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Born 1978 in Edmonton, Alberta, Kristian Adam grew up on a small farm near Grande Prairie. He exhibits regularly throughout Vancouver and in galleries around the world, and has been featured in books and television. His paintings often combine themes of nature and invention, inspired by his childhood in the country, and are delivered from the humourous perspective of animals—which he refers to as 'NymNums'. His most recent landscapes and devices have been partly inspired by the work of Dr Seuss and a book called the Codex Seraphinianus—brilliant books filled with surrealistic and organic Rube Golberg-like contraptions.
Zed Alexandra is an artist living in Vancouver, where she puts her passion for storytelling and sequential art to work across comics and short film. She is currently working on a A Good Place, a graphic novel about two high school seniors whose friendship is tested when one of them falls in love with their teacher. Zed draws in traditional media, and writes stories that examine love, identity, and transformation.
Angela An works as a visual development artist in Vancouver. She loves hiking with her dogs, but when she's not in a forest somewhere, she's most likely at home reading shoujo
manga. She is terrified of, and drawn to, bugs and creepy crawlies.
Joy Ang is a designer and title card painter on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time TV show. Joy currently lives in the Seattle area.
Peregrine Angthius was born near the end of the eighties to a pair of weirdos who decided to move to the woods; she is the eldest of three daughters. She currently resides in Chicago with her animal friends. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts with an illustration focus from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2011.
Molly Applejohn is a freelance artist and the founder of the Ostara Tarot. Equipped with a degree in illustration, she whips up works about myths and historical fiction. Her work draws equally from her adventures abroad and her cuddly domestic life in the Pacific Northwest.
Art by Tuna
Tuna is a twenty-something saltwater finfish based in Vancouver. Subsisting on a diet of 90s cartoons and black coffee, she illustrates out of her suburban home with her ornery calico familiar. Specializing in illustration, comics, and concept art, her projects include Butterpaws in Cattylan, serialized from May to November 2013; "The Builder", released May 2015; "Amplify Her: Applecat", releasing in 2016, and various personal and commercial commissioned illustrations. She is currently working with Amnia Interactive as a junior artist, and is gearing up to launch her personal project Spacecase for VanCAF 2016. Check out her blog to learn more.
Ashka is a French artist & animator currently living in Vancouver and the creator of the comic Black City Birds. She is addicted to the stress of conventions, where you'll find her ecstatic as she's working on posters, buttons, and other creative projects.
Nemanja Moravic (Nemo) Balkanski is a comic book artist, graphic designer, painter, actor, writer, and film maker. In 2011, he published the graphic novel FIB Chronicle for the Vancouver publisher The Publishing Eye. In 2015, he published his second graphic novel The Deliverer for the same publisher. Currently, he is finishing his new graphic novels Cola-Teral and Joomboos Gun. He lives in Vancouver.
Tim Bauer is an artist originally from Kansas. Tim started a career teaching internationally in Asia before comitting to their personal dream and pursuing illustration. Tim currently lives in beautiful Vancouver, creating Drag Queen comics. Some of Tim's influences and inspirations come from old 80s cartoons, Hong Kong action theatre, fashion illustration, Sci-fi movies, and—of course—Drag Queens.
Lucy Bellwood is a cartoonist and illustrator working out of Portland, Oregon. Her first-hand accounts of adventure range from whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon to the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan—the last wooden whaling ship in the world. In addition to writing and illustrating her tall ship-centric series Baggywrinkles, she contributes comics to Cartozia Tales, The Nib, and Symbolia Magazine.
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 has 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 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.
Serena Bon-Binky is a Vancouver-based freelance artist of many mediums, from digital to traditional to strange modelling. She likes to make colouring books full of gooey, curvy demon babes and other art - that once made one couple point and run away in disgust. Come for the tentacles, stay for the mouthboobs.
Kelli Bort is a feature story and visual development artist based in Vancouver. She drinks a lot of coffee and does a lot of drawing. Her motto is "sleep is for the weak." Kelli graduated from Capilano University's animation program in 2013 and has since storyboarded on multiple feature films and gained experience directing. Currently, she's illustrating and co-writing a children's book, and developing a feature film pitch. In the long run, she hopes to inspire people the way people inspire her. You can see more of her work on her tumblr.
Jolly ol' Robin Bougie (author of Cinema Sewer, Sleazy Slice, and Graphic Thrills) has been self-publishing his own comics and zines since 1991, and in recent years has also graduated into authoring beautiful full-colour coffee table books. Still proudly ensconced in his DIY zine roots, Bougie has recently put out a coloring book for adults—and we do mean for adults, and adults only.
Rachel "Khaiya" Boyes is the artist of Bounty, an adventure-comedy webcomic which launched in October 2015; she has also drawn short comics for several Tankadere Anthologies, published by Crab Tank. She occasionally teaches a college drawing class and previously drew interactive environment illustrations for Disney's Club Penguin. She likes all kinds of stories and tea, and has many dreams.
By day, Rachel is a visual development artist and illustrator. By night she does the exact same, interspersed with recording silly voices and indulging in various forms of escapism. Having spent some years of her childhood in Sweden, her work is thoroughly inspired by European folklore, often featuring mythical creatures and nature themes. She now resides in Vancouver in pursuit of documenting magical flora and fauna.
Anna Bron is a freelance illustrator and designer based out of Vancouver. She frequently illustrates for international children's magazines and creates concept art for animated commercials. She studied traditional animation at Sheridan College, and once in a while dabbles in animation as well.
Lars Brown is the author of North World and Penultimate Quest, a father of two, and is indifferent to the eventual heat death of the universe. Check out his
Sadie Brown draws and writes—and sometimes, when those two things love each other very much, they make a little comic. Or they don't, and it's just an illustration. Or a
novel. (Or a sentence that just sort of trails off...)
Ross Brownell-Dupont is an illustrator and comics artist. They studied at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where they earned their Bachelors of Fine Arts with a major in Visual Arts. Ross works in various wet and dry mediums such as ink, watercolour, and pen—always with a focus on storytelling, working on graphic novels or in series of thematic illustrations. Ross pursues work that inspires them to laugh, think, and dream; because if the art doesn't move the creator, it won't move the audience, either.
Flavia C has been drawing rainbows, hearts, and cats with spikes ever since they could hold a pen. Their kindergarten teacher suggested they go to Emily Carr and study fine arts—which they did. Having graduated, Flavia holds a degree in illustration. Flavia's work is inspired by the TV and children's books of their childhood.
The Camosun Comics College & Graphic Novels course has been nurturing comics talent in the Victoria, BC area for the past three years. Armed with wit,
cunning, and the skills taught to them by comics veterans Ken & Joan Steacy, a selection of current students and alumni will be sharing their work at VanCAF
The Camosun Comics College & Graphic Novels course has been nurturing comics talent in the Victoria, BC area for the past three years. Armed with wit, cunning, and the skills taught to them by comics veterans Ken & Joan Steacy, a selection of current students and alumni will be sharing their work at VanCAF this year.
Hidden up on a hill on Pender Island lives Emily Caple (aka CapleSyrup), a comic and illustration artist. Emily's work explores themes of sexual prowess, mutation, the grime under your fingernails. Self taught, she works mainly, if not completely, in black and white. SPIT ROUTE is her self-published zine series made up of compiled work from her sketchbook. Her latest project, BORKO SWILLZ, explores the pitiful misadventures of infatuation, obsession, and absurdity.
Joslin Chan is a Vancouver-based illustrator, Working primarily with ink and watercolour, Joslin draws inspiration from folklore and fairy tales.
Sylvia Chan is an illustrator and artist from Vancouver with an interest in self-publishing. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Sylvia
has worked on the WRAP project in Downtown Vancouver, as well as Art with Heart.
Roberta Chang is an illustrator and a teacher to young children. Her upcoming comic is based off of true (or relatively true)
stories about the class she teaches. She dreams of writing and illustrating her own wonderful little children's book
in the near future.
Chan Chau a non-binary, Asian American comic artist from Minneapolis, MN. Chan has been creating and publishing comics online for almost a decade, but has only recently started making physical zines. Currently, she is focusing on collaborative comic projects and a collection of mini-comics.
Arthur Chen is a Vancouver-based 2D animator, graphic, and UI artist. He is the creator of web series Kobe the Dobe and Sailor Moonmoon. Beside making art and twisted webcomics, he enjoys being a normal person who breathes and soaks in life.
Jenny "Mikochi" Chen is a full-time 2D artist who designs and makes polished game assets for mobile games - from armors and weapons to creatures and bosses. She is the creator of the slice of life web series Life Happens, which touches on light-hearted random thoughts, struggles, and observations of life. Besides making game assets and comics, Jenny also enjoys making a variety of illustrations, crafts, and cosplays. Creating things runs in her blood (but so does tea).
Maggie Chen is a computer science student and illustrator from Vancouver. Maggie loves inking and doing tones in pencils, and their main inspirations are old school anime, seinen manga, J-Rock, construction sites, and things that are small but intimidating. Maggie is currently working on smaller personal projects, crying over fictional characters, and generally existing in this dimension.
Peter Chiykowski is a cartoonist, musician, writer, and pancake enthusiast mostly known for his webcomic Rock, Paper, Cynic. His tremendously silly comics and jokes have shown in up in places like Newsweek, Nathan Fillion's Twitter, and George Takei's Facebook page. Peter's first book, an anti-self-help comic anthology called The HMS Bad Idea, is now is available from ChiGraphic Publications.
Kelly M. Christensen
Kelly Christensen is a freelance dev/designer, Threadless artist, Nintendo fan, baking enthusiast, and queer & trans person who loves tiny animals. They love all things comics, from historical fiction to magical girls and talking cats to illustrated cookbooks.
Sun Chung has been working in the animation industry for over three years on titles such as Teen Titans Go! and Turbo F.A.S.T. In her free time, she likes to come up with stories full of original characters, and is currently collaborating on a comic project with Jen Davreux. When she's not drawing, she likes to worry.
Jake Clark is an animator from the Kootenay Lake area in British Columbia. 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.
Born and educated in Vancouver, Tony Cliff is a twelve-year veteran of the city's local animation industry. His first published work—the first of three short stories for the Flight anthologies—was nominated for a Will Eisner award. Delilah Dirk and The Turkish Lieutenant, his first graphic novel, has been recognized with Eisner, Shuster, and Harvey nominations, and is a New York Times bestseller. Tony is and always has been an ardent supporter of the great humanitarian struggle which is the fight against Comic Sans.
Sage Coffey is a little cartoonist critter who resides cozily in Chicago. They like to draw daily autobiographical comics, as well as comics that make them laugh. They also dabble in animation preproduction work, like storyboarding and layout design, as they love cartoons. Sage self publishes zines and anthologies alike, including Punky Doodle Dandy (2013) and Sweaty Palms Zine (2016). Sage is likely thinking about their cats and wondering how many exclamation points (!!) are appropriate for the email they're writing.
Emily Cowan is a self-taught comics artist and illustrator who works largely within the themes of growing up, queer identity, feminism, and mental health. When not too busy sitting on the couch or lying on the floor, she is the creator of Boundary, a long-form graphic novel about feeling trapped, changing friendships, and being fifteen. In 2015 she took on the project of creating a journal comic every day for the entire year, and succeeded in The 365 Project. Emily lives in Vancouver with a cute friend and a hideous cat. She owns an adult dollhouse, but that's a secret so don't tell anybody.
David Daneman is a cartoonist and graphic-designer living in Vancouver. He makes the comic The DaneMen twice weekly (weakly) for LINE Webtoon. In addition, he produces The PodComics Webcast in which he talks with cartoonist about their work, lives, and experiences making comics. This year he hopes to Kickstart a book in time for VanCAF. Failing that, he hopes to have the book printed for Boston Comic Con, which he will be attending along side some of the best young webcomics artists in the world.
Andrea Dang is the creator of Grand Spirit, a webcomic about a fairy who discovers that he's actually a robot.
Katherine Dela Cruz
Kat Dela Cruz is a Capilano Animation Program grad of 2012 and has since been working in the Vancouver animation industry as a storyboard artist. When she's not boarding, she's working on comics by night. Right now her main comic is Robust Heat—a father and daughter, alternate history story inspired by the 1940s, depicting love, loss, and the struggles of fleeing a country. Kat's other hobbies include swing dancing, photography, rock climbing, knitting, sculpting, and painting dolls.
Jonathon Dalton 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.
Jesse Lee Davidge
Jesse Davidge has been illustrating comics for over eight years. He enjoys telling stories about mathematicians, drunk people, vengeful detectives, and undead Mexican bandits. He'll be premiering the third and final book in the Drunk series at this year's VanCAF.
Jen Davreux is a storyboard artist from Vancouver who enjoys making comics, drinking coffee, and subjecting her friends to terrible puns and 80s music. She is the creator of the webcomics Unfinished Business and Astronaut + Alien, and the co-writer of Go, Titan X! with Sun Chung.
Fran Delgado is a Latin American visual development artist and character designer currently living in Vancouver and working at Nerd Corps/DHX Media. Her media works include the Monster High movies and the preschool TV show Kate & MimMim. She has contributed as a comic illustrator on the graphic novels USNA II Part 1 & 2.
Blue Delliquanti is a comic artist based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She writes and illustrates the Ignatz-nominated science fiction webcomic O Human Star, and her work has appeared in anthologies such as Beyond, New World, and Smut Peddler.
Barry Deutsch is the creator of Hereville, a series of graphic novels about an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl who wants to fight monsters. Hereville has received the Sydney Taylor Award and the Oregon Book Award, and has been nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz, and Andre Norton Awards. Barry is also currently working political cartoons and the comic Superbutch in collaboration with Becky Hawkins.
Ben Duncan is an artist living and working in Vancouver. He draws things ripping apart and getting ripped apart and tries to come up with stories to accommodate these types of
Jenn works in game development as a UI designer and artist in Vancouver, BC, but spends her spare time doing illustrations and short comics.
Sara DuVall is a small bird making comics and illustrations outside of Seattle, WA. Aside from the usual bird things, she also likes witches, sci-fi, hobbits and a good cup of
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.
Jeff Ellis is currently the vice-president, and chief cat-herder, on the Cloudscape board of directors. He has contributed to all of Cloudscape's anthologies, and was part of the editorial team of the upcoming Bones of the Coast. He is currently working hard on his webcomic Crossroads, and is co-creator of Teach English in Japan—the first three chapters of which are available in print. Jeff teaches in the Graphic Novel & Illustration program at Langara College.
Enzo is an Canadian web developer & designer, unprofessional webcomic artist, and the third half of The Button Mash Productions. He creates Cheer Up, Emo Kid—a foul-mouthed satirical webcomic about love, drugs, and web design—as well as MakeWebcomics.com, a free online tutorial site for aspiring webcomic artists. He currently lives in Vancouver with an overweight cat.
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 is the creator of the mini comic series Flaccid Badger and the webcomic The Last Diplomat. An illustrator with an animation
influence, Farris is best known for her cute and lively characters.
Susan Ferguson has been doing comic-related things since nine years of age when she created the epic graphic novel Skippy the Dolphin. Sadly, that masterpiece was left in a hotel room in Trenton, Ontario in 1977. Not to be defeated, she continued to crank out illustration work, went to art school for six years, and worked in animation for ten years, all the while drawing comics. Comics are good for Susan, because you can speak with images instead of words and she's a really crap speller. She draws to this day. She is currently working on a largish comic-novel type story about a hipster drug runner and a hairy beast. Contrary to rumour, Susan is not one of the lizard people. She wants very strongly for you to believe this.
Chiara Ferrari is from San Francisco and earned her animation degree at the Academy of Art. She is currently working as a 2D posing artist for The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show at DHX Media in Vancouver. Painting is one of her favourite hobbies, and she especially loves incorporating glitter and exciting colours into her work. Her work can be seen in her portfolio or her blog.
Originally from Brazil, Dani Fischer has been an animator for four years, and currently works for DHX in Vancouver. Dani grew up close to the beach, and has a passion for the sun, nature, and simple day-to-day moments.
W. Scott Forbes
W. Scott Forbes is an illustrator and art director living in Toronto. He made his professional debut providing covers and interiors for Image / Shadowline Comics' acclaimed miniseries Forgetless. More recently, Scott's cover illustrations have been seen on major releases from DC Comics', Marvel Comics, Vertigo Comics, BOOM! Studios, and Image Comics.
Colleen Frakes is a Xeric and Ignatz award-winning cartoonist. Her latest book, Prison Island, A Graphic Memoir was published by Zest Books. She
lives in Seattle and works in a library.
Julia Francis (Jewe11s) is a Vancouver-born illustrator and comic artist. She is inspired by the temperate rainforests of the west coast, indie rock, and and the immersive fantasy worlds of books, games, movies, and comics. She is the creator of the webcomic The Chronicles of Oro.
Mina Fukui is a Vancouver-based artist who is interested in comic creation and character design. She is currently in the final year of study at Emily
Carr University of Art + Design, where she is majoring in illustration.
Monica Gallagher is an indie creator with over ten years experience making comics and illustrations with a positive, feminist spin. She has worked for Oni Press and Vertigo, as well as self-published several of her own mini-comics and books. Her latest book, Part-Time Princesses, was released by Oni Press in 2015 and nominated by YALSA as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens. Currently, Monica has a webcomics series she updates twice weekly about the adventures of a roller-girl at her day job, called Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five. Monica currently resides in Baltimore with her husband and their two dueling cats.
Stefan Gaulin is a 22-year-old garbage monster living in the mountains of Vancouver - amongst old people, stoner teenagers, and probably bears. To preserve his sanity, he draws pictures and words in boxes and doesn’t go outside much. His latest project is adapting the WAVVES punk rock album AFRAID OF HEIGHTS into a thirteen-issue full-sized comic series about a drug-addicted vagrant and his alien doll buddy.
Krista Gibbard is a Vancouver illustrator who has worked on everything from comics (Amplify Her, Harassment Friends), to tarot cards (The Ostara Tarot). She holds a degree in illustration from Emily Carr University, and is the proprietress of the paper goods company Get Thee To A Nunnery. In her spare time she moonlights as a professional singer, and co-runs a Portuguese stick-fighting club called West Coast Jogo do Pau.
Joamette Gil 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 centre stage. Injustice, collective liberation, queer and POC representation, and kids with powers are the major themes that drive her storytelling and cartooning.
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.
Glip (or Glitched Puppet) is a Las Vegas-based illustrator, comic artist, writer, and musician. They have a penchant for painting cute, colourful critters—and for inking abstract, surreal horrors. They enjoy art above all else (except for maybe cats. Or drawing cats.) Glip is constantly scrambling to outdo their latest stories and pieces, or to bring something new to the table.
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 last year but isn't quite sure what to do with it yet.
Tona Grasa is a Mexican-born designer and Illustrator living in Canada. He graduated from Capilano University in 2014 and is currently working at Bardel Entertainment. Don't get too close, or he will eat your gummy bears - all of them. VanCAF will be Tona's first exhibit.
Kathleen Gros is a Toronto-born cartoonist living in Vancouver. Her first graphic novel, Last Night At Wyrmwood High, is published by Cloudscape
Comics. She likes cats and werewolves (in that order).
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.
Becky Hawkins' autobio comics, travel stories, and watercolours chronicle her life in Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Portland, and world-traveling as a cruise ship musician. Since 2009, she has contributed to The Zinester's Guide to NYC, Tankadere, and The Strumpet. She currently resides in Portland with Shoulder Angel, her comic co-star.
Born and raised in France, Benjamin Hayte had an ordinary childhood—with the exception of an extraordinary interest in artistic creation. As a teenager, he studied art in Belgium; in 2004 he graduated with Bachelors of Illustration and in 2008 completed his Masters in Art. Ben's passions lead him to an interest in the gaming industry and he had the opportunity to work as a designer for companies like Atari and Ubisoft. After few years, he left everything behind to visit the world and reflect on his artistic skills. He travelled alone through Europe, Australia, Korea, the USA, and finally stopped in Canada, where he has been for the past three years.
Today Benjamin lives in Vancouver where he works in the animation industry (his true love) as a designer at Rainmaker. During his spare time, Benjamin loves nothing more than to tinker with story ideas and dreams of breathing life into his own graphic novel project in the very near future.
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.
Johnny Herber is a cartoonist based in the L.A. area. His comic Escargoteric was published in 2015 by Sawdust Press, and he has had various short stories published
in the the Nashville Review and Dirty Rotten Comics.
Oliver Hine is an artist from Vancouver by way of Montreal. His graphic novel, Calm Down, debuted at last year's VanCAF. He went to the Kubert School, and currently
draws for the Avengers cartoon.
Matthew K Hoddy
Matthew Hoddy is an Australian comic creator & illustrator now living in Toronto, the creator of AML, and the co-creator of the webcomics Space Pyrates and
Saga of Metalbeard.
Zoey Hogan 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.
Zoey Hogan 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.
Nicholas Hong is a designer for DreamWorks TV, where he worked on Puss in Boots. In his free time, Nicholas enjoys working on personal illustrations and picture books.
Abby Hontiveros is a Vancouverite who yearns to create. A fearless artist, Abby loves tabletop games, comics, and animation.
Haiwei Hou is a Vancouver-based 2D & 3D artist. She has worked as an illustrator, storyboard artist, animator, concept artist, and game designer for many companies around the
Tait Howard is a person with a beard from Portland, OR. He draws comics, paints pictures, and pets dogs whenever possible.
Vivian is a freelance animator and illustrator based in Vancouver. She enjoys playing video games and making needle felted toys.
Kiku Hughes is a comic artist living and working in the Seattle area. She loves making comics about space, robots, and robots in space. She studied literature from a Marxist perspective in university and now holds out hope that comics can help dismantle capitalism.
Lindsay Ishihiro 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 and makes fanart and original art for local conventions.
Rhodora Jacob is an artist immersed in a world of pop surrealism and new contemporary art - though superficially they are from Seattle. Rhodora's art has been exhibited in galleries such as Twilight, Ghost Gallery, Schmancy, Supachute, and Giant Robot GR2. They currently intern for Babs Tarr on Batgirl and working on their own comic, Fallen Stars.
Rhodora Jacob is an artist immersed in a world of pop surrealism and new contemporary art - though superficially they are from Seattle. Rhodora's art has been exhibited in galleries such as Twilight, Ghost Gallery, Schmancy, Supachute, and Giant Robot GR2. They currently intern for Babs Tarr on Batgirl and working on their own comic, Fallen Stars.
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 its first collected print book was a 2015 Lambda Literary Awards finalist in the LGBT Graphic Novels category. She's also a member of Vancouver's Cloudscape Comics Society, and is an editor on the group's newest anthology, Bones of the Coast.
Jin is that kid in the red hoodie, with a sleep cycle that seems to be better in sync with a different planet.
Brynne Johnston is a British Columbian creator with a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Brynne's work focuses on illustrative sequential art,
character design, and world building.
Judy Jong is a small Korean-born Canadian whose eyebrow game is too strong. She is also a full-time freelance illustrator and comic artist.
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. Conan the Barbarian is her spirit guide.
KaiJu is a two-headed monster with a passion for creating worlds rather than destroying them. The creature was created by infusing the creative efforts of Kate Rhodes, a cartoonist, and Jennifer Xu, an animator, who both have a passion for comics. Rhodes and Xu graduated from SVA in their respective majors and have done comic shorts for Sparkler Monthly including "The Ring of Saturn", "Mahou Josei Chimaka", and currently "Inhabitant of Another Planet". Jennifer has also been employed at Golden Pine Forest Studio for anime backgrounds.
Sam Kalensky is a freelance graphic artist, illustrator & designer, comic artist, and animator from Vancouver, BC. Sam is known for making cool buttons and having big hair (and even bigger dreams). Once called Vancouver's own "Bulletproof Artist", Sam's passion and unique style lies in tasty colours, energetic line work, punchy frame by frames, chaotic compositions, and slick, silly smears. Sam is developing a collectable trading pin game called Fungi-Panic and a cartoony comic called LandFish and Shark.
Chase Kantor is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and TV program. A writer of features and short scripts, Chase's comic The Saga of the Jack of Spades will be available at VanCAF.
Sean Karemaker is an artist living in Vancouver. 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. Personal 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's new book, The Ghosts We Know, will be released by Conundrum Press this spring.
Grace Kim is an animator working in Vancouver. During the day she works at DHX Media, working on The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show—but night she likes to read cheesy romance novels, watch horror movies, read manga, draw, and pet her dog that looks like a mogwai. She hopes one day humans will hibernate and avoid sun exposure and harsh winters, even though Vancouver has neither.
Asher J. Klassen
Asher J. Klassen is a cartoonist and printmaker based in Kelowna, BC. His comics blend absurdist humour, fantasy, cynical self-examination, and formal experimentation that often verges on abstraction. In 2015 he self-published The Superhero Afterlife: Abridged with Eisner-award nominee A. David Lewis as part of their work with the comics-and-religious studies collective Sacred & Sequential. Klassen plans to debut a new 3D comic book, as well as new minis and handmade prints, at VanCAF this year. He also despises writing about himself in the third person; he'd much rather chat about comics, theory, and beer with you personally in Vancouver.
Michael Kluckner's illustrated books have included a memoir on farming, a sketchbook of Canada's cultural landscapes, and detailed histories of British Columbia, Vancouver, and Toronto. He was a newspaper cartoonist in the late 1970s, and recently returned to black & white media with Toshiko, a graphic novel set in British Columbia during the Second World War. He lives in Vancouver and volunteers as the president of the Vancouver Historical Society. He is working on 2050, a graphic-novel murder-mystery set in Vancouver a little ways into the future.
Maia Kobabe is a recent graduate of the Comics MFA program at CCA. Maia is the author and illustrator of the ongoing medieval fantasy webcomic The Thief's Tale. A short Thief's Tale story will be published in spring 2016 in the Alphabet Anthology from Stacked Deck Press. Check out Maia's tumblr to see more of their work.
Jeremy Kwong is an illustrator and comic artist from Richmond, BC. He is currently working on a two-part cyberpunk comic
set in the near future about a city’s struggle after the rise of automation. When free time comes around, he enjoys
activities such as gaming, drawing, snowboarding, and eating cheeseburgers.
Amanda Lafrenais is an independent self-taught comic artist, most well-known for her series of LGBT-friendly and body-positive erotic works, in addition to a (non-erotic) webcomic, Love Me Nice. She has done work for comics creators Ryan Estrada and C. Spike Trotman, tones for Adventure Time graphic novels, and illustrations for "The Sex and Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone."
Born on the prairies and living by the ocean, Michael Lagacé has a passion for making things up and a knack for the unique. His writing typically dips into drama and crime as he seeks to blend science fiction with the natural human condition. His original graphic novel, The Forever Maps, is about a man that follows a series of unending maps that keep him from getting older, and it's not until it's too late that he learns when he stops following them, his age quickly catches up. Torn between family and immortality, he has to choose between living forever or having a life worth living.
Lillian Lai is an illustrator currently working in the animation industry in Vancouver. She has also done work in gaming and children's book illustration.
She loves reading, petting cute animals, and eating baked goods.
Myra Lara is an architect, artist, and activist living in Seattle, WA. She enjoys drawing tiny houses, magical landscapes, queer characters, and Mexican-American culture. Her current projects include Witchaus, a femme-focused comic on the curse of leaving home, and educational comics on urban livability, land-use policies, and good design. She wants everyone to do art.
Megan Lavey-Heaton is a writer that found herself in Pennsylvania after taking a very twisty route around the United States. She is the co-creator of Namesake, the co-editor of Valor anthology, and does book design for the digital editor Hiveworks. Her work has also appeared in anthologies such as The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and Womanthology: Heroic. She is a voracious bibliophile who gets twitchy when a book isn't at hand. She loves Doctor Who, twisting history and literature to suit her needs, fountain pens and ink, playing beat-the-deadline, and running away from home from time to time.
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.
Hanna Lee's days are usually occupied with storyboards, illustration, pokemon training, and watching her chameleon Mittens basking in the rare sunlight of Vancouver.
Nolen Lee is an independent illustrator based in Seattle, WA. Most recently, Nolen worked at Righteous Tales creating David vs.Goliath for iOS and Android
platforms; he left in 2014 to pursue his illustration career.
Stacy "Staceart" LeFevre
Stacy LeFevre is a Seattle-based illustrator and comic artist from Phoenix, Arizona. She enjoys drawing her plant-inspired creatures called sprites and exploring the fantasy world they inhabit. She also writes and draws the webcomic Strange But Beautiful, an autobiography comic centered on her anxiety and depression. When she is not working on art, she loves to hike in the wilderness of the PNW, watching cartoons, catching up on reading, searching for the best chai tea latte, and hanging out with her good friends.
Christian Haruki Lett
Christian Haruki Lett is a writer, illustrator, and comic artist working out of Vancouver. By day he works for the provincial government. His interests and themes include linguistics, queer, British Columbia history, alternate history, feminism, mental health, monsters, ghosts, conspiracy theories, real science, fake science, and mad science. He keeps a vial of glitter on his person in case of emergencies.
Eugenia "Euge" Leung
Eugenia "Euge" Leung is the creator of Puglie Pug—a little pug with big dreams. When she's not dressing him up as various foods or placing him in costumes inspired by
popular culture, she's creating his unique Puglie life and having a laugh while doing so.
Corey Lewis (Reyyy)
Corey Lewis (Reyyy) is a comic book artist and writer, best known for Sharknife, published by Oni Press. He is also the creator of self-published
books Arem and Dream Skills and has done work for Marvel, Disney, and Cartoon Network.
Miriam Libicki was born in Columbus, Ohio. After living in Jerusalem and Seattle, WA, she is now based in Vancouver. 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.
Caitlin Like is a cartoonist from Portland, Oregon and creator of the steampunk gothic romance webcomic Maiden of the Machine. She also draws the upcoming chapters of Thrillbent's The Best Thing and does flatting work for Dark Horse and independent projects.
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.
Dawn Lo is a Vancouver-based illustrator with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. With an adoration of both the eccentricity of comics and the highly stylistic aesthetic of screen-printing and gouache, she aims to create work that is high-spirited and whimsical, yet retains an endearing simplicity. Dawn invites you to have a good laugh with her along with her funky characters and her little zines that are inspired by childhood, surroundings, and little everyday moments.
Rosie Lockie is an artist that lives and works in Seattle but is hoping to be nomadic soon.
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.
Colin Lorimer is a local comic book artist and writer who has also worked in gaming and animation. Colin's comics have been published through Dark Horse, BOOM!, Image, IDW, and quite a few others.
Ivan Louey is a recent graduate of Art Center College of Design in California, now living in Vancouver and working as an illustrator, visual developer,
concept designer, and big time dabbler.
Mildred Louis is a comic creator from Boston, MA, whose work focuses on providing a place for Women of Colour in genres where they are most often overlooked or under-represented. Mildred's webcomic, Agents of the Realm, has been running for a year and a half, and another project, Bound Blades, launched in late 2015.
Pearl Low is a storyboard artist, illustrator, and part-time magical girl based in Vancouver. Growing up in an Asian diaspora, Pearl's work is thoroughly influenced by Asian and western cultures. Currently, Pearl has released Fumi's Sketchbook: Black Girls Vol. 1. In her spare time, her two favourite things to do are eating and enjoying the outdoors.
Matt Lubchansky is a cartoonist and illustrator living in New York. His work has appeared on The Nib, The Toast, Brooklyn Magazine, and
Vice. His regular comics can be found at listen-tome.com.
Tim Mack is a an illustrator and character designer living in Vancouver. He worked in the games industry for a few years, and now does freelance. Tim enjoys talking in the
third person and staring aimlessly out at the ocean.
Caitlin Major lives in Toronto with her partner Matthew Hoddy, where she likes to make herself laugh by drawing silly comics. Her number one favourite comic to draw is
Manfried the Man.
Arianna is a Weirdo-In-Training (it's an intern gig) and, in her spare time, writes uncomfortable comics and draws awkward pictures. The curious can find
out more on her tumblr.
A traveller and adventurer, Maywa has lived and worked in Sydney, Melbourne, and Vancouver, helping make animations for video games and television. Maywa's display at VanCAF will include comics, zines, prints, and original art. You can see more of Maywa's work on instagram.
Graeme McCormack is a Vancouver-based illustrator and concept artist currently working at Relic Entertainment.
J.J. McCullough is Canada's only political cartoonist slightly over 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 occasionally appears as a political commentator for CTV. He lives in Vancouver.
Ryan McDiarmid is an illustrator, writer, and cartoonist from Tofino, BC. He has a degree in English literature, and is currently studying illustration and design at Capilano University. He has previously contributed to Cloudscape’s Mega Fauna anthology, and in his spare time works on an alien fantasy comic called The Divine Alchemy.
Kel McDonald is best known for her webcomic Sorcery 101. More recently, she has organized the Cautionary Fables and Fairytales anthology series, while contributing to licensed comics such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is currently working on the magical girl series Misfits of Avalon for Dark Horse Comics. Misfits of Avalon, Volume 2 will premier this March.
Jade McGilvray is a creature of the deep, and has made Vancouver her home for the time being. Humans sometimes hire her as a 3D Animator, and when she isn't working, she is swimming, drawing, and travelling hither and yon. She aspires to be a full-time comic artist and adventurer one day.
Luke McKay is a Vancouverite and the author and illustrator of Balls 2 That, published by Vancouver's Button Mash Productions (2010 - present). He was also the illustrator for the webcomic series for Rooster Teeth in Austin (2006 - 2011), as well as many other attempted comic series that just never caught on. To learn more, ask him about it when you see him at VanCAF.
Isabelle Melançon is a French-Canadian artist, the co-creator of Namesake, the co-editor of the Valor Anthology, and a part of the admin team of
the digital editor Hiveworks. They like fairy tales, lemonade, Star Wars, and unicorns.
Angela Melick has been writing comics about being a mechanical engineer right here in Vancouver BC for over ten years. How is that possible? Find out
every week at wastedtalent.ca.
Josué Menjivar is an illustrator and designer specializing in magazine and book illustration as well as graphic novels. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, his small business has been creating illustrations, graphic design, and comics since 1998.
Erika Moen is a queer, 32-year-old, full-time cartoonist at Periscope Studio in sunny Portland, Oregon. Together with Matthew Nolan, Erika co-creates the
weekly sex education and sex toy review comic Oh Joy Sex Toy!
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 writes and draws the west coast-based fantasy comic Eth's Skin, and is the editor of Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology. Sfé's work deals primarily with gender and trans identities, queer visibility, and a great deal of monsters and eerie beasts.
Karla Monterrosa-Morales was born and raised in tropical San Salvador, El Salvador. She's an illustrator, animation filmmaker, and hypochondriac, and serves as comic relief in various social circles. When she's not drawing or painting, she likes to perform improv comedy and read horror stories on WebMD.
Erik Munson is a self-published comic artist from Minneapolis, MN who collaborates frequently with fellow creator Chan Chau. Erik's work has appeared in several anthologies, including Rock Ink Roll, a collection that was curated by the Altered Aesthetics Gallery, as well as in the online art therapy project SAGA, used to treat those afflicted with PTSD.
Mike Myhre is a director on the current season of Littlest Pet Shop and a Leo Award-nominated storyboard artist who has worked on a variety of animated shows—ranging from Martha Speaks to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. In between fatherhood and labouring in commercial animation, he draws comics and co-opts British culture. He prefers his whisky neat, and his martinis with a twist.
Chu Nap is an artist from Toronto, ON and a member of the artist initiative FANGRRLZ. Chu has participated in the Qpop Gallery's Gainax tribute art show and is currently working on a multi-volume book called Sukibito Diary.
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.
Aaron Navrady graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2002. His current self-published graphic novel project, The Cold Fire, is a medieval epic about a Norman crusader who joins a company of knights tasked with pursuing heretics across the frozen Alps as they flee the Albigensian Crusade south of France in the early 13th century. Aaron has also created comics, editorial and advertising illustration for McGraw-Hill Ryerson, BionX International, Canadian Pacific Railways, the City of Calgary, the Calgary Herald, Top Shelf 2.0 and Las Vegas CityLife.
Shayan Naziripour is an obscene gay artist living in Vancouver. He has created a hilarious life journal comic ShyGay circa 2013. He draws about video games, drag queens, and sausages.
Molly "Jakface" Nemecek
An illustrator and comic artist from the shadows of Coquitlam, BC, Molly Nemecek has been self-publishing comics & webcomics since 2004. She is the artist and creator of Woo Hoo!, an urban fantasy set in the Pacific Northwest; the inker for Even Death May Die!, a dieselpunk thrillventure by JR Boos; and the creator of the webcomic Insane Yeti Squirrel.
She has contributed to several comic anthologies, including Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales: Asia Edition, Purity, and Fujosports. Her art has been featured in Calgary Entertainment Expo’s 2013-2016 charity art books and Emerald City Comic Con’s Monsters & Dames. Online, she is known for making popular geek beefcake calendars, with past themes including "DA: Men of Thedas", "GameBOYS", and "Silver Foxes".
In her free time, Molly likes to do livestreams and raise money for charity. She is fond of—and heavily influenced by—mohawks, butts, and video games. As a geek, her life is dominated by her enormous action figure collection and her fixation on the manga series Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.
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.
Hope Nicholson is a comic publisher and owner of Bedside Press. In 2015, she published the anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and the 1940s Canadian comic reprint Brok Windsor. She has been an editor on the aboriginal comic anthology Moonshot and will also edit the upcoming Margaret Atwood/Johnnie Christmas graphic novel Angel Catbird, to be released in October 2016.
Matthew J. Ocasio is a writer, editor, publisher, and cat lover. Based out of a two-cat secret lair in Portland, he publishes The Matter, an anthology of short-form illustrated fiction that focuses on stories told by an artist and writer both. He travels to conventions on both coasts of the Americas as well as in Canada (which he lovingly refers to as "America's Ned Flanders"). He writes fiction under the pen name Jack Bracken, and has published a total of nine stories. He is writing Steambun Samurai, a project started by Ragnar Guidote, to be pitched for professional publication. About one-third of the pictures he has taken in his lifetime are of cats, usually his own.
Mariya Olshevska is freelance illustrator living in Vancouver. She has a passion for creating whimsical characters and worlds inspired by dreams and puns. She loves exploring themes of wildlife, mythology, and mysticism, and she also enjoys putting birds on things. Currently, Mariya is creating art for an indie animated short film and a comic inspired by working in retail. When she's not painting, she's out scouting for woodland adventures, delicious recipes, and inspiring music.
Nero O'Reilly, a boy-bird-beast based out of the deep forests of Cascadia, is physically incapable of not drawing.
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.
Allan Douglas Parker
Allan Douglas Parker made the transition from machinist to cartoonist, trading in the wrench and a little bit of his sanity for "the children".
Pakorn Patarawutiporn is an illustrator and concept artist living in Vancouver. He likes knights, alien mice, and alien mice knights. He has lived in six countries.
Bree Paulsen is the creator of the webcomic Patrik the Vampire. A graduate of Laguna College of Art & Design, Bree loves sequential storytelling, derpy
vampires, and spooky things. Currently Bree does children's book illustration for Xist Publishing.
Margaret Perrie is an animator from the east coast who now lives and works in Vancouver. In her free time, she dabbles in comics and reads far too many fantasy novels.
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 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.
Jose Pimienta was raised in the border city of Mexicali, Mexico. He grew up loving music, cartoons, and walking. Currently, he lives outside of Los Angeles, where he draws storyboards and comics. In his not-working-time, he makes music or takes long walks around the neighbourhood. He hums and whistles often.
Jess Pollard is a second year illustration and design student at Capilano University. She is a contributor on the upcoming Bones of the Coast
horror anthology and currently works on the webcomic LIQUID SHELL.
Mauricio Pommella is a senior art director with over 15 years of experience, focusing primarily on communication and ideas. His work includes 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 conflicts, relationships, and philosophical problems wrapped into futuristic worlds. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two daughters.
Anat Rabkin ("Lunarblade")
Anat Rabkin 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 periods 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 three years.
Sajan Rai is a London-based artist and member of the Backwards Burd comic collective. He loves drawing things that he finds hilarious and titles his work Childish Butt-Vomit, as it appropriately describes the elegance he brings to the comic medium. The mundane and surreal often meet in his work (which includes books Brocko N' Frens, Kickypoo, and Petty Beach). As a comic book artist, he's been touring the UK and Scandinavia at various comic cons for a few years and has gathered a cult following, for his comics, commissioned sketches, and live portraiture of people as sloths.
Alex Reeder & Danae Wilding
Danae Wilding and Alex Reeder are an attached-at-the-hip comic duo residing in Vancouver. Their webcomic GREY was launched at the start of 2014 and focusses on their favourite things: dark humour, gang underworlds, and lots and lots of murder. You can follow Alex and Danae on their respective Twitters.
Alex Rensing is an artist currently residing in northern BC. They dropped out of art school to work on small press comics and zines. Their current main project is Between the Buns, the unofficial hot jughead anthology, which they are making with a variety of artists from around the globe.
Jake Richmond is the creator of the webcomic Modest Medusa, celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2016. Jake is also the editor of the bi-monthly sci-fi comic magazine Combine, which features the ongoing series Ghost Kiss. For the past five years, Jake has been the colorist for the award-winning Hereville series of graphic novels.
Sterling Richter just crawled out of bed like fifteen 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.
Tessa Joyce Riecken
Tessa Joyce Riecken (AKA Wereville) is a comics artist and freelance illustrator from Victoria, BC. Wereville has recently come back to Canada after living in Scotland and is currently developing her first webcomic: Dog Island. When not working on her script or taking commissions, she can usually be found rolling around in a pile of her favourite comic books, playing outside in the dirt, watching Steven Universe, trying to pet cats, or doodling sparkly fan art. She also has a Fine Arts degree in experimental painting from UVic, which was fun—but her heart truly belongs to cartoons and comics.
Nikko Ronsayro is a laid backed chill guy who's nervous about nothing all the time. He is an animator by trade (Teen Titan Go!, The Croods). He makes comics and
would like you to read them.
Devin Rosychuk is a freelance illustrator and concept artist currently working in animation and games. In his free time, he draws and paints so much that his eyes have begun to crust over (he must remember to blink more). He can usually be found far too caffeinated in a coffee shop, filling a seemingly endless amount of sketchbooks. He is very interested in storytelling through science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary settings.
Ru is an illustrator, currently studying at Emily Carr, who loves to draw monsters and drink sweet cups of coffee and tea.
Seth Rutledge a dual-citizen of the United States and Canada, living in Vancouver. He works as a concept artist, illustrator, and animation layout designer, and is currently working on his first comic, Aztec Otter.
Carlos Salazar is a comics artist and graphic designer from Costa Rica.
Desirae Salmark is an escapee of a small Albertan town and is now working in storyboards (where she meticulously draws goofy things). Desirae will be returning to VanCAF this year with her urban fantasy comics Solarpowered and Of Mermaids and Diners. She is still at large.
Nick Salmon is an Australian who made the move to Vancouver to pursue his passion in animation. Currently working at DHX studios, Nick is glued to his Cintiq, designing and illustrating characters, worlds, and stories. His hobbies include watching Samurai Jack, playing Banjo Kazooie, or attempting George Harrison licks on the guitar (not always successfully).
Andi Santagata is an independent cartoonist living in Los Angeles, and is probably most known for writing/drawing the feminist buddy-comedy comic American Spirits: Freelance Ghostbusters. They mostly make zines and comics in the horror comedy genre about existentialism, self-hatred, and busting big ol' paranormal phenomena.
Hailey Sato is a cool kid from the prairies that moved to Vancouver to study animation. She graduated from the Commercial Animation program at Capilano University in 2014 and has since been working for Titmouse Vancouver on TV shows like Nickelodeon's Breadwinners and Dreamworks' Turbo F.A.S.T. She has a million hobbies and loves ramen.
Rei Sato is the creator of Nanaimo Bar, an autobiographical comic about life as a biracial Canadian.
Braden and Jennifer Poirier are the comic making team known as Savage Spots. Braden draws and inks, while Jennifer writes and colours their book, Attack of the Giant Robot Crab. They currently frequent the Sunshine Coast, BC with their two small dogs, Scarlette and Angel.
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. His first graphic novel, Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy, will be published by AMP Comics for Kids in September 2016.
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 is a storyboard artist currently working in Vancouver. She's been seen making comics, eating (pizza), and wishing she owned a parrot. No one can say with certainty what colour her hair will be by the time VanCAF rolls around.
Josh Shalek grew up in the desert, a place that still looms large in his imagination. He created Falling Rock National Park in 2006 as a comic strip. Since 2012, he has been self-publishing Falling Rock as a comic book series. Josh also enjoys drawing dinosaurs, friendly zombies, and robots. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and cat.
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.
At first glance, Morgan Shandro is merely an animator working in Vancouver. Beneath this deceptively simple exterior, however, lies the heart of a viking warrior, ravenous for adventure and (sometimes) the blood of her enemies. Morgan channels this pent-up bloodlust into healthy pursuits like Dungeons & Dragons and drawing comics about badass warrior women who like to fight monsters.
Anise Shaw is a local artist is working in comics and animation. She has published several graphic novels and comic short stories, including her series Even in Arcadia
and short stories for Cloudscape Comics.
Erin Shuttleworth is a cartoonist and digital media artist from Rossland, BC, whose work borders on childlike fantasy and horror elements. She runs several webcomics, including Mindless MUSE and Mindless Movies. She is currently working on a time travel RPG story and continuing book series called Skeleton Joe.
Zoe Si is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator, and a practising lawyer, who resides in glorious Vancouver. 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.
Ed Siomacco has a career in film animation and visual effects, and is also the creator of The Adventures of SpaceCat comic. He cartoons while living a life of adventure
with his wife and amazing kids.
Justin Smith has worked for ten years in the Vancouver animation industry as an animator, lead animator, and animation director. His passion is illustration and most of his illustrations include wildlife - especially wolves.
Kim Smith is a children's book illustrator from Calgary, Alberta. She has illustrated several picture books, including Over the River and Through the Wood and the
storybook adaptation of Home Alone.
Ryan Smith is a Manitoban cartoonist whose work includes creating the fantasy series Accursed Dragon and writing for Banished, a science fiction adventure about exploration and friendship. After braving the harsh Canadian elements with his faithful hound, Ryan mostly enjoys surrounding himself with video games, cartoons and a Cintiq.
Jeff Chiba Stearns
Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy-nominated and Webby award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker as well as an accomplished illustrator and artist. After graduating from Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded the 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 just finished his second feature length animated documentary, Mixed Match, which will premiere in 2016. Currently he is also working on developing his first children's book.
Taneka Stotts is a queer little tumbleweed from the southwest that stopped rolling somewhere in Portland, Oregon. When she's not writing comics, she creates more projects for herself than she needs. Her writes the webcomic, Full Circle, contributed and served as assistant editor for the Beyond anthology, and creates various minis with a diverse group of artists.
Alexis is an Australian animator and comic artist, currently residing in Vancouver. She animates by day and makes comics by night, as she doesn't know how to relax. Because her day job generally involves cute, happy stories, her comics have a tendency to be dark, melancholy, or more adult. When making comics, Alexis tends to pencil and ink traditionally, then colour and add dialogue in photoshop. Her most recent graphic novel is The Disappearance of Melody Dean—a story about love, time travel and murder.
Shoko Takahata is an artist from Japan, who worked as a caricature artist in Tokyo for five years. She moved to Canada in 2013, with her dream of becoming
an animator, and is currently work in the animation industry. She loves people-watching and sketches in cafes next to the sweets.
Durwin Talon & Buin Thompson
Durwin Talon & Guin Thompson are comic book creators and illustrators caught between Vancouver and Grand Rapids, MI. They are currently teaching at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Grand Valley State University. They have worked for DC Comics, Oni Press, Marvel Comics, and Dark Horse. Most recently, they're the creators of the book Beautiful Scars, released by Archaia/BOOM! Studios. As academics, they have published two books on sequential art: Panel Discussions and Comics Above Ground, both released by TwoMorrows Publishing.
Charles Tan is a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist based in Vancouver. Charles was the lead organizer on the "Avatar: Children of the Earth" fanzine and co-curator
on the upcoming "BioWare Fanzine: Bring Down the Sky".
Tiff Tang works as an artist in Vancouver, but she may secretly be a corgi. When not working at a video game studio, she likes to work on cute tradional
Joni Taylor is an author/illustrator whose comic artwork is concerned with the underdog, the unseen, and the invisible majority. Her stories run a little on the subversive side of life, taking cues from the diverse influences of Mad Magazine, SNL, and Roald Dahl.
Bevan Thomas is a Vancouver-based writer and world-builder best known for his work with Cloudscape Comics, BC's largest comics collective. As well as serving as Cloudscape's promotions officer and one of its board members, Bevan has been a writer on seven Cloudscape anthologies, an editor on four, and spearheads the Epic Canadiana series of Canadian superhero graphic novels. Bevan's work has also been featured in GuruKitty Studios' trio of comic collections, as well as Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology and Tesseracts 19: Superhero Universe. Bevan's writing explores a wide variety of genres, from the fantastical to the autobiographical. He has told the tale of "Theseus & the Minotaur" from the Minotaur's point of view, recounted the funeral of his maternal grandfather, followed a unicorn hunt and a wandering swallow, witnessed a war between totemic mechs and demonic machine-birds, and told of how two-fisted adventurers, arctic demigoddesses, and even the Golem of Prague faced down the Axis war machine during WWII.
Robin Thompson is an independent illustrator & comic book artist living in Vancouver. His comic book work includes art for Zombie Jesus and the long running indie horror series Champions of Hell. He instructs art classes at Emily Carr University (for the big kids) and at Richmond Arts Centre (for the little kids). He has been a guest speaker for Vancouver Art Gallery's special comic art exhibits Krazy! and Art Spiegelman's Co-mix.
Sarah is a writer, zinester, and student. She takes pleasure in the tranquil observation of daily life, meaningful connections with other creatures (including humans), and the terrifying beauty of transience. In addition to being a bug whisperer and tea connoisseur, she is a maverick, a social justice advocate, and a word-weaver. Her body of work grows up out of her paradoxical, seeking personality and it includes her zines, a few podcasts, and several writing ventures that she's too shy to talk to you about.
Xiu Jie "Abitto" Tian
Xiu Jie Tian, otherwise known as "Abitto", is an illustrator and comic artist from Surrey, BC. VanCAF will see the first
print selection of Abitto's sequential work.
Becca Tobin is a cartoonist and illustrator working in Glasgow, UK. She makes strange, tender comics about nature, magic, and animals in clothes. Her work has been featured in The Pitchfork Review, Lucky Peach, BOOM!, and Telegraph Gallery. In 2014, her work was shortlisted for the British Comic Awards' Emerging Talent category.
Derek "Toyebot" Toye is an illustrator and concept artist in Vancouver. He works in the animation industry and illustrates children's comics & books. His childhood memories of Japanese masked heroes, giant monsters, ol' time wrasslin', and Hockey Night in Canada have fueled his creative influences. Any spare time is spent doodling fan art, hanging with the family, or walking the dog. You may have seen his recent artwork with the Vancouver Canucks. Currently, he is working on more children's books, and drinking coffee.
Alexia Tryfon works as a visual development artist at DHX in Vancouver. In her spare time, she creates children's books and has worked on the accompanying comic to a documentary called Amplify Her. She spends her spare time doing short story illustrations and going on hikes.
Louisa Tsui is an illustrator from Vancouver and a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her clients include MUJI Canada, Converge Magazine, and Downtown Vancouver's WRAP Project. On most days she spends her time either folding zines or buried underneath her bilingual comic book collection. She currently resides in Toronto, Ontario, trying to fill up the snow quota for the rest of her life.
Jason Turner is a Canadian comic book artist currently residing in North Vancouver. 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 has been making comics, mini-comics, and art stuff since 1985 for no particularly good reason.
USNA Publishing & West Ghost Publishing
USNA Publishing is the creator of the graphic novel series USNA: The United States of North America. Written by Vancouver writers Harry Kalensky, Davy Longworth, and Allan Stanleigh, the first book of the series was illustrated by Dave Casey of Calgary. USNA II Book One was illustrated by Vancouver's Francine Delgado with graphic design and lettering by Vancouver's Chris Barrett. The next book of the series, USNA II Book Two, will be showcased at this year's VanCAF.
The same writing team, with artist and illustrator Chloe Dalquist, will also be showcasing the graphic novel Caretakers Book Two, the second of the three-book series.
Vice is a Mexican animator & illustrator currently living in Vancouver. Her source of inspiration comes from anime, manga and video games. She started her webcomic in October 2015 just for fun and hopes to keep getting better and better at drawing since she just can't stop herself from doing so.
Rachel Wada is an illustrator born in Japan, raised in Hong Kong, and currently based in Vancouver. She is in her fourth and final year at Emily Carr University
of Art + Design for her BFA in illustration.
Chrissy "wangqr" Wang
Chrissy is an animator and concept artist who resides in Vancouver. She graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts in Animation from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2015. Although she excels in both 2D and 3D art, her focus is placed on 3D animation. She enjoys the process of creating a character from scratch, but there's nothing more fascinating and rewarding for her than to see a character come alive with the magic of animation. "Above The Cloud" is her first and graduation film.
Sydkney (the 'K' is silent) Warnes is a comic book author & illustrator from Vancouver Island. Her current project is a comic series called Pumpkin, about a little witch who lives in a forest inhabited by "plantimals". Sydkney's current work is mostly inspired by herbology, witchcraft, tea, and cute things.
Colin Tan Wei
Colin Tan Wei is an illustrator & story artist, an artist on Folklore, the creator of Little Sparrow and the White Tiger, and an occasional monster hunter.
Katie Wheeler is a feminist cartoonist and illustrator in Seattle, WA, currently working on The Age, a graphic novel set in the Pacific Northwest. Katie writes
autobiographical comics every day, which have been compiled into several volumes, and she works closely with local feminist magazine StackeDD.
Many years ago, Andrew Whyte graduated from Sheridan College with numerous other reprobates, and charged blindly with them along a predetermined path towards damnation. Later, he began making a comic called Basileus which has not even one magical girl in it, much to his great shame and embarrassment.
Rhi Williams is a Sydney-born animator and illustrator who moved to Canada in 2012 to study at Capilano University and pursue her career on the far side of the world. After graduating from the Commercial Animation program in 2014, she began working in Vancouver, and is currently a storyboard artist on a series for Dreamworks TV. In addition to storyboarding, Rhi works on a variety of freelance design, comic, and animation projects, and is currently developing a series of folklore and mythology-based prints, which she plans to debut at VanCAF 2016.
Tara Williamson is a freelance illustrator & comic creator living in Vancouver. An '09 grad from the Capilano idea program, she last exhibited work in a printmakers show on Vancouver Island and Olio's Monster-themed Halloween show. Her new project, AEGIS, is a SciFi graphic novel exploring the themes of humanity, progress, and alien intelligence.
Her style can be described as fluid and organic with European graphic novel influences. She plays around with universal themes present in mythology and classic storytelling, bringing to life the creatures that haunt our collective imagination.
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. Outside of commercial-based projects, Patrick maintains an active studio practice with 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 mash-up strategies.
James F. Wright
A longtime reader and relatively recent writer of comics, James F. Wright co-created the culinary teen crime saga Nutmeg with Jackie Crofts at Action Lab. James has also worked on: The Geek Zodiac, a tongue-in-cheek astrology riff, with Josh Eckert; Lupina, a girl-raised-by-a-wolf adventure/revenge tale, with Liana Buszka; Dun Engine, about a trio of dungeon henchpeople who quit their jobs, with Kevin Olvera; and plenty more to come! James loves the collaborative aspect of comics and hopes to work with more people to tell great stories.
Having ventured far from his native Texan fields, Alex York has slowly adapted to life in the rainy northwest. Alex makes storyboards (which entails a lot less storytelling than you'd think), transforming pictures into money. When he is not plying his skill, he can be found playing video games and watching movies from that most glorious of decades: the 1980s.
Leda Zawacki received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2010 to study at the Independent Publishing Resource Center where she received a certificate from the comics program in 2011. Her art is influenced by northwest Native American myth, the Victorian silhouette, and imaginary creatures. She loves octopi, scientific facts, and making comics. She recently relocated to Minneapolis with her wife Mari and pup Hugo.
Michelle Zhu likes to eat, draw, and sleep. Michelle works as a game designer at DHX Media and formerly served as creative director at Blue Ant Media. An artist by day, Michelle spends their evenings serving their cat overlord, Mooch—who is chubby and likes to sleep on Michelle's chest, hampering their ability to breathe.
Tasha Zimich is an artist from Vancouver. Her artwork most often takes the form of 2D paintings and illustration and 3D designer toys, featured in national and international exhibits. Tasha was nominated for the Designer Toy Awards in 2013 and served as a judge in 2015. In addition to her toy creations, Tasha self-publishes illustrative work and artbook projects.