Support our supporters!
Posted: May 27th, 2015
The VanCAF website will be resting on its laurels while we begin preparations for next year, but we'd just like to issue one more statement about all the local businesses that supported us this year, either by donating items to our fundraising initiatives or giving us discounted/free essential VanCAF-related services. This year we received the generous support of:
Another year gone!
Posted: May 25th, 2015
And with that, another VanCAF comes and goes. Thank you everyone for a wonderful VanCAF! It was so great seeing all of you out in full force; if VanCAF is successful, it's only because the people of Vancouver make it so.
Thank you very much to our UNBELIEVABLY hard-working volunteers, especially Noémi Pomerleau (our volunteer coordinator) and Victoria Squire (our volunteer deputy) for their tirelessness and dedication.
And thank you to our exhibitors: for your talent, your enthusiasm, and your time in creating something you love so that you can share it with others.
We'll be posting the links to our event recordings, and uploading photographs, over the next couple of weeks. Applications to exhibit at VanCAF 2016, along with next year's dates, will be released in early July. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on next year's developments.
See you all in 2016!
Day 2: Electric Boogaloo
Posted: May 24th, 2015
Day two of VanCAF will begin at 11 AM and take us all the way to 5 PM. We have some stellar events lined up for today, as well, and a lot of great chances to be rewarded for your support: both the silent art auction and raffle will close, with winners announced, at 4 PM, giving you plenty of time to savour your winnings while you take one last turn around the show floor. Be sure to hit everyone you might have missed yesterday, because it's a whole other year until VanCAF returns!
Happy VanCAF 2015!
Posted: May 23rdd, 2015
The fourth annual VanCAF begins! The show runs from 10 AM - 6 PM, and it's packed with great events and stellar guests. Be sure to check out the festival, and give your support by entering our prize raffle or participating in the silent art auction. See you all there!
VIP packages sold out!
Posted: May 21st, 2015
The VanCAF 2015 VIP packages have all found their forever homes. Thank you everyone for your support and enthusiasm! We look forward to seeing you all this weekend!
Last chance for online VIP package sales!
Posted: May 21st, 2015
There are only 10 VIP packages left! And with the festival looming, we'll be taking the online sales down tonight in order to get ready for this weekend. Any VIP packages that are left over will be available for purchase at the festival itself, but if you want to guarantee there's one with your name on it, be sure to pick yours up online, today, before you miss your chance!
And the winners are ...
Posted: May 21st, 2015
In a surprise twist that sounds like the title of a Michel Tremblay play, the three winners of the VanCAF VIP t-shirt draw are Chris (Cleroux), Kristie (MacLennan), and Christine (Fojas)! Congratulations, winners! You'll be contacted shortly so you can pick your t-shirt size.
Last day for the t-shirt draw
Posted: May 19th, 2015
If you're hoping to get one of our cool VanCAF t-shirts, today is the last day for getting in on the t-shirt draw! If you'd like to get yours, simply pick up your VIP package (loaded with goodies, including snacks, video games, and priority seating) before noon tomorrow!
Thank you, Metropolis!
Posted: May 19th, 2015
And with only a few days to go, we thank our last sponsor. Metropolis Comics & Toys has contributed to VanCAF's raffle packages since the dawn of time, and this year they also donated a run of VanCAF t-shirts that we'll be selling at the info booth during the festival for only $15 each.
Vancouver is full of great comic book stores and we love them all, but Metropolis (technically located in Burnaby, but we won't hold that against them) is our favourite.
Frank & Becky Cancellation
Posted: May 19th, 2015
Unfortunately Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson will no longer be coming to VanCAF this year. We wish them a great year, and hopefully we'll see them in 2016!
Thank you, EA Playtesting!
Posted: May 18th, 2015
Did you know that EA, the video game developer, does playtesting right here in Vancouver? And that you, the consumer, can get in on the action, playtesting the latest games and sharing your opinions and valuable insight? EA Playtesting has been an extraordinarily generous supporter this year, donating great video game titles to our prize raffle AND contributing a download code for a free Origin PC game to everyone who purchases one of our excellent VIP Packages.
Clothe yourself in the finest VanCAF
Posted: May 16th, 2015
Keen intellects and sharp memories may recall our 2013 volunteer shirts, which featured an awesome robot courtesy of Sam Logan. Those t-shirts were printed with the assistance of Metropolis Comics & Toys, and in a fit of generosity owner Jonny Botsch decided to do another printing and donate them towards our fundraising efforts.
Now you, too, can own an awesome VanCAF t-shirt! This Limited Edition VanCAF t-shirt is, as the name suggests, extremely limited, and will be available in only two ways:
Way the First: These shirts will be available for $15 on a first-come, first-serve basis at the VanCAF info booth during the festival;
Way the Second: All purchasers of a VIP package will be entered into a draw on Wednesday, May 20th. Three winners will be selected to have their pick of shirt sizes, while supplies last!
If you'd like to have your chance at winning a shirt, be sure to pick up your VIP package before Wednesday!
Thank you, TopatoCo!
Posted: May 16th, 2015
In addition to selling the merch, however, TopatoCo is also the force behind Make That Thing, a management service that helps creators figure out the ins and outs of kickstarters, including budgets, production sources, and order fulfillment!
Thank you, Oni Press!
Posted: May 15th, 2015
Furthermore, Oni has recently begun accepting open submissions, which means they're looking for new voices and new talent to work with. This is an amazing opportunity for people new to the scene, and since we love indie talent here at VanCAF, we absolutely love that Oni is out looking for it. Show them what you've got and make us proud!
Thank you, Sticky's!
Posted: May 14th, 2015
This year we've had the generous support of Sticky's Candy on W Broadway; this sweet shop has donated chocolates to our VIP Packages, so that each one comes jam-packed with goodies! Pick up your VIP Package today if you'd like to get in before the (sugar) rush.
Sticky's will be selling their delicious import wares in the courtyard outside the gymnasium during VanCAF, so be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Posted: May 13th, 2015
VanCAF organizer Shannon Campbell appeared on local podcast Shop Talk to discuss VanCAF, the comics scene, and being a creator with hosts Jonny Botsch, Devon Sandhu, and Denise O'Neill. Head on over to give it a listen!
Thank you, Opus!
Posted: May 13th, 2015
Opus Art Supplies has contributed to three years of VanCAF now, and we couldn't be more grateful for their support. This year they've donated art supplies to our prize raffle!
Thank you, Urban Fare!
Posted: May 12th, 2015
And today we'd like to thank Urban Fare, the excellent grocery store located right across from our venue, the Roundhouse! Urban Fare has contributed to every VanCAF so far, donating a $100 gift basket loaded with goodies that we raffle off in our fundraiser raffle.
Raffle Packages Revealed!
Posted: May 11th, 2015
We've posted the loot list for our four prize raffles, which includes great video games, comic books, toys, art supplies, caffeine, and snacks for any cartoonist (or fan of cartoonists) in need. Raffle tickets will be available for sale during the festival, or snag five with the purchase of a VIP Package!
Thank you for spreading the word!
Postd: May 11th, 2015
As we continue to thank our supporters, we'd like to draw attention to Evolution 107.9, the BCIT student-run radio station that generously provides us with free advertisement on their station. Thanks, Evolution!
In addition, we'd like to thank Jukebox Print, a local printer who provides us with our beautiful high-quality posters and flyers for a discounted price.
Thank you, Starbucks!
Posted: May 10th, 2015
VanCAF is a little over a week away and we want to take this opportunity, when we have your rapt attention, to begin thanking the local businesses who helped make VanCAF a reality this year. To start, we'd like to thank Starbucks Coffee, who has contributed to three years of VanCAF. This year, their generous donations of coffee products and paraphernalia will go towards the raffle prizes, which can be won either through purchasing raffle tickets or by volunteering!
Posted: May 6th, 2015
In the spirit of discovery, Keith Edmunds, a community researcher from Manitoba, is interested in asking our enthusiastic attendees about comics communities. Some people may recall we had a panel about this very topic last year!
In his words:
"This survey is part of a study looking at the connection between comic readers, comic cons, and the idea of community. Respondents will be asked about the kinds of interactions they have with comics and how these interactions make them feel about their relationships to other comics fans."
The survey is available here and should only take a few minutes or your time. Thanks, folks!
Free Comic Book Day!
Posted: May 2nd, 2015
Happy Free Comic Book Day! Be sure to visit your favourite comic book store and drop a few dollars, because comic book stores exist to bring you happiness, and they deserve your love and affection.
In particular, we recommend Metropolis Comics & Toys in Burnaby, as they have always been strong supporters of VanCAF and continue to donate generously towards our prize raffles every year! This year, Metropolis will once again be throwing a huge FCBD bash, full of prizes, contests, sales, and free comics! Be sure to check out the Facebook event page for details.
VIP Packages: Pumped Up!
Posted: May 1st, 2015
Unbelievably, our VIP packages have gotten even better, as we've had two sponsors join the fray! Thanks to assistance from the kind and generous folks at EA Playtesting and Sticky's Candy on Broadway, the VIP packages have expanded to include a download code for a FREE Origin PC game, and a delightful chocolate bar to help you power your comic day.
VIP packages remain, but are in limited supply, so be sure to check out the full list of loot and order yours today!
The Vancouver Art/Book Fair
Posted: April 22nd, 2015
The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is currently accepting exhibitor applications for their 2015 festival! The VA/BF is a free community event, and in 2015 will take place on October 17th and 18th at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
More Special Guests!
Posted: April 13th, 2015
With the show just a little over a month away, it's always a pleasure to make additional announcements, just to get your blood pumping. On top of the great names who are still being added to our exhibitor list, we've also added a few extra special guests:
Zac Gorman, creator of Magical Game Time and the artist behind Oni Press's Costume Quest;
David Malki!, mastermind behind Wondermark and co-creator of Machine of Death; and
Ken Steacy, Canadian Comics Hall-of-Famer, industry veteran, and faculty lead of the Camosun College Comics Program.
Be sure to check out the full list of all our glorious artists and writers in attendance!
VIP Packages, for Very Important Pals
Posted: March 31st, 2015
Because we ain't foolin', and on account of how serious we take these matters, we've decided to launch the sales of our VIP packages a full day early! But what is a VIP package, you ask?
For only $20.00 CAD, you can become a VanCAF 2015 VIP. There are only 100 VIP packages available, so be sure to order yours today!
The VIP Package includes:
- Ten limited edition VanCAF 2015 postcards, featuring exclusive art donated by
and Tara Williamson;
- An exclusive VanCAF 2015 poster art print, featuring art by Nina Matsumoto;
- Five raffle tickets for the VanCAF 2015 gift baskets, with contributions from Oni Press, Metropolis Comics & Toys, Opus Art & Framing Supplies, Urban Fare, and more;
- A VanCAF vinyl slingpack, for all your loot-storing needs;
- Two refreshment vouchers;
- Reserved VIP seating at all events in the panel room.
VIP Packages are $20 each, or save ten dollars when you buy a family bundle of four for only $70!
Show us you care—check out our Fundraising page and buy your package today!
Volunteers with Zest and Vigour!
Posted: March 19th, 2015
The design for our 2015 volunteer-exclusive t-shirts has been finalized! This lovely shirt has been spun from the finest fibers and tinted with exotic tinctures meant to please and delight you. On top of that, the design was created by local artist Sam Logan, so it is rare, unique, and Vancouver-y, all in one go!
"But how may I, a mere mortal, acquire such a fine t-shirt?" you may be asking yourself. Why, you must but simply volunteer, my friend! VanCAF still has over 50 volunteer shifts still available, and we need your bodies in our warm, beautiful t-shirts.
Camosun Comic Arts Festival!
Posted: March 18th, 2015
There's nothing we love more than watching indie comics propogate amongst the unsuspecting masses.
Camosun College—in Victoria, BC—offers a Certificate in Comics and Graphic Novels, headed by Canadian Comics Hall-of-Famer Ken Steacy. For the past few years, they've held an annual one-day comics showcase that features the work of their students, as well as bringing in guest speakers from across Canada.
This year, they're looking to kick their operation up a notch with an Indiegogo campaign! Be sure to check it out, and help support indie comics in British Columbia!
Bellingham Comic Arts Festival
Posted: March 12th, 2015
Some of the fine comic-makers in Bellingham, WA have organized a great new event that will be taking place this Saturday! The Bellingham Comic Arts Festival is a one-day totally FREE comics event taking place just 45 minutes south of Vancouver. Be sure to head down and promote indie comics both at home—and abroad!
Posted: March 3rd, 2015
The time has come to recruit our league of loyal, detail-oriented, and feisty volunteers! VanCAF needs you—that's right, you— to join our ranks!
Did you know that VanCAF is completely free? And that our tables cost merely a fraction of the cost of other comic exhibitions? We do all of this to ensure that VanCAF is a fun, stress-free show for everyone—attendees and exhibitors alike. Unfortunately, VanCAF can't be the success that it is without a team of wonderful volunteers to help us make sure everything runs smoothly.
VanCAF 2015 volunteers receive:
- A VanCAF volunteer t-shirt, featuring an exclusive design by Sam Logan;
- Two free refreshment vouchers to be exchanged for a snack or beverage (per day);
- Entry into our volunteer-exclusive prize raffles, featuring comics, toys, snacks, and more (one entry per shift--the more shifts you work, the more entries you get!);
- A private volunteer-only barbecue in the park in June!
And more ...
Posted: February 4th, 2015
We have additional exciting announcements for our guest line up this year:
Frank & Becky, creators of Tiny Kitten Teeth and Capture Creatures;
James Lloyd, artist for The Simpsons and Futurama comics;
Salgood Sam, creator of RevolveЯ and Dream Life; and
Kurtis Wiebe, award-winning writer of Rat Queens.
But that's not all. Have you seen our full exhibitors list? It's crazy long. This is because VanCAF 2015 will actually be twice the size as the year before, with two full halls of wholesome comic goodness.
While we still have many more names to announce, check out our full exhibitor list to see the stellar talent we have lined up for you!
Posted: January 12th, 2015
The guest line-up for 2015 keeps growing, with these thrilling additions:
Ian Boothby, award-winning writer for The Simpsons and Futurama comics;
Matt Bors,, editor of The Nib and editorial cartoonist;
Tyler Crook,, artist of B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth and Petrograd;
Camilla d'Errico, local pop artist and creator of Tanpopo;
Pia Guerra, artist of Y: The Last Man;
Jeph Jacques, indie webcomics creator of Questionable Content and Alice Grove;
Steve Rolston, local artist & arts educator and creator of One Bad Day.
Keep checking back to hear about more exciting exhibitors as they're announced!
And now the announcements begin!
Posted: December 14th, 2014
After an incredibly difficult selection process, we've sent out the invitations to our participating artists for 2015. The creators have already started sending us their exhibitor info, so be sure to check back often to see what new exhibitors and guests have been announced. For now, we're delighted to announce three guests for our 2015 line-up (with many more on the way!):
Nina Matsumoto, who lent her prodigious artistic talents to this year's promotional art;
Ed Brisson, an unbelievably prolific local writer who continues to release project after project to rave reviews;
Simon Roy, another local, whose distinctions are growing by the day.
And be sure to check out the blossoming exhibitors list as we continue to update it!
VanCAF 2015 Application Review is Upon Us
Posted: December 2nd, 2014
And with the passing of our 2015 application deadline last night, we'll be taking the next couple of weeks to review all our applications and issue invitations. If you are an applicant, you should be hearing from us (with either an invitation or a waitlist notification) by December 16th; check your spam filters, and be sure to follow up with us if you don't hear anything by then!
Thank you very much for all your applications! We look forward to their close, intimate study. Talk to you soon!
VanCAF 2015 Applications are live!
Posted: July 2nd, 2014
Applications for VanCAF 2015 have gone live! Deadline for application is December 1st, 2014, but why wait?