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!

 

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 (email)
Special Advisor: Christopher Butcher

Vancouver Comic Arts Association Board of Directors

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