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 dynamic, experimental, and inspirational work. It’s a chance to create a space that elevates the voices of unique artists who hold a special place within the comics landscape.

This year in addition to our main space for exhibitors, two adjacent rooms will also be available; one for art installations by Sharona Franklin and Chris Strickler, and another room for panels.

Yeah, But Is It Even Comics?
Moderated by AD Serjeant
With: Elevator Teeth, DDOOGG, Hayley Dawn Muir, Jean DeMers, Eli Howey
Pushing the boundaries and living on the edge of what we define as comics.
Saturday, May 18 at 2pm

Identity and Mental Health in Comics and Zines: A Conversation
Moderated by Jess MacCormack
Join Moniker Press collaborators; Harlo Martens (Noodle Soup), Juli Majer (Puddle Popper), Cole Pauls (Dakwäkãda Warriors) as they discuss themes of mental health and identity in relation to their varying comic and zine practices. Have a question you would like the panel to discuss? please email [email protected] before May 18.

Sunday, May 19 at 11am

We’ll also be holding an off-site concert on Saturday, May 18 from 9pm onward at Red Gate Arts Society, featuring performances from Pale Red, WUT, Nice Apple, Future Star and Hick.

This year, we are proud to welcome the following exhibitors to Lucky’s Lounge:

AD Sarjeant
Amy Brereton
Beru Bell
Chaddy-Ann Newton
Cold Cube Press
Dana Kearley
DDOOGG
Elevator Teeth
Eli Howey
Gil Goletski
Harlo Martens
Hayley Dawn Muir
Hiller Goodspeed
Hue Nguyen
Infinity Wretch
Jack Loot
Jean deMers
Joel RichNomi Chi
Jordan River
Kim Edgar
Lyle Partridge
Madeline Berger
Magda Boreysza
Michy Soong
Momo Meow
Moniker Press
Mushbuh
Oliver Davison
Perro Verlag
Remy Boydell
Ross Jackson
Sabrina Symington
Scott Lougheed & Mel Thibodeau
Serisa Fitz-James
Swampcone Magazine
Tiffany Muñoz
Yunhan Wang

Lucky’s Lounge is curated and organized by Juli Majer and Tom Whalen of Lucky’s Comics, located on the unceded and ancestral land of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.