There’s a CAF (comic arts festival) born every minute! Here’s a new one, the New South Fest in Austin. They have a tumblr and a FB page, and some art…and exhibitor applications are now open. The plan is an outdoor books and comics event to be held June 6th, 2015 at the French Legation Museum in Austin, Texas. “Our goal is to celebrate independent literature, alternative comics, small presses, and print culture. New South will be highly curated, focused, fresh, and irreverent.”
UPDATE: Oops should have dug a little more. This event seems to be run by Danithan Mejia of the Foxing Review, website under construction. And more information is available in this Kickstarter that didn’t make it.
Here’s the three Ws:
WHAT: New South Festival of Literary Arts & Cartooning is seeking exhibitors for its inaugural year. Its goal is to celebrate the best in independent literature, alternative comics, small presses, and print culture. New South is seeking individual illustrators/cartoonists, writers, indie book publishers, alternative comics publishers, literary magazines, and more! To apply, please visit newsouthfest.tumblr.com/apply
New South is a curated event. Due to space limitations, New South’s 2015 exhibitor list will be decided by a committee of organizers. More information for potential exhibitors:
Exhibitor applications will be open from February 2, 2015 – March 2, 2015.
Accepted exhibitors will be notified no later than March 16, 2015.
Remaining applicants will be put on a waiting list for possible dropouts.
Exhibitor Tables are $80 for a half-table (3’) and $120 for a full table (6’).
WHEN: Exhibitor applications will be open from February 2, 2015 – March 2, 2015.
WHERE: Applications can be submitted at newsouthfest.tumblr.com/apply
The website doesn’t indicate who’se behind this fest, but the logo indicates a little bit of a SXSW feel, and the art by Jim Rugg and someone whose style i don’t recognize suggest that it is already well on its way.
Austin is currently the home of a Wizard World in October and STAPLE, which is coming up on March 6-8. Staple has good indie cred, and hopefully Austin’s strong maker and literary scene can support two shows.
More to come!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.