Guests

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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

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

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.

Becky & Frank

Becky Dreistadt & Frank Gibson

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!

Camilla d'Errico

Camilla d'Errico

Tanpopo

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 webcomics Questionable Content and Alice Grove. He was born in Rockville, Maryland, graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in music. He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

James Lloyd

James Lloyd

The Simpson, Futurama

James Lloyd started drawing comics as an effective way of avoiding almost all normal adult responsibilities. His career in comics includes ten years as regular penciller on both the Simpsons and Futurama titles for Bongo Comics, a brief stint self-publishing a slew of small-press work, and a long stretch of being Canadian. He worked in various capacities for Vancouver's animation industry in the nineties on such cultural phenomenons as MGM Lionhearts and the Littlest Angel's Easter Special. He looks forward to topping these momentous conquests by introducing the concept of irony to Vancouver's heavy metal community.

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.

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.

Kurtis Wiebe

Kurtis Wiebe

Rat Queens, Pisces

Kurtis Wiebe is a two time Joe Shuster Award-winning comic writer based in Vancouver, Canada. He currently pens the Eisner-nominated Rat Queens and the Image Comics horror series Pisces. Known as a curmudgeon with a heart of gold and a lover of grilled cheese.

Exhibitors



Zed Alexandra

Zed Alexandra

Zed Alexandra is an alt-comic and zine creator based in Vancouver, BC. Her work is concerned with confronting the dark and uncomfortable. She is best known for her ongoing comic Beautiful Night, about the psychological impact contracting Herpes has on the human condition. She is also releasing Colour Me Crazy: A colouring book for Anxiety and Event Horizon, a new coming-of-age graphic novella at VanCAF 2015.

Angela An

Angela An

Angela recently moved from Toronto to Vancouver, to work as a vis dev artist on her first animated feature. She loves hiking with her dogs, which is actually the REAL reason why she moved. When she's not in a forest somewhere, she's most likely at home reading shoujo manga. She is terrified of bugs and creepy crawlies, but she also loves them at the same time. She thinks it's a thrilling experience. (Kinda like watching a horror movie) Also, the spiders in here are HUGE.

Katrianna Anderson

Katrianna Anderson

Katrianna is the creator of the newly-launched webcomic Turnip Heads. She is formally trained in classical archaeology but now works in video games. She spends her time commuting to work, as well as any other time she can find to sit down with her tablet, painting and drawing comics.

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.

Ed Appleby

Ed Appleby

Ed Appleby is the creative mind behind the online comic strips Ed's R Us and Betty and the Beast, and is also the Host of "The Panel" Podcast. He has been working in comics since 1998, though takes short breaks to dabble in screenwriting, acting, and animation. Ed has a fun and dynamic style that gives his illustrations an optimistic look which translates through into his day job as a graphic designer and illustrator.

Molly Applejohn

Molly Applejohn

Molly Applejohn is a freelance artist and the founder of the Ostara Tarot. Equipped with a degree in illustration, she whips up works about myth and historical fiction. Her work draws equally from her adventures abroad and cuddly domestic life in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Laura Bifano

Laura Bifano

Laura Bifano grew up in the rainy pacific northwest of Canada where she spent her days running around in the forest and drawing pictures. Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008, she's split her time between taking on the odd freelance contract, doing lots of fine arty things for galleries, and working on animated shows and feature films.

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.

Arthur Chen

Arthur Chen

Arthur Chen is an ordinary boy who has nature desire to draw on people's face. Originally from Taiwan, he now lives in Vancouver. He recently graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with major of animation and holds a certificate of technical web design from British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Elaine Chen

Elaine Chen

Elaine Chen is a freelance illustrator, painter, and animator. She has been working in the animation industry over a year as a layout, painting, and key colour artist just after graduating from Sheridan College. Film-making and telling stories of life are just a few out of her many passions.

Cindey Chiang

Cindey Chiang

Cindey is an artist in the animation industry currently working as a painter on the upcoming Angry Birds feature film. She likes animals, sunny days, and ice cream.

Phil Chou

Phil Chou

Phil Chou is the director of Ridgefell Studio, a local small, independent press located in Burnaby, BC. He is also the creator, writer, and concept artist for a comic called Remanence, an epic high fantasy series.

Sun Chung

Sun Chung

Sun has been working in the animation industry for little over two years. In her free time, she likes to come up with stories of her characters she made, and is now trying to develop a decent comic of them with the help of her friend. When she's not drawing, she likes to worry.

Jake Clark

Jake Clark

Jake Clark is an animator from the Kootenay Lake area here in BC. He graduated from Capilano University and now works down at Titmouse Canada, making silly cartoons! In his free time he makes comics, more animation, and other things. Sheesh!

Terrana Cliff

Terrana Cliff

As a renaissance slug, Terrana oozes through life, leaving a trail of multidimensional slime. This slug-of-all-trades currently makes an animated webcomic called Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream.

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..."

Joey Comeau & Emily Horne

Joey Comeau & Emily Horne

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. Comeau is a French name. (Pronounced kuh-moe, by the way. Joey is very important, please say his name correctly. Emily is also very important but her name is easier to pronounce.)

Comic Carr

Comic Carr

Comic Carr is a non-profit, student-run organization from Emily Carr University. Through publishing zines and anthologies, it aims to give students and alumni a platform for their work.

Emily Cowan

Emily Cowan

Emily Cowan is a self-taught comics artist and general layabout living in Vancouver, BC, who has been making comics for fourteen years. When not too busy sitting on the couch or lying on the floor, she produces the long-form coming of age comic, Boundary, about a frustrated Burnaby teen named Paige dealing with her friends, her parents, school (or lack thereof), queer identity, and the general feeling of trapped malaise that comes with being fifteen years old.

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.

Shanna Cundal

Shanna Cundal

Shanna Cundal is a designer in the animation industry living and working in Vancouver. She graduated from Capilano University's Animation program in 2011, and has worked on several projects in both television and feature film. She is currently taking a break from the industry to pursue her own personal projects.

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.

Farel Dalrymple

Farel Dalrymple

Pop Gun War, Prophet

Farel Dalrymple's newest book, The Wrenchies, from First Second Books, is an original 304-page watercolour comic book/graphic novel. Delusional (Adhouse, 2013) is a collection of personal work, comic short stories, illustrations, and sketches. Farel was the artist on Omega the Unknown (Marvel Comics 2010), with writer Jonathan Lethem, and the creator of Pop Gun War, which was a Xeric Grant recipient and won a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators. Farel was also a co-founder of the comic anthology Meathaus. He is currently working on "Pop Gun War: Chain Letter" for the Image anthology, Island; drawing his Eisner -nominated webcomic, IT WILL ALL HURT for Studygroup Comics, and illustrating the Earfarmer, a science fiction love story for Dark Horse Presents with writer Chris Stevens.

Jonathon Dalton

Jonathon Dalton

Jonathon draws stories about strange, alien worlds and the ordinary people who live there. He is the creator of A Mad Tea-Party (a sci-fi young adult book) and Lords of Death and Life (which won a Xeric in 2010), as well as numerous short comics including a chapter of The Legend of Bold Riley (written by Leia Weathington), the short all-ages comic "Those Who May Speak", and numerous short stories published in Cloudscape anthologies.

David Daneman

David Daneman

In 2005, David Daneman combined his love for silent film and comics. Inspired by the film Waking Life, he has developed an idiosyncratic approach to image-making. The DaneMen (as it is now known) is a silent gag-strip which is equal parts grim, truthy, and absurd. It's a decade later and he's just made Vancouver his home. He is currently on hiatus from his strip in order to produce a narrative piece set within the DaneMen universe. You can find his comics on Tapastic.com.

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!

Mariesa de la Rosa

Mariesa de la Rosa

Mariesa de la Rosa is from Victoria, BC. She is a graduate from both the Visual Arts Diploma Program and the Comics & Graphic Novels Program at Camosun College. After seeing what is possible in the means of visual storytelling through animation and comics, Mariesa aims to bridge the two mediums in webcomics to tell her stories.

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.

Sinan Demirer

Sinan Demirer

Sinan Demirer is an illustrator and concept artist living in Vancouver. He's been drawing weird characters as long as he could remember. He studied animation in Emily Carr and again, drew weird characters. He's very excited to draw weird characters some more and sell them for high profits at VanCAF. He also does freelance and stuff.

Laura De Pascale

Laura De Pascale

Born and raised by a herd of wild pizzas in the far-off italian lands, Laura De Pascale set sail to beautiful BC to pursue a mystical and ancient creature known as art. Whether she has some spare time or not, she likes to illustrate and travel, trying to capture the world in a sketchbook.

Adam dS

Adam dS

Adam is an illustrator and (f)art student grown from the mucky soils of Vancouver.

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.

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards is a BC-born-and-raised artist working in Vancouver's TV animation industry as a character designer. In his spare time he likes to make illustrations and silly things.

Lisa Eisenberg

Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg

Lisa Eisenberg is a cartoonist and illustrator. Her comics have appeared in a number of anthologies including Papercutter, Digestate, and The Strumpet. Since 2007 she has self-published the print and webcomic series I Cut My Hair, a collection of fiction and nonfiction comics. She also works as a teaching artist with students of all ages throughout the Portland area. Lisa is currently at work on a graphic novel about middle school.

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.

Chloe Ezra

Chloe Ezra

Chloe is a freelance illustrator and animator. She conceptualizes video games and comics in her spare time and is slowly making them a reality.

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.

Hannah Fishr

Hannah Fishr

Hannah Fishr is a graphic designer by day and a comic book artist by night. Their work is split between memoir comics and goofy minis; Hannah enjoys autobiography, but also tries to explore a good deal of light-hearted humour and whimsy. If you like magical realism, unidentifiable blobby characters, non-sequiturs, etc., be sure to come by Hannah's table. Hannah lives in Seattle and enjoys lying in the sun, eating Top Pot donuts, bicycling, and running in circles with their dog Thistle.

Trevor Frick

Trevor Frick

Husband. Father. Paper Toy Artist. Comic Artist. Trevor is all of these more often than not. He has drawn for as long as he can remember, creating a few self-published comics along the way. In 2012 he shifted his focus more to paper toys and created a template called BIT+. Since then he has gone on to create over a hundred different paper toys with this template that feature popular comic book, gaming, and pop culture characters. Constantly looking to improve, 2015 will see the release of a new paper toy line that has yet to be named. This new line will feature highly detailed, mixed media characters inspired from his love of robots and ninjas. Together with his wife, they are working on a line of handmade plush toys based off his BIT+ paper toy series "Little Bitters". On top of these exciting new projects, Trevor will debut the new issue of his self-published comic, Centuri Way of the Ninja, at VanCAF. Check out his instagram!

Mina Fukui

Mina Fukui

Mina is an artist who is intersted in comic and character design. She is currently working on a collaborative comic book with two artist, Anita Vu and Iris Yao.

Luis Gadea

Luis Gadea

Luis Gadea is an animator/cartoonist and visual development artist who was born in Canada and grew up in Costa Rica. He studied 3D Digital Animation at University Veritas and worked for almost three years at Martestudio, an animation studio, where he co-directed the 3D short "Entrega Inmediata". In 2011, he moved to the wet city of Vancouver, Canada, enrolling in the Classical Animation program at Vancouver Film School, where he directed two classical films: "The Unrepentant"(2D Classical) and "Wait for Me Under The Lamp Post" (2D Flash).

After graduating he worked for a year and a half at Atomic Cartoons, where he was an animator for Season 1 of Rocket Monkeys and storyboard clean-up/revisionist in the Marvel Avengers Assemble TV animated series; he then worked as a clean-up/inbetween artist on Roger's Allers The Prophet feature film. He went back to Atomic Cartoons as an animation supervisor for Season 2 of Rocket Monkeys. These days he is a character designer for Rovio's Angry Birds feature film. As part of his training he continues drawing girls everyday.

Emi Gennis

Emi Gennis

Emi Gennis makes comics about dead people. Her work has appeared in several print and online publications, including Bitch Magazine, The Nib, and Symbolia. Emi is the editor of Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends (Hic & Hoc Publications 2013), an anthology of nonfiction mystery comics. She and her two cats currently live in southeastern Kansas, where she teaches art at Pittsburg State University. You can see more of her work at emigennis.com.

Krista Gibbard

Krista Gibbard

Krista is an artist from New Westminster who studied illustration at Emily Carr University (BFA, 2013), and now works as a freelance artist and designer. She is also the proprietress of the stationery company Get Thee To A Nunnery, and a member of numerous art collectives. She enjoys creating comics and board games, and has a penchant beautiful yet multifunctional art.

Joamette Gil

Joamette Gil

Joamette is a brown-and-queer illustration major at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. She also studied social justice and psychology at the Evergreen State College and is best known for her autobio comics, focusing on race and poverty, as well as fantasy stories that place marginalized people at center stage. Injustice, collective liberation, queer and POC representation, and kids with powers are the major themes that drive her storytelling and cartooning.

Karen Gillmore

Karen Gillmore

Karen Gillmore grew up drawing pictures of dinosaurs, equines with and without horns and/or wings, cats, wizards, aliens, and dragons that looked rather like dinosaurs. Many years later, she is still at it, having illustrated two children's books about sea life (which looks a lot like aliens), over twenty book covers for fantasy author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, and a full-length graphic novel about a purranormal cat detective, Spam and the Sasquatch, in collaboration with the same author. She has also published two comics collections of her solo work, Telling Tales and Muse, and is currently writing and drawing a fantasy graphic novel, which will contain ships, strange magic, leviathans, sea horses, at least one cat, and lots and lots of mermaids.

Christianne Goudreau

Christianne Goudreau

Christianne Goudreau is a Portland-based comic artist and illustrator, currently working as a production technician at Dark Horse Comics. She is the co-creator and artist of the webcomic Full Circle, an all-ages fantasy/adventure. Her work is featured in the Beyond anthology.

Caanan Grall

Caanan Grall

Caanan is an Australian cartoonist living in Canada, and is responsible for the Eisner- and Shuster-nominated webcomic, Max Overacts. Set in Toronto, it's about a 9-year-old boy who wants to be the greatest actor in the world. It is not based on Caanan at all. He also got his Celadore property back from DC Comics this year but isn't quite sure what to do with it yet.

Tona Grasa

Tona Grasa

Tona is a Mexican-born designer and illustrator; yes, he has a moustache; and yeah, he wears ponchos sometimes (if the mood strikes). He graduated from Capilano University in 2014 and is currently working at DHX media. This is the very first time Tona presents his work in any type of artistic soiree.

Laura Graves

Laura D. Graves

Laura D. Graves is literally made out of spiders and eats bugs. She always wanted to be in a metal band but since she is a terrible musician and vocalist she decided to draw comics instead. Laura's comics are typically filled with spooky monsters, horrors, dead things, and butts. She has an ongoing webcomic called Witches Get Stitches.

Svend Alexander Gregori

Svend Alexander Gregori

Animation supervisor at Atomic Cartoons during the day and self-employed illustrator at night, among many other personal projects, Svend is currently working on his first serious comic project titled Land in the Sky. Initially meant as a satirical homage to Japanese battle manga, the project soon evolved into much more. A mixture of scientific facts and made up mumbo jumbo, Land in the Sky is about a teenage boy journeying with his friends through a prehistoric world, beating up dinosaurs, aliens, and any other obstacle in their way in an effort to save a dying little girl.

Kathleen Gros

Kathleen Gros

Kathleen Gros is a Toronto-born cartoonist living in Vancouver. She writes and draws the webcomic Last Night at Wyrmwood High, as well as weekly diary comics on her blog. Her work has appeared in Shameless Magazine, Sterling Mag, and the 2013 Cloudscape Comics anthology Waterlogged: Tales from the Seventh Sea. She likes cats and werewolves (in that order).

Britt C. H.

Britt c. h.

Britt c. h. is a comic artist, illustrator, and printmaker from Minneapolis. She is currently working on her long-running webcomic FAMIB, but also has a variety of side projects that feature ghosts, monsters, and/or deer.

Levi Hastings

Levi Hastings

Levi Hastings is an illustrator and visual artist in Seattle. Working primarily with ink and watercolour, his illustrations and comics reflect an interest in pop culture, foreign travel, and prehistoric beasts. He can often be found sampling new restaurants and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his husband. See more at LeviHastings.com.

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.

Zoey Hogan

Zoey Hogan

Zoey crash-landed on this planet in Olympia, WA, where she currently resides. When not drawing comics about kissing, magic, or both, she's curled up with her two cats and suspiciously cat-like husband reading or watching cartoons.

Abby Howard

Abby Howard

Abby Howard is a Seattle-based cartoonist who creates the comics Junior Scientist Power Hour, a semi-autobiographical gag comic, and The Last Halloween, a comical horror adventure. She likes cats, horror movies, and talking about dinosaurs. She owns many skulls.

Vivian Huang

Vivian Huang

Vivian is a freelance animator and illustrator based in Vancouver. She enjoys playing video games and making needle felted toys.

Arthur Ikuta

Arthur Ikuta

Arthur is a twenty-some-odd-year-old freelance artist. A ronin of the arts, he drifts along life always trying to improve on his skills. He is fueled purely by coffee. Also a complete space addict.

Lindsay Ishihiro

Lindsay Ishihiro

Lindsay is a freelance illustrator from Vancouver, BC. She writes and draws How Baby, a webcomic about being an artist, a geek, and a mother. She also illustrates for the queer zine Shousetsu Bang*Bang, as well as doing fanart and original art for local conventions.

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.

Lauren Jordan

Lauren Jordan

Lauren Jordan is an artist, designer, and illustrator from the south currently living in Chicago. Her work ranges from comics and papercraft to lasercut jewelry and crochet. She is the project coordinator and editor of Food Zine and the upcoming Comfort Food Zine. You can browse her jewelry & accessory collection on Hey Chickadee and follow her on tumblr, twitter, and instagram. She also makes ASMR videos if you're into that sort of thing.

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.

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. Peronal narrative is a common element in a body of work encompassing diorama sculptures, comics, scrolls, and paintings. Karemaker often shows at local art spaces with exhibitions at the Gam Gallery, the Gropps gallery, the Seymour Art Gallery, the Pendulum Gallery and the Ayden Gallery.

Sean is nearly done ithe 4th issue of Astronaut Journal, an autobiographical comic with art by James Lloyd (Futurama, Simpsons) and Priscilla Yu, a local illustrator. He is also working towards a solo show titled Who Ever Thought Somebody Would Find you?, which will feature sculptural toys and dioramas based on the imaginative world created in an introverted child's mind.

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.

Aynsley King

Aynsley King

Aynsley King lives and works in Vancouver as a storyboard artist. She has worked on multiple cartoon shows and enjoys illustrating in her free time. In addition to selling original prints and goods at VanCAF, Aynsley will be debuting her first published original comic!

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.

Sloane Leong

Sloane Leong

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 fantasy comic called From Under Mountains.

Eugenia Leung

Eugenia Leung

Eugenia is a freelance graphic designer and creator of Puglie, a little pug with big dreams who hopes to make people go "Awwww" with his fat little adventures.

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.

Miriam Libicki

Miriam Libicki

Miriam Libicki was born in Columbus, Ohio. After living in Jerusalem and Seattle, Washington, she is now based in Vancouver, BC. She completed her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

She is the creator of the autobiographical comic series jobnik!, which has run from 2005 to the present, and recounts her service in the Israeli army during the second Intifada. The series was a finalist for the Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishing. Her other nonfiction comics have been published by Rutgers University Press, Alternate History Comics, and The Ilanot Review.

Amanda Lien

Amanda Lien

Amanda Lien is a freelance illustrator and game artist living near Seattle, Washington. When she isn't catering to the demands of her two rabbits, she draws cute things and monsters, explores sequential work, and teaches a few art classes to a group of pretty cool teenagers on the weekends. She sustains herself on coffee and sci-fi and horror films.

Reetta Linjama

Reetta Linjama

Reetta Linjama is a multi-talented Finnish artist currently working as an animator, most recently on the shows Teen Titans Go! and The Croods. She spends most of her free time drawing or enjoying winter sports and bagels. She can often be found at the delightful headquarters of Cloudscape Comics, the publisher of many anthologies in which she has been featured. VanCAF 2014 saw the launch of Reetta's first collection of self-published comics. A second book of her sometimes spooky, sometimes funny, and always adorable stories is on the way this year.

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 twelve years, online and print, has chronicled massive tales of warring ninja mafiosos, secret underground societies, and lovesick stalker vampires. Logan is also the illustrator of Namco Shiftlook's Tower of Babel, written by Shannon Campbell, and the co-creator of the successfully-Kickstarted table-top RPG The Underground His work can also be seen on a variety of clothing, prints, and other products designed for Topatoco.

DK Lombardi

DK Lombardi

He makes up stories and tries to draw them. What more can he do?

Vanessa MacLeod

Vanessa MacLeod

Vanessa MacLeod is a freelance illustrator from Vancouver. She is currently writing and illustrating a comic book and lives with her husband and 7-year-old son. This is her first comic arts festival and she's really excited to be part of it!

Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin is a cartoonist from Edmonton, Alberta. He is frequently accused of being a robot, but totally isn't. Honest. He has already released two graphic novels in 2015. Hockeypocalypse Season 2: Line Change continues the post-apocalyptic hockey comedy with a new rival emerging from the north, who also happens to be a gigantic pig-man. Redcoats-ish: Jeff Martin's War of 1812, published by Renegade Arts Entertainment, is how Jeff finally ended up using his history degree. It is the webcomic collection of the story of George Morton and John Pink, two Canadian militiamen who would have been more helpful to the war effort if they had stayed home. He also does a bunch of other comics, which you should ask him about at the show.

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 commentator for CTV and Sun News. He lives in British Columbia.

Ryan McDiarmid

Ryan McDiarmid

Ryan is a self-taught illustrator, writer, and cartoonist from Tofino, BC. He has a background in English literature, and a beard to match. Having recently contributed art to Cloudscape Comics' Mega Fauna anthology, he now finds himself working on a series of weird fantasy comics set in the world of The Divine Alchemy.

He is not a magically animated skeleton, and he doesn't know why you would even suggest that.

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.

Jade McGilvray

Jade McGilvray

Jade has been reading and making comics since her elementary school days (thankfully, those early attempts have been mostly lost forever). She has been working as a 3D animator in Vancouver for the last four years, learning lots but not making serious progress with her comics. Now, she's working in earnest on several short stories, and a few longer projects. Jade is a recent member of Cloudscape Comics Society. VanCAF 2015 will be her first festival as an exhibitor, and she is very excited to be part of this great event.

Emily McGratten

Emily McGratten

Emily McGratten is a freelance illustrator, comic artist, and printmaker living and working in Peachland; a town named for the most delicious of all fruits. When not working on the latest drawing or making prints in her studio, Emily tries to get outdoors as much as possible for the odd hike or bike ride, and is always on the lookout for new adventures.

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.

Iris Y. Mei

Iris Y. Mei

In short, Iris draws a lot. She dreams of telling some sort of extraordinary tales within her lifetime. Back on the ground, she's an independent twenty-something Vancouver art graduate trying to balance between earning bread while pursuing greater dreams. She is currently working on a comic with Anita Vu and Mina Fukui.

Angela Melick

Angela Melick

Angela Melick has been writing comics about being a mechanical engineer right here in Vancouver BC for ten years now already and somehow people aren't sick of it?? How is that possible? Find out every week at wastedtalent.ca.

April Milne

April Milne

April Milne is an artist with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She currently lives and works out of Vancouver, BC. April can be found in her room, eating flavoured seaweed and dancing to Beyonce.

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.

Ian Moir

Ian Moir

Ian Moir is a local artist and designer here in Vancouver. Currently he is working at DHX / NerdCorps Entertainment as a character designer and in his spare time working on a long-running comic book idea, as well as some short stories. Ian has exhibited in several comic and anime conventions in the past few years, and this year will mark his first ventures into making comic books!

Sfé R. Monster

Sfé R. Monster

Sfé R. Monster is a Vancouver-born-and-raised queer comics creator, currently living on the edge of the Atlantic ocean in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sfé's ongoing projects include the west coast-based fantasy webcomic Eth's Skin as well as Beyond, the queer sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology, and his comics have been included as part of Cloudscape's recent Mega Fauna anthology, as well as the Adventure Time Annual. Sfé's work deals primarily with gender and trans identities, queer visibility, salt water and low tide, and a great deal of monsters, nightmares, and eerie beasts.

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.

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 and has spent the last six years travelling. He is currently working on two upcoming projects from Blackmask Studios and IDW, due out this year. He's also part of the sketch blog AschanAllstars.

Renee Nault

Renée Nault

Renée Nault's dreamlike watercolour illustrations have appeared in publications around the world. She is the author and artist of the surreal fantasy comic Witchling, and a regular illustrator for the L.A. Times. Renée is currently working with author Margaret Atwood on a graphic novel adaptation of Atwood's classic dystopian story, The Handmaid's Tale.

Peter Newman

Peter Newman

Peter lives, illustrates, and makes "art" in Vancouver. Since graduating from Emily Carr University, he has built up an extensive sketch-book library and published a few neat things. Peter likes non-traditional illustrated narratives and enjoys mixing drawing, painting, and digital media. Check out his tumblr for more info.

Gabrielle Ng

Gabrielle Ng

Gabrielle Ng is a designer from Vancouver, BC who likes to read comics and draw. She is the creator of Eggman Comics, a webcomic that tells stories about random things in life through the eyes of a comical egg.

Robert Ondzik

Robert Ondzik

Robert Ondzik is a illustrator/comicsman located in Vancouver, BC. When Robert isn't drawing he is a singer in the band Energy Slime.

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.

Cecilia Park

Cecilia Park

With the skills of digital animation that she learned over a year at British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2011, Cecilia Park has proven to be an excellent asset in the arts department. During that year, she learned to use programs such as Autodesk Maya, XSI, Photoshop, After Effects, and Zbrush. She enjoyed the program very much and has taken a certain aptitude for 3D modeling and digital painting. She is excited to get her career started as a character designer/modeller for a game company.

For now she has a part time job and spends her free time painting or playing console games. Recently she has started to get involved with art conventions, getting her artwork out in public.

Pakorn Patarawutiporn

Pakorn Patarawutiporn

Pakorn is an illustrator and concept artist living in Vancouver, BC. He has lived in six countries. He likes knights, alien mice, and alien mice knights.

Cole Pauls

Cole Pauls

Cole Pauls is a comic artist originally hailing from the Yukon. He moved to Vancouver three years ago and is about to graduate from Emily Carr in the Illustration Major this spring. His current project, Pizza Punks, is available to read online on his tumblr and in DUNK, Lucky's Comic's monthly newspaper.

Alina Pete

Alina Pete

Alina Pete is a Canadian comic artist and animator. Her Aurora award-winning 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.

April Pierce

April Pierce

April is an illustrator, comic artist, and designer based in Vancouver. She is the lead artist and writer of the webcomic The Prince and the Swan, which has been updating weekly since the spring of 2013. She enjoys working in ink, reading fairy tales, creating stories, and being furniture for her two cats.

Tyrel Pinnegar

Tyrel Pinnegar

Tyrel Pinnegar is the creator of Imago, an online graphic novel four years in the making. Imago is the story of a girl from a nearly extinct, mask-wearing desert tribe, who stumbles across a mechanical giant in a nearby forest.

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.

Jason Pultz

Jason Pultz

Creator of the nationally syndicated COMIC STRIP, Jason is based in Vancouver where he's currently focused on local activism and his new band, Swearwolf.

Jason will be debuting his new limited edition "Tarsanada" shirt design and his COMIC STRIP: Scarybear & Friends book.

Anat Rabkin

Anat Rabkin ("Lunarblade")

Anat is a local Vancouver artist. Her fantasy/alternate history webcomic, Seraphim: Tales of Love and Courage, is actually two stories that happen in the same world, but in different times of its history: two epic tales with their own protagonists, antagonists, and adventures. Known for its wit, engaging story, and lovable characters, Seraphim has been updating twice a week for over two years.

In Tale of Courage, Gilad is a tenacious youth with a chip on his shoulder and a lot to prove. Raised during an early industrial revolution, the boy's fate changes forever when he encounters a mysterious angel, clad in impossible liquid metal armour.

In Tale of Love, Clou is a lovable sap growing up in the dawn of the renaissance era. Squire to a fierce knight and trained in a lethal dual-sword fighting style, this boy struggles with the emotional and philosophical ramifications of taking a life. Too bad he doesn't really have a choice.

Alex Reeder & Danae Wilson

Alex Reeder & Danae Wilson

Danae and Alex are an attached-at-the-hip comic duo residing in Vancouver. Their webcomic GREY was launched at the start of 2014 and focuses on their favourite things: dark humor, gang underworlds, and lots and lots of murder.

Fe Ribeiro

Fe Ribeiro

Fe Ribeiro is a Brazilian graduated in graphic design with a passion for children's entertainment. After some years of school and working experiences in Brazil, she moved to Vancouver to study classical animation at the Vancouver Film School. While there, she created two shorts: "Tim and Ted" and "Cup of Tea". After graduating from VFS, she decided to stay in Canada and now works as a colour artist at DHX Media Vancouver, and also does freelance illustration and visual development.

Sterling Richter

Sterling Richter

Sterling just crawled out of bed like 15 minutes ago. He often finds himself caught between making an omelette or just getting Timmies again. He doesn't have a very good diet. He also works for Titmouse Animation studio and earns enough to purchase whole eggs for breakfast. He started making a comic a while ago and now it's done. Many omelettes were put off in order for this comic to see the light of day.

Benjamin Ripley

Benjamin Ripley

Benjamin Ripley lives in Vancouver and makes comics to get the bad thoughts out of his head. His previous work includes Tales from Deadmonton, a comic about his hometown, and Family is the Real F-Word, a comic inspired by his dysfunctional family. He is currently working on an anthology series and will be premiering Doom Candy at VanCAF.

Devin Rosychuk

Devin Rosychuk

Devin Rosychuk is an illustrator and concept artist living in the Vancouver area. He is interested in indie comics and concept design for games and animation. Devin is currently working as a designer and background painter for an animated short based in a fantastical interpretation of WWI. You can usually find him loitering and drawing in coffee shops along Main street or in the downtown area.

Ru

Ru

Ru is an artist who loves monsters, demons, and all things evil. She is currently working on a collaborated comic book with her two baes, Mina Fukui and Iris Yao.

Desirae Salmark

Desirae Salmark

Desirae is an escapee of a small Albertan town and is now working in storyboards, where she meticulously draws goofy things. Desirae was last seen working on her comic debut, Solarpowered: a tale involving fairy siblings, magic tattoos, and monsters. She is still at large.

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, & loss, and occasionally also sex, drugs, and web design. He currently resides in Vancouver in with an overweight cat.

Adam Sarjeant

Adam Sarjeant

Adam Sarjeant is an illustrator, comic artist, zine maker, and visual artist currently living and working in Calgary, AB. His comics are available weekly on his blog and website, and in print in his short story comic series Marmalade Hour in 2015.

REI SATO

Rei Sato

Rei Sato is the creator of Nanaimo Bar, an autobiographical comic about life as a biracial Canadian.

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.

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.

Erika Schnellert

Erika Schnellert

Erika Schnellert is a Vancouver artist working in the animation industry. She's 70% bird, 35% eraser shavings, and 100% bad at math. It's a good thing she took up drawing instead.

Jasmine Schuett

Jasmine Schuett

Jasmine Schuett is some sort of nasty little East Van garbage goblin. She makes the webcomic Space-club, which is a sci-fi (low on the sci, high on the fi) romp through the universe with a crew of fun + flirty aliens. She love comics, smooching on kitty cats, and eating every food she sets her eyes upon.

Taneka Stotts

Taneka Stotts

Taneka Stotts is a queer little tumbleweed from the southwest that stopped rolling somewhere in Portland, Oregon. When she's not writing comics, she's creating more projects for herself than she needs. Her current projects include writing for the webcomic Full Circle, contributing and working as the assistant editor for the Beyond Anthology (a queer scifi/fantasy anthology coming out in 2015), and creating various minis with a diverse group of artists.

Sunny Shah

Sunny Shah

Sunny Shah is an illustrator, concept artist, and designer working in the video game and animation industries. He is currently based in Vancouver, BC, where he works at Bardel Entertainment on the new Dreamworks animated series, Dinotrux. He spends his days drawing, painting, reading, playing sports, and watching movies. He is constantly finding himself.

Katie & Shaggy Shanahan

Katie & Steven Shanahan

Katie (Ktshy) and Steven (Shaggy Shan) Shanahan are comic-making siblings from Toronto. By day, Katie is a storyboard artist and Shaggy is a video post-production guy. Together they've worked on webcomics (Shrub Monkeys, Simply Potterific), contributed to various comic anthologies (Flight, Explorer, Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales) and are currently working on their original series Silly Kingdom. You can find their individual works at ktshy.blogspot.ca and shaggyshan.com, and watch their weekly live show Shanahanigans Live on YouTube.

Morgan Shandro

Morgan Shandro

Morgan Shandro is a warrior princess from the wilds of Vancouver. She has long hair and takes even longer naps. When not sleeping, she can be found drawing comics about warmaidens and sorceresses or saving the world from darkspawn.

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.

Zoe Si

Zoe Si

Zoe is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator and a practising lawyer who resides in glorious Vancouver, British Columbia. She immensely enjoys her day job, snacking, singing in her car, and being outside. At any given moment, she can be found drawing cartoons of herself enjoying all of these things.

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.

Lily Snowden-Fine

Lily Snowden-Fine

Lily Snowden-Fine is a Vancouver high school student who loves illustration, painting, and ceramics. She's irritatingly passionate about coffee and her head is always too small for baseball caps.

Spencer Soares

Spencer Soares

Spencer is a long scruffy dalmatian.

Spencer draws and writes comics that he hosts on his website. This includes some stories such as the fantasy epic about friendship Mage and Warrior or Ash and Pikachu's Farewell, a story about Ash trying to rescue Pikachu from his horrible drug abuse. It also includes a slew of gag strips!

Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy-nominated and Webby award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker. He is also an accomplished illustrator and artist. 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, 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), Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam (2013) and Cats (2014), Jeff's work has broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered 33 awards. He is currently completing his second feature length ani-doc, publishing his first book of Post-it Note hybrid animal drawings, and pitching various animated series.

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.

Charles Tan

Charles Tan

Charles is an illustrator based in rainy Vancouver, Canada. He specializes in concept art, design, and visual development.

Joni Taylor

Joni Taylor

Joni loves to draw. Joni loves comics. Joni love to draw comics. Rarely serious, Joni's work tends toward the silly side of life ranging from silly children's books to silly comics and everything silly in-between. She received her BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, where she lives and continues to draw.

Christopher Theed

Christopher Theed

Christopher Theed is an art hobbyist, occasional painter, and infrequent comic book maker who enjoys drawing to pass the time. He lives in Vancouver.

Robin Thompson

Robin Thompson

Robin has illustrated his own brand of independent comic books including Zombie Jesus, Lil'Natas, and Captain Spaceman. He is currently working on issue #12 of his flagship title, Champions of Hell.

Robin is also an instructor at Emily Carr University, teaching various courses in illustration and graphic novels. At the university he has developed and hosted his own annual artist convention entitled "Emily Con". Lending his extensive knowledge of the graphic novel medium, Robin has been a guest speaker for the Vancouver Art Gallery's renowned "Krazy!" and "CO-MIX: A Retrospectiove of Comics" exhibits.

Stefan Tosheff

Stefan Tosheff

Stefan is an illustrator and comic artist from Vancouver, British Columbia. He loves guitar riffs, play fighting, and singing people's names to them, and hates being late for anything.

Eli Tripoli

Eli Tripoli

Eli is a Seattleite who enjoys comics and music but is getting tired of waiting for the Cyberpunk Dystopia to start already. He likes drawing robots, fantasy monsters, and Pepperidge Farm cookies.

He also has a Bachelors of Arts from the Evergreen State College and speaks Japanese or something.

Alexia Tryfon

Alexia Tryfon

Alexia came to Vancouver nine years ago, from a little island called Cyprus in the Mediterranean. She grew up being a professional explorer, an annoyance to her two big brothers, and drawing out her adventures. Today she works as a visual development artist for TV animation, kids books, and games. She also recently provided art for the "Powerpuff Girls Villans Zine" - "Splendidly Evil" & "The Last Airbender" Tribute Exhibition at Gallery Nucleus.

If she is not in the forest climbing trees, you can find her sipping tea, drawing, and cuddling her little orange ball of fluff, trying to master all three at the same time. The cat usually wins.

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 80s, and has been putting his comics on the internet since the late 90s. He co-wrote the True Loves trilogy with Manien Bothma, the first volume of which was short-listed for One Book One Vancouver. His comics column in comics form Jason and the Comics ran in Broken Pencil for five years. Retrofit comics published his one shot comic "Farm School". 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.

Colin Upton

Colin Upton

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Colin Upton's pioneering self-published mini-comics. Colin remains true to the Punk Rock zine DIY ascetic of small press from before computers, when photocopiers were the new cutting edge of technology. Since then he has created 215 mini-comics and all kinds of comics, comic books, strips, editorials, and illustrations, all while co-hosting two radio shows about comics, writing about comics, lecturing, reviewing, blogging for Sequential, creating cartoons for a play, cartoons for a movie, a web comic and an award winning graphic novel, Diabetes Funnies. As a member of Cloudscape, Colin contributes to graphic novels (in print and online) and community events. His comic art and lowbrow paintings have been seen in numerous gallery shows from small rooms in the back of comic shops to Presentation House and the Seymour Art gallery. Colin is a drummer, noise artist, wargamer, hat collector, painter of cat portraits and has an (almost) daily blog, Today's Tea, on Facebook and U-tube. His comics are often autobiographical or about history. Colin doesn't give a damn about superheroes, fandom, cell phones, or whatever new fangled nonsense the kids are into these days... get out of his yard, dagnabbit!

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.

Charmaine Verhagen

Charmaine Verhagen

Charmaine doodles a lot and draws the odd comic here and there. She gets paid to draw little ponies and little pony accessories, and adventures of a boy and his magical dog bro. Y'know, stuff and junk.

Kat Verhoeven

Kat Verhoeven

Kat Verhoeven is a maker of comics, by web and by print, from a small studio in Toronto. She's a dabbler in indie game making. Crafting tales in fantastical colour or stark black and white, hers are stories of loneliness, struggle, and inconclusive endings. Somehow there manage to be jokes. Kat continues working on the web comic Meat&Bone, about eating-disordered Anne, her room mates, and their cat. You can read her short stories in KUS, Puppyteeth, and Wolfen Jump, among other anthologies. Her debut novel TOWERKIND has been published by Conundrum Press.

Colin Tan Wei

Colin Tan Wei

Colin Tan Wei is a Vancouver-based freelance illustrator and concept artist. He loves fantasy and science fiction and occasionally moonlights as a monster hunter. He is currently working on a sci-fi superhero graphic novel titled Folklore with friend and writer Adam Ma.

Evin Weston

Evin Weston

Evin Weston writes things lots and sometimes draws them too and mostly just has too many dang ideas for his own dang good. He really likes goblins and toast and he wants to be your friend.

Alison Wilgus

Alison Wilgus

Alison Wilgus makes comics about space, cats, and occasionally herself. She's currently writing non fiction graphic novels for First Second Books, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Elaine Will

Elaine Will

Elaine Will is a Canadian freelance illustrator and comic artist whose work has appeared in Verb, Broken Pencil, and The Feathertale Review. Her graphic novel Look Straight Ahead, a semi-autobiographical story about mental illness, was released in November 2013 to critical acclaim. Her current project is a graphic novel adaptation of Andreas Schroeder's novel Dustship Glory, based on the true story of Tom Sukanen, a Finnish immigrant who attempted to build a large ship in the middle of the Saskatchewan prairies during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s

Rhi Williams

Rhi Williams

Rhi Williams has been living in Vancouver for two and a half years, after moving here from Sydney, Australia, where she worked as an animator and illustrator. She attended the Commercial Animation program at Capilano U and graduated in April last year, and currently works on the Puss in Boots storyboard team at Bardel Entertainment. When she's not drawing cats for work, she's usually found drawing other animals for fun, and also loves hiking, sailing, going to the movies, collecting toys, and making papercraft illustrations. VanCAF 2015 will be Rhi's first time exhibiting at a convention!

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson

Kevin is a designer, writer, and cartoonist behind Titanzer, a giant robot sci-fi comedy. Although originally built in Michigan he was shipped to Oregon due to a design flaw involving snow. Internationally renowned as a lover of fine gifs and finer pizzas, Kevin haunts the streets of Portland to this day. Local legend says he appears if you say his name three times into a slice of jalapeno and pineapple.

Myles Wirth

Myles Wirth

Myles is a writer, illustrator, scatterbrain, and worrywort from Portland, Maine. When making comics, he dabbles in stories about robots, monsters, historical events that pique his interest, and his own ephemeral human life. He's a sometimes-member of the Cloudscape Comics Collective, and his work has appeared in several Vancouver magazines. Currently, he's developing his long-form fantasy-adventure comic, Lost Frontier.

Patrick Wong

Patrick Wong

Patrick Wong is a Vancouver-based artist and illustrator working in limited-run art toys, screenprints, and t-shirts. His commercial work has illustrated text in The Washington Post, Peachpit Press, and Hanley Wood Media, among others; his current personal project is a speculative fiction minicomic collaboration with writer Jonathan White which will debut at VanCAF 2015.

Outside of commercial-based projects, Patrick maintains an active studio practice with recent shows at Chicago's Rotofugi side gallery and New York City's Piq Products. His work can often be characterized by the playful use of popular culture iconography and mashup strategies.

Eddie Wright

Eddie Wright

Eddie Wright is the creator of the comic series Tyranny of the Muse. He was born in New Jersey and currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and imaginary dog.

Eric Zawadzki

Eric Zawadzki

Eric Zawadzki is a Vancouver-based illustrator. He's best known for co-creating and illustrating Last Born for Blackmask Studios and Headspace for Monkeybrain and IDW. His other comics work includes The Ghost Engine, The Occupy Comics Anthology and Continuum: The War Files. He also provided interstitial art for the Image Revolution Documentary.

Publishing/Press



Cloudscape

Cloudscape Comics Society

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, the Gene Day Award-nominated 21 Journeys, and Waterlogged: Tales from the Seventh Sea. Their most recent anthology is the all-ages MEGA FAUNA.

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 three anthologies: Ghost Tales and Once Upon A Time, and Gateways to Beyond. 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.

Northwest Press

Northwest Press

Northwest Press publishes comics featuring a wide range of LGBT characters, in drama, humor, nonfiction, erotica, and adventure. They believe comics are for everyone, and ought to include everyone! Their most recent books include The Legend of Bold Riley, A Waste of Time, Dash, and Fearful Hunter.

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.