Panoramic Vancouver Photo

Photo by: Thomas Quine

Special guests, exhibitors, and programming will be announced throughout the coming months, so check back frequently for updates, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date on all your VanCAF info!

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is a weekend-long celebration of comics that enjoyed its launch in May 2012. The festival features readings, panels, and workshops, culminating in a two-day 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. In our first year, we attracted 3200 attendees with 92 exhibitors; in 2013, our attendance reached 5000 with 122 exhibitors; in 2014, we featured 136 exhibitors and 8000 attendees!

In May 2015, we boasted an astonishing 250+ exhibitors, spanning across two halls. This year's festival will enjoy the same luxurious real estate.

For more information about VanCAF, you can download our press kit.

Although we take inspiration from and greatly admire the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, we are not affiliated.

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.

VanCAA is:

Shannon Campbell (President, Chairperson)

Lucas Johnson (Vice President)

Jonathon Dalton (Secretary)

Noémi Pomerleau (Communications Officer)

JJ McCullough (Legal)

Victoria Squire (Fundraising Coordinator)

VanCAF logo provided by Josue Menjivar.

VanCAF 2016 promotional art provided by Kadi Fedoruk, Tyson Hesse, and Ken Steacy.

As VanCAF is a non-profit show we rely on the support of various businesses to make the festival a success. Whether it's by donating to our fundraiser gift baskets, providing discounted services, or advertising, the following businesses are responsible for VanCAF 2016:

The Vancouver Park Board

The Roundhouse Community Centre

The Cannibal Café

EA Playtesting

Jukebox Print


Bard on the Beach

Silverstring Media

Starbucks Coffee

Opus Art Supplies

Metropolis Comics & Toys

If your business is interested in getting involved with VanCAF, please let us know. We would love to work with you!