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About Prairie Comics Festival

Prairie Comics Festival is a free to attend one-day 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, craft-makers 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 under license from the copyright holder (in other words, don’t expect to find any non-licensed fan art prints of Spider-man, unless the creator worked on the series!)
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 market!), this event 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, including tables, is free in order to encourage all to attend!

The event will take place in Winnipeg’s Millennium Library on the second floor (Carol Shields Auditorium), the venue is accessible. The event will open to the public at 10:30 am and runs until 5 pm (exhibitors can set up Friday afternoon and return 10am on Saturday).

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

Events

Prairie Comics Festival Kick-off at City Hall
Friday July 29, 2016
City Hall Courtyard (510 Main Street)
11am-1pm

Come meet a selection of our guest artists before the festival begins, learn about the history of comics colourists, and join in colouring some art pages of your own! Event takes place 11am-1pm in City Hall Courtyard, on Friday, July 29, 2016.

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Thanks to our sponsors Cr8ive Supplies & Services and the City of Winnipeg

Prairie Comics Festival
Saturday July 30, 2016
Millennium Library (251 Donald Street) Second Floor
10:30am to 5pm

Meet comic creators in our large Marketplace, view the gallery of past comic creators from the prairies, sit in on a learning panel, or take out a graphic novel from the Winnipeg Public Library’s collection during our first ever Festival!

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Prairie Comics Festival Mixer
Saturday July 30, 2016
Elephant & Castle (350 St Mary Ave)
7pm-9pm

Presented in collaboration with Geek Girls Social Nights  this event will let you relax after the festival is over and meet and mingle with fellow creatives and fans. Held at Elephant & Castle from 7 pm to 9 pm on Saturday July 30, 2016

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Guests

  • Finn Lucullan
    Finn Lucullan
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    Webcomic creator Website Finn Lucullan is an agender creator and illustrator from Calgary, AB. They enjoy finding collaborative, multimedia projects and rubbing their queer little hands over every genre they can find. They are currently working on Crash and Burn, a queer space opera found at cb-comic.com. Connect with them on twitter @khialest.  
  • Cockroach Zine (Meg Crane)
    Cockroach Zine (Meg Crane)
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    Zine Website Cockroach, a feminist and environmentalist zine, features artwork, comics, photography, articles and more from people across Canada. Using playful and fun commentary, Cockroach tackles serious social and environmental issues. It creates a space for a diversity of feminists who care about the environment and want to have fun while learning and influencing change in society. Meg Crane is a freelance writer and the founding editor of Cockroach. She’s tried her pen at everything from comics to news articles, screenplays to feature magazine stories, audio plays to advice columns. She’s always looking for adventure as a writer, seeking out new challenges.
  • HighWater Press
    HighWater Press
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    Comics publisher Website HighWater Press publishes books that portray Indigenous culture and experiences, including novels, graphic novels, memoirs, and children's books. HighWater Press is an imprint of Portage & Main Press, which publishes a wide range of innovative and practical K–12 educational materials.     
  • Ian Sokoliwski
    Ian Sokoliwski
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    Comics creator Website Ian is an award-winning illustrator and colourist. He got his start at Digital Chameleon, working on major titles like Superman, Batman, Iron Man, and Conan The Barbarian. Currently, he works on a variety of projects, including comics, webcomics, movie storyboards, novel and CD covers, video game character design, and instructing art and visual storytelling. His webcomic ANDRONICUS is a science fiction imagining of Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare. Set in the far future, it is a tale of honour and revenge in a star-spanning backdrop.
  • Nicholas Burns
    Nicholas Burns
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    Comics creator Website Nicholas is a comics creator of longstanding.  While living in the Arctic in the 80s & 90s, he wrote and drew numerous educational comics for federal and territorial agencies including True North, Arctic Comics 86, Super Shamou, New North and Rick’s Recovery.

Panels

Welcome to a full day of learning panels! Featuring some of the best comics talent on the prairies, these creators will have you on the road to learning more about the industry, culture, and business of comics than you ever did before. Each panel is 45 minutes long and may feature visual presentations. Panels take place in the room across from the Carol Shields auditorium.

Educational Comics

Educational Comics

4:00 – 4:45 pm, July 30 2016
Unmoderated discussion panel

Join educational comic creators to discuss the role that comics can serve for the school system and academic world.

Nicholas Burns (Arctic Comics)
Nicholas Burns (Arctic Comics)
TiBert
TiBert
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Niigaan Sinclair
Artist Alleys 101

Artist Alleys 101

3:00 – 3:45 pm, July 30 2016
Moderated discussion panel

Are you planning to set up at a comic convention, festival, book fair, or craft show in the near future? Listen to these creators on tips and tricks to make the most of your experience and appeal to a wide range of audiences. From application processes, planning your stock to arrive at the show, how to encourage sales – without being too demanding, which conventions are best suited for different product, and advertising your appearance, these creators will help set you on the path to having a strong showing at your next con. Moderated by Alicia Faucher.

Alicia May
Alicia Faucher (Moderator)
Sam Beiko
Sam Beiko
Nyco-Rudolph
Nyco Rudolph
GMB Chomichuk
GMB Chomichuk
Jamie Isfeld
Jamie Isfeld
Comic Colouring 101

Comic Colouring 101

2:00 – 2:45 PM, July 30, 2016
Moderated discussion panel

Comic colouring isn’t merely filling in the lines, and is finally starting to be recognized as equal pairing on comics creation as line artists and writers. Learn about colour-holds, flatters, digital, and traditional colouring from a selection of professional comic colourists. Adding depth, shadow, nuance, and analyzing scenes for emotional intensity to create structured palettes are part of what a successful colourist does and each of these colourists will walk you through some of their art and process. Moderated by Donovan Yaciuk.

 

Donovan Yaciuk (moderator)
Donovan Yaciuk (moderator)
Chris Chuckry
Chris Chuckry
Scott A Ford
Scott A Ford
Ian Sokoliwski
Ian Sokoliwski
Laurie E. Smith
Laurie E. Smith
Comic Publishers Q&A

Comic Publishers Q&A

1:00 – 1:45 pm, July 30 2016
Moderated discussion panel

So you have a comic, and you want to find a publisher? Listen and learn from the top comic publishers in Winnipeg on what they look for in a project, what genres/formats they deliver, and how they distribute and fund their projects. Moderated by Hope Nicholson of Bedside Press

ChiGraphics
ChiGraphics
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Bedside Press
HighWater Press
HighWater Press
AtBay
At Bay Press

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Nicholson (moderator)
Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press, moderator)
Sam Beiko (ChiGraphics)
Sam Beiko (ChiGraphics)
Laina Hughes (HighWater Press)
Laina Hughes (HighWater Press)
M. C. Joudrey (At Bay Press)
M. C. Joudrey (At Bay Press)
Alana Brooker (At Bay Press)
Alana Brooker (At Bay Press)
Starting Your Own Zine/Anthology

Starting Your Own Zine/Anthology

12:00 – 12:45 pm, July 30 2016
Unmoderated discussion panel

Zines and anthologies are powerful projects that bring artists of different mediums together into one project. Learn from both comic, prose, art, and mixed medium editors who have put together successful projects, the difficulties they overcame, and advice they have for people starting out.

Murat Ates of Life. Fire. Prose.
Murat Ates (Life. Fire. Prose.)
Sarah Carr of Unity Zine
Sarah Carr (Unity Zine)
Nicholas Burns (Arctic Comics)
Nicholas Burns (Arctic Comics)
Meg Crane (Cockroach Zine)
Meg Crane (Cockroach Zine)
Webcomics 101

Webcomics 101

11:00 – 11:45 am, July 30 2016
Unmoderated discussion panel

What are webcomics, and who are the creators? Join a panel of webcomic creators as they discuss how they started their own webcomics, their experiences working in this field, and their goals and hopes for the future.

William O'Donnell (Yak and Shadow)
William O’Donnell (Yak and Shadow)
Ryan Harby (Honey Dill)
Ryan Harby (Honey Dill)
TiBert (TiBert)
TiBert (TiBert)
Finn Lucullan (Crash and Burn)
Finn Lucullan (Crash and Burn)

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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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Artist Alleys 101 panel is presented in partnership with ACI Manitoba:
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Vintage background photos of Winnipeg on this site courtesy of the Rob McInnes Postcard Collection.
Poster for Prairie Comics Festival created by Nicholas Burns.