Saturday

Books for Kids

Matt Forsythe, Adam de Souza, moderator: Raji Sohal

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 21st – 10:30 – 11:15

Comics and children’s books seem to share more similarities than may first appear, and if anyone knows anything about it it’s these creators! Join us as we present creators Matthew Forsythe and Adam de Souza as they talk to Raji Sohal about the ins, outs, challenges and thrills of making Books for Kids!

Saturday

Land Acknowledgment Comics Artist Spotlight

Whess Harman and bailey macabre

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 21st – 11:30 – 12:15

Join us as VanCAF 2020 Land Acknowledgment Comic artist Whess Harman and 2022 artist bailey macabre join each other for a talk about their respective arts practices, work and much more!

Saturday

Middle-Grade Graphics

Nathan Fairbarin, Michele Assarasakorn, Tony Cliff, Johnnie Christmas and moderator  Kathleen Gros

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 21st – 12:30 – 1:15

As comics continue to grow, middle-grade graphics are occupying a more and more important role as an audience for the format. Moderator Kathleen Gros talks with creators Michele Assarasakorn, Johnnie Christmas, Tony Cliff and Nathan Fairbairn all about it and what brought them to the world of middle-grade comics!

Saturday

Salmon Run Day 1

Cole Pauls, Atheana Picha, Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun & Stankdaddy

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 21st – 1:30 – 2:15

In the first of two panels about our Salmon Run anthology, creator/editor Cole Pauls talks with artists Atheana Picha, Stankdaddy and Eliot White-Hill all about their work on the broadsheet anthology project! This panel is presented with support from the Beguiling Books & Art

Saturday

Spotlight on: Junko Mizuno

Junko Mizuno and moderator Robin McConnell

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 21st – 2:30 – 3:15

Junko Mizuno has been creating her iconic, genre-defying and psychedelic art celebrating powerful and beautiful women for over two decades. Join her with VanCAF Executive Director, Robin McConnell to discuss her career in what’s sure to be an indepth and revealing conversation!

Saturday

Dystopia Today: Depicting the Apocalypse in Apocalyptic Times

Jared Muralt, Renee Nault, Conor Stechschulte, Pia Guerra and moderator Marc Fournier

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 21st – 3:30 – 4:15

The times they are, uh, becoming quite different, and so a challenge appears: how do you depict a fictional world of worst-case scenarios in a real world hurtling towards making those fantasies realities? Moderator Marc Fournier talks with artists Jared Muralt, Renee Nault, Conor Stechschulte and Pia Guerra about the challenges of keeping the end of the world nice and breezy.

Saturday

Cloudscape Presents: Pitching!

Jade McGilvray, Hannah Myers, Jonathon Dalton, Kathleen Gros

Room C

May 21st – 11 – 11:45

Are you interested in publishing your own comics? Want to see your graphic novel in comic shops across BC and Canada? Learn all about how you can submit your work to Cloudscape Comics, what Cloudscape can offer you as a creator as well as tips and tricks to making your work successful in today’s market. This panel will be moderated by Cloudscape’s Editor in Chief, Hannah Lou Myers, who will be speaking with Kathleen Gros (President of Cloudscape), Jonathan Dalton (Submissions committee and ex-president) and Jade McGilvray (submissions committee and editor). 

Saturday

Conor Stechschulte: Story Theory On & Off the Wheel

 

Room C

May 21st – 12 – 12:45

In this talk, cartoonist and screenwriter Conor Stechschulte will talk about a variety of storytelling systems and methods in an attempt to dismantle any ‘Right’ way of doing things in favor of strange, emergent and personal approaches to crafting narratives.

Saturday

The Hiller Goodspeed Variety Programme

Room C

May 21st – 1 – 1:45

Join artist and illustrator Hiller Goodspeed as he reads selections from his book “Pond Life”, published by Perfectly Acceptable Press. The reading will be followed by Hiller’s tangentially related video “Pond Time” in which Hiller visits ponds across the lower mainland.

Saturday

Spotlight on: William Augel and Bettina Egger (en Francais)

Room C

May 21st – 2 – 2:45

In this special French language panel, Rejoignez William Augel et Bettina Egger pour une discussion en français avec Marc Fournier, dans le cadre du Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Sunday

Comics As Poetry

Sonja Ahlers, Karen Shangguan and moderator Hue Nguyen

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 22nd – 10:30 – 11:15

Join creators Sonja Ahlers, Karen Shangguan and moderator Hue Nguyen for a conversation around poetry comics! Comics in general are regarded as a framework for narrative, but how can the graphic format’s narrative be dispelled, rejected or subverted? Come and listen to this talk with three amazing creators as they explore the concept of poetry as comics and how their work speaks to it!

Sunday

Working in the LAAB

Ronald Wimberly and Robin McConnell

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 22nd – 11:30-12:15

Special Guest Ronald Wimberly joins VanCAF Executive Director, Robin McConnell to chat about culture, art and curation. As editor of LAAB, Wimberly has been at the forefront of curating important discussions and critical cultural contributions. Conversation topics will range far and wide. 

Sunday

Salmon Run Day 2

Cole Pauls, Whess Harman, TJ Felix and bailey macabre

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 22nd – 1:30 – 2:15

Cole Pauls joins us again to talk to Salmon Run contributors Whess Harman, TJ Felix and bailey macabre about their work on the recently-released newspaper anthology! Programming sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art

Sunday

Comics & Music: The Intersection

Marc Bell, Ron Rege Jr, Justin Gradin, Andrea Lukic and moderator, Aaron Read

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 22nd – 2:30-3:15

Comics have long had a strong association with music despite the two genres existing at opposite ends of experiences. Join panelists Marc Bell, Justin Gradin, Andrea Lukic and Ron Rege Jr as they talk to moderator Aaron Read about the continuity they bring to these seemingly at-odds sides of their artistic careers.

Sunday

Analytics This: The New Wave of Web Comics

Adam de Souza, Becca Tobin, Doug Savage and moderator Jessica Delisle

Roundhouse Performance Centre

May 22nd – 3:30 – 4:15

Things are changing on the web— as tumblr fell and Instagram soared artists are finding new ways to reach audiences through the world wide web. Join moderator Jessica Delisle as she talks to Adam de Souza, Becca Tobin and Doug Savage about the challenges and successes of creating comics in the cloud.

Sunday

One Year of Blind Alley

Adam de Souza and Jarrett Evan Samson

Room C

May 22nd – 11 – 11:45

VanCAF 2022 poster artist Adam de Souza’s comic Blind Alley has just marked its first year and to celebrate the release of its first physical edition at the Festival, Adam talks with Festival Director Jarrett Evan Samson all about life with the residents of the Alley.

Sunday

Creating work for Organizations: Why?

Madeline Berger, Hue Nguyen, Jaik Puppyteeth, Kirsten Hatfield and moderator, Gil Goletski

Room C

May 22nd – 12 – 12:45

In a bit of self-flagellation VanCAF welcomes its 2022 exhibiting artists Madeline Berger, Hue Nguyen and Jaik Puppyteeth to Room C to talk about…why? Moderator Gil Goletski and our panelists will dish a little dirt, discuss a few specifics and go through what it’s like when an organization wants Your art for Their needs.

Sunday

Comics: You know, for kids!

Laura Knetzger, Jeremy Tankard, Tait Howard and moderator Ian Boothby

Room C

May 22nd – 1 – 1:45

Kids comics are a thriving market but what goes into making comics for a younger market? What are the challenges and succeses and how do you get going? Moderator Ian Boothby talks to creators Laura Knetzger, Jeremy Tankard and Tait Howard about their experiences!

Sunday

Drinkstuds Live

Robin McConnell, Matt Forsythe and special guests

Room C

May 22nd – 2 – 2:45

Truly the high point of art conversations. Have you ever wondered what it was like to drink copious amounts of energy drinks while talking comics with your friends. Come see old pals Robin McConnell and Matt Forsythe as they taste from a wide range of only the best energy drinks and talk about art, life and big existential questions. It’s kind of like that hot wing show but by the end we can see through time. There will be special guests joining us and energy drinks to be shared with the audience. Please take caution if you have a heart condition or sensitivity to caffeine. 

 

Close Panel