The VanCAF team is proud to share that French comic creators Yvan Alagbé (Yellow Negroes and Other Stories), Lewis Trondheim (Maggy Garrisson, Slalom), and Brigitte Findakly (Poppies of Iraq) will be guests of our festival. Our greatest thanks for the support of Europe Comics and the French Consulate in Vancouver.
Cartoonists Johnnie Christmas returns to VanCAF this year as a guest, with limited appearances.
Johnnie Christmas is the creator of of the graphic novel, FIREBUG. He co-created the #1 New York Times Bestselling graphic novel series ANGEL CATBIRD with acclaimed writer Margaret Atwood. He’s also co-created the critically acclaimed series SHELTERED. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, earning a BFA in Communication Design/Illustration.
Johnnie will be at VanCAF on Saturday only.
Comic creator Julia Kaye will make her first appearance at VanCAF this year, as a featured guest!
Instead of a traditional written diary, Julia Kaye has always turned to art as a means of self-reflection. So when she began her gender transition, in 2016, she decided to use her popular webcomic, Up and Out, to process her journey and help others with similar struggles realize they weren’t alone. Julia’s poignant, relatable comics honestly depict her personal ups and downs while dealing with the various issues involved in transitioning—from struggling with self-acceptance and challenging societal expectations, to moments of self-love and joy. Her new book Super Late Bloomer both educates and inspires, as Julia faces her difficulties head-on and commits to being wholly, authentically who she was always meant to be.
Do you have an idea for a panel at VanCAF? An interesting discussion on a current issue in the comics industry? A new approach that’s stirring up the industry? Or a debate between creators from different schools? Tell us about it!
The VanCAF team is looking for suggestions on panels, workshops, and other events during the festival this year. If you have something that you’d like to be part of our festival’s programming, please fill out the programming application on our website.
We are looking for a dedicated group of individuals interested in volunteering at VanCAF this year. Volunteering at VanCAF is a great way to get hands-on event management experience, as well as the opportunity to meet other people who love comics, and help out the folks who create them. Volunteers are an essential part of operating VanCAF, the show would fall apart without them!
If you’re interested, or know someone who is, please check out the sign up form here.
Update: Unfortunately Sloane and Leslie have cancelled their appearance at VanCAF this year, due to personal circumstances changing.
Salt & Honey is a podcast hosted by two friends who happen to be full-time cartoonists, Sloane Leong and Leslie Hung. It features unique insights into the creative process behind comics, interviews with other creators, and insider perspectives on the comics industry.
VanCAF is proud to have both hosts as featured guests for 2018. Leong and Hung plan to co-host a live recording of one of their podcast’s episodes in front of an audience at VanCAF as part of our programming!
VanCAF is proud to announce that we have partnered with local comic book shop Lucky’s Comics to create a new on-site experience: Lucky’s Lounge.
Lucky’s Lounge brings together artists focused on DIY and self-made books, and features artists who are creating new dynamic experimental and inspirational work. It’s a chance to create a space to elevate the voices of unique artists that hold a special place in the comics landscape.
If this sounds like the space for you, and you are interested in joining this area, apply directly to [email protected] by February 14. Lucky’s Lounge will be curated by the fine folks at Lucky’s Comics.
Lucky’s has been an important and vital voice in the Vancouver art and comics community for well over 20 years and we are very excited for this opportunity to work together.
The cartoonist known as Boum will be traveling from Montreal for her first guest appearance at VanCAF! Her slice of life comics give a charming glimpse into the world of parenthood.
After ten years of studies and work in animation, Boum tried making comics and became completely addicted. She is mostly known for her Boumeries, a journal comic, and for A Small Revolution. Her comics are shortlisted for many prizes across the years, including the Bedelys, Expozine Awards, Joe Shuster Awards and Ignatz Awards. She is currently working on several comic projects at once, while also illustrating kids’ books.
Artist and writer Emily Carroll, whom you may know from her phenomenal horror comics (Into the Woods, When the Darkness Presses), will be a Featured Guest of VanCAF, to celebrate the release of Speak: The Graphic Novel. Emily, an Eisner Award-winning illustrator and author, is also the creator of many popular web comics including His Face All Red and Some Other Animal’s Meat.
This will be Emily’s first appearance at VanCAF.
For everyone interested in exhibiting at VanCAF, the deadline to do so has been extended an additional month. Rather than December 31, applications are now due Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The decision was made to help alleviate some holiday stress from our potential exhibitors, and to encourage new folks to apply as well!
If you have have already submitted an application, thank you for taking the time to do so. You should have already received an email confirming receipt of your application – if you have not, please email [email protected] and let us know. Please also let us know if you need to make changes to an application you have already submitted.
Acceptance to the festival will be based on a variety of criteria, so please be thorough in filling out the application. The more we know, the better! All applicants will be contacted by February 16, 2018 and informed whether their registrations and table space requests have been accepted.
The application to exhibit at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is now open! If you’d like to apply to exhibit at the show, please fill out the application on this page.
Applications are reviewed by committee, they are not accepting on a first-come, first-served basis. As space in our venue is limited, preference will be given to comic creators over those in other creative industries. (If you’re an illustrator, be sure to check out the ArtBreakers Market)
VanCAF will be held on Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20, 2018 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Exhibitor space is available in full-table ($160) and half-table ($80) denominations.
For more information about the exhibitor application, please visit this page.
With VanCAF just a few days away, we wanted to remind everyone of the amazing list of exhibitors we’ll have at VanCAF this year! That includes comic book artists, writers, graphic novelists, cartoonists, illustrators, publishers, and more. For the most up-to-date list of creators at VanCAF this year, take a look at the Creators page. For the full list of publishers that will be at the show, visit the Publishers page. Don’t forget to review the Debut Books page as well, with info on new books that will be making their first appearance at VanCAF!
Some of our Publishers will be conducting Portfolio Reviews on Saturday morning, and all aspiring comic creators are welcome. The reviews are first-come first-served in the Workshops Room C, from 10:00 AM through 12:00 PM on Saturday.
Unfortunately the following exhibitors have had to cancel their appearance at VanCAF: Taneka Stotts, Genue Revuelta, Sarah Simes, Culdesac Press, Leigh Davis, Rosemary Travale, Kurtis Wiebe, Owen Gieni, Kelly K., Craig Arndt, Hannah Fisher.
We’re taking over the Roundhouse this year at VanCAF, with activities in almost every room in the building throughout the weekend.
In the Performance Centre and Workshop room, you can join our exhibitors and guests in their Panels & Workshops. For descriptions of each event and their scheduled times, visit this page.
In the Arts & Crafts room for the first time ever we’re holding Comics Lessons for Kids! From 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday of VanCAF, our kid-friendly exhibitors will be teaching hands-on lessons for children so they can learn how to make their own comic books. Then at 3:30pm teenage comic creator Dawson Ross will teach a workshop on comics for teens. Click here for the full schedule.
Also new this year is the Comics <3 Games arcade, in room B! It’s your chance to experience a curated showcase of local indie and experimental games. For the full list of contributors and their games, visit this page.
Sandrine Revel, special guest of VanCAF on tour from France, is a prolific French creator of graphic novels. In 2001, she won an award for her work for young readers at the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival. She has published more than ten graphic novels in France, including of LGBT interest, as well as a successful line of Children’s comics. Glenn Gould, A Life Off-Tempo (NBM) won her the French Artémisia award which recognizes female comics creators.
Sandrine will be signing at table N5 in the Gym at VanCAF on Saturday 3:00 – 4:30 PM, and on Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.
Marcelino Truong is an illustrator, painter, and author. Born the son of a Vietnamese diplomat in 1957 in the Philippines, he and his family moved to America (where his father worked for the embassy) and then to Vietnam at the outset of the war. He attended the French Lycee in London, then moved to Paris where he earned degrees in law at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and English literature at the Sorbonne. His first book, Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-63, received acclaim in the New York Times, Mother Jones, and Kirkus; the sequel, Saigon Calling: London 1963-75, will be published in the fall of 2017.
Marcelino will be signing at the Arsenal Pulp Press table N4 on Saturday 2:30 – 3:30 PM, and on Sunday 1:00-2:00 PM.
Both guests appear at VanCAF thanks to help of our partners the Consulate general of France in Vancouver and the Alliance Française de Vancouver.
Vancouver-based cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks returns as a Featured Guest for VanCAF 2017! The second volume of The Nameless City graphic novel series: The Stone Heart was released this week as well, and will debut at VanCAF this May.
Faith has also loaned her considerable talents to create a poster for this year’s event, that will be available as print at the festival. For more information on Faith, check out her profile on our Creators page.
Hey there VanCAF fans, did you hear that we announced our first Featured Guest today for VanCAF 2017? It’s CHIP ZDARSKY! He’s an award-winning comic artist and a writer, and you probably know him if you’ve read Sex Criminals or Jughead or Kaptara or Howard the Duck or Star-Lord! We’re psyched to have him visit all the way from Toronto on both days of the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival this year (Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21) and if you want to meet him he’ll be exhibiting all weekend!
We’ve made some major updates to the VanCAF site, including the addition of Creator and Publisher profiles! Why not start reviewing the lists now, to start planning who you want to meet at the show? We’ll be updating both lists over the coming weeks, as well as adding the books that are debuting at VanCAF, which you can find over on the Books page.
Applications for table space at VanCAF 2017 are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied! We are overwhelmed at the quality and quantity of applications we received.
We will be contacting all applicants on or by February 10 to let them know if their registration and table space request have been accepted.
In the meantime you are invited to follow VanCAF on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and/or Tumblr. We are @VancouverComics on all of those social media platforms.
If you have any problems, please contact [email protected]
The dates for the 2017 Vancouver Comic Arts Festival have changed and are now May 20th and 21st, 2017. While meeting with VanCAF’s venue partners, the Roundhouse Arts & Recreation Centre, we discovered that a miscommunication had occurred during the Festival management transition, and that the venue booking is one week earlier than previously announced, without the option of keeping the announced dates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to attendees and exhibitors who have already begun to make plans to attend.
The silver lining here is that for 2017, our TCAF and VanCAF shows are on back-to-back weekends! We hope this will encourage Canadian and international guests and exhibitors to apply for both shows, and take advantage of the opportunity to travel across our beautiful country in order to do so.
On that note, applications for VanCAF 2017 are still open and will remain open until January 7th, 2017. We have already received an unprecedented number of exhibitor applications for VanCAF 2017, so if any potential exhibitors would like to rescind their application for this year’s VanCAF, they are welcome to do so by sending an email to [email protected].
Again, we’d like to apologize for this change and any inconvenience it may cause. We hope all of the enthusiastic supporters of VanCAF are as excited as we are about the opportunity this provides to create an even more dynamic and unique event in support of Vancouver’s comics community.
Andrea Demonakos and the Staff of VanCAF.
VANCOUVER, BC — November 1, 2016 – The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF) is pleased to announce that going forward it will now officially take place in partnership with The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). The partnership will take effect immediately, beginning with the planning of VanCAF 2017, a two-day comics exhibition taking place on May 20 and 21 in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, returning to The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.
TCAF’s staff will directly oversee all future iterations of VanCAF, under the stewardship of the new VanCAF Festival Director, Andrea Demonakos. Demonakos, previously of Emerald City Comicon and ReedPOP, takes over from departing Festival Director and VanCAF founder, Shannon Campbell. Campbell will now join the VanCAF Board of Directors in an advisory capacity, alongside new board members Miles Baker and Andrew Woodrow-Butcher from TCAF, Vancouver-based comic creator Nathan Fairbairn and musician/visual artist Jarrett Samson.
“When I heard Shannon was ready to move on from the event she created, I was a little worried that meant the end of the festival,” said Christopher Butcher, Festival Director of TCAF. “It is my belief that Canada needs a strong and vibrant comics community coast to coast, and that was why it was so important for us to join with Andrea and step up to make sure VanCAF will be around for years to come in support of the west coast comics community.”
“I’m incredibly excited to be stepping into this role with VanCAF and TCAF,” said Andrea Demonakos, VanCAF’s new Festival Director. “VanCAF brings together two of my favourite things: the west coast and Canada’s vibrant comics community. We will continue what Shannon and her team have built for 2017, and work to grow, build, and diversify the festival even further in the years to come.”
Shannon Campbell, VanCAF founder, had this to say about the partnership, “VanCAF was conceived as a natural west coast complement to TCAF, a show I have always admired for its commitment to promoting comics of all shapes and sizes. We’re thrilled for VanCAF to continue under that banner, and I personally can’t wait to see what the TCAF team brings to the festival with their passion and experience.”
The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF) is a two-day celebration of comics that launched in May 2012. The festival features readings, panels, and workshops, alongside an exhibition for cartoonists from across the country and down the coast. Since 2012, the festival has grown from 3,200 attendees and 92 exhibitors to 10,300 attendees and over 260 exhibitors in 2016. Exhibitor applications for VanCAF 2017 are now open at www.vancaf.com
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is a week-long celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. TCAF 2016 welcomed over 25,000 attendees, with over 600 creators and publishing professionals exhibiting at the festival. The next TCAF will take place May 12-14, 2017. TCAF is presented by Toronto Public Library, and The Beguiling Books & Art.
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— Edited November 28, 2016 to include change of festival dates.
The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival will be returning to The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre on Saturday May 20, and Sunday May 21, 2017.
Further information about the Festival, including exhibitor application information, will be made available in early November.
Got a question? Hit us up at [email protected].
— Edited November 28, 2016 to include change of festival dates.