Kazu Kibuishi talks final Amulet, and much more as Vancouver Comic Arts Festival moves online

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      The Vancouver Comic Arts Association's annual festival has moved online and is streaming now till Sunday (May 17) with some big names popping up in the demos and talks.

      Check out the VanCAF Youtube channel right now for a just-posted interview between Vancouver comic-book creator Tony Cliff and famed New York-based artist Kazu Kibuishi, the creator of the wildly popular Amulet graphic-novel series. In it, he talks aobut the pressure and anticipation of his final Book 9, admitting "It's also completing my first adventure."

      You can find the whole schedule of upcoming events here. You'll find programming in English and in French, across platforms, with artist talks, special interviews, panel conversations, podcasts, art demonstrations, and the signature Comics Classroom workshop series.

      For aspiring comic-book artists, check out the programming on Friday (May 15), when there will be four workshops going live on Youtube taught by B.C. professional cartoonists, including a digital-colouring tutorial at 10 a.m. by Nathan Fairburn, who has worked on Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man and Batman, and a talk on e-book layout by illustrator, comic book artist, and author Josué Menjivar at 2 p.m.

      The Consulate General of France supports VanCAF, with the presence of seven French authors this year--including cartoonist Mayana Itoïz (of the graphic novel The Wolf in the Underpants), also uploaded to Youtube in one installment of the fest's "Meet..." video series.

      There is much more to keep you busy and inspired during home isolation; see the entire schedule here.

      The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival has been an annual event since 2012.

      by Mayana Itoïz