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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.