What better way to spend the day in London that popping across to its most fashionable end in Shoreditch for the most hipsterish out comic festivals outside of Portland, Brooklyn or Seattle. The Safari Comics Festival organised by Breakdown Press, back again for its fourth year and bringing all manner of comic books and cartoonists together in an intimate space with world class eateries and barbers within an avacado’s throw.
And yes, obviously I bought comics. But first I have a little walk around – why not join me? And hey, if you’re close, it’s still on for another four hours…
Oh and I also got to talk to Paul Gravett who is curating a manga exhibition in Rome which sounds insane… and I suddenly want to go to Rome now as well. Let’s see…
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 exists to champion.
By train: Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street, Old Street.
By bus: routes 8, 26, 35, 47, 48, 55, 67, 78, 135, 149, 205, 242, 243, 388.
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