ALL DAY LONG 11am-5pm

Peruse comics & art by our talented exhibitors! Bring your used comics to participate in our communal comic swap! Enjoy your newly obtained comics in our cafe lounge with food & coffee available for purchase by Thursday Cafe. And in the afternoon, at the far end of our exhibitors hall, Sarah & Debbie will be hosting:

THE COMICS LAB @ DECAF

2.30pm PANEL: GO YOUR OWN WAY:
Finding the roadmap to your creative career

Hosted by Karen Harte with Meg Hyland, Holly Pereira and Giovana Medeiros.

Karen Harte is a graphic designer and illustrator from Dublin. Her personal illustration work usually hinges around humour, popular culture and feminism. In 2016 she created her first comic about the life of Delia Derbyshire and recently created the Mine Anthology, a collection of work from comic artists and illustrators, in support of the Repeal the 8th movement.

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Meagan Hyland is an Art Director and illustrator currently working in Dublin. Outside of office hours, her personal work has led from Tumblr fame with her 'Meagan's Movie Alphabet' series to exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, London and San Diego Comic Con. She regularly contributes work to Gallery 1988 and Hero Complex Gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles and has created licensed prints for Ghostbusters, Bob's Burgers, Alice in Wonderland and Rick & Morty. She is a co-founder of the Dublin chapter of Ladies, Wine & Design a monthly salon night devoted to championing female creatives from around Dublin and this year she contributed her hand lettering skills to Abbey Sy's 'Hand Lettering A-Z' book. She is currently looking forward to a day off.

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Holly Pereira is an illustrator, animator, signwriter and muralist based in Dublin. After graduating in 2004 with a degree in Fine Art from NCAD, she practiced as a painter for 7 years, exhibiting in solo and group shows in Dublin, London, Berlin and Singapore. Tired of the starving artist life in 2011, she meandered into the shady world of illustration and graphic design. Not content with stationary images, she returned to education in 2013, where she studied animation in Ballyfermot College. She set up her company, Hyper Pictures, in 2015, where she works on a wide range of projects. These include commercial illustration for advertising, signwriting, greeting card design, murals and window drawing, and animation for short films and music videos. Major passions include experimental animation, vintage typography, sequential art and comics. She also loves chips.

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Giovana was born in the late 1980s in Criciuma, a city in the south of Brazil. She graduated in Fashion Design in her hometown, but later on pursued her dream and studied Illustration at BCFE in Dublin, where she lived for three years. She worked for several years creating print designs for apparel, but since 2011 has been dedicating herself to becoming a full time illustrator. Although her work is mostly focused on the children’s universe, it has also been applied to a series of different mediums such as books, magazines, textiles, games, apps etc. Aside from her work as an illustrator, she dedicates her free time towards creating autobiographical comics, discovering new recipes, drinking coffee and travelling.

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DRAWING STUFF

In proper Comics Lab tradition we’ll be bringing you some finger-stretchingly, brain-teasingly good narrative exercises to get those old visual-literary synapses flaring. In other words: Activity Sheets. Don't miss your chance for fame and glory as we hold your completed activity sheet aloft and proclaim your new-found genius to the world!

This time, as a one-off, never-to-be repeated special, win LOADS of fabulous €5 DECAF book tokens with your mad drawing and writing skillz! There’ll be: A MONSTER COMIC STRIP COMPETITION with a line of a story per person and prizes for the funniest panel, the best story-telling panel, maddest panel, and so on. COME, DRAW, WIN and SPEND SPEND SPEND! AND! A writing competition! Show off yer wit and brilliance, Dublin, we’re waiting to be amazed! See you there! (Prizes funded by The Comics Lab).