The Dublin Comic Arts Festival is a quarterly series of small press comic book events celebrating its 3rd year running with events in April, July, October and December.

DCAF is organized by Matthew Melis & The Comics Lab of the Stray Lines comic collective.


Small press comics can be a nebulous term in the comic book world. They can be as small as a photocopied zine and as big as Scott Pilgrim vs The World. We generally use the term to mean creator-owned, independent comics. They can be handmade, self-published or released by small press publishers.

DCAF is a small press comic book event, created to showcase local comic creators and celebrate the spectrum of Irish sequential art. The small press comic scene has been growing in Ireland for years, but Irish comic creators often travel across the globe to find Comic Arts Festivals to exhibit their work. We feel it's time for some Comic Arts Festivals closer to home!


October 2019 poster by Dearbhla Kelly
July 2019 poster by allozalaura
April 2019 poster by Crayolina
December 2018 poster by Holly Pereira
October 2018 poster by Stasele Jakunskaite
July 2018 poster by Claire Prouvost
April 2018 poster by Giovana Medeiros
December 2017 poster by Ashwin Chacko
October 2017 poster by Helene Pertl
July 2017 poster by Tara O Brien
April 2017 poster by Charlot Kristensen






October 2019 DCAF sponsored by Damn Fine Print & Artmines
July 2019 DCAF sponsored by Damn Fine Print
April 2019 DCAF sponsored by Bean and Goose & Damn Fine Print
December 2018 DCAF sponsored by Illustrators Ireland
October 2018 DCAF sponsored by Damn Fine Print
April 2018 DCAF sponsored by Avery Hill Publishing
April 2017 DECAF sponsored by Damn Fine Print

If you would like to sponsor a future DCAF event please email dublincomicarts@gmail.com

Become a Patron of DCAF on Patreon!


DCAF does not condone or tolerate any form of intimidation or harassment on behalf of its exhibitors, attendees or organisers and does all it can to foster an inclusive event. Please contact Matt, Debbie, Sarah or anyone at the Stray Lines table straight away if someone makes you feel unwelcome.

Comics are for everyone!


With Good Morning Dublin on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 2017
Photos from DECAF, April 23 2017 by Comix Ireland
Episode 46: Dublin Eight Comic Arts Festival by Dublin Creative Review


Exhibitors! Sponsors! Venues! Press! Please send all enquiries to dublincomicarts@gmail.com

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APRIL 6th · JULY 6th · OCTOBER 12th · DECEMBER 14th