This weekend (Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2012), will mark the inauguration of the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF); a first-of-its kind gathering that aims to become one of the major creative events on the city’s calendar. Modelled after similar events held in Toronto and Portland, VanCAF will bring together over 90 cartoonists, illustrators, comic book artists, and creative professionals for two days of exhibitions, events, and networking.

Wicked Comics are well aware of the explosive independent scene buzzing with creative activity that exists in the Vancouver B.C. region and VanCAF promises to celebrate all this and more! 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. And if this wasn’t already exciting, entrance to VanCAF is free!

“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 and promises to be an event that no self respecting comic fan can afford to miss.

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