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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.