|Comic Festival / Comics 99|
|Organized by||Kev F Sutherland
Comic Festival (also known as Comics Festival UK) was a British comic book convention which was held annually in Bristol between 1999 and 2004. It was devised and produced by Kev F Sutherland with the help of Mike Allwood of Area 51 Comics. The presentation of the National Comics Awards was a regular feature of Comic Festival from 1999–2003 (except for the year 2000, when the Eagle Awards were presented there).
Comic Festival was preceded by the United Kingdom Comic Art Convention, held annually (usually in London) from 1985-1998. The comics audience in the U.K. was in decline; Comic Festival's aim was to reach non-comic readers, children and families, and to enable them to enter the event at the cheapest possible prices. Once in, the audience would then be exposed to the widest range of comics material, thus building the readership of the future.
Charity auctions were held every year for the benefit of ChildLine. For Comics 99, Sutherland produced The World's Biggest Comic, which featured the work of 100 of the world's leading comic artists, auctioned to raise money for the British charity Comic Relief. Subsequent projects included the Charity Deck Of Cards which, in 2001, raised over £10,000 for ChildLine through the auctioning of the original art and sales of the limited edition decks. The Just 1 Page comic was produced every year at Comic Festival (and then continued on at Comic Expo).
Comic Festival was succeeded by the Bristol-based Comic Expo, which began in 2004 and continues to the present day.
Locations and dates
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- "How to Draw Dennis The Menace". BBC Gloucestershire. 2004. Retrieved 2004-04-28.
- Joel Hahn (2001). "National Comics Awards". Retrieved 2007-10-28.
- "London Comic Festival 2003". Frothers Unite UK. Retrieved August 28, 2003.
- "London Comic Festival 2004". Sweatdrop Studios Forum. Retrieved October 17, 2004.
- "Having a beano at the comics festival". Western Daily Press. Retrieved April 3, 1999.
- "The World's Biggest Comic". Blue Peter, BBC Television. Retrieved April 1, 1999.
- "A giant comic strip". Bristol Evening Post. Retrieved March 10, 1999.
- Allass, Marcia. "Comics 99: Bristol 1999," Sequential Tart (May 1999).
- Jellinek, Anna. "Comics 2000: Lovely Bristols," Sequential Tart (May 2000).
- Sandells, Natalie. "Comics 2001," Sequential Tart vol. IV, issue #7 (June 2001).
- Jellinek, Anna. "Comics 2002 - Bristol," Sequential Tart vol. V, issue #8 (August 2002).
- Allass, Marcia. "Lovely Bristols," Sequential Tart vol. 6, issue #6 (June 2003).
- Chris Wilson. "Dennis the Menace zaps Dan Dare". Sunday Telegraph London. Retrieved March 16, 1997.
- "Having a laugh is taken as read". Bristol Evening Post. Retrieved April 2, 1999.
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