All the events listed below will take place on the weekend of October 18th.
Irish Free Comic Day
An interesting and thought-provoking discussion on this very board has led to Ireland's first "Irish Free Comics Day" taking place on Saturday October 18th. The event is being organised by Rob Curley and will involve most of Ireland's Comic Book stores throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland. The motivation behind this event is to push the Irish small press scene and encourage people to not only read Irish comics but to make new Irish comics as well.
For a comic to be considered for inclusion for "Irish Free Comic Day", the comic needs to be the majority product of an Irish creator or a creator who is based in Ireland [ie at least 51% of the book should be Irish] - after all, this event is for promoting Irish comics!
You need to be able to provide at least 40 copies per store [that means if you wish to submit your comics to just Sub City in Dublin then you will need to have 40 copies, if you wanted to submit to Sub City and Forbidden Planet then you would need 80 copies and so on]. The shops involved so far are Forbidden Planet Dublin, Forbidden Planet Belfast, Sub-City Dublin, Sub-City Galway, Other Realms Cork.
There is no payment for these comics - the creator is donating them for free to be part of "Irish Free Comic Day", and they will in turn be given away for free in participating stores.
Every comic that is part of "Irish Free Comic Day" will need to include the event logo on the cover. The logo is still being designed for the event but when ready it will be available for download via the web. It can be included on the cover before going to print or if the comics are already printed, printed off as a sticker and added to the cover.
Comics that may contain work not suitable for children should be clearly marked.
The main focus of this event is to highlight the Irish comics scene, and as such we want to encourage as many creators to get involved as possible. With that in mind, I would like to encourage those who might not have the money to produce a comic for the event or have enough work to fill a comic of their own to consider getting together in small groups and sharing the cost of printing for a small sampler comic featuring several artists.
This event is being used to promote Irish comic work to both the Irish comics scene but also outside of that so as such we would like to keep the quality level to a high standard. If people are unsure about how to go about getting their comic into print please leave a comment.
There is further information to come so keep an eye on this thread - we are sorting a FAQ but need feedback from people as to what questions they might need answered so please comment on this thread.
For further information regarding Irish Free Comics day please contact Rob
24 hour comics day 2008
Come lock yourself in a room with strangers for 24 hours and draw comics! Ok we don't actually lock the doors but we do draw comics for 24 straight hours. The details for this year's 24 hour comics day are as follows. It will take place in Dublin at the Central Hotel [across the road from Sub City] on October 18th to 19th. Drawing begins at noon on saturday and will continue to noon on sunday. It is free to take part.
People are welcome to come and attempt the full 24 hours or just part of the 24 hours. It is open to people at all skill levels and all ages. Don't worry if all you draw is stickmen, this event is about getting people drawing and creating. People are also encouraged to drop in and look around, talk with the artists and read/buy some indie comics.
We are expanding the reading table that proved to be a hit last year. A table in the room will be set up with a selection of mini comics, zines, self published comics with a big focus on Irish-made comics. Space allowing we will aim to have a kids friendly comic selection in one area and a section for the more mature themed comics. So if you don't have time to draw comics but might have half an hour to spare, come in and read some comics.
For those who have comics that aren't part of the Free Irish Comics day, we invite them to sell their comics at the small press table at 24 hour comics day. The table selling these comics will run from 11am saturday morning until 8pm saturday evening [it will not run on the sunday]. There is no charge for people leaving their comics to sell on the table but you must be free to come pick up your unsold comics and or money before 24 hour comics day finishes on the Sunday. The table is for indie press comics only (this means no posters, prints, buttons, stickers etc).
There is some more information, a FAQ, and examples of 24 hour comics for the past two events on the event website
For further information on 24 hour comics day please contact Ztoical (Cliodhna) or Fysh (Kyle) [Please put "comics" somewhere in the email subject]