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!

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.

Table applications are currently open (below) only until February 1, 2017.

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Prairie Comics Festival is the initiative of Hope Nicholson, comics editor and owner of Winnipeg comic publisher Bedside Press.

Application for Exhibition

APPLICATIONS OPEN:  December 1, 2016
APPLICATIONS END: February 1, 2017
FESTIVAL RUNS: May 6-7, 2017

To apply for one of 25 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
  • A limited amount of space is available for artists showcasing non-book work (such as comic crafts, original artwork, and prints) and arts organizations with comics programming
  • 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 25 tables are available at this event. Three of these are half tables so if you need less space, feel free to apply, upon admission notifications you may be informed if a half table will be offered to you instead.
  • 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 automated message upon successful receipt of the application, if you do not receive this message, please email your information to hope@prairiecomics.com

Exhibitor Fees:

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

Every exhibitor if approved will receive a 6 foot white table and two chairs (1 chair for half table, additional chairs provided if space allows), 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.

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

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