For the very first time, a brand new International Comic Art Festival celebrating the wonderful diversity of the medium of comics and graphic novels comes to the Shropshire county town of Shrewsbury this weekend from Friday to Sunday and the best thing of all …IT’S TOTALLY FREE!!
The Qaurry Park, home to the famous Shrewsbury Flower Show, will play host to some of the biggest names in the comic industry from all over the world. Guests from America include legendary creator Howard Chaykin, famous for illustrating the first ever adaptation of Star Wars for Marvel Comics and for his controversial classic book Black Kiss.
Also from the states the festival welcomes multi award winning, writer and editor Joey Cavalieri who has worked for both Marvel and DC Comics. He will be sharing the benefit of his experience with aspiring comic creators in an exclusive seminar on the Saturday.
Joining them from France is renowned artist Roland Boschi, famous for his outstanding work for Marvel Comics on The Winter Soldier, Wolverine and Ghost Rider.
Of course no international festival is complete without representation from the huge swell of talent from here in the UK including Marvel and DC artists Doug Braithwaite and Barry Kitson plus local creators Dan Berry and legendary Judge Dredd co creator John Wagner who appears as the inaugural event’s local guest of honour.
In total around 20 professional creators will be attending the festival as special guests.
The comic festival will be situated at the heart of the prestigious Quarry Park venue and features a program of inspirational events hosted by many of the star guests including talks, master classes and panels as well as regular signings and sketching sessions throughout the weekend.
In addition to all of this, the huge marquee will be rammed full of the cutting edge of comic publishers from all over the UK helping festival goers discover the full breadth of the medium of comic art from the smallest self publishing creators to the largest independents and professionals.
All genres will be represented from the expected superheroes, sci fi, horror and humour comics to the more mainstream crime, action and drama titles many visitors may be discovering for the first time.
“It’s a about time Shrewsbury had its own Comic Festival,” said organiser Shane Chebsey – “…and what better way to bring comics to the masses than via a totally free event for everyone. It’s all been made possible by the people behind the Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival, which happens this September”.
There is also an option to attend a preview to the Shrewsbury Comedy Festival on the Sunday evening for £5 on the door (or free for Shrewsbury Fields Forever Ticket Holders) featuring stand up comedians from the TV including Adam Rowe, Carl Donnolly and many more from 17.30 – 21.00.
The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival is happening on the 15th – 17th July from 12 noon to 17.00 each day at the Quarry Town Park with early bird access at 11am to Shrewsbury Fields Forever ticket holders.
Information about this free arts event can be found at: www.smallzone.co.uk/Shrewsbury-Comic-Art-Festival.htm