Lifting Comics From The Page!

Here are the exhibitions, events and conversations still to come in the 2010 Comica Festival, which this year teams up with the London Print Studio at 425 Harrow Road, London W10. The centre-piece of the festival is That’s Novel, an exhibition which will allow you to discover the very best comics by leading international innovators and the British cutting edge, together with related events, conversations and films. To book tickets (where required) and for further details and events, please visit and the regularly-updated Comica News Blog.


Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats

The life and work of the Edwardian cat artist Louis Wain, whose obsession drove him into the madhouse, is being explored by writer and broadcaster David Quantick and artist Savage Pencil in their serialised biography for Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic magazine. Quantick and Pencil discuss their fascination with Wain and their approach to comics in an illustrated presentation.

Where: London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10
When: When: November 23, 2010 – 7pm to 8pm

Comica Argentina Night: Carlos Nine & Thomas Dassance

In an introductory illustrated talk, Thomas Dassance, director of the Vinetas Sueltas Comics Festival in Buenos Aires, will reveal the rich traditions and vital current scene of comics in Argentina. Then, making his first appearance in London, the brilliant Argentinian artist, writer, designer, sculptor and animator Carlos Nine will discuss his fascinating life and prolific career with Argentinian cartoonist Sylvia Libedinsky and Comica Festival director Paul Gravett, co-curators of the Comica Argentina exhibition earlier this year. Nine’s first graphic novel translated into English, the third volume of Sfar & Trondheim’s Dungeon Monstres series entitled Heartbreaker, is being published this month by NBM.

Where: London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10
When: November 24, 2010 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Sarah Ardizzone & Ros Schwartz: The Little Prince
A dialogue between two translators looking back at the biggest selling French language book, now adapted into a graphic novel by Joann Sfar.
Where: Institut Francais, 17 Queensberry Place, London
When: November 25, 2010 – 7.30pm

Paul Gravett: From Escape To Now
Paul Gravett gives an illustrated talk about his lifelong passion for comics, from the 80s Escape Magazine to now.
Where: Laydeez Do Comics, The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1
When: November 29, 2010 – 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Great British Comics: Steve Bell & Bryan Talbot

Steve Bell’s sharp-as-a-tack If… strips in The Guardian continue to skewer everything from the Muhammad cartoon riots of 2006 to the ConLibDemolition. Bryan Talbot is celebrated as this country’s father of modern graphic novels, from Luther Arkwright and Tale of One Bad Rat to Alice in Sunderland and Grandville. In this rare encounter, two of Britain’s most brilliant graphic storytellers swap tales of their prolific careers, from their underground comix origins to their latest full-colour hardcovers, If… Burst Out and Grandville – Mon Amour. Followed by book signing.

Where:ICA, The Mall, London SW1

When: December 1, 2010 – 6.45pm to 8.15pm

That’s Novel: Lifting Comics From The Page!
An exhibition celebrating comics by international innovators and the British cutting edge.
Where: London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10
When: October 22 to December 18, 2010
Graphic Short Story Prize 2010
This year’s best entries to the annual competition will be framed and on display.
Where: Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2
When: November 1 to November 30, 2010
Launch Party: A Graphic Cosmogeny
A launch party for Nobrow’s most ambitious publication yet, the story of creation retold by 24 artists.
Where: Nobrow, 62 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3QR
When: November 25, 2010 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Launch Party: Frank Hampson – Tomorrow Revisited
Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Dan Dare and the genius of his creator at the book launch party.
Where: Chris Beetles Gallery, 8-10 Ryder Street, London SW1Y
When: November 30, 2010 – 6pm to 8pm
Launch Party: Gonzo in association with SelfMadeHero
You’re invited to the launch party of Gonzo by Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith.
Where: London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10
When: December 2, 2010 – 6.30pm to 9.30pm
David Bircham: Alien Ink in association with Channel 4
Mingle with the rising talent of the UK, experience talks and attend a comic masterclass.
Where: London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, W10
When: December 4, 2010 – Noon to 5pm
Film: Grant Morrison – Talking With Gods
A fascinating documentary detailing the vision of one of the most popular and controversial writers,
followed by discussion and Q&A with director Patrick Meaney & artists Frazer Irving and Rian Hughes.
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: December 12, 2010 – 4pm



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2 responses to “COMICA — UPCOMING

  1. Bryan Talbot will be talking about his new book ‘Grandville Mon Amour’ at the Richmond Literature Festival on Tuesday, November 30th. The festival team are very excited about this one – tickets selling fast, don’t miss out! Call box office on 020 8831 6494 or check out

    The trailer for Grandville Mon Amour is now online:

  2. Most what i read online is trash and copy paste but your posts are not alike. Bravo.

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