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Please find below a list of our guests and exhibitors for VanCAF 2012; VanCAF 2013 guests and exhibitors will be announced in the fall!
The Village, 1918, Tongues
Vancouver cartoonist/comic historian Ken Boesem writes & draws the soapy serialized comic strip The Village, which turns seven in 2012. John Bell's Invaders From The North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe (2007) lists Ken as someone doing interesting contemporary work and his full mini-comics output is archived in the UBC Library's Rare Books & Special Collections. Ken's work has been published or reviewed in Maclean's, Geist, Broken Pencil, OCW, The Vancouver Sun, The Stranger and others and has appeared in the graphic anthologies SPX (2003) and Funday Sunnies (2009).
Outside of comics, Ken's illustrations appear throughout the new memoir Foodsluts at Doll & Penny's Cafe (May 2012) by award-winning writer Tony Correia and his posters appear on the odd lamppost as does he (with his nearest and dearest) as part of the Queer History Project's 2011 Chosen Family photo/heritage marker project. He also provides art direction for award-winning film/stage productions and acts as "drag"aturg to popular drag performer Vera Way.
Ken's currently at work on a graphic adaptation of Canada's first science fiction/fantasy novel and a series of school-friendly history books about Canada's Golden Age of comics, our first costumed crusaders and their fascinating creators.
Exploded View, Funday Sunnies, Historyonics
Cloudscape Comics is an independent collective of Vancouver and Lower Mainland cartoonists. In addition to hosting workshops and art sessions for artists in community, they have published a series of anthologies, inluding: Robots Pine Trees and Broken Hearts, Historyonics: Stories Drawn from the Past, Funday Sunnies, and Exploded View.
Joey Comeau & Emily Horne
A Softer World
A Softer World is a comic that was created by Emily Horne and Joey Comeau so that people would recognize them as important artistic geniuses. Sometimes the "comic" is sad or harsh.
It should be noted that this is in the tradition of George Simenon's 'romans durs' (or 'hard novels') and not in the lesser traditions of comics like Peanuts or anything else not French.
Dalen and Gole
Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus. He is the illustrator of the bestselling Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.
Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program in Vancouver helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Work as a concept artist, texture artist and art director in the video game industry took Mike to England and California. Mike and his wife, Nancy, live in sunny Victoria, BC.
Vancouver based illustrator and painter, Camilla d'Errico, has made her mark on the Fine Art and Comic book industries. Camilla has shared her passion illustration on collaborative projects with comic all-star authors including Joshua Dysart, Serena Valentino, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison, with publications through Image Comics, Arcana Stuios, Slave Labour Graphics and Darkhorse.
Camilla's true love of storytelling is seen through her own self-published comic series, Tanpopo. From volume 1, Tanpopo has grown and developed to unfold Camilla's story and characters across transmedia platforms. Print, internet serialization, and active engagement for readers through conventions, schools and online see Camilla's stories and characters reach back to touch the hearts of those who approach them. Camilla's Tanpopo characters have found their way into designer toys, costume contests, and interactive characters on social media networks. Tanpopo invites comic readers to enjoy classic literature and comics together, enriching their scope and sparking new appreciation for both new and original works of fiction. A hardcover edition of Tanpopo 1-3, available from Boom Studios in 2012, will be inviting more readers to experience Camilla's most personal art and storytelling for themselves.
The Adventures of Dr McNinja, Deadpool
Christopher Hastings is the author of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, an absurdist action comic that is syndicated online with trade collections from TopatoCo and Dark Horse. Hastings also wrote the Fear Itself: Deadpool miniseries for Marvel, and has contributed illustrations to the #1 Amazon bestselling books, Machine of Death and You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News.
He lives in New York with his wife, Carly, and dog, Commissioner Gordon..
Questionable Content, Indie Tits
Jeph Jacques writes and illustrates the webcomic Questionable Content. He was born in Rockville, Maryland, graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in music. He lives in
Easthampton, Massachusetts with his wife (and business manager) Cristi.
Sarah Leavitt is a Vancouver writer and cartoonist. In September 2010 she published her first book, a graphic memoir--Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me (Canada: Freehand Books; UK: Jonathan Cape; US: Skyhorse). She also makes mini-comics, magnets and bookmarks, which use text and image to explore serious topics such as the thoughts of small dogs and the social skills of editors.
Tangles was a finalist for the 2010 Writers' Trust of Canada Non-fiction Prize(first graphic narrative to be a finalist in this category); the 2011 BC Book Prizes; the 2011 Alberta Book Publishing Awards; and the 2011 Alberta Readers' Choice Award. Tangles was included in the Globe and Mail's top 100 books of 2010 and Maisonneuve Magazine's top 10 for 2010, and won the CBC Bookie award for Best Comic or Graphic Novel.
Sarah will begin teaching in the Creative Writing Department at UBC in January 2012.
Sam and Fuzzy, Skull Panda
Sam Logan is the Vancouver-based creator of Sam and Fuzzy, the webcomic epic that has been entertaining online readers with its massive tales of warring ninja mafiosos, adorable rodent gangsters and lovesick stalker vampires for more than eight years.
When he isn't busy making comics or designing shirts and posters for popular internet retailer Topatoco, Logan also designs and illustrates for YES Mag and KNOW, a pair of Canadian children's science magazines.
David Malki !
Wondermark, Machine of Death
Machine of Death
David Malki ! is the author of the comic strip Wondermark, a gag strip created entirely from 19th-Century woodcuts and engravings, AKA a collaboration with the dead. In 2009, the Wondermark collection Beards of our Forefathers was nominated for the Eisner Award--the highest honor in comics--for "Best Humor Publication". It's possible that this was a clerical error. He is also co-editor of the bestselling Machine of Death series of fiction anthologies. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Nikki, a special-effects makeup artist.
Yokaiden, Simpsons Comics
Nina Matsumoto (better known online by the alias of "space coyote") is a Japanese-Canadian Eisner Award-winning comic book artist. Critically acclaimed for her unique style and versatility, she has released two volumes of her original manga Yokaiden through Del Rey Manga. A lifelong fan of The Simpsons, she regularly pencils for Bongo Comics (Simpson Comics, Bart Simpson Comics). She also illustrated The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story, and regularly draws and paints designs for the video game T-shirt company Meat Bun.
Sfeer Theory, The Fox Sister
Jayd "Chira" Ait-Kaci is a Vancouver-based full-time comic artist, notably on the two webcomics "Sfeer Theory" with Alex Singer and "The Fox Sister" with Christina Strain.
Sam Alden is the author of the comic book novel Eighth Grade, a product of his residency under Craig Thompson at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2010. Sam's also the artist for the webcomic DUBBLEBABY. Like most cartoonists, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
Now in its twenty-first year of publishing, Anvil Press has firmly established itself as a publisher of progressive, contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban twist. National—and local—in its vision, Anvil remains committed to its East Vancouver roots, and doesn't shy away from work from the wrong side of the tracks.
Ed's R Us
Originally from the thriving Metropolis of Lumby British Columbia; Ed came to Vancouver once he realized there was more to life than drinking and falling out of trees. Ed's been a full-time cartoonist since 2008 and makes his living working on his comic Ed's R Us, and taking whatever freelance illustration work he can get. He is also professional pirate, adept cat wrangler and master caffeine addict.
Arsenal Pulp Press
Arsenal Pulp Press is a leading independent book publisher in Vancouver, Canada with over 300 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction and nonfiction; cultural and gender studies; gay, lesbian, and multicultural literature; graphic novels; cookbooks; and guidebooks. They are interested in literature that traverses uncharted territories, publishing books that challenge and stimulate and ask probing questions about the world around us. You can learn more about Arsenal Pulp by checking out their blog.
Homeless Quatchi Project
Vancouver-based artist, Albert Art, grew up with animated films and TV shows. He eventually found his way to becoming an Animator and has worked in the local animation and video game industry. While not animating, he is busy painting and designing vinyl toys, shooting short films, and writing stories. He is the creator of The Homeless Quatchi Project, a series of photos dedicated to Homeless Quatchi vinyl toy, a tragic tale of what happens to Olympic mascots when the show packs up and leaves. Homeless Quatchi appears at most local events and cons that Albert attends.
Spaceship Zero, World Wildlife Federation of Justice
Toren "MacBin" Atkinson is the lead singer for the H.P. Lovecraft tribute band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets (as played on the video game Rock Band 2). As a comic artist his work can be found in graphic novel anthologies such as "Acts of Violence" from New Reliable Press and "Exploded View" from Cloudscape Comics. His other illustration credits include Call of Cthulhu d20, Dungeon Magazine, and Delta Green. Toren also co-designed and illustrated the award winning tabletop roleplaying game Spaceship Zero. As an actor, Toren has provided on-screen and voice talent to such properties as Stargate: Atlantis, Sword of the Stars (VG), Fort Zombie (VG), and Penny Arcade's Cardboard Tube Samurai. He recently completed artwork for a motion comic for Atomic Cartoons.
Lucy Bellwood is America's one and only dual citizen, tall ship-sailing cartoonist. When not working on her nautically-themed, autobiographical series Baggywrinkles, she can be found slaving away on longer projects like the recently-completed True Believer, a 36-page story about having the courage to do what you love. She is a graduate of the Independent Publishing Resource Center's Certificate Program in Comics, a veteran of the Center for Cartoon Studies' 2010 Summer Session, and the recent recipient of a BA in Art from Reed College. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she spends an inordinate amount of time sketching furiously and dancing the Blues.
Robin Bougie is Vancouver's resident good-natured sultan of sleaze. His comic magazine devoted to exploitation, cult and classic adult movies (Cinema Sewer) is now on it's 25th issue, and has been collected into 3 book collections by British publisher FAB Press that have gone into multiple printings. A great fan of Robert Crumb and the original underground masters of sequential art, Bougie also has available a large growth of inbred comics he's been excreting via a pen for the last decade or so. Please be aware that his work is intended for adults only.
Ed Brisson is the writer behind the Joe Shuster Nominated crime comic series MURDER BOOK and the 215 INK published BLACK RIVER. He's currently working on two creator-owned mini-series to be released in 2012. When not writing comics, Ed makes a living lettering comics for Image, Oni, Viz and a myriad of other publishers. If you were to try to buy Ed a drink, he would gladly accept.
Two Keys, Honeysyn
Chloe Chan is a cat that is secretly a alpaca pretending to be a raccoon. With her secret alpaca-opposable-thumbs, she draws comics, and sometimes also prints and sells them. With
her stash of dirty comic money, she prints more comics and buys more raccoon costumes.
Kelly Christensen (K. Christensen) is a not-classically-trained artist from Jackson, Mississippi now living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kelly enjoys creating art and comics about everything from classic video games to the trials and tribulations of living abroad, moving to a new city, and having destructive cats. Kelly is currently working on a longer form comic about life with anxiety and depression entitled "afraid", with hopes for a publish date in 2013.
C. Moses Cirulis
The Prince of Trinita
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
Tony Cliff is the author of Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, a 19th-century tale of international sword-based conflict resolution and/or instigation. It is published in French by Editions Akileos, while the English version is serialized online at www.delilahdirk.com. Tony is also a three-time contributor to the colourful, critically-acclaimed Flight anthologies as well as a two-time Eisner award nominee and a one-time visitor to Las Vegas. (Once was enough, thank you very much.)
Carrie Q. Contrary
ClamJuice, Hot Little Cut
An active member of the local comics community, much of Carrie Q. Contrary's current work is proudly "Adults Only", and she is fast becoming the resident bad girl of the Vancouver comics' scene. Her titles include the self-published ClamJuice #1(2007), and published under The Comix Company: Hot Little Cut(2010), and most recently ClamJuice #2(2012) a collaborative work with The Comix Company's Dexter Cockburn. ClamJuice #1 was rereleased under The Comix Company in 2012 with the new story, "Lust on the Bus". New and exciting projects including Hot Dork Love and the JSA-fanfic SuperSexy are expected out in later 2012. You can find regular updates, special giveaways, and NSFW postings on Carrie's website, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter!
Kill All Monsters!
Jason Copland is a drawer of comic book stories, some of which have even been published. He is currently drawing Kill All Monsters!, the giant monsters vs giant robots comic co-created with Michael May. His published works include the one-shot comic The Perhapanauts: Molly's Story (Image), the 2 issue mini series Empty Chamber (Silent Devil) and short stories in various anthologies such as the Eisner nominated Trickster: Native American Tales (Fulcrum) and Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened (Villard). Jason lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and son.
Critical Hit Comics
Outnumbered, Acts of Violence
Critical Hit Comics' first title was the critically-acclaimed 6-issue underground sensation Outnumbered, starring teenage vigilante superheroes versus drug-dealing were-rats.
Critical Hit followed up that effort by co-publishing the award-winning graphic novel Acts of Violence, a crime story anthology.
A Mad Tea Party, Lords of Death and Life
Jonathon is occasionally a teacher and occasionally a comic book creator. His work includes the sci-fi webcomic A Mad Tea-Party, the 2010 Xeric-winning Mesoamerican fantasy graphic novel Lords of Death and Life, and Lil' Ulysses in Chicago, which was mentioned as a "notable" comic in The Best American Comics 2010 anthology. He is also the co-author of the webcomic Teach English in Japan. He is a founding member of the Cloudscape Comics Society and a regular contributor to their annual anthologies. He has lived in the Lower Mainland since 2006 and thinks Vancouver is a great place to make comics.
Rebecca Dart is a Vancouver based artist working in the animation industry on such shows as Mission Hill and My Little Pony. She is currently working on a Battle Kittens graphic novel.
Jesse has worked in the animation industry for over 10 years on projects ranging from movies, tv shows, to video games. In 2008 he started, "Blatant Studios", which produces music videos, commercials, and visual effects. Jesse is currently a Producer and Director at Blatant, while also working in comics and illustrations.
Barry Deutsch is the creator of the Eisner, Ignatz and Harvey-nominated graphic novel Hereville, about the adventures of a troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl. Barry has
just completed work on the second Hereville graphic novel, which will be published by Abrams in November.
Golanti, The Martian
Ryan Dirks is a former Vancouver resident and former animator. He now lives in Portland, OR where he self-publishes adventure and sci-fi comics.
Becky Dreistadt & Frank Gibson
Tiny Kitten Teeth
Becky and Frank have been making comics together for over 5 years. Their ongoing project, Tiny Kitten Teeth, is a hand-painted online comic that currently updates a couple times a week. Becky is a graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design in Sequential Art; Frank is a graduate from Griffith University in Media Communications. Their other published work includes anthology contributions to Popgun Vol. 3 & 4 (Image Comics), You Ain't No Dancer Vol. 3 (New Reliable Press) and Discovered (Top Shelf).
Teach English in Japan
Jeff is currently the President on the Cloudscape Board of Directors and their chief cat herder. He has contributed to all of Cloudscapes anthologies, and has published two of his own 24 hr. mini-comic. He is also working hard on his webcomic 'Teach English in Japan' which you can visit at www.teachenglishinjapan.ca. Chapter one of the series is also available in print.
Isthmus, Heavy Metal Heart
Gabriel Frizzera was born in Brazil. He started his career drawing and writing in the pioneer fanzine Wazgga Blazka, in his hometown of Vitoria. In 1996 he was nominated for the Nova Prize of science fiction for his story Rain Season, published in the last issue of Wazgga Blazka. He has worked as a designer for advertising companies like McCann-Erickson and as a creative director for his own studio Neo Propaganda.
In 2000 he moved to Vancouver to study classical animation, and started working as a concept artist for animation and video games. He served as a concept artist for Electronic Art's Need for Speed series for several years, working on such titles as Need for Speed Underground, Most Wanted and Pro Street. During this time he published three of his own graphic novels: Isthmus, Heavy Metal Heart and With Just One Bullet. After leaving EA, Gabriel became once again an independent creator, working for clients like Dell Computers, Activision and Ubisoft. He is currently Lead Art Director at Video Game Start-up Exploding Barrel Games.
Megan Furesz is a comic artist whose work has been featured in several anthologies, including the upcoming Cloudscapes' "Giants of Main Street" as well as Iron Circus' latest anthology. Her soon to debut webcomic, Flashover, is an exciting tale of a young man with a double life who fights otherwordly shadows on the streets of Vancouver, while struggling to keep his human life and supernatural life separate. A collaborative effort with Rebecca Smith, Flashover will be in beautiful full colour and available online to read for free.
Caanan is an Australian cartoonist currently living in Calgary. His webcomic Max Overacts, about an 8 year old boy with delusions of stage presence, was nominated for an Eisner last year for Best Digital Comic, and he has just self-published his first collection thanks to a semi-successful IndieGoGo campaign. You can read it at occasionalcomics.com or buy the book at the show! (Or both!) His first published book was Celadore, published by DC Comics's Zuda imprint.
Ragnar is currently working with Matthew Ocasio and Stephanie Sim on Steambun Samurai, while also plotting for world domination. He works professionally as an animator on such shows as Bob's Burgers and Neighbors from Hell. Steambun Samurai has been his pet project while he toiled in the animation mines of Vancouver, and he is happy to show it to the world at VanCAF.
Rudi Gunther has been creating comics for the last fifteen years while living in Edmonton, Alberta. The comic world he's been working on for so long is known as dead//life, which could be described as an oddball occult/sci-fi melange. But truthfully, Rudi just likes telling absurd and/or weird stories. He works at Happy Harbor Comics (one of Canada's best comic book stores) and helps out the comic community (Open Door Comics) that has been built up there. Rudi even publishes the occasional ashcan comic, including a local FCBD anthology, as well as his own material.
Ghost Tales, Daqueran
Gurukitty Studios is a small Vancouver based comic studio founded in 1997 by 2 sisters Jeri, and Jayleen - better known as Kitty and Guru. The studio has had a growth spurt in the last few years so they launched into publishing in 2007. They have several publications including The "Ghost Tales" Anthology and "Daqueran" series. They are busy at work on the highly anticipated "Hello, Albertosaurus" Memoir and "The Bachelors and the Python" graphic novel, aiming for a 2012/2013 release. Several more stories, and projects are also in the works.
Boxer Hockey, Diesel
Tyson Hesse is best known on the internet as the creator of the webcomic Boxer Hockey. He graduated with a degree in animation from some big expensive school but who cares about that, now he gives comics away for free online. He has also had his coloring work published in Dark Horse Presents volumes 2-5 and House of Night issue 1. Tyson is currently busy putting together second volumes of both Boxer Hockey and his self-published action-adventure comic Diesel.
Outnumbered, Acts of Violence
Todd Ireland is the co-founder of Critical Hit Comics and has collaborated on both Outnumbered and Acts of Violence. He is currently working on a project with James C. Burns (the voice of Sgt. Frank Woods in the video game, "Call of Duty: Black Ops") entitled Redacted, which focuses on the dark politics behind the scenes of the Vietnam War.
Mary Karaplis (Mei K) is a self taught artist/illustrator based in the cozy, cloudy city of Vancouver, B.C. She exhibits regularly at conventions in Canada and the U.S. and is best known for her Tiny Vices comics. She also makes mini comics, prints and tiny sculptures. Check out her work online at www.tiny-vices.com.
Sean Karemaker is the creator of Astronaut Journal, a bio comic about an outsider's observations of Vancouver. His second book, Astronaut Journal: What Will You Stop to Smell When All of the Roses are Gone? is entirely self-produced and -published, and he is eager to share the fruits of his intense labours with the crowd at VanCAF.
Much the Miller's Son
Steve LeCouiiliard is a story artist, web comicker and self-published cartoonist. He is best known for his three-volume comedy strip Much the Miller's Son, for which he won a Xeric Grant in 2010. Steve is currently wrestling with Una the Blade, a Sword and Sorcery comic about a barbarian single-mom and Mister Satan, an affectionate revisionist superhero based on Adam West's Batman. He lives in Coquitlam with his wife and two young sons.
Jenn Manley Lee
Born in New Mexico, raised in New Jersey, Jenn Manley Lee chose Portland, Oregon to set up house with the-ever faithful Kip Manley and an assortment of cats. They were joined in 2008 by their daughter Taran Jack. Since 2002, Jenn has been publishing her comic Dicebox online while holding down work as a graphic designer. Book 1 of Dicebox, Wander, has recently been made available in print.
Outnumbered, Acts of Violence
Kevin Leeson is a full-time writer and producer in the film and television industry, and has been self-publishing comics for the past five years. He is the co-founder of Critical Hit Comics and his work is featured in both Outnumbered and Acts of Violence.
Lotus Root Children, Days of Leviathan
Wei Li is a Vancouver-based comic artist. His most known work is the 2010 Xeric Grant winner, Lotus Root Children. Currently, he is working on his new webcomic title, Days of
Leviathan. He is also an editor of Cloudscape, a Vancouver-based comic artist collective.
Miriam Libicki is an American-Israeli cartoonist based in Coquitlam, BC. She completed her Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree from Emily Carr University in 2006, where she currently teaches a class on graphic memoir. She is the creator of the memoir comic series Jobnik! and the drawn essays Towards a Hot Jew, ceasefire, fierce ease and Jewish Memoir Goes Pow! Zap! Oy!
Karly MacDonald is an illustration artist originally from the quaint fishing village of Fox Point Nova Scotia. Spending summers living in Jasper National Park Alberta, she has grown up around wild nature and this is where her inspiration comes from. Now Karly resides in downtown Toronto where she has spent the past three years studying fine art and animation. Karly completed her Animation education May 2010 and has been working as a character designer and freelance children's book illustrator since working on projects such as Pound Puppies, Fugget About It, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and FroggyTales.
The City of Roses
Kip Manley was born in Sheffield, Alabama, in the ninth month of 1968. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon--after stints in Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, both Carolinas, Illinois, Arak (Iran), Puerto Ordaz (Venezuela), Boston, and the Pioneer Valley--he ekes out a meagre living as a writer, designer, and cognoscente of marginalized eclectica, with the invaluable companionship of Jenn Manley Lee, Taran Jack, and the best two cats in all the world.
J.J. McCullough is a political cartoonist and pundit who has been offering ornery commentary on Canadian and American current events for over a decade, through his webcomic Filibuster. His work has been consistently featured in the "Portfoolio" collection of the year's best Canadian editorial cartoons, and he has appeared as a political commentator on a variety of radio and TV stations, including CBC and Sun News.
Bettina McEntyre is the creator of Knotpile, a collection of illustrations, comics, and posters. Her current projects include NOiD, a self-published mini-comic and Ghost Stories, a new illustrated print series. Bettina has exhibited at Artcrank, Stumptown Comics Fest, and various galleries around the Northwest. Fueled by hip-hop and candy, she spends her days off snowboarding, drawing, and screen printing. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Dylan Meconis lives and makes comics in Portland, Oregon. She is the creator of graphic novels Bite Me! and Family Man as well as
numerous short stories in print and online. She's a member of Periscope Studio, the largest comics collective in North America.
Angela Melick is the creator of the webcomic Wasted Talent, a comedy autobio which has been running for 5 years. www.wastedtalent.ca. Her work
has been featured in Reader's Digest Canada and several of the Cloudscape Comic Anthologies. She is delighted to have released her first book collection: We Are The Engineers
Fresh Brewed Creative
Josue Menjivar is an illustrator, cartoonist, and author. He has taught typography, illustration, and Magazine production at two colleges. He also runs his own graphic design/illustration business called Fresh Brewed Creative. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the small business has been creating illustrations, graphic design, and comics worldwide since 1998. His work has been published in the US, Iceland, Mexico, Slovenia, the UK, and Canada.
Sydney More was hatched from a large speckled egg sometime in the mid eighties. She grew up in Ontario, collecting small creatures in buckets and making up stories about monsters. She now spends her time in Vancouver playing ukulele on train trestles and imagining what dinosaurs were really like. Sydney likes to paint and sculpt as well as draw comics.
Insane Yeti Squirrel, Strange Aeons
Jakface (Molly Nemecek) is a friendly comic artist, lover of silly things, connoisseur of life's little pleasures, and drawer of hilarious faces and sexy men. She likes making webcomics, illustrations, pin-ups, one-offs, and most of her artwork and comics are inspired by video games and adorable dudes with mohawks.
The Matter, Steambun Samurai
Matthew J. Ocasio is a writer, editor, publisher, and cat lover. Based out of a two-cat secret lair in Portland, he publishes The Matter, an anthology of short-form illustrated fiction that focuses on stories told by an artist and writer both. He travels to conventions on both coasts of the Americas as well as in Canada (which he lovingly refers to as "America's Ned Flanders"). He writes fiction under the pen name Jack Bracken, and has published a total of nine stories. He is writing Steambun Samurai, a project started by Ragnar Guidote, to be pitched for professional publication. About one-third of the pictures he has taken in his lifetime are of cats, usually his own.
Emily Partridge is a young artist from Vancouver Island, currently living in Vancouver. She's been creating art for a long time, but only recently became a comic artist and freelance illustrator, sometimes for money. VanCAF will be her official first-ever time being an exhibitor at a comics festival, where she will be selling minicomics of her familiar Mount Pleasant journal strips, as well as a new story called Barking Dog.
Savage Nobles in the Land of Enchantment
Everett Patterson is a cartoonist from New Orleans, now living in Portland, OR. Last autumn he published his first graphic novel, "Savage Nobles in the Land of Enchantment," about anarchist musicians lost in the New Mexican desert. His current projects include the orchestral horror comic "Symphony Number Six" and a comic about mermaids.
Three Word Phrase
Ryan Pequin makes a comic called Three Word Phrase. It features things like a man who knows a lot about buses, a bird who is the president, and a bear who doesn't like himself very
much. Ryan lives in Vancouver and thinks it is a pretty good place to be inside of.
Alina Pete is a Canadian comic artist and animator. Her webcomic, Weregeek! takes a hilarious look at Geek culture and gaming, following the daily lives and imaginations of a group of gamers. Alina is a member of the Little Pine First Nation, a Plains Cree reservation in western Saskatchewan, and has lived at various times in Fiji, Arizona and China. Her digital animation work can be seen in the Gemini-award-winning children's show Wapos Bay. She currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her boyfriend and two pet hedgehogs.
The Finger, Dear Diaryahh
Carina Piccioni is a high school art teacher from Vancouver who is relatively new to the comic scene. She has been drawing diary comics since beginning her teaching career in 2006 and now has 5 thrilling comics about her adultolecent life, and is working on a 6th book(let). She also draws rock poster illustrations and works in mixed media sculpture. Her students constantly say that she looks like Velma from Scooby Doo.
Small Press Collective
Press Gang is a publisher's collective consisting of Family Style (ELFWORLD, Ochre Ellipse), Floating World Comics (Diamond Comics, Object 5) and Study Group Comic Books (Study Group Magazine, Ghost Attack). These like-minded small-press publishing houses have banded together to increase their collective awesomeness and spread the joy of amazing comics, with a wide range of superior publications and brilliant creators.
Matthew J. Rainwater is the illustrator and co-author of the adventure web-comic Garage Raja. Following the exploits of a garage band with magical powers, the comic is celebrating its first graphic novel debut!
Outside of his comic work, Mr. Rainwater is busy with free-lance illustration and well...actually, more comic work. So it really never stops.
Jake is the creator of the webcomic Modest Medusa and the
colorist of Barry Deutsch's series of Hereville graphic novels. In his
spare time he designs and illustrates role playing games.
Jacob Samuel is a Canadian cartoonist, stand-up comic, and Oxford Comma enthusiast. Jacob was raised in Toronto, went to university in Montreal, and currently lives in Vancouver. Since 2010, Jacob has drawn the webcomic, The Daily Snooze. Jacob's main ambition is to create as many funny things as possible including cartoons, jokes, and clever endings for sentences. In 2012, Macleans.ca ranked The Daily Snooze as one of Canada's top five university comics.
When Doug Savage was a kid, he always wanted to be a cartoonist. But when he grew up, he found himself working in a corporation, starving for creativity and plagued by migraines. Luckily, this predicament drove him to pick up a pad of yellow sticky notes and start drawing chicken cartoons. He's been publishing Savage Chickens online every weekday since 2005. Savage's book, Savage Chickens: A Survival Kit for Life in the Coop, was published in 2011 by Perigee Books.
J. Sawatsky is the creator of $5 Vampires and Purple Soul, two very different webcomics that somehow feature both monsters and cake. He lives a
mostly-fictionalized life in Victoria, BC.
Ven is a self-taught Comic and Manga artist. He has been incorporating this style into his artwork for the last 16 years, and most recently, his work has culminated in the production of an online comic called "Sushi Yakuza". His artistic efforts are primarily focused towards producing digital artwork, but in the past he has also created several custom flash art designs for individual tattoos.
Ven's art has been sold at numerous conventions around Western Canada, and in 2010-2011 The Animethon in Edmonton Alberta utilized many of his works as promotion pieces to publically advertise the convention. His long term goal is to become a published Manga artist, and as art is his passion, he is fervently working towards achieving this dream.
Silly Kingdom, Shrub Monkeys
Katie Shanahan (ktshy) is a cartoonist, animator and story artist from Toronto, Canada. When not storyboarding or animating her face off, she likes to make comics! "Silly Kingdom" (written by her brother Steven "Shaggy" Shanahan) is her first self published comic project. She's also illustrated short stories featured in the critically acclaimed anthologies "Flight", and "The Anthology Project". For more info, weekly drawings, and a link to her goofy auto-bio webcomic "Shrub Monkeys" head on over to www.ktshy.com
Silly Kingdom, Flight
Steven "Shaggy" Shanahan is a writer and video post production guy, based out of Toronto, Canada. His works include short stories in the Flight anthologies, the web series Show About Games Show, and the recently released comic Silly Kingdom. You can find all his web stuff, including podcasts, reviews and vlogs on his website.
Even in Arcadia
Anise Shaw is a Vancouver based comic artist and creator of Even in Arcadia, a tale of magic, politics and immortality. Beyond making her own stories, Anise is a comics teacher for
children and preteens in Burnaby and Richmond. Her classes have encouraged children to explore their stories and draw their ideas for over 6 years.
Maker of Nets
Kara Sievewright is an artist, designer and writer who makes comics, websites, prints, and books. She is working on a graphic novel called The Salt, Salt Sea. She is from the West Coast but is currently living in Toronto.
Ryan Smith writes and draws the fun sword & sorcery comic Accursed Dragon. His other creations include the sci fi adventure Banished and his first experimental foray in the field
of cartooning in 1999 Funny Farm. Currently Ryan lives in Manitoba, has his first book collecting the beginnings of Accursed Dragon and is eager to visit with people who share his love
Megan's been punk for a decade, and mostly makes comix and zines and draws show posters and album art. When in her final year of study at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Megan completed a wordless graphic novel done entirely in wood engravings-- as the anarchist graphic novel greats Masereel and Ward once did-- about her experiences growing up as a punk teen in the veritable wasteland of small town northern Ontario. That graphic novel is called Wanderlust and was published by the small press publisher the Porcupine's Quill. When she isn't flailing around the west coast, Megan lives in a rowdy house full of punks and anarchists and doodles way too much in between shows and beers.
Shifters: Redux, Brimstone
Marie Tary is an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator who has spent the last 13 years passionately pursuing her love of comics. When not working on her two webcomics (Shifters: Redux and Brymstone), she illustrates for RPG books, and does freelance design. Marie lives in Langley, BC with her beloved and supportive spouse, and two cats. One of which is definitely evil, and the other is just spaced out.
Top Shelf Production, based in Portland, OR and Atlanta, GA are the purveyors of fine comics and graphic novels for 15 years. Their books include Craig Thompson's Blankets, Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell's From Hell, and Jeffery Brown's Girlfriend Trilogy, alongside authors like Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, and the legendary Josue Menjivar.
Tugboat Press is a small comic book publisher from Portland, Oregon USA best known for their long running, award winning underground comic anthology Papercutter. They also publish
the occasional graphic novel, zine, seven inch record, and works for children.
Jason Turner is a Canadian cartoonist living in Vancouver. He has been producing a pile of minicomics since the late 1980s including series such as Very Quiet, Mexican Hat and Vinegar. He has been putting his comics on the internet since around the year 2000 including Bright Morning Blue, Walk to Work and Ditched. Two volumes of True Loves, which he co-writes with his wife Manien Bothma have been published and they are currently working on the third book. True Loves was shortlisted for the One Book One Vancouver award.
Colin Upton is a pioneering small press cartoonist who began publishing mini-comics in Vancouver in 1985 who somehow never quit doing comics. He was inspired to create comics by Herge, Goscinny & Uderzo, Giles, underground cartoonists and Harvey Pekar. An art school drop-out, Colin has been an active part of the local comics scene in print in numerous zines, comics, graphic novel anthologies, free papers, gallery shows (including Presentation House) and on-line. His Independent comics series, Big Thing was published by Fantagraphics and later Aeon published "Buddha on the road". Colin has lectured about comics, co-hosted two radio shows about comics (interviewing some of the most important figures in alternative comics) and is a purchaser of small press comics for the Rare Books and Special Collections section of the UBC Library. Colin provided preliminary drawings & historical research for a Douglas Coupland sculpture, cartoons for a play (A Comic Tale) and created an award winning advertising campaign for Book Warehouse. He is also a lowbrow painter, historical illustrator, stamp/mail and 3-D artist. Colin Upton is a wargamer, miniaturist, amateur historian, a founding member of the in performance group The Haters and was the drummer for the garage band Puke Theatre.
our mother is yours. (M.o.R)
Visions Found is an atomic populace founded on the will to discover--a northern hemisphere-based venture committed to a new thought-inducing medium of entertainment, dedicated to providing intuitive and intelligent story-telling through its most profound talents. The story is life itself.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea At the Time
Trevor Waurechen writes comics about life's awkward moments. He's fascinated by the intricacies of human nature and interaction, and thinks you should be, too. Many of the careful reconstructions found in his work come directly from Trevor's own life. Which occasionally leads to even more awkward moments with his comics co-stars. Maybe someday he'll write a comics story about that, too. What more can be said? It seemed like a good idea at the time...
Knifestone, A Dearth of Dreams
Creator of Knifestone and A Dearth of Dreams, Evin Weston is a robot suit piloted by super-intelligent bees who for some reason have a strong desire to write all-ages fantasy comics and stories. Also, if there was a problem, yo, he'll solve it. Check out the hook while-- wait wait this is stupid. Can we start again? No wait hold on come ba---
Look Straight Ahead
Elaine Will hails from Saskatoon, SK. She works at a comic book store by day, and writes/draws the Shuster-nominated comic Look Straight Ahead by night!
Kevin Wilson is the masterman behind the giant robot webcomic Titanzer. At first a comedy writer, he wrote for Somethingawful.com, college sketch tv shows, and hosted a comedic variety show. After finishing the first draft of a novel he got really tired of looking at pages full of words. So he decided to take up the (digital) pen and learn how to make comics like a proper gentlemen. Originally from the winter non-hills of Michigan, he can be found to live in Portland, OR among the coffeshop yetis and big-wheeled bikegirls. He can be found to die nowhere.
Klara Woldenga, avowed octopus enthusiast, grew up and is still extricating herself from small-town BC. She is currently working towards an Associate's degee in Sociology and spends her class time drawing funny doodles rather than listening to her lectures. The author of Robot Comics, a comic occasionally about robots, her interests include; robots, marauding killer octopodes, general sea creatures, small things, and long walks on the beach. This is Klara's first convention and she looks forward to the experience and perhaps meeting some octophiles like herself.
Artist by day and educator by night, Freeman Wong is the creator of Doodle Works. This self-taught and self-published artist creates kid-friendly stories striving to entertain and raise awareness to real life issues revolving around biodiversity, conservation, and the environment. Currently residing in Vancouver BC, he is hard at work on his second graphic novel!