If you are a 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.
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. They are taking applications for exhibitors for the 2019 lineup until December 15th. If you want to mingle, meet some great people, and have fun with others in the comic community, then this is your event.
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.
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.
We can't leave ourselves off this list. If you are a young, aspiring artist, and you are interested in manga and anime style drawing or inking, then Young Artists' Place is the spot for you. At Young Artist's Place, we focus on practical techniques, perspective, and communication and flexibility. Run by Janice Liu, a freelance illustrator and comic artist, you will develop the fundamentals needed to springboard into a future filled with art, whether it remains a pastime or becomes a career.
If you are a young aspiring comic artist or a parent of an artist, then we would love to have you at our art classes for kids and teens. We teach character design for comics as well as other fundamentals to help your child learn the building blocks needed to take the images in their head and put them on paper. Contact us today!