What Is VanCAF?

VanCAF is The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. It is a two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, panels and workshops. Since 2012, VanCAF has been held at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival 2017 will take place Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 at the Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews.

Admission is free.

Information on the specific creators, events and exhibitions that will make up next year’s VanCAF will be posted on this website as we get closer to the event!

Current poster art by Tyson Hesse.

FAQ

Can I please apply to exhibit at VanCAF 2017?
Sure! Our exhibitor application will open on November 1, 2016.

Wait, so what is the festival? Is it like a comic convention or anime convention?
No. Not really.

So what is it then?
The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is comprised of comics-related events, including readings, presentations, panel discussions, and a large exhibition area featuring publishers and comic authors and artists.

How much does it cost to go?
VanCAF is free to attend, as are most Festival-related events.

So this is in Vancouver, CANADA then?
Yes! VanCAF is held in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. The event is held in the Yaletown district, in close proximity to restaurants, shops, and waterfront parks.

How can I help? Can I volunteer or something?
Totally! Every year, VanCAF needs about 100 enthusiastic volunteers to make VanCAF happen and you could be one of them… We ask anyone interested in volunteering for VanCAF to fill out our Volunteer Application Form when it goes live in February.

Can I become a Sponsor?
Yes! VanCAF is very excited to work with different types of business and partners to sponsors all aspects of the festival. If you are interested in sponsoring VanCAF, or would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, please send us an email at [email protected]

I have more questions!
Please contact us at [email protected] we’ll do our best to answer your questions for you. Keep checking this page for updated information as well!

History

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is a two-day celebration of comics that enjoyed its launch in May 2012. The festival features readings, panels, and workshops, alongside an exhibition for cartoonists from across the country and down the coast.

VanCAF is meant for everyone, whether they’re comic professionals, die-hard fans, or casual readers. For this reason, admission to all events is completely free, and participating fees for exhibitors are kept as low as possible. The festival seeks to support Vancouver comics, encouraging local creators and stories.

The show has enjoyed a growing audience since 2012, attracting 3,200 attendees with 92 exhibitors in its first year. In May 2016, we boasted an astonishing 10,300 attendees, and 260+ exhibitors, spanning across two halls.

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is managed and organized by the Vancouver Comic Arts Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting local cartoonists with the community. As of November 2016, the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is officially affiliated with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF).

Staff

Festival Director: Andrea Demonakos
Special Advisor: Christopher Butcher

Vancouver Comic Arts Association Board of Directors

Shannon Campbell (VanCAF Founder)
Andrew Woodrow-Butcher
Miles Baker
Nathan Fairbairn
Jarett Samson