This is what happens when upu mess with a comics arts festival. It up sticks and moves across town. Issues with the Institute of Contemporary Art have seen the annual ComICA festival drop those capitals to become plain old Comica and relocate its main stage to the London Print Studio in West London, well away from the poncey premises next door to Buckingham Palace. And into the wide open spaces, well away from anything resembling decent public transport. But much cheaper drinks. And less bad DJing.
But if you can get there, you'll find some gems in the upcoming two weeks.
Tuesday, 23rd November
Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats – Dodgem Logic's David Quantick and Savage Pencil on Edwardian cat artist Louis Wain, £4, 7pm to 8pm, London Print Studio
Wednesday, 24th November
Comica Argentina with Carlos Nine & Thomas Dassance, £4, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, London Print Studio
Thursday, 25th November
Sarah Ardizzone & Ros Schwartz: The Little Prince – translators talking about the biggest selling French language book. £5, 7.30pm, Institut Francais
Launch Party: A Graphic Cosmogony. The story of creation retold by 24 artists.
Free, Nobrow, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Monday, 29th November
Paul Gravett: From Escape To Now – an illustrated talk about his lifelong passion for comics, from the 80s Escape Magazine to now.
£1.50, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, The Rag Factory
Tuesday, 30th November
Launch Party: Frank Hampson – Tomorrow Revisited. The 60th anniversary of the creatuon of Dan Dare at the launch of this new book.
Free, Chris Beetles Gallery, 6pm to 8pm
Wednesday 1st December
Steve Bell & Bryan Talbot, swapping tales of their prolific careers.
£12, 6.45pm to 8.15pm, ICA
Thursday, 2nd December
Launch Party: Gonzo You're invited to the launch party of Gonzo by Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith.
Free, London Print Studio, 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Saturday, 4th December
David Bircham: Alien Ink – comics masterclass and rising UK comics talent…
Free, Noon to 5pm, London Print Studio
Sunday, 12th December
Film: Grant Morrison – Talking With Gods. The UK premiere of this documentary. With me in it for 30 seconds.
£10, ICA, 4pm
And there are two ongoing exhibitions, That's Novel: Lifting Comics From The Page! at London Print Studio until December 17th and the Graphic Short Story Prize 2010 at Orbital Comics until November 30, 2010…