New Vancouver Festival seeks to celebrate independent cartoonists
May 21, 2012 Vancouver, B.C. — Independent cartoonists and artists from around North America will be gathering in Yaletown this week as local organizers host the inaugural Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF), a first-of-its kind gathering that hopes to become one of the major creative events on the city’s calendar.
Modeled after similar events in Toronto and Portland, the weekend festival will bring together over 90 cartoonists, illustrators, comic book artists, and creative professionals for two days of exhibitions, events, and networking. Free to attend and open to the public, VanCAF will offer Vancouver fans a chance to meet numerous stars of the indie art scene including famed web cartoonist Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content), B.C.-based pop artist Camilla d’Errico (Tanpopo), and noted comic illustrator Nina Matsumoto (The Simpsons Comic), as well as dozens of local underground, independent, and mainstream illustrators eager to show off their work.
“Too often shows of this nature tend to put more focus on TV and film, leaving the artists as merely a side-show. This is a fantastic opportunity for Vancouverites of all ages to connect with the myriad artistic talents in our own backyard,” says VanCAF organizer Shannon Campbell.
“Our event will highlight some the best work being done by many cartoonists and illustrators—mostly from Vancouver, but also hailing from as far as Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York City.”
VanCAF will run from Saturday, May 26 (10 am to 5 pm) to Sunday, May 27 (10 am to 6 pm), at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown, Vancouver.