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 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Librarians & Educators Day at the Idaho State Museum, (610 Julia Davis Dr). View the schedule and course information.

Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. (last Zoo admission is 5 p.m.)- 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. Additionally, we’ll have some activities in Julia Davis Park just outside the entrance to Zoo Boise.

All BCAF events are free to attend, but registration is required to enter Zoo Boise for the festival on Saturday. To reserve your spot, please register on Eventbrite.

View the List of our Guest Creators

View the List of our Exhibitors

Sunday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - 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.

Schedule of Events

 

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. View the list of our guest creators and the list of our exhibitors.

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 contest is open to all ages and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places prizes will be awarded in each age category. This year we’re partnering with Zoo Boise to offer an additional opt-in prize category for comics focused on wildlife conservation.

Contest submissions are now closed. Visit Zoo Boise on Saturday, September 17 to view the entries.

Questions? Email Mackie Welch at mnwelch@cityofboise.org. You can view the official rules here: Comic Creation Contest Rules.

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 and adults!

Cosplay contests will take place at the Main Stage at Zoo Boise on Saturday, September 17. The contests will take place at the following times:

11 a.m. - Teen Cosplay Contest

1 p.m. - Adult Cosplay Contest

3 p.m. - Kid Cosplay Contest

Registration is now open for the cosplay contests (register online) and closes one hour prior to each contest. Read the full cosplay contest rules

Gaming

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 registration is now open on our online calendar and linked below. All gaming sessions will take place on the third floor of the Main Library on Sunday, September 18

10:15 a.m. - RBG Honey Heist

10:15 a.m. - RPG The Quiet Year

12:30 p.m - RPG Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e

12:30 p.m. - RPG Dungeons and Dragons 5e

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!

Games in good condition will be taken at all Library locations starting Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, September 16. Tickets for getting a new game will be emailed to anyone who turns in a game. Games will be evaluated on a tier system as well as for completeness of pieces. While you may turn in more than three games, you will only receive a maximum of three tickets to swap for games at the event. Everyone who brings in a ticket will be entered in a drawing for a gift card to a local board game shop.

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 TradeAdventure 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 MiddlewestNightwingThe 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.

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.

Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

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Supporters

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Phone: (208) 972-8200
Renewal by Phone: (208) 972-8980
TTY: 1-800-377-3529
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Library Director:  Jessica Dorr

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