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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Spotlight: Hey Chanté

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: Hey Chanté

Hey Chanté

heychante.carbonmade.com

What are you reading?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Aha don’t judge I never read the books as a kid

Early bird or night owl?

Definitely a night owl I can’t focus during normal hours

What’s on your headphones at the moment?

Put You On – Anderson Paak.

Great artist been following him since his album OBE when he still called himself Breezy Lovejoy

Where do you work best? 

Probably when I’m doodling on my bed and  not think about actually creating a finished piece of work

Who is your art/creative hero?

Frannerd !!

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

Keep trying keep practicing, I know everyone says it and it’s super annoying cos of course they can say that it’s “easy” for them but the more you practice you basics the more you’ll Bel able to draw and you will eventually find your style.

Also practice drawing boys! I still can’t draw boys cos of you!

Who should we be following on twitter/instagram? (name 1 for each)

Twitter @dorrismccomics

Instagram @lizemeddlings

How long have you been making zines/comics?

Only a year I’m new to the game

Weapon of choice?

Pentel brush pen

Recommended zine/comic?

The New Ghost by Robert Hunter

Hey Chanté workspace

Accessible Hour

We are pleased to be introducing Accessible Hour at Bristol Comic & Zine Fair 2017.

Accessible Hour runs from 11am to 12pm. This time is designated for those with extra mobility needs, and people who have difficulty in large crowds.

We ask that people without additional accessibility needs come to BCZF after 12pm.

As BCZF is a free event, it is possible to come and go as you please all day. The fair can get very busy, in previous years peak time has been between 2pm-5pm

Please take a look at our accessibility page here: https://bczf.co.uk/accessibility/

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BCZF Flyers

Bristol Comic & Zine Fair is nearly here!

We have been giving out flyers all over the place, but still have more to shift! If you are able to take a batch to distribute to mates/work/clubs/events, we have pick up points in Cotham and St George. Drop us a line and we’ll give you a bunch!

bristolcomicandzinefair@gmail.com

twitter: @zinescomics

insta: @bristolcomicandzinefair

https://www.facebook.com/bristolcomicandzinefair/

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BUCKS QUIZZ BCZF SPECIAL

You are cordially invited to a BUCKS QUIZZ BCZF SPECIAL so put on your best tie, cancel your plans (and cancels your best pals plans too), and smash those piggy banks!

WAIT WHAT?
For this years fundraiser we’ve enlisted the help of Bristol’s very own Quizzard to test your general knowledge, comics credentials, and zine making abilities in a very special BCZF edition of the best pub quiz in town. We’re also bringing back Alice Urbino who’ll be with us all night drawing on the spot animal portraits of your lovely lot! Everyone wants to see their face on a dolphins body, right? AND IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH: face painting, raffle prizes AND an unlucky dip!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Just like last year you’ll need to exhange your human money for special BCZF tokens on the door! These can be exhanged for nightmarish animal portraits, entry into the quiz, raffle tickets, and face painting. And WE turn that money into Bristol Comic and Zine Fair. Everyone wins!

WHY DO WE NEED YOU?
The Bristol Comic and Zine Fair team works hard to keep tables affordable and the event free to attend for the public. This year we’re adding a slate of free workshops and talks to our programming and we need a little extra cash to cover the costs! We’re getting closer thanks to your generous support but we’re still a couple of hundreds away from our target!

7pm-late | 11th Septmember | The Crofters Rights

SEE YOU THERE

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Thank You!

Thank you so much to everyone who came down to The Volunteer Tavern on Saturday night. We managed to raise the money we needed to run our Creative Youth Network workshop series in September.

Special thanks to Peter Gibbs for hosting our fundraiser and putting on a stellar performance as the frontman of FAKE NEWS. Also to Rhi B for encouraging the audience to part with their dough and support our project. And of course to the rest of the band: we couldn’t have done it without you!

Thanks pals, you ROCK!

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BCZF CYN Fundraiser

Bristol Comic & Zine Fair present an evening of live music at The Volunteer Tavern.

We are raising money to put on a series of workshops for the young people of Bristol at Creative Youth Network’s Station site.

BCZF are passionate about supporting the creative community in Bristol. We will be providing young people with an opportunity to create zines to exhibit at this year’s Bristol Comic & Zine Fair.

Suggested donation £3

Saturday 26th August

7pm – late

The Volunteer Tavern, 9 New Street BS2 9DX

https://www.facebook.com/events/681178832079285/

BCZF CYN fundraiser

 

Comix Karaoke

IT’S BACK AND IT’S GOING TO BE SLOPPIER THAN EVER.

We can’t promise we’ll have every song from the Westlife back catologue but we CAN 10/10 guarantee BANGERS, BEERS, & BANTS!

WHY DO WE NEED YOU?
The Bristol Comic and Zine Fair team works hard to keep tables affordable and the event free to attend for the public. This year we’re adding a slate of free workshops and talks to our programming and we need a little extra cash to cover the costs!

SO if you’re a fan of BCZF, want to keep the arts accessible, or just really really really want to sing some Natalie Imbruglia with us then COME ALONG.

It’s going to be groovy we promise.

Friday 4th of August | 8-Late | £5 on the door

https://www.facebook.com/events/251590165330284/

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