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, 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!