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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.

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.

San Francisco Comics Fest promo art selected

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We sent out a Call for Artists last month to help us promote the first-ever San Francisco Comics Fest, and our local artists responded!

The above submission by Jason Novak was chosen to represent the festival on print posters and postcards.

We also love this cool and intricate design by Nigel Sussman.

 

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Gabriel Peralta chose a conceptual image, suggesting the diversity of voices and styles featured in our week-long comics party.

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Meanwhile, Paul Morehead drew a local San Francisco landscape, with the festival appearing in the clouds like a dream.

 

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Thanks to everybody who submitted their art to us!

SF Comics Fest wants you, artists!

SFCF call for artistsThe San Francisco Comics Fest wants Bay Area artists to help promote us in our inaugural year. Join us!

We’re looking for illustrations that convey the vibrancy and diversity of the San Francisco comics scene, past and present, to use on the SF Comics Fest website and in promotional materials such as posters and postcards. The San Francisco Comics Fest is fueled by the collective volunteer efforts of the Bay Area comics community.

Any donation of your time and talent will help get this endeavor off to the successful start it deserves. In return, we can offer our undying gratitude and a prominent artist credit on our website, in social media, and on all other promotional channels.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email sfcomicsfest@gmail.com, attn: Julie Davis.

Please include a concept sketch of your illustration and a link to your portfolio. Final art should be full color, 8.5”x11” @ 300 dpi. Time is short — we want to start promoting the festival and your work as soon as possible — so simple, graphic concepts that can be turned into final art quickly are preferred. Please do not include licensed characters unless you own the rights and want us to use the character. Other questions? Ask at the email above!

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Introducing the first-ever San Francisco Comics Fest!

SFCFHeader2The first San Francisco Comics Fest is on its way!

Organized by members of the Bay Area comics community, the inaugural week-long celebration kicks off Sunday, May 3, and will be held throughout San Francisco and beyond. Festivities will conclude on the weekend of May 9 and 10.

A Town Hall meeting of comics retailers, artists, writers and other industry professionals in late 2014 led to the rapid development of the San Francisco Comics Fest, a celebration of comics and comics culture distributed across multiple venues over the course of a week. With future growth in mind, the goal of this year’s fest is to activate the community, laying the foundation for an annual city-wide event.

“San Francisco has the unique opportunity to imagine a new comics-centric festival from the ground up,” said SFCF Steering Committee Organizer Matt Silady, Chair of MFA in Comics Program at California College of the Arts. “From tech to tradition, leveraging the city’s strengths will be at the heart of this event as we continue to make San Francisco a destination for comics professionals and enthusiasts alike.”

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 the Cartoon Art Museum, SF Public Library, and comics retailers on both sides of the Bay. The San Francisco Comics Fest continues to encourage and accept applications for official SFCF events from its local community through the end of the month. All event participants will be promoted through official SFCF channels and promotional materials.

For information on how to get involved, check out our event application and volunteer application. And keep checking this blog for updates, and you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!