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San Francisco Comic-ConSM presents, in association with San Francisco Comics Fest, SAM, Storytelling Across Media, a one-day symposium for aspiring writers and artists, as well as professionals, interested in the art of storytelling. This event will be held on Saturday, November 5, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 780 Mission Street in downtown San Francisco, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Admission is FREE, but online registration is encouraged. Seating in all symposium events is limited.

SAM is not your traditional comics convention. There is no Exhibit Hall or Autograph Area. SAM is all about storytelling, through a series of talks and workshops about how to tell a story in various media, including comics, gaming, animation, movies, and more. It explores the similarities and differences in telling stories through different media and focuses on the craft of telling a story through creator lectures and workshops. Special guests for this event are writer Rick Remender (Captain America, Black Science, Low) and comics creator/animation artist Stephan Franck (Silver).

SAM’s preliminary slate of programs (subject to change) include:

  • Cartooning 101
  • Bay Area Comics & Illustration History with Last Gasp
  • Cartooning 102
  • Diversity and Representation in Storytelling
  • Parent and Child Class (Cartoon Art Museum)
  • Interactive Design with Telltale Games
  • Spotlight on Stephan Franck
  • Storytelling For Game Development
  • Spotlight on Rick Remender
  • Comics and VR Storytelling
  • Storytelling in Editorial Cartooning
  • Telling Your Story: Online Privacy

A complete list of programs, along with information on how to register online to attend them, will appear on this website approximately 10 days before the event.

The SAM event is the culmination of San Francisco Comics Fest, a celebration of comics culture past, present, and future, with a commitment to its community’s history, influence, and education. Festival events—including workshops, signings, and talks—start Wednesday, November 2 and will be held in locations across the Bay Area.

San Francisco Comic-Con is part of the San Diego Comic Convention family of events. SDCC 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.


  • WHO: SAM: Storytelling Across Media
  • WHAT: A one-day symposium devoted to talks and workshops about storytelling in various forms of media. Part of San Francisco Comics Fest.
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • WHERE: Marriott Marquis Hotel, 780 Mission St., San Francisco, CA, 94103
  • ADMISSION: Free; online advance registration is encouraged. Seating is limited.
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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.

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.

Free Comic Book Day Ultimate Road Trip Map

I can’t remember the first year I participated in Free Comic Book Day, but I do know that in the decade or more that I have been doing them (I’m not 30 just yet) that each consecutive year becomes more epic.

I will be posting my own Amazing Race style FCBD antics over on Twitter and Instagram @SFComicsFest and Facebook through the page “San Francisco Comics Fest.” #SFCF2015 and #BayFCBD for all.

You can follow my personal account via Twitter @ninakester.

Use our hashtag #SFCF2015 to share your Free Comic Book Day antics with us!

Also, as an extra treat, 3 years ago I started mapping out my targets for the day and it’s about time I share it with you. Here’s my map of San Francisco, North Bay, East Bay and South Bay to San Jose to fit your needs no matter where you are in the Bay Area:

I’ve listed opening and closing hours for all the shops in my notes on locations for SF and East Bay. (Those are the places I’ll be hitting up this year.)

Also, if you don’t see a shop for the Bay Area listed that you think should be, please tweet me @ninakester and I will add it for next year.

For locations just about anywhere you can also check:
Freecomicbookday.com
ComicShopLocator.com

The Cartoon Art Museum is also giving away free monthly back issues (not the FCBD ones)!

A quick note on being a good FCBDer:
Shops put their own money out for the free comics, it’s not free to them, and they often have awesome sales! Please be respectful and only take the allotted amount of free comics from the store and buy something fun while you’re there!

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

I’ll be posting a recap of the amazing day once I recuperate.