not least, VanCAF is possible thanks to partnership with the beautiful Roundhouse Community Centre and the Vancouver Park Board

Thank you everyone! We can't wait to see you in two weeks for VanCAF 2013!

Morgan Jeske

Posted: May 6th, 2013

The Inkstuds booth has announced that their already stellar line-up will also feature Morgan Jeske, artist behind Disappearing Town and Change from Image Comics.

The Next-to-Last Event

Posted: May 5th, 2013

We've almost filled in the blanks of the last TBA on the events page! Capping off our Saturday programming is Ken Boesem's historical seminar, "Canada's Golden Age of Comics"! Those who remember last year's event will be delighted to learn that this will continue off from that fascinating discussion. We just have one last event to fill out our complete schedule. Check out our programming and plan your VanCAF weekend!

VanCAF Nights

Posted: May 4th, 2013

Those of you keeping a close eye on our events pages will have noticed the addition of our evening social events. But there's also facebook pages! Check them out and RSVP so we can roll out the red carpet (specifically in your honour, of course!)

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival event page

The Book Launch Party (Friday, May 24th) event page

The Comic Jam (Sunday, May 26th) event page

See you there!

Chillin' at Metropolis

Posted: May 4th, 2013

Happy Free Comic Book Day! Come join us at Metropolis Comics & Toys on in Burnaby to celebrate your Free Comic Book Day. They've posted their sales on Facebook and it looks to be a pretty bountiful line-up. Check out the exhibitors, prize raffles, and contests!

Another Event!

Posted: May 2nd, 2013

We know you're all still reeling from our exciting Sunday event announcement, but hold on to your horses. Sunday will also feature "Springfield North", looking at the the Simpsons and Futurama comic work of Ian Boothy, James Lloyd, and Nina Matsumoto.

Check it out on Sunday at 11 AM!

A Wild Event Appears!

Posted: April 30th, 2013

While we still have a few tricks waiting diligently up our sleeves, we've announced another event for our Sunday line-up. Finishing off the day at 4 PM we have our Adventures in All-Ages Comics, featuring some of the talent behind Adventure Time Spin-offs Marceline and the Scream Queens, Fiona and Cake, and Bravest Warriors, as well as the creators of Tigerbuttah and Tiny Kitten Teeth! Check out our full event line-up for details.

2013 Eisner Nominations

Posted: April 16th, 2013

A few congratulations are in order as some of our Special Guests (and one exhibitor!) have been nominated for the 2013 Eisner Awards.

Emily Carroll, for her work on Spera Vol 1 (Best Publication for Teens).

Farel Dalrymple, for It Will All Hurt (Best Digital Comic).

Brandon Graham, for Prophet (Best Continuing Series), King City (Best Graphic Album - Reprint), as well as Best Writer, Best Cover Artist, and Best Coloring.

Meredith Gran, for Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens (Best Publication for Teens).

Simon Roy, for Prophet (Best Continuing Series)

Good luck to all of you!

James Lloyd

Posted: April 14th, 2013

Simpsons and Futurama comics veteran James Lloyd joins our positively star-studded guest list for VanCAF 2013! Add that to the already-listed Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto and fans of the intellectual property of Matt Groening are sure to be tickled/delighted/pleased.

Check out our full list of special guests and exhibitors.

Events!

Posted: April 2nd, 2013

An event fairy snuck in during the night and updated the website to include some of our programming schedule for VanCAF 2013! Check them out, and then come back soon for more updates.

Speaking of updates, were you aware that the exhibitor list is constantly growing? You should keep yourself aprised of the exciting developments yonder, and if you're an exhibitor (but not listed!), be sure to send us your info!

Marv Newland

Posted: March 18th, 2013

We've added Vancouver artist and animator Marv Newland to our special guest list, and we're not even finished yet! Check out the full guest list (and exhibitor list, to boot) and be sure to stay tuned for more announcements!

Prophetable

Posted: March 9th, 2013

Fans of the Image series Prophet will be delighted to know that in addition to Simon Roy and Brandon Graham, we'll also have Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War) as a special guest! This is exciting news and you should be excited.

Unrelated to Prophet but still equally exciting is our addition of Canadian creators Joey Comeau (One Bloody Thing After Another, Lockpick Pornography) and Emily Horne of A Softer World to the guest list! Be sure to check out the full listing for all your special guest needs.

And Another Thing ...

Posted: January 23rd, 2013

Oh, yeah! Have some Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt (Tigerbuttah, Capture Creatures) as well!

Guests! Guests! And more Guests!

Posted: January 22nd, 2013

Happy New Year! VanCAF is now only FOUR MONTHS AWAY and we can barely contain ourselves. If you aren't at that point yet, we have four new guests to help get your pulse racing:

Meredith Gran, Octopus Pie, Marceline and the Scream Queens

James Stokoe, Orc Stain, Wonton Soup

Kurtis Wiebe, Green Wake, The Intrepids

Marley Zarcone, Madame Xanadu, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Check out the full list here and spend the next four months daydreaming about VanCAF. It's on now, comickers. It's on.