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Spring Comica Comiket: Independent Comics Fair


Saturday April 21st 2012 is the day! Following the huge success of last November’s Comica Comiket in the spectacular Great Hall at the Bishopsgate Institute near Liverpool Street station in London, we’re organising a brand new Comica Comiket for the Spring, a one-day comics and art fair - bigger and better than ever, offering the best of British creators, publishers, small presses, graphic artists and suppliers under one roof, and admission is free from 11am to 6pm. Throughout the day, John Allison, Darryl Cunningham, Tom Gauld, Simone Lia, Maarten Vande Wiele and Andi Watson are among the top artists who will be taking part on stage in the Comica Drawing Parade, with their live artworks and demos projected on a giant screen.

Here’s what a few participants thought of last November’s Comiket:

“I thought Comiket was fantastic. It was probably my favourite convention experience so far, due to the abundance of exciting people and publishers in attendance and the live drawing is a brilliant extra. It left me really excited about comics. Looking forward to the next one.”
Luke Pearson

“A grand day out in Bishopsgate: After five years of attending Comica’s Comikets, the event has finally come of age. Though previously held in some wonderful locations such as the ICA and the Pump House in Battersea Park, this is the first time that the combination of venue and location has worked so well to bring in the kind of footfall that I’m sure made every exhibitor’s day worthwhile. With plenty of passing trade, free entry and a magnificent continuous large-screen live drawing display kept visitors in the hall.”
Francesca Cassavetti, Fabtoons

“It’s the egalitarian feel of an event like Comiket that reignites that feeling of joy about comics for me that the cynical shenanigans of the bigger commercial publishers have done their best to erase. It was that tangible lack of cynicism, and an all-pervading sense of diversity, that were the admirable hallmarks of an event where everyone attending was focused primarily on the same shared goal: selling their personal vision of the very best of what comics can be. A tiptop day on every level and an experience I look forward to replicating at the next Comiket in 2012.”
Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

This event has been successfully completed.  Bookings are now closed.  Look out for news about our November 2012 event soon.

Tickets: Free, all welcome
Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2
When: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 11am to 6pm


Thanks for the fantastic response with lots of return bookings and new faces. If you’re not already in this list of exhibitors below, there’s still a little time for you to book up the last remaining tables. Hope to see you there. Look out for updated listings to come! :

Aben Maler, Denmark
Accent UK
John Allison
Nich Angell
Paul Arscott
Ash Pure
Atlantic Press
Sean Azzopardi
Kristyna Baczynski
Bagley Books
Robin Barnard
Beardfluff
Lily-rose Beardshaw
Dan Berry
Blank Slate Books
Rebecca Burgess
Adam Cadwell
Alex Calkin
Francesca Cassavetti: Fabtoons
Chrysanthi Chrysanthou
Cinebook
The Comix Reader
Craig Conlan
Gemma Correll
Joe Decie
Marc Ellerby
Faybird33
Thom Ferrier
Frank Fiorentino
The Fancy Butcher
Tom Gauld
Michael Georgiou
Neil Gibson Comics
Ronan Gibson
Andrew Godfrey
Gosh Comics
Isabel Greenberg
Howard Hardiman
Rus Hudda
Jaime Huxtable
Graham Johnson
Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
Jonathan Cape
Knockabout Comics
Kripa Kreations
David Lander - Decadence
Last Hours
Simone Lia
Joe List
Michael Lomon
Lizz Lunney
Cliodhna Lyons
John Maybury & Space Babe
John Miers
Mogzilla
Adam Moore
Dan Morelle
Aaron Murphy
Myriad Editions
Neptune Factory
Ninth Art Magazine
Doug Noble
Nobrow
O.G. Comics
Jinru Ong
Orful Comics
Mark Pawson & Disinfotainment
Woodrow Phoenix
Owen Pomery
Pulse Print
Pygmy King
John Riordan
Karen Rubins
SelfMadeHero
Hannah Simpson
Richard Smith
Spandex by Martin Eden
Luke Surl
Super Loto Editions/TRACE
Supreme Knights Studios
Soju Tanaka
Tammy Taylor
Thinking Comics
University of the Creative Arts
Walker Books
T’sao Wei Tran: Daventer Projects
Dominic Williams
Marina Williams
Heather Wilson
Timothy WInchester
Aneurin Wright
Liona Wu
TH Yu
The Zoom by Zoom Rockman

 

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