D&D and Storytelling in Comics on Saturday at 10:30 – 11:15 AM in the Performance Centre
How does GMing and/or playing a classic tabletop RPG help you write and create comics? From the role playing adventuring to the comics page, this panel explores that benefits and fun that playing D&D can bring to your comic creation, and why the two fit so well together!
Panelists include Austen Payne, Ian Boothby, Ryan King, Haley Boros and Alina Pete


Publishing Alternatives on Saturday at 11:00 AM in Workshops Room C
Presented by FORGE. Art Magazine. Three publishers discuss ways to create community and platforms for artists beyond just printed objects.
Featuring: Agony Klub, DDOOGG, and Perro Verlag.


A Conversation with Lewis Trondheim & Brigitte Findakly on Saturday at 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM in the Performance Centre
Join internationally renowned creators for a discussion about their work and collaborations, most recently with Poppies of Iraq. This is a rare chance to spend some time with these creators while they visit from France.


Can’t? Won’t? Don’t? Quit Your Day Job on Saturday at 12:30 – 1:15 PM in the Performance Centre
Four panelists–with day jobs in industries ranging from engineering to retail–discuss how they balance creating comics while working in those industries. Topics include the ups and downs of finding that balance, the concept of what makes something a career vs. a job, and the way day jobs can influence, strengthen, and support creative work.
Panelists include kgros, Jam, Kris Sayer and Ally Rom Colthoff


Storytelling – Moving Pictures Without Motion on Saturday at 1:00 – 2:00 PM in Workshops Room C
Writer/Artists Ryan Howe (Daisy Blackwood:Pilot for Hire) and Matt Smith (Smith vs Smith) share their tips, tricks, and hail marys for more effective comic storytelling. Covering a range of topics from the basic 180 rule, to exposition through action, to why you don’t always need a background, and beyond, join these two knuckleheads as they share their knowledge of one of the most unique facets of the comic medium.


DIY Representation as Asians in North America on Saturday at 1:30 – 2:15 PM in the Performance Centre
A panel discussion and Q&A between five Asian-American/Asian-Canadian creators. How do we as East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and biracial Asian artists give form to each of our own unique voices and experiences through comics? Join Shing Yin Khor, Kristina Luu, Tajliya Jamal, Naomi Cui and Janice Liu as they discuss diversity, cultural intersection, and making comics through the lenses of Asians in North America.


Swampcone Taste Test on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Workshops Room C
Presented by Swampconemag. Unaffiliated strangers will Cold Read all three issues of Swampconemag and give their Hot Take. All the readers involved will be experiencing this local comics anthology for the first time.


We’re Here! Non-Binary Publishers and Creators Talk Shop on Saturday at 2:30 – 3:15 PM in the Performance Centre
At last, a panel all about non-binary publishers and creators and what we’re up to! Join us in making space to talk about the highs and lows, lessons and goals, of getting stuff made outside the gender binary. Panelists include Joamette Gil (Power & Magic Press), Hye Mardikian (Fortuna Media), Odera Igbokwe, Sfé R. Monster (Beyond Press), and Sunmi (Dandelion Wine Collective)


How to Hook Your Friends on Comics on Saturday at 3:30 – 4:15 PM in the Performance Centre
In this live episode of the TradeWaiters podcast, our panelists will talk about comics that are guaranteed to bring new readers into our favourite medium. Comics has something to offer to readers of every age and from every background. Here’s your primer to become a comics standard bearer among your friends, relatives, acquaintances, and enemies.
Panelists include Jonathon Dalton, Jeffrey Ellis, Jam, Jess Pollard, and Sfé R. Monster.



Being (Re)productive: Moms in Comics on Sunday at 10:30 – 11:15 AM in the Performance Centre
Join four moms for a discussion on how to balance motherhood with a thriving comic career, both on and off the page. Topics covered include balancing work and family commitments, keeping that creative energy, and talking about motherhood through the medium of comics. Panelists include Lindsay Ishihiro (How Baby), Boum (Boumeries), Miriam Libicki (jobnik!, Toward a Hot Jew) and Jessi Jordan (Secret Loves of Geeks, Swim)


Gridlords Live on Sunday at 11:00 AM in Workshops Room C
Join Sean Christensen, Dylan Jones, and Andrice Arp from Portland-based collective Gridlords for a multimedia spectacular merging animation, projections, and live sound.


Ronald Wimberly and Yvan Alagbé in Conversation on Sunday at 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM in the Performance Centre
Join these two creators for a conversation around how their intersects and encounters race, experience and identity in a number of different ways.


Craig Thompson Spotlight on Sunday at 1:30 – 2:15 PM in the Performance Centre
Craig Thompson returns to his seminal work, Carnet de Voyage, 14 years later. Expanding and exploring on the original release, join Craig in revisiting the book and the paths that follow.


Neoglyphic Live on Sunday at 2:00 PM in Workshops Room C
Neoglyphic Media from Bellingham, WA will curate a short presentation consisting of live comic readings, animations and music.


The Importance of Personal Work on Sunday at 2:30 – 3:15 PM in the Performance Centre
In a city as expensive as Vancouver, the reality of being an artist often means having to work a 9-5 to support one’s creative passion. This panel will explore the pitfalls and advantages of being a creative professional with a day job. In this panel, we’ll hear how two award winning comic artists, a character artist, plein air painter, and professional illustrator pursue their personal projects outside of studio life and keep the spark alive.
Panelists include Laura Bifano, Tony Cliff, Simon Roy, Elaine Chen, Tim Mack, Tessa Reicken and Alexia Tryfon


21st Century Horror Comics on Sunday at 3:30 – 4:15 PM in the Performance Centre
Join some of today’s most prominent and burgeoning horror comic creators as they discuss all things spooky. Abby Howard (The Last Halloween), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Lonnie Nadler (The Dregs), and Zac Thompson (Come into Me) sit down with moderator Ryan King (Nico’s Fortune) to talk about their love for crafting macabre tales. From fashioning scares for young and old audiences to dissecting the influence of R.L. Stine and Junji Ito, this rogue gallery of terrifying talent will assure you a new dawn of horror is upon us.