Get excited! It’s the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Delilah Dirk by Tony Cliff art

Delilah Dirk by Tony Cliff. Cliff will be at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

Now in its third year, the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is happening this weekend, May 24-25, at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

VCAF celebrates independent comics creators, publishers and fans from all over the North America (but mostly the Pacific Northwest). This year is no exception, with more guests than ever coming to meet fans and discuss comics. And the two-day event is free!

Since its first year, 2012, the festival has been expanding – last year attracted 5000 attendees and 122 exhibitors, both up from the inaugural event (3200 attendees and 92 exhibitors). Once again, the festival is at the Roundhouse in Yaletown 181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific).

This year looks to be the biggest yet, with a long list of artists, writers and exhibitors. They include local talent like Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto, who have both worked on Bongo Comics titles like The Simpsons and Futurama; Ed Brisson, who started as a self-published creator and has written titles for publishers such as Image and Boom!, including Sons of Anarchy; Brandon Graham, writer/artist behind the highly praised Image series Prophet; Pia Guerra, artist of Doctor Who: The Forgotten for IDW and Y: The Last Man for Vertigo (DC); Tony Cliff, the artist/writer behind the Delilah Dirk series; and more.

Cover of Empowered #1, featuring art by Vancouver's Brandon Graham. Graham will be a guest at this year's Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. Art courtesy Dark Horse Comics.

Cover of Empowered #1, featuring art by Vancouver’s Brandon Graham. Graham will be a guest at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. Art courtesy Dark Horse Comics.

Meanwhile, out-of-towners include Farel Dalrymple, a Portland-based artist who worked with acclaimed novelist Jonathan Lethem on a great series called Omega the Unknown for Marvel a few years back, and many more. For a complete list of guests and exhibitors, go here.

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