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Announcing: The 2nd annual San Francisco Comics Fest!

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Underground comix legend Ron Turner, right, publisher of Last Gasp Books, receives 2015’s Cartoon Art Museum “Sparky” Award in conjunction with the 2015 SF Comics Fest. The award celebrates the significant contributions of cartoon artists who embody the talent, innovation, and humanity of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, for whom the award is named. Photo by Seth Rosenblatt.

San Francisco, CA – Announcing the second annual San Francisco Comics Fest organized by members of the Bay Area comics community in association with Comic-Con, International.

This year’s celebration will kick off Wednesday, November 2nd with satellite events held throughout the city culminating in the Comic-Con sponsored Storytelling Across Media (SAM) event on Saturday, November 5th. As plans are still being developed, more detailed information will be forthcoming.

The origin of San Francisco Comics Fest began in late 2014 at a Town Hall meeting of retailers, artists, writers and other industry professionals and has grown into a region-wide celebration of the comics medium. Last year’s festival included over twenty events held at Bay Area comics shops, the Cartoon Art Museum, and the San Francisco Public Library.

“This year, with the help of Comic-Con, we’re launching an exciting new culminating event,” Committee Organizer Matt Silady, Chair of MFA in Comics Program at California College of the Arts.  “Our hope is to bring together future storytellers from comics, video games, and animation, it’s going to be a very special day for Bay Area writers, artists, and anyone looking to stretch their imaginations.”

SAM, Comic-Con’s Storytelling Across Media one-day event will cap off the festival by offering a line-up of in-depth panels and workshops for everyone from aspiring cartoonists to professional storytellers. ”We’re very excited to return to the Bay Area,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for SAM. “And we are delighted to support San Francisco’s creative community.”

Along with its new relationship  with Comic-Con International, San Francisco Comics Fest continues with the support of Independent Arts and Media as they work together to further its mission to bring a long-lasting, fun, diverse comics festival to San Francisco.

SF COMICS FEST MISSION STATEMENT: San Francisco Comics Fest is a celebration of comics culture – past, present and future – with festival events highlighting four core aspects of the vibrant community:

  • Rich history of artistic rebellion and comics innovation
  • Unique intersection of cultural influences shared among creators
  • Commitment to comics education
  • Responsibility to shape the future of comics through technology in a positive, equitable way

Scheduled events include workshops, signings, and talks at sponsored by the Cartoon Art Museum, SF Public Library, and comics retailers on both sides of the Bay. San Francisco Comics Fest will be accepting applications for official SFCF events from its local community through the month of July. All event participants will be promoted through official SFCF channels and promotional materials.

To get involved, we’re currently accepting applications from volunteers and offers to host an event.

ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO COMICS FEST:  San Francisco Comics Fest is a celebration of comics culture past, present and future with a commitment to its community’s history, influence and education.

ABOUT INDEPENDENT ARTS & MEDIA: Independent Arts & Media offers fiscal sponsorship to projects that advance IAM’s charitable purpose: to raise the educational and social levels of the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding regional and national communities, through the development of non-commercial, educational and cultural media, news and arts projects for the benefit of the general public.

ABOUT COMIC-CON, INTERNATIONAL: Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

To the San Francisco comics community, we say… THANK YOU!!!

Underground comix legend Ron Turner, founder and publisher of Last Gasp Books, shows off the official Proclamation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors declaring May 5 "Ron Turner Day," along with a Certificate of Honor from SF Mayor Ed Lee, and his Charles M. Shulz Sparky Award for Special Service.
Underground comix legend Ron Turner, right, founder and publisher of Last Gasp Books, shows off the official Proclamation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors declaring May 5 “Ron Turner Day,” along with a Certificate of Honor from SF Mayor Ed Lee, and his Charles M. Shulz Sparky Award for Special Service given at a surprise celebration during the SF Comics Fest 2015. Turner is pictured with his son, Colin, the associate publisher of Last Gasp. Photo by Seth Rosenblatt.

What an incredible week!

From well attended talks to sold out workshops to retail events and parties, San Francisco celebrated comics at an impressive twenty (yes, TWENTY!) events during this year’s Fest. The humble beginnings of the SF Comics Fest, at a Town Hall discussion of the future of comics celebrations in S.F. last December, blossomed into more than just a diverse events calendar. We saw an wonderfully unexpected outpouring of participation and support from our community. The inaugural San Francisco Comics Fest became exactly what you made it, marked by passion, excitement, knowledge and talent.

To our event organizers who devoted their time, spaces and resources, we say THANK YOU! To anyone who joined a conversation, drew a comic, put on a costume, to anyone who FEST-ed, we say THANK YOU!

We hope you are as inspired as we are as we look to the future of SFCF and continue to build a positive, inclusive celebration of comics and its culture. Your feedback is a very important part of that process, and we want to hear from you. Whether or not you attended an event, please fill out our brief survey to help us better understand what you liked and what you’d like to see more of.

And please continue the conversation on Facebook and Twitter as we keep the community updated on goals and plans for next year.

Day 7: Mini-Comics, Writing, Drawing and Comedy!

Looking for our full Calendar of Events? Find it HERE.

TODAY’S EVENTS: SATURDAY, MAY 9

Morning – Afternoon

11:30am-5pm, 30 for 30th Mini-Comics Challenge, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

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Afternoon

2-4pm, Isotope University, Writing for Comics with Devin Grayson, Isotope the Comics Lounge, San Francisco

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Afternoon-Evening

4-8pm, Bay Area’s Paint Pens Collective and Never Ending Radical Dude present QUICK DRAW SF, F8, San Francisco

8pm-?, Two Cats Crossover! Comedy, Two Cats Comic Book Store, San Francisco

More details for each event can be found HERE.

Day 5: Comedy, Dance, Misplaced Persons and Lumberjanes!

Looking for our full Calendar of Events? Find it HERE.

TODAY’S EVENTS: THURSDAY, MAY 7


Evening

7-9pm, Comics 4 Comix Comedy Show, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

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7-9pm, Mission Comic Book Club Monthly Meetup Discusses Misplaced Persons, Mission Comics and Art, San Francisco

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7-9pm, Two Cats Talks Lumberjanes, Two Cats Comic Book Store, San Francisco

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7-11pm, Beauty Bar Costume Dance Party, Beauty Bar, San Francisco

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More details for each event can be found HERE.

Celebrate San Francisco’s Comix Underground tonight

UndergroundComix_SFComicsFest(1)San Francisco’s known for its seminal roles in the fight for civil rights, sexual and gender rights, and the counter-culture movement, but did you know it was one of the fountainheads of the underground comix scene that defined a generation? The Cartoon Art Museum and the SF Comics Fest are proud to present an incredible gathering of San Francisco history Tuesday evening.

The lineup is a remarkable gathering of the best of the underground. On hand will be Mark Bode (Cobalt-60), Paul Mavrides (The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers), Ted Richards (Dopin’ Dan), Susan Stern (Big Bitch), Ron Turner (Last Gasp Books), and more.

Bode, who spoke from his Daly City, Calif., home before the event, described what drew his underground comix luminary father Vaughn Bode to San Francisco. “He really liked San Francisco’s sexual openness, and the whole scene was a lot more open to new ideas and new ways of thinking. When he moved out here he finally felt he was home.”

Mark followed in his father’s footsteps, and not only moved to SF but took over his Cobalt-60 comic. The scene changed, he said, as more underground comix creators moved into the limelight of the burgeoning independent comics movement in the 1980s.

And where are underground comix now, 45 years after their heyday? To learn the answer to that question and more, check out the event at the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St. at 3rd Street in SF. Doors open at 6:30, and the presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Day 3: Crowdfunding and Celebrations

Looking for our full Calendar of Events? Find it HERE.

TODAY’S EVENTS: TUESDAY, MAY 5


Evening

6-7:30pm, Isotope University, Mastering Crowdfunding with Alex Woolfson, Isotope the Comics Lounge, San Francisco

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7-9pm, Celebrating The San Francisco Underground, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

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More details for each event can be found HERE.

 

Day 2: Making Comics with SFCF

Looking for our full Calendar of Events? Find it HERE.

TODAY’S EVENTS: MONDAY, MAY 4


Afternoon

5-7pm, California College of the Arts Student Comics Fair, Escapist Comics, Berkeley

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Evening

7-9pm, Mission Comics and Art Creator Meetup: When Buddha Meets Batman,  A Comics Practice with Mark Badger, Mission Comics and Art, San Francisco

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More details for each event can be found HERE.