24TH FEB 2024

InkBlot, the independent comic convention in Manchester.

Welcome to InkBlot, the ultimate indie comic artist’s festival, where creativity and originality come together under one roof! We’re excited to invite you to join us for a day full of comics, art, prints, and more in the vibrant city of Manchester!

We’re pleased to let you know that our festival will take place on February 24th, 2024, and we can’t wait for you to visit us at the St Thomas Centre Whether you’re a die-hard indie comic fan, an art enthusiast, or simply looking for a day of fun and excitement, InkBlot indie comic festival is the perfect place for you to be!

See you soon!

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Tickets

Buy your tickets here for just £3.00

Tickets can also be purchased on the door for £3.50

2024 Guest Exhibitors Include

Andy the illustrator

MERAKI Comics

emilymeganxart

Tallewellyn Comics

Raluca Farcas

Kevin Wells

sophie lou

Hana Abstracts

Nona Gallery

Andy J. Clarke
 

Timothy kong

Mizer

Matt Gantry

Luke Copsey
AK Faulkner

Blackwells comics

House of books and friends
Chris Askham

Andrew Spinks

Regal

Jenny Mure
koguchi press
Emily Ormerod

+ Lots more!

Our Mission

Have you noticed that costs, including those at comic conventions, have been on the rise? Well, we have too, and that’s why we’re excited to offer an affordable alternative.

Our goal is to provide a platform for talented indie artists to showcase their amazing work while keeping costs low for both exhibitors and attendees. We’ve taken great care to calculate our expenses to ensure that everyone can have a fantastic experience without breaking the bank.

We believe that art should be accessible to everyone, and we’re thrilled to work together to make that happen. Our passion lies in the world of old school storytelling and indie artists and comics, and we’re excited to help you discover stories and comics you might not have known before. So why not take a break from the everyday Marvel fest and dive into something new with us at the InkBlot Independent Creators Expo?

St Thomas Centre,
Ardwick Green North,
Manchester
M12 6FZ

We have limited on-street parking available, so if you plan to use it, we recommend arriving early since we can’t reserve spaces. Our venue is conveniently located on the ground floor, and there are no steps or stairs to worry about when entering. If you need any special assistance or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here to help!

Food and Drink

 

Hey there! We wanted to let you know that we’ve got your refreshment needs covered! While our venue doesn’t have catering facilities, we’ve partnered up with the amazing local supplier, The Coffee Stop, to keep you refreshed and fueled up throughout the event! You’ll find them located conveniently on the street just outside the venue. We understand how important it is to stay refreshed, so be sure to grab a drink or a snack to keep you going throughout the day. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Event Sponsors

Our Feb 24th 2024 event currently has no artist tables available but feel free to apply to be considered for future events.

 Please fill out the form below to apply for a table at InkBlot 2024.

FAQ's

Parking

Is there local parking? Although we have some limited on-street parking spots, they cannot be guaranteed, and we cannot reserve them. If you wish to park outside the venue, it is recommended that you arrive early. If you are unable to park outside the venue, numerous options are accessible within a few minutes’ walk, such as parking on Marshall St and others in the city center just down the road.

We are glad to offer you our artist tables at £45 per 6-foot table.

Unfortunately, we can only provide one table per artist right now and we do not have the option for multi/bundle tables. But don’t worry, we are always open to feedback and we hope to consider this option in the future.

Great news! Artists are more than welcome to share tables. If you’d like to do so, simply include both of your names on the booking form or indicate who you will be sharing with in the ‘names’ section of the booking form. For example, you can write “Andy (sharing a table with Tom)”. Sharing a table also means there are some slight changes in fees. The fee for each artist sharing the table will be £25, making the entire table cost £50. We hope this helps and we’re excited to see you and your fellow artists at the event!

Hey there! We’re thrilled to let you know that our venue is specially designed to provide great access without any steps, and it’s located on the ground floor too! If you have any specific needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team is always happy to lend a hand and ensure you have an amazing experience. Feel free to reach out to us anytime. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Hey there! If you’re planning on coming to our event, you’ll be happy to know that our venue is conveniently located. It’s just a 10-minute walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station. In case you don’t feel like walking, you can always hop on the 192 bus which passes by our venue and the O2 Apollo. Yes, that’s right! We are located just across from the O2 Apollo. Can’t wait to see you there!

We are happy to accommodate guests of all ages. We kindly request that children under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult to ensure their safety and well-being. Thank you for your understanding and we hope you have a great experience with us!

Have more questions? Get in touch..

INKBLOT MANCHESTER TRADERS INFORMATION Thank you for booking with Inkblot. Your support and the work you create is amazing and we’re proud to have you at our show. Let’s make it a great day to remember! Below is some information regarding the event, set up etc 

Section1.  Tables are £45.00 (1x 5ft table available to artists) no power is available at tables.

Section 2. Tables are to be booked in advance and are non refundable or transferable.

Section 3. If you decide to cancel your space or are not able to make it, please reach out to the InkBlot team so that the InkBlot team can relocate the space to another artist.

Section4. Please keep all items on your table. No items are permitted on the floor incase of accidental injury. (Banners / displays behind your space are fine, please ensure your displays DO NOT pass your allocated area of 5ft) ◦ Half table spaces are also available for £25.00, for any artists sharing space please be mindful of your neighbours, allowing that there is space for the both of you. We are all adults here and any traders found causing a scene in front of customers will be asked to leave. 

Section5. Comic vendors will be charged a total of £100 for a “brick” table. This consists of 4x 5ft tables pushed together to create a square. We have to be mindful of space so this is the best option to allow a good amount of comics being displayed. Please make sure your back board displays are (roughly) around the same size as your trading area. 

Section6. The hall is accessible from 9:45am till 5pm. Loading will commence from 9:45am till 11am. You must be set up by this time as the event opens at 12pm till 4pm. Close down will begin at 4:15 once the room is clear. Traders will be given 1 hour to close down and vacate the premise. – we advise bringing in all stock etc first, then set up your table. 

Section7. Public liability insurance is essential to your booking. Although the situation of injury or damage is unlikely, Inkblot does not take any responsibility for you as an individual or your stall. As a sole trader the responsibility is yours to ensure a safe environment for yourself and customers. 

Section8. Please respect your space. Keep your area clean and safe. Any trader found leaving litter will not be asked back to future events

Section9.  This event like most will have children as well as adults, please ensure that any material that you display is appropriate. You can sell adult material but please make sure that no explicit material is on show (front covers, promotional material etc) that it is covered. Make sure the items you are selling are age appropriate to the individual. All responsibility lies with the individual. 

Section10. Venue: ST Thomas Centre Ardwick Green Manchester M12 6FZ Free all day parking is available on the street outside the venue. Parking is on a first come first serve basis. In the event that parking is not available to you you will need to find another option. This is a public road so we have no control over it. For all questions, please contact Tom Wilson (Meraki Comics) or Andy the Illustrator for further advice. We are both very reasonable and approachable. If we can help with any requirements or concerns you may have then please do not hesitate to ask. All payments to be made to the following. Your booking will only be confirmed once payment is received :Bank details : contact details



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