Heroes and villains launch new Enniskillen Comic Fest
Saturday 6th February saw the official launch of the Enniskillen ComicFest when a group of costumed heroes and villains appeared in Enniskillen at various local landmarks around the town.
Visitors to Enniskillen Library were surprised when Judge Dredd and friends arrived and there was great excitement in the Erneside Shopping Centre when the characters appeared. Later The Kingpin, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy were apprehended by the PSNI in East Bridge Street.
In May 2016 Enniskillen will host its first festival of comics, illustration and storytelling. The comics industry is incredibly diverse with comics available in every genre and aimed at both genders and all ages. There is something for everybody. The Enniskillen Comic Fest will take place in the McArthur Hall in Darling Street and in Enniskillen Library on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May, with a wide range of events taking place to celebrate comic art and culture, and promote sequential art and storytelling.
There will be many top creators present from across the UK and Ireland who have worked for British and American publishers. The event has been funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and is also supported by Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism and Enniskillen Library.
Fionnuala Walsh, Head of Participatory Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented;
“The Arts Council is pleased to support this fun, unique festival of comic art, literature and culture which takes place in the heart of Enniskillen, an area famed for offering inspiration to artists throughout the years. From schools programmes to workshops, mentoring sessions and the chance to get face-to-face with some of the industry’s leading creators, there’s something for everyone and I would encourage all to take part.”
The historic market town of Enniskillen has a longstanding connection with the creative arts. Many giants of the literary and art worlds have spent time here and been inspired by beautiful County Fermanagh making it the perfect location for this celebration of pop culture.
The Festival will include a variety of workshops, talks, mentoring sessions and portfolio reviews over the two days. A dedicated programme for local schools is planned for Friday 6th May when the creators will be available to demonstrate and talk about their work. Saturday 7th May will see a public open day with a packed series of family events. Local creators will have a chance to show and sell their work and there will be “Small Press” writers and artists from across Ireland.