The following is our event list for the 2015 festival. Programming for VanCAF 2016 will be announced in February 2016. Be sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook if you'd like to stay up to date!

Saturday, May 23rd

Digital Ink: Making Comics in Manga Studio

Saturday, May 23rd 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

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

Saturday, May 23rd 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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Hosted by Jeff Ellis

Featuring Emi Gennis, Kel McDonald, Sfé Monster

Join professional editors Jeff Ellis (Mega Fauna), Emi Gennis (Unknown Origins and Untimely Ends), Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales), and Sfé Monster (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

Saturday, May 23rd 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Hosted by Doug Savage

Featuring Joy Ang, Lucy Bellwood, Ian Boothby, Nina Matsumoto

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

Saturday, May 23rd 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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Hosted by Kevin Wilson

Featuring Matt Bors, JJ McCullough

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

Saturday, May 23rd 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Featuring Tony Cliff, Katie Shanahan

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+)

Saturday, May 23rd 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

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Featuring Lucy Bellwood, Adriel Forsyth, Amanda Lafrenais, Erika Moen

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Photo ID required for entry!

The Fourth Annual Soho's Comic Jam (19+)

Saturday, May 23rd 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.