A2CAF 2018 Announces Guests

The 2018 Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival has announced three of this year’s headline guests, each making their very first appearance at the show on Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th.

Maris Wicks, author of Science Comics: Coral Reefs and Human Body Theater, and artist of Primates and SpongeBob Comics!

Judd Winick, author of the Hilo series, Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned, and writer of DC Comics superheroes!

Mark Siegel, author of Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson, artist of various children’s books including Long Night Moon and Oskar and the Eight Blessings, and creative and editorial director of First Second Books.

Maris, Mark, and Judd will be joined by over 50 additional guests–some of them old friends, some new to A2CAF; longtime comics creators and kids just starting to get their nibs wet; and all of them eager to greet you in our bustling, bubbly and bursting Artists Alley on the first floor of the Ann Arbor District Library!

So whatever kinds of comics you’re in the mood for: heroic adventure or slice of life, fantasy or funny animals, scary stories or science fiction, history or humor–and yes, once again, four different varieties of Shakespeare comics!–you’ll find them in Artists Alley at this year’s Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival!

Check out our amazing guest list right here!

Zac Gorman, author of Thisby Thestoop and the Black MountainRick and Morty (comic series), Over the Garden Wall (Emmy award winning animated series, Magical Game Time(webcomic), Costume Quest (writer and artist Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, as well as writer for new Costume Quest animated series on Amazon Prime in 2018).

Rafael Rosado, Artist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and Monsters Beware!

Zack Giallongo, Author of BroxoEwoks: Shadows of Endor, artist of the Stratford Zooseries, and author of Star Wars Doodles. Co-host of the Galaxy of Super Adventure show.

Hannah O’Neal, Animator at FableVision Studios in Boston, MA.

Joamette Gil, creator and editor of the award-winning POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology Series.

Lucy Bellwood, creator of Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea100 Demon Dialogues.

Meggie Ramm, creator of Stick WorldI Have No Idea What I’m Doing, and Olympic Adventures.

Steve Hamaker (SATURDAY ONLY), Eisner-winning colorist of BoneRASL, and Table Titans. Author of PLOX.

Kean Soo, Creator of the Jellaby and March Grand Prix series of graphic novels.

Pranas T. Naujokaitis, writer of the Adventure Time: Ice King miniseries, writer/illustrator of Uncle Grandpa in Uncle Grandpaland, and creator of many mini-comics including the Monster Town series and the Ignatz Award nominated Laffy Meal.

Gregg Schigiel, author/illustrator of the Pix graphic novels, regular contributor to SpongeBob Comics, and host of the “Stuff Said” podcast.

Kiel Phegley, Author of Gumball’s Guide to ScienceSonic The Hedgehog, and Halo: Spartan-IV Field Manual.

Scoot McMahon, cartoonist of Sami the Samurai SquirrelWrapped UpSpot on AdventureThe Mighty Super KingzTales from the Con, and Aw Yeah Comics!

John Martin, illustrator and co-creator of Sci-Fi Junior High and Vordak book series.

Himashi Hewagama, author of the webcomic Celestial Princess Sierra.

Jonathan Griffith, author and illustrator of 19643031: An Ongoing Exploration of the Familiarly Unknown webcomic, and August & Patterson.

Sarah Bollinger, Co-creator of featured WEBTOON Girls Have A Blogand the Knight & Beard webcomic.

Tara Kurtzhals, Co-creator of featured WEBTOON Girls Have A Blogand the Knight & Beardwebcomic.

Chad Sell, creator of The Cardboard Kingdom from Knopf and Random House.

Dani Jones,  creator of children’s book Monsters vs Kittens and webcomic My Sister the Freak, and illustrator of the graphic novel PopularMMOs Presents a Hole New World.

Rob Stenzinger, co-host of the Lean Into Art Podcast, Creator of the video game This Panda Needs You, and a new comic called Two Pizza Team.

SRSLY Coalition, creators of the CPTN SRSLY Comic Anthology Volumes 1-4.

Emily Zelasko, writer and Illustrator of SnowOld Man, Dog, and the OceanPhantom in the SnowSomething Something Adam, and the Piece of Cake webcomic. Illustrator for Rainbow Sprinkle Slime, Vostokapolis. Colorist for Corpse Corp.

Mya Gosling, artist and author of Good Tickle Brain, the world’s foremost (and possibly only) Shakespeare stick figure webcomic..

Conor McCreery, author of Kill ShakespeareAssassin’s CreedRegular Show/Adventure Time, and Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini.

Matt Feazell, author of ZOT! in Dimension 10-½Understanding MinicomicsDizzy AdventuresStick Figure Presidents and The Amazing Cynicalman comic strip.

Andrea Bell, creator of Fair VoyageStill Waiting, and Tracks.

Dave Scheidt, writer of rad comics like Adventure TimeAw Yeah ComicsDreamworks’ TrollsMunchkin, Nickelodeon’s Harvey BeaksWrapped Up and more!

Shaun Manning, Writer and co-creator of Macbeth: The Red KingInteresting Drug, and Hell, Nebraska, as well as short stories for Dark Horse Presents, Thought Bubble, and more.

Brian E. Lau, creator of Staunch Ambition.

Joe Foo, creator of Camp Pencilpoint.

Joshua Buchanan, illustrator of The RocketScratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds, and Factor Five.

Chris & Gin (Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee), creators of Dexter’s DigsPresidents of the United Space, and The Brothers Grant.

Merrill Rainey, illustrator for Highlights Magazine, artist in Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty Magazine, illustrator of Frog. Frog? Frog! for Capstone Publishing, illustrator in Cricket and Spider Magazine, and artist for educational publishers including McGraw Hill, Scholastic Education, and RAZ Kids (Learning A-Z).

Sean Dove, co-creator of BroBots at Oni Press, Colorist on Wrapped Up, and Madballs.

Zachary Lehner, artist of Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, contributing author and artist to the anthology I Want to Pet Your Werewolf.

Madeline Zuluaga, one of the Illustrators on When the Rules Aren’t Right: 7 Time Travel Tales of Activism Graphic Novel; contributor to Mine!: A Comics Collection to Benefit Planned Parenthood anthology and New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei anthology; creator of a capybara-focused illustration book called Capybara Parade.

Bruce Worden, author/illustrator of Goodnight Keith MoonWoodstalk: 3 Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies; and the weekly pictoblog Shoppers Unknown where he finds discarded shopping lists and draw the people he imagines wrote them.

Peter Sickman-Garner, creator of the Harvey- and Eisner-nominated comic series Hey, Mister, published by Top Shelf Productions.

Jessi Zabarsky, creator of Witchlight, an all-ages shojo adventure comic.

Terry Eisele, author of the three-volume graphic novel With Only Five Plums and the forthcoming Far Tune.

Courtney M Hahn, artist of Podunk, Space for Everyone, and Uni-Puppy.

James Anderson, creator of Ellie on Planet X.

Ellie Moody, creator of The MeltingHow to Make ToastBad Guys, and more.

Bruno Hohn, creator of the comics series The Misadventures of Spenser the Ghost & Larry the Muffin.

Rocket Neiburger, creator of Happy Monster, original mini comic series!

Dana Atnip, Creator, artist, and writer for the webcomic Galactic Dragons.

Giselle Sarmiento, creator of short form comics Limon, delay and creator of fanart illustrations..

Theresa Dunn, author/illustrator of The Tale of Sir Stinky and Not All Pirates Have Hook Hands.

Jay Fosgitt, artist for IDW (My Little PonyAw Yeah Revolution), Marvel (Rocket Raccoon and GrootDeadpoolGwenpoolJessica JonesAvengersWeb Warriors), and Source Point Press (Dead Duck and Zombie Chick).

Matthew New, writer/artist for Billy Johnson and his Duck are Explorers.

Ali Cantarella, creator of The Hasty Pastry graphic novel, illustrator on Monkey and Dragon in the Golden Hour children’s book.

Charles Brubaker, creator of Ask a Cat and The Fuzzy Princess.

Brett R. Pinson, creator of Boomtown ScabsThe Adventures of Carl, The Expendables.

 

 

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival 2017 Announces Schedule

The Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) has announced the programming schedule for this year’s show on June 17-18th at the Ann Arbor District Library. Guests include: Raina Telgemeier, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Ben Hatke, Kean Soo, Tory Woollcott, and more! RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 16

9:30-11:45 am A2Inkubate Roundtables
The kickoff event for the annual A2CAF preconference!
Getting Comics into the Hands of Readers (from the point of view of teachers, librarians, cartoonists, and retailers). We all want the same thing — more people reading comics. These sessions will explore the specific approaches and concerns each party faces and allow everyone to join in on the conversation.

  • 9:30-10:00 am – Welcome, bagel breakfast, and roundtable topic suggestions.
  • 10:00-10:45 am – Roundtable Session 1
  • 11:00-11:45 am – Roundtable Session 2

The Shapiro Design Lab
Registration Required – Register Here

2:00-4:00 pm Secret Lab Hands-On Sessions
Experience and learn how to use screen printing, letterpress, and 3D printing tools.
AADL’s Secret Lab will be open for you to explore. You’ll get a chance to create your own design to print at our screen printing stations, or set some type and print your own business card or small print. There will also be a few surprise stations.
The Ann Arbor District Library
Registration Required – Register Here

4:00-5:00 pm Super Random Element Comics Challenge
Apply and level up your comics-making skills with a fun, interactive workshop. Take your comic-making skills to another level in this storytelling challenge! Participants will be given design constraints and a limited amount of time to create a mini-comic.
The Ann Arbor District Library
Registration Required – Register Here

Reception for Ben Hatke’s Exhibit “Art and Adventure”
Join us for food, a chance to mingle, and an overview of this great exhibit. We’ll also have our annual Draw Wall outside the Downtown Library on the corner of Fifth Avenue and William Street. Here’s your chance to draw along side some of the fabulous guests of A2CAF and help create a giant comics mural!

Saturday, June 17

11:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Kickoff Event – Iron Cartoonist!
Watch Ben Hatke, Raina Telgemeier, and even more of your favorite cartoonists battle it out in a series of themed drawing rounds with random elements thrown in by you! Will you help them draw toward victory, or make them squirm? Watch guest cartoonists fight for the title under the watchful eye of your host, Zack Giallongo! Your choices will help determine this year’s Iron Cartoonist!
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Noon – 12:15 pm

The Dwayne McDuffie Award
The third annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced at this year’s A2CAF. Named for the highly respected comic book and animation writer and co-founder of Milestone Media, the award honors Dwayne McDuffie’s values and his legacy as a champion for meaningful, top-quality and broadly inclusive comics for young people.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Noon – 6:00 pm

Artists Alley
Artist Alley features over 50 working artists and writers from the worlds of print and web comics, animation, book publishing, and videogames who’ll be displaying their work–with material for sale, the occasional free giveaway, and codes for AADL’s Summer Game. They’ll also be happy to talk comics with fans of all ages!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12 Noon – 3:00 pm

Super Awesome Kids’ Spot! – Build a Buddy
Stop by the Youth Story Corner to participate in some fun comics and storytelling activities for kids. In need of a sidekick for your next adventure? Look no further! Make a sock buddy that will stay by your side!
Downtown Library 1st Floor Youth Story Corner – Kids

The Super Secrets of the Secret Lab

Lumberjanes Merit Badges
Make a totally rad merit badge to celebrate your top-notch triumphs!

Mighty Jack Seed Starters
Grow your own glorious garden with these DIY seed starters! (Biting pumpkins and mysterious dragons not included.)
Downtown Library Secret Lab – Kids

Screen Printing with Modati Studios
Bring in an item to print an A2CAF logo on! Or you can print on a tote we’ll provide. Learn the basics of screen printing from Modati Studios.
Downtown Library Secret Lab – All Ages

12:30 pm- 1:30 pm

Signing – Ben Hatke
The creator of Zita the Spacegirl and the Mighty Jack series makes a special signing appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing – Raina Telgemeier
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet the author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Quick Draw!
Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a group of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation, brought to you with courage and cheer by our guest artists.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Animate in Photoshop! with Hannah O’Neal
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at animation but didn’t have access to the tools necessary to do that? Did you know that you can actually make pretty amazing animation in Adobe Photoshop? Animator Hannah O’Neal will show you some easy steps to getting started making your own cartoons. You’ll get some hands-on experience using the hardware and software in the Ann Arbor Art Center’s ArtLab. Seating is limited!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – Teens

Story Structure Is a Joke! with Bruce Worden
Do you know the secrets to how a good story is built? Have you heard of something called 3-act story structure? No? Well, that’s okay, because it’s just a joke! (And you’ve heard of jokes, right?) In this workshop you’ll make a four-panel comic of your very own, using unforgettable tips to tell a great story at ANY length!
Robot Supply & Repair (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

The Shake Ups Dance Party!
Your favorite Steven Universe/My Little Pony themed band is rocking the Library! Come down to the Multi-Purpose room for some awesome music and dancing.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Quick Draw!
More improvisational drawing fun with our guest artists!

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Making Mini Comics! with John Novak
Try your hand at making mini comics with John Novak (colorist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and the Tricky Journey series). Learn how to come up with fun characters and story ideas. Discover new ways to tell your story!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – All Ages

Robot & Creature Creation Station, with John Martin
Doodle your way to an unstoppable robot and monster army! John Martin (Vordak the Incomprehensible, Sci-Fi Junior High) will show you how to draw everything from their appearance, function, and how to give them a role in their own comic stories.
Robot Supply & Repair (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Presentation
The author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the latest Star Wars: Jedi Academy is at the Library! Jarrett will demonstrate the process of making stories that people will care about, and you’ll be able to ask him some questions of your own.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lunch Lady Snackdown & Book Signing
Get your Lunch Lady books signed by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and create not just a snack, but a JUSTICE SNACK! Smack down your ingredients, roll up the power of goodness, and triumph over your hunger!
Downtown Library Secret Lab– All Ages

Art & Adventure with Ben Hatke
Get an up-close look at the original art behind Nobody Likes a Goblin, Zita the Spacegirl, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, and a few surprises. The cartoonist behind the artwork will talk about his process of making comics and children’s books. Bring your curiosity and questions!
Downtown Library 3rd Floor Gallery Space– All Ages

Sunday, June 18

12:30 pm- 5:30 pm

Artists Alley
Artist Alley features over 50 working artists and writers from the worlds of print and web comics, animation, book publishing, and video games who’ll be displaying their work–with material for sale, the occasional free giveaway, and codes for AADL’s Summer Game. They’ll also be happy to talk comics with fans of all ages!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 pm -1:30pm

Signing – Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the new Star Wars: Jedi Academy, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet the author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Making Mini Comics! with John Novak
Try your hand at making mini comics with John Novak (colorist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and the Tricky Journey series). Learn how to come up with fun characters and story ideas. Discover new ways to tell your story!
Downtown Library Secret Lab– All Ages

12:30 pm -2:30pm

COLOR! CUT! CREATE! Superhero Paper Toys! with Merrill Rainey
Have you ever wanted to build your own Superhero toys and then be able to play with them? Join Master Doodler Merrill Rainey as he helps you cut, color, and create your very own 3D paper toy Superhero and paper play set.
Downtown Library Youth Area– Kids

1:00-1:30 pm

Quick Draw!
Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a group of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation, brought to you with courage and cheer by our guest artists.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Kids’ Comics Awards Ceremony!

Which comic in 2016 had the most rolicking adventure? Which character did kids love the most? Kids voted in these and other categories, including their favorite characters and graphic novels! Help us celebrate the third annual Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards as we reveal the winners! No black tie required, but you can wear your favorite comics-inspired costume! With live music and lots of laughs!

Hosted by Ben Hatke, Zack Giallongo, and Jerzy Drozd, with a bevy of special guests!
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Quick Draw!
More improvisational drawing fun with our guest cartoonists!

Ellie Moody & Rachel Polk – Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

James Anderson & Courtney Hahn – Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing – Signing – Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the new Star Wars: Jedi Academy, and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Kids Read Comics Announces the Finalists for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics

Press Release:

Kids Read Comics announces the finalists for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics. The books on the shortlist cover a broad range of styles and content, a true reflection of the burgeoning variety of comics for young readers available today.

The McDuffie judges read dozens of books published in 2016 before narrowing their selections to ten: Bad Machinery Volume 6: The Case of the Unwelcome Visitor, by John Allison; Blip! by Barnaby Richards; The Cloud, by K.I. Zachopoulos and  Vincenzo Balzano; The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo, by Drew Weing; Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier; Goldie Vance, by Hope Larson, Britney Williams, and Sarah Stern; Hilda and the Stone Forest, by Luke Pearson; Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos; Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, and Natasha Allegri; and Princess Princess Ever After, by Katie O’Neill.

The winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the start of the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival, a free, two-day event located at the Ann Arbor District Library and co-sponsored by AADL and Kids Read Comics.

The award is named for the late comics and animation writer (and friend of Kids Read Comics) who created Static Shock and co-founded the pioneering comic book company Milestone Media, and a recipient of the Humanitas Prize for film and television writing intended to promote human dignity, meaning, and freedom.

MI – Ben Hatke: Art & Adventure Exhibition

Artist/Author Ben Hatke appears at the Ann Arbor District Library at a special reception for an exhibition of original art on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Ben will also lead a gallery talk with Q&A Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM. Presented in conjunction with the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF), the art will be on display until August 31, 2017.

Artist Bio:
Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the Eisner award winning Little Robot, and the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin. Both Zita the Spacegirl and his graphic novel series Mighty Jack are being developed for film by 20th Century Fox. Ben lives and works out of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He enjoys archery and fire breathing.

RSVP on Facebook!

Ann Arbor District Library
343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 327-4200

MI – A2CAF Signings

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Vault of Midnight is very pleased to host the following creators for signings throughout the A2CAF weekend:

Saturday, June 18, 2016

12:00-1:00 Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, Copper)

1:00-2:00 Cece Bell (El Deafo, Sock Monkey) & Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda, Rocket & Groot)

2:00-3:00 Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales)

3:00-4:00 Ben Hatke (Nobody Likes a Goblin, Zita the Spacegirl) & Zack Giallongo (Star Wars: Ewoks, Broxo)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

1:30-2:30 Nathan Hale

4:00-5:00 Kazu Kibuishi

Vault of Midnight
219 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-998-1413

Guests Announced for A2CAF 2016

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Press Release:

Beginning in 2016, Kids Read Comics’ annual two-day comics celebration, hosted by the wonderful Ann Arbor District Library, will have a new name: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF for short).

The Festival will still feature dozens of comics artists along with workshops, demonstrations and interactive drawing games. It will still be as kid- and family-friendly as ever. And attending the event will be free as always.

What we hope the new name makes clear is that young children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a fun-packed Ann Arbor weekend filled with comics and creativity. We welcome teens and adults (always have) and offer a slate of guests and activities to meet a wide range of comics-related interests (ditto).

So join us as Kids Read Comics celebrates eight years of bringing comics excitement to Michigan libraries, when we inaugurate the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18 & 19, 2016 at the Ann Arbor District Library.

Keynote speakers at A2CAF 2016 will be Cece Bell, whose comics memoir El Deafo was named a Newbery Honor Book, and the children’s author Tom Angleberger, writer and illustrator of the bestselling Origami Yoda series.

Other guests include Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Rafael Rosado (Dragons Beware), Ruth McNally Barshaw (The Ellie McDoodle Diaries), Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales), Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), J. Torres (Alison Dare), Katie Shanahan (Silly Kingdom), Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes), Kean Soo (March Grand Prix), Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles), and many more!

Please go to the website for full details: a2caf.com