Posted: May 24th, 2013
AND SO IT BEGINS! VanCAF 2013 will be officially up and ready for business this evening, kicking off with
our book launch for Ed Brisson, Matt Bors, and Jesse Davidge. Come join us at tonight at
Displace Hashery in Kitsilano!
Saturday, May 25th, 10 AM - 6 PM
The festival opens at 10 AM with the first event, the Cloudscape Comic Live-Draw, at 11 AM.
After the exhibition closes, an exclusive exhibitors-and-volunteers-only event will take place at the Stormcrow from 7PM - 10PM.
Sunday, May 26th, 11 AM - 5 PM
Events start right at open at 11 AM with the Springfield North event and wrap up at 4 PM.
See you there!
And Now a Word From ...
Posted: May 15th, 2013
With VanCAF imminent we'd like to take a moment to thank some of the businesses that have reached out to support us this year. Either through free advertising, discounted supplies, or with donations to our fundraiser raffles, VanCAF 2013 couldn't have happened without the following businesses:
Thank you everyone! We can't wait to see you in two weeks for VanCAF 2013!
Posted: May 6th, 2013
The Inkstuds booth has announced that their already stellar line-up will also feature Morgan Jeske, artist behind Disappearing Town and Change from Image Comics.
The Next-to-Last Event
Posted: May 5th, 2013
We've almost filled in the blanks of the last TBA on the events page! Capping off our Saturday programming is Ken Boesem's historical seminar, "Canada's Golden Age of Comics"! Those who remember last year's event will be delighted to learn that this will continue off from that fascinating discussion. We just have one last event to fill out our complete schedule. Check out our programming and plan your VanCAF weekend!
Posted: May 4th, 2013
Those of you keeping a close eye on our events pages will have noticed the addition of our evening social events. But there's also facebook pages! Check them out and RSVP so we can roll out the red carpet (specifically in your honour, of course!)
The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival event page
The Book Launch Party (Friday, May 24th) event page
The Comic Jam (Sunday, May 26th) event page
See you there!
Chillin' at Metropolis
Posted: May 4th, 2013
Happy Free Comic Book Day! Come join us at Metropolis Comics & Toys on in Burnaby to celebrate your Free Comic Book Day. They've posted their sales on Facebook and it looks to be a pretty bountiful line-up. Check out the exhibitors, prize raffles, and contests!
Posted: May 2nd, 2013
We know you're all still reeling from our exciting Sunday event announcement, but hold on to your horses. Sunday will also feature "Springfield North", looking at the the Simpsons and Futurama comic work of Ian Boothy, James Lloyd, and Nina Matsumoto.
Check it out on Sunday at 11 AM!
A Wild Event Appears!
Posted: April 30th, 2013
While we still have a few tricks waiting diligently up our sleeves, we've announced another event for our Sunday line-up. Finishing off the day at 4 PM we have our Adventures in All-Ages Comics, featuring some of the talent behind Adventure Time Spin-offs Marceline and the Scream Queens, Fiona and Cake, and Bravest Warriors, as well as the creators of Tigerbuttah and Tiny Kitten Teeth! Check out our full event line-up for details.
2013 Eisner Nominations
Posted: April 16th, 2013
A few congratulations are in order as some of our Special Guests (and one exhibitor!) have been nominated for the 2013 Eisner Awards.
Emily Carroll, for her work on Spera Vol 1 (Best Publication for Teens).
Farel Dalrymple, for It Will All Hurt (Best Digital Comic).
Brandon Graham, for Prophet (Best Continuing Series), King City (Best Graphic Album - Reprint), as well as Best Writer, Best Cover Artist, and Best Coloring.
Meredith Gran, for Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens (Best Publication for Teens).
Simon Roy, for Prophet (Best Continuing Series)
Good luck to all of you!
Posted: April 14th, 2013
Simpsons and Futurama comics veteran James Lloyd joins our positively star-studded guest list for VanCAF 2013! Add that to the already-listed Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto and fans of the intellectual property of Matt Groening are sure to be tickled/delighted/pleased.
Posted: April 2nd, 2013
An event fairy snuck in during the night and updated the website to include some of our programming schedule for VanCAF 2013! Check them out, and then come back soon for more updates.
Speaking of updates, were you aware that the exhibitor list is constantly growing? You should keep yourself aprised of the exciting developments yonder, and if you're an exhibitor (but not listed!), be sure to send us your info!
Posted: March 18th, 2013
We've added Vancouver artist and animator Marv Newland to our special guest list, and we're not even finished yet! Check out the full guest list (and exhibitor list, to boot) and be sure to stay tuned for more announcements!
Posted: March 9th, 2013
Fans of the Image series Prophet will be delighted to know that in addition to Simon Roy and Brandon Graham, we'll also have Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War) as a special guest! This is exciting news and you should be excited.
Unrelated to Prophet but still equally exciting is our addition of Canadian creators Joey Comeau (One Bloody Thing After Another, Lockpick Pornography) and Emily Horne of A Softer World to the guest list! Be sure to check out the full listing for all your special guest needs.
And Another Thing ...
Posted: January 23rd, 2013
Oh, yeah! Have some Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt (Tigerbuttah, Capture Creatures) as well!
Guests! Guests! And more Guests!
Posted: January 22nd, 2013
Happy New Year! VanCAF is now only FOUR MONTHS AWAY and we can barely contain ourselves. If you aren't at that point yet, we have four new guests to help get your pulse racing:
Meredith Gran, Octopus Pie, Marceline and the Scream Queens
James Stokoe, Orc Stain, Wonton Soup
Kurtis Wiebe, Green Wake, The Intrepids
Marley Zarcone, Madame Xanadu, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Check out the full list here and spend the next four months daydreaming about VanCAF. It's on now, comickers. It's on.
Guests & Exhibitors
Posted: December 13th, 2012
First off we'd like to announce two new guests for VanCAF 2013: political cartoonist Matt Bors (War is Boring, Life Begins at Incorporation) and Vancouver Island illustrator Simon Roy (Jan's Atomic Heart, Prophet)!
The invitations have officially been issued and we'll be spending the next few weeks updating the website with our exhibitor list. If you applied, be sure to check your inbox and spam filters for our response!
We are both thrilled and sad to say that we had so many applications, we had to put people on a waitlist. This is thrilling because it shows that VanCAF is growing, but it's sad because it means we had to turn away cartoonists, which we never want to do. But fret not! If you have been placed on our waitlist we are doing our very best to try and fit you in ASAP, and if you missed the deadline, be sure to apply anyway! The show is over five months away, and a lot can happen in that time!
The Deadline Cometh
Posted: December 3rd, 2012
Or, more accurately, the deadline is here. Deadline for VanCAF 2013 Exhibitor Application has arrived, so if you want to be considered with the lot for the 2013 show floor, be sure to fill out your application form TODAY! Applications submitted after this date will still be considered, but placed on a waitlist pending table availability. Applicants awaiting word can expect to hear back from us within one week.
Furthermore, we've got two more guests to add to our 2013 line-up! We're delighted to announce Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content) and Steve LeCouilliard (Much the Miller's Son, Una the Blade)! Check out the full guest list and get yourself pumped.
Posted: November 21st, 2012
VanCAF 2013 guest Ed Brisson's new comic hits shelves today! Check out the website for more details and a signing schedule.
No store near you? Fear not--Ed will have lots of copies on hand at VanCAF 2013!
Vancouver Events: Horror Hangover
Posted: November 16th, 2012
Check out this Vancouver exhibit happening next weekend only, curated by Inkstuds radio host Robin McConnell. It's got some great artists lined up, including VanCAF guest Rebecca Dart! Check out the website for more info.
New Website, New Guests
Posted: November 6th, 2012
As the rainy season really sets in, we encourage you to think ahead a few months to the spring, and start planning for VanCAF 2013! We're delighted to reveal several guests for the 2013 line-up, and we look forward to adding more names as time goes on. So far, we're pleased to announce:
Ken Boemsem, The Village
Ian Boothby, The Simpsons and Futurama comics
David Boswell, Reid Fleming
Ed Brisson, Murder Book and Comeback
Cloudscape Comics, 21 Journeys and Giants of Main Street
Rebecca Dart, Battle Kittens
Camilla d'Errico, Tanpopo
Brandon Graham, King City and Escalator
Steve Lieber, Whiteout
Sam Logan, Sam and Fuzzy
Nina Matsumoto, Yokaiden and The Simpsons comic
Steve Rolston, Queen and Country and One Bad Day
Check back regularly for more guest updates! And don't forget to fill out your application for VanCAF 2013!
VanCAF 2013 Application is Live!
Posted: June 16th, 2012
The application form for exhibiting at VanCAF 2013 is now live, so you should definitely get in on that action. Next year's festival will be May 25th-26th at the Roundhouse Community Centre, and we'll be looking at expanding the hall to make sure we can fit even more great artists into your stellar, comics-related weekend.
Deadline for application is December 3rd, 2012--so apply now (so it's out of the way, you procrastinator!) We'll be announcing our guest line-up for 2013 in the months to come.
It's a Wrap!
Posted: May 28th, 2012
VanCAF 2012 has come and gone, and we are absolutely delighted to announce that it was a complete success! The comments we've been receiving from guests, exhibitors, and attendees have been truly thrilling.
We give an extremely fond thank you to our venue, the Roundhouse, and our contact there, Brenda Raccanelli. It's obvious from the e-mails and tweets we've received that the Roundhouse was an extremely successful venue, and we look forward to cultivating a long relationship with them for future years.
Secondly, the show wouldn't have been a success without our league of excellent volunteers. Their hardwork made the show possible, and we can't thank them enough for the time they took out of their weekends to make VanCAF a success. Volunteers, you were loved and adored by all!
Prizes: The winners of all the raffles and art auctions have been contacted. Thank you all for participating and helping to support the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. With your support, we know VanCAF 2013 will be an even bigger success!
X Marks the Spot
Posted: May 19th, 2012
And, finally, we've added the last exhibitor to the list for VanCAF 2012: Kip Manley, Oregon-based writer of The City of Roses! When all is said and done we have a whopping ninety-two exhibitors. We're thrilled to be able to announce that many exhibitors in VanCAF's first year, and we can't wait to see the applications we'll get for VanCAF 2013.
While most of our exhibitors hail from Vancouver (way to go, hometown!) we'll also have artists coming from as far as California, New York, Massachusetts, and Ontario--so be sure to come by and make their trip worthwhile!
Want to get to know all the artists better? Then also consider hitting up our Saturday night social event in Yaletown! You can find the details on the events page or check out the Facebook page to RSVP!
The Final Countdown
Posted: May 18th, 2012
With only a week to go until VanCAF, things are getting pretty heated. We've just announced three more exhibitors for the list: Gabriel Frizzera (Isthmus, Heavy Metal Heart), Klara Woldenga (Robot Comics), and Albert Art (The Homeless Quatchi Project).
In other news, 4geeks Media has uploaded their Free Comic Book Day coverage at Metropolis Comics--check it out, and you might just see VanCAF organizer Shannon Campbell engaging in excessive use of hands-talking!
Lastly, VanCAF could still use a few extra volunteers--especially around lunch time on the Saturday and Sunday. If you think you could lend a hand, even just for a couple of hours, please mosey on over to our forums and sign up! A show is only as good as its volunteers, and we know Vancouver is hiding some of the best!
Holy Exhibitors, Batman!
Posted: May 14th, 2012
Followers of our Twitter, Google+, or Facebook page may have noticed the flurry of added exhibitors this weekend. But to recap, we're super-excited to include Nina Matsumoto of Yokaiden and Simpsons Comics fame to our guestlist, as well as Molly Nemecek (Insane Yeti Squirrel, Strange Aeons), Doug Savage (Savage Chickens), and Sam Alden (Eighth Grade) to our exhibitors. Be sure to check them all out and hit them up at the festival!
In other news, guest Sarah Leavitt's book Tangles has been officially released in the US, and to great reviews! It's always encouraging when Canadian indie cartoonists can break the border barrier--way to go, Sarah!
History in the Making
Posted: May 8th, 2012
Late addition guest Ken Boesem has announced "Maple Leaf Heroes: The Origins of Canada's Golden Age of Comics"! This event will be at 3 PM on Saturday, May 26th, and features local cartoonist and comics historian Ken Boesem has he explores Canada's development in the world of comics. Check out our full list of events to plan out your VanCAF weekend!
In exhibitor-related news, we're very pleased to announce that another Portland artist has joined the list of VanCAF exhibitors--Lucy Bellwood!
Lastly, we're delighted to hear that VanCAF exhibitors are kicking butt and taking names, though not perhaps in that order. Both Cloudscape Comics and Katie & Steven Shanahan have been nominated for the 2012 Gene Day Self-Publisher award (for 21 Journeys and Silly Kingdom, respectively). Yowza!