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Saturday, May 21st

Learn Your Letters: A Tutorial

Saturday, May 21st 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

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

Saturday, May 21st 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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

Saturday May 21 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Hosted by Blue Delliquanti

Featuring Kathleen Jacques, Christian Lett, Mildred Louis, Sfé R. Monster

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

Saturday May 21 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Hosted by Katie Shanahan

Featuring Monica Gallagher, Lindsay Ishihiro, Mildred Louis, Kel McDonald, Molly Nemecek

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

Saturday May 21 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Hosted by Jonathon Dalton

Featuring Lucy Bellwood, Tony Cliff, Rachel Kahn, Steve LeCouilliard, Kris Sayer

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

Saturday May 21 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Hosted by Ian Boothby & David Dedrick

Featuring Lucy Bellwood, James Lloyd

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

Saturday May 21 7:00 PM

433 Granvile Street (Cannibal Café)

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

Sunday May 22 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

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

Sunday May 22 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Hosted by Bevan Thomas

Featuring Kory Bing, Evan Dahm, Cat Farris, Renee Nault, Kurtis Wiebe

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

Sunday May 22 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Featuring Jeph Jacques, Karla Pacheco

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

Sunday May 22 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Hosted by Joamette Gil

Featuring Arthur Ikuta, Pearl Low, Josué Menjivar, James F. Wright

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

Sunday, May 22 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Hosted by Robin Thompson

Featuring Abby Howard, Nina Matsumoto, Kel McDonald

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.