Guests

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Special Guests

Natasha Allegri

Natasha Allegri

Bee & Puppycat

Natasha is the extremely enthusiastic creator of Bee and Puppycat, and once drew a Garfield cover for Boom! Studios. She has a cat named Pancake.

Becky & Frank

Becky & Frank

Tiny Kitten Teeth, Tigerbuttah, Capture Creatures

Becky & Frank are cats who once lived in New Zealand but now live together in Los Angeles. They make the webcomics Tiny Kitten Teeth, Tigerbuttah and Capture Creatures. They both work on Natasha Allegri's Bee & Puppycat, as well as the Adventure Time comics!

Ian Boothby

Ian Boothby

The Simpsons Comic, Futurama

Ian Boothby is a multiple Shuster Award, Harvey Award and Eisner Award nominee and Eisner Award-winning comic book creator best known for his work as one of the main writers on THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA Comics for Bongo including the SIMPSONS FUTURAMA CROSSOVER CRISIS and COMIC BOOK GUY THE COMIC BOOK.

Ian is also an improv, sketch and stand up comedian living in Vancouver, Canada where he co-hosts the SNEAKY DRAGON podcast.

Ed Brisson

Ed Brisson

Murder Book, Comeback, El Dia De Los Muertos

Ed Brisson is a Vancouver-based comic book writer and letterer. He's best known for his self-published crime series MURDER BOOK and Image published COMEBACK and EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. His latest series through Image/Shadowline, SHELTERED, with local artist Johnnie Christmas, hits stores in July.

David Boswell

David Boswell

Reid Fleming

Born in London, Ontario, Canada in 1953. His first comic strip -- HEART BREAK COMICS, starring Laszlo, Great Slavic Lover -- was published in the Vancouver "underground" weekly Georgia Straight 14 July, 1977. In June 1978 a new strip entitled REID FLEMING, WORLD'S TOUGHEST MILKMAN appeared. The first REID FLEMING comic book was published by the author in October 1980, and has never been out of print. In 1984 HEART BREAK COMICS was co-published by the author and Last Gasp of San Francisco. From 1986 to 1990 a new REID FLEMING series was published by now-defunct Eclipse Comics of California; the five books comprised the graphic novel ROGUE TO RICHES. In 1991 Eclipse published a compendium of all the REID FLEMING comics entitled FUN WITH REID FLEMING, in both soft- and hard-cover editions. Three hundred copies of the hard-cover edition included a tipped-in colour plate signed by the author.

In 2011 I.D.W. of San Diego published the first of two volumes collecting all the REID FLEMING comics, as well as HEART BREAK COMICS. Volume II will contain a new REID FLEMING graphic novel called ANOTHER DAWN. Also in 2011 Mr. Boswell was inducted into the Canadian cartoonists Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Toronto, part of the annual Doug Wright Awards. The title "Giant of the North", along with a medal created by esteemed cartoonist Seth, was bestowed upon the author at the Art Gallery of Ontario on 7 May 2011.

Mr. Boswell is also a photographer, and his portrait of Leonard Cohen (shot in Vancouver in 1978 for the Georgia Straight) is the cover image for the new authorised biography by Sylvie Simmons.

Mr. Boswell is married, the proud father of three grown children, and lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Tony Cliff

Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Tony Cliff is the author of the Eisner-nominated New York Times bestselling Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, a humorous tale of swashbuckling adventure set in the early 19th century. He is a three-time contributor to the Flight series of anthologies. Born and raised in Vancouver, Tony is also a 10-year veteran of the local animation industry. Recent credits include storyboarding duties on Max Steel and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Tony Cliff provided the promotional art for VanCAF 2014.

Cloudscape

Cloudscape

21 Journeys, Exploded View, Giants of Main Street

The Cloudscape Comics Society is a coalition of indie comic book artists centered in Metro Vancouver who publish yearly anthologies and foster a community where BC comic creators can network with each other while developing their craft and continuing to push the boundaries of the comic book medium. In 2007, a Vancouver artist named Jeff Ellis decided to bring together several local indie comic book creators for a collective project. A year later, Robots, Pine Trees, & Broken Hearts was published, featuring nine stories written by independent BC comic artists. This was soon followed by Historyonics (2008), an anthology of historical fiction; Funday Sunnies (2009), a tribute to the classic Sunday colour comic strips; Exploded View (2010), a science fiction anthology where each artist explored their own unique vision of the future, and 21 Journeys, a full-colour collection centered around travel and self-discovery.

Their most recent book is Giants of Main Street, tales of fantasy and magic set within urban environment. All their anthologies are available for purchase on their website.

Tyler Crook

Tyler Crook

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Petrograd

Mr. Tyler Crook is an American artist living in the 21st century. For twelve years he lived in an unlit cubicle making art for sports video games. This left him bearded and almost completely translucent. Then in 2011 he struck gold, comic book gold, with the release of Petrograd an original graphic novel written by Philip Gelatt and published by Oni Press. He is survived by his wife and many pets... but he's not dead... yet. In fact, he is very busy working on B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth and Bad Blood for Dark Horse Comics. And oh yeah, he won a Russ Manning award in 2012 which is kind of an Eisner Award... but not really.

Farel Dalrymple

Farel Dalrymple

Pop Gun War, Prophet

Farel Dalrymple was the artist on Omega the Unknown (Marvel Comics) with writer Jonathan Lethem. His creator-owned comic book, Pop Gun War (Dark Horse Comics), was a Xeric grant recipient and won a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators. Farel was a co-founder of the comic anthology Meathaus and has worked on a range of illustration and cartooning projects for comic book publishers (Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Ad house), magazines, book publishers, ad agencies and film studios. He is currently residing in Portland, Oregon where he is writing and drawing an original comic book story, The Wrenchies, for First Second Books, drawing an occasional issue of Prophet for Image Comics, and working on his webcomic, it will all hurt for Study Group Comics.

Aaron Diaz

Aaron Diaz

Dresden Codak

Aaron Diaz is the Portland-based creator of the webcomic series Dresden Codak, as well as the concept design blog Indistinguishable From Magic. His other work includes illustrations for B9 Kingdom, Machine of Death 1 & 2, To Be or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure, and Midas Flesh. His own latest book, The Tomorrow Girl, collects the first five years of Dresden Codak.

Madeleine Flores

Madeleine Flores

Help Us! Great Warrior

Madeleine Flores draws the webcomic Help Us! Great Warrior and Post-It-Love Notes. She is currently a writer on Natasha Allegri's Bee & Puppycat.

Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham

King City, Escalator, Universe so Big

Brandon Graham was born in December of 1976, the grandson of pin-up artist Bill Randall. He grew up in Seattle around a lot of graffiti and comics. Some of his books are King City, Escalator and Universe so Big.

He lives in Vancouver BC with his lady Marian Churchland. He writes and sometimes draws the Image series Prophet and he's been working on his new book, Multiple Warheads and sketchbook collection, Walrus.

Pia Guerra

Pia Guerra

Y: The Last Man, Doctor Who: The Forgotten

Pia Guerra is a Joe Shuster, Harvey and Eisner award-winning Canadian comic book artist best known for her work as co-creator and lead penciller on the Vertigo title Y: The Last Man. She has also pencilled Doctor Who: The Forgotten, featuring the Tenth Doctor, published by IDW Publishing. Pia also illustrated drawn a Torchwood series for Torchwood Magazine, written by Gareth David-Lloyd. She has co-written two issues of Simpsons Comics for Bongo Comics.

Tyson Hesse

Tyson Hesse

Tyson Hesse has a college degree in who cares from the school of whatever. He's animated characters on video games like Skullgirls and illustrated on comic books like Bravest Warriors. He currently works on the Bravest Warriors show and has two comics of his own: Boxer Hockey and Diesel.

Jeph Jacques

Jeph Jacques

Questionable Content

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.

Morgan Jeske

Morgan Jeske

Disappearing Town

Morgan Jeske is a cartoonist who draws comics like Disappearing Town and Change (Image Comics). He lives and works in Vancouver. He refers to himself in third person professionally.

Sloane Leong

Sloane Leong

Alpha Princess Garou Shoujo, Maschinell

Sloane is a Portland-based cartoonist and illustrator. She self-publishes her own comics and has drawn and colored things for Image, Dark Horse, Vertigo and DC. She is currently working on a scifi comic called Prism Stalker.

Nina Matsumoto

Nina Matsumoto

The Simpsons Comic, Yokaiden

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 is an artist for the T-shirt company Meat Bun.

Marv Newland

Marv Newland

Marv Cards

Marv Newland has lived and worked in Vancouver, Canada since 1972. He has produced illustrations for many magazines including: Georgia Straight, Vancouver Magazine, Geist, Discorder, Outside Go, Travel etc., La Petite Lettre De La Poudriere and Joe Magazine. Pines & Palms published a series of books featuring drawings from his sketchbooks during the years 1988 through 2000. In 2009 Newland had a one man show of his watercolour painted postcards at galeriebarbes in Serignan, France. In 2010 Chernoff Fine Arts, Vancouver held an exhibition of his watercolour postcards and larger works. Newland makes animated films with International Rocketship Limited, Vancouver and the National Film Board of Canada. He is a part time animation instructor at Vancouver Film School and University of the Fraser Valley.

Steve Rolston

Steve Rolston

Queen and Country, Ghost Projekt

Steve Rolston has been telling stories in the comic book medium for over a decade and has illustrated a range of genres, from the spy series Queen & Country to the punk rock comedy Pounded; from the teen drama Emiko Superstar to the supernatural thriller Ghost Projekt. While he most often works with writers, Steve has gone solo on a few comics such as the cartoony Jack Spade & Tony Two-Fist and his slacker noir graphic novel One Bad Day.

His comic book work has earned an Eisner Award and Cybils Award, as well as a couple Shuster Award nominations. Beyond comics, he has provided illustrations for educational children's books and character designs for both tv animation and video game projects.

Steve also teaches a part-time course on the art of comic book storytelling at the VanArts school.

Simon Roy

Simon Roy

Jan's Atomic Heart, Prophet

Simon Roy is a cartoonist and illustrator from Victoria, BC. He burst onto the comics scene in 2009 with his first book Jan's Atomic Heart that left reviewers wondering if he was a new talent or a classic creator from Europe. Every review cited the resemblance of his work to the artists of Heavy Metal Magazine, where he has also been published. He is currently co-writing and illustrating Image Comics' Prophet series. More of his work can be found here.

Kris Straub

Kris Straub

Starslip, Chainsaw Suit, Broodhollow

Kris Straub has been an online cartoonist, writer and performer for 13 years. He draws the gag-a-day Chainsawsuit and the cosmic horror adventure Broodhollow. His sci-fi epic Starslip was nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2012.

Exhibitors



Zed Alexandra

Zed Alexandra

Zed is a comic artist based in Vancouver, BC. Her stories examine themes of loss, regret, love, and identity.

Joy Ang

Joy Ang

Joy Ang is currently a freelance artist living in Edmonton. Lately she's been creating children's illustrations and working on her own projects, but has also done editorial, comic and game-concepting work in the past. Born in Calgary, Alberta, she graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2007. She got her start making art professionally with Udon Comics and got into the gaming industry with BioWare. In 2009, along with her pals Nick Thornborrow & Sam Bradley, she helped create and publish two volumes of The Anthology Project, a collection of short comics by various talented artists.

Max Badger

Max Badger

Max Badger is a Seattle based artist whose first graphic novel, OAK, was a recipient of the last Xeric Grants (2013). He is excited to meet you!

Lucy Bellwood

Lucy Bellwood

Lucy Bellwood is a dual citizen, tall ship-sailing cartoonist whose work has appeared in magazines, maritime museums, and anthologies around the country. When not working on her nautically-themed, autobiographical series Baggywrinkles, she contributes to the all-ages fantasy series Cartozia Tales. Other credits include Waterlogged: Tales from the Seventh Sea, Rock Ink Roll, and Symbolia Magazine. She lives in Portland, Oregon and spends most of her days scribbling on bits of paper at Periscope Studio.

Laura Bifano

Laura Bifano

Laura Bifano grew up on the east coast of Vancouver island where she spent the better part of her childhood drawing demented pictures for the entertainment of friends and family alike. Since gradutating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008, Laura has worked as a concept, background, and storyboard artist as well as illustrating for clients like Parks Canada, UpperCase Magazine, The Village Voice, Treehouse Brand Stores/Square Enix, and The Washington Post. She has exhibited work in over 20 shows in Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Calgary. She now lives and works in Vancouver, BC as a storyboard artist and freelance illustrator.

Kory Bing

Kory Bing

Kory Bing is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon. Her ongoing comic, Skin Deep, was the winner of the 2013 Stumptown Comic Awards for Best New Talent and Best Colorist. Kory has collaborated on many projects with Vancouver-native Sfé Monster, including an Adventure Time comic, the art for Sfé's "Weird Pets" mini-comics, and the inks for Sfé's newest comic, Eth's Skin.

Ken Boesem

Ken Boesem

The Village

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.

Matthew Bogart

Matthew Bogart

Matt is a cartoonist living in Portland, Oregon. He wrote and drew the graphic novel The Chairs' Hiatus about Mary and Nel, a popular rock duo and best friends who have a mysterious falling out. He is currently serializing his next story Oh, It's the End of the World about several teenagers facing first love during the end of the world. Matt's work can be read for free on his website. You'll probably like it.

Robin Bougie

Robin Bougie

Robin Bougie is the author behind the long running Cinema Sewer zine, and the artist behind over 100 mini-comics and self-published comic books--the latest series being his pervy ode to 1970s undergrounds, Sleazy Slice. His most recent release is Graphic Thrills, his first coffee table book, and a full-colour history of the poster art used to market American adult films during their early history. Obsessed with the ways that comics can be used as a form of lurid journalism, Bougie is a unique voice in the local Vancouver independent publisher scene.

Lars Brown

Lars Brown

Lars Brown is the author of North World and Penultimate Quest, father of two, and is indifferent to the eventual heat death of the universe. Check out his tumblr.

Sadie Brown

Sadie Brown

Simon and Sadie are cartoonists and animators from Vancouver, BC. During their brief respites from dimly-lit studios, they work on radical illustrations and have collaborated on their self-published book, The Dungeon-Crawler's Guide to Monsters. They also think dinosaurs are pretty cool and wish Science would just turn a chicken into a dino already.

Erin Burt

Erin Burt

Erin Burt is the webcomic artist behind Metacarpolis, Four Tales, and Works in Progress and a graduate student of forest sciences at the University of Washington. Erin has been writing an drawing webcomics on and off since the halcyon days of high school. She is also a programmer and COO for Hiveworks Comics, a new comics collective that helps webcomic artists support themselves through their comics. Erin also plays various instruments with varying degrees of success and sings even when everyone around her really wishes she wouldn't. Erin originally hails from Houston, Texas, a place where she is often witnessed haunting various coffee shops throughout the holidays.

John Burwood

John Burwood

John Burwood is a cartoonist and children's picture book creator from Richmond, BC. Past works include short story comic "A Tribute to the Heroic Chut Wutty" and webcomics Soda Pop Sa and The Spirit Bear. Current projects include a book about the sports pioneers of British Columbia, and short story comic "Farmers", about lacrosse players from Richmond, BC circa 1914. With a keen interest in local history and sports, John plans to publish a comic book anthology about the Chinese Students Soccer Club who won the Mainland Cup in 1933.

Ezra Butt

Ezra Butt

Ezra Butt is a cartoonist based in Southern Oregon who works only in black and white. As a cartoonist his work is continually a mixture of absurdism and a love for lowest-common-denominator humor. And let's throw in a dash of typography for good measure.

Chloe Dalquist

Chloe Dalquist

Chloe Dalquist spent half her formative years in the U.S. and the other half in B.C. but currently resides in San Francisco drawing comics and art all the way. Her current and most ambitious project is Jamie the Trickster, an eccentric road trip comic about a character who can change into a man or a woman at will. She also draws whatever bizarre illustration/fanart idea comes into her head, ranging from Buffy the Vampire Slayer gag comics to James Spader dressed as Spider-Man.

Jonathon Dalton

Jonathon Dalton

Jonathon draws comics about strange alien worlds and the ordinary people who live there. His graphic novels are A Mad Tea-Party, about two genetically engineered sisters caught in the middle of a revolution, and Lords of Death and Life, a Mesoamerican fantasy adventure. He won a Xeric award in 2010 for Lords of Death and Life, and had a short comic mentioned as "notable" in Best American Comics 2010. He is also a regular contributor to the anthologies from Cloudscape Comics and will have a short comic in the second volume of Leia Weathington's Bold Riley from Northwest Press. When not furiously drawing, he can usually be found teaching small children in a town just outside of Vancouver.

Rebecca Dart

Rebecca Dart

Rebecca Dart is a professional artist and animation designer current working on her magnum opus: Battle Kittens, a story of vicious barbarian ladies that ride cute, fluffy kittens. Rebecca's animation credits include Mission Hill and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Jesse Lee Davidge

Jesse Lee Davidge

Jesse has been illustrating comics for over 7 years. He enjoys telling stories about mathematicians, drunk people, and undead Mexican Bandits.

Blue Delliquanti

Blue Delliquanti

Blue Delliquanti is an artist and illustrator based in Minneapolis, and the creator of O Human Star, which won the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant in 2012. Blue's work has appeared in anthologies such as Womanthology, Smut Peddler, and The Sleep of Reason. She draws a lot of comics about robots.

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Simon and Sadie are cartoonists and animators from Vancouver, BC. During their brief respites from dimly-lit studios, they work on radical illustrations and have collaborated on their self-published book, The Dungeon-Crawler's Guide to Monsters. They also think dinosaurs are pretty cool and wish Science would just turn a chicken into a dino already.

Jeff Ellis

Jeff Ellis

Jeff is currently the President on the Cloudscape Board of Directors and their chief cat-herder. He has contributed to all of Cloudscapes anthologies. He is also working hard on his webcomic Teach English in Japan. Chapter one and two of the series is also available in print.

Chloe Ezra

Chloe Ezra

Chloe Ezra is an illustrator and animator from Richmond, BC. She has a great passion for video games which heavily influences her work, dabbling in pixel art and frequently featuring themes of fantasy and adventure. Currently she works alongside her friends at Lantern Cubed Studios developing web browser games. In her spare time she watches a lot of hockey and has published works for the Vancouver Sun sports blog, Pass It To Bulis.

Amy T Falcone

Amy T. Falcone

Amy T. Falcone started posting comics online in 2008 and is best known for Cardigan Weather, a journal comic touching on difficult subjects such as mental health and sexuality. More recently, she appeared as a contestant on Penny Arcade's Strip Search where she learned the magic of friendship, and had her work published in Northwest Press' anthology Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond "Gay" and "Straight". Her current project Clique Refresh updates every Tuesday and Friday and is best described as a ballad to friendship and a love letter to the Internet.

Kadi Fedoruk

Kadi Fedoruk

Kadi Fedoruk is new to the webcomics scene, having completed a comic for The Black Torch Anthology in May, and started Blindsprings, a webcomic about witches that debuted on Hallowe'en! When not working on comics, Kadi works is an Art Director for a social games company, and has designed characters for Dragon Story and an unreleased Zynga product.

Raised in the tiny town of Peachland, Kadi misses knowing literally everyone in her town and tries her best to do the same in Vancouver.

Trevor Frick

Trevor Frick

Trevor Frick is an illustrator and paper toy artist based out of Kelowna, BC. He started out self-publishing his own comics in 2004. In 2012, he released his first paper toy series called BIT+ which featured popular comic book characters. When he is not busy being a father or husband he is working hard trying to finish his next series of paper toys or teasing himself with the idea of working on his next comic book idea.

Damon Gentry

Damon Gentry

Damon Gentry began life as the remains of a rat king and has been desperately scrabbling for sentience ever since. He recently co-created a book called Sabertooth Swordsman published by Dark Horse Comics. He currently slinks around the city of Seattle, up to no good, writing and drawing and singing, always asking for trouble.

Caanan Grall

Caanan Grall

Caanan is an Australian cartoonist currently living in Calgary for some unknown reason. His first published work was Celadore through DC Comics's Zuda imprint, back in 2010 and in 2013 he branched out with some short stories for Scratch 9, Atomic Robo's Real Science Adventures and Monster Elementary. His main comic has been updating since April, 2010, which is the Eisner-nominated webcomic, Max Overacts, about a 9 year old boy who wants to be the greatest actor in the world.

Britt C. H.

Britt C. H.

Britt lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a comic artist, illustrator, and printmaker. She is currently working on her long-running webcomic FAMIB, as well as other side projects, and recently did comic for The Sleep of Reason anthology. Mostly she draws monsters, ghosts, and cute animals.

Becky Hawkins

Becky Hawkins

Becky Hawkins' autobio comics, travel stories, and watercolors chronicle her life in Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Portland, and world-traveling as a cruise ship musician. Since 2009, she has contributed to The Zinester's Guide to NYC, Tankadere, and The Strumpet. She currently resides in Portland with Shoulder Angel, her comic co-star.

Hazel & Bell

Hazel & Bell

Hazel and Bell are the artist/writer duo behind the webcomic Always Raining Here. Hazel currently attends Emily Carr university and likes cats. Bell likes writing and afternoon tea. Together they make comics.

Beth Hetland

Beth Hetland

Beth Hetland (Center for Cartoon Studies Alumna '11) currently teaches comics at her undergraduate alma mater, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work ranges from sci-fi collaborative fiction to auto-biographical memoir to artist book-like mini-comics. Some of her favorite things are sharks, screen printing and John Cusack movies.

Vivian Huang

Vivian Huang

Vivian Huang is an animator and illustrator based in Vancouver. She's currently working with a group of friends creating games as part of Lantern Cubed Studios, while freelancing projects on the side. She also enjoys needle felting.

Lindsay Ishihiro

Lindsay Ishihiro

Lindsay is a Vancouver-based freelance illustrator specializing in illustration for short stories, as well as other projects generally fantastical, queer, feminist, of-colour, body-positive, sex-positive, vulgar or otherwise trope-defying in nature. She's a regular contributor to Shousetsu Bang*Bang, a bimonthly queer fiction zine, as well as a regular on the local convention circuit.

Ross Jackson

Ross Jackson

Ross Jackson writes funny comics about sad people. He's also drawn towards music, skateboarding, satire, wordplay, petty magic, and gross stuff. He lives in Portland, Oregon where he drives around with pizza in his car for money.

Kathleen Jacques

Kathleen Jacques

Kathleen Jacques is a Vancouver-based comix-maker, illustrator, and graphic designer. She makes a queer-femmy webcomic called Band Vs. Band, and is currently obsessing over collecting it nicely into print book format. She's also a member of the local Cloudscape Comics group, a mediocre guitarist, and a fiend for coffee.

Rachel Kahn

Rachel Kahn

Rachel Kahn is an illustrator, concept artist, and comicker with a love of heavy metal, megafauna, and mighty-thewed barbarians. She works by day illustrating and concepting for tabletop and mobile gaming, and by night she draws sword and sorcery comics, and Conan the Barbarian is her spirit guide.

Lara Kaminoff

Lara Kaminoff

Lara knows how to cut a rug. She wants to be an ink stud.

She fills notebooks and drinks from half-full glasses. MICA '12.

Lara makes sentences, kitchen dances, comics and war.

She counts cats and misses the roofs of Baltimore.

Mary Karaplis

Mary "Mei K" Karaplis

Mei K (Mary Karaplis) is a self-taught artist and illustrator based in Vancouver. Her comics are known as Tiny Vices and she has showcased her work at conventions, art shows, and magazines across Canada and the US. She will be debuting her 4th mini comic this year at VanCAF! Be sure to check out her tumblr for images and previews.

Sean Karemaker

Sean Karemaker

Sean Karemaker is an artist living in Vancouver, BC. After a childhood obsession with reading and writing comics, he obtained a diploma in graphic design from Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo (2002) and began a career in 3D design for video games, with freelance work in graphic design and illustration. A newcomer to the comics scene, he began to draw comics again after moving to Vancouver as a way of cataloguing his experiences observing people in the city. Karemaker been exhibiting at local art spaces with exhibitions at The Gam Gallery, the gropps gallery, The Seymour Art Gallery, The Pendulum Gallery and the Ayden Gallery.

Jeannette Langmead

Jeannette Langmead

Jeannette Langmead is an illustrator based out of Portland, Oregon. Specializing in comics, science, and paper dolls, her work has been featured in The Portland Mercury, nsfwcorp magazine, and on Medium.com. She designs posters for Vancouver-based comedy shows including Graham Clark's "Ring-a-Ding-Dong-Dandy" and Paul Anthony's "Talent Time". Langmead's autobiographical comic anthology, I Made This to Impress a Boy, explores subjects like anxiety, self-hate, crushes, alcoholism, and ninja turtles. Her Animal Penis Activity Book has made her a reluctant wiener expert as well.

Steve LeCouilliard

Steve LeCouilliard

Steve LeCouilliard is an animation professional by day and an independent cartoonist by night. In 2010, he won a Xeric grant to self-publish his webcomic, Much the Miller's Son. He has since been hard at work on a collaborative sword and sorcery epic, Una the Blade, about a barbarian single-mom. He is also collaborating with award-winning author Leia Weathington on Silk and Gold, the tale of a Viking shieldmaiden and a female Arab polymath in the Golden Age of Islam. He is separated and co-parents his two sons in Coquitlam, BC.

Eugenia Leung

Eugenia Leung

Eugenia (euge) Leung is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Richmond, BC. She's currently working part time as a graphic designer, and full time as the CEO of Lantern Cubed Studios creating games with a group of friends. She loves pugs, doodling with friends, and video games.

Wei Li

Wei Li

Along with his partner, Anise, Wei boldly but naively into comics in 2008. They didn't know what they were getting into. All they knew was to make comics. Several comics were born out of this innocent ambition--most notably, Wei's Xeric award-winning Lotus Root Children. Recently Wei has also expanded his storytelling ambitions and ventured into the world of animation. What a fool. Wei lives with Anise in their Coquitlam apartment with their two cats, Eire and Charlie.

Rosie Liao

Rosie Liao

Rosie Liao is a sleepy student who loves comics and draws some whenever she's actually awake.

Miriam Libicki

Miriam Libicki

Miriam Libicki creates rather jewy nonfiction comics. She has been publishing her Israeli army memoir series, Jobnik!, since 2005 (five years longer than she was in the IDF, and counting). She has also made experimental drawn essays on related themes, including "Towards a Hot Jews", "Jewish Memoir Goes Pow! Zap! Oy!", and "Strangers". Miriam also designs and screenprints only slightly jewy apparel. She lives in the accursed suburbs of Vancouver with her family.

Reetta Linjama

Reetta Linjama

Originally from Finland, Reetta Linjama came to Canada for Capilano University's commercial animation program. Over the last few years, she has been prominently involved in Vancouver's animation industry, including such shows as Pound Puppies, My Little Pony, Rocket Monkeys, and Teen Titans Go! A respected member of Cloudscape Comics, Reetta has illustrated numerous stories for their graphic novels as well as other Vancouver-based anthologies. At VanCAF, she will be launching her first self-published collection, showcasing comics created entirely by her that are sometimes spooky, sometimes funny, and always adorable.

Sam Logan

Sam Logan

Vancouver-based comic artist Sam Logan is best known as the author of Sam & Fuzzy, the ongoing serialized comedy adventure that for over ten years, online and print, has chronicled massive tales of warring ninja mafiosos, secret underground societies, and lovesick stalker vampires. Logan is also the co-author of Skull Panda, created with infamously misunderstood and seldom seen alternative cartoonist Rikk Estoban. His work can also be seen on a variety of clothing, prints, and other products designed for Topatoco, and in many years of children's publications such as YES Mag and KNOW.

Karly MacDonald

Karly MacDonald

Karly MacDonald is an award-winning illustration artist originally from Fox Point, Nova Scotia. Spending summers living and working as a gallerista for Mountain Galleries in Jasper National Park, Alberta she has grown up around wild nature and this is where her inspiration comes from. Upon completing her education in Animation, May of 2010 she was hired as character designer/background painter by 9Story Entertainment and has been a full time artist with the company since working on productions such as Pound Puppies (Hasbro), Fugget About It and the new award-winning animated children's hit Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (Fred Rogers Company, Out of the Blue, PBS). At events such as Vancaf, Karly will be available with art prints and doing on the spot drawing commissions of your favorite animation and comic book characters! Super pet commissions are also a convention fav. To see samples of her work or to pre order commissions please her website.

JJ McCullough

J.J. McCullough

J.J. McCullough is Canada's only political cartoonist under 30. He draws the editorial webcomic Filibuster, and his cartoons have been featured in "Portfoolio: The Year's Best Canadian Editorial Cartoons" since 2006. When he's not drawing cartoons he works as a political columnist for the Huffington Post and spouts off on CTV's weekly "Political Express" panel. He lives in British Columbia.

Kel McDonald

Kel McDonald

Kel McDonald has been working in comics for the past 9 years--most of that time has been spent on her webcomic Sorcery 101. More recently, she has organized the Cautionary Fables and Fairytales anthology series, while contributing to other anthologies like Darkhorse Presents, Smut Peddler, and Sleep of Reason. She is currently working on the series Misfits of Avalon for Darkhorse Comics.

Emily McGratten

Emily McGratten

Emily McGratten is a freelance illustrator, comic artist, and printmaker living in Kelowna, BC. She is currently illustrating the graphic novel wiTHIN and, on very special occasions, is allowed to leave her studio to do other stuff like ride one of her bikes, read a book, or interact with other humans.

Karen McGratten

Karen McGratten MDiv

Karen McGratten is a psychotherapist who practices in Guelph, Ontario. Having gone through her own struggles with Anorexia Nervosa and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, she has developed a passion for educating and supporting those struggling directly and indirectly with mental health issues. She has spoken on an international stage on the use of story telling in recovery, challenging the stigma, shame and stereotypes that often accompany mental illness. wiTHIN is an intimate journey with the goal of helping those struggling, family, friends and the public at large find hope.

David McGuire

David McGuire

David used to drink 2 liters of Diet Coke a day, which is extremely unhealthy. Fortunately, he's kicked the soda habit and now simply drinks lots of coffee, which is sort of unhealthy and healthy at the same time. He also makes Gastrophobia, the continuing adventures of a single mom Amazon in ancient Greece. Once in a while he will still drink a diet coke or a Mexican coke, but he has a little more self control nowadays.

Luke McKay

Luke McKay, Button Mash Productions

Luke McKay is a webcomic artist who has made series of comics at RoosterTeeth.com and theButtonMash.com. He is most famously known for Rooster Teeth Comics and Balls 2 That.

Phantacea Publications

Jim McPherson, Phantacea Publications

Jim McPherson has been writing stories featuring the Phantacea Mythos for most of his teenage and adult life. He has been publishing a Phantacea imprint since 1977. Since 2008 he has been doing so as Phantacea Publications (James H McPherson, Publisher). Publications include comic books, (soon-to-be three) graphic novels, a number of web-only serials and, as of January 2014, four full-length novels as well as three mini-novels. Helios on the Moon, which should out before May 2014, concludes his ongoing project to novelize the Phantacea comic book series. Attached is a black and white version of the cover for the third graphic novel: Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst. Artwork is by Verne Andru, 1980-2014; text and layout by Jim McPherson, 2014. More information available online or upon request.

Angela Melick

Angela Melick

For nine years, Angela has been sharing silly stories about her life as a mechanical engineer in Vancouver. Her third book, Wasted Talent: Cubicle Warrior, tells of Olympic mania and Stanley Cub devastation, with all sorts of zaniness in between.

Josue Menjivar

Josué Menjivar

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Josué Menjivar runs Fresh Brewed Illustration. The small business has been creating illustrations, graphic design, and self-published comics since 1998.

Sfé R. Monster

Sfé R. Monster

Sfé R. Monster is a Vancouver-born and raised queer indie comics creator, currently living on the edge of the Atlantic ocean in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sfé has worked on multiple comic projects, including Kyle & Atticus, Eth's Skin, and the upcoming Beyond, a queer sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology. Sfé's work deals with gender and trans identities, queer visibility, low tide and salt water, and a great deal of monsters and eerie beasts.

Amancay Nahuelpan

Amancay Nahuelpan

Amancay Nahuelpan (pronounced Aman-kay Na-well-pan) was born in Vancouver, Canada and grew up in Chile. He has been working as an independent artist since 2006, that year he published Hijos de P, a noir genre comic, winner of the Chilean Professional Institute of Fantasy and Comics Festival Award for Best Artist and Best Series in 2007 (Hijos de P is currently available for free through Graphicly). During the years 2006-2007 he worked for Caleuche Comics, an independent Chilean publisher, and for the horror web comic site Mortis.cl. During the years 2008-2009 he participated in the Zuda Comics Competitions. In 2009 he returned to Vancouver and has been working on several independent graphic novels, anthologies and creator owned projects (Duppy'78, Blanco Experimental, 21 Journeys, Giants of Main Street, Waterlogged, and others). He has also been illustrating several educational books in Chile, Spain, and Canada, as well as other commercial artwork and design for several companies. In October 2011 he joined the Ashcan Allstars blog to showcase every week a different sketch with a related theme. He's currently working on a monthly series soon to be announced.

Renee Nault

Renee Nault

Renee Nault is the author and artist of Witchling, a surreal fantasy epic about gods, monsters, and a girl who talks to cats. Renee has been working as a professional illustrator for the last 6 years. Her work can be seen in books, magazines, newspapers, and advertising around the world. She currently lives in Victoria. You can see more of Renee's comics and illustration on her website.

Terri Nelson

Terri Nelson

Terri Nelson is an artist and writer in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of an autobiographical webcomic called Trixie Comics, as well as a member of Periscope Studio, a large collective of comic artists and writers. She is currently trying to go to the South Pole.

Molly Nemecek

Molly "Jakface" Nemecek

Illustrator and comic nerd from the shadows, Jakface's art ranges from brightly coloured cartoon snails to muscled, attractive, fictional men. Her range of webcomics, past and present, have been Insane Yeti Squirrel, Even Death May Die!, and Woo Hoo!, the latter two being a collaboration between her and writer J.R. Boos. In between bouts of naked jell-O breakdancing and shwarma-eating contests, she particularly enjoys video games, treasure-hunting, and well rounded butts.

Hope Nicholson

Hope Nicholson

Hope Nicholson is a comic book fan who created, with Rachel Richey, the reprint of the 1940s comic book storyline "Nelvana of the Northern Lights", created by Adrian Dingle. This comic was the first to feature a major female superheroine, and she was also Inuit!

Raised in Winnipeg and a graduate of York University in Toronto, Hope is a professional researcher and was a producer on the documentary Lost Heroes. This film followed the history of the Canadian comic book superhero and was directed by Orphan Black & Bitten writer/producer Will Pascoe and narrated by Spider-Man voice actor Paul Soles. She is a member of the Toronto fan-news organization G33KPRON and has presented at conventions and conferences on Canadian comic book history throughout the US and Canada.

Nozmo

Nozmo

Nozmo is a Canadian cartoonist based in Vancouver. They mainly work with drawing webcomics and making occasional minicomics/zines. They currently draw Todd Allison & The Petunia Violet, a story about flowers and crime.

Matthew Ocasio

Matthew Ocasio

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.

Frances Padua

Frances Padua

Once finally stripped of the suits, blazers, and dresses of the big people world and finished teaching animation to her students, a tiny Frances can usually be found cooped up in a room, enrobed with her favourite blanky and curled up doodling the nonsense of the day. Though she usually fills Expired Kimchi with sporadic excerpts from the real life, once in a while, when pretty things spark imagination, fanarts and miscellaneous cute things are also drawn.

Dino Pai

Dino Pai

Children's art teacher by day, independent artist by night, Dino Pai is a Vancouver based illustrator/comic artist. As a storyteller, Dino is best known for his Xeric-winning graphic novel Dear Beloved Stranger. His other comic works include Haikucomics and My Eurydice. Things you may not know about Dino: his favourite ice cream flavour is bubblegum, and he makes a mean balloon puppy!

Alina Pete

Alina Pete

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 Layne.

Mauricio Pommella

Mauricio Pommella

Mauricio is a senior art director with over 15 years of experience focusing primarily on communication and ideas. His works include art direction, graphic design, and illustration for digital and print use. Currently he works for a digital advertising agency by day and creates his independent comic projects by night. As a sci-fi and technology aficionado, his stories explore human relationships, conflicts, and philosophical problems wrapped into futuristic worlds. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two daughters. For more information visit his website.

Anat Rabkin

Anat "LunarBlade" Rabkin

Anat is a local Vancouverite artist looking to break into the webcomic scene. In the past her name "LunarBlade" was known online for her fanfiction, even winning her an award for one of them. Her original comics Seraphim: Tales of Love and Courage are in fact two intertwined comics and have only been around for just over a year. The stories so far have taken us through the tumultuous times of Gilad and Clou, the two protagonists. They share the same world but in different times in history in two parallel comics. Come grab the first limited edition print of her works and you'll be able to say you were into Seraphim before it was popular!

Reel Write Bros

Reel Write Bros, USNA Publications

The Reel Write Bros. are David Longworth, Harry Kalensky and Allan Stanleigh. They represent a century of film, television and musical experience. Their screenplay for the feature length animated film, The Adventures of Mowgli, from Kipling's Jungle Book Stories, features the voices of Charleton Heston, Sam Elliot, and Dana Delaney and has been broadcast on HBO and YTV. USNA is their first graphic novel and was originally written as a screenplay. A sequel to USNA will be released in late 2014 or early 2015 and their new graphic novel, Caretakers, will be released in early 2015.

Nikko Ronsaryo

Nikko Ronsaryo

Nikko Ronsayro is an animator, illustrator, and comic artist based in Vancouver, BC. He is currently an animator on Teen Titans Go! He makes a lot of mini-comics about girls fighting dinosaurs, girls taking up photography, and girls catching bugs. You probably notice a trend here. He hopes to keep making comics and working in animation till the sun explodes.

Alison Ross

Alison Ross

Alison Ross is a Vancouver-based writer. She works mostly in animation as a screenwriter and writes freelance comics on the side. Her work has been featured in Womanthology: Space, and her current project is The Knittrix with creative partner Elise Stevens. Under the name "Inflorescent Productions", Alison and Elise produce their on-going online and print tale of a knitting super-hero who tangles with larger than life villains, as well as other short comics and anthology pieces.

Enzo Santos

Enzo Santos

Enzo is a web developer & designer who moonlights as a webcomic artist. He currently authors Cheer Up, Emo Kid, a vulgar and satirical webcomic about life, love, and loss, but occasionally also sex, drugs, and web design. He currently resides in Vancouver in with an overweight cat.

Jacob Samuel

Jacob Samuel

Jacob Samuel is a Canadian cartoonist, writer, stand-up comic, and Oxford Comma enthusiast. In 2012, he published his debut book, which Bite.ca ranked as one of the top 25 funniest books of the year and was praised by Superbad co-writer Evan Goldberg. Jacob currently writes, cartoons, and edits for the popular comedy website Nearly Robots.

Doug Savage

Doug Savage

Doug Savage is the Vancouver-based creator of Savage Chickens, a comic drawn entirely on sticky notes. Doug has posted a new comic on his web site every weekday since January 2005. His comics are also published online by GoComics.com and in print by Perigee Books. Last year, GoComics and Andrews McMeel published six eBook collections of his work, covering important themes such as fear, relationships, and zombies.

Jeremy Sawatsky

Jeremy Sawatsky

Jeremy Sawatsky (creator, proprietor, sole beneficiary of Dogfood Comics) is a cartoonist, a father, and NOT a migratory sea bird. Those rumours were thought to have been quashed some time ago, but it seems a reminder is still in order. He was once arrested in Panama City, though, for citing an affinity for Sammy Hagar. A trial is pending.

Kris Sayer

Kris Sayer

Kris Sayer is an independent game developer, illustrator, graphic designer and comic warrior who wreaks havoc with sewing machines and swords. She has had work published by Cloudscape Comics, Gurukitty Studios and Pulp Literature, and currently posts several comics stories on Weald Comics. Right now she's working on her long-term far-from-finished graphic novel, a Viking-age epic titled Tatterhood. When she's not working on games and comics, she makes costumes and swings giant spoons around.

Katie & Steven Shanahan

Katie & Steven Shanahan

Katie (Ktshy) and Steven (Shaggy) Shanahan are comic making siblings from Toronto, Canada. They've collaborated on short stories for the Flight and Explorer anthologies, their own self published humour-fantasy comic "Silly Kingdom", and the webcomic Shrub Monkeys. Katie works as a storyboard artist for animated TV shows, and Shaggy works in video post production for whatever comes his way. You can catch up with Ktshy on her website and Shaggy on his.

Anise Shaw

Anise Shaw

Anise Shaw is a local artist is working in comics and animation. She has published several graphic novels and comic short stories, including her series Even in Arcadia and short stories for Cloudscape Comics.

Ed Siomacco

Ed Siomacco

Recently relocated to Vancouver, Ed Siomacco is an artist with a career in film animation and visual effects. He cartoons while living a life of adventure with his wife and three amazing small humans.

Kim Smith

Kim Smith

Kim Smith is an illustrator from Calgary, Alberta who has contributed to the comic anthologies Anthology Project Volume 1 and 2. She has also worked in children's illustration for books and magazines, as well as editorial, advertising, animation, and children's gaming.

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith is a Manitoban cartoonist whose work includes creating the fantasy series Accursed Dragon and writing for Banished, a science fiction adventure about exploration and friendship. After braving the harsh Canadian elements with his faithful hound, Ryan mostly enjoys surrounding himself with video games, cartoons and a Cintiq.

Lily Snowden-Fine

Lily Snowden-Fine

Lily Snowden-Fine is a Vancouver high school student who loves illustration, painting, and sculpting. She can regularly be found in astronaut pyjamas lying around tweeting terrible puns. She doesn't have a dog so she eats her own homework.

Katie So

Katie So

Katie So is an illustrator and cartoonist from Vancouver, BC. She is the co-curator of the "Dragonball" zine and this spring will be debuting the follow up to her comic collection, Destined for Misery.

Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy nominated and Webby award winning animation and documentary filmmaker. After graduating from the Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Vancouver based boutique animation studio Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. in 2001. From animated viral video ads and broadcast commercials for companies like Sharpie, 3M, Generali and Post-it Note, to short and feature films like "What Are You Anyways?" (2005), Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), One Big Hapa Family (2010), Ode to a Post-it Note (2010) and Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam (2013), Jeff's work has broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered 33 awards. The studio is currently completing its second feature length ani-doc and pitching various animated series.

Elise Stevens

Elise Stevens

Elise Stevens is an illustrator and designer based in Vancouver, BC. A graduate of both Capilano University's IDEA program as well as the Traditional Animation program at VFS, Elise works in storyboards and design in Vancouver's animation industry. Her current comic project is The Knittrix, with creative partner Alison Ross. Under the name "Inflorescent Productions" Alison and Elise produce their on-going online and print tale of a knitting super-hero who tangles with larger than life villains, as well as other short comics and anthology pieces.

Kaitlin Sullivan

Kaitlin Sullivan

Kate Sullivan is an American illustrator and producer, and is debuting her first full comic, Olivia Likes Sophie, at VanCAF 2014. She received her BFA in animation from the School of Visual Arts, she has worked as a color artist for Blue Sky Studios, Titmouse Inc, and Warner Bros, and is the producer of the Moon Animate Make-Up project. She lives and works in Seattle.

Robin Thompson

Robin Thompson

In 1999, Robin co-published his own brand of independent comic books, including the controversial titles "Champions of Hell" and "Zombie Jesus", gaining a modest underground cult status. Robin has since formed his own publishing identity with comic titles for all ages, including "Captain Space Man" and "Private Gut Buster". This led to becoming a frequent guest speaker for the Vancouver Art Gallery, lending his extensive knowledge of the graphic novel medium.

This past year, Robin curated and hosted the third annual "Emily-Con", a special comic book convention featuring professional artists within Vancouver's comic community. Inspired by the field of education, Robin began his own drawing programs for children and teens. His workshops have reached community centres and elementary schools throughout Vancouver. Robin is extremely proud to have an instructor position at Emily Carr University (since 2008). He offers a range of illustration, graphic novel, and writing courses, including special programming for the annual Summer Institute for Teens.

"Being an artist means the process can be extremely solitary. It's a wonderful thing to be able share the passion of drawing with bright spirits and eager learners. It will constantly be my main source of inspiration."

Sally Jane Thompson

Sally Jane Thompson

Sally is a freelance comic creator and illustrator (and former Vancouverite) currently living in the UK. Her work has featured in publications from IDW, Image Comics, Black Mask Studios, Kerrang! Magazine, and more, as well as self-published work. Her graphic novel Atomic Sheep, about a teenager who tries to find direction for her life by starting an art club at her new school, was released by AAM Markosia in 2013. Other work includes the minicomic "Now and Then" and travelogue webcomic From, and the Magical Girl illustration series Blood and Roses. She creates gentle, thoughtful stories about the depth of experience underneath the seemingly mundane.

Stefan Tosheff

Stefan Tosheff

Stefan is an illustrator and comic artist from Vancouver, British Columbia. He loves comic books, guitar riffs, play fighting, and singing people's names to them, and hates being late for anything. This year he will be sharing a table with his best bud Katie So. Come say hi.

Jason Turner

Jason Turner

Jason Turner is a Canadian comic book artist currently residing in North Vancouver, BC. He has been self-publishing comics since the late 1980s, and has been putting his comics on the internet since the late 1990s. He co-wrote the True Loves trilogy with Manien Bothma, the first volume of which was short-listed for One Book One Vancouver. His one shot comic Farm School was published by Retrofit Comics. His stories have appeared in anthologies including You Ain't No Dancer and Don't Touch Me, as well as magazines such as Geist and Taddle Creek. He has a regular column about comics in comic form for Broken Pencil magazine.

Colin Upton

Colin Upton

Colin Upton has lived and breathed comics for the last 30 years. As an art school drop-out, small press self-publisher, comic book artist, political cartoonist, strip cartoonist, editiorial cartoonist, web cartoonist, reviewer, and an award winning graphic novelist (The Collected Diabetes Funnies), he has been an active member of the Vancouver comics community from the BC Cartoonists Society in the 1980's to today's Cloudscape. He has created cartoons for a play ("A Comic Tale"), a series of films (Vancouver Vagabond) and is collaborating on a series of jazz music videos based on his comics with England's John Lee. He has lectured about comics, written articles and essays about comics, and co-hosted two radio shows on comics. He is also a Lowbrow painter, award winning illustrator, conceptual artist, historical expert, award winning wargamer & miniaturist, and junk drummer, and has been a mail, performance and 3D artist. Colin has acted as a small press comics buyer for the UBC Rare Books & Special Collections. Comics... comics are good...

Charmaine Verhagen

Charmaine Verhagen

Charmaine is an artist/illustrator doing things in the animation industry, rumored to doodle a lot and draw comics once in awhile. She resides in a cave atop the treacherous Mount Pleasant, Vancouver and is possibly the scariest person currently living.

Evin Weston

Evin Weston

Evin has two goals in life: to eat more Cheerios than any other human being either living or dead, and to make something of himself. Neither of those things have happened. He would appreciate it if you read his stories or maybe give him some money to make new ones as both of those would help him out with that second thing. He is very nice. You can check out his tumblr.

Kurtis Wiebe

Kurtis Wiebe

Kurtis Wiebe is a Vancouver, Canada based author of Image Comics' Rat Queens and Peter Panzerfaust. For his contribution to the critically acclaimed Green Wake, Kurtis was presented with the 2012 Outstanding Comic Book Writer Shuster Award. Never satisfied with a specific style of writing, Kurtis has branched out to novels, videogames and screenplays. He spends his days at home, writing about the mad things that float around his brain, and occasionally escapes to various cities around North America to promote his projects.

Elaine Will

Elaine Will

Elaine Will is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist from the Canadian prairies. She draws the Xeric Award-winning graphic novel serial Look Straight Ahead as well as the comic strip On the Bus, which appears weekly in Verb Magazine!

Brett Williams

Brett Williams

For the last few years, Brett has channeled his cartooning energies into the autobiographical webcomic Laura Knows Best. Recently reviewed in broken pencil magazine, Brett's work focuses on the lighter side of life, relationships and what it means to be a grown up.

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is the Portland-based author behind the webcomic Titanzer, an epic action comedy about bored future sorcerers and cowardly giant robots. Kevin has contributed to the Cloudscape Comics anthology Waterlogged and written for websites such as SomethingAwful.

Matt Youngmark

Matt Youngmark

Matt Youngmark is the author of full-length choose-your-own-ending novels (for grownups!) from Chooseomatic Books, including Zombocalypse Now, Thrusts of Justice, and Time Travel Dinosaur. He also writes and draws the webcomic Conspiracy Friends.

Alex York

Alex York

Alex York is an independent comic creator and a professional storyboard artist in the Vancouver animation industry. He grew up in Texas, loves Miyazaki, and can't get enough Honey Nut Cheerios! He is presently working on his first graphic novel Rainy Day, which will be released in several small installments chronicling the journey of a young girl from her home countryside to a vast surreal city, as she matures and forms her own adult identity.

Alex holds a Commercial Animation diploma from Capilano University and also a BFA in 2D Studio Art from Abilene Christian University.

Publishing/Press



Cloudscape

Cloudscape

The Cloudscape Comics Society is a coalition of indie comic book artists centered in Metro Vancouver. Together, they foster a community where BC comic creators can network with each other while developing their craft and continuing to push the boundaries of the comic book medium. Cloudscape publishes a new curated anthology of Vancouver talent every year, which past titles including Giants of Main Street, Exploded View, and the Gene Day Award-nominated 21 Journeys. Their most recent anthology is the nautically-themed Waterlogged: Tales from The Seventh Sea.

Gurukitty Studios

Gurukitty Studios

Gurukitty Studios is the brainchild of twin sisters Jeri (Kitty) and Jayleen (Guru). Based in Vancouver, they began making comics in 1997, and have published two anthologies: Ghost Tales and Once Upon A Time, with a third anthology, Gateways to Beyond, currently in the works. Their personal projects include Hello, Albertosaurus, a graphic memoir of Alberta's Royal Tyrrell Museum, and the African-legend inspired The Gourd Wife.

Neoglyphic Media

Neoglyphic Media

Pushing forward and exploring new territory in comics art, while keeping an eye on the history of the medium, Neoglyphic Media publishes and distributes experimental and progressive comics from some of the most imaginative comics creators of today.

Northwest Press

Northwest Press

Charles "Zan" Christensen heads up the Lambda-Literary-Award-winning LGBT graphic novel and comics publishing house Northwest Press. With artist Mark Brill, he writes the series The Mark of Aeacus for Class Comics and wrote The Power Within anti-bullying book, the latter of which earned the pair a spot on OUT Magazine's "OUT 100" for 2011. Christensen's most recent work was as editor of the anthology Anything That Loves, which focuses on sexuality outside of "gay" and "straight". Christensen was the founding president of the nonprofit organization Prism Comics, which supports LGBT comics, creators and readers, now in its 10th year. He lives in Seattle.

Oni Press

Oni Press

Oni Press, Inc. was founded in 1997 by Joe Nozemack and Bob Schreck with the goal of publishing the kinds of comics and graphic novels they themselves would want to read. Unsatisfied with the material that was dominating the industry, the men believed firmly that sequential art could be used to tell virtually any story. While Schreck left the company in 1999, twelve years later Nozemack is still fighting for diversity in comics by publishing one of the most eclectic and varied lines in comics. With the help of Jamie S. Rich (editor in chief, 1999-2003), James Lucas Jones (editor in chief, 2004-present), and an array of talented comic book creators; Nozemack built Oni Press into one of independent comics' most respected and innovative publishing houses.

In 2003, Nozemack teamed with film producer Eric Gitter to form Closed on Mondays--a media production company created specifically to help Oni Press creators and titles find life in mediums outside of comics. As a sister company, Closed on Mondays works closely with Oni creators and staff members to find creative partners appropriate for the vast array of titles in the Oni Press catalog.