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 August 28 at JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place), and online events on August 29.

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.

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!

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 will run from June 14 thru August 9. Entries can be turned in at the front desk of any Boise Public Library location or via email to Mackie Welch at You can view the official rules and find the entry form 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:

T-Shirt Pre-order

Exciting news! For the first time ever, community members can purchase BCAF t-shirts from the Friends of the Boise Public Library. The BCAF 2021 t-shirts feature artwork by local artist Julia Green and are available in white for adults and gray for youth.

Pre-order your t-shirt by completing this form:

The deadline to pre-order is August 5. T-shirt pickup will be available at BCAF on August 28, and there are also a couple dates following the event for those who aren’t able to attend. Full details are available in the pre-order form.

Creators, Vendors, and Exhibitors

This year we will be hosting a limited in-person Artists’ Alley on Saturday, August 28 at JUMP. Exhibitors interested in tabling at BCAF can learn more and apply at the link below. The application period is open from July 1 thru July 26.

Free Comic Book Day

Boise Public Library locations will be participating in Free Comic Book Day this year, taking place on Saturday, August 14

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! Session dates and times to come. 

Online Panel Discussions

We’ll be hosting online panel discussions on Sunday, August 29 for this year’s event. All panels will be hosted on Zoom and are FREE to attend, but registration will be required. More information coming soon! 

Questions about BCAF 2021? Please email Josh Shapel at


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