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Comics Communities

Posted: May 6th, 2015

In the spirit of discovery, Keith Edmunds, a community researcher from Manitoba, is interested in asking our enthusiastic attendees about comics communities. Some people may recall we had a panel about this very topic last year!

In his words:

"This survey is part of a study looking at the connection between comic readers, comic cons, and the idea of community. Respondents will be asked about the kinds of interactions they have with comics and how these interactions make them feel about their relationships to other comics fans."

The survey is available here and should only take a few minutes or your time. Thanks, folks!

Free Comic Book Day!

Posted: May 2nd, 2015

Happy Free Comic Book Day! Be sure to visit your favourite comic book store and drop a few dollars, because comic book stores exist to bring you happiness, and they deserve your love and affection.

In particular, we recommend Metropolis Comics & Toys in Burnaby, as they have always been strong supporters of VanCAF and continue to donate generously towards our prize raffles every year! This year, Metropolis will once again be throwing a huge FCBD bash, full of prizes, contests, sales, and free comics! Be sure to check out the Facebook event page for details.

VIP Packages: Pumped Up!

Posted: May 1st, 2015

Unbelievably, our VIP packages have gotten even better, as we've had two sponsors join the fray! Thanks to assistance from the kind and generous folks at EA Playtesting and Sticky's Candy on Broadway, the VIP packages have expanded to include a download code for a FREE Origin PC game, and a delightful chocolate bar to help you power your comic day.

VIP packages remain, but are in limited supply, so be sure to check out the full list of loot and order yours today!

The Vancouver Art/Book Fair

Posted: April 22nd, 2015

Vancouver Art/Book Fair

The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is currently accepting exhibitor applications for their 2015 festival! The VA/BF is a free community event, and in 2015 will take place on October 17th and 18th at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Exhibitors wishing to attend should contact Mel, and you can feel free to check out the 2014 website for more info!

More Special Guests!

Posted: April 13th, 2015

With the show just a little over a month away, it's always a pleasure to make additional announcements, just to get your blood pumping. On top of the great names who are still being added to our exhibitor list, we've also added a few extra special guests:

Zac Gorman, creator of Magical Game Time and the artist behind Oni Press's Costume Quest;

David Malki!, mastermind behind Wondermark and co-creator of Machine of Death; and

Ken Steacy, Canadian Comics Hall-of-Famer, industry veteran, and faculty lead of the Camosun College Comics Program.

Be sure to check out the full list of all our glorious artists and writers in attendance!

VIP Packages, for Very Important Pals

Posted: March 31st, 2015

VanCAF 2015 VIP Package

Because we ain't foolin', and on account of how serious we take these matters, we've decided to launch the sales of our VIP packages a full day early! But what is a VIP package, you ask?

For only $20.00 CAD, you can become a VanCAF 2015 VIP. There are only 100 VIP packages available, so be sure to order yours today!

The VIP Package includes:

- Ten limited edition VanCAF 2015 postcards, featuring exclusive art donated by Molly Applejohn, Laura Bifano, Tyler Crook, Kadi Fedoruk, Hazel, Steve LeCouilliard, Dylan Meconis, Steve Rolston, Morgan Shandro, and Tara Williamson;
- An exclusive VanCAF 2015 poster art print, featuring art by Nina Matsumoto;
- Five raffle tickets for the VanCAF 2015 gift baskets, with contributions from Oni Press, Metropolis Comics & Toys, Opus Art & Framing Supplies, Urban Fare, and more;
- A VanCAF vinyl slingpack, for all your loot-storing needs;
- Two refreshment vouchers;
- Reserved VIP seating at all events in the panel room.

VIP Packages are $20 each, or save ten dollars when you buy a family bundle of four for only $70!

Show us you care—check out our Fundraising page and buy your package today!

Volunteers with Zest and Vigour!

Posted: March 19th, 2015

VanCAF 2015 Volunteer T-shirt

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!

Bellingham Comic Arts Festival

Volunteers

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!

E-mail Noémi, our volunteer coordinator, and sign up today!

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!

More guests!

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?

Click here to apply for your space today!