Calling all comic book lovers

A page from Cottonstar, the comic created by Ben Geldenhuys and Danelle Malan who will have a table at Comics Fest.

The Comics Fest takes place on Saturday September 9, from 9.30am to 6pm, and Sunday September 10, from 9.30am to 5pm, at the District Six Homecoming Centre as part of the Open Book Festival.

With a range of activities, workshops, discussions and demonstrations, the programme is aimed at fans of comic books, illustration and design.

Seasoned illustrator Andy Mason will be hosting the Monster Battle Draw Off throughout the weekend. It is a friendly competition that starts on Saturday and goes on for six rounds. Aspirant comic artists are welcome. The winner will go through to Monster Battle 3 on Sunday. Drawings will be auctioned to raise funds for future workshops for young artists. Animation guru Mike Scott shares some skills in the Comics Fest Demo session on Saturday September 9, or catch Hugh Upsher and Martin Mezzabota on Sunday September 10 to learn how to create a zine from start to finish, and try your hand and making one.

On Saturday September 9, Jess Bosworth, from Unblush, and André Bozack, an art facilitator at Heal the Hood, schools and community centres, will speak to Kay Carmichael about challenges under-represented groups face entering the world of illustration and comic book creation, in Skills and Space.

Schools pupils can also attend the Draw Your Own Superhero workshop on Thursday September 7, at the Central Library, with Roberto Millan and Su Opperman, from 3pm. Entry is free. For full details see

All tickets for events on the Comics Fest programme can be booked through Webtickets.