Boise Comic Arts Festival

BCAF X

Boise Comic Arts Festival is turning 10 and roaring back to life! After two years of virtual and hybrid events, we’re thrilled to return to a full-scale, in-person extravaganza celebrating comics and fandom, with all the features you know and love (Artists’ Alley, cosplay, panels, performances, and workshops) at new and exciting venues, including Zoo Boise! We’re also adding a third day to the event focused on programming for librarians and educators. BCAF X is a fun, FREE, family-friendly celebration of comics and fandom hosted by Boise Public Library.

Friday, September 16 - Librarians & Educators Day at the Idaho State Museum, (610 Julia Davis Dr).

Saturday, September 17 - BCAF X at Zoo Boise, (355 Julia Davis Dr). Events will include cosplay competitions, presentations, performances, and an outdoor Artists' Alley with creators, vendors, and exhibitors spread out over the 17 acres of Zoo Boise.

Sunday, September 18 - BCAF X at Boise Public Library, (715 S. Capitol Blvd) and the Idaho State Museum, (610 Julia Davis Dr). Events will include panels, workshops, and gaming.

Creators, Vendors, and Exhibitors

This year we will be hosting an outdoor Artists' Alley on Saturday, September 17 with creators, vendors, and exhibitors spread out over the 17 acres of Zoo Boise. The table application is now closed. 

BCAF X Poster

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This year’s BCAF poster was created by the dynamic comics duo and couple, Morgan Beem and Jorge Corona. Beem is a freelance artist working predominately in comics and illustration. Her work includes The Family Trade, Adventure Time, Swamp Thing: Twin Branches, and the recently announced IDW miniseries, Crashing. Corona is a Venezuelan sequential artist, writer, and Russ Manning Award winner, whose work includes Middlewest, Nightwing, The Me You Love in the Dark, and Batgirls. They currently reside in Denver, Colorado and are both part of the professional comic studio, JAM HOUSE.

Comic Creation Contest

The Original Comic Creation Contest is your chance to show-off your comic crafting skills by creating a single page of comics to express an idea, set a scene or mood, introduce a character, or tell a story. The 2022 contest will open in mid-July. Check back here for more information.

Cosplay Contests

The Cosplay Contests are your chance to show off your costume making skills and creativity. Your costume could win you fame, glory, and of course – prizes. We'll have live Cosplay Contests for kids, teens, adults, and dogs! Cosplay contest rules coming soon. Registration will open in August 2022. Check back here for the registration link.

Grab & Go Kits

Starting in mid-June, we’ll be offering comics themed grab & go kits at all Boise Public Library locations. Supplies will be limited, so make sure to get down to the library and grab yours!

Gaming

Board Wars

Board Wars is BACK in anticipation of BCAF X! Assemble your closest companions and dive into a weekend-long adventure. Test your mettle, stamina, and camaraderie as you develop and prototype a playable board game in just 48 short hours. This year the entire event will be taking place at Gem State Gaming Convention at the Boise Center (850 W Front St.) starting Friday, July 1 at 6p.m. and wrapping up on Sunday, July 3 at 6 p.m. Registered participants will receive a full-event pass to the convention, and will be eligible for prizes and most importantly, glory!

Game creation supplies and snacks will be provided for participants, as well as pizza on Saturday and Sunday. Board Wars 2022 is a collaboration between Gem State Gaming Convention, Phoenix Fire Games, Citizen Scientific Workshop, and Boise Public Library.

Register your team for Board Wars by Wednesday, June 29 at 11:45 p.m.

Gaming Sessions

In-person tabletop roleplaying games are coming back for BCAF X! Bring your friends or make some new ones as you have an adventure and tell a story together! Session dates and times to come. 

Board Game Swap

Do you have board games you never play? Want to try something new? Exchange your old games for new ones at the BCAF Board Game Swap! By donating your used or new games to the Library, you’ll get tickets you can redeem at the board game swap to pick up games donated by others. More details coming this summer.

Curated Comics Carousels

BCAF team members are curating selections of comics and related pop-culture titles for your reading enjoyment. Check back monthly for new selections.

More Information & Questions

For more information about BCAF X, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, or have other questions, please reach out to Josh Shapel via email.

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