Last year’s debut Safari Festival, curated by micropublisher Breakdown Press, was one of the most welcome developments on the UK events circuit of 2014. I described it as “a happy middle ground between the boundary pushing graphic design on show at ELCAF and the democratic philosophies of the DIY Cultures fair” when I reported on it here at Broken Frontier, and also remarked on it being “a great day of comics community.” We can never have too much of the latter.
2015’s Safari takes place on Saturday August 22nd at the same venue of the Protein gallery space in Shoreditch. As with last year’s occasion there will be both pre and after-parties. The former will be in Gosh! Comics the night before when Breakdown will be launching Jonathan Chandler’s Another Blue World and Latvian micropublisher kuŝ! will be releasing their latest ŝ anthology (with a theme of ‘fashion’ this time around) while the latter is, once again, held at The Shacklewell Arms.
Today we kick off a fortnight of related coverage on Broken Frontier with a visual reminder of some of the work on offer and creators who will be tabling later this month. With guests like kuŝ! and Treasure Fleet in attendance the festival will have a truly international feel this year and for any fan of small press and self-publishing this looks set to be an indispensable date in your comics calendar.
Full details of Safari can be found on the Breakdown Press site here. Watch out for articles tagged ‘A SAFARI FESTIVAL TIE-IN!’ at Broken Frontier over the next fortnight…
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