Volunteers with Zest and Vigour!
Posted: March 19th, 2015
The design for our 2015 volunteer-exclusive t-shirts has been finalized! This lovely shirt has been spun from the finest fibers and tinted with exotic tinctures meant to please and delight you. On top of that, the design was created by local artist Sam Logan, so it is rare, unique, and Vancouver-y, all in one go!
"But how may I, a mere mortal, acquire such a fine t-shirt?" you may be asking yourself. Why, you must but simply volunteer, my friend! VanCAF still has over 50 volunteer shifts still available, and we need your bodies in our warm, beautiful t-shirts.
Camosun Comic Arts Festival!
Posted: March 18th, 2015
There's nothing we love more than watching indie comics propogate amongst the unsuspecting masses.
Camosun College—in Victoria, BC—offers a Certificate in Comics and Graphic Novels, headed by Canadian Comics Hall-of-Famer Ken Steacy. For the past few years, they've held an annual one-day comics showcase that features the work of their students, as well as bringing in guest speakers from across Canada.
This year, they're looking to kick their operation up a notch with an Indiegogo campaign! Be sure to check it out, and help support indie comics in British Columbia!
Bellingham Comic Arts Festival
Posted: March 12th, 2015
Some of the fine comic-makers in Bellingham, WA have organized a great new event that will be taking place this Saturday! The Bellingham Comic Arts Festival is a one-day totally FREE comics event taking place just 45 minutes south of Vancouver. Be sure to head down and promote indie comics both at home—and abroad!
Posted: March 3rd, 2015
The time has come to recruit our league of loyal, detail-oriented, and feisty volunteers! VanCAF needs you—that's right, you— to join our ranks!
Did you know that VanCAF is completely free? And that our tables cost merely a fraction of the cost of other comic exhibitions? We do all of this to ensure that VanCAF is a fun, stress-free show for everyone—attendees and exhibitors alike. Unfortunately, VanCAF can't be the success that it is without a team of wonderful volunteers to help us make sure everything runs smoothly.
VanCAF 2015 volunteers receive:
- A VanCAF volunteer t-shirt, featuring an exclusive design by Sam Logan;
- Two free refreshment vouchers to be exchanged for a snack or beverage (per day);
- Entry into our volunteer-exclusive prize raffles, featuring comics, toys, snacks, and more (one entry per shift--the more shifts you work, the more entries you get!);
- A private volunteer-only barbecue in the park in June!
And more ...
Posted: February 4th, 2015
We have additional exciting announcements for our guest line up this year:
Frank & Becky, creators of Tiny Kitten Teeth and Capture Creatures;
James Lloyd, artist for The Simpsons and Futurama comics;
Salgood Sam, creator of RevolveЯ and Dream Life; and
Kurtis Wiebe, award-winning writer of Rat Queens.
But that's not all. Have you seen our full exhibitors list? It's crazy long. This is because VanCAF 2015 will actually be twice the size as the year before, with two full halls of wholesome comic goodness.
While we still have many more names to announce, check out our full exhibitor list to see the stellar talent we have lined up for you!
Posted: January 12th, 2015
The guest line-up for 2015 keeps growing, with these thrilling additions:
Ian Boothby, award-winning writer for The Simpsons and Futurama comics;
Matt Bors,, editor of The Nib and editorial cartoonist;
Tyler Crook,, artist of B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth and Petrograd;
Camilla d'Errico, local pop artist and creator of Tanpopo;
Pia Guerra, artist of Y: The Last Man;
Jeph Jacques, indie webcomics creator of Questionable Content and Alice Grove;
Steve Rolston, local artist & arts educator and creator of One Bad Day.
Keep checking back to hear about more exciting exhibitors as they're announced!
And now the announcements begin!
Posted: December 14th, 2014
After an incredibly difficult selection process, we've sent out the invitations to our participating artists for 2015. The creators have already started sending us their exhibitor info, so be sure to check back often to see what new exhibitors and guests have been announced. For now, we're delighted to announce three guests for our 2015 line-up (with many more on the way!):
Nina Matsumoto, who lent her prodigious artistic talents to this year's promotional art;
Ed Brisson, an unbelievably prolific local writer who continues to release project after project to rave reviews;
Simon Roy, another local, whose distinctions are growing by the day.
And be sure to check out the blossoming exhibitors list as we continue to update it!
VanCAF 2015 Application Review is Upon Us
Posted: December 2nd, 2014
And with the passing of our 2015 application deadline last night, we'll be taking the next couple of weeks to review all our applications and issue invitations. If you are an applicant, you should be hearing from us (with either an invitation or a waitlist notification) by December 16th; check your spam filters, and be sure to follow up with us if you don't hear anything by then!
Thank you very much for all your applications! We look forward to their close, intimate study. Talk to you soon!
VanCAF 2015 Applications are live!
Posted: July 2nd, 2014
Applications for VanCAF 2015 have gone live! Deadline for application is December 1st, 2014, but why wait?
More Praise for The Nub
Posted: July 2nd, 2014
We'd like to give one last shout-out to the support we received from The Nub Indie Arts Hub, as they were gracious enough to give us another round of free advertising!
The Nub features content from Broken Pencil: The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts; Geist magazine; Subterrain magazine; Matrix magazine; Taddle Creek magazine, and 49th Shelf.
Don't Miss a Thing - updated 5 days a week with work from Canada's best independent arts and culture magazines
It Happened Here First - stay up to date with cutting edge culture while you wait for the bus
Underground Fiction - the best in radical fiction with stories from Geist, SubTerrain, and Matrix Magazines
Best from the Small Press - book and zine reviews plus excerpts and interviews from Broken Pencil and 49th Shelf
Poke Your Mind - thought-provoking columns and opinion from underground culture mavens.
The Best in Independent Writing from Across Canada - new work from Geist, Broken Pencil, Matrix, 49th Shelf and SubTerrain.