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.

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

Guests

  • 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.     
  • ChiGraphic (Sam Beiko)
    ChiGraphic (Sam Beiko)
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    Comics publisher Website ChiZine Publications (CZP) started as an online speculative short fiction and poetry ’zine in 1997, and began publishing trade books ten years later with Filaria by Brent Hayward. Since then, CZP has published over 100 books of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and recently young adult (ChiTeen), mystery (ChiDunnit), eBook exclusive (CZP eBook) and graphic novels (ChiGraphic). CZP is owned and operated by Brett Savory and Sandra Kasturi out of their office in Peterborough, Ontario. Sam Beiko Samantha Beiko has worked in the book publishing industry since 2010, and is the Managing Editor for ChiZine Publications and ChiGraphic, CZP’s graphic novel imprint. She also co-hosts the Winnipeg Chiaroscuro Reading Series (ChiSeries) with Chadwick Ginther, which has been twice nominated for the Aurora Award and has been showcasing Canadian genre writers of all stripes since 2013. Samantha is also a published writer of young adult fiction. Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, came out in 2013 with ECW Press LTD., who have also contracted her Realms of Ancient trilogy for publication. The first in the series, Scion of the Fox, will be released in Fall 2017, featuring original artwork by the author. Samantha works full time as a freelance publishing professional in Winnipeg.
  • 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.
  • Geek Girls Social Club
    Geek Girls Social Club
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    Community organization Website Organized by Alicia May, Sam Beiko, and Hope Nicholson Geek Girls Social Club plans fun, informative, free social events for women with geeky interests to mix and mingle with each other. Events happen monthly.
  • At Bay Press
    At Bay Press
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    Comics publisher Website At Bay Press is an independent, award winning publisher established in Toronto in 2008. We are a proud Canadian press with headquarters in Winnipeg. We strive to seek out new work by undiscovered authors and artists and bring their work to light. Our volumes are produced in Canada, some of which are constructed by hand. We are known for our exceptionally crafted and well designed titles. At Bay Press is a member of the Fine Press Book Association and the Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild. Attendees: Alana Brooker (B.A., LL.B), Managing Editor, At Bay Press. Ms. Brooker has overseen various collections and anthologies, including award winning works such as Woman: An Anthology, featuring work by Stephen King and Alice Munro as well as the award nominated short story collection, Charleswood Road: Stories, by M. C. Joudrey. She currently oversees all acquisitions for At Bay Press.   M. C. Joudrey Canadian writer, artist and designer. His second novel Of Violence and Cliché was released September 2013, followed by his collection of short stories Charleswood Road: Stories in August 2014, which was nominated for a 2015 Manitoba Book Award. M.C. Joudrey has also been a member of the submission selection committee for the CBC Short Fiction Prize and a jury member for the Manitoba Book Awards. His titles reside in permanent legislative and national government collections. He is also a bookbinder and a number of his works are held in galleries internationally.  

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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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