Atomicon + Vancouver Comic Con + VanCAF

If you dig comics and other graphic arts, there are a few events you should check out in Vancouver this month.

ATOMICON — The animation studio I work at, Atomic Cartoons, is putting on a convention at the Anza Club on Friday, May 12, from 6-11pm. I’ll have a table there, as will over 30 other artists from our studio. It’s free to attend but you do need to be 18 or older, since it’s a licensed venue. A great place to grab a pint and then buy some cool prints, comics, buttons and other art objects.

VANCOUVER COMIC CON — Then on Sunday, May 14, there’s a comic show at Heritage Hall. I won’t be a guest at this convention but my pals James Stokoe and Marley Zarcone will be back in town to promote their current comics, Aliens: Dead Orbit and Shade the Changing Girl, respectively. $4 admission / free for kids under 14.

VANCAF — I will be tabling at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival on Saturday & Sunday, May 20-21. That weekend you can wander into the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre for free and check out what over 250 comic creators have to offer. There will also be a bunch of panels and workshops, including comics lessons for kids & teenagers throughout the weekend. Featured guests this year are Brandon Graham, C. Spike Trotman, Chip Zdarsky, Faith Erin Hicks, Sandrine Revel, Mike Lawrence, Marcelino Truong and Katherine Collins.

VanCAF 2015

Heads up to those of you in Vancouver, BC! The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival has released their 2015 VIP packages that I drew a postcard for. These goody packages are $20 each and there are only 100 available. They include:

Ten limited edition VanCAF 2015 postcards, featuring exclusive art donated by Molly Applejohn, Laura Bifano, Tyler Crook, Kadi Fedoruk, Hazel, Steve LeCouilliard, Dylan Meconis, Steve Rolston, Morgan Shandro, and Tara Williamson;
– An exclusive VanCAF 2015 poster art print, featuring art by Nina Matsumoto;
– Five raffle tickets for the VanCAF 2015 gift baskets, with contributions from Oni Press, Metropolis Comics & Toys, Opus Art & Framing Supplies, Urban Fare, and more;
– A VanCAF vinyl slingpack, for all your loot-storing needs;
– Two refreshment vouchers;
– Reserved VIP seating at all events in the panel room.

VanCAF VIP package

VanCAF will be held on May 23-24 at the Roundhouse Community Centre and admission is FREE. This is the only show I’m scheduled to attend this summer, so make sure to swing by my table if you go.

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival 2014

Another chance to see me out in public, if you’re in Vancouver!

The VANCOUVER COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL (aka VanCAF) is this weekend, May 25-26, at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in the Yaletown district of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This a very good show that focusses almost entirely on creator-owned comics and the creators themselves. And best of all: it’s FREE to attend! So wander on down to the Roundhouse and pop in for a look around. I’ll be there (Table B-3) selling my comics, original artwork and my newest sketchbook, “RACCOONS AND HUMANS AND BEARS, OH MY!” I might even have a handful of prints of the BEER ROBOT drawing I did the other month.

VanCAF Map

I will also be talking on a couple panels on Sunday afternoon:

Sunday, May 25th, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Featuring Aaron Diaz, Kadi Fedoruk, Tyson Hesse & Steve Rolston.
This panel, featuring talented and experienced character designers, will demonstrate some of the core concepts of designing a character–from a purely aesthetic viewpoint to the rich imaginings of character-driven details. Learn how to create characters of different body and facial builds while still retaining strong cartooning ideals.

Sunday, May 25th, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Hosted by Ian Boothby & David Dedrick and featuring Steve Rolston.
SNEAKY DRAGON, Vancouver’s tied for 3rd favourite podcast, returns to VanCAF with a live show with guest Steve Rolston (Queen and Country, Ghost Projekt, Pounded and Degrassi: Extra Credit). Join hosts Ian Boothby (Eisner winning writer of The Simpsons and Futurama Comics) and David Dedrick (host of the Completely Beatles podcast) as they unlock the Secret of the Mummy’s Curse! Or just joke around about comics, either’s good.

Beat Route Magazine posted an nice little article about VanCAF after talking to myself and fellow comic creator Sam Logan.


Fan Expo Vancouver 2014

This weekend I’m going to be at Fan Expo Vancouver! It’s a three-day convention this year, filled with comics, anime, games and celebrities. You can find me at Table P-27 in Artists Alley. I’ll also be doing a signing from noon-1pm on Sunday at the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund table.

I don’t have any new comics to bring to the show, so I printed up some booklets collecting my #INKtober sketches from the past two years, including some notes about the drawings, the characters and what inspired them. I hereby present “RACCOONS AND HUMANS AND BEARS, OH MY!

A collection of #INKtober sketches by Steve Rolston.

I’ve got a bunch of copies to sell at Fan Expo this weekend and at VanCAF next month. For those who can’t make it to Vancouver, I’ll make the leftovers available via my Etsy shop.

The time I did a talk at VanCAF

I just stumbled across these photos of me at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival earlier this summer…

Steve Rolston at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival 2013

Steve Rolston at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival 2013   Steve Rolston at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival 2013

From the Cloudscape Comics tumblr:

VanCAF was also host to some good panels, which one of our members had the good sense to record for posterity.

The above pictures are from Intro to Comic Production by Steve Rolston, who talked about all the steps involved in making a comic from start-to-finish illustrated with excerpts from his work, (as well as a couple from Jason and David Lapham).

You can find audio recordings of the panels here.

VanCAF, VanArts, Vancouver Comicon

We’re a week away from my next public appearance: the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. This FREE event will be taking place at the Roundhouse Community Centre on May 25th and 26th. This is the show’s second year and it’s shaping up to be a solid gathering of indie comic creators. I’ll be there as a special guest and, in addition to having a table, I’ll be doing a talk at 3pm on the Saturday. I’ll be discussing the basic stages of creating a comic book page. You should come check it out if you’re new to the creative side of the medium and curious about how it all comes together.

And if you want to get directly involved in the event, VanCAF is looking for more volunteers to make sure everything runs smoothly. Check out their website for more info:

Happening even sooner is the next Vancouver Comic Con at Heritage Hall. That’s this Sunday, May 19th and the headline creators are Corey “Reyyy” Lewis, Michael Walsh and Ed Brisson. I won’t be attending as a guest but I wanted to point it out since it’s been a few years since my ol’ pal Corey made it up to Vancouver and I’m sure there are some Sharknife fans out there wanting to see that dude in person.

Meanwhile, over at VanArts, we’ve pushed back the start date of my next comic class until June 3rd. This gives all you aspiring comic artists a couple more weeks to sign up for my 12-week course, Introduction to Comic Book Production. It’s looking to be a small class, which means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one time for me to critique your visual storytelling and help improve your art.

Need an endorsement? One of my former students, Anat Rabkin, recently tweeted: “If you’re in the Vancouver area, I cannot recommend @steverolston’s comic course enough. Worth every penny. He’s an awesome teacher.”

Go on, invest in your comic-drawing education!

Fan Expo Vancouver

Feeling the need to geek out this weekend? You’re in luck because it’s time for Fan Expo Vancouver! The show runs this Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, and I’ll be there both days. This is Vancouver’s full-size pop culture convention. Lots of stuff for fans of comics, video games, anime, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, Lego, etcetera.

Come on down to the Vancouver Convention Centre and check it all out. Advance tickets have sold out but there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

I’ll be set up among the other comic creators, selling some of my books and prints. You can find me at Table P11 in Artists Alley.