ACAF – 20&21/2/2016

If I told you there was going to be a professional-development style convention on comic creation, and it was going to be held in Canberra, would you believe me?

When I found out that the Australian Comic Arts Festival was going to be held in Canberra on 20-21 February, I was (more than a little bit) pleased and surprised.

Rumours of the festival have been circulating for months, and the ‘expressions of interest’ mailing list has been rather quiet; but when I logged into the ACAF website today, there were more details about all the Saturday workshops, as well as artist alley table prices and Sunday market day general admission prices.

The way the festival works is this:
On Saturday, workshops will be held on topics ranging from design and print production, colour, panel composition, libraries, and retail.
– you just need to book through the site and pay for the workshops you attend.
Most of the workshops are $30, though some are cheaper, and there is one free workshop.

On Sunday, the festival will become a ‘Market Day’ from 10am-4pm, with a traditional ‘Artists Alley’.
General Admission is $15/adult: Buy tickets here.
Artist Alley tables are $50 (including admission for two): Details and booking details here.

Sadly, details about some of the workshop topics have not been updated yet (but I’m sure they will go up soon).

Lastly, ACAF is hosting a Networking Drinks and Book Launch. At the time of writing this post, there are not yet any details about which book/s will be lauched, so keep checking the ACAF site for updates.

Only 36 sleeps to go!

Too soon…

Oops!
So, the Wig and Pen is not open on Sundays in their new venue. Boo.

Following discussion on Twitter, we’ve decided to keep the interim venue as the default Monthly meetup venue.

Next meetup is Sunday 5 April – Easter Sunday.

If you haven’t had enough chocolate, or if you are in the mood for a non-chocolate beverage, then come by Max Brenner Nishi from 2pm.

See you there!

(interim) Meetup Venue!

For years we have met at the Wig and Pen – it’s quiet, cool, clean, has a good selection of beverages, easy to find, and big enough for a few of us or dozens of us to show up without needing to RSVP every time. (Also, the staff don’t get mad if not everyone is buying drinks every time!)

But for better or worse, the Wig and Pen is moving to its new venue at ANU’s Llewellyn Hall. They’ve closed their doors, and construction (of the bar and the microbrewery) is in progress – updates will be on their Facebook page when a firm timeline is available.

So where do displaced comic fans go when their pub closes? More specifically, where do we go that ticks all the boxes?

The first month we realised that we were without venue, there were four of us who trudged up and down, trying to find somewhere for a beer, a cup of tea, a drink of water. Nothing nearby was open. Ben suggested hotel hotel, and at 3pm, we were lucky enough to get a table for four in the popular (crowded) Monster.

We planned to go back the following month – and we did – but no tables were available, and we couldn’t even tell the waitstaff how many people we would need to seat. So we walked down the steps to the almost completely empty Max Brenner.

The airconditioning was on, the ice-cream was cold, and there was plenty of room to spread out and catch up.

Is it an ideal spot for drink-and-draws? Perhaps, perhaps not. But rather than change venues every month, we’re going to hunker down and wait out the time until the new Grand (re-)Opening of the Wig and Pen.

After all, they previously (boldly) estimated it would only take a few weeks

Max Brenner New Action – Nishi is located across from the Palace Electric Cinemas, and downstairs from Monster. There lots of parking options nearby, or New Acton is a short walk from city bus stops.