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!
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.