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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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!
The 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.