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Release Date: April 4, 2016

Camosun’s upcoming 4th annual Camosun Comic Arts Festival (CCAF) promises a full day of exciting activities for the public on all things related to visual storytelling. Hosted by the college’s Comics & Graphic Novels program, the festival is a celebration of the artistic and literary impact of comics and graphic novels created locally, nationally, and internationally. Attendees will hear, see, and experience the process of visual storytelling, and discuss the medium with the students, teachers, professional creators, publishers, and other fans. Admission is free.

A highlight of the event will be the “artists alley” showcasing publications and artwork created by 20 students in the Comics & Graphic Novels program. Professional guest mentors this year include Nelson Dewey, Gareth Gaudin, Karen Gillmore, Janine Johnston, Sam Logan, Deni Loubert, Glen Lovett, Glen Mullaly, and Alex Steacy. The keynote talk will be hosted the next day by Bolen Books at Hillside Centre on Sunday, April 17th at 6pm, and will feature special guest creators Tony Cliff, Faith Erin Hicks, Sam Logan, and Renee Nault.

Attendees will have the opportunity to make their own visual stories in a “comics jam” and practice drawing their favourite characters, thanks to the participation of Superheroes of Victoria. Comics, prints, and original artwork by both students and professionals will be available for sale. 

About the Comics and Graphic Novels program

Unique in the Canadian post-secondary school system, Camosun’s certificate program in Comics & Graphic Novels was created for students with a desire to learn the language of visual storytelling. The program focuses on skills-based training for six career paths, which include creation (both in print and online) of comic books, comic strips, web comics, graphic novels, storyboards, and edutainment comics. 

Program creator and instructor Ken Steacy has worked in the comics industry for forty years as an author, illustrator, art director, editor, and publisher. The recipient of an Eisner and an Inkpot award, he was inducted into the Joe Shuster Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, with a lifetime achievement award honouring Canadian comic book creators for their contributions to the industry.

Program creator/instructor Joan Steacy is currently working on the third volume of her autobio/graphic novel AURORA BOREALICE, a trilogy that chronicles her quest to find a voice in a rapidly changing technological world.


Ken Steacy
Instructor, Comics and Graphic Novels program
Camosun College


Last updated: April 5, 2016 2:14 pm

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