THE NEW ZEALAND INDEPENDENT COMICS FESTIVAL will run from the evening of Friday 2nd April to the evening of Sunday April 4th, at The Basement Gallery, 39 Dixon Street, Wellington.
It'll open on Friday night, at 5:30, and will be open from 10am on both weekend days. There'll be sales, there'll be chats. There'll be an exhibition... in fact, there'll be two!!!
The events we've scheduled so far are as follows:
2nd April, 5:30pm: Opening Night
Drinks, nibbles, opening talk, relaxed hijinks.
Which really is an opening FOR...
Two Exhibitions curated by Dr. Tim Bollinger, running 2nd -4th April.
Two exhibitions, NZ Comix in 70’s and The Work of H.W. Bennett, will be launched on Friday night and on display throughout the weekend. Dr. Tim Bollinger is a Comics Historian of some repute who has previously curated several comics focused exhibitions. He is a regular contributor to White Fungus magazine
3rd April, 5:30pm: Wellington Launch of Victoria University Press edition of Hicksville, by Dylan Horrocks
Hicksville is arguably New Zealand’s best know graphic novel, and the VUP edition is the first edition of the novel to be published in New Zealand. It has been translated into several languages, and its author, Dylan Horrocks, has been a guest of several comics and literary events, including the Les Belles Etrangères festival in Paris.
3rd April, 7:30pm: The Black River Digital New Zealand Comics Awards
A celebration of excellence in New Zealand’s independent publishing community, hosted by Fringe Festival comedian Nic Sando and also (we hope) featuring an interview with Burton Silver of Bogor fame.
Events confirmed but yet to be scheduled include: bande-dessinee with Travis Lealand-Mapelsden, Abstract comics with Dick Whyte, and engaging kids comics activities with G.C.R.
Hope to see you there! For more info, contact us at nzcomicsweekend(at)gmail(dot)com.