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.
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.