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

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Spotlight: Marianna Madriz

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: Marianna Madriz

What are you reading?

The Importance of Music to Girls by Davinia Greenlaw

Early bird or night owl?

100% Night Owl

What’s on your headphones at the moment?

The Visitor by Kadhja Bonet

Where do you work best?

At my sunny desk in my home/studio/room

Who is your art/creative hero?

Isabel Allende

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

Continue reading books, stop listening to Green Day.

Who should we be following on twitter/instagram?

Amazingly talented buds @waiwaipang / @molly.fairhurst

How long have you been making zines/comics?

3 years

Weapon of choice

Pen, felt tips, tablet

Recommended zine/comic

Canosa’s welcome by Jim Pluk

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Spotlight: Paula Knight

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: Paula Knight

What are you reading?

I usually have two or three books on the go in different areas of my home:

Bath: Amy & Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout

Bed: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Living Room: Creativity and the Childbirth Metaphor by Susan Stanford Freedman (an essay – background reading for an upcoming talk).

Early bird or night owl?

Naturally an early bird, but having ME has thrown all that to the wind. And I never work way into the night for the same reason – darkness is there for very good biological and health purposes. It means go to sleep or you’ll do yourself a mischief.

What’s on your headphones at the moment?

Headspace mindfulness app – I’m working my way through their pain management programme.

Where do you work best?

At home alone in my studio – but I find that walking helps to iron out creative problems.

Who is your art/creative hero?

So many to choose from! Probably Tove Jansson – she was equally talented with words and/or pictures.

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

Drink less, eat more healthily and sleep more over the next ten years – it might stop you from getting glandular fever, after which your health will never be the same again. On a related note, don’t drink that big bottle of cheap rough cider that you and April will buy from the corner shop next year – it will end in a very sorry vomiting episode, after which your mum will be very cross and make you drink milk before every time you go out in future.

Who should we be following on twitter/Instagram?

Twitter: @GraphicMedicine (the intersection of comics and medicine)

IG: @nicolast.reeten (posting some lovely comics about menopause)

How long have you been making zines/comics?

I started ten years ago, then stopped and started again in 2010. 7-10 years.

Weapon of choice

Dip pen with G-nib (Serves as both drawing tool and weapon – I know this from experience.)

Recommended zine/comic

In Between by Mita Mahato

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Paula will be signing her new book The Facts of Life at the Communal table from 11.30 – 12.30

Spotlight: Korinna Mei

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: Korinna Mei

What are you reading?

At the moment I’m slowly plugging through Frank Miller’s Ronin as well as re-reading Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira for the fifth time. It’s been a slow month in terms of creativity so I always revisit old favourites when I’m looking for inspiration.

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl for sure

What’s on your headphones at the moment?

Mndsgn and a lot of Vulfpeck on my daily commute and Flying Lotus when I’m drawing.

Where do you work best? 

I’ve got a studio space but surprisingly I work best at 1am on the dinner table at my flat.

Who is your art/creative hero?

Ronald Wimberly, it’s really inspiring to see someone so vocal about diversity (or lack thereof) in comics and the comic industry. His comic Prince of Cats is a definite must read, the whole thing is written in prose, it’s nuts!

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

Start small, finishing a project is much more important than making it perfect. Also, hug mum more

Who should we be following on twitter/instagram?

Definitely should follow @oh_hai_ku on Instagram! Its a series of hilariously illustrated fantasy-themed haikus by comic artist/creative genius Sajan Rai.

I’m a big fan of @Signalnoise, he’s a typographical designer from Canada who creates really 80s inspired graphics. His feed is full of motivational tweets and really useful links for creatives of all types

How long have you been making zines/comics?

I’ve been wanting to be a comic artist since I was 12 but only really started making comics in the past two years, my first ever comic was finished in 2015

Weapon of choice

A Cintiq 13hd and my trusty beat up laptop.

Recommended zine/comic

Sundogs by Alfie Garland. It’s a story about two scientists going on a road trip to Wales to explore some paranormal phenomena. The landscapes are great!

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