Vancouver Legends Join the VanCAF Guest List!

We continue to be excited by our range of great featured guests. This latest round brings a couple of Vancouver legends, a featured Fantagraphics creator and our provincial capitals Artist in Residence. A great range of creators from different areas of alternative and underground comics.

Katherine Collins was recently nominated for the 2018 Eisner award for Archival Collection/Project for The Complete Neil the Horse collection published in Spring of 2017. Katherine is a long-time resident of Vancouver and we are very pleased to have her signing at the Festival Table with Pulp Fiction books.

In 1967, George Metzger began serializing his work, Beyond Time and Again in underground newspapers in California. This work went on to be collected in one of the early graphic novels in 1976. In the early 70’s, George moved to British Columbia from the bustling San Francisco Underground comics scene. George has contributed to numerous Vancouver works like the Georgia Straight and Fog City Comix.

Josh Simmons is appearing with collaborator, Shanna Matuszak in promotion for his new book from Fantagraphics, Flayed Corpse. Josh’s collection of horror work features a wide range of amazing creators from the Pacific Northwest.

Lastly, Luke Ramsey, the current Artist in Residence in Victoria, has been creating a beautiful range of work both solo through his self-published works and installations, or through collaborations from his Islands Fold project. In 2015, his first graphic novel, Intelligent Sentient? was released by Drawn and Quarterly.

New Featured Guests for VanCAF 2018: Craig Thompson, Ronald Wimberly, and Steve Skroce

The VanCAF team is proud to announce the addition of three new featured guests!

Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets, Good-bye, Chunky Rice and Habibi. He was born in Michigan in 1975, and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin. His graphic novel Blankets won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly twenty languages. Thompson lives in Portland, Oregon.

Ronald Wimberly is an artist who works primarily in design and narrative. He’s designed several graphic novels as well as shorter works for The New Yorker, DC/Vertigo, Nike, Marvel, Hill and Wang, and Dark Horse. Ronald was the 2016 Columbus Comics resident and two time resident cartoonist at Angoulême Maison des Auteurs. He’s worked with The New Yorker, Dargaud, DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse and many others. He’s exhibited in New York, Tokyo, and Paris.

Steve Skroce is a Canadian comic book artist and writer, he began his career at Marvel comics working on characters like The X-Men, Cable, Wolverine, and Spider-Man. After transitioning into storyboarding for films like The Matrix and V for Vendetta he returned to comics with We Stand On Guard written by Brian K Vaughan in 2016, and is currently writing and drawing Maestros for Image comics. He speaks fluent Esperantu and is a 4th level Reiki master.

Johnnie Christmas Returns to VanCAF

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.

French Comic Guests Travel to VanCAF

Comic creators Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong are traveling to Canada to promote their newest comic releases, and VanCAF is pleased to welcome them as guests of our show!

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.

Faith Erin Hicks joins VanCAF guest list

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.

2017 poster by Faith Erin Hicks