The Safari Festival, organised by Breakdown Press, is back this weekend, taking place at Studio 2, the Shoreditch gallery space of London-based creative agency, Protein.
The Festival is a one-day celebration of the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond and is co-hosted by The Treasure Fleet (a Berlin-based collective of four independent comic publishers, Édition Biografiktion, My Own Press, Salmiak and Ulama) and kuš (an international comics anthology from Latvia). It’s an opportunity for a curated group of cartoonists and publishers to exhibit and sell their artwork, prints and, primarily, comics, and for attendees to experience the best of UK comics’ avant-garde.
The artists exhibiting have been selected for their innovative, fearless, diverse approaches to making comics; approaches to cartooning that Safari intends to champion.
This year’s exhibitors include: Anti Ghost Studio (Babak Ganjei, Rob Flowers, Tim Stevens), Arts Emergency, Belly Kids, Breakdown Press (Shaky Kane, Joe Kessler, Antoine Cossé, Richard Short, Zoë Taylor), Brigid Deacon, Calm & Collected Studio, Comic Book Slumber Party (Becca Tobin, Wai Wai Pang), Comics Workbook (Will Tempest, Liam Cobb, Tom Kemp), Crumb Cabin, Decadence Comics (Lando, Stathis Tsemberlidis), DIY Space for London, Donya Todd, Eleni Kalorkoti, Emix Regulus, Esther McManus, Eyeball Comix, Famicon Express (Leon Sadler, Stefan Sadler, Jonathan Chandler), Faye Coral Johnson, Good Press, Grace Wilson, Grafik, Isaac Lenkiewicz, Jack Teagle, James Jarvis, Jazz Dad Books, Joseph P Kelly, Kus! (Marie Jacotey), Landfill Editions, Laura Callaghan, Marijpol, Matt Swan, Mike Redmond, Mothership, Nous Vous, One Beat Zines, Otto Press, Panda Gordo, Retrofit Comics, Simon Moreton, Sina Sparrow, Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives, Takayo Aikyama, Treasure Fleet (Aisha Franz, Sharmila Banerjee), Will Sweeney.
The Safari pre-party will be held at Gosh! London on Friday 21st August from 7.00pm ’til 9.00pm (see news story).
• The Safari Festival, 11.00am to 6.00pm, 22nd August 2015, Protein, 31 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY | Web: safarifestival.tumblr.com | Follow the Festival on Twitter @safarifestival | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org