The inaugural Australian Comic Arts Festival – ACAF was on last weekend in Canberra, and I was lucky enough to be able to participate. I say, ‘lucky’ because what it turned out to be was far better than my expectations. The festival went outside the usual demarcation of similar events by providing a stimulating forum to engage with the medium of comics as well as their creators.
The first day offered a range of workshops and presentations by professionals providing insights and advice across the full spectrum of creating comics. I attended as many as I could and only wish I’d been able to attend more!
The second day, Sunday, was market day and allowed myself and many other independent comic creators from around Australia the chance to showcase our books to the public. People that came to the market day were incredibly receptive and enthusiastic about the work the discovered.
All in all, it was an incredibly positive experience and raises high hopes for the festival next year, which I have no doubt will only be bigger and better. ACAF 2017 will be held 18-19 February 2017.
Check out the ABC’s coverage of the event here.
Poster artwork by Marijka Gooding
My table on Market Day.
I had some new work showing (see bottom left corner), a six page sci-fi story.
As well as having my books for sale, I also had posters which sold pretty well, too.
This was my take-home loot for the festival, which included:
Sixsmiths by Jason Franks (volume two being launched at ACAF on Saturday night),
Rebels, illustrated by Tristan Jones,
Nat Carmichael’s Oi Oi Oi,
Mishmash by Louie Joyce
and Darkest Night and Cobber by Hayden Fryer.