About PrideCAF

Welcome to Bristol’s first Comic Art Festival that promotes and celebrates LGBTQIA+ artists and writers.

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Jules Scheele

LGBTQA+ themes in the past have usually been hidden from comic strips due to censorship and a perception that comics were for kids (and heaven forbid they should know about LGBTQ+ stories)! However, there has always been a rich and vibrant underground scene for the community by the community. Now with more comic artists being able to produce and sell their work independently, LGBTQA+ characters and themes are making their way into the public eye.

Pride Comic Art Festival is giving LGBTQA+ artists, writers and creators centre stage to exhibit and sell their work and stories and for the general public to discover a world of talent and stories.

There is also be a number of talks and workshops throughout the day to help inspire and spur on your own creativity.

This event is FREE and open to all ages!

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2022 saw us expand our venue to hold more artists and creators. We had 42 creators along with The Order of Perpetual Indulgence and Abbeywood School Library. We welcomed again our guests from 2023 along with C.Bedford and Aruudlay who gave an amazing talk on taking your idea from planning to print. The atmospehere was amazing, even overhearing someone say “this is my happy place.”

We raised £228.83 in our raffle which will help with the runnings of future PrideCAFs and helps us keep table costs low for creators and entrance free for everyone!

Photo by @nicky.takes.photos

2021 was our first event on the 4th of September at The Station, Bristol. While still working with the restrictions and confusions of the Covid 19 pandemic, over 30 different creators joined us for the one day event. The day was an amazing success with a large and eager crowd ready to support independent creators. The day also hosted talks from guests Joe Glass, Shaz Khan, Wolfgang Crewe and Sarah Millman. With the success of this first event, it was decided to run again in 2022.