So… what are you doing in London this month? Here are a few comic book based ideas…. we start with exhibitions running through the month.
Until Tuesday February 6th
West Africa, Word, Symbol, Song at the British Library
Spanning one thousand years of West Africa's history, this exhibition covers the empires of the Middle Ages, colonialism, independence and the game-changing writers and artists found in the region today. Themes explored include religion, protest and the power of words, with displays featuring early illuminated Qur'ans, manuscripts and textiles, through to recently made graphic novels and sound recordings.
Until 16th April
A Taste Of Honeycutt at the Cartoon Museum
The exhibition marks the first anniversary of the death of the great gag cartoonist Martin Honeysett who died in January 2015. Honeysett is regarded as one of the sharpest and funniest British cartoonists of the last 50 years. The exhibition includes examples of his work from Private Eye, The Oldie and other publications.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 144pp catalogue with contributions by Ian Hislop and Richard Ingrams. To purchase, go to: www.cartoonmuseumshop.org/a-taste-of-honeysett-catalogue.ir
Exhibition launch, 5th February running till 16th May
Comix Creatrix presents the work of 100 innovative creators and debunks the myth that women have a limited stake in the world of comics. Highlighting 21st century work by British creators, the exhibition will also recognise ground-breaking works from the 19th and 20th centuries, and will highlight the influence of international practitioners on the British scene.
SEQUENTIAL, the graphic novel app for iPad, will be releasing a free digital guide to the exhibition featuring over 100 pages of content, as well as presenting a selection of full-length digital graphic novels on iPads in the exhibition itself.
The 100 artists are: Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Alison Bechdel, Alison Sampson, Angie Hofmeister, Angie Mills, Anke Feuchtenberger, Anne Harriet Fish, Annie Goetzinger, Art is a Lie, Asia Alfasi, Audrey Niffenegger, Aurélie William-Levaux, Aya Morton, Barbara 'Willie' Mendes, Barbara Yelin, Blackjack, Brigid Deacon, Carla Speed McNeil, Carol Swain, Cat O'Neil, Catherine Anyango, Chantal Montellier, Charlotte Salomon, Chie Kutsuwada, Claire Bretecher, Claudia Davila, Corinne Pearlman, Dale Messick, Denny Derbyshire, Donya Todd, Eleni Kalorkoti, Ellen Lindner, Emma Vieceli, Evelyn Flinders, Fay Dalton, Florence Cestac , Francesca Ghermandi, Hannah Berry, Hwei Lim, Isabel Greenberg, Jackie Ormes, Jacky Fleming, Joana Estrela, Josceline Fenton, Julie Doucet, Karrie Fransman, Kate Beaton, Kate Brown, Kate Charlesworth, Kate Evans, Katie Green, Kaveri Gopalakrishnan, Kripa Joshi, Laura Callaghan, Laura Howell, Leela Corman, Leila Abdul Razzaq, Lily Renee, Lizz Lunney, Lorna Miller, Lynda Barry, Lynn Paula Russell, Manjula Padmanabhan, Marcia Snyder, Maria Stoian, Marie Duval, Marion Fayolle, Mary Darly, Maya Wilson, Miriam Katin, Nadine Redlich, Naniiebim, Nell Brinkley, Nicola Lane, Nicola Streeten, Nina Bunjevac, Pat Tourett, Patrice Aggs, Philippa Rice, Posy Simmonds, Rachael Ball, Rachael House, Ramona Fradon, Reina Bull, Reshu Singh, Roz Chast, Rutu Modan, Sarah Lightman, Shirley Bellwood, Simone Lia, Sophie Standing, Suzy Varty, Tarpe Mills, Tijuana Bibles by Horizontal Press, Tillie Walden, Tove Jansson, Trina Robbins, Tula Lotay, and Una.
7-9 pm, Singing Dragon Comics Launch Party! at Gosh Comics
The launch of the new comic line from publisher Singing Dragon, an imprint of Jessica Kingsley. Alex Demetris, Steve Haines, Mike Medaglia, Sophie Standing and Maria Stoian will be available at the event to sign copies of their books.Singing Dragon has a reputation for publishing some of the best comics covering subjects like health, well-being, and personal development. This exciting new venture uses the medium of comics to help make more accessible literature on subjects like sexual health, trauma, pain and and mental or physical disorders.
Saturday, February 6th
5-8 pm S.M.A.S.H. in the Barbican Library:
Comica and the London Graphic Novel Network once again join forces to present a comic, graphic and novel talkfest. Getting philosophical about the art of comics. Three subjects. Three panels. Informal chat – followed by a discussion with the audience. Free admission.
The release of his new creator-owned series Second Sight from AfterShock Comics, it follows Ray Pilgrim who became a celebrity twenty years ago when he discovered his unique ability to see through the eyes of psychotic killers who were terrorizing London. But his world collapsed around him when he was accused of the same crimes as the monsters he hunted. Now, Pilgrim's teenage daughter is using her blog to investigate a ring of child abusers that includes some of the most powerful men in British society – men who are prepared to kill anyone who threatens to expose them. In order to protect his daughter and uncover the truth, Pilgrim must reluctantly revisit his past and the twisted path that led to the hotel room the media called The Bloody Chamber.Second Sight #1 cover by Alberto Ponticelli.
Friday, February 12th
5-7pm David Arruda Masa and Nick Marino signing Holy F*ck at Orbital Comics, followed by recorded "Director's Commentary"
Nick is flying in from L.A. especially for this signing – and Daniel's coming over from the land of bicycles and windmills – just so they can sign your books, meet with fans, and hopefully make some new ones.
Saturday 20th February
London's biggest comic convention. Featuring Brian Bolland, Frank Cho, David Finch, Humberto Ramos, Mike Zeck, Marv Wolfman, David Aja, Heather Antos, Mahmud Asrar, Jeremy Bastion, Simone Bianchi, Mark Buckingham, Howard Chaykin, Ian Churchill, Katie Cook, Steve Dillon, Duncan Fegredo, Meredith Finch, Gary Frank, Juanjo Guarnido, Emanuala Luppachino, Alex Maleev, Clay Mann, David Messina, Ben Oliver, Tom Palmer, Yanick Paquette, Sean Phillips, Sara Pichelli, Esad Ribic, Maria Laura Sanapo, Alex Saviuk, Ryan Stegman, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Jill Thompson, John Totleben, Scott Williams, Laura Braga, Lawrence Campbell, Michael Dialynas, Rahsan Ekedal, Lee Garbett, Adi GRanov, David Lloyd, John McCrea, Tim Perkins, Roberto Poggi, Rodney Ramos, Sabine Rich, Matteo Scalera, Alex Sincair, John Timms, Chris Uminga, Christian Ward, JK Woodward, Chrissie Zullo,
Sunday 21st February
London Super Comic-Con, Excel Centre
Thursday, 25th February
Glyn Dillon was the 'Chief Concept Artist' in The Force Awakens costume department. Come to the shop for an inside look at process that went into his design work and a signing of the Art of Star Wars The Force Awakens HC.
Saturday 27th February
2-3pm Beast Wagon #3 Launch and Signing with Owen Michael Johnson and John Pearson at Gosh Comics
Beast Wagon, coming off of a successful kickstarter campaign, is a black comedy series. The story takes place in Whipsnarl Zoo, a boiling pot of human and animal emotions, and in the first issue we got hints of the strangeness to come. A heatwave, human stupidity, and the animals exasperation with their gatekeepers all adds up to impending disaster…