Boise Comic Arts Festival

BCAF XII - 2024

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Boise Comic Arts Festival returns for its 12th year from August 23 through 25, 2024. It will include all the features you know and love including a two-day Artist's Alley, cosplay, panels, performances, and workshops at the Boise Centre and various locations around town. Stay tuned for more details and check back for updates as we get closer to the event.

Event Info

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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 closed.

We have opened a waitlist for those who missed the application deadline. As space becomes available, we'll offer it to those on the waitlist. Complete the Waitlist Application Form to be added to the waitlist.

See a list of past BCAF Guest Creators

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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 BCAF on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday August 25th. The application is now closed.

Learn more in our Teen Comics Mentorship Program FAQ

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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 accompanied by a completed entry form can be turned in at any Boise Public Library location. Entry forms are available at all Library locations or can be downloaded and printed. The contest ends July 31.

Comic Creation Contest Rules (PDF)

Comic Creation Contest entry form (PDF)

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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 Cosplay Contests for kids, teens, and adults! More information and registration opens Summer 2024.

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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 opens Summer 2024.

Librarians & Educator's Day will take place Friday, August 23. More information coming soon.  Register here.

Please send questions to Renee Addington.

More information will come Summer 2024. If you have questions about BCAF XII, please email Josh Shapel

For more information see our BCAF FAQ or email our event coordinator Josh Shapel

BCAF XII Guest Creators - Round 1 Announcement

Andy Runton is the award-winning creator of Owly, the kind-hearted little owl who's always searching for new friends and adventures. Andy’s work showcases his love of wildlife and the outdoors, and has earned him multiple awards, including the Eisner Award for Best Publication for a Younger Audience. The Owly books have been praised for their “charm, wisdom, and warmth” by Booklist, and WIRED.com said they are “one of the best comics for kids around. Period.” Andy lives in the greater Atlanta area, where he works full time as a writer and illustrator.

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Ashley Robin Franklin (she/they) is a queer cartoonist and illustrator based in Austin, Texas. Ashley is originally from the Rio Grande Valley (that's south South Texas), and attended college locally at UT-Pan American, majoring in English lit. Ashley makes sweet and spooky comics with horror and fantasy elements for a variety of audiences and ages. She’s the creator behind The Hills of Estrella Roja (Clarion books/2023) and That Full Moon Feeling (Silver Sprocket, 2021). Her comics have also been published by The New Yorker, Pome Press, and The Nib. In her spare time, she can often be found reading, painting, admiring cool plants outside, and goofing off with her partner and two weird tiny dogs.

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Cassie is a freelance comic artist who loves telling stories and drawing pictures. She is the illustrator behind the Lifeformed series as well as the creator of Extraordinary: A Story of an Ordinary Princess. When she’s not drawing comics, you can find her reading a good book, baking some tasty treats, or exploring the outdoors with her adventure-loving husband and baby.

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Emily is a comic artist and illustrator, mainly known for co-creating Princeless with Jeremy Whitley. She also teaches comic art, and cohosts Progressively Horrified, a podcast about horror movies.

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Eric Shanower is the award-winning cartoonist of the graphic novel series Age of Bronze (Image), retelling the story of the Trojan War. He’s written and drawn dozens of Oz projects, including writing New York Times best-selling graphic novel adaptations of six of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books (Marvel). Shanower’s past comics work includes his own Oz graphic novel series, art for An Accidental Death by Ed Brubaker (Fantagaphics), The Elsewhere Prince by Moebius and R.J.M. Lofficier (Marvel), and Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor (Dark Horse). Shanower has illustrated for television, stage, magazines, and children’s books, two of which he wrote himself. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his husband.

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James Asmus has written for books, theater, comedy, video games and TV. He’s won several awards for his work. His run reimagining the comic Quantum and Woody also garnered him five Harvey Award nominations, including Best Writer. Some of his notable books include co-creating the action-satire Survival Street (Dark Horse Comics), several Marvel Comics series including Gambit and Captain America, a pair of all-ages Transformers/My Little Pony crossovers for IDW, and The Official Rick and Morty Cookbook and Supernatural: The Official Cocktail Book (Insight Editions). He currently lives outside Portland, OR with his wife and two weirdly wonderful kids.

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Jamie S. Rich started in comics in 1994 as an assistant editor at Dark Horse Comics before moving over to Oni Press in 1998, where he became editor in chief. He published his first prose novel, Cut My Air, in 2000 before embarking on an extended freelance career in 2004. He is probably best known for his collaborations with Joëlle Jones in the graphic novels 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, You Have Killed Me, and the first volume of Lady Killer, which has been optioned by Netflix.

In 2015, Rich joined DC Comics as part of their Vertigo imprint, and quickly gained notice as the editor of Sheriff of Babylon by Tom King and Mitch Gerads. They would all re-team on the Eisner Award-winning Mister Miracle. In his time at DC, Rich oversaw DC’s Young Animal with Gerard Way and ultimately spent time overseeing DC’s top titles and characters. He also won an Eisner Award himself as part of the editorial team of the charity anthology Love is Love, co-published by DC and IDW. 

In 2021, Rich moved to Tapas Media where he became editor in chief of their original comics and novels, before joining IDW in May, 2022. He is currently editor in chief as well as the editor of Beauty of Horror, The Addams Family, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin II – Re-evolution.

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Laura Knetzger is the author and illustrator of several graphic novels, including the Ignatz-award nominated Bug Boys. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts. Laura is also the illustrator of the Bigfoot and Nessie graphic novel series. She is a regular contributor to the yearly ShortBox Comics Fair. Laura is also the author of several books for young readers and countless zines. She has kept a daily diary comic every day since 2018. She lives and works in Seattle.

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Lee Moyer is a two-time Hugo Award Winning artist (for the Small Gods series with Seanan McGuire), designer and writer; Lee created world-premiere posters for Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tori Amos and Andy Prieboy, many Laurel & Hardy films, and The Call of Cthulhu. An art director for EA, lead artist for D&D, and co-creator of 13th Age, Lee also served as a docent at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum for a decade. He’s currently collaborating with Italian artist Melissa Spandri on The Trident of Aurelia: Book III Corazon; and with Ekaterina Chesalova (a Russian artist currently in Bali) on a top-secret project.

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Michael Avon Oeming is the co-creator of Powers, Takio, William of Newbury, and Blue Book from Dark Horse Comics.

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After graduating from the Cooper School of Art, Muriel Fahrion began a life-long career in design, illustration, and art management, working at American Greetings in Cleveland, Ohio, as a humorous card designer. While a staff illustrator there she created the first drawings of Strawberry Shortcake in 1977 as a greeting card. Fahrion then joined Those Characters from Cleveland, a toy think tank composed of artists, writers, and marketers. What followed was 39 characters in the Shortcake line, the first 12 Care Bears, and the following year, the Get-Along-Gang characters. She moved on to become Senior Art Director for Enesco Giftware, before accepting the position of Creative VP at United Design Giftware in Noble, Oklahoma, where she oversaw a staff of 75 including sculptors, paint designers, working line designers, and production engineers.

In 2019 Fahrion rebranded her studio as Outta Thin Air Studio, where she continued to create fresh designs that were produced as art merchandise at her home studios in Tulsa, and then Beggs, Oklahoma. Fahrion spends her time holding creative retreats at her #tinystudio, regularly appearing at meet & greets and toy and comic conventions and has accumulated followers on social media from all corners of the world for her art and her #kitchendance videos. She has sold her art merch to every state in the US, and to countries in South America, Europe, and Asia.

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Rye Hickman is a visual storyteller. Past work includes The Harrowing, Bad Dream, Buzzing, Lonely Receiver, and more. They get really excited about dystopian fiction, good coffee, and drawing hands.

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Soo Lee is a NYC based comic book writer, artist, and illustrator. Lee’s work includes CARMILLA: The First Vampire, Maleficent, Cheetara, and many more. She has been published by Darkhorse/BergerBooks, DC Comics, Archie, Dynamite, and Skybound.

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Stephanie, an alumna of the University of Illinois at Chicago, has made a remarkable journey from a scientist to a comic book creator. Her imaginative storytelling has been captivating readers and she has an impressive portfolio of titles to her name. These include Nubia and the Amazons, an empowering tale, Nubia: Queen of the Amazons, a regal adventure, and Wakanda #1, an action-packed comic. She has explored the mystical world with Magic Planeswalkers: Noble #1, told tales of Lunella Lafayette — aka the smartest person in the Marvel Universe, in Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur: Wreck and Roll, and used her research skills in her latest book, Strange and Unsung All-Stars of the DC Multiverse. Stephanie is also a comic book historian and has written for SYFYFANGRRLS, Marvel, The A.V. Club, Nerdist, Den of Geek, and Rotten Tomatoes.

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A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning & Design, Tadd Galusha started his career as a background illustrator and commercial storyboard artist in Portland, Oregon. Soon after working for major publishers on properties such as Godzilla, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, GI Joe, and King Kong. 2019 marked a breakout year with the release of his creator owned dinosaur epic, Cretaceous, a silent graphic novel which followed the journey of an orphaned juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex as it survives the brutal environment of North America 67 million years ago.

Recent projects, such as the Paleo-American series The First Americans from Critical Entertainment and the daikaiju wrestling zine series Kaiju Libre from Boise-based publisher, Arc Welder Studios, are slated for wide release in early 2024.

Currently he is illustrating and co-writing the new comic series, Cyberzoic, a companion book to the ground-breaking figure collection from Creative Beast Studio, while continuing development on a collection of creator-owned graphic novels that are yet to be announced.

Tadd is also the co-host of the weekly underground podcast, Blue Tiger Revenge.

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Taki Soma is a HUGO award nominated cartoonist. Soma has worked on creator-owned projects such as Rapture, Sinergy, The Victories, United States of Murder, Inc., and Bitch Planet, along with Dick Tracy and Iron Man, and an auto-bio graphic novel titled Sleeping While Standing, listed as one of the best graphic novels of 2022 by the American Library Association. Soma has worked with publishers such as DC, Image, IDW, Marvel, Dark Horse, Jinxworld, Avery Hill and more. Soma lives in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by furry critters and a husband who shares the same passion for comics.

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