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.