Pat Dorian just announced that applications are open for his Brooklyn-based comics festival, Grand Comics Festival. It’s the smallest comics festival I’ve ever been to, but highly curated and worth checking out. It’s the sort of intimate, friendly festival where you can easily have a conversation with every exhibitor. I’m applying for the first time.
The deadline to apply is February 15. Check out my recap of the 2014 festival.
I was only able to drop into the Grand Comics Festival for an hour before my shift at Desert Island. Here’s a brief recap.
Grand Comics Festival is perhaps the smallest comics festival I’ve ever been to. It’s a friendly and intimate show, well-curated and almost entirely local. There is no programming, The admission is free, which feels right for this sort of show. This is its second year, and they made the switch from a weekend show to Saturday-only. This was the right choice; last year it felt like a one-day show that went on too long.
It seems to me that the show was curated to the taste of its organizer, Pat Dorian. And I like Pat’s taste. My only complaint is that I’d like to see some new blood. I saw very few strangers in the room. At the same time I want to commend Pat on attracting some big hitters, like R. Sikoryak and David Sandlin.
Bird River Studios in Williamsburg hosts the event
The organizer of the show, Pat Dorian
The show floor
Kriota Willberg embroiders scenes from a colonoscopy
J.T. Yost of Birdcage Bottom
Alden Viguilla and Alexandra Beguez
Jess Ruliffson and Lara Antal talk to Dre Grigoropol
The ever photogenic Robin Ha
Josh Bayer and Aaron Cockle
Jess Worby and Keren Katz
I want all this cute stuff from Sara Varon