Open Book Comics Fest 2013: Biggest yet

Open Book Comics Fest 2013 turned out to be the biggest and most successful CCIBA event yet with over 40 South African cartoonists, illustrators and comic artists showcasing their work. The festival saw the launch of five separate independent comic book publications and was coordinated by comic book stalwarts Moray Rhoda and Andy Mason at the District 6 Homecoming Centre in Cape Town.

The festival included 8 seminar/panel talks on comics/cartooning and two days of follow-on workshops on comics, the production process, marketing comics, publishing and distribution. The CCIBA would like the opportunity to thank all those involved as we wait in anticipation for next year's festival.


To join the CCIBA Facebook group for more events and updates on both the Open Book Comics Festival and CCIBA related events, click on this link.

To view more information on the Graflit: Graveyard Literature in Black & White anthology, a CCIBA publication launched in conjunction with the 2013 Open Book Comics Fest and the Open Book Festival, click on this link.


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Open Book Comics Fest exhibition stands at the District Six Homecoming centre in Cape Town.


 

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Daniël Hugo at his exhibition stand. Daniël launched an his anthology of comics, Oneiroaut, at the festival.


 

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CCIBA Head of the Comic Art Unit, Andy Mason and esteemed Bitterkomix artist Anton Kannemeyer at a discussion panel on the new Bitterkomix 16.

 

 

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Bitterkomix duo Anton Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes doing a booksigning after the Bitterkomix WTF panel.


 

full house masterclass with british artist mustashrik earlier today as part of comicsfest

Full house masterclass with British artist Mustashrik who also presented his creative work and comics as a guest speaker.

 

 

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Karl Mostert of They Did This! Illustration & Design giving kids drawing lessons at Central Library as part of Open Book Youth Fest.


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South Africa's biggest international export Joe Daly (author of Scrublands & the Dungeon Quest graphic novels), Chris Beukes (up until recently commercial comic book artist and now author of the self-published Wrath comics), esteemed South African novelist and international comic book writer Lauren Beukes (author of Shining Girls and published DC Vertigo writer) and Andy Mason (author of What's so Funny and The Legend of Blue Mamba, the latter of which was also launched at the festival).

 

 

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The CCIBA exhibition stand at the Open Book Comics Fest. The CCIBA was the main sponsor of the event and exhibited a series of hand-make book art by students at the Visual Arts Department at Stellenbosch University.

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand.

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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The Graflit exhibition stand at the Open Book Comic Fest with images from the the comics anthology itself placed onto the wall. Graflit: Graveyard Literature n Black & White was published by the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA) in association with the Youngblood Arts and Culture Foundation, Mamba Media and PreZanian Comix, edited by Andy Mason and Roberto Millan. The launch was held in conjunction with the Open Book Comics Fest at the Youngblood Gallery in Bree Street with an exhibition of original works from the publication on Thursday the 5th of September. You can view photos from the event and of the book, as well as find out where one is able to purchase copies of the comics anthology on this link.


 

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 Open Book Comics Fest exhibition stands at the District Six Homecoming Centre in Cape Town.


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CCIBA Head of the Comic Art Unit, Andy Mason at his exhibition stand selling copies of his comic book anthology The Legend of Blue Mamba. Mason also gave a public presentation as part of launch held at the same event.


 

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CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich proudly posing for a photograph at the CCIBA Book Art exhibition stand at the Open Book Comic Fest.

 

 

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CCIBA representative and Stellenbosch University Visual Arts Department staff member Vulindlela Nyoni helping to sell copies of adventure comic series Cotton Star.

 

 

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Norman Nanimal at her exhibition stand at the Open Book Comics Fest.

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand.

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand.

 

 

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Two students of the Visual Arts Department at Stellenbosch University manning the stands at the CCIBA Book Art exhibition stand.