How it happened

The Big Festival of Comics

11 and 12 of August, Artplay space, Saint Petersburg, Russia

“Big Festival” is the largest annual festival of comics, cosplay and nostalgia in Russia, where the visitors have an opportunity to feel the spirit of joy and join a wonderful world of comics and favorite fandoms, and also meet their idols and heroes, such as comic artists, animators, actors and bloggers from all over the world in person. You will be filled with joy of unforgettable experience, happiness, prizes, gifts and new meetings.

The area of Festival is divided into four zones: Russia, Asia, Europe and America to create the most ambitious festival in Russia. Cartoons, movies, comics and games — there is something for every visitor here. Everyone will recall heroes of his childhood, find out some new ones and have fun.

There is a surpassing quantity of theme zones, entertainment areas, world known celebrities and bloggers, lecture-halls, shops, exhibitions and exclusive content.

By the way! Our festival is the best family festival of 2017 in opinion KudaGo & best comics festival of Russia of 2016 & 2017 in opinion of ComicsBoom.

Invited guests’ feedback in 2018

Alex Hirsch

“Big Fest Russia is one of the best conventions in the world! Rad costumes, amazing displays, and a crowd with pure passion for comics, movies, and pop culture. Plus I got to eat freeze-dried cosmonaut borscht from a tube. Beat that, New York ComicCon! Dont miss it!”

Rufus Dayglo

“Big Fest was such an incredible experience! Such dedication! I’ve never encountered such kindness, enthusiasm, generosity and had so much fun. Russia is just incredible. I can’t recommend Big Fest enough. The people a are so wonderful, the crowds of fans are so kind, and the city is truly one of the places you have to visit. As an artist I felt such an affinity with the place! The show is organised with love, and it shows. The Show’s crew and volunteers are wonderful and we made amazing friends. I can’t wait to go back.”

Patrick McHale

“It was great! Actually, it was better than great. Meeting all the Over the Garden Wall fans at Big Fest was one of the most memorable experiences of my career. The fans there were just so amazing. And the folks who ran the event were incredible too; all artists, writers, musicians, philosophers and/or nerds themselves. Putting on this festival is clearly a labor of love for them, and it shows. I guess what I’m trying to say is: I recommmend it!”

Mateus Santolouco

“I had a blast in Big Fest! It was amazing to see closely the effervescent comics scene growing in Russia. It was a great place to be with fantastic and friendly people all around! I hope to come back soon! Long live the Big Fest!”

How did it happen


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Big Festival 2018

Guests of BF 2018

Ryan North

Comic writer of “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake” and “Jughead”

Johnny Ryan

Creator of “Prison Pit” & “Pig Goat Banana Cricket”


YouTube Star, russian voice of “Rick and Morty”

Fedor Comics

Animator, video blogger

Evgeny Yakovlev

Artist of BUBBLE, BOOM! Studios, comics writer

Other guests of BF2018 will appear here as they are announced, stay tuned!

Location of BF 2018

Big Festival needs a big location! This year it takes place at Artplay space. Its territory is enormous, more than 10.000 meters square.

It will be filled with more than 40 theme zones, more than 15 entertainment areas, a food-court, music battles, lecture-halls, cinema, exhibitions, author alley, and a lot of other amusing stuff.

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