We’re delighted to reveal our poster for this year’s BCZF! Designed and drawn by the very talented Mike Driver. Check out his work here!

Don’t forget, you can apply for a table at the zine fair until Tuesday 19th May at 6pm. Full details here.

Table applications open!

We are excited to announce that applications for the fair are now open for zine makers who’d like to have a table.  A half-table (approx 3′ x 2′) costs £16.

We are a curated show, which means that there’s an application process involved to exhibiting at the fair. The way we do this is to ask for you to provide a bit of info about you and the kind of work you might like to sell before we can offer you a table.

Full info on how to apply, including the application form, can be found on our ‘Apply’ page.

Applications close Tuesday 19th May 2015 at 6pm.


Design our poster!

We’re looking for a brilliant illustrator to design the promotional material for this year’s Bristol Comic and Zine Fair!

We’re looking for a bold, dynamic poster that captures our approach to DIY arts and our love of comics, zines, illustration, and print.

The poster will appear online and on our printed materials and be the visual focus for this year’s fair.

There is a fee of £75 for this commission, and an additional option of table space at the fair.

Deadline for expressions of interest is Saturday 7th March 2015, 10pm

All the details of the brief and how to be considered can be found here.


Bristol Comic and Zine Fair will return to The Station in 2015.

After another great year for the fair, we’re delighted to announce that BCZF 2015 will be held on Saturday 3rd October at the Station, our home since 2013.

Expect the usual mix of artists, makers, writers and publishers from the UK’s vibrant DIY scene. We’ll be opening applications for tables in the Spring, so watch this space for news.

It’s also our FIFTH BIRTHDAY and we’re hoping to do a few exciting things, so watch this space for news about fundraisers, parties and more.

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Illustration Pizza Party!

We’re throwing a party! Come hang out at the Crofter’s Rights on Friday 18th July, 7pm – 2am! There’ll be pizza and drink deals, drawing, dancing, partying – plus the launch of Bear Pit #9. It’s going to be amazing. £3 suggested donation, with all proceeds going towards this year’s BCZF. Come! Bring your friends!


A big THANK YOU from the BCZF team

Just a quick note from us here at the BCZF to say an enormous thank you for making this weekend’s  event such a success.

We dramatically increased the size of the fair this year, moving to a bigger venue, doubling the number of exhibitors and tripling the number of tables, and organising two satellite events to boot.

We think the gamble paid off. Attendance was great at all the events, the atmosphere amazing and warm and the people friendly. That it all went so well was thanks to everyone of you who came, browsed, bought, exhibited, volunteered, played music and helped spread the word.

We want to say a particularly big thanks to our volunteers who helped out and saved our bacon in so many ways: Ali, Ben, Graeme, Jo, Lucy, Marcel, Rhiannon, Ric, Ryan and Stacey, thank you!

We’re also grateful to pre-party venue the Crofter’s Rights and to Andrew Godfrey and OFF LIFE for helping programme the night. Thanks to the good folks at The Station for being so easy to work with and offering us such a fantastic venue and providing such great facilities, and to Roll for The Soul for hosting the after party. We are sorry for drinking all your beer. We’re indebted to the brilliant bands who played the after party, too: Brown Torpedo, The Perverts, EXPENSIVE, Jungfrau and Diving Bell – give them all  a listen!.

We’re equally forever grateful to Isabel Greenberg for designing all our promotional material and to Fat Flyers for doing such an amazing job printing all our posters and flyers. Check them out!

Finally, we’d love to hear from you! If you want to share your blog posts or stories, give us some feedback or otherwise get in touch, you can email us, send us a tweet with the #BCZF hashtag, or post in the comments section below.

Until next time…

All the best,

Esme, Hannah, Nick

 and Simon

The BCZF Team


On Friday 4th October, Comic Book Slumber Party are organising an amazing pre-fair shindig at the Crofter’s Rights in Stokes Croft. There will be pizza, there will be beer, there will be drawing!

There’s also going to be some live comics reading and performance and we’re looking for people to get involved. Here’s the call for info from co-organiser Andrew Godfrey:

“Calling all comic creators! As part of this years Bristol Comics and Zine Fair I {Andrew Godfrey} will be hosting (alongside Comic Book Slumber Party and OFF LIFE magazine) a short comics and performance slot at the pre-party at The Crofters Rights on Friday the 4th. I am looking for about five performers (you can do it as a pair or group if you like) to perform a five minute comic or sections of comic/s leading up to 5 minutes. This will involve powerpoint although if you feel like being more creative let me know and we’ll see what can be done. Previous comic performances done in Dundee have involved musical instruments, singing, audience participation, costumes, and running around. For more information on what this event entails check out this article by the guy I stole the idea of stealing the idea off, Damon Herd.

If you think you’d be interested contact me at outlining your idea (specifically your technical requirements) and some images from your comic. Also feel free to pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

Let Andrew know if you’d like to get involved!