Friday, May 22nd
Cloudscape Book Launch @ 5955 Ross St
Hosted by Cloudscape Comics
Featuring Oliver Hine
Vancouver's very-own Cloudscape Comics Society will be bringing in VanCAF with a book launch at their headquarters! Located in Memorial South Park, the Cloudscape headquarters serve as a base of operations for any Vancouver artist in need—of a workplace, sounding board, or editor. This event will feature music, fun activities, and comic books, as it will be the official launch of Cloudscape's latest comic anthology, Mega Fauna, as well as the new work of VanCAF exhibitors. Check out the facebook page for more details!
Saturday, May 23rd
Digital Ink: Making Comics in Manga Studio
Hosted by Jesse Davidge
In this tutorial, comic creator Jesse Davidge will make a comic—not with pencils and paper, but rather technology from the distant future (a laptop & projector)! While it may seem like magic, it is, in fact, science. Working from a prepared script, this tutorial will demonstrate the comic-making process as it unfolds in real time. Be sure to check out this tutorial for tips, tricks, and advice for any digital artist!
Picking and Pruning: Editing Tips for Comics
Hosted by Jeff Ellis
Join professional editors Jeff Ellis (Mega Fauna), Emi Gennis (Unknown Origins and Untimely Ends), Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales), and Sfé Monster & Taneka Stotts (Beyond) as they discuss the fine art of editing comics. Far from destroying your work, editors are there to make it stronger. In this event, the panelists will take a look at common errors—from script to pencils—that they look out for, analyze basic layout mistakes, and discuss the fine art of anthology making. From picking a theme to sifting through submissions, from rough draft to finished print; being an editor's a crazy job, but somebody has to do it!
Young at HeARt: Comics for All Ages
Hosted by Doug Savage
Comics have the power to make you laugh, cry, and seethe; they can make you gasp at the twists of their beautiful stories, or blow you away with a well-timed fart joke. And some comics can do both at the same time. Join Doug Savage (Savage Chickens), Joy Ang (Adventure Time), Lucy Bellwood (Cartozia Tales), Ian Boothby (The Simpsons Comic, Futurama), and Nina Matsumoto (The Simpsons Comic, Yokaiden) as they discuss All Ages comics, how to make them, and the people that share them.
Editorial Cartoons, After Charlie
Hosted by Kevin Wilson
Following the senseless violence in the attacks on France's infamous Charlie Hebdo magazine, editorial cartoonists around the world found themselves the focus of media attention as the conversation turned to opinions—and those who express them. Join award-winning editorial cartoonist Matt Bors and Canadian pundit and artist JJ McCullough as they discuss their trade in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shooting.
Comics in Motion: Animation Principles in Comic Art
In this in-depth seminar, comic artists (and experienced animators) Tony Cliff and Katie Shanahan will take the audience through an introduction to animation principles—the concepts animators use to understand and depict motion—and demonstrate how to apply animation techniques to your static comic art. This detailed lecture will give you the tools you need to draw clear, dynamic comics, and leave your readers desperate for more.
Frisky Fun for All: The World of Adult Comics (18+)
In this safe space, four comics professionals will share their experiences creating work for adult audiences. From representing diverse body types, non-binary identities, and myriad kinks, to using adult comics as a platform for sexual education and awareness, this panel will look at the altruistic and friendly side of adult comics. While we welcome audience members of all sexual identities and preferences, please note that this panel is 18+ only.
The Fourth Annual Soho's Comic Jam (19+)
After a heady day at the Roundhouse, come join us for a true VanCAF tradition: comic-drawing at Soho Billiards in Yaletown! Bring pens and paper and join in the comic jam (between pints and nachos). This event is 19+ only, but it just gives you something to look forward to in VanCAFs yet to come, kids.
Sunday, May 24th
Splash! A Watercolour Tutorial with Karen Gillmore
Hosted by Karen Gillmore
In this live painting tutorial, Karen Gillmore (Spam and the Sasquatch, Mermaid Music) will impart her wisdom to the audience as she demonstrates tips, techniques, and tricks for taming the water elemental. Learn the magic incantations and secret hand gestures needed to control this beautiful but wild medium!
Inspector Pancakes And His Terrible Friends
Hosted by Karla Pacheco
To celebrate the world premiere of Inspector Pancakes Helps The President of France Solve The White Orchid Murders, creator Karla Pacheco, along with her terrible, terrible co-conspirators, planned to hold a panel. But her panel plans will have to wait, because it looks like one of her panellists ... is a murderer! Armed with her wits, a group of ornery comics creators, and a team of adorable crack dog detectives, Karla Pacheco is on the case! But will you help her investigation, or hinder it?
PARENTS: Please be advised that this event, just like the book on which it is based, will feature strong language and questionable investigative methodology.
Best Foot Forward: Promoting Your Comics (And Yourself!)
Hosted by Lucy Bellwood
You've made your comic: now how do you get people to read it? Join creators Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles), Kel McDonald (Sorcery 101, Misfits of Avalon), Shannon LeClerc (Rainbow Killers), and Canadian Comic Book Hall-of-Fame Ken Steacy (Spider-man, Astro Boy) as they share their insights into self-promotion, including how to get your comic read and yourself hired. Get your foot in that door, your comic in their faces, and own your career as an artist!
Zinesters: Professional Zines in the 21st Century
Hosted by Ross Jackson
While the days of cutting-edge counter-culturalists having to ply their craft in their library's copy-room may be a thing of the past, the passion is still alive, and thriving. Today's zinesters work on a larger scale, requiring funding, promotion, and legitimacy to work the micro-press. Join professional zinesters Cullen Beckhorn (Neoglyphic Media), Shing Yin Khor (Sawdust Press), Marc Palm (Intruder Comics), James the Stanton (Gnartoons), Sarah Thompson (Paper Innards Distro), and moderator Ross Jackson as they discuss the ins and outs of zine-making, and the community that drives them to do it.
Quick on the Draw 3: The Quickening
Hosted by The Fictionals
Join The Fictionals Comedy Co., Cloudscape Comics, and double-threats Ian Boothby and David Malki ! for a packed hour of comics & comedy in Quick on the Draw 3: The Quickening! This event combines the best of both worlds: improvisers perform for your amusement while artists draw their shenanigans. Featuring improv games, live drawing, and—most importantly—prizes! Audience participation is suggested, and fun is mandatory.