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Announcing: The 2nd annual San Francisco Comics Fest!

Ron Turner Last Gasp
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.

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