Every year for CCAF a new poster design is created. From 2013-2017 posters were created by the co-creator of the Comics & Graphic Novel program, Ken Steacy. In 2018, the torch was passed on to the programs alumni and they have not disappointed with an array of colourful and talented illustrations.
2020 Poster Design - Claire McDonald
Artist's statement: "I came up with the poster by trying to illustrate my morning walk to Camosun and all the exciting ideas I couldn't wait to draw when I arrived."
Claire McDonald was last year's winner of the Pam Shemilt / IslandBlue Award.
Nexus Newspaper spoke with Claire last year and here are some highlights from that article when asked about her thoughts around displaying her work to the public and how comics can be full of compromises and inherent limitations.
“I think it’s a really big part of comics, not only just selling your comics, but selling yourself, and that’s a skill that we need to know as entrepreneurs. How to sell yourself, what kind of merch people like, how to go to a con and be prepared for that." says McDonald. She also shares, “Our prof has a good saying: ‘The absence of limitation is the enemy of art.’ It just talks about the fact that the more limitations you have, the more you have to problem-solve, the more you have to come up with clever solutions, which makes the art more powerful and more unique.”