2018-07-17 06:00

Brought to you under the Open Book umbrella, Comics Fest takes place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September.

Comics Fest provides an opportunity to engage with leading South African and international artists, illustrators and comic book creators.

Activities range from workshops and discussions to demonstrations. It is time to release your inner geek –- professional or amateur, no matter the age.

The Open Book Comics Fest will again be running from the D6 Homecoming Centre and surrounding venues in Cape Town.

Brought to you by the Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre, the Open Book Festival runs from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 September and offers a world-class selection of book launches, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances and more.

The Comics Fest marketplace will have organisations such as Stellenbosch Academy, SAE Institute, Red and Yellow School, Tulips and Chimneys, and the Unblush Collective­.

There will be engagements with acclaimed creators such as Danelle Malan (Cottonstar), Roberto Millan (Squeers), Kay Carmichael (Sophie Giant-Slayer) and Mohale Mashigo (Kwezi). The creators will either be at their market stands or involved in discussions.

International artists attending Comic Fest include Canadian graphic novelist Guy Delisle who is renowned for his travelogues­.

His recent book, Hostage, was longlisted for Brooklyn Public Library’s 2017 literary prize. Delisle was described by The Guardian as ‘one of the greatest modern cartoonists”. Deslie joins Comics Fest thanks to the support of Canada Council of the Arts.

Mariko Tamaki, who will also attend Comics Fest courtesy of Canada Council of the Arts, is the author of Skim, Emiko Superstar and This One Summer to name a few. Her numerous achievements include a Joe Shuster Award, a Doug Wright Award in 2009, the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award and the German Rudolph-Dirks-Award in the category Youth Drama/Coming of Age. Tamaki has also been writing for both Marvel and DC Comics for two years.

Icinori, aka Mayumi Otero and Raphael Urwiller, are a French duo whose collaborative efforts have seen them illustrate, design, print and publish works across mediums. They have been commissioned by Le Monde, New York Times, Canal + and Wired among others. Their passion for design, image and form plays a role in their publishing projects, which has resulted in over 30 books published. Icinori joins Comics Fest thanks to the support of the French Institute­.

“We’re really excited about all aspects of Comics Fest 2018 – we’ve got fantastic events lined up, an exciting marketplace and a wonderful group of participants.” says festival coordinator Frankie Murrey.

Due to its popularity last year, the Monster Battle Draw-Off, hosted by seasoned illustrator Andy Mason, will run throughout the weekend. The friendly competition starts on Saturday and participants are required to draw for six rounds. The winner will advance to the next round, Monster Battle 3, on Sunday.

Spectators are welcome.

Artists taking part include: Allison Brennen, Amber Kneisel, Andrea Barkhuizen, Andy Mason, Any Body Zine, Ben Geldenhuys, Courtney Lawson-Peck, Danelle Malan, Daniel Clarke, David Griessel, Dianne Makings, Die Tuinhekkie, Frank Lunar, Gavin Thomson, Guy Delisle, Gwendolene van der Merwe, Hugh Upsher, Icinori, Illana Welman, Jess Bosworth Smith, Kalai Mydral-Ward, Katya Wagner, Kay Carmichael, Lara Corriea, Mariko Tamaki, Martin Mezzabotta, Max Whitehead, Maya LeMaitre, Mohale Mashigo, Nick L’Ange, Nompilo Sibisi, Readers’ Den, Ree Treweek, Roberto Millan, Robyn-Jade Hosking, Ruby Lou, Sector Comics, Stephanie Simpson, Stephen Spinas, Su Opperman, Theo Key, Tulips and Chimneys, and Ziyaad Rahman.

Comic Fest will take place on 8 September from 09:30 to 18:00 and on 9 September from 09:30 to 17:00.V Tickets are available via


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