If you are a teen or young person considering a career in the comic world, there are so many wonderful resources and events for comic artists in Vancouver. These events and resources are great ways to get connected with other local artists and mentors, and network for future job opportunities whether you are thinking of being a freelancer or working for a company. We encourage everyone to jump in and go to their first event or contact their first resource. Here are some of our favourites below.
Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
VanCAF is a two-day gathering of comic artists and graphic novelists from around the world. It takes place in May at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. Admission to the event is free so that no matter if you are a professional, a fan, or are just starting out you can come and mingle with the 10,000+ attendees and over 260 exhibitors. If you want to mingle, meet some great people, and have fun with others in the comic community, then this is your event. DOn't forget to check out the programming for kids and teens!
Cloudscape is a studio in South Memorial Park's field house where, every Wednesday evening, both aspiring and experienced comic artists meet up for networking, idea exchanges, and critique. The environment at Cloudscape is supportive and all about comic artists lifting up other comic artists. At Cloudscape, there are also life drawing sessions and various community outreach events that you can take part in to get involved and meet other comic artists. Becoming a member is easy. You need to either be published in one of the Cloudscape projects or attend three Wednesday night meetings. They also have open studio multiple times per week where you can stop in and work on your projects while chatting with fellow comic artists and writers.
Vancouver Writers Fest
The Vancouver Writers Fest is during October every year. Last year they ran an event called Comic Can that was specifically aimed at Grade 8-12 as well as adults. The event was presented with Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology and was an excellent place for aspiring comic artists to hear from professionals in the industry in a moderated and entertaining hour and a half. Keep an eye out for next year's events.