Guests

Special Guests

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Natasha Allegri

Natasha Allegri

Bee & Puppycat

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

Becky & Frank

Becky & Frank

Tiny Kitten Teeth, Tigerbuttah, Capture Creatures

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

Ian Boothby

Ian Boothby

The Simpsons Comic, Futurama

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

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

Ed Brisson

Ed Brisson

Murder Book, Comeback, El Dia De Los Muertos

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

David Boswell

David Boswell

Reid Fleming

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

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

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

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

Tony Cliff

Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

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

Tony Cliff provided the promotional art for VanCAF 2014.

Cloudscape

Cloudscape

21 Journeys, Exploded View, Giants of Main Street

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

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

Tyler Crook

Tyler Crook

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

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

Farel Dalrymple

Farel Dalrymple

Pop Gun War, Prophet

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

Aaron Diaz

Aaron Diaz

Dresden Codak

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

Madeleine Flores

Madeleine Flores

Help Us! Great Warrior

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

Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham

King City, Escalator, Universe so Big

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

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

Pia Guerra

Pia Guerra

Y: The Last Man, Doctor Who: The Forgotten

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

Tyson Hesse

Tyson Hesse

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

Jeph Jacques

Jeph Jacques

Questionable Content

Jeph Jacques writes and illustrates the webcomic Questionable Content. He was born in Rockville, Maryland, graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in music. He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Morgan Jeske

Morgan Jeske

Disappearing Town

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

Sloane Leong

Sloane Leong

Alpha Princess Garou Shoujo, Maschinell

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

Nina Matsumoto

Nina Matsumoto

The Simpsons Comic, Yokaiden

Nina Matsumoto (better known online by the alias of "space coyote") is a Japanese-Canadian Eisner Award-winning comic book artist. Critically-acclaimed for her unique style and versatility, she has released two volumes of her original manga Yokaiden through Del Rey Manga. A lifelong fan of The Simpsons, she regularly pencils for Bongo Comics (Simpson Comics, Bart Simpson Comics). She also illustrated The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story, and is an artist for the T-shirt company Meat Bun.

Marv Newland

Marv Newland

Marv Cards

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

Steve Rolston

Steve Rolston

Queen and Country, Ghost Projekt

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

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

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

Simon Roy

Simon Roy

Jan's Atomic Heart, Prophet

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

Kris Straub

Kris Straub

Starslip, Chainsaw Suit, Broodhollow

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