The Salt & Honey Podcast is Coming to VanCAF!

Update: Unfortunately Sloane and Leslie have cancelled their appearance at VanCAF this year, due to personal circumstances changing.

 

Salt & Honey is a podcast hosted by two friends who happen to be full-time cartoonists, Sloane Leong and Leslie Hung. It features unique insights into the creative process behind comics, interviews with other creators, and insider perspectives on the comics industry.

VanCAF is proud to have both hosts as featured guests for 2018. Leong and Hung plan to co-host a live recording of one of their podcast’s episodes in front of an audience at VanCAF as part of our programming!

Introducing Lucky’s Lounge

VanCAF is proud to announce that we have partnered with local comic book shop Lucky’s Comics to create a new on-site experience: Lucky’s Lounge.

Lucky’s Lounge brings together artists focused on DIY and self-made books, and features artists who are creating new dynamic experimental and inspirational work. It’s a chance to create a space to elevate the voices of unique artists that hold a special place in the comics landscape.

If this sounds like the space for you, and you are interested in joining this area, apply directly to [email protected] by February 14. Lucky’s Lounge will be curated by the fine folks at Lucky’s Comics.

Lucky’s has been an important and vital voice in the Vancouver art and comics community for well over 20 years and we are very excited for this opportunity to work together.

Boum Announced as VanCAF 2018 Guest

The cartoonist known as Boum will be traveling from Montreal for her first guest appearance at VanCAF! Her slice of life comics give a charming glimpse into the world of parenthood.

After ten years of studies and work in animation, Boum tried making comics and became completely addicted. She is mostly known for her Boumeries, a journal comic, and for A Small Revolution. Her comics are shortlisted for many prizes across the years, including the Bedelys, Expozine Awards, Joe Shuster Awards and Ignatz Awards. She is currently working on several comic projects at once, while also illustrating kids’ books.

Emily Carroll Announced as VanCAF 2018 Guest

Emily Carroll

Emily Carroll

Artist and writer Emily Carroll, whom you may know from her phenomenal horror comics (Into the Woods, When the Darkness Presses), will be a Featured Guest of VanCAF, to celebrate the release of Speak: The Graphic Novel. Emily, an Eisner Award-winning illustrator and author, is also the creator of many popular web comics including His Face All Red and Some Other Animal’s Meat.

This will be Emily’s first appearance at VanCAF.

VanCAF Exhibitor Application Deadline Extended

For everyone interested in exhibiting at VanCAF, the deadline to do so has been extended an additional month. Rather than December 31, applications are now due Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The decision was made to help alleviate some holiday stress from our potential exhibitors, and to encourage new folks to apply as well!

If you have have already submitted an application, thank you for taking the time to do so. You should have already received an email confirming receipt of your application – if you have not, please email [email protected] and let us know. Please also let us know if you need to make changes to an application you have already submitted.

Acceptance to the festival will be based on a variety of criteria, so please be thorough in filling out the application. The more we know, the better! All applicants will be contacted by February 16, 2018 and informed whether their registrations and table space requests have been accepted.

Exhibitor Application for VanCAF 2018 Now Open

The application to exhibit at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is now open! If you’d like to apply to exhibit at the show, please fill out the application on this page.

Applications are reviewed by committee, they are not accepting on a first-come, first-served basis. As space in our venue is limited, preference will be given to comic creators over those in other creative industries. (If you’re an illustrator, be sure to check out the ArtBreakers Market)

VanCAF will be held on Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20, 2018 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Exhibitor space is available in full-table ($160) and half-table ($80) denominations.

For more information about the exhibitor application, please visit this page.

Comic Creators and Publishers at VanCAF

With VanCAF just a few days away, we wanted to remind everyone of the amazing list of exhibitors we’ll have at VanCAF this year! That includes comic book artists, writers, graphic novelists, cartoonists, illustrators, publishers, and more. For the most up-to-date list of creators at VanCAF this year, take a look at the Creators page. For the full list of publishers that will be at the show, visit the Publishers page. Don’t forget to review the Debut Books page as well, with info on new books that will be making their first appearance at VanCAF!

Some of our Publishers will be conducting Portfolio Reviews on Saturday morning, and all aspiring comic creators are welcome. The reviews are first-come first-served in the Workshops Room C, from 10:00 AM through 12:00 PM on Saturday.

 

Unfortunately the following exhibitors have had to cancel their appearance at VanCAF: Taneka Stotts, Genue Revuelta, Sarah Simes, Culdesac Press, Leigh Davis, Rosemary Travale, Kurtis Wiebe, Owen Gieni, Kelly K., Craig Arndt, Hannah Fisher.

VanCAF 2017 Programming Schedule Now Available

We’re taking over the Roundhouse this year at VanCAF, with activities in almost every room in the building throughout the weekend.

In the Performance Centre and Workshop room, you can join our exhibitors and guests in their Panels & Workshops. For descriptions of each event and their scheduled times, visit this page.

In the Arts & Crafts room for the first time ever we’re holding Comics Lessons for Kids! From 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday of VanCAF, our kid-friendly exhibitors will be teaching hands-on lessons for children so they can learn how to make their own comic books. Then at 3:30pm teenage comic creator Dawson Ross will teach a workshop on comics for teens. Click here for the full schedule.

Also new this year is the Comics <3 Games arcade, in room B! It’s your chance to experience a curated showcase of local indie and experimental games. For the full list of contributors and their games, visit this page.

And of course, check out our full list of Exhibitors, comic book creators and publishers who will be selling their wares in the Exhibition Hall and Gym.

French Comic Guests Travel to VanCAF

Comic creators Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong are traveling to Canada to promote their newest comic releases, and VanCAF is pleased to welcome them as guests of our show!

Sandrine Revel, special guest of VanCAF on tour from France, is a prolific French creator of graphic novels. In 2001, she won an award for her work for young readers at the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival. She has published more than ten graphic novels in France, including of LGBT interest, as well as a successful line of Children’s comics. Glenn Gould, A Life Off-Tempo (NBM) won her the French Artémisia award which recognizes female comics creators.

Sandrine will be signing at table N5 in the Gym at VanCAF on Saturday 3:00 – 4:30 PM, and on Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Marcelino Truong is an illustrator, painter, and author. Born the son of a Vietnamese diplomat in 1957 in the Philippines, he and his family moved to America (where his father worked for the embassy) and then to Vietnam at the outset of the war. He attended the French Lycee in London, then moved to Paris where he earned degrees in law at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and English literature at the Sorbonne. His first book, Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-63, received acclaim in the New York Times, Mother Jones, and Kirkus; the sequel, Saigon Calling: London 1963-75, will be published in the fall of 2017.

Marcelino will be signing at the Arsenal Pulp Press table N4 on Saturday 2:30 – 3:30 PM, and on Sunday 1:00-2:00 PM.

Both guests appear at VanCAF thanks to help of our partners the Consulate general of France in Vancouver and the Alliance Française de Vancouver.