As a Comics & Graphic Novels program student, you'll benefit from experienced instructors, a supportive community and special events such as an annual comics conference.
Camosun Comic Arts Festival 2018 - Admission is free | April 14 | Young Building, 3rd Floor
The Camosun Comic Arts Festival celebrates the artistic and literary impact of comics and graphic novels created locally, nationally, and internationally. Conference attendees will have the chance to hear, see, and experience the process of visual storytelling, and discuss the medium with the students, teachers, professional creators, publishers, and other fans.
A highlight of the event will be the “Artists Alley” showcasing the publications and artwork created by the 15 students in this year’s Comics & Graphic Novels program. A sneak preview of artist work can be found on the CCAF Facebook page. Professional guest mentors in attendance include Nelson Dewey, Gareth Gaudin, Karen Gillmore, Janine Johnston, Sean Karemaker, Sam Logan, Glen Mullaly, Renee Nault, Jess Pollard (this year's designer of the event poster), Simon Roy, Dan Schoening, and Alex Steacy.
Guest speaker this year is Scott Chantler, the acclaimed creator of the graphic novel TWO GENERALS, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010, selected for Best American Comics 2012, and named by the CBC as one of the 40 best Canadian non-fiction books of all time. His other work includes NORTHWEST PASSAGE (nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards) and the THREE THIEVES series (winner of the Joe Shuster Award for Best Comic for Kids and listed by YALSA as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens). He is currently working on BIX, an experimental graphic biography of the tragic jazz cornet player, which will be released by Simon & Schuster in late 2019.
Attendees will have the opportunity to make their own visual stories in a “comics jam” and practice drawing their favourite characters, thanks to superhero and cosplay models. Comics, prints, and original artwork by both students and pros will be available for sale.