Eye Candy Festival

A visual pop culture festival that takes place annually in Birmingham, UK. 13-15 November, 2014 at Boxxed, Digbeth, Birmingham.


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BZF Exhibitors list

On Saturday from 12pm-5pm Sidewalk on Hurst Street will see an invasion of over 30 exhibitors who’ll be showcasing their work and selling zines for the afternoon.  Here’s a list of who’ll be there…

Karoline Rerrie
Illustrator who creates images by hand using drawing, painting, screenprinting and Japanese Gocco printing.

Benjamin Carr
Just started a small publishing group called VRSO press, who are about to release a bunch of new zines as well as prints and accompanying items.

Louise Ho
Naniiebim is a small press artist creating a number of self published books and mini comics, including the Mephistos series, and short comics such as Orange, Shika shika, Jellyfish Prince and a number of sketchbooks.

Zarina Liew
A small press self publisher based in London, freelance fashion illustrator by trade but also creates her own zines and comics.

Greg McLeod of The Brothers McLeod
The Brothers McLeod are Illustrator-animator Greg and screenwriter Myles. They are known for their animations created for TV, short film, games and the web. They have developed, written and directed series for BBC including Pedro and Frankensheep, Sticks, Bitesize History of Maths and Quiff and Boot. In late 2009, they were nominated for two BAFTA Children’s Awards for their work with the Tate. In 2011, they won a BAFTA for their work with BBC Learning.

Lynn Tuckshop
Designer and creator of ‘Tuckshop’ Jewellery, Lynn creates a diverse range of unique jewellery to sell at shows.

Jamie Mills
Jamie Mills is an artist, illustrator and bookmaker currently based in York. Making work about nature, structure and repetition he enjoys making books using high quality recycled materials with a hand-finished feel.

AE is a small, independent press that produces hand-printed (and bound) comics, zines, and prints. Our work focuses on the mystical and the mythological, and draws on the stories and characters of folklore.

Warwick Johnson Cadwell
Warwick Johnson Cadwell is a professional illustrator working in editorial illustration, concept design, storyboarding and narrative art. Over the last couple of years, his work has appeared in Birdsong, New British Comics, Solipsistic Pop, West comic anthologies and the Guardian. Warwick’s currently working on short-form comic Hunch Parsons and his highly-anticipated graphic novel Gungle for Blank Slate.

Kristyna Baczynski
Kristyna Baczynski is a comic book artist, illustrator and designer of Yorkshire tongue and Ukrainian blood. She won a Northern Design Award in 2008, since had her sequential work continually and internationally published and was the 2011 Thought Bubble Artist in Residence. She works from her studio in Leeds, UK freelancing, drawing and self-publishing comics and zines.

Aimee Van Hien
Studied Illustration at Birmingham City University. Specialised in Book Arts & Printmaking.
Sold books & Zines at book fairs around the country on my own as well as apart of ABC – BIAD (artist book collective)

Luke Pearson
Luke Pearson is a cartoonist, illustrator and comic book man. He is the writer and artist of the comics Everything We Miss and Hilda and The Midnight Giant.

Joe List
Joe List is a comic book artist and writer from the north of England. He has published a number of comic books, most recently, Skimpy Jim.
He has provided guest comics for John Allison’s Scary Go Round, Phillipa Rice’s My Cardboard Life, Jim Medway’s Comical Animal and Adam Cadwell’s The Everyday. His comic strips have been included in the forthcoming issue of Solipsistic Pop and a couple of editions of the newspaper anthology Paper Science.
Aside from printed work, he also maintains the webcomic, Freak Leap, and weekly doodle blog, The Annotated Weekender.

Laura Watton-Davies
Laura Watton-Davies (aka Pinkapplejam) has been making her own comics since the mid 90s and is influenced by cartoons, zombies, Japanese fashion plus everything cute. She is a UK artist and founding member of Sweatdrop Studios. A group member from its inception until 2010, she now creates works via Pinkapplejam.com. Born in the West Midlands and now living in Cambridge, Laura is a freelance illustrator.
She self-publishes her series Biomecha, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Eagle Awards. She has also produced a number of anthology works for the Sweatdrop books ‘Sugardrops’, ‘Stardust’, ‘Blue is for Boys’ and “Drop Dead Monstrous”.
In 2006, Laura was one of the winners of the ‘Neo’ magazine manga competition, with her short comic, ‘Sea Bream Dream’. She also achieved a runner-up position in the 3rd ‘Rising Stars of Manga United Kingdom and Ireland’ competition.

Philippa Rice
Philippa Rice makes a collage comic strip called My Cardboard Life, which has been updating 5 times a week online since 2008. Philippa self published a collection of these comics in April 2011. She also draws other comics, including a 40 page Science Fiction Romance comic called Looking Out, which will be published in November by Hic & Hoc.

Sandra Dieckmann
The best folktales have a dark edge. Conversely, the best folk art pops with colour – perhaps as a visual way of whistling in the dark, perhaps a celebration of the richness of northern Europe’s storytelling tradition. Sandra Dieckmann’s nature inspired illustration has got that elusive, comfortable yet disquieting quality in spades.” (Digital Artist Magazine). Sandra Dieckmann lives and works as a Freelance illustrator and artist from her studio in East London, UK. Her skills have been applied to a wide array of international commissions and projects.

Antonio Roberts
Antonio Roberts is a digital artist based in Birmingham,. He makes glitch art based zines.

Lizz Lunney
Lizz Lunney is a comic artist from Birmingham. She likes green tea, orange jelly and blue nail varnish.

Harriet Alana
Skateboarding and drawing are simply compulsions for the recent Camberwell graduate… which, naturally, led on to zines! Now in it’s forth issue, London based Brash is packed to rafters on skate and creative stuff from scene that surrounds her. This ‘Stockwell shred grrrl’ relishes the DIY ethos; everything from the collation of content, right through to the final print stages. Harriet Alana’s enthusiasm for silk screen, risograph printing and good ol’ fashioned photocopying is super ridiculously awesome! Come see for yourself!

Timothy Winchester
People I Know is a comic by Timothy Winchester. If you like dinosaurs getting dumped, sassy wizards or lots of weeping then this is the comic for you!

Kerry Veus & Colin Mayhew
Mild Peril Media started as the joint website of illustrator Colin Mayhew and graphic designer Kerry Venus, and has developed into them working collaboratively as a collective.

Sally Jane Thompson
Sally is a Midlands-based freelance comic artist and illustrator. Alongside work for comics, magazines, books and education, she creates quiet, gentle minicomics focussing on the small moments of everyday life, often with a magic realist twist. As objects, her books favour small formats, recycled papers and a strong design aesthetic, creating objects which are lovely to hold as well as read.

David O’Connell
David O’Connell is the editor of ink+PAPER a chunky, full-colour, biannual comic magazine full of stories, articles and features about creative people. He is also a comic maker, author and illustrator. He is the creator of Tozo, a ligne claire-style adventure comic and Queen Mum Adventures, a comic series about Britain’s Favourite Dead Grandmother.

Pippa Stewart & Josh Neal
We are two illustrators who work in making small publications and zines. We both studied at Plymouth University but originally come from Worcestershire- Redditch and Worcester. Since leaving University we have continued with our illustration creating new zines alongside receiving work. We create books and zines either by screen print, printer or by hand. Each piece of work varies in size and quantity but all are produced to our high standards.

Inspired Comics and What’s The Time Mrs Woolf
Inspired Comics is a collective of hobbyists and professionals and has published seven anthologies. What’s The Time Mrs. Woolf? is a bimonthly feminist women’s zine created by some of Inspired’s members. It’s important to the group to provide a platform to create individual work, so we also sell comics by our individual creators. Between the anthologies, zines and individual projects we usually have around 20 books available. We usually try to keep our work accessible and appropriate for younger teens and up.

Isabel Greenberg
Isabel Greenberg is a London based illustrator and comic-person. She is currently working on her first graphic novel due to be published in 2013 by Jonathan Cape.

Sean Azzopardi
London based self plusher writer and artist.

First Fold Records
First Fold is an independent record label and publishing company managed and funded by the individuals involved in developing the first fold product. First fold’s focus is to maintain a self regulating and enthusiastic approach to the creation of music and visual media and aims to encourage a dialogue that constantly challenges the people involved to generate exciting and relevant work.

Dan Berry
Comics lecturer in north Wales, author of after we shot the grizzly, cat island and the suitcase.

Marc Ellerby
Marc Ellerby is the creator of comics such as Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter and Ellerbisms. He has had work published by “proper publishers” but still prefers the doing it himself.

Jane McGuinness
Jane McGuinness is a Scottish illustrator living in Birmingham. She enjoys creating artwork with an emotional and mysterious direction, and likes to make books by hand. Frequent points of inspiration are words, songs and folk tales, the past, animals and nature.

Communal Table Exhibitors
Isabel Stewart, Dimple Goswami, donya todd, Klaus Pinter, Sian Macfarlane, Robert Ridley Shackleton, Atiah Z, Molly Adams, Sarah Silverwood, Eleanor Maguire, Miranda Vincent, Darnell Anderson Lloyd, Sarah Beth, Dan Cooper, Callie Middlemiss, Ana Isabel Carvalho – by Plana Press, Annabel Duggleby, Kate Hinksman, Lurid Vagabond, Dilraj Mann, Katie Green, Nanae Kawahara, Jack Lewis, Carla Smith, Thomas Moore, Dani Sims, Soju Tanaka, Miranda Vincent, Walrus Distro, Thomas Swann, Howard Hardiman, Ryan Taylor


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