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Camosun Comic Arts Festival 2020

Guest Speaker and Mentors

Here the line-up of author/illustrators who will be present at CCAF 2020:

Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton - Guest Speaker

Kate Beaton, the creator of the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant which was published from 2007-2018. She won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic. Hark! A Vagrant is best known for its humorous treatment of historical figures and events. Beaton began drawing history-themed comics for her student newspaper while studying History and Anthropology at Mount Allison University. Historical personages that have made appearances in the comic include Napoléon Bonaparte, Ada Lovelace, Marie Antoinette, and the Founding Fathers of the United States. Literary figures feature prominently, such as the Brontë sisters, and several strips parody classic literary works such as Robinson Crusoe and Sherlock Holmes. The humour in Beaton's historical and literary strips often derives from anachronisms, such as historical characters expressing modern colloquialisms and sensibilities.

Beaton's work has been profiled in Wired, Macleans, and Comic Book Resources. "The Origin of Man," her comic celebrating Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, was showcased by MySpace Dark Horse Presents in March 2009. In June 2009, she released a book titled Never Learn Anything from History. Several of her cartoons have been published in The New Yorker. Drawn and Quarterly released her second book, also titled Hark! A Vagrant, in September 2011. Time magazine named it one of the top ten fiction books of the year, with Lev Grossman calling it "the wittiest book of the year.

Gareth Gaudin

Gareth Gaudin is a cartoonist from Victoria, BC who writes, draws and publishes The Monster Sisters, Magic Teeth, and The Perogy Cat comics. He also co-owns the Eisner and Shuster Award winning comic book shop Legends Comics & Books and has animated videos for Kathryn Calder, David Suzuki, and Shane Koyczan. He lives and breathes comic books.

Gareth Gaudin

Karen Gillmore

Karen Gillmore is a Victoria comics creator and illustrator, and class of ’13 grad of the Comics and Graphic Novels Program. She believes that the way we build the world we want to live in is by imagining it through the stories we tell — so she creates comics that transport you to worlds you'll wish you could live in! Populated by strong women, space-faring cats, merpeople, and talking dolphins, the stories feature action without violence, and conflicts that are solved with humour, kindness, and tolerance. They are all-ages friendly, which means your kids and grandparents will want to move in too!

karengillmoreart.com | facebook.com/KarenGillmoreArt | twitter.com/KarenGillmore1 | webcomics: Mermaid Music, The Quadra Cats

Karen Gillmore

Janine Johnston

Janine began her publishing career in 1993 with Dark Horse's "Tales of the Jedi".  Various comic projects followed including Elfquest and Jim Ottaviani's Eisner-nominated "Fallout". Her fantasy art can be seen in numerous collectable card games like Magic the Gathering, Warlord and Legend of the Five Rings.

She is currently plotting a few book projects, a mural, painting some portraits and learning Tibetan.

Janine Johnston

Sam Logan

Vancouver-based comic artist Sam Logan is best known as the author of Sam & Fuzzy, the ongoing serialized comedy adventure that for over ten years, online and print, has chronicled massive tales of warring ninja mafiosos, secret underground societies, and lovesick stalker vampires. Logan is also the illustrator of Namco/Shiftylook's Tower of Babel,  and co-author of Skull Panda, created with infamously misunderstood and seldom seen alternative cartoonist Rikk Estoban.

Sam Logan

Glen Mullaly

Award-winning illustrator Glen Mullaly’s retro-styled illustrations and comics-inspired fun can be found almost everywhere. His puzzle and papercraft work for McDonald’s is seen by more than one million young people across the U.S.and Canada monthly. Other clients have included Simon & Schuster and Dark Horse Comics. He’s worked with legend Ken Steacy on a dozen Star Wars children's books, and their Star Wars comics for kids have recently been reprinted by Marvel in graphic novel format. | FaceBook

Glen Mullaly

Renee Nault

Renee Nault’s watercolour illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers and advertising around the world.

She is the author and artist of Witchling, a watercolor comic about monsters, gods, and a girl who talks to cats.

Renee Nault

Jess Pollard

Jess Pollard graduated from the Comics and Graphic Novels Program in 2013 and went on to pursue an Advanced Diploma in Illustration and Design at Capilano University. After graduating in May of 2017, she found work as a storyboard artist. Jess currently works in the boards department at DHX on an exciting new project that she can't discuss yet - but you can read her webcomic online for free at liquidshell.tumblr.com! She will attend VanCAF, CCAF, the Boise Library Comic Con, and Artbreakers in 2018.

Website: jesspollard.squarespace | Instagram: @jespollard

Jess Pollard

Alex Steacy

Professional internet idiot, comic illustrator and author.  He’s also a digital comedian at loadingreadyrun.com and raises money for sick kids once a year through Desert Bus for Hope. His comic works include Dregs, Presence, and his current project, Purifier.
dregscomic.tumblr.com | voxlunch.tumblr.com/tagged/presence/chrono | purifiercomic.com | patreon.com/alexsteacy | twitter.com/alexsteacy

Alex Steacy

Joan Steacy

Joan grew up in southern Ontario, and is a graduate of Sheridan College, The Ontario College of Art & Design, and The University of Victoria. A visual artist who has worked in a variety of disciplines, including sculpture, traditional illustration, and digital imaging, she is the author/illustrator of So, That's That!, a biography of her father who lived to be 100 years old. Her most recent work is AURORA BOREALICE, a graphic memoir published by Conundrum press that concerns her struggles with literacy, and how meeting media theorist Marshall McLuhan and professor Eric McLuhan while in art college changed her life.

She lives in Victoria, BC and teaches Comics & Graphic Novels program at Camosun College, a visual storytelling program she co-created with her husband, author/illustrator Ken Steacy.

Joan Steacy

Ken Steacy

Ken decided at age eleven to become a professional comic book author/illustrator, a dream he realized in 1974. Since then, he has worked in the industry as writer, artist, art director, editor, and publisher, and in addition to creating his own intellectual property he has chronicled the exploits of Astro Boy, Iron Man, Harry Potter, and the Star Wars gang. Ken has also collaborated with other writers, including Douglas Coupland, Harlan Ellison, and Trina Robbins. With author Margaret Atwood he recently completed WAR BEARS, published by Dark Horse Comics, a graphic novel about a fictional comics company in Toronto during WWII.

The recipient of an Eisner and an Inkpot award, in 2009 Ken was inducted into the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award for contributions to the industry. He currently teaches Comics & Graphic Novels program at Camosun College in Victoria BC, a visual storytelling program he co-created with his wife, author/illustrator Joan Steacy.

Ken Steacy
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