Forget SPX, Caption, Thought Bubble or MoCCA. London has them all beat.
Pick up your small dog, pop on your tartan, trim your beard, make your farmdrop.co.uk order (use ‘Richard Johnston’ as a referral to get discount), pop on your extra thick rimmed glasses and balance your unicycle to the most well mexico comic book festival of all, Safari, being held in London’s most fashionably arty district, Shoreditch. Avoid the pottery happening on the way.
Safari Festival is a celebration of the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond. Taking place over one Saturday at the end of August, the festival is an opportunity for a curated group of cartoonists and publishers to exhibit and sell their artwork, prints and, primarily, comics, and for attendees to experience the best of UK comics’ avant-garde. The artists exhibiting have been selected for their innovative, fearless, diverse approaches to making comics; approaches to cartooning that Safari intends to champion.
Time Out highlights some of the highlights here. Oh, and it’s free. It’s at Studio 2, the Shoreditch gallery space of London-based creative agency, Protein, 31 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY between 11am and 6pm. This year’s exhibitors include:
Anti Ghost Studio (Babak Ganjei, Rob Flowers, Tim Stevens), Arts Emergency, Belly Kids, Breakdown Press (Shaky Kane, Joe Kessler, Antoine Cossé, Richard Short, Zoë Taylor),Brigid Deacon, Calm & Collected Studio, Comic Book Slumber Party (Becca Tobin, Wai Wai Pang), Comics Workbook (Will Tempest, Liam Cobb, Tom Kemp), Crumb Cabin, Decadence Comics (Lando, Stathis Tsemberlidis), DIY Space for London, Donya Todd, Eleni Kalorkoti, Emix Regulus, Esther McManus, Eyeball Comix, Famicon Express (Leon Sadler, Stefan Sadler, Jon Chandler), Faye Coral Johnson, Good Press, Grace Wilson, Grafik, Isaac Lenkiewicz, Jack Teagle, James Jarvis, Jazz Dad Books, Joseph P Kelly, Kus! (Marie Jacotey), Landfill Editions, Laura Callaghan, Marijpol, Matt Swan, Mike Redmond, Mothership, Nous Vous, One Beat Zines, Otto Press, Panda Gordo, Retrofit Comics, Simon Moreton, Sina Sparrow, Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives, Takayo Aikyama, Treasure Fleet (Aisha Franz, Sharmila Banerjee), Will Sweeney.
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