Boise Comic Arts Festival

BCAF XII

Boise Comic Arts Festival is returning for its 12th year in 2024, with all the features you know and love (Artists’ Alley, cosplay, panels, performances, and workshops). It will be taking place August 23-25 at the Boise Centre and various locations around town.

Creators, Vendors, and Exhibitors

This year we will be hosting a two-day Artists' Alley on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25. The application for table space in Artists' Alley is now open. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 22.  

Exhibitor Application

NEW THIS YEAR: We're offering exhibitor spaces to relevant non-profit and governmental entities.
There will be a limited number of these spaces available and we're seeking exhibitors whose work is
in the fields of comics, the arts, education, libraries, or fandom. These applications will go through
the regular BCAF exhibitor jury process and are for registered 501(c)(3)’s and government entities.

Non-profit & Governmental Exhibitor Application

Please send questions about exhibiting at BCAF XII to Josh.

Teen Comics Mentorship Program

The Teen Comics Mentorship program was created to support and inspire teens interested in pursuing a career in comic arts or related fields. The program provides information, training, and opportunities to aspiring creators and culminates with the mentees tabling at the Boise Comic Arts Festival (BCAF) on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th. The application is open now and closes on Monday, March 18.

To apply, visit the application link.

For more information, download the Teen Comics Mentorship Program FAQ.

Free Comic Book Day

Visit any Boise Public Library location on Saturday, May 4 for Free Comic Book Day, an annual event where comic shops and libraries give away comic books…wait for it…for FREE. Choose from a variety of fun titles from different comics publishers. There’s a limit of two comics per person, available while supplies last. And a HUGE thank you to The Collector’s Outpost for sponsoring our celebration of Free Comic Book Day.

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 place prizes will be awarded in each age category. 

Contest submissions will open Summer 2024.

Librarians & Educators Day

Librarians & Educators Day will take place Friday, August 23. More information coming soon. Registration will open Summer 2024.

Please send questions about L&E Day to Renee.

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! More information and registration opening Summer 2024.

Gaming

In-person tabletop roleplaying games are coming back for BCAF XII! Bring your friends or make some new ones as you have an adventure and tell a story together! More information and registration opening Summer 2024.

Our Sponsors


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More Information & Questions

Questions about BCAF XII? Please reach out to Josh Shapel via email.

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