First came TCAF…then MeCAF…and just a week ago VanCAF…and now DCAF and KentCaf. It is the age of the CAFs, or Comic Arts Festival. I have no idea if the TCAF founders and originators of the CAF label are glad that it’s practically become a brand name, but that ship has sailed and bought some silk-screened mini comics
DCAF is The Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival 2013, to be held August 18th in Halifax, NS. It’s the brain child of the esteemed comics shops Strange Adventures. Exhibitor applications are being accepted for the next few days:
Last year’s event saw hundreds of people of all ages enjoying the free one-day festival of cartooning and comics. If you would like to apply for a table at the festival, please email “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the following information: Name, contact email and/or phone number, what it is you’d like to sell or display at DCAF, Applications are open until June 21st, 2013. Confirmations will be sent during the last week of June.
KentCAF will be held in October 18-19 at Kent State in Kent, OH and is a bit more ambitious. You can read the whole PR in the link—highlights include a showing of the original art to the GN adaptation of the Newberry Award winning The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; that’s a oanel of P. Craig Russell’s portion above.
Fans of comic-books, art, manga and more should save the dates — October 18th and 19th, 2013 — to attend the ﬁrst annual Kent Comic Arts Fest! Taking place at Kent State University and downtown Kent Ohio, “KentCAF” is an cultural, educational and social event that celebrates the art of graphic storytelling, also known as “comics.” Tickets are available to purchase now.
Founded by Wayne Alan Harold (creator of the acclaimed educational DVD series P. CRAIG RUSSELL’S GUIDE TO GRAPHIC STORYTELLING), KentCAF’s ﬁrst annual festival will feature an impressive array of comics authors and artists, including the following
P. Craig Russell – Writer/Artist/Illustrator of DR. STRANGE, KILLRAVEN, NIGHT MUSIC, ELRIC, THE SANDMAN, THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE, THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, CORALINE, THE DREAM HUNTERS, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Jill Thompson – Write/Artist/Illustrator of WONDER WOMAN, SWAMP THING, BLACK ORCHID, THE SANDMAN, FINALS, SCARY GODMOTHER, AT DEATH’S DOOR, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Scott Hampton – Artist/Illustrator of VAMPIRELLA, BATMAN, LUCIFER, BLACK WIDOW, HELLRAISER, STAR TREK, THE UPTURNED STONE, SPOOKHOUSE, SIMON DARK, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Galen Showman – Artist/Illustrator of JLA: AGE OF WONDER, HELLBOY: WEIRD TALES, RENFIELD, STAR WARS: EPISODE ONE ADVENTURES, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
These four featured guests will join our other creators—including Rob Ullman (ATOM BOMB BIKINI), Neil Vokes (SUPERMAN ADVENTURES, UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN), Jay Geldhof (GRENDEL, ADVENTURES OF THE MASK), Will Pfeifer (AQUAMAN, H-E-R-O, CATWOMAN)—as well as the many diverse exhibitors who will make up the ﬁrst annual Kent Comics Arts Fest.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.