Below is our programming schedule for VanCAF 2013. Be sure to RSVP to VanCAF on Facebook!
Friday, May 24th
Spring Book Launch Party
Friday, May 24th 19:00-22:00
Featuring Matt Bors, Ed Brisson, and Jesse Davidge
Join us at Displace Hashery Beach Bar at 3293 W 4th Ave in Kitsilano to celebrate the spring book launches of some of our esteemed exhibitors! This event is open to the public; swing by, pick up a copy, and have it signed before the rush of the festival begins!
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Art & Writing by Matt Bors
Are corporations people? Is birth control a sin? Can the president kill you with a drone strike? In this essential collection, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Matt Bors mixes the best political cartoons from his prolific body of work with 15 essays to answer the most perplexing questions of our time.
From wandering the halls of a church-run haunted house in Ohio to meeting in Afghanistan with victims of America's War on Terror to speculating on the secret lives of homophobes, Bors ridicules the people and problems plaguing this fair nation.
Never has reading about economics and mass shootings been this enjoyable!
Story by Ed Brisson
Art by Michael Walsh
Reconnect agents Mark and Seth go back in time to save people from their untimely demise - for a fee. But, when a rescue mission goes awry, both agents find themselves trapped in the past and on the run from both the FBI, who want to jail them, and their own employers who want to kill them to protect their own dark and deadly secrets.
Collects COMEBACK 1-5, plus never-seen-before extras.
Mathemagick, Book 1
Art by Jesse Davidge
Story by James Davidge
The origin story for Hypatia, leader of the wandering stars, is revealed, along with some new foes.
Drunk Fight, Book 2
Art by Jesse Davidge
Story by Andrew Fielden
Based on a true story, a man enjoys his 30th birthday party by getting into his first fight.
Saturday, May 25th
The Cloudscape Comic Live-Draw!
Saturday, May 25th 11:00-11:45
Hosted by Cloudscape Comics
The Real Me: Autobiography & Artistic License
Saturday, May 25th 12:00-12:45
It's the story of an artist--or maybe several. Join this roundtable discussion of cartoonists as they talk about the art of autobiographical comics. Topics will include getting your life onto the page, the poetic interpretation of said life, and the reality of self-censorship in order to maintain real-life relationships and sanity.
Women as Warriors: The Representation of Strong Women in Popular Culture
Saturday, May 25th 13:00-13:45
Join four artists as they discuss the origin of warrior women in comics, including their portrayal (be it inspiring and bad-ass or woefully misguided), their development, and their future.
Intro to Comic Production
Saturday, May 25th 15:00-15:45
Hosted by Steve Rolston
Are you interested in drawing comics but don't know much about the process yet? In this lecture, artist Steve Rolston will cover the basics and explain the typical stages of Script, Thumbnails, Pencils, Inks and Lettering, using examples from his graphic novel Emiko Superstar. Steve has been drawing comics professionally since 2000 and teaching a comic book course at VanArts since 2005.
The Last Political Cartoonists
Saturday, May 25th 16:00-16:45
Hosted by Kevin Wilson
Left VS Right. American VS Canadian. In a dystopian future where newspaper readership is dwindling, can the two youngest professional political cartoonists put aside their differences to use their powers for good? Join Matt Bors and JJ McCullough as they discuss the nature of their craft, from the first line to the deadline.
Canada's Golden Age of Comics
Saturday, May 25th 17:00-17:45
Hosted by Ken Boesem
Grab your fedora or straighten your seams and swing back to the '40s! If you liked last year's presentation about the forgotten wartime ban on American comic books, then prepare to have your mind blown with an ALL-NEW cavalcade of MORE retro-Canadian comics, cartoonists and characters which filled the void on our nation's newsstands during World War II! Local cartoonist and comic historian Ken Boesem leads a visual rollercoaster ride through the forgotten treasure trove of Canadian comic book superheroes, Mounties, detectives, cowboys & funny animals--all direct from the Great White North's very own Golden Age of comic book publishing (c.1940-1948)!
Sunday, May 26th
Sunday, May 26th 11:00-11:45
Come celebrate the comic book forms of The Simpsons and Futurama with some of their creators! Ian Boothby (writer), James Lloyd (artist), and Nina Matsumoto (artist) discuss the ins and outs of the Bongo comics including the humour, the art style, and the in-depth universes.
Breaking Into Comics
Sunday, May 26th 12:00-12:45
Hosted by Doug Savage
Have you ever wanted to get into comics but didn't know where to begin? Hear the unique stories of how these independent artists got into comics, learn about their drive and ambition, and get tips for how to get started on your own career.
Flying Solo: The Art of Freelancing
Sunday, May 26th 13:00-13:45
Do you fantasize about being self-employed, but fear abandoning your stable job for the abyss of the unknown? Come talk to five freelancers about the ins and outs of what it means to conduct business on your own; they want to share their over-40 years worth of collective knowledge on the subject. Learn from their mistakes, thrill in their successes, laugh at their haircuts.
Sneaky Dragon VS Colin Upton
Sunday, May 26th 15:00-15:45
The Sneaky Dragon podcast featuring Ian Boothby and David Dedrick go head to head with local comic book legend Colin Upton. Three men enter the room, only two leave. Then later the third leaves. Or possibly they exit one at a time. The door isn't really large enough for three to leave at once. Don't worry, they'll work it out on the day.
Adventures in All-Ages Comics!
Sunday, May 26th 16:00-16:45
Join indie cartoonists as they talk about their work in all-ages comics, including Adventure Time spin-offs Marceline and the Scream Queens and Fiona and Cake, Bravest Warriors, Tiny Kitten Teeth, and Tigerbuttah. Discussion topics will include suppressing the inner adult, story development, character, and art style!