Guests

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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, Sheltered

Ed Brisson is a comic book writer who first started to garner attention with his self-published crime series Murder Book, which was collected and released by Dark Horse in early 2015. In the span of just three years, Ed has written seven creator owned series for both Image Comics (Comeback, Sheltered, The Field, The Mantle, The Violent) and BOOM! Studios (Cluster, The Last Contract). You can also find him slinging words for both Marvel (Secret Avengers, Secret Wars Battleworld) and DC (Batman & Robin Eternal). In 2015 it was announced that Ed would be writing all new adventures of Canadian icon Captain Canuck.

He's been nominated for the Joe Shuster Award for Best Canadian Writer several times. Ed lives in Vancouver with his wife and daughter.

Danielle Corsetto

Danielle Corsetto

Girls with Slingshots

Danielle Corsetto is the artist and creator of Girls With Slingshots, which wrapped up last spring after its ten-year run. She's also written three Adventure Time graphic novels for BOOM! and used to draw The New Adventures of Bat Boy for the Weekly World News. She's currently taking a sabbatical from comics work, and teaching an illustration course at her alma mater Shepherd University as well as through her Patreon.

Evan Dahm

Evan Dahm

Rice Boy, Vattu

Evan Dahm has been making and self-publishing surreal fantasy-adventure graphic novels since 2006, including Rice Boy, Order of Tales, and Vattu, which won an Ignatz award in 2014. He's also an illustrator and a founder of the publishing company Benign Kingdom. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and small dog.

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.

Kadi Fedoruk

Kadi Fedoruk

Blindsprings

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

Comics.

Kadi Fedoruk designed one of VanCAF 2016's three variant poster covers, which will be available for purchase as part of the 2016 VIP packages.

Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham

King City, Prophet

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, Multiple Warheads, and Walrus. He writes Prophet (with Simon Roy) and co-edits the comics magazine ISLAND.

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.

Ryan Heshka

Ryan Heshka

Mean Girls Club, Welcome to Monster Town

For over sixteen years, Ryan Heshka has been making images full-time. NoBrow Press (UK) recently released his Mean Girls Club comic as part of their 17 x 23 series. His artwork has appeared in the pages of the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Playboy, as well as on numerous book jackets. He has released two children’s books, one of which, Welcome to Monster Town, was optioned by DreamWorks. Heshka's personal art has been exhibited in galleries across North America and Europe. He also teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design as a sessional instructor in the illustration department. He lives and works in Vancouver, with his wife Marinda, and their cat Louis.

Tyson Hesse

Tyson Hesse

Boxer Hockey, Diesel

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

Tyson Hesse designed one of VanCAF 2016's three variant poster covers, which will be available for purchase as part of the 2016 VIP packages.

Faith Erin Hicks

Faith Erin Hicks

Friends with Boys, The Last of Us: American Dreams

Faith Erin Hicks is a writer and artist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her previous works include Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), the Bigfoot Boy series (with J. Torres), The Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann) and the Eisner Award-winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl. Her latest book, The Nameless City, comes out in April 2016.

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 Halifax, NS.

Lynn Johnston

Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

Lynn Johnston is the creator of the comic strip For Better or For Worse, which appears in more than two thousand newspapers, and has been translated into eight languages for a devoted readership of more than 220 million. Lynn was the first woman to receive a Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society. She has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has received the Order of Canada, and claims a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

Lynn Johnston will be appearing in the A Conversation with Lynn Johnston event on Saturday, May 21st, at 12:00PM. She will be signing books at the VanCAF info booth on Saturday, May 21st from 1:00 PM - 3:00 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.

Nina Matsumoto

Nina Matsumoto

Simpsons Comics, 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 (Simpsons 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 has been busy drawing stories for four indie comic anthologies: New World, Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Asia Edition, Bones of the Coast, and Elements.

Troy Nixey

Troy Nixey

It's Only the End of the World Again, Trout

Troy Nixey began his storytelling career in the early nineties drawing Dead World and Bill The Clown. Over the years he has worked on other notable comics, including Batman: The Doom that Came to Gotham, Neil Gaiman's It’s Only the End of the World Again, Matt Wagner's Grendel: Black, White and Red, Harely Quinn, and Bacon. Nixey also co-created the comic mini-series “Jenny Finn” with Mike Mignola and the critically acclaimed comic Trout, his most personal work.
In 2007, Nixey’s short film “Latchkey’s Lament” screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, attracting the attention of Guillermo del Toro and generating industry buzz about Nixey’s first feature, which would become Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. His comic book background has been perfect for Nixey’s transition into directing movies.
Troy Nixey continues to work on film projects but his love of creating comics has never waned. He has returned to his roots with a splash with multiple projects on the slate from Dark Horse Comics - one being his most beloved creation: Trout.

Luke Ramsey

Luke Ramsey

Intelligent Sentient

Luke Ramsey is a co-founder of Islands Fold, an artist residency that was on Pender Island, B.C, Canada. His practice includes collaboration, public art projects, illustration and painting. His book Intelligent Sentient? is published by Drawn and Quarterly. Luke currently lives on Sunshine Coast, BC.

Steve Rolston

Steve Rolston

Queen and Country, Ghost Projekt

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

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

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

Simon Roy

Simon Roy

Jan's Atomic Heart, Prophet

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

Kurtis Wiebe

Kurtis Wiebe

Rat Queens, Pisces

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