Comic Fest at Open Book Festival

Animators, illustrators and cartoonists, all have their place in Open Book Festival. This year sees the addition of Comic Fest, South Africa's very own Comic Con.

Animators, illustrators and cartoonists, all have their place in Open Book Festival. This year sees the addition of Comic Fest, South Africa's very own Comic Con-style event. Some of these artists are behind the posters promoting this years Open Book Festival. Check out and download the posters for sharing on your blogs or creative portals to spread awareness of this exciting Open Book Festival sideshow. All Comic Fest events are free to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

Open Book Comics Fest will run on the 7th and 8th of September at the Homecoming Centre. The public has a marketplace of over 40 tables as well as two days of events featuring some of the most exciting comic book artists and writers. The marketplace is curated by Moray Rhoda. In addition, Andy Mason of CCIBA is curating an exhibition of work in process. Read on for more info our comic-poster designers:

Rico Schacherl is an Austrian-born a cartoonist and illustrator who grew up in South Africa. Best known as the artist half of the creative team behind the highly successful syndicated comic strip, Madam & Eve. He has worked on a wide variety of projects including chidlren’s illustration and TV animation design, editorial cartoons and illustration for magazines, newspapers and educational publications both in South Africa around the world, always injecting as much humour and fun into his work as possible. Rico works in various media including digital, but really enjoys getting his hands dirty working on paper with pen & ink and watercolours.

Hennie Blaauw has been in the animation industry for almost 20 years. He recently brought his artistic touch to the online gaming industry through Blablabla Studios, a specialist animation house for the online casino gaming industry serving PC, mobile and tablet platforms with game concept, character and storyboard development and 2D/3D animation and illustration.

Luis Tolosana is the CEO and Founder of Falcon Comics. He previously worked in the SA comic book industry as an illustrator and has just released his first comic, ‘Philo’s Wish’ a story that won the 24hr/24page comic challenge. He is dedicated to building a strong comic book culture in South Africa.

Pete Woodbridge is an illustrator/Director at Studio Woo. He is a caricature artist, has illustrated many educational books over the years and was Head Illustrator for SupaStrika Entertainment. His interests are comics, street art and character design. He is also a painter and musician.

About Open Book Festival

Open Book Cape Town is an annual literary festival, the first of which happened in 2011. Dates for Open Book 2013 are 7 – 11 September. The hubs will once again be the Fugard Theatre and much-loved indie bookshop, The Book Lounge.

When Mervyn Sloman and Ben Williams started talking about creating a festival, they had in mind around 60 literary events over 5 days featuring about 15 top international as well as some of the best South Africans writing today. Due to the incredible support Open Book received, that quickly grew into a festival that now includes over 100 events, featuring over 100 authors.