Wimbledon’s first comics event is a success!

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If you were at the first ever Wimbledon Comic Art Festival you will know that it was a brilliant success. We are all so pleased at how well it was received and that visitors and exhibitors alike had a great day.

After a slow start, the event was solidly busy, with plenty of new and seasoned comics fans in attendance. Being hosted in Wimbledon Library, the footfall included loads of people who had come down to the library on the day. These were people who would never usually have ventured into a comics event, and were pleasantly surprised to discover that there is more to comics than Batman and Spiderman.

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It was amazing to see so much networking going on too. Exhibitors made new friends among themselves, and Tony Esmond from the Awesome Comics Podcast and Down The Tubes was walking the floors, chatting to creators and even doing the occasional interview. People who made the trek down to Wimbledon for the event included Soaring Penguin Press, Gluepot Books, Markosia, Boys Adventure Comics, London Graphic Novel Network and Manga Forum Podcast.

DOWKcpXXkAAYL4VWe were fortunate enough to have the Deputy Mayor of Merton opening the event with us. It was really encouraging to have her support. Unable to make it on the day was Cllr Nick Draper, who has been vocal in his support of our event during our promotions campaign.

We also ran workshops throughout the day. Most popular was the Create Your Own station, where you could try your hand at creating a short comic. Loads of kids joined us for this workshop and were happily displaying their work on the display board near the entrance to the event. The visual storytelling workshop challenged people to creat a story without words. This station became really vibrant and the exercises to help inspire and loosen people up were fantastic. The workshops were run by some of our exhibitors, who kindly volunteered an hour each to bring their own style to the station.

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Since the event was successful we are already considering what to do as a follow up. It would be great to hear from you if you were there. Let us know what you loved about the day, what you’d like to see at the next event, and if there are other locations you think we could look at for new events of this kind.

 

 

Thank you’s!
We’d like to give a huge thank you to all our exhibitors for their support and efforts on the day. Also, thanks to the Awesome Comics Podcast, who have been promoting and supporting us since we booked the event in the spring. Thanks to Luke Surl, who helped put us in touch with loads of great creators. Thanks to Dickie Wilkinson for helping us secure the venue for the day and for convincing local businesses and the council to lend us their support. Thanks to Heather Chapman, who kept our organiser Rik motivated and inspired over the months it took to put the event on. Thanks to Dan Sanderson for coming up to volunteer for the day just to help us out. And finally, thanks to Rik’s mum and dad, who came all the way up from Brighton and ended up handing out flyers all over Wimbledon all morning.

 

 

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Mayor of Merton to open comic festival

Mayor of Merton, Cllr Marsie Skeete, will join our organiser Rik Jackson to open our comic festival.

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Taking the stage at 10.30am on Saturday 11 November, the Mayor will be helping us kick off the event. She will be spending some time with us in the morning to meet exhibitors and enjoy the work they have on display.

As a Merton event, held in Wimbledon library’s new Merton Art Space, our event has drawn upon local talent to showcase comics and sequential art in various forms. As well as illustrators and comics creators from Wimbledon, Mitcham, Colliers Wood and Raynes park, we also have creators from across the south east of England coming down to display and sell their comics.

On the day, visitors will also be able to join workshops on comic creation and visual storytelling. The event is for all ages and so are the workshops. It doesn’t matter if you are an established artists or can barely draw a stick man, everyone can have a go at creating comics with us!

Table bookings on hold due to high demand

img_0684We have had an overwhelming amount of interest from comic creators about booking a table for the event. We have a backlog of requests to respond to, so we are currently now not able to take further booking requests. This doesn’t mean we are fully booked yet, but by the time we have followed up with everyone we may well be!

Thank you all for sharing the event across the UK small press and indie comic scene. As a new event in its first year, it is humbling to have had so many of you interested in being a part of it. We’ll keep you posted on table bookings and all the activities running on the day, so please do check back soon. You can also catch updated from us as they happen by following us on Twitter or liking our Facebook page.

We are still looking for volunteers to help out on the day. So if you would like to get involved by helping to facilitate one of our activities or by helping out with logistic tasks on the day, please get in touch to let us know.

International publisher Centrala join our comics event

centralaOur latest exhibitor announcement is the Tooting based international publisher Centrala.

Established in Poland and now operating in the UK, Centrala have a long list of great European comics and graphic novels on their release list. Their titles are diverse, striking and though-provoking, with fantastic writing complemented with beautiful art. Make sure that you stop by their table and find out more about their books and their creators.

You can visit the Centrala website to discover more and buy incredible books.

Four exhibitors you MUST see!

Things are shaping up nicely with the planning of the event. We recently met with the venue to finalis plans, including table capacity. As such, we are pleased to be booking loads of awesome exhibitors!

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Confirmed so far we have:

Dan Butcher – creator superheor web comic Vanguard and co-host of indie comics podcast the Awesome Comics Podcast.

Matt Garvey – writer of the incredible Cordelia Swift series as well as Chunk, Transfer and The Ether.

Ben Tobitt – Merton based comics illustrator Ben will be bringing loads of cool comics and illustrations for your delectation.

Rik Jackson – creator of web comic Rock In Purgatory, indie comic artist Rik will be launching the print edition at our event.

More details on all exhibitors can be found on the exhibitors page. If you are interested in booking a table please contact us.

Comics come to SW19

On Saturday 11 November Wimbledon Comic Art Festival takes over Merton Arts Space. Join us for comics, sequential art, cosplay, workshops and more!

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The first event of it’s kind in Wimbledon will see an array of small press comic talent exhibiting their work and running comic creation activities. Join us at Merton Arts Space, part of Wimbledon Library, for this FREE event for all ages. Comics fans, families, cosplayer and curious individuals will all find something new and exciting.

Organised by local comic creator Rik Jackson with the support of Merton Libraries, Wimbledon Comic Art Festival looks to be the comic event of the year for Merton and SW19.