Safari Festival returns to London next month (27th August). The brainchild of Breakdown Press, the event is a celebration of the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond.
The festival is 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.
Guests include: Simon Hanselmann, Fantagraphic Books, Joan Cornella, Anna Haifisch; plus Ally Russell, Anti Ghost Studio (Babak Ganjei, Rob Flowers, Tim Stevens), Becca Tobin, Bergen Street Comics Press, Breakdown Press (Joe Kessler, Antoine Cossé, Richard Short, Alexander Tucker, Zoë Taylor), Brigid Deacon, Comic Book Slumber Party, Comics Workbook, Crumb Cabin, Decadence Comics (Lando, Stathis Tsemberlidis, Emix Regulus), Evan Androutsopoulos, Eleni Kalorkoti, Esther McManus, Famicon Express (Leon Sadler, Stefan Sadler, Jon Chandler), Jazz Dad Books, Joseph P Kelly, Kus!, Lagon Revue (Alexis Beauclair, Sammy Stein), Landfill Editions, Laura Callaghan, Matt Swan, Lizzy Stewart, Luke Stewart, One Beat Zines, Otto Press, Retrofit Comics, Shaky Kane, Silica Burn (Will Tempest, Liam Cobb, Tom Kemp), Simon Moreton, Takayo Aikyama, Treasure Fleet, Wai Wai Pang and Will Sweeney.
The festival will be free to attend, and will take place at Protein Studios, the Shoreditch gallery space of London-based creative agency, Protein.
Breakdown Press – run by Simon Hacking, Tom Oldham, Joe Kessler and Josh Palmano – is a comics publisher based in London, dedicated to publishing the very best in comics art, whether the cutting edge work of new cartoonists or undiscovered classics of the past. Their developing catalogue of titles includes Klaus Magazine and Work in Forcefield by Alexander Tucker.
• Safari Festival 11.00 – 6.00pm Saturday 27th August 2016, Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY. By train: Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street, Old Street | By bus: routes 8, 26, 35, 47, 48, 55, 67, 78, 135, 149, 205, 242, 243, 388