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

Featuring Ian Boothby, Angela Melick, Kris Straub

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

Featuring Aaron Diaz, Jeph Jacques, Sam Logan

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

Featuring Ed Brisson, Frank Gibson, Kurtis Wiebe

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

Featuring Aaron Diaz, Kadi Fedoruk, Steve Rolston

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.

Sneaky Dragon

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.