About Prairie Comics Festival

 

Prairie Comics Festival is a free to attend weekend festival in Winnipeg celebrating the best in comics creation on the prairies!

Festival Info at-a-glance:
251 Donald Street
MILLENNIUM LIBRARY, second floor
Friday, May 4, 2018 – comic creators learning day, details TBA
Saturday, May 5 2018: 10:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 6 2018: 1 – 5 pm

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 1, 2017

This festival will feature a market that will provide a space for creators of comic content, including artists, writers, and publishers, to interact with fans, promote their material, sell their wares, and meet other creators. Eligible content includes webcomics, print comics, graphic novels, zines, comics in non-traditional formats, and cartoons. The focus of this content is on original comic content, along with content created by the artists under license from the copyright holder.
In order to ensure this as best as we are able, the table selection is juried rather than first come, first served.

More than just a space to promote the creation of comics and discover new stories (many of which are unlikely to be found anywhere outside of this festival!), this weekend is intended to be a community experience to share your love of the comics medium! Panels will be held in an adjoining room where you can volunteer to share your passion and knowledge with fans and creators.

Admission and table space is free in order to encourage all to attend!

The event will take place in Winnipeg’s Millennium Library, the venue is accessible.

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The planning committee for the 2018 festival is Hope Nicholson, Scott Ford, Nyala Ali, Sam Beiko, Alicia May, Justin Currie and Jerson Salas, along with co-organizers: The Winnipeg Public Library.

 

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Application for Exhibition

APPLICATIONS OPEN:  August 15, 2017
APPLICATIONS END: December 1, 2017
FESTIVAL RUNS: May 4-6, 2017

To apply for one of 20 tables available, or to propose a panel at Prairie Comics Festival, here are some guidelines to help your application:

  • Comic creators and publishers with books, zines, or other forms of comics available for sale take priority. Webcomic creators must have a way to showcase their comics (ie. a tablet) and have some related merchandise for sale.
  • Fan art is not considered admissible for sale, if you are applying as a non-comic artist, please keep in mind only original work is allowed, unless you created the work for the copyright holder
  • You must show a link to an online portfolio or attach samples of your work for consideration in your application
  • Only 20 tables are available at this event. These are all half tables. Upon acceptance to the festival, you may specify your choice of table neighbours.
  • Panel submissions must include a list of confirmed panellists. Panel submissions DO NOT require the form below, just email a paragraph pitch, name of organizer, and the panellists to hope@prairiecomics.com
  • You can submit applications to be an exhibitor and to be a panel organizer
  • You will receive an email with on day of your application, if you do not receive this message, please email your information to hope@prairiecomics.com
  • If you are accepted as a guest, and cancel your table after March 1, 2018, unless due to extenuating circumstances (ie. health reasons, a move out of town) you will not be allowed to table in the next year.
  • There will be a waiting list in case of cancellations

Exhibitor Fees:

There are NO fees for this festival! That includes exhibitors, panellists, and audience.

Every exhibitor if approved will receive a half  table and chair, tablecloths and coverings must be brought by the exhibitor. A quiet green room where you can take a break will be made available to you at the event.

Volunteers:

We are looking for billets for the festival. If you have a spare room or couch and would like to be considered to host a comics creator from out of town during the festival, please email hope@prairiecomics.com

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Guests

  • Bedside Press
    Bedside Press
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    Comics publisher Website Bedside Press is a Winnipeg-based publisher dedicated to promoting lost comic book stories and helping new stories find their audience. Bedside Press is focused on a diversity of storytellers and works range from comic book reprints to anthologies of new content.
  • Autumn Crossman-Serb
    Autumn Crossman-Serb
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    Comics creator Website Autumn Crossman-Serb is a Muslim illustrator/comic artist who was born and raised in Winnipeg. Her passions are monster girls, scifi/fantasy, and romantic comedies. She is currently working on a story for the new Beyond anthology and a Dreamphone colouring book.
  • Jamie Isfeld
    Jamie Isfeld
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    Comics creator Website Jamie Isfeld is a new media developer at the University of Manitoba by day and a jack-of-all-trades creative by night. Illustrator, comic lover, cosplayer, and former nerdy journalist, she loves making comics and content for younger audiences. To Tell Stories is the illustration, comics, and creative endeavors Jamie makes for the world to enjoy.
  • Scott A. Ford
    Scott A. Ford
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    Comics creator Website Scott A. Ford is an artist, designer, and storyteller from Winnipeg, MB. His work is primarily composed of comics, illustration, graphic design, and typography. Scott has written, illustrated, and published the first two issues of his comic series, Romulus + Remus of which Issue 1 was nominated for the 2012 Manitoba Book Awards: Best Illustrated Book of the Year. In April 2014, Scott graduated from the U of M with an Honours Degree in Fine Arts. Since graduating, he has been working on a number of new illustration and comic projects including a full-length sci-fi/fantasy graphic novel, Ark Land.     
  • Ryan & Laura Harby
    Ryan & Laura Harby
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    Webcomics creator Website Ryan & Laura Harby produce a webcomic called Honey Dill. Ryan creates art for pay and for free. He can usually be found watching either Kids in the Hall or King of the Hill. Laura serves as the Honey Dill support team, she can be found at the local library (where she works) or at home on the couch (where she knits).

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Partners

Support for the Prairie Comics Festival is provided by the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Public Library.

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