Guests

Thank you to all our guests & exhibitors for participating in the 2014 festival!

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Special Guests

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.

Matt Bors

Matt Bors

War is Boring, Life Begins at Incorporation

Matt Bors is a nationally-syndicated editorial cartoonist based in Portland, OR. He is the editor of The Nib on Medium.com, which publishes political cartoons, humor, and non-fiction. He was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for his work, which appear regularly in The Nation, The Portland Mercury, and Daily Kos.

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.

Tyler Crook

Tyler Crook

Mr. Tyler Crook is an American artist living in the 21st century. For twelve years he toiled 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 titles like Witchfinder, Badblood, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Harrow County, and The Sixth Gun. And oh yeah, he won a Russ Manning award in 2012 which is kind of an Eisner Award... but not really. He lives on the Oregon coast with his amazing wife and weird pets.

Camilla d'Errico

Camilla d'Errico

Camilla d'Errico is an urban contemporary painter, illustrator, character creator, and comic artist residing in Vancouver, BC. With roots in comics, Camilla's beautiful work is seen on toys, clothes, accessories, and more. She has been published by Random House, Tokyopop, Boom! Studios, Image Comics, IDW, and Dark Horse, while publishing her literature-inspired series, Tanpopo. Camilla has distinguished herself as one of the breakthrough artists in Pop Surrealism's New Figurative movement through her ability to seamlessly weave manga and western styles with surrealist elements, wrapping it together with an extensive emotional palette. She has a unique style that bridges cultural and geographical boundaries, while remaining totally relevant to today's varied audience. Ever the prolific artist, Camilla lives the double life of comic artist/creator and New Brow painter, while expanding her horizons to include fashion, merchandise, and customized collectible art toys.

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.

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.

Nina Matsumoto

Nina Matsumoto

The Simpsons Comic, Yokaiden

Nina Matsumoto (a.k.a. "space coyote" online) is a Japanese-Canadian Eisner Award-winning comic book artist who's lived in Vancouver all her life. She pencils for Bongo Comics (Simpson Comics, Bart Simpson Comics) and regularly contributes to Cloudscape Comics' anthologies. She created the English manga series Yokaiden and illustrated The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story. When she's not drawing comics, she's designing T-shirts for video game apparel companies such as Fangamer, The Yetee, and Meat Bun. Her work can also be seen in Japan on merchandise for the hit TV series Game Center CX. Most recently, she drew the Japanese box art for the indie game River City Ransom: Underground, the cover to Cloudscape Comics' Mega Fauna, and the promo art for VanCAF 2015.

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.

Exhibitors



Joy Ang

Joy Ang

Joy is a character designer on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time TV show and a children's book illustrator who is currently residing in Edmonton, AB. She co-created and published an Eisner-nominated book, The Anthology Project.

Art by Tuna

Art by Tuna

Tuna is a twenty-something saltwater finfish born and raised in North Vancouver. Subsiding on a diet of 90s cartoons and black coffee, she illustrates in her suburban home with her boyfriend sidekick and ornery calico familiar. When not glued to her tablet, she can be found teaching kids art classes and overspending in thrift stores. Check out her blog!

Lucy Bellwood

Lucy Bellwood

Lucy Bellwood is a tall ship-sailing, US/UK dual citizen cartoonist best known for her adventurous autobiographical comics. Her work has appeared in magazines, maritime museums, and anthologies around the country. When not recounting her life at sea in her nautically-themed series Baggywrinkles, she is a regular artist on the all-ages fantasy series Cartozia Tales. Recent comics include "Grand Adventure", a three-week travelogue from a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, and "Down to the Seas Again", an autobio story about sailing aboard the last wooden whaling ship in the world. Lucy lives in Portland, OR where she spends her days working out of Periscope Studio.

Kory Bing

Kory Bing

Kory Bing likes to draw comics, mythical critters, and comics about mythical critters. Her comic, Skin Deep, has been published online for eight years and has three published books, a card game spinoff, and is the recipient of the 2013 Stumptown Comic Awards for Best Color and Best New Talent. She is currently the managing editor of Paradox Space comics and more of her work can be found in author Seanan McGuire's InCryptid Field Guide. Kory grew up in the Ozarks but currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Kelli Bort

Kelli Bort

Kelli is a story and visual development artist who might just be as addicted to creating characters as she is to caffeine. She is a graduate of Capilano University's Commercial Animation program, class of 2013, and has since gone on to work on several animated feature films. Currently, Kelli is employed by Rainmaker Entertainment, where she strives to perfect the art of coffee consumption while obsessing over facial expressions.

Kelli is proud to present the first installment of her original comic 11:01, a story that follows a teenager named Megan and her gang of miscreant friends as they explore renowned urban legends.

Boum

Boum

Samantha Leriche-Gionet, AKA Boum, is a comic artist hailing from Montreal, Quebec. She is best known for her award-winning journal webcomic Boumeries, which was drastically changed (for the better) when she had a baby in 2013, turning a webcomic about the ordinary life of two geeks into a webcomic about the ordinary life of two geeky parents. She is also the author behind the critically-acclaimed graphic novel La petite révolution (Front Froid ed., 2012), which will be adapted to a webcomic format in English in early 2015 under the title A Small Revolution. She is currently writing the script for her next graphic novel.

J. T. Cole

J. T. Cole

J. T. Cole makes comics, short stories, and illustrations inspired by surrealism, dreams, and mystic imagery. He lives in Portland, Oregon. His current work is a mini comic titled "Next..."

Ma'at Crook

Ma'at (ma-OUGHT) Crook

Ma'at makes comics and stuff, working with themes of respect, oppression awareness, and general awesomeness. She posts them to her website, PEA-POD.org. Her first published stories were in the anthologies: Womanthology: Heroic and Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Africa Edition. Ma'at is also the co-host of Kel McDonald's YouTube show, Ask Me About My Draculas, talking about all things vampire in movies, TV, and books every other Sunday.

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. Check out his latest book Tumbler Down premiering at VanCAF 2015!

Blue Delliquanti

Blue Delliquanti

Blue Delliquanti is an artist and illustrator based in Minneapolis. She is the creator of the online comic O Human Star, which won the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant in 2012. Blue has collaborated on several nonfiction comics for Medium.com's journalism column War Is Boring. Her work has also appeared in several recent comics anthologies, including Beyond, The Sleep of Reason, and the award-winning Smut Peddler.

Jennifer Duong

Jennifer Duong

Jennifer Duong works in mobile gaming as a UI designer in Vancouver, BC, but spends her spare time illustrating and working on a cat webcomic based off her boyfriend.

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 webcomics Teach English in Japan and Crossroads.

Anissa Espinosa

Anissa Espinosa

Anissa is an Chicago-based comic and storyboard artist. She has illustrated covers and mini-comics for Bravest Warriors and Bee & Puppycat. Currently, she is working on a graphic novel for First Second Books.

Cat Farris

Cat Farris

Cat Farris is a member of Periscope Studio in Portland, OR. She is the creator of the mini comic series Flaccid Badger and the webcomic The Last Diplomat. She also recently provided art for three issues of Emily and the Strangers for Dark Horse Comics. An illustrator with an animation influence, Farris is best known for her chibi versions of popular superheros and video game characters.

Kadi Fedoruk

Kadi Fedoruk

Kadi shares her time between making comics and working as a key BG designer in animation in Vancouver. She is the creator of the webcomic Blindsprings, and has also participated in the Valor Anthology. Starting in March, Kadi will be working full time on comics! So many comics.

Comics.

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.

Kathleen Jacques

Kathleen Jacques

Kathleen Jacques is a comics-maker and designer based in Vancouver. She's been writing and drawing her queer-femmy, handlettering-obsessed, often-silently-musical webcomic series Band Vs. Band since 2010, and published its first three years collected as a neat full-colour print book in 2014. She's also a member of Vancouver's Cloudscape Comics Society, and contributed a story to the group's newest anthology, Mega Fauna.

Shing Yin Khor

Shing Yin Khor

Shing Yin Khor is a sculptor, cartoonist, and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA, by way of Malacca, Malaysia. Her long form fiction projects, such as the Center for Otherworld Science, evokes a world of bumbling science, human fallibility, and heroic futility. Her autobiographical work, such as What Would Yellow Ranger Do?, lives at the intersection of autobiography, race, feminism, and sexuality.

She also runs Sawdust Press, a tiny micro press which combines her life long enthusiasm for comics, a preference for strong but meandering narratives, and a passion for amplifying the creative work of women and PoC creators.

Steve LeCouilliard

Steve LeCouilliard

Steve LeCouilliard 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, which won a Xeric Grant in 2010. Steve is currently working on a collaborative sword and sorcery comic, called Una the Blade, about a barbarian single mom on a dying future earth. He's also collaborating with award-winning writer Leia Weathington on a historical adventure comic, Silk and Gold, about a Viking shieldmaiden and a young Arab couple in the Golden Age of Islam, and Dreadful Sirens, the true-ish adventures of notorious female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny, with writer Karla Pacheco.

Dylan Meconis

Dylan Meconis

Dylan Meconis is the creator of the graphic novels Bite Me!, Family Man, and "Outfoxed". She is a member of Periscope Studio in Portland, OR.

Erika Moen

Erika Moen

Erika Moen is a full-time cartoonist from Portland, OR, where she works out of Periscope Studio. She is the cartoonist of Oh Joy Sex Toy, DAR!, and Bucko, and has been creating comics for 16 years.

Mike Myhre

Mike Myhre

Mike Myhre is a Leo Award-nominated storyboard artist who has worked on a variety of animated shows. In between working on the ephemera that is commercial animation, and being a new father, he draws comics, and co-opts British culture. He's too hard on himself, and unconsciously fishes for compliments.

Karla Pacheco

Karla Pacheco

Karla Pacheco is terrible.

Angela Pan

Angela Pan

Angela Pan enjoys drawing, photography, and film-making, and she's also a fan of cinema, manga, graphic novels, and any good sci-fi. She likes these things almost as much as she likes eating mochi and chestnuts.

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 book form by Perigee Books and Andrews McMeel. He is currently working on an all-ages graphic novel.

Cody Shaw

Cody Shaw

Cody is a freelance artist and avid comic reader working out of Vancouver. Having survived Chinese boarding school through copious usage of terribly translated bootleg manga, he has decided to dedicate the rest of his life to the medium that kept him sane in those dark, dark times. Recently graduated from Emily Carr, this young man decided that the best use of his time would be to start making comics and never stop. He is the creator of the webcomics Bibliography and Thaumaturge.

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.

Alexis Sugden

Alexis Sugden

Alexis Sugden is an animator by day and a comic artist by night. Originally from Australia, she made the move to Vancouver at the start of 2014, and it's been pretty great for her so far. Her comics are usually made with traditional techniques: pencils and brush and ink, with Photoshop being used for colour and dialogue. She tends to be drawn to stories of loss, sadness, and strong bonds of love and friendship.

USNA Publishing

USNA Publishing & West Ghost Publishing

The creative team of Harry Kalensky, Davy Longworth, and Allan Stanleigh (the Reel Write Bros.) collectively represent over a century of art, theatre, film, music, and writing experience. Most of their writing has been in the form of screenplays and their graphic novels originated in this format. They published their first graphic novel USNA: The United States of North America in November 2012 with art by Calgary's Dave Casey. At this year's VanCaf, they introduce USNA 2, the first in a series of dynamic sequels to the USNA universe. The art and illustrations for USNA 2 are by Vancouver-based artist Francine Delgado with lettering by Vancouver's Chris Barrett. They will also be premiering a new graphic novel, Caretakers. The art and illustration for Caretakers is by Chloe Dalquist, a talented comic artist from San Francisco. It should be noted that the Reel Write Bros., Chloe Dalquist, Francine Delgado, and Chris Barrett all met at VanCAF events in 2013 and 2014.

Publishing/Press



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

Neoglyphic Media is a publisher of comics, art, and visual media located in Bellingham, WA. They are dedicated to publishing and promoting work from unique and visionary artistic innovators.

Sawdust Press

Sawdust Press

Founded in 2011 by Shing Yin Khor, Sawdust Press is a tiny little micro press that publishes comics with a preference for strong but meandering narratives and a passion for amplifying the creative work of women and PoC creators. Their first anthology, I Was a Teenage Gargoyle, was about early internet fandoms, and their current anthology project, Blood Root, focuses on moody, psychological horror/fantasy.