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Saturday, May 21st
Learn Your Letters: A Tutorial
Hosted by Steve Rolston
When art and story meet, a comic is born. In this tutorial, learn how to make your words and panels pop with professional cartoonist Steve Rolston, as he discusses the fine art of lettering. Express your words and stories in the best way possible: learn to avoid rookie mistakes and take your sequential storytelling to the next level. This tutorial is recommended for everyone interest in making comics, of any level of experience!
A Conversation with Lynn Johnston
Hosted by Doug Savage
Featuring Lynn Johnston
Meet Lynn Johnston, the award-winning creator of For Better or For Worse, and one of the most celebrated cartoonists of our time. Fellow cartoonist Doug Savage (Savage Chickens) sits down with Lynn to chat about her creative process, her adventures in the comics business, and what advice she has for others embarking on a life of creativity.
Queering Up Comics: LGBTQA and Beyond
Hosted by Blue Delliquanti
They're queer and they're here - and they have been for ages. Join queer cartoonists as they discuss the developments in their industry that allow them to create and explore new themes and narratives, in indie and mainstream publications alike.
Crystal Power: Magical Girls, Creativity, and Feminism
Hosted by Katie Shanahan
Action, drama, and a healthy dose of romance - the "magical girl" trope has been inspiring creators for decades. Join these cartoonists as they discuss magical girls through the feminist lens, and how they inspire and empower creators & readers alike.
Re-writing History: Research & Invention in Historical Comics
Hosted by Jonathon Dalton
From the stacks of the library (or the recesses of online journals) to the page, cartoonists plumb the depths of history for inspiration. In this panel, these cartoonists will discuss their methods - from research to brainstorming - for creating comics rich in, and inspired by, history.
Sneaky Dragon's Very Tall Podcast
Hosted by Ian Boothby & David Dedrick
Join the Sneaky Dragon podcast's David Dedrick (Totally Tintin) and Ian Boothby (The Simpsons comics and CBC's The Irrelevant Show) as they welcome cartoonists Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles) and James Lloyd (Futurama comics), discussing everything from tall tales and tall ships to the work habits of fairly tall cartoonists.
Cannibal Comic Jam
After a fun day at VanCAF, head on down to the Cannibal Comic Jam. Open to exhibitors and fans alike (this event is all-ages), you can expect great burgers, good beers, and excellent comics.
Sunday, May 22nd
Bestiary 101: Learn to Draw Animals
Hosted by Alina Pete
Join professional cartoonist and animator Alina Pete (Weregeek) as she demonstrates tools and tricks for drawing the best of the animal kingdom. Bring your sketchbook and learn the skills to draw your favourite animals, from quadrupeds to feathered friends.
Fantastica: The Many Worlds of Comics
Hosted by Bevan Thomas
From enchanted streets to ancient crypts, join comic creators as they discuss the art of building rich fantasy worlds - and populating them with characters who inspire. These artists will discuss their creative process, and how they take their worlds to the next level: from fanciful entertainment to social commentary (and back again).
This is Probably a Mistake, with Jeph & Karla
Join cartoonists Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content) and Karla Pacheco (Inspector Pancakes) as they discuss the delicate and nuanced art of telling stories through crude humour. Equipped with rude jokes and a thorough misunderstanding of human anatomy, Jeph & Karla seek to entertain, inspire, and enlighten - without bullying or punching down.
Mature audiences and parental guidance highly encouraged.
Write On! Creators of Colour
Hosted by Joamette Gil
In this panel, comics creators of colour talk about their creative process and experiences in the industry and beyond. From representation to identification, these creators tell stories that ring true and reveal the full breadth of their experiences.
Bump in the Night: Horror Comics & Modern Storytelling
Hosted by Robin Thompson
While creators seek to attract new audiences, horror stories exist to terrify and repulse. In this panel, cartoonists will talk about using the tricks and tropes of horror to tell new stories, analyzing modern themes and exploring what terror truly means to both the reader, and the creator.