2D, the Northern Ireland Comics Festival is an annual event that celebrates comic book culture and works to promote and support sequential art and storytelling. 2D is organised and supported by the Verbal Arts Centre, a unique and celebrated educational charity founded to promote the spoken and written word in Ireland.

Since 2007 the majority of the festival has been resident at 2D HQ, the Verbal Arts Centre, in a fantastic location on the beautiful and historic city walls. Derry/Londonderry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. As in previous years much of the educational and industry programming will again be located at the Verbal Arts Centre, but the popular 2D Comics Fair has now moved for 2013 to a new location at the Millennium Forum, a fantastic venue also on the city’s walls. This move has been necessary because of the steady growth of the festival, with record numbers attending the 2012 Comics Fair and also because of the increased demand for exhibitor tables. The show has also been extended to last for two days to accommodate the additions to the programme.

Why 2D Exists

For the last seven years the 2D Festival has been striving to support comics culture as well as promoting this meaningful artform which is commonly misunderstood. This has been very successful, as it has given comic creators and the public a series of events where there can be focused examinations of the medium and a genuine, inclusive and engaging celebration of comics. There is also a growing focus on the comics industry itself and the festival has been providing a series of invaluable training and educational events.


2D, the Northern Ireland Comics Festival, was conceived as an exciting way of developing the comics related work that the Verbal Arts Centre has undertaken over the last seven years. The Centre initially used some short comic workshops as a way of improving literacy skills in young males.

Following the success of these sessions, the Centre decided to expand its range of projects and employ an artist-in-residence with knowledge of the comics industry in order to add to these workshops, provide illustrations for Centre projects and develop a comic festival that would bring some of the very best creative talent in comics to the North West.

This resulted in 2D - the Northern Ireland Comics Festival in April 2007. The festival has returned every June since, building on the success of 2007 with an expanded line-up of guests and an extended programme of quality events.

The 2D Festival is different from most comic conventions as it is a free event offering free admission to a Comics Fair, workshops, panels, talks and all other related events. By making all parts of the event free of charge, the centre has made the festival accessible to all, continuing its work in promoting comic book culture and celebrating the art form.

2D Festival Galleries (Pre 2013)

2D Festival 2007 Gallery

2D Festival 2008 Gallery

2D Festival 2009 Gallery

2D Festival 2010 Gallery

2D Festival 2011 Gallery

2D Festival Flyers and Posters Gallery