Notes From VanCAF 2016!

Last weekend was a blissful blur of comics and it was so fun adventuring through the aisles and aisles of talent with Janet and Lindsay. Since I have, obviously, given up on doing anything remotely related to this month’s theme–don’t look at me like that, I am well and truly ashamed–I figured I could share my haul from this year’s VanCAF!

Last year was, I think, the first time that the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival spanned two full rooms, and this year it was just as big! If not bigger, given that we had Faith Erin Freaking Hicks join us this time! She was so nice, you guys, and her books look so interesting! I can’t wait to talk about them here:

Faith Erin Hicks

Nafiza has already given The Nameless City a glowing review, so, of course I got that one. But I am especially excited for Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong:

Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and the cheerleaders retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. At stake? Student group funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms–but not both.

Bad sportsmanship? Sure.

Chainsaws? Why not.

Running away from home on Thanksgiving? Nothing can possibly go wrong. — [X]

I also got to meet Tony Cliff again who was signing the second book in his Delilah Dirk series, Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling. I don’t know that I loved the sequel as much as I loved the first book, but it was still very fun to revisit these fun characters and meet their creator. (And he remembered me??)

Delilah Dirk by Tony Cliff

Seriously, though, if you love action/adventure and tea, this series is for you:

Lovable ne’er-do-well Delilah Dirk has travelled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she’s picked up on the way, Delilah’s adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan’s guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny instalment in her exciting life.

A little bit Tintin, a little bit Indiana Jones, Delilah Dirk is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine…and globetrotting adventures. — [X]

And! Exciting news! Disney bought the rights to Delilah Dirk, so this might mean so many more (animated?) adventures for Delilah and Selim!

I also got to meet Sfé R. Monster again, who is the creator behind the lovely Eth’s Skin and the co-editor of Beyond: A Queer Sci-Fi/Fantasy AnthologyAlso involved in this anthology is Kiku Hughes, whose tumblr I’ve been following for a while and could not wait to meet IRL! I barely said hello before diving for her mini-comic Gravity Assist (which you can read for free over here), because look how lovely:

Gravity Assist by Kiku Hughes

Next, and by complete accident, I discovered a comic that most definitely was written for me. I mean, the creators obviously had no idea I existed, but Nutmeg is totally up my alley:

Nutmeg by Jackie Crofts and James Wright

James Wright, the writer, said it was like Breaking Bad meets Veronica Mars? I think that’s what he said. Honestly, it had a little note that said “crime” and “baking” and my entire brain was “!!!”

When two suburban junior high girls, Poppy Pepper and Cassia Caraway, through a twist of fate, prank a pompous rival they find themselves building a criminal empire with their irresistible brownies. — [X]

So, yeah, I am excited to read this one as well. If it’s good, you’ll definitely be hearing more about it on here!

At this point, I swore up and down that Nutmeg would be my last purchase, but obviously, I’m a dirty liar and I could not resist getting this lovely anthology by Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra:

Dates by Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra

If you know me IRL, you know I can’t resist anything 20’s related and the cover for Dates just drew me like the cliché, mindless moth to a flame:

Dates is an anthology of queer historical fiction stories. Together the authors gathered over 30 creators together to create almost 30 stories and illustrations about queer people living life throughout time and across the world. Dates has over 170 pages of brand new content with beautiful full-color comic covers and illustrations, black and white comic pages, and even two short prose stories! — [X]

And, of course, even Dates wasn’t my last purchase because the next day, I ended up heading straight for this mini-comic by Eden Cooke and Krista Gibbard:

Mind & Muscle by Eden Cooke and Krista Gibbard

And look! My good friend Rani Laxmibhai makes an appearance!

Rani Of Jhansi by Eden Cooke

I couldn’t not get something that Laxmibhai was in, okay? It would have haunted my dreams! I just wish this was a much longer collection. These ladies were so diverse and interesting and it left me wishing it were an encyclopaedia, or at least, sold in a hardbound format–which I would totally have paid for–that I could have given to my younger cousins. *sigh* Such a pretty one. <3

And thus ends the tale of how my TBR pile is officially taller and wider than me. *sob-laugh*

So, what comics are you guys reading? Go on, you know you want to make this TBR pile a proper tower! Tell me! 🙂

  • I was there, too, I couldn’t believe how crazy busy it was this year, they’re gonna need a bigger space (any Jaws fans in the audience?). So thrilled to be able to support some amazing independent artists. There were some really big names there this year!

    • Yash

      YOU WERE THERE?! AND WE DIDN’T GET TO HANG OUT!!! 🙁

  • So jealous. Sounds like you had a good time. Love Faith Erin Hicks

    • Yash

      It was fun. But then, being me, I am also jealous … of the TCAF crowd. *sigh* And yes, I am loving those books by Faith Erin Hicks. 🙂

  • Nooooo…. I missed it! T^T I’ve been in Vancouver for 5 weeks, too!

    • Yash

      Ah no! 🙁 We should have done a post reminding people of VanCAF. Ah, well. Next year? And also, some of the comics you can find online, I think …

      • Yes, definitely next year. 🙂 I will be here at least two years, and I want to soak up every convention I can!

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