Boise Comic Arts Festival

Hybrid In-Person and Virtual Event

Boise Comic Arts Festival (BCAF) inspires creators of all ages, cultivates a comics community, showcases local and international artists, and creates opportunities for discovery and collaboration. For the health and safety of our community, Boise Comic Arts Festival 2021 will be a hybrid in-person and virtual event this year. We plan to have in-person events on Saturday, August 28 at JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place), and online events on Sunday, August 29.


August 28, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. In-Person Event – Join us for an exciting day featuring cosplay contests, life-sized gaming, wrestling, vendors & exhibitors, and food. View the full schedule details here.

Please note: With the health and safety of our community in mind, the in-person events will take place entirely outdoors on JUMP's lawn area. Attendees are asked to practice physical distancing and to wear a face mask when distancing cannot be maintained.

August 29, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Virtual Panels and Workshops – We’re not gonna lie, this year’s virtual panel line-up is stellar! Kids can attend an art lesson with renowned picture book creator Bob Shea. Some of the artists and writers behind publisher Graphic Mundi’s COVID Chronicles will gather to talk about making art in difficult times. If journalism is more your thing, you won’t want to miss the Comics Journalism panel. And for all those cosplayers out there, the Geeked Out Ninjas are going to give you the nuts and bolts with their Cosplay 101 workshop. These events all require registration. To view the full virtual schedule details and guest bios, visit here.

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Super-Secret Happy Cry Fun Time with Bob Shea! 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. COVID Chronicles: Drawing on Community in Tough Times.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Comics Journalism.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cosplay 101.

Creators, Vendors, and Exhibitors

Over 20 creators, vendors and exhibitors are slated to appear all around the JUMP outdoor park on August 28, along with The Friends of the Boise Public Library booksale, the 501st Legion, and LEGOs. This is a great opportunity to meet comic creators and purchase original artwork, cosplay items, books and comics! The see the full list of this year’s exhibitors, visit here

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 on Saturday, August 28!

Registration is open, and you can view the official contest results here:

Gaming Sessions Online

Tabletop roleplaying games are back for the Boise Comic Arts Festival 2021! The dice are digital, but the fun hasn’t changed. Bring your friends or make some new ones as you have an adventure and tell a story together.

We’re hosting two online game sessions of Dungeons & Dragons this year:

Thursday, August 26 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Friday, August 27 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

These events are designed for beginners, and no experience is required. The games take place online through, so you will need an internet connection and a free Roll20 account. Registration is required and is open to everyone age 12 and up. Only five spots are available per game, so sign up now on our calendar!

Want to learn more about Dungeons & Dragons and how to play? Check out the free rules here, or watch a short video here.

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.

How does it work?

  1. Bring the games you’d like to donate to any Boise Public Library location by August 25!
  2. Fill out a submission form for each donation.
  3. We’ll inspect your donations, and then contact you to deliver your tickets.
  4. Come to the Board Game Swap, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 28 as part of the Boise Comic Arts Festival at JUMP.
  5. Present your tickets and pick out your new games.
  6. Enjoy!

What’s the catch?

You can donate as many of your games as you’d like, but you will receive a maximum of three tickets. For inexpensive games and party games, you’ll receive a general ticket. For more expensive board games (like Settlers of Catan) you’ll receive a Specialty Ticket. You’ll need to redeem Specialty Tickets to pick up specialty games!

Questions about BCAF 2021? Please email Josh Shapel at

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 now closed.

Please join us in congratulating our Comic Creation Contest 2021 Winners:

Adults – 1st Place, Joe A.; 2nd Place, Kat B.; 3rd Place, Trasey G.

Teens – 1st Place, Gabe C.; 2nd Place, Alex A.; 3rd Place, Luke L.

Kids – 1st Place, Eden B.; 2nd Place, Isabelle A.; 3rd Place, Angela D.

All the Comic Creation Contest entries will be on display at BCAF21 on August 28 at JUMP.

You can view the official rules here:

Questions? Email Mackie Welch at

T-Shirt Pre-order

BCAF t-shirt pre-order is no longer available. If you ordered a t-shirt, make sure to pick it up from the Friends of the Boise Public Library on August 28 at JUMP. Thanks for your support!

New Feature: 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.


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