Safari Festival 2016

Safari Festival Returns in August

Safari Festival 2016

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 GanjeiRob Flowers, Tim Stevens), Becca TobinBergen Street Comics PressBreakdown Press (Joe KesslerAntoine CosséRichard Short, Alexander TuckerZoë Taylor), Brigid DeaconComic Book Slumber PartyComics WorkbookCrumb CabinDecadence Comics (Lando, Stathis Tsemberlidis, Emix Regulus), Evan AndroutsopoulosEleni KalorkotiEsther McManusFamicon Express (Leon Sadler, Stefan Sadler, Jon Chandler), Jazz Dad BooksJoseph P KellyKus!, Lagon Revue (Alexis Beauclair, Sammy Stein), Landfill EditionsLaura CallaghanMatt Swan, Lizzy Stewart, Luke StewartOne Beat ZinesOtto PressRetrofit Comics, Shaky Kane, Silica Burn (Will TempestLiam CobbTom Kemp), Simon MoretonTakayo AikyamaTreasure FleetWai 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

• Web: safari-festival.com | Tumblr: safarifestival.tumblr.com | Twitter: @safarifestival | Email: info@safari-festival.com

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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