Guests

Special Guests

We're still in the process of announcing all our exhibitors for VanCAF 2015. Be sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook if you'd like to stay up to date!

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.

Ian Boothby will be participating in the Young at HeART: Comics for All Ages event on Saturday, May 23rd @ 1:00 PM, and the Quick on the Draw 3: The Quickening event on Sunday, May 24th @ 4:00 PM.

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.

Matt Bors will be participating in the Editorial Cartoons, After Charlie event on Saturday, May 23rd @ 3:00 PM.

Ed Brisson

Ed Brisson

Murder Book, Sheltered

Ed Brisson is a Vancouver-based comic book writer whose work has been published by Image, Marvel, BOOM, IDW and Dark Horse. He's best known for writing Comeback (Image), Sheltered (Image), Cluster (BOOM) and Murder Book (Dark Horse)—a collection of crime comics set in the Lower Mainland.

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!

Becky & Frank will be participating in the Inspector Pancakes And His Terrible Friends event on Sunday, May 24th @ 12:00 PM.

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, Alice Grove

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.

Jeph Jacques will be participating in the Inspector Pancakes And His Terrible Friends event on Sunday, May 24th @ 12:00 PM.

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.

David Malki

David Malki !

Wondermark, Machine of Death

David Malki ! is the author of the comic Wondermark, a gag strip crafted entirely from 19th century illustrations. Wondermark was syndicated in The Onion, and has three hardcover collections from Dark Horse Books, the first of which was nominated for the Eisner award (the highest honour in comics) for Best Humor Publication. It's possible that this was a clerical error. He's also co-editor of the bestselling Machine of Death series of fiction anthologies, and most recently, creator of the morbid storytelling game Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination. In his spare time, he uses dice to generate fantastic creatures and draws their portraits at rollasketch.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Nikki, and he likes to fly airplanes.

David Malki ! will be participating in the Quick on the Draw 3: The Quickening event on Sunday, May 24th @ 4:00 PM.

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.

Nina Matsumoto will be participating in the Young at HeART: Comics for All Ages event on Saturday, May 23rd @ 1:00 PM.

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.

Salgood Sam

Salgood Sam

Dream Life, RevolveR

Salgood Sam is Montreal artist Max Douglas. Born in Toronto in the 70s, he's been active in the comics industry for over twenty years, drawing books for DC, Marvel, & IDW. And creator-owned projects with both Image Comics & IDW as well!

He was nominated "Best Emerging Talent" for the 2005 Doug Wright Awards for RevolveЯ One, spilt blood on the first four books of creator-owned Sea of Redwith Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer, drew the 2007 best seller Therefore Repent! with writer Jim Monroe, and has work in Eisner-winning anthologies Comic Book Tattoo, Popgun 4, and Awesome 2: Awesomer.

He's also worked in animation for TV and film as a designer, on Sam & Max and Eek! The Cat; as an illustrator in a wide range of niches; a web publisher; a teacher; and most recently a crowdfunding independent publisher!

Last summer he successfully Kickstarted the first run of Dream Life | a late coming of age. Book One, and this year Revolver Quarterly, volumes 4, 5, and 6 will be published, completing the first arc of "Dracula Son of the Dragon" in collaboration with writer Mark Sable, and introducing his memoir, A Bastards Tale. Revolver Quarterly #4 is due April 2015. All of these were published under his independent imprint, Spilt Ink. He is also the publisher of the comics blog Sequential, with with Bryan Munn & Co!

Ken Steacy

Ken Steacy

Astroy Boy, Spider-Man, Victor Vector & Yondo

Ken Steacey decided at age eleven to become a professional comic book author/illustrator, a dream he realized in 1974. Since then, he has worked in the industry as writer, artist, art director, editor, and publisher, chronicling the exploits of Astro Boy, Spider-Man, Harry Potter, and the Star Wars gang, to name but a few. In addition to creating his own intellectual property, he has also collaborated with other writers, including Harlan Ellison and Douglas Coupland.

He is a recipient of an Eisner and an Inkpot award, and in 2009 was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award for contributions to the industry. He currently teaches Comics & Graphic Novels at Camosun College in Victoria BC, a visual storytelling program he co-created with his wife, author/illustrator Joan Steacy.

Ken Steacy will be participating in the Best Foot Forward: Promoting Your Comics (And Yourself!) event on Sunday, May 24th @ 1:00 PM.

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.