SILGUFJÖRÐUR COMICS FESTIVAL

PROBABLY THE NORTHERNMOST COMICS FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD

30 AUGUST –
– 1 SEPTEMBER
2024

SILGUFJÖRÐUR COMICS FESTIVAL
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WELCOME TO THE SIGLUFJÖRÐUR COMICS FESTIVAL

Iceland’s first-ever (and probably the world’s northernmost) comics festival

The charming fishing town of Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northernmost town, is surrounded by mountains and steeped in history and creativity. It is in this picturesque fjord that we proudly host Iceland’s first-ever comics festival. Siglufjörður holds a special place in the heart of Icelandic culture for many reasons, including serving as the birthplace of Icelandic comics publication. It was here that the pioneering publishing house Siglufjarðarprentsmiðja made history in the 1930s as the first to publish comics in Icelandic, igniting a passion for visual storytelling that continues to thrive today all over Iceland.

Now history is being made yet again, as the Siglufjörður Comics Festival becomes Iceland’s first-ever comics festival. Proving that the world of comics thrives in the most unexpected of places, and makes the most unexpected of places thrive. Our festival is a celebration of comics: featuring an Artists’ Alley and Drink and Draw evening with live music, exciting exhibitions and lectures, cartoon screenings and more, there is something for everybody. Held across multiple locations in downtown Siglufjörður, you’ll get a chance to explore the world of comics while exploring the town itself. 

Whether you’re an aspiring creator, comics enthusiast or just curious to know more about The 9th Art, this comics festival will surely be a unique experience! 

We look forward to you joining us from both near and far for this special occasion. 
 

SUPPORTERS

Fjallabyggð
Segull 67
Merki-Safnsins
Svart
Thessaloninki Aniamtion Festival
LA Comics Festival

ARTISTS

Local and international guests who showcase their work at our Artists’ Alley.

SCHEDULE

Discover comics, speak with artists, learn, watch, play and listen, with our exciting programme.

Friday 30 August 2024

  • 17:00 Brian Pilkington Exhibition at  The Herring Era Museum

Experience the enchanting world of Icelandic Trolls through the eyes of acclaimed illustrator Brian Pilkington. This very special exhibition will showcase original illustrations of Trolls and Yule Lads, capturing the essence of Iceland's folk traditions.

Born in 1950 in Liverpool, England, Brian’s journey into the captivating realm of Icelandic Trolls began in the 1980s. Throughout his prolific career, Brian has released more than 20 books about Icelandic Trolls, each translated into dozens of languages. 

His approach is traditional—everything is done by hand. Using brushes on mid-sized canvases, Brian meticulously paints his pictures, bringing to life his emotionally vibrant characters under a distinctly Icelandic light. Each illustration—painted with such love and attention to detail, from the accurate depiction of birds and Icelandic landscapes to the Troll’s attire, jewelry and housewares—is a testimony to Brian’s personal journey into the magical sphere of Icelandic nature, folklore and Christmas traditions. 

His works are instantly recognizable to every Icelander, young and old alike, and have helped canonize what Trolls and Yule Lads look like in popular Icelandic culture.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness up-close the exquisite craftsmanship of Brian Pilkington’s creative genius. Opening on August 30th at The Herring Era Museum, the exhibition will run throughout the month of September.

  • 20:00 Drink and Draw at Segull 67

Join us for a special Drink and Draw event featuring live jazz music by the Akureyri-based duo, Baby Bop!

Drink and Draw is a social event where people gather to draw and scribble while enjoying drinks. It's a casual environment where you can express yourself artistically and mingle with others. Sure, not everyone is an artist, but anyone can draw! Drink and Draw is not an art class. It's a social affair where seasoned scribblers and absolute beginners alike come together to create masterpieces. No commitment—just pure, relaxed fun.

Drink and Draw events have become a beloved monthly tradition in Siglufjordur, where we gather to draw together and enjoy a variety of locally crafted beers by our host, Segull 67. But this time, we're taking it to the next level. Enjoy the soothing sounds of live jazz music while you sketch away. 

No alcohol, no problem! Grab a refreshing soda from the bar and keep drawing and enjoying.

We'll provide art supplies, but you are very welcome to bring your own too.

Don't miss out on this special event where art meets music meets drinks and partying. See you there for an evening of creativity and fun!

Schedule Soon

Saturday 31 August 2024

  • 13:00 - 18:30 Artists’ Alley at Segull 67

The Artist's Alley is the heart and soul of our event, where a colorful cast of artists from near and far come together to showcase their creations, ranging from comics and illustrations to prints and handmade crafts.

But hey, it's more than just a marketplace—it's a community. Here, you can chat with the artists themselves, get a behind-the-scenes peek at their process, make new friends, and maybe even score some sweet loot to take home!

So come on down, folks, for a wild ride through the wacky world of comics at the Artist's Alley!

Schedule Soon

Sunday 1 September 2024

  • 13:00-16:00 Tabletop Games Workshop by Goblin at Segull 67

Your quest for adventure begins here, at our tabletop games workshop, hosted by Goblin. Featuring miniature wargames, role-playing games, and trading card games, suitable for adventurers of all ages. So gather your party and embark on an epic afternoon of fun for the whole family!

And if you find a game you love, Goblin will have a pop-up store on-site for those who want to buy their own games and accessories. 

What's more, you'll have the opportunity to admire on-display Warhammer miniatures, painted by local hero and Instagram sensation Ólafur Ólafsson. Ólafur, also known as Black Beard Miniatures, proudly holds a Commended Golden Demon Badge. He describes himself as “just a Warhammer nerd from Siglufjordur”, but his miniatures have been featured in White Dwarf magazine, highlighting his unique painting style and meticulous craftsmanship. 

It's time to roll the dice and level up!

 

Schedule Soon

VENUES

Held across multiple locations in downtown Siglufjörður, explore the comics festival while exploring the town itself.

Segull 67

SEGULL 67

Segull 67 is a small, family-owned craft brewery situated in downtown Siglufjörður. The brewery is a collaborative effort between the owner, Matti, and his father, grandfather and other family members who all lend a hand. Housed within an old fish factory, it was meticulously designed and repurposed to house the brewing.

The name “Segull” holds significance, as it translates to “magnet” in Icelandic, symbolizing the family’s connection to the magnetic needle of a compass that always points North, regardless of location. Additionally, the number 67 carries a longstanding familial significance; Matti’s great-grandfather drove a truck with the number plate F67, while his grandfather navigated the seas with boat number SI67.

The brewery hosts guided tours of its facilities and operations, and often doubles as an event space for conferences, parties, exhibitions, sporting events, live music and more.

The Herring Era Museum

The Herring Era Museum

The Herring Era Museum is Iceland’s largest maritime and industrial museum. Here visitors can get acquainted with the history of the herring industry, which underpinned Iceland’s economy for much of the 20th century. It was so important it was seen as an adventure, as the country rose up from centuries of poverty to build a modern society.

Three very different museum buildings provide visitors with an insight into the magnificent and captivating herring industry: Róaldsbrakki, the 1907 Norwegian salting station, houses the herring girls’ lodgings. Grána, an example of a small 1930s herring factory, and The Boathouse, which aims to recreate a tiny little part of the local harbour from around 1950.

Söluturninn Gallery

Söluturninn Gallery

First built in 1905, Söluturninn Gallery originally operated as a convenience store, selling sweets, soft drinks, newspapers and more. After the shop ceased operations in 1999, the building underwent a renewal of life, with a comprehensive repair carried out by several people interested in the history of Siglufjörður. It is now owned by Guðný Róbertsdóttir and Örlygur Kristfinnsson, who have been running it as a gallery since 2018, with annual solo and group exhibitions, including exhibitions with sculptures by Árna Pál Jóhannsson, glass artworks by Pia Sverrisdóttirs, paintings by Arnar Herbertsson, Kristján Jóhannsson, Guðmund Kristjánsson, Íris Ólöf Sigurjónsdóttir and Örlygur Kristfinnsson, and more.

APPLY

Are you a comics artist with work to share? Do you want to have a table at the Artists’ Alley?
Apply below to join the exhibitors and showcase your work. 
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