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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.

Johnnie Christmas

Johnnie Christmas

Sheltered

Johnnie Christmas is the creator of Firebug and co-creator and illustrator of Sheltered and Pisces, all published by Image Comics. His work has also been published by Dark Horse Comics, Valiant Entertainment, BOOM! Studios, and Black Mask Studios. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, he makes his home in Vancouver, BC.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.