The Dartmouth Comics Art Fest (DCAF) is a FREE all-ages event celebrating comics & cartooning! Come meet dozens of artists and vendors as they display and sell their wondrous wares at this annual event.


DCAF is held at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Sunday, August 14th, 2016, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admission is FREE!


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Jeph Jacques, Mark Oakley, Sandy Carruthers, Jordyn Bochon, Joel Duggan, Tim Carpenter and many more!

DCAF 2016 in photos

August 15th, 2016

Thanks to The Stoodio / Stoo Metz for the photos!

one more round of meet the exhibitors at DCAF 2016!

August 10th, 2016


Kate Beaton recently moved back to her native Nova Scotia as noted in this interview on localxpress (https://www.localxpress.ca/local-arts-and-life/cartoonist-kate-beaton-hits-big-leagues-while-relishing-her-withdrawal-to-mabou-350573). Kate’s webcomic, Hark! A Vagrant, has been collected into two books (so far) and both have been best-sellers, along with her kids book – Princess & a Pony!



Mike Cho has written and illustrated Shoplifter, a graphic novel published by Drawn & Quarterly and a collection of his urban landscapes showcasing the back alleys of Toronto. Currently he can be seen on many covers adorning Marvel Comics including the best-selling series Civil War II.


UPDATE: Jeph will not be at DCAF this year. Our apologies for any inconvenience and we hope he feels better soon!

Jeph Jacques writes and draws Questionable Content. It has been his full-time job since September 2004.

Questionable Content is an internet comic strip about romance and robots. It started on August 1, 2003. It updates five times a week, Monday through Friday.

Jeph is originally from Rockville, MD, USA and currently lives in Halifax, NS, Canada. Jeph also makes Alice Grove, which is a sci-fi comic strip. He is also currently doing dord.horse. He also makes music.


Jordyn Bochon is known for her strange, and sometimes sexy, short stories. Recent releases include the second issue of her Gene Day Award-nominated comic, Finnegan Strappe and the Claw of the Earth, and the weekly choose-your-own-adventure comic Cuir’ro, published in Haligonian news magazine The Coast. See more at http://8et8.net

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Ryan North is a writer who lives in Toronto, where he writes Dinosaur Comics (you can read those for free at qwantz.com!), wrote the Eisner and Harvey award-winning Adventure Time comics (these ones cost money!), co-edited the #1 bestselling anthology series Machine of Death (you can read that at machineofdeath.net for free!) and writes the Eisner-nominated Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series for Marvel (again: they want your $$$).  His latest book, Romeo and/or Juliet, allows YOU to play through and make the decisions for Shakespeare’s heroes, which is absolutely a great idea and won’t cause them to get into trouble three choices in.  He once messed up walking his dog so badly it made the news.  Find out more at ryannorth.ca.


I think we covered Sandy Carruthers already, but we made this cool panel showing some of his work so let’s go over it again:

Sandy is a maritime artist from Prince Edward Island. His earlier comic book work includes Alien Nation, Invader From Mars and Men in Black. He later drew editorial cartoons and worked on Captain Canuck. After a time with Lerner producing ‘Choose or Lose’ Adventure comics, he started drawing for Charlton Neo revitalizing Pat Boyette’s ‘Spookman’, and co-creating with writer Roger McKenzie ‘Spirit Talker’ a western tale. He teaches Graphic Design full time at Holland College in Charlottetown PEI


Steve McNiven started illustrating comics for Crossgen Comics and then went on to work for Marvel Comics on some high profile series like the original Civil War with Mark Millar, Avengers with Brian Bendis and The Death of Wolverine with Charles Soule. Steve lives in the wilds of Nova Scotia.


Tim Carpenter makes the Welcome to Hellifax comic strip for  The Coast newspaper and is a freelance illustrator and animator from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he currently lives with his partner and frequent collaborator, Jordyn F. Bochon. See more of his work at http://tim.8et8.net

DCAF’s treasure map

August 10th, 2016

dcaf map 2016


meet more of the 2016 exhibitors!

August 10th, 2016

Meet some more of the folks coming to the 5th annual Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival!

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Wodaro is an illustrator with a love for comics and cartoons! You can see more of her art on her webpage: wodaro.tumblr.com


Shinyjpg‘s art can be found on http://heyshinydraws.tumblr.com/


Tara Joy Andrews – Pet Illustrations is a Graphic Designer that illustrates your favourite beloved pets in her spare time. She always loves a creative challenge and giving her creations lots of personality and character.

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Amber Solberg is an illustrator, artist, cartoonist and instructor with an eye for the odd. Hailing from Alberta, she headed east to the ocean and now lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She’s found that storytelling, bookmaking, watercolours, and humour are her jam (although not what she’d want on toast). See more at: www.ambersolberg.com


Scott Marshall has been publishing his own personal, idiosyncratic comics since 1991. A native Nova Scotian, he currently produces a webcomic called The Insult and a variety of comics in print, including his new anthology of short works called Flavour Country. He lives in Halifax with his wife Nicole and a pair of cats. Check out his website at www.potzrebie.com.


sarah foote

Sarah Foote is a local artist and a big fan of web comics and manga.  She recently self-published her first art book/coloring book: “100 Gryphons”.  She mostly sketches in mechanical pencil and does the occasional ink piece, with the exception of the art for her book “100 Gryphons” where she inked one gryphon per day for 100 days.

Sarah mostly draws animals, fantasy creatures and anthropomorphic characters.  She has also dabbled in watercolor painting, started a couple comics, completed an engineering degree and learned to play the ocarina.


Sandy Carruthers is a maritime artist from Prince Edward Island. His earlier comic book work includes Alien Nation, Invader From Mars and Men in Black. He later drew editorial cartoons and worked on Captain Canuck. After a time with Lerner producing ‘Choose or Lose’ Adventure comics, he started drawing for Charlton Neo revitalizing Pat Boyette’s ‘Spookman’, and co-creating with writer Roger McKenzie ‘Spirit Talker’ a western tale. He teaches Graphic Design full time at Holland College in Charlottetown PEI.

no such thing

NO Such Thing as Grown Ups is a comedy podcast hosted by two non-grown ups Tara Audibert Indie Film Maker and owner of Moxy Fox Animation and Comic Studio and Curtis Carey “Morning Everybody” Youtuber and Game Developer extraordinaire. Both have been artists for decades and have never become grown ups. They will be selling commissions, prints, posters and indie comics, as well as promoting the indie film “The Importance of Dreaming” Coming 2016.





Cute Cavu’s work can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cutecavu/home and Instagram at

Ken Turner

Ken Turner/Freak Show Studios has been producing original content in animation, film, books and illustration since 2006. See more at:




Kelly Smith is new to the comic book writing scene, diving in last year,  she was accepted into and published in three anthologies, and has been accepted into a fourth being published later this year. She is currently working on her own mini series, as well as various projects with artist Lisa White.

jen desroches

Jen DesRoche is an illustrator/painter living and working in Halifax N.S. See more of her work at  jenniferdesroche.wordpress.com



James Neish is a freelance comic book illustrator living in Halifax. He creates his own weekly webcomic called ‘ZooFiles’ (www,zoofiles.ca) and draws other indie comics like Brian Andersen’s ‘Stripling Warrior’ and Adam Sigrist’s ‘Hero’.

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Halifax Public Libraries: From Hubbards to Sheet Harbour, there are 14 branches of Halifax Public Libraries waiting to offer you free access to handy resources. Spaces for creative work at large tables or in comfy chairs, instant free Wi-Fi as you walk in the door, graphic novels to borrow and return anywhere in Nova Scotia. We are a vibrant and vital community hub – a place for everyone. We are your public libraries, so use us, partner with us on comic art programs, or simply tell us what you need.


Heroes Galore Comics & Collectables and Triple C are two Hobby/Collectable businesses in one convenient location. Specializing in Comicbooks/Cards/figures!
They’re on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/464345267091466/

chris hems

Christopher Hemsworth is a Halifax-based illustrator, artist, and designer, as well as the creator of the webcomic Dear Inner Demons.

His work has been featured in galleries, shops, and in numerous publications including WiRED Magazine, The Huffington Post, Applied Arts Magazine, and The Chronicle Herald.

In 2016 he embarked on a massive project entitled GIJOE365, which he will be showcasing at his DCAF table this year, along with many other pieces.

Dear Inner Demons: http://dearinnerdemons.com/

GIJOE365: http://gijoe365.com/

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Elise Vermeulen is a small town girl with a strange interest in all things historical and cartoony.  Studying Animation and Illustration, she is located in Halifax as an animator for Teen Titans Go for Coperniucs Studios. When time allows it, she does a lot of doodling in her spare time which can be seen in her prints and sketchbooks of personal work.  You can find more of Elise’s work at eversartdump.tumblr.com


Brennan Bova is an animator, illustrator and cartoonist, living in Halifax Nova Scotia. He draws a bunch and writes a little and plays an awful lot of video games. Some day he’ll finish the comics he’s working on. To find more of his art check out brennanbova.com

Adrianne Mahon came to Halifax in 2009 to attend NSCAD and have been freelancing since graduating a couple years ago. I’ve been spending the past couple months reliving my childhood and I’m excited to bring the results to share with everyone for my first time at DCAF!
Website: www.amahon.ca
Twitter: @Adriannemahon


André Richard is a webcartoonist who has created series such as Jeepers, Horse and Cat and FX Stance. You can read his comics online at http://www.andrecomics.com . A new minicomic, “Horse and Cat Throw a Party”, will debut at DCAF! He will be taking sketch comissions at the con as well.


Joshua Whynot is a local artist who has had the pleasure of working with the likes of Usher, Bruno Mars, Owl City, Universal Records, Warner Brothers, the NHL and Nicki Minaj to name a few. For the first time he’ll be showcasing some of his personal art, including an art book ; collecting various art, commissions and an adult coloring selection jam packed full of everything geek and nerd related.

You can check out some of his artwork on his personal Instagram https://www.instagram.com/joshuahfx/


Philippe Hache is an Animator/Artist and you can see their work at:



Carmen Cameron is an Animator/ComicArtist and you can see their work at:



Map layout sent to exhibitors

August 8th, 2016

the table layout map has been emailed to all exhibitors for name checks, etc. If you’re exhibiting and you haven’t received the map, let us know ASAP and we’ll get it to you. It goes to print on Wednesday morning.