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.