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!



Applications open now for BCZF 2014!

We’re pleased to announce that table applications are now open for BCZF 2014!

We’re once again excited to be hosting this year’s event at the Station in Bristol after a wonderfully successful event there last year.

If you’d like to apply for a table, head on over to our applications page to find out more.

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!

BCZF after-party details announced!

We’re pleased to announce all the details of our after party! It’s open to the public, so bring your friends!

Saturday October 5th 2013: 7pm

COMICS AND NOISE! Post-fair Gig/party!

Bear Pit Zines is proud to present COMICS AND NOISE, the official after-fair party at Roll For the Soul. We’ve got five awesome bands playing live upstairs, a cafe/bar downstairs and it all kicks off at 7pm!

It’s ONLY £3 on the door for the music (free for BCZF exhibitors and  volunteers) and It’s open to the public, so bring your friends!


Diving Bell, Bristol – Damon Che joined a late 90′s grunge band.

Jungfrau, Brighton – Infinite Reverb that Kevin Shields forgot to give his fans on the last MBV album.

EXPENSIVE, Bristol – Harmonious vocals over the WARP staple diet from 1992.

The Perverts, Radstock – Provide everything Tim Harrington could never fill your indie dreams with.

Brown Torpedo, Cheltenham – The sound of Peaches wearing a strap on and banging Mark E Smith.

More details here.

BCZF exhibitors announced!

We are pleased to announce the full list of exhibitors for BCZF 2013. We have over 40 incredible artists, writers and makers exhibiting and selling their work at the fair.

From published cartoonists to zinesters and from print makers to illustrators, from Bolton to Brighton, Exeter to Edinburgh, BCZF has it all. There’s a big Bristol contingent, including the Sicker Than Thou collaborators Emma Mould and Andrew Godfrey, plus Paula Knight, Paul Ashley Brown, Graham Johnson and many more. We’ll have established British artists such as the DECADENCE collective, Lizz Lunney, Jack Teagle, Donya Todd, David Ziggy Green and Philippa Rice selling their work, not to mention Issy Greenberg, the cartoonist and illustrator responsible for BCZF’s awesome promotional artwork.

As well as a host of debuting comics and zines, we’ll be the first convention where you can buy artist Katie Green’s new graphic memoir, Lighter Than My Shadow. Published by Jonathan Cape, LTMS is a deeply moving 500+ page chronicle of eating disorders, abuse and recovery. Gareth Brookes’ new book ‘The Black Project’, a Graphic Novel created entirely in the mediums of embroidery and linocut relief print, will also receive its convention debut at BCZF.

There’s also a great range of work being offered by collectives of artists from Bristol, Falmouth, Brighton and Gloucestershire. They’ll all be bringing a diverse range of publications, prints and handmade items. Exeter zine and art shop extraordinaire No Guts No Glory will be in attendance, too, adding to a wonderfully diverse roster of creative people.

Finally, as if that’s not enough, Comic Book Slumber Party will also be curating an entire room of workshops, comics and general awesomeness.

You can read about all of our exhibitors on this page. Keep an eye out, too, as we add more information about our amazing artists – and don’t forget: spread the word!

Hard at work

Just to let you know we’re hard at work behind the scenes trying to get everything ship-shape for the zine fair in October. We’ve got a full list of exhibitors now, and we’ll be releasing their details soon. In the meantime, if you’re exhibiting or planning or attending, or just like the look of what’s happening, please help us spread the word!

We’ll back in touch soon!



Applications update

We’ve now passed the deadline for table applications for the fair. We’ve had some wonderful responses and hope to accommodate as many of you as possible, though space is limited.

We’re in the process of reviewing the applications and juggling table numbers at the moment. If you have applied, but have NOT yet received an email confirming your application, please get in touch with us via our contact page. We had a few technical issues with the application form and although we think we got all of the applications in, we just want to make sure nobody out there got missed.

Thanks for your patience and support!


The BCZF team.


We’re pleased to announce our venue for 2013. This year, the Bristol Comic and Zine fair will be held at The Station, Bristol. The Station is a city-centre space run by The Creative Youth Network to provide a place for young people to meet, develop their talent, and get advice and support. Formerly a fire station, and more recently an artists space, the Station now offers a cafe, rehearsal facilities, meeting rooms and event spaces for the local community. This choice of venue has allowed us to expand the number of tables on offer and run a programme of workshops throughout the day. Full venue info here!

We are also pleased to let you know that we are now open to application from artists, cartoonists, writers and makers who would like to sell their work at the fair.

If you would like to apply for a table at this year’s fair, please visit our apply page. There you’ll be asked to fill out a form with some contact information, and a little bit of information about you and your work. You’ll also be able to request either a half-table or a whole table (the tables are standard folding trestle tables measuring 2.5 ft x 6ft). Although you won’t be asked for any money at this stage, if your application is successful the table costs will be:

Half table – £11
Full table – £20

The deadline for applications is 15th of July 2013. We’ll let applicants know about the status of their application as soon as we can.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact us. If not, get applying!

Support BCZF?

There are a number of ways you can help spread the word!

1) Share our fantastic poster on your Facebook, blog, Twitter accounts!

2) Consider changing your display pic for a BCZF banner!

3) Set our horizontal banner as your cover photo.

4) Tweet  us at #BCZF

(All images can be found on our press page!)

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