Thank you to all our guests & exhibitors for participating in the 2014 festival! Please note that below is the 2014 event schedule; applications for 2015 have not yet opened. Be sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook if you'd like to stay up to date on VanCAF 2015!
Friday, May 23rd
Cloudscape BBQ Book Launch @ 5955 Ross St
Friday, May 23rd 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Hosted by Cloudscape Comics
Vancouver's very-own Cloudscape Comics Society will be bringing in VanCAF with a BBQ and 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 a BBQ, music, fun activities, and comic books, as it will be launching the new books of this year's VanCAF exhibitors. Check out the facebook page for more details!
Saturday, May 24th
Drawing People Together: Comic Communities
Saturday, May 24th 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Hosted by Lucy Bellwood
It can be hard making your way in comics, and nothing can be more valuable to a professional than the constant inspiration, energy, and networking that a community can provide. Come join comic leaders Lucy Bellwood, Ed Brisson, Jeff Ellis, and the Shanahan siblings as they discuss ways to connect with your peers and the benefit that comic communities can bring--both professionally and personally.
Out of the Bag: Comics as Performance Art
Saturday, May 24th 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Hosted by Neoglyphic Media
Featuring Cullen Beckhorn, Ben Nadler
At last, comics have been freed from plastic bags and boxed storage! This is a vital and radically engaging medium, so come join Cullen Beckhorn and Ben Nadler for a set of audio-video performances bridging comics, theatre, live music and video installation in a unique mix that will rock all your senses at once.
Bee & Puppycat Go Very Fast!: An Afternoon Variety Soiree
Saturday, May 24th 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Join the creative minds behind the hit webseries Bee & Puppycat as they dive into the world of fanfiction with creator Natasha Allegri! Characters will be designed by Becky Dreistadt (Character Designer), story-boards will be crafted (by Natasha and series co-writer Madeleine Flores) and fan-fiction will be crafted and read by series co-writer and voice of Wallace, Frank Gibson! Questions will be answered (but nothing that spoils the show), drawings will be awarded as prizes! Audience participation encouraged!
Pushing Print: Self-Publishing Your Comics
Saturday, May 24th 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Hosted by Allan Stanleigh
Join comics professionals Allan Stanleigh (USNA Publications), Jonathon Dalton (Mad Tea Party, Lords of Death & Life), Steve LeCouilliard (Much the Miller's Son, Una the Blade) and Alina Pete (Weregeek) as they discuss their experiences in the world of self-publshing. They'll cover everything from editing and page layout to fundraising, grant applications, and shipping--so you might want to bring a pen!
Webcomics CEO: The Business End of Webcomics
Saturday, May 24th 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Hosted by Erin Burt
So your webcomic has readers. Now what? Join professional webcartoonists as they discuss how to monetize your webcomic without tearing all your hair out. Topics will include traditional self-management for ads and online stores, as well as snazzy new options like Kickstarter and Patreon. It's time to stare down the business end of the internet.
Quick on the Draw
Saturday, May 24th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Hosted by The Fictionals
Join The Fictionals Comedy Co., Cloudscape Comics, and double-threat Ian Boothby for a packed hour of comics & comedy in QUICK ON THE DRAW 2! 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.
The Third Annual Soho's Comic Jam
Saturday, May 24th 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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 25th
Comedy in the Comics: How to Be Hilarious
Sunday, May 25th 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Hosted by Doug Savage
Being funny can be tough, especially when you're trying to be funny. Angela Melick (Wasted Talent), Doug Savage (Savage Chickens), Kris Straub (Chainsawsuit), and Ian Boothby (Simpsons and Futurama comics) will talk about their experiences writing humour and share tips and tricks to help you unlock your inner comedian.
In The Beginning: World-Building and Setting
Sunday, May 25th 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Hosted by Evin Weston
From the frost-tipped turrets of Castle Starlight to the gritty urban imps of Futropolis, comics are capable of taking you away from it all. But how do you build fantastical worlds that still feel real and inhabitable? Where's the perfect balance in magical realism? And how many dragons is maybe too many dragons? Join world-building professionals as they discuss the tricks of their trade.
Beyond the Bubble: Writing for Comics
Sunday, May 25th 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Hosted by Bevan Thomas
Join professional comic writers as they discuss the OTHER part of comics, from conception to dialogue. Check out Ed Brisson (Sheltered), Frank Gibson (Tigerbuttah), Kurtis Wiebe (Grim Leaper), and Bevan Thomas (Cloudscape) as they discuss the ins-and-outs of storytelling in comics. Are captions kosher? How are stories pitched and sold? And, most importantly--where the heck are all the artists at?
Brought to Life: Character Design
Sunday, May 25th 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
This panel, featuring talented and experienced character designers, will demonstrate some of the core concepts of designing a character--from a purely aesthetic viewpoint to the rich imaginings of character-driven details. Learn how to create characters of different body and facial builds while still retaining strong cartooning ideals.
Sunday, May 25th 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Hosted by Ian Boothby, David Dedrick
Featuring Steve Rolston
SNEAKY DRAGON, Vancouver's tied for 3rd favourite podcast, returns to VanCAF with a live show with guest Steve Rolston (Queen and Country, Ghost Projekt, Pounded and Degrassi: Extra Credit). Join hosts Ian Boothby (Eisner winning writer of The Simpsons and Futurama Comics) and David Dedrick (host of the Completely Beatles podcast) as they unlock the Secret of the Mummy's Curse! Or just joke around about comics, either's good.