The popular Comics Fest will be presented under the Open Book Festival 2018 umbrella with local and international designers and writers on board. It will take place on 8 and 9 September 2018.

Comics Fest: Open Book Festival 2018

Comics Fest is an opportunity to engage with leading South African and international artists, illustrators and comic book creators. With a range of exciting activities, workshops, discussions and demonstrations, it’s a chance to unleash your inner geek – professional or amateur, young or old.  The Open Book Comics Fest will again be running from the D6 Homecoming Centre and surrounding venues in Cape Town.

The bustling Comics Fest Marketplace will be home to organisations such as Stellenbosch Academy, the SAE Institute, Red and Yellow School, Tulips and Chimneys and the Unblush Collective. Engage with acclaimed creators such as Danelle Malan (Cottonstar), Roberto Millan (Squeers), Kay Carmichael (Sophie Giant-Slayer) and Mohale Mashigo (Kwezi) either at their stands on the Marketplace or at the discussions they will be involved in.

Comics Fest: Open Book Festival 2018

Comics Fest – international artists

International artists joining Comics Fest this year include Canadian graphic novelist Guy Delisle (pictured left), who is renowned for his travelogues. His most recent book Hostage, was longlisted for Brooklyn Public Library’s 2017 literary prize and he was described by the The Guardian as “one of the greatest modern cartoonists”. Delisle joins Comics Fest thanks to the support of Canada Council of the Arts.

Mariko Tamaki, who also attends Comics Fest courtesy of the Canada Council of the Arts, is the author of Skim, Emiko Superstar, and This One Summer to name but a few. Her numerous accolades include a Joe Shuster Award, a Doug Wright Award in 2009, the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award and the German Rudolph-Dirks-Award in the category Youth Drama / Coming of Age.  Tamaki has also been writing for both Marvel and DC Comics for two years.

Icinori, aka Mayumi Otero and Raphael Urwiller are a French duo whose collaborative efforts have seen them illustrate, design, print and publish works across a range of mediums. They have been commissioned by Le Monde, New York Times, Canal + and Wired among others. Their passion for design, image and form culminates in their publishing projects which has seen them produce over 30 books. Icinori join Comics Fest thanks to the support of The French Institute.

Monster Battle Draw Off

Following its popularity last year, seasoned illustrator Andy Mason will again be hosting the Monster Battle Draw Off throughout the weekend. It’s a friendly competition that starts on Saturday where participants draw flat-out for six rounds! The winner will go through to Monster Battle 3 on Sunday and spectators are welcome.

Comics Fest: Open Book Festival 2018

Artists taking part include Allison Brennen, Amber Kneisel, Andrea Barkhuizen, Andy Mason, Any Body Zine, Ben Geldenhuys, Courtney Lawson-Peck, Danelle Malan, Daniel Clarke, David Griessel, Dianne Makings, Die Tuinhekkie, Frank Lunar, Gavin Thomson, Guy Delisle, Gwendolene Van der Merwe, Hugh Upsher, Icinori, Illana Welman, Jess Bosworth Smith, Kalai Mydral-Ward,  Katya Wagner, Kay Carmichael, Lara Corriea, Mariko Tamaki, Martin Mezzabotta, Max Whitehead, Maya LeMaitre, Mohale Mashigo, Nick L’Ange, Nompilo Sibisi, Readers Den, Ree Treweek, Roberto Millan, Robyn-Jade Hosking, Ruby Lou, Sector Comics, Stephanie Simpson, Stephen Spinas, Su Opperman, Theo Key, Tulips and Chimneys and Ziyaad Rahman.

Presented by the Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre, the Open Book Festival 2018 runs from 5 to 9 September 2018 and offers a world-class selection of book launches, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances and more. In addition to Comics Fest, the Festival also hosts the popular #cocreatePoetica and various children’s and outreach programmes.

What: Comics Fest

Where and when: D6 Homecoming Centre and surrounding venues in Cape Town on 8 and 9 September 2018

Book: Webtickets


Open Book Festival 2018

Open Book Festival 2017