BOISE, Idaho — Boise Public Library has made the difficult decision to shift the Boise Comic Arts Festival (BCAF) 2020 from a live event to a virtual event this summer in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Library staff are planning new ways to create a virtual event during the week of August 24, including contests and activities to engage fans of all ages.
“The health and safety of the community is the Library’s top priority,” said Library Interim Director Kristine Miller. “Given current guidelines, there is concern that hosting an event of this size could put guests, creators, vendors, and the public unnecessarily at risk. While it is disappointing not to host a live event this year, Boise Public Library is excited to offer a virtual version of the comic arts festival experience.”
Entering its eighth year, BCAF has been a staple for Boise’s comic arts fans, with previous attendance averaging around 7,000 people. The free event typically attracts fans from across the state with panel discussions, cosplay for adults and kids, gaming exhibitors, and much more.
“The Library greatly appreciates the ongoing support of the public and Boise’s creative community,” said Library Events Coordinator Josh Shapel. “After seven successful years, we look forward to celebrating year eight a little differently this time around with fans from near and far.”
More information about the virtual event will be released soon on the Boise Public Library website.