This is a heads up for a brand new comics festival in Northern Ireland, 2D, now entering its second year and promising to feature the independent press at this years 2008 event. Newly established by the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry, an arts charity whose aim is to promote literacy and language arts (See their website), 2D will run from 5 – 7th of June 2008.
The event is organised by the Centre’s artist in residence Mr. David Campbell whose specialism is in comic book art. An artist with many strings to his bow, (David’s degree is in Visual Communication, with an MSc in Computing and Design), he has worked as a designer, illustrator and web designer. However The Verbal Arts Centre were particularly keen to have him because of his back ground in comic art, previously having been employed by Marvel and D.C as a digital colourist on a range of top titles including Wolverine and the Incredible Hulk.
The 2D festival 2007 was comprised of exhibitions, workshops with school kids, (facilitated by workshop regular Kev Sutherland), while discussion panels for a more adult audience took place in Sandinos Bar in the early evenings. Most, but not all, of Last years guest list boasted some Irish connection and included such comic book luminaries as Rufus Dayglo, John McCrea, Will Simpson and PJ Holden. This year’s 2D is going to be even bigger and better with the inclusion of a small press presence and a wider range of special guests including Garry Leach, Rufus Dayglo, David Hine, Alan Martin, Bob Byrne, Stephen Thompson, Stephen Mooney, Nick Roche, Declan Shalvey, Ed Hillyer and Laura Howell
As an incentive to small independent creators, 2D is offering exhibitor’s tables free of charge and while travel to Derry and accommodation can not be subsidised, information and advice on where to stay in the local area will be made available. If you are interested in exhibiting at this brand new event please email David Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible as places are limited.