Most of my day was spent hanging out with creative people and attending presentations by established professional artists and writers at the first day of the Open Book Comic Fest.
This year’s Comics Fest is taking place at the District Six Homecoming Center. This was a welcome change in venue considering last year’s event saw a massive turnout to a less than massive venue. A few moments after stepping through the doors of the Homecoming Center, I realised that there were a lot of faces I didn’t recognise. This was really unusual since I’m fairly familiar with a lot of people involved in the Cape Town comics scene. I jokingly said to someone earlier today, I consider comic events to be somewhat like family reunions where all the relatives are invited. As it turns out, the faces that I didn’t recognise belonged to “distant relatives” since a fair amount of artists from Johannesburg had decided to fly down to be part of the festival. High five to these guys and gals for traveling all the way to Cape Town to join us in supporting the local comics scene.
Later in the morning I attended a presentation on the illustration process. This wasn’t all that enlightening considering I’ve been reading about and creating art myself for quite a while, but it was still fun since I knew both Pete Woodbridge, and Daniel S. Hugo, the two presenters involved. After lunch I touched base with some other people I knew before heading over to a discussion about writers collaborating with artists, and the advantages and disadvantages that the collaborative process involves. This talk was hosted by Alastair Findlay, who posed questions about the process to Lauren Beukes and Josh Ryba. Again, it wasn’t a ground breaking discussion, but it was still an interesting presentation which did jump start an idea for an upcoming blog post.
Regretfully I didn’t have the energy to strike up conversation with some of the talented folk who I didn’t know there, but overall it was still a fun and exciting day. If you missed the Open Book Comic Fest today, there’s still a variety of presentations taking place tomorrow, and (as far as I know) all the artists that were there today should still be around. And if you did miss out, here’s a few photos of today’s events.
Regretfully the few shots I had of people’s work came out terribly. I’m guessing this was a combination of my poor photography skills and not having the camera on the right setting. I may be attending the second day of the Comic Fest, in which case I’ll try to get a few more snaps of the actual art and comics that people have created.