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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.

Day 7: Mini-Comics, Writing, Drawing and Comedy!

Looking for our full Calendar of Events? Find it HERE.

TODAY’S EVENTS: SATURDAY, MAY 9

Morning – Afternoon

11:30am-5pm, 30 for 30th Mini-Comics Challenge, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

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Afternoon

2-4pm, Isotope University, Writing for Comics with Devin Grayson, Isotope the Comics Lounge, San Francisco

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Afternoon-Evening

4-8pm, Bay Area’s Paint Pens Collective and Never Ending Radical Dude present QUICK DRAW SF, F8, San Francisco

8pm-?, Two Cats Crossover! Comedy, Two Cats Comic Book Store, San Francisco

More details for each event can be found HERE.

Day 5: Comedy, Dance, Misplaced Persons and Lumberjanes!

Looking for our full Calendar of Events? Find it HERE.

TODAY’S EVENTS: THURSDAY, MAY 7


Evening

7-9pm, Comics 4 Comix Comedy Show, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

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7-9pm, Mission Comic Book Club Monthly Meetup Discusses Misplaced Persons, Mission Comics and Art, San Francisco

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7-9pm, Two Cats Talks Lumberjanes, Two Cats Comic Book Store, San Francisco

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7-11pm, Beauty Bar Costume Dance Party, Beauty Bar, San Francisco

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More details for each event can be found HERE.

Day 3: Crowdfunding and Celebrations

Looking for our full Calendar of Events? Find it HERE.

TODAY’S EVENTS: TUESDAY, MAY 5


Evening

6-7:30pm, Isotope University, Mastering Crowdfunding with Alex Woolfson, Isotope the Comics Lounge, San Francisco

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7-9pm, Celebrating The San Francisco Underground, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

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More details for each event can be found HERE.

 

Day 2: Making Comics with SFCF

Looking for our full Calendar of Events? Find it HERE.

TODAY’S EVENTS: MONDAY, MAY 4


Afternoon

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

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Evening

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

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More details for each event can be found HERE.

Day 1: Let the SFCF Begin!

Looking for our full Calendar of Events? Find it HERE.

TODAY’S EVENTS: SUNDAY, MAY 3

Morning

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


Afternoon

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


Evening

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:
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.