Boise Comic Arts Festival 2018 Schedule

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 & SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

JUMP - 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702

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Activities

1st Floor: Lobby
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Art Contest
View all of the submissions to our annual art contest hung throughout the JUMP lobby. 
Caption Contest
Put your own spin on the characters from Simon Roy's BCAF18 poster! The two most creative submissions will receive graphic novels to take home.

3rd Floor: Garden Terrace
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Buttonmaking
  • Collaborative Comics Gallery
  • Coloring
  • LEGO® Mini-fig decoration
  • Superhero mask making
5th Floor: Move Studio
Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Life-Size Pac-Man
Don't you wakka-wakka-walk away from this game! Experience the fun of Pac-Man in three dimensions as you gather power-ups, dodge ghosts, and obtain victory! 

Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mario Party
There's no party like a Mario Party. This life-size version of the gaming classic is complete with all the thrills of the original. Dress up as your favorite Mario character and get ready to party!

Artists' Alley

6th Floor: Pioneer Room
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Artitsts and Writers Galore!
Over 80 comic creators are slated to appear in Artists' Alley. This a great opportunity to meet comic creators, get their autographs, and purchase original artwork and comics!

Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. 

Panel Review
Interested in getting feedback and advice from professional comic creators? Bring your original artwork and head over to the Portfolio Review Table! Some of our Guest Creators will be on-hand offering art critiques and insights on how to break into the comics industry.

  • Saturday, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Sloane Leong and Carta Monir
  • Saturday, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Jorge Corona and Jess Smart Smiley
  • Sunday, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Wook-Jin Clark and Jack T. Cole
  • Sunday, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Morgan Beem and Katie Skelly 

Exhibits & Vendors

5th Floor: Lobby & JUMP Room
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Exhibitors & Vendors & Games - Oh My!
Over 30 vendors and exhibitors are slated to appear in the Expo Hall, along with three Virtual Reality stations, gaming tables, the 501st Legion, and LEGOs!

LEGO® Extravaganza
Join the Idaho LEGO® Users Group, South West Idaho LEGO® Users Group, Bricks and Minifigs, and more, for a display of talent, patience, and precision engineering. LEGO® creations from around the Treasure Valley will be exhibited, and attendees are encouraged to participate in a massive group build project. Founded in 2014 by Greg Fastabend, the Idaho LEGO® Users Group (or SpudLUG) has grown in leaps and bounds.  With members from all over the state, the group meets regularly to share the love of LEGO® bricks, plan events and encourage builders and collectors to have fun and be creative.  The group is open to builders of all ages and skillsets. SpudLUG is committed to sharing the joy of LEGO® with the community and members have participated in local exhibitions, STEM classes, leadership training workshops and other events.

Saturn V Moon Rocket 
Come and see the STEM Moon Shot model of the Saturn V Moon Rocket that is made out of 32,000 LEGO® bricks! This is the rocket that took the first humans to land on the moon in 1969. Designed by Scott Bowman, IdeaBrickWorks, this model is 12 foot tall (with base) and is a 1:32 scale replica of the iconic rocket. Come take a picture with this one-of-a-kind LEGO ®creation!

501st Legion Appearance - Timberline Garrison
Since 1997, the 501st Legion has been dedicated to re-creating film-quality costumes of the “villainous” characters of the Star Wars galaxy and entertaining Star Wars fans with their public appearances, and has become a leading force in fan-based charity events around the world. The Timberline Garrison serves as the local "Chapter" of the 501st for Idaho and Montana.

R2-D2 Builders Club
Founded in 1999 by Dave Everett, the R2-D2 Builders Club is an internet fan based club with over 5000 members worldwide, using the web as a common means to gather information and share thoughts and ideas with one common goal... to build their very own life size R-Series astromech. 

Rebel Legion
Serving members of the Rebel Legion in Idaho and Montana Takodana Base features costumes of the heroes of Star Wars. We’re thrilled to participate in the Boise Comic Arts Festival.

Performance & Presentations

3rd Floor: Garden Terrace
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Starbelly School of Dance
The Starbelly Dancers will be performing two shows. The first show will be at 10:30am super hero and super villain comic book story come to life, and the second show will be at 11:30am where we will travel through space and the zodiac. Each show will end with a mini dance class and a piece that everyone can join in on and dance!

3rd Floor: Garden Terrace
Sunday, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Akashic Moves Bellydance
Bellydancing cosplay! Come watch the bellydancing crew of the Enterprise, bellydancing Whovians, bellydancing My Little Ponies, and so much more! With special guests, including, among others, Cat Woman, Zoe from Firefly, Merida from Brave, & Maleficent. Join us on this epic journey!

Front Lawn
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Belegarth Medieval Combat Society
Belegarth is a fun, safe, and inexpensive sport where participants wear medieval or fantasy-themed clothing and fight with foam-padded weapons. The fighting is hard and fast and has, since 1979, refined into its own brand of martial art. The rules are easy to learn, and after a few practices, you’ll be hooked!

Come join the local warrior of the realm of Rath! Group shields and swords will be provided for all to use. 

Saturday, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Wrestle Club
Wrestle Club is Idaho's first and only pro wrestling organization. Wrestle Club has partnered with 18 various local non profit programs such as the Special Olympics and Salvation Army. You can catch Wrestle Club on local TV on Cable One on channel 64 as well as Roku! Our ring is pink and black! A 16' x16' ring and the wrestling we do is similar to WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). We are kid friendly and have support from our community. If you have yet to watch Wrestle Club live, please attend one of their FREE events!

Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Amtgard – Duchy of Rusty Gauntlet
Duchy of Rusty Gauntlet is a local chapter of Amtgard based in Boise, Idaho. They are a Live Action Role Play (LARP) game that uses a high fantasy setting and safe foam weapon combat. If you have ever dreamed of being a Warrior or a Wizard, this is something you should see! 

Panels

4th Floor: Inspire Studio
Saturday

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Creatiing It Local
Did you know that the Treasure Valley has a robust and growing comics community? It absolutely does! Hear from some of the local creators that have contributed to the area’s exciting and constantly evolving scene and learn how you can become involved and support the continued upward trajectory of local comics.

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. What Weird World Is This?
Fantastical fictional worlds don’t just pop into existence on their own…someone’s gotta create them! Farel Dalrymple (Proxima Centauri), Simon Roy (Habitat), Jack T. Cole (The Unsound), and Jason Beirens (Grayhat) have shaped unique, sometimes terrifying, always fascinating worlds. They’ll share their experience as veteran world-builders, and in some cases, world-destroyers.

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Creator Spotlight: Lucy Knisley 
Lucy Knisley is a critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator. She lives in Chicago. She specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues. She was born in 1985 and grew up in New York, reading comics despite her artistic and literary parents' mild objections. To Lucy, comics have always combined these two inherited loves: the written word and the drawn image. Her books include French Milk, Relish, An Age of License, Displacement, and the forthcoming Kid Gloves.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom 
When Jesse and Noah, two teens at a weight loss camp, stumble upon the body of a murdered counselor, they and two other campers, Kate and Tony, begin an investigation into the secrets of Camp Bloom. Join creators Terry Blas and Matthew Seely as they discuss their young adult murder mystery, Dead Weight, out now from Oni Press.

Sunday

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Family Story Time Shout-Out
I
magine Mad Libs + Pictionary + story time. That pretty much covers this fun, family-friendly session. Join cartoonist/author/dad Luke Martin as he leads an interactive story time where participants are asked to shout out suggestions to steer the story as you develop it on the fly! For added fun, Luke will illustrate the story as it unfolds. Bring the kids, rest your feet and join the fun!

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. A Group Effort: Comics Anthologies 
Hazel Newlevant is the co-editor and publisher of the anthologies Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers and Comics for Choice. Jon Keithley and Shanae LaVelle are the publishers of the local annual anthology, 6x6. They’ll talk about the unique challenges and rewards of working with a collection of artists and writers to forge a new collaborative artwork.

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. The Lowdown 
Benjamin Dewey is a versatile Portland-based illustrator who enjoys science, guitars and fantasy RPG games. You may know him from his detailed art on Autumnlands, his absurd new web-comic Meowskertown, or current work painting the Dark Horse Comics title Beasts Of Burden. He’ll present an unvarnished look at what it takes to be a comics professional, including conversations about taxes, working for the big two or not, drawing time competing with brand building skills, the pros and cons of writing for yourself or collaborating with others, and what effect changing technology will have on comics as a long-term career option.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Creator Spotlight: Jorge Corona 
Jorge Corona is a Venezuelan writer, illustrator, and sequential artist. He was the winner of the 2015 Russ Manning Award and has worked with publishing companies such as DC Comics, Image Comics, and Boom! Entertainment. His work includes Number One With A Bullet, Big Trouble in Little China, The Flash, Teen Titans GO!, and Adventure Time. He’s also the co-creator, with writer Jacob Semahn, of Goners, a horror adventure story, and creator of Feathers, his all ages dark fantasy series. His newest book will be Middlewest from Image Comics, with writer Skottie Young.

5th Floor: The Loft
Saturday

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Geek + Craft = $ 
Crafters and makers! Join comics creator and GeekCraft Expo founder Daniel Way for a discussion about how best to combine your crafty abilities with your geeky passions...and turn them into a viable small business! Then, apply for your own spot at Boise’s first GeekCraft Expo, coming up on September 28 & 29!

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Treasure Valley Avengers 
TVA is group of cosplayers and actors based in the Treasure Valley. They portray Marvel superheroes at conventions, festivals and benefits. Come enjoy this panel of in-character superheroes.

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Twisted Romance 
Critically acclaimed writer Alex de Campi teamed up with some of comics' hottest artists for Twisted Romance, a four-issue weekly anthology miniseries with tales of love—love gone right, wrong, and everything in between. Ahead of the release of the trade paperback in September, meet three of the series’ artists, Trungles, Katie Skelly, and Alejandra Gutiérrez, and dive into what made this such a fun and groundbreaking mini-series to create.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Carta & Rosemary: In Conversation 
Queer representation in comics has been increasing in recent years, in both mainstream and small press publishing. Join creators Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (What is Left) and Carta Monir (Secure Connect) as they discuss queer identity in storytelling and comics, the importance of LGBTQ+ representation, the struggles that still exist for queer creators, and what their hopes are for the future of the medium.

Sunday

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Forming and Nurturing a Creative Collaboration
There are a lot of great comics teams, producing amazing work, and they all had to start somewhere. But how do you find that comics co-conspirator, that artist or writer, inker or colorist, to work with? Morgan Beem, Russell Brown, Shanae LaVelle, and Justin Zimmerman will talk about what it takes to establish and maintain a creative relationship.

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. In the Punch Dome We Punch 
And…action! Lots and lots of action! What does it take to bring non-stop, fists-a-flying, and dare we say it, beautifully rendered, mayhem to the page? Kyle Starks and Jason Shiga know what to do in the Punch Dome - come learn from the best.

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Creator Spotlight: Jen Wang 
Jen Wang is a cartoonist, author and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She is the author of The Prince and the DressmakerKoko Be Good, and co-author of the New York Times Bestselling graphic novel In Real Life with Cory Doctorow. Her work has also appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, The Believer, Hazlitt, Slate, and McSweeney’s. She is the co-founder and organizer of the annual festival Comic Arts Los Angeles.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Comics and Futurism 
Indigenous and Islamic Futurism are movements consisting of art, literature, comics, games, and other forms of media which express Indigenous and Islamic perspectives of the future, past, and present in the context of science fiction and related sub-genres. Such perspectives may reflect different ways of knowing, traditional stories, historical or contemporary politics or other cultural realities. Join Prism Stalker creator Sloane Leong and Mis(h)adra creator Iasmin Omar Ata for an engaging discussion about the intersection of these movements with comics.

Workshops

5th Floor: Make Studio
Saturday

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Improv for Roleplaying Games Session 1 
Join a party of tabletop role players in a welcoming and judgment-free workshop to play group activities used in improv comedy. You’ll learn skills for better impromptu scenes, character (and monster) voices, and how, even though you can’t plan for everything, you can be ready for anything that happens at the table. Two 90-minture sessions will cover more or less the same topics. For Players and Game Masters. All ages welcome.

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Improv for Roleplaying Games Session 2 
Join a party of tabletop role players in a welcoming and judgment-free workshop to play group activities used in improv comedy. You’ll learn skills for better impromptu scenes, character (and monster) voices, and how, even though you can’t plan for everything, you can be ready for anything that happens at the table. Two 90-minture sessions will cover more or less the same topics. For Players and Game Masters. All ages welcome.

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Drawing Beasts 
Tadd Galusha is a Northwest based comic artist and story illustrator. He’s collaborated and contributed to numerous titles including Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGodzilla, and Bubba Ho-Tep, as well as continuing to work on his creator-owned title, The Backwoods. In this workshop he’ll show you how to draw wild beasties, both extinct and extant…and you might even be able to talk him into drawing a sewer-dwelling, pizza-eating, reptilian hero as well.

Sunday

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Comic Art for Kids 
Jess Pollard graduated from Capilano University with a diploma in illustration and design in 2017. She currently works as a storyboard artist and revisionist in Vancouver, BC in addition to writing, editing, and making comics.Join her for a comics making workshop for the younger among us.

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Comics Storytelling & Jam 
Jess Smart Smiley makes rad pictures with his bare hands and has created more than 15 books for young readers, including Let’s Make Comics!, and Upside Down: A Vampire Tale.He’s also been hosting monthly comic jams for the past 4 years that have helped over 1,000 children, teens, and adults create their very first comics! Learn how comics tell stories in ways that even big-budget Hollywood films cannot - then breakup into groups and create your own!

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Zine Making 
What’s a zine? Zine is short for fanzine. They’re usually cheaply-made, cheaply-priced publications, often in black and white, which are mass-produced via photocopier and bound with staples. Many focus on a music scene of some sort, but others are dedicated to artwork, poetry, cartoons, editorials and short stories. Join Dust & Whiskey creator Shoshanna Cohen to learn more about this art form and how to make your own zine.

Gaming

5th Floor: JUMP Room
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Virtual Reality 
Join the future and explore three different virtual reality experiences with Blocksmith, the Idaho Virtual Reality Council, and VR1.

Saturday

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Dungeon World RPG Session 1 
Try your hand at fantasy-themed role-playing game Dungeon World. There are two sessions to choose from with limited space. Email kradford@cityofboise.org with your prefered game and time to sign up.

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Playtest Local Board Games 
Get in the action and playtest locally designed and created board games developed at the Library’s Board Wars competition. Photo-Chute, Sovereign, and the Wizard King will be available for playtesting

2:30 p.m-4:30 p.m. Dungon World RPG Session 2
Try your hand at fantasy-themed role-playing game Dungeon World. There are two sessions to choose from with limited space. Email kradford@cityofboise.org with your prefered game and time to sign up.

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Playtest PLOTastrophe 
Local developers Dark Yeti Games (who brought you Mixin’ Sixes) are playtesting their newest game, PLOTastrophe! Compete to narrate ridiculous, randomly generated movie plot lines in a bid to be crowned Best of the Box Office.

Sunday

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Pathfinder Session 1 
Try your hand at the 2nd edition of Pathfinder, just released for public playtesting this month! There are two sessions to choose from with limited space. Email kradford@cityofboise.org with your prefered game and time to sign up.

3:00 p.m-4:30 p.m. Pathfinder Session 2 
Try your hand at the 2nd edition of Pathfinder, just released for public playtesting this month! There are two sessions to choose from with limited space. Email kradford@cityofboise.org with your prefered game and time to sign up.

Live Cosplay Contest

3rd Floor: Garden Terrace
Saturday

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Kids Costume Contest 
Costumes aren’t just for Halloween anymore! The Kids’ Costume Contest is for costumed (or caped) crusaders of all abilities, ages 0-18. Parents and guardians are welcome to accompany any shy contestants on stage. This contest is open to all types of costumes, whether you made it yourself or not! You’ll get 1 minute to show off your costume on stage for our judges, and all contestants will receive a small goody bag.

Winners will be chosen for these categories:

  • Best Villain
  • Best Hero
  • Most Sparkly
  • Most Creative

No pre-registration is required, but the contest is limited to 50 entries. A first-come, first-served sign-up will be available on August 25 at 10am at Boise Comic Arts Festival 2018.

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Live Cosplay Contest 
Calling all cosplayers! Get ready to suit up and strut your stuff for our panel of judges. This Cosplay Competition is for beginner, amateur, and experienced cosplayers, ages 14+. Your homemade cosplay could win fame, glory, and of course— prizes.

There will be a 1st and 2nd place winner in three categories:

  • Beginner
  • Amateur
  • Experienced

Pre-registration is required, and registration is open until August 24 and limited to 24 participants. To register and view the full rules and guidelines, head to the BCAF Cosplay page.

Food & Drink

Celebration Circle - Outside
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Burgerlicious
  • Tiki Shaved Ice
5th Floor: The Deck
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Thomas Cuisine
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