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.
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!