Bristol is, without question, the home of quirky and original art; it draws artists from all over the country to try and make a name for themselves. So it comes as no surprise that up and coming comic art convention, SHAKE Bristol, held their second event our doorstep at Start the Bus.

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I was welcomed by the artists and their unique art as soon as I walked through the doors. If you have a fondness of the contemporary humour and graphic designs that modern day comic illustrators offer, then this event will undoubtedly make you feel at home. Whether you have just come to browse and to appreciate the work on display, there is nothing stopping you purchasing and taking your own treasure home either. Cards, t-shirts, original designs and so much more are available at every stall.

Third year UWE illustration student, Ellice Weaver (who was the brains behind our own comic this month), had the opportunity to exhibit an array of her own personal style comics, depicting situational humour in an extremely clever way. Organiser, Max Kemp, encourages any rising artist to get in touch with him so that next month their work can showcased at the next exhibition, a Halloween themed event on the 30th October at The Stag and Hound. This will be an exciting opportunity to network and maybe make some extra money for something you like to do best, this is definitely one for your diaries.

Even if you’re not an artist yourself, the exhibition is still something different to pop along to. You can even enjoy a pint whilst you’re there! Max has many ideas for the future, including workshops, where again, anyone can get involved – “We’re not stopping anytime soon – this is just the beginning!”

Like ‘SHAKE Bristol’ on Facebook to keep up with upcoming events and if you are interested in showing off your work at the next event email maxkdraws@gmail.com with some designs attached, you may just bag yourself a stall!

Illustrators at the event: MAX K, DOMINIC MAYER, AIDAN COOK, LIZE MEDDINGS, ELLICE WEAVER, EMMA CARLISLE, BENJAMIN WRIGHT, ISAAC LENKLEWICZ, COMIC BOOK SLUMBER PARTY, JACK TEAGLE, DONYA TODD, JAMHACC, THOMAS FRANCES APPAREL, LONG FOX, ROSIE LEA, SNAKE HANDS, NO GUTS NO GLORY.

By Izzee Raynsford