Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival - Roundhouse Vancouver May 23, 24, 2015

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Both halls of the Roundhouse Community Centre were filled with this wild and colorful exhibition of the very best and latest in everything comics, graphic arts, art work, costume, accessories, books, booklets, films, cds, and more for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.  There were panels and events, including a Saturday night of The Fourth Annual Soho's Comic Jam, held at Soho Billiards on Hamilton, featuring pints, paints and nachos.  A raffle and Art Auction kept this weekend hopping.





In all, there were 250 Comic Artists exhibiting their work.  Such enthusiasm, passion and patience for their eager audiences of all ages.  Thank you for a dazzling display.

Christina Li, student, artist, photographer and guest blogger, interviewed two artists:
Reina Sato and Jeff Chiba Steams.

Huge double thanks to Rei and Jeff for their time and interest in supporting young talent! 

Interview with Reina Sato

Interviews by Christina

Q: What is your inspiration?
A. Growing up in Japan, I was a fan of Akira Toriyama (creator of Dragon Ball) and Ktshy. I still enjoy these comics today.

Q: How did you get started in comics?
A. I started drawing at a young age and my friends and family have encouraged me to continue ever since.

Q: What is your most favorite Character you’ve produced so far?
A. My favorite was the nanaimo bar character I created based on myself.

Q: Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
A. I really like Goku. He has a positive attitude and brings people together with his positive energy.

Q: How did you decide your character’s outfit/costume?
A. I find inspiration everywhere around me: magazines, what I'm wearing or out and about whether visiting Japan or at home in Canada.

Interview with Jeff Chiba Stearns 

 

Jeff Chiba Steams (photo 1919) Jeff is well known in Vancouver, especially for his winning film, ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY, winner of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Fest. NFB Best Canadian Film and a huge hit, here.  More at www.meditatingbunny.com and www.onebighapafamily.com

Q: What is your major inspiration?
A. I often watch classic Saturday morning cartoons.

Q: How did you get started in comics?
A. I have always enjoyed creating animation and wanted to be an independent artist.

Q: What is your most favorite Character you’ve produced so far?
A. My favorite was the 911 Bunny created in yellow stickey notes animation. A favorite character I didn't create is Totoro.

Q: Who is your favorite Superhero and Why?
A. Spiderman. He is reliable and has had to work hard to be successful.

Q: How did you decide your character’s outfit/costume?
A. It’s very dependent on the historical period it is/was set in, as well as the ethnicity.




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