Festivals

Festivals are the best way to experience the power of comics. Hundreds of creators every year set up tables to introduce their latest work, as well as participate in educational arts workshops, author talks, and panel discussions, and thousands of attendees show up to experience the magic. Come join us this festival season! 

MICE

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo is the Boston area’s premiere event dedicated to the exciting and accessible art form of independent comics and graphic novels. At MICE, hundreds of independent comics artists and small press publishers exhibit their work, and thousands of attendees turn out to meet them. With hands-on workshops and inclusive panel discussions, MICE has been engaging people of all ages and backgrounds for over ten years.

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Boston Comics in Color
Festival

The Boston Comics in Color Festival is a family-friendly event focused on comics storytelling by and about people of color. As a fiscal sponsor, BCAF provides access to grant opportunities and offers material support for this groundbreaking event in the city of Boston.

What You'll Find

BCAF's festivals showcase creators from all over New England, a wide range of styles, and fresh educational programming. Meet first-time authors and seasoned comics professionals alike, listen in on an author presentations, or pick up an award-winning title. Join us!

Artist Grants

BCAF awards mini-grants for the best new comic work every year. Look for these award winners at your next festival! 

Educational Workshops

In our free workshops, participants learn comics tips and tricks from professional artists. Dabble in figure drawing, character design, or even binding your own comic. There's always something new to learn!

Literacy

Comics have become the road to literacy for many of our youth. Self-published comics, both physical and online, are part of this trend and continue to attract a young readership.

Youth and Family Programming

BCAF programs include a range of family-friendly events. From drawing workshops to author presentations, there's something for all ages!

Emerging Artists

Amidst a roster of professional cartoonists and writers, BCAF festivals make space for new, emerging talent. These artists bring a fresh perspective and style to a festival and pave the way for the next generation of creators.

Diverse Stories

BCAF artists of all races, abilities, gender,and backgrounds create 

personal stories you can't find at your local bookstore. The power of these comics keep audiences coming back for more.