Day 2: Making Comics with SFCF

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5-7pm, California College of the Arts Student Comics Fair, Escapist Comics, Berkeley

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7-9pm, Mission Comics and Art Creator Meetup: When Buddha Meets Batman,  A Comics Practice with Mark Badger, Mission Comics and Art, San Francisco


More details for each event can be found HERE.

Day 1: Let the SFCF Begin!

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10am-12pm, Kids’ Drawing Workshop, Comix Experience Outpost, San Francisco


12-3pm, The Largest Comics Book Ever Published, Mission Comics and Art, San Francisco

12-3pm, Mangaka: The Fast and Furious Game of Drawing Comics!, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

3pm-?, Bay Area Queer Cartoonists, Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco


7-8:30pm, The Fantastic Ladies Comics Club presents a Red Sonja Q&A with Gail Simone, Fantastic Comics, Berkeley

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:

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.

San Francisco Comics Fest promo art selected


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.



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, 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!


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!