2018 Applications OPEN

We are pleased to announce that table applications for Bristol Comic & Zine Fair are now open! Apply using our online form here: https://bczf.co.uk/applications/

We’re excited to see all of your applications – especially if this is your first time applying. Good luck everyone!

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BCZF 2017, Thank You!

Bristol Comic & Zine Fair 2017

What an incredible day!

BCZF 2017 was, hands down, our biggest and best year yet. We returned to The Station as usual, but this time took over The Kitchen, opening up the whole of the ground floor for the seventh Bristol Comic & Zine Fair.

With 80 exhibitor tables hosting more than 100 artists, it was our busiest year, but we always had room to breathe. The atmosphere was chilled out all day. Find out the extra steps we took to improve access here.

Congratulations to our Creative Youth Network group. In the run up to BCZF 2017 we ran a series of zine-making workshops at The Station (led by Esme Betamax & Paul Ashley Brown). You are a very talented bunch and you really did us proud. Keep up the good work.

Thanks to everyone who donated funds towards BCZF. Keeping table prices as low as possible, and keeping the event free to the public is crucial to ensuring Bristol Comic & Zine Fair is accessible to all. We rely on donations to keep going, so please consider donating here. Much love to those who have helped us along the way: Roll for the Soul, Crofters Rights, The Volunteer Tavern, Bucks Quizz, The Sad Ghost Club, Mish Majora, Not Now, Robyn, Fat Flyers

Well done to all of our exhibitors. A wonderful community of people. Keep doing what you are doing, and support each other. If you missed them, you can find our Spotlight Exhibitor interviews here.

Huge thanks to our Dynamic Duo Hannah & Chloe for organising fundraisers throughout the year, overseeing our workshops, looking after our team of volunteers, and for showing such enthusiasm on the day itself. Big thanks to Lize Meddings for producing a stunner of a poster for us and running a Sketchbook Club workshop for us.

Thanks to our volunteer team Tom, Matilda, Steve, Laura & Emily for being calm, capable and hardworking throughout the event. A special shoutout to exhibitors Alex, Sammy & Wai Wai as well as Mike & Simon, for displaying brute strength carrying tables. If your shoulders ache as much as mine, I am truly sorry.

The speakers at our Panel Discussion: Community were outstanding. Lily Green (No Bindings), Will Taylor (Two-Tone), Jude Lau and Tom Whitehead (Printhaus) were eloquent and informative speakers. A delight to talk to, and an inspiration to the creative community.

Our double venue of The Station and The Kitchen. We couldn’t have asked for better hosts. Huge thanks to Rachel and Becca for looking after us. Extra special thanks to Abi for supporting us every year. You are a star.

Finally, to my fantastic wife Amy, for your love, support, and hard work, thank you.

Esme Betamax (BCZF Director)

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Spotlight: Jayde Perkin

We are expecting to see an absolutely fantastic bunch of exhibitors at Bristol Comic & Zine Fair 2017. As usual, there will be a good mixture of familiar faces and new names. If you love someone’s work, please make sure that you tell them so. It’s this kind of support which keeps us all going!
This year we will be following our own advice, and having our first Spotlight. This is a selection of exhibitors who we really don’t want you to miss. We have taken time to ask them some probing questions about creativity and life and they have been kind enough to share their thoughts and feelings. 

 

BCZF Spotlight: Jayde Perkin 

What are you reading?

‘How Music Works’ by David Byrne

Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl for sure

What’s on your headphones at the moment?

Father John Misty’s new-ish album ‘Pure Comedy’ mostly. But also a lot of PJ Harvey at the moment.

Where do you work best?

I share a loft space with my buddies Rob Hodgson and Clare Owen, and two kitties. It’s a really bright space, and I’ve got a big desk, so I’m spending most of my time there at the moment.

Who is your art/creative hero?

Maria Kalman

If you could deliver one piece of advice to your 14 year old self, what would it be?

Teachers aren’t always right. Don’t be precious, try not to get hung up. Have fun, and just keep playing, don’t be afraid to make shit stuff, and then keep making the shit stuff, as long as you keep making and playing, the shit stuff will eventually become the good stuff. (And some of the shit stuff is gold too)

Who should we be following on twitter/instagram?

Twitter: @davidjmcmillan – His work is clever and bright and bold and funny, and he makes a cameo in all of my comics. We are also sharing a table at BCZF, so you should come and say hi, he’s dead nice.

Instagram: @bethwalrond – Beth makes the most beautiful and clever and conceptual editorial illustrations (and she’s a wonderful person too; I miss her so much since I left Berlin)

How long have you been making zines/comics?

Not that long really, I made my first zine when I was at university back in 2010. But it’s only been the past 2 years or so where I’ve really started embracing the comic form, creating comics has become a real cathartic outlet for me. And the form of the comic has become a vehicle which helps me give a voice to the stories that I want to tell

Weapon of choice

I’m quite the pacifist, so let’s run with the paintbrush

Recommended zine/comic

Something City by Ellice Weaver – this comic (published by Avery Hill) blew my socks off: it’s not only absolutely beautiful to look at; but it’s also clever, funny, sad, relatable, obscure, with a hint of dystopia.

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Spotlight: B Mure

We are expecting to see an absolutely fantastic bunch of exhibitors at Bristol Comic & Zine Fair 2017. As usual, there will be a good mixture of familiar faces and new names. If you love someone’s work, please make sure that you tell them so. It’s this kind of support which keeps us all going!
This year we will be following our own advice, and having our first Spotlight. This is a selection of exhibitors who we really don’t want you to miss. We have taken time to ask them some probing questions about creativity and life and they have been kind enough to share their thoughts and feelings.

 

BCZF Spotlight: B Mure

What are you reading?

I’m rereading Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay on nature, which is very goooood

Early bird or night owl?

Sometimes I am both which is a horrible combination!

What’s on your headphones at the moment?

I am relistening to Beat the Champ by the Mountain Goats and Mount the Air by The Unthanks which are both beautiful and kind of crushing.

Where do you work best?

Kitchen tables are great. very inconvenient for everyone else. sacrifice your kitchen table to your live in artist

Who is your art/creative hero?

I find this one so hard because there are bits of many artists from different practices I love. I think about Charles Avery’s work a lot and last year I saw an exhibition by an artist called Bharti Kher and her sculptures in particular have stuck in my mind a lot

If you could deliver one piece of advice to your 14 year old self, what would it be?

I would tell them to never wear a beige cardigan, or a purple corduroy hat, or that awful brown ribbed turtleneck. and they would never listen

Who should we be following on twitter/instagram?

@ivyatoms on twitter is soooo goooooooooood and @jacobvjoyce on instagram who is an amazing multitalented artist

How long have you been making zines/comics?

Nearly 10 years now, I did a lot of stuff when I was younger that has been trashed or hidden in a back cupboard somewhere

Weapon of choice

Bricks.

Recommended zine/comic

Part time Cafe Assistant by Lottie Pencheon is one of my all time favourites! And I go back and read Recovery Blogger by Remy Boydell a lot too

Bethan Mure