Applications for exhibitors at the Dublin Comic Arts Festival’s end-of-summer event in September have just opened.
The Dublin Comic Arts Festival is a series of small press comic book events, founded by Matthew Melis and The Comics Lab of the Stray Lines comic collective, celebrating its fourth year running with events in 2022 in May and September.
The events are organised by a committee of local comic creators and illustrators.
This is their second two-day event in 2022, at The Richmond Barracks in Inchicore, taking place Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th September 2022, which is being promoted with a beautiful poster created by Sadhbh Elliott.
Small press comics can be a nebulous term in the comic book world. They can be as small as a photocopied zine and as big as Raina Telgemeier’s Smile. DCAF, which is open to all creators, generally use the term to mean creator-owned, independent comics. They can be handmade, self-published or released by small press publishers.
A small press comic book event, DCAF was created to showcase local comic creators and celebrate the spectrum of Irish sequential art.
“The small press comic scene has been growing in Ireland for years, but Irish comic creators often travel across the globe to find Comic Arts Festivals to exhibit their work,” state the team. “We feel it’s time for some Comic Arts Festivals closer to home!”
• Exhibitor applications can be made here: https://forms.gle/CaffFfWvKgFBqgRx5
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.