The Vancouver Comic Arts Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Jarrett Evan Samson as incoming Festival Director. Jarrett brings a range of great experience in events planning while working as the Events and Social Media Manager for one of the greatest comic stores in the world, The Beguiling. Jarrett brings years of deep dedication to comics, not only as an art form, but also as a community of creatives.
VanCAA went through an extensive screening and interview process. We are excited by the energy and enthusiasm that Jarrett will be bringing to the festival. Jarrett will be supporting outgoing Festival Director, Isabella Laird in coordinating the online programming for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival this year. We are extremely thankful for all the great work that Isabella has completed in her time here at VanCAF. The show has grown in many different ways that would not been possible without Isabella’s careful stewardship.
Jarrett states, “I am beside myself with excitement to be joining the VanCAF team as Festival Director! My return to Vancouver from several years in Toronto working for The Beguiling and TCAF was largely due to wanting to bring the skills and knowledge I had gained from being part of those amazing teams to the community I owe so much to– as such, this feels like a perfect opportunity to make that happen. VanCAF’s growth over the last several years has been astonishing and I’m excited to work with outgoing director Isabella Laird and the rest of the incredible team on this year’s online festival and beyond, and to continue to make VanCAF an exciting, vibrant and welcoming space for creators, community members and guests alike! I am honoured and humbled to be able to return to work on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and Səl̓ı́lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh peoples and will make sure that is reflected in both the Festival and my own personal life.”
The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is a festival that celebrates and features Comics, Graphic Novels and the people that create them. Held annually at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, the festival features over 300 exhibiting artists and over 11,000 attendees coming through the door. 2021 will be a milestone year for VanCAF with our 10th annual festival, taking place online for the second year in a row due to COVID-19 Safety Restrictions. The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival acknowledges that our work takes place on the stolen ancestral and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ı́lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands. As comic creators and enthusiasts, it is important to understand the history of the spaces we occupy and the ongoing effects of our presence. Read VanCAF’s full statement and commitment here.