sum thin happening: ComicPopUp Brighton

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An Event
13/05/17

One day pop-up shop selling small press comics

Comicpopup is go! (see HERE for the latest updates)

Saturday May 13, 2017

part of the Brighton Artists Open Houses festival
(selling comics to comics readers and a whole new audience)
in a family-friendly pizza pub
The Hanover, Queens Park Road, Brighton BN2 9ZB
map here (buses 18, 21 and 23 stop outside)

  • FREE entry
  • Nominal (£0 – £5 max) joining fee for creators to cover cost of joining the Open Houses listing
  • ALL sales money goes to the creators
  • No tables to book – it’s a pop-up shop where we sell the comics to save creators’ traveling
  • Space for creators who attend to hang out and sketch, meet the public
  • Option to donate a copy of your work to our city’s central library archive/public collection

Being part of the heavily promoted Artists Open Houses month running during the amazing Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe, we expect to welcome a lot of families that are trekking round Brighton looking to buy arts and crafts. I think a good comic priced between £3 and £15 should be a welcome purchase for this extra audience – especially as we’ll also have Lorne Brown’s selection of cheap kids comics back issues so they can buy something to keep the children happy during lunch in the pub

Zara Slattery will be sketching live on the day and and Inko Ai Takita and Chie Kutsuwada are doing Manga portraits – great original art made before your very eyes! Other activities in the planning stage with Jaime Huxtable. Any other thoughts would be great…

If you are a creator with art comics for sale, I would genuinely love to include your works and there may still be time to fit them in, so let me know yeah?

Really helpful if you can spread the word please

The theory is that this will sell comics to regular readers AND put small press comics under the noses of a lot of potential readers who would not come across them normally. The cost per creator is minimal and the investment of time is be mostly mine. This pilot project will let us see if we can find ways for comic artists to sell their work outside of the usual cons – where they have to travel, book a table, give up a whole day and sell mostly to other comic artists. There can be numerous variations on the concept – maybe a regular stall on a car boot sale? A recurring pub, café or community centre session? An honesty box in a suitable venue? Take them to book clubs? Just put comics in places people are going for other reasons…

PS The one thing I have to keep telling people is they don’t need to attend but are very welcome. There are no tables to book – it’s a shop set-up in a pub where we sell everyone’s work – but there will be a couple of communal spaces where people can meet-n-greet/sketch etc. And it’s in a pub!
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