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Festival: Open Book Comics Fest 2018, Cape TownThe 2018 Open Book Comics Fest is taking place over five days in September and will feature workshops, panel discussions, and a comic creators' and artists' market.

This year the events will be taking place at various venues in and around The District 6 Homecoming Centre (next to The Fugard Theatre) and at the Cape Town Central Library. Quite a few additional events, on the main Open Book Festival programme, also feature South African comics creators and these willbe taking place in various venues, including The District 6 Homecoming Centre, The Fugard Studio, The Fugard Theatre, and the A4 Arts Foundation. Make sure you know where you are going. There is an exact description of where to find the rooms in the various venues on the Open Book Festival web site, and there are maps to the venues at the bottom of this post.

This year a number of the Open Book Comics Fest events are R45, through some remain free. Most of the main programme Open Book Festival events are not free and require pre paid tickets. Visitors will be required to pre register for the workshops and panel discussions on Webtickets (whether free or paid for) to get an entry ticket, which will be checked at the door. The Open Book Comics Fest marketplace and marketplace demo events don't require tickets.

The full list of events (both Open Book Festival and Open Book Comics Fest) is as follows:


Wednesday

Speculation Past And Future
Open Book: Mohale Mashigo, Mphuthumi Ntabeni, and Rahla Xenopoulos speak about letting their imaginations run wild across the centuries, in the company of Luso Mnthali.
• When: Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 12:00 to 13:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Workshop, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Talk More Fear Less
Open Book: Sam Beckbessinger, Sally Partridge and Mariko Tamaki discuss the difficulties of intergenerational conversations, with Roché Kester.
• When: Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 18:00 to 19:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Workshop, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme



Thursday

Draw Your Own Superhero
Comics Fest: Head of Animation at SAE Institute Cape Town, Roberto Millan, takes you through the steps to create your own hero.
• When: Thursday, 6 September 2018, 14:00 to 16:00
• Where: Cape Town Central Library - Children's Library, Darling Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Entry: Free event (no ticket required)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Doing It Ourselves
Open Book: Dudu Busani-Dube, Vangile Gantsho and Jackie Phamotse speak to Mohale Mashigo about journeys to publication.
• When: Thursday, 6 September 2018, 16:00 to 17:00
• Where: The Fugard Theatre, corner of Caledon and Lower Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Feminism Is: Listening Room
Open Book: We invite all persons of trans experience and/or those who identify as women/womxn to share personal experiences that shape their feminist identities in a safe and respectful space. Please keep contributions to a maximum of 5 minutes to allow as many voices to be heard as possible. Hosted by Joy Watson with contributions from Janine Adams, Kit Beukes, Michelle Hattingh and Ming-Cheau Lin and Tshepiso Mashinini. Please note this event is only open to persons of trans experience and/or those who identify as women/womxn.
• When: Thursday, 6 September 2018, 16:00 to 17:30
• Where: Fugard Studio, The Fugard Theatre, corner of Caledon and Lower Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Entry: RSVP (free event)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Illustrated Life
Comics Fest: Join Guy Delisle for a masterclass in the art of illustrated storytelling.
• When: Thursday, 6 September 2018, 16:00 to 18:00
• Where: Cape Town Central Library - Seminar Room 1, Darling Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (free)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Concertina Books
Comics Fest: Join the creative duo behind Icinori to learn the art of creating concertina books. Please bring your own pens, pencils and markers.
• When: Thursday, 6 September 2018, 16:00 to 18:00
• Where: A4 Arts Foundation - Workshop, 23 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R60)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


The Art Of Collaboration
Comics Fest: Mariko Tamaki speaks to Genna Gardini about the collaborative nature of her graphic novels.
• When: Thursday, 6 September 2018, 18:00 to 19:00
• Where: A4 Arts Foundation - Ground, 23 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Comic Book Publishing
Comics Fest: Dusanka Stojakovic of New Africa Books speaks to Mandy J Watson about what she wants from a comic book in order to publish it locally and distribute it in book stores.
• When: Thursday, 6 September 2018, 20:00 to 21:00
• Where: A4 Arts Foundation - Workshop, 23 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (free)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme



Friday

Packaging The Truth
Open Book: Jonas Bonnier, Anneliese Burgess and Guy Delisle share their different approaches to storytelling with Andrew Brown.
• When: Friday, 7 September 2018, 14:00 to 15:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Workshop, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Watercolour Workshop
Comics Fest: Join Theo Key and Danelle Malan for a beginners class on book illustration. Materials will be provided.
• When: Friday, 7 September 2018, 14:00 to 16:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Gallery, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45: sold out)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Cosplay Workshop
Comics Fest: Join the Central Library team to learn how to transform yourself into your favourite character.
• When: Friday, 7 September 2018, 16:00 to 17:00
• Where: Cape Town Central Library - Seminar Room 1, Darling Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (free)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Illustration And Narration
Comics Fest: Join the creative duo behind Icinori for a workshop focused on illustration, printmaking and narrative. Please bring your own pens, pencils and markers.
• When: Friday, 7 September 2018, 16:00 to 18:00
• Where: A4 Arts Foundation - Workshop, 23 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R60: sold out)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Conversations With Mohale
Open Book: Lesley Nneka Arimah, Nicole Dennis-Benn and Pumla Gqola speak to Mohale Mashigo about feminist futures.
• When: Friday, 7 September 2018, 20:00 to 21:00
• Where: The Fugard Theatre, corner of Caledon and Lower Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Media and Resilience
Open Book: Iman Rappetti, Mandy Wiener and Zapiro discuss the need for thick skins with Marianne Thamm.
• When: Friday, 7 September 2018, 20:00 to 21:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Workshop, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45: sold out)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme



Saturday

Comics To Animation
Comics Fest: Daniel Clarke, Roberto Millan, and Wendy Spinks discuss interactive storytelling with Su Opperman.
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Gallery, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Imagnary House
Youth Fest: Join Imagnary House creators, Megan Lötter and Jess Bosworth Smith for stories and activities (ages 4-6).
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
• Where: Cape Town Central Library - Children's Library, Darling Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (free)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Jabulani Junior
Comics Fest: Halala Winner! is out now! Join Cover to Cover to find out more about these exciting comics (ages 9-12).
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
• Where: Cape Town Central Library - P.A.M., Darling Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (free)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Comics Fest Signing Session: Kay Carmichael
Comics Fest: Don't miss this opportunity to get Kay Carmichael to sign your copies of her comics.
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Marketplace - Readers Den Comic Shop Stand, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Entry: Free event (no ticket required)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Comics Fest Demo Session: Pop-Up Books
Comics Fest: The creative Icinori duo demo the art of creating a pop-up book!
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 10:00 to 12:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Stadium, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Entry: Free event (no ticket required)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Monster Battle 1
Please note that this event has been cancelled.
Comics Fest: Monster Battle Round 1: ToonZA presents a high-intensity workshop for aspiring comic artists. It's your superhero alter-ego vs the dreaded Art Monster! Winners go through to Monster Battle Pro on 9th September from 14:00 to 15:40.
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 10:00 to 12:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Reception, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R60: participants); free entry (no ticket required) for spectators
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Comics Fest Signing Session: Blue Forest Collective
Comics Fest: Join the Blue Forest Collective to get your copy of Kariba signed.
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 11:00 to 11:30
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Marketplace - Readers Den Comic Shop Stand, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Entry: Free event (no ticket required)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Travels With Pen And Ink
Comics Fest: Guy Delisle discusses his body of work with Sean O'Toole.
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 12:00 to 13:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Workshop, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Create Your Own Characters
Comics Fest: Join the team from Stellenbosch Academy for a workshop about creating a character of your own (ages 12-16).
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 12:00 to 14:00
• Where: Cape Town Central Library - P.A.M., Darling Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (free)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Inclusive Content Creation
Comics Fest: Pulane Boesak, Jess Bosworth Smith and Mariko Tamaki speak to Roberto Millan about creating content that resonates.
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 14:00 to 15:00
• Where: A4 Arts Foundation - Ground, 23 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Cosplay Workshop
Comics Fest: Join the Central Library team to learn how to transform yourself into your favourite character.
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 14:00 to 15:30
• Where: Cape Town Central Library - Children's Library, Darling Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (free)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Create A Zine
Comics Fest: Join the Unblush team to learn how to make your own zine (ages 12-16).
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 14:00 to 15:30
• Where: Cape Town Central Library - P.A.M., Darling Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (free)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Monster Battle 2
Please note that this event has been cancelled.
Comics Fest: Monster Battle Round 2: ToonZA presents a high-intensity workshop for aspiring comic artists. It's your superhero alter-ego vs the dreaded Art Monster! Winners go through to Monster Battle Pro on 9th September from 14:00 to 15:40.
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 14:00 to 16:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Reception, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R60: participants); free entry (no ticket required) for spectators
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Comics Fest Signing Session: Mariko Tamaki
Comics Fest: Don't miss the opportunity to get your copies of work by Mariko Tamaki signed.
• When: Saturday, 8 September 2018, 15:00 to 15:30
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Marketplace - Readers Den Comic Shop Stand, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Entry: Free event (no ticket required)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme



Sunday

Magical Stories
Open Book: Lesley Nneka Arimah, Mariana Enriquez and Mohale Mashigo discuss their brilliant collections with Nick Mulgrew.
• When: Sunday, 9 September 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
• Where: Fugard Studio, The Fugard Theatre, corner of Caledon and Lower Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Worldbuilding
Comics Fest: Kelly Dillon, Sally Partridge and Ree Treweek speak about the importance of getting the world right. Chaired by Dianne Makings.
• When: Sunday, 9 September 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Gallery, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Comics Fest Demo Session: Zine Creation
Comics Fest: Gwendolene van der Merwe of the Unblush Collective will be sharing her zine creation skills! Don't miss out.
• When: Sunday, 9 September 2018, from 10:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Stadium, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Entry: Free event (no ticket required)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Women Who Slay
Comics Fest: Kay Carmichael, Mohale Mashigo and Mariko Tamaki speak to Alex Dodd about heroes in and out of capes.
• When: Sunday, 9 September 2018, 12:00 to 13:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Gallery, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Comics Fest Signing Session: Kay Carmichael
Comics Fest: Don't miss this opportunity to get Kay Carmichael to sign your copies of her comics.
• When: Sunday, 9 September 2018, 13:00 to 13:30
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Marketplace - Readers Den Comic Shop Stand, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Entry: Free event (no ticket required)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Finding Meaning
Open Book: Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Imraan Coovadia and Guy Delisle talk about the deliberate gaps that inform their books with Alex Dodd.
• When: Sunday, 9 September 2018, 14:00 to 15:00
• Where: Fugard Studio, The Fugard Theatre, corner of Caledon and Lower Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Monster Battle Pro
Please note that this event has been cancelled.
Comics Fest: Winners of Rounds 1 and 2 pair up with comic art pros as the Art Monsters swoop in to devour and dismember all wannabee pretenders. A fast-moving, ultra-challenging vertical learning curve experience. Only the truly committed will survive.
• When: Sunday, 9 September 2018, 14:00 to 15:40
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Reception, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Entry: Free event (no ticket required)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Drink And Draw
Comics Fest: Live drawing and a glass of wine is the perfect way to wrap up Comics Fest 2018! Brought to you by the Unblush Collective.
• When: Sunday, 9 September 2018, 14:00 to 15:00
• Where: The District 6 Homecoming Centre Gallery, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (free)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Writersports: Cringe Factor
Open Book: Behind every success are 100 embarrassing failures. Nick Mulgrew plumbs the depths of great writers' bad first attempts with Mohale Mashigo, Wamuwi Mbao, Mbongeni Nomkonwana, Adam Smyer and Zukiswa Wanner.
• When: Sunday, 9 September 2018, 16:00 to 17:00
• Where: Fugard Studio, The Fugard Theatre, corner of Caledon and Lower Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ticket: Webtickets (R45)
• More Details: Open Book Festival Programme


Open Book Festival: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter
Open Book Comics Fest: Facebook, Twitter
The Book Lounge: Official Site, Twitter


Cape Town Central Library: Darling Street

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The District 6 Homecoming Centre: Caledon Street

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The Fugard Theatre and The Fugard Studio: Caledon Street

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A4 Arts Foundation: 23 Buitenkant Street

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