Things To Do In London… If You Like Comics – February 2020

Things to do in London in February 2020… if you like comics, of course. And live in, or can get to, that there London. Exhibitions followed by events… let us know if we missed any. And we get an extra day as well.

Exhibitions:

Things To Do In London... If You Like Comics - February 2020

Comic Creators – The Famous and the Forgotten exhibition, Ending on Sunday 9th February 2020! Cartoon Museum, Wells Street, ends 9th February.

Events:

Tuesday, February 4th

Islington Comic Forum, North Library, Manor Gdns, 6.30pm

Shoe Lane Comic Forum, An informal group dedicated to the understanding and enjoyment of the multifaceted medium of comic books and graphic novels. Make friends, converse, get recommendations and choose from a wide selection of books to borrow and take home. From novices to fanatics: open to all. Pub afterwards. Shoe Lane Library, Little New Street. 5.30-7pm

Wednesday, February 5th

How to write a comic book: A Guardian Masterclass with Marvel's Kieron Gillen, Learn how to get your concept onto the page and out into the world, in this evening masterclass with Kieron Gillen. Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, 6.30-9.30pm.

Release of Heartstopper Volume 3, with Alice Oseman at St James's Church. Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. Heartstopper began as an online sensation: the webcomic attracted a legion of fans, with 4.6 million views on Tapas and over 70,000 subscribers. Following a kickstarter campaign, Alice went on to publish Volume One of Heartstopper last year. £20 includes entry and a copy of Heartstopper Volume 3, and an exclusive Heartstopper tote bag or £10 general admission. St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly. 7pm.

Thursday, February 6th

Troopers, Soho, Guests only.

Things To Do In London... If You Like Comics - February 2020

The Last Tree Launch Party With Emily Haworth-Booth, We welcome Emily Haworth-Booth to the shop to launch her brand new children's book, The Last Tree published by Pavilion Books. Gosh Comics, Berwick Street, from 7-9pm

Mafalda: A Social and Political History of Latin America's Global Comic, Since its creation in 1964, readers from all over the world have loved the comic Mafalda, primarily because of the sharp wit and rebellious nature of its title character—a four-year-old girl who is wise beyond her years. Through Mafalda, Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado explores complex questions about class identity, modernization, and state violence. In Mafalda: A Social and Political History of Latin America's Global Comic—first published in Argentina in 2014 and appearing here in English for the first time—Isabella Cosse analyzes the comic's vast appeal across multiple generations. From Mafalda breaking the fourth wall to speak directly to readers to express her opposition to the 1966 Argentine coup, to Spanish students' protest signs bearing her face, to the comic's cult status in Korea, Cosse provides insights into the cartoon's production, circulation, and incorporation into social and political conversations. Analyzing how Mafalda reflects generational conflicts, gender, modernization, the Cold War, authoritarianism, neoliberalism, and much more, Cosse demonstrates the unexpected power of humor to shape revolution and resistance. IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, UCL, Gower Street, 6-8pm.

Things To Do In London... If You Like Comics - February 2020

Hot Lunch Book Signing + Q&A @ Trampery Tottenham, British manga brand mayamada is one homegrown example…co-founded by Tottenham based entrepreneur Nigel Twumasi, the company was started from the ground up and alongside illustrator Pinali, Nigel has produced seven print titles from the mayamada universe: a fantasy television network with an all animal cast of characters., 639 High Road, Tottenham. Signing 4.30-5.30pm, Q&A 5.30-6.30pm.

Lavie Tidhar and Paul McCaffrey signing By Force Alone and Adler#1 at Forbidden Planet London Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue 6 – 7pm

Friday, February 7th

Things To Do In London... If You Like Comics - February 2020

Supervillain Girl Gang Life Models at the Cartoon Museum. Following the success of the life drawing events at the Cartoon Museum, we are starting the new year with regular bi-weekly Friday evening life drawing sessions with Art Model Collective. These fun, expressive, dynamic, untutored sessions are aimed at providing a resource for cartoonists and illustrators. Professional models pose with playful props and evocative soundtrack, drawing inspiration from the Cartoon Museum's vast archive. 7-9.30pm at the Cartoon Museum, Wells Street (off Oxford Street)  £15 in advance, £20 on the door.
Things To Do In London... If You Like Comics - February 2020

Glass Town Launch Party with Isabel Greenberg to launch her new graphic novel from Jonathan Cape: Glass Town, an exciting change of direction, based on the early lives of the Bronte siblings and infused with the imaginative flair and otherworldly fantasy that makes Isabel Greenberg's work distinctively magical. We're delighted to have her here to launch it. Gosh Comics, Berwick Street, from 7-9pm.

Saturday, February 8th

Things To Do In London... If You Like Comics - February 2020

UTOPIA – A Solo Exhibition by Kingsley Nebechi, Utopia is a new exhibition which explores culture and common, close-to-home themes in society. Kingsley is a Nigerian graphic designer, illustrator and artist based in London. Crazy for comics, fanatic about films and absolutely inspired by African art, Kingsley is recognised for both his commercial and gallery work. BSMT Space, 529 Kingsland Road, 3-9pm.

WIP (Work In Progress Comics), kick things off around midday with a short drawing exercise to get our creative juices flowing, followed by a roundtable show-and-tell where those who want to can share their work and give a progress update or seek any advice they're after. Also, expect lots of general chat and gossip and comics talk. Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, 11.30am-3.30pm

Monday, February 10th

Brompton Library Graphic Novel Reading Group, Upstairs in the Brompton Library Learning Space, 210 Old Brompton Rd, London, 6.30-7.30pm.

Church Street Library Graphic Novel Club, Church Street Library, 67 Church St, Marylebone, 6.30-8pm.

Tuesday, February 11th

London Comic Book Club – Sandman: Dolls House and Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman, The Sheaf, 24 Southwark Street, 7-9pm.

Wednesday, February 12th

Things To Do In London... If You Like Comics - February 2020

Reads February: Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden, Our monthly reading group continues on Wednesday 12th February 2020. Join in on the discussion from 7-9pm as the group explore Are You Listening?, the latest book from the Eisner award winning Tille Walden. Texas based artist Walden previously won us over with her best selling sci-fi romance On a Sunbeam and her autobiographical coming-of-age story Spinning before that. Her latest graphic novel continues to melt our hearts and stun our eyes. "The graphic novel 'Are You Listening?' is an intimate and emotionally soaring story about friendship, grief, and healing from Eisner Award winner Tillie Walden. Gosh Comics, Berwick Street, from 7-9pm.

Thursday February 13th

Ladeez Do Comics London. With guests Sabba Khan architectural designer and graphic novelist, www.judecowanmontague.com artist and writer. 6-8pm, The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street, Fitzrovia.

The Comic Creators Workshop is a bi-monthly meet up for anyone that creates Comics, Graphic Novels and Comic Strips. Whether you're an absolute beginner, looking to improve, or gain new skills, this is the place to be. Run by Comic Book Artist and Writer, Chris Geary, the sessions will include lessons on everything to do with comics, including Writing, Inking and Lettering.
We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 7 to 9pm. It's £10 per session or £50 for 6 sessions and Chris will donate half of whatever he makes to the library! Age 16+ Belsize Community Library, Antrim Grove, Belsize Park,

Friday, February 14th

London Anime & Gaming Con, London Anime & Gaming Con, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road

Saturday, February 15th

London Anime & Gaming Con, London Anime & Gaming Con, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road

Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel in Conversation, Join graphic novel writing duo Ben and Andrew to hear about their collaboration in writing the bestselling Rivers of London graphic novels. Central Library Bexleyheath, Townley Road, Bexleyheath. 2.30pm.

Pen to Print: Comic Book Workshop with Wallis Eates, Join Wallis Eates at this fantastic workshop, whether it's learning new skills or to brush up on your talent, these workshops will give you the confidence to produce some great art work! Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking, 10am-Noon.

Sunday, February 16th

Things To Do In London... If You Like Comics - February 2020

London Anime & Gaming Con, London Anime & Gaming Con, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road

London Comic Mart, Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, noon.

Monday, February 17th

Superheroes by Community Learning Partnership, A family craft course with embedded literacy. Join our exciting and friendly tutor Geraldene, for a packed superhero themed two day family course during February half term. The activities will include making a Dr Strange cape, Aquaman's trident, Wonder Woman's lasso of truth & creating a comic strip. St Martin's Church, Muirfield Road, Watford, 10am-3pm.

Tuesday, February 18th

Things To Do In London... If You Like Comics - February 2020

Comic Art Masterclass with Kev Sutherland, Come along and create your own comic strip. For ages 7+ By the end of a two and a half hour session you will go away with your own comic containing a comic strip by every single participant, as well as your own individual caricature drawn by Kev. Central Library Bexleyheath, Townley Road, Bexleyheath

Superheroes by Community Learning Partnership, A family craft course with embedded literacy. Join our exciting and friendly tutor Geraldene, for a packed superhero themed two day family course during February half term. The activities will include making a Dr Strange cape, Aquaman's trident, Wonder Woman's lasso of truth & creating a comic strip. St Martin's Church, Muirfield Road, Watford, 10am-3pm.

Developing Manga, Acclaimed manga creator Irina Richards will show you how to turn your sketches and ideas into a simple manga story. Cartoon Museum, Wells Street, Ages 8-12 / 2pm – 4pm / £12

Thursday, February 20th

Barbican Comic Forum, An informal group dedicated to the understanding and enjoyment of the multifaceted medium of comic books and graphic novels. Make friends, converse, get recommendations and choose from a wide selection of books to borrow and take home. From novices to fanatics: open to all. Question of the month: What's your idea of a perfect adventure?  Barbican Library, Silk Street, London. 5.30-7pm.

Create a Comic-strip Workshop. Chris Geary takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a page of comic-strip art featuring your own characters. Cartoon Museum, Wells Street, Ages 8-12 / 2pm – 4pm / £12

Make A Mini-Comic Workshop. Lots of comic creators get started by making mini-comics. Steve Marchant shows you how to create your own characters and draw them into a special booklet that you'll easily be able to make copies of to give to your friends. Cartoon Museum, Wells Street, Ages 8-12 / 11am-1pm / £12

Friday, February 21st

Manga Kawaii. Kawaii is a Japanese word for cute or loveable. In this session, manga artist Sally-Anne Hickman will show you how to draw super-cute people and animals. Using your newly-acquired skills you will then draw your characters in their own cartoon world.Cartoon Museum, Wells Street, Ages 8-12 / 11am-1pm / £12

Superheroes. Chris Geary is the artist on the hot new graphic novel Spirit of the Pharoah. He'll show you how to design your own superheroes in a thrilling 2-page comic-strip.. Cartoon Museum, Wells Street, Ages 8-12 / 11am-1pm / £12

Things To Do In London... If You Like Comics - February 2020

British Ice Launch Party with Owen D. Pomery. Breakout UK-based artist, Pomery, has previously wowed us with his collection of comics, Between the Billboards and the Authoring of Architecture published by Avery Hill. Owen now takes us to the Arctic for his next book and we couldn't be more excited to get our hands on it. In this gripping Arctic-noir mystery, a whistleblowing diplomat grapples with the legacy of colonialism, far from the eyes of the world. Working for the British High Commission, Harrison Fleet is posted to a remote arctic island which is still, inexplicably, under British rule. As he struggles to understand why, and what interests he is protecting, Harrison learns just how much of the land and its community lies in the shadow cast by the outpost's founder. Caught between hostile locals, the British Government, and an unforgiving physical environment, he begins dragging dark secrets into the light, unaware of the tragic repercussions they will cause. And help is very, very far away. Gosh Comics, Berwick Street, from 7-9pm.

AMC at the Cartoon Museum. Following the success of the life drawing events at the Cartoon Museum, we are starting the new year with regular bi-weekly Friday evening life drawing sessions with Art Model Collective. These fun, expressive, dynamic, untutored sessions are aimed at providing a resource for cartoonists and illustrators. Professional models pose with playful props and evocative soundtrack, drawing inspiration from the Cartoon Museum's vast archive. 7-9.30pm at the Cartoon Museum, Wells Street (off Oxford Street)  £15 in advance, £20 on the door.

Superheroes Half Term Workshop, Chris Geary will show you how to design your own superheroes in a thrilling 2-page comic-strip.. Cartoon Museum, Wells Street, Ages 8-12 / 2pm – 4pm / £12

Saturday, February 22nd

Comic Art Workshop on Renting and Relationships in Hackney, It's hard to rent in Hackney! Whether you're privately renting from a dodgy landlord, renting from a housing association that doesn't care about your repairs, renting from the council and under pressure from the bedroom tax, or ploughing your wages into both a leasehold mortgage and rent via shared ownership, the pricetag on housing in our Borough puts a lot of strain on our lives. In particular, it takes a toll on our relationships. This workshop has been organised as a way of documenting local people's experiences of renting and the way it impacts their relationships. Across a four-hour event on a Saturday afternoon in Dalston Library's meeting room, attendees will learn about comic illustration from comics afficionado Adam Sherif, discuss experiences, and create their own illustrations! Also: tasty lunch included.All illustrations have the option of inclusion in a local community comic book., Dalston CLR James Library, Noon-4pm.

Fan Fest 2020, London ExCel Centre.

Sunday, February 23rd

Fan Fest 2020, London ExCel Centre.

Monday, February 24th

Dalston Comic (creators) Club, Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Lane, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 26th

Comica Social Club Monthly Meetup, The Man in the Tangerine Fez cordially invites you to the Comica Social Club. This remarkable, appealing yet strangely disreputable Comica Social Club is on the last Wednesday of every month—except December. The Comica Social Club is a monthly meet up in London for people interested in reading and/or making comics, manga and graphic novels. If you are new, and have never attended before, and know no-one else, look out for the Man in the Tangerine Fez and he will gently guide you to new comics friends. We all look forward to meeting you. Come and Have Some Comics Fun and Make New Friends! Look Out For The Man In The Tangerine Fez! Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, 6pm.

Thursday, February 27th

How to make a graphic novel, A Cass Visual Communication talk by Anna Mill and Luke Jones. Anna Mill studied architecture at The Bartlett UCL, where she became increasingly interested in the power of illustration in architecture, and architecture in illustration. She is interested in work that spans between old and new artistic practices, from traditional hand-constructed perspectives through to illustration in virtual reality. Together with Luke Jones, she published the graphic novel Square Eyes, which used the setting of a near future city to explore our current preoccupations with technology. Square Eyes won the World Illustration Awards 2019. Luke Jones is an architect and lecturer, with an interest in the speculative or science fictional and how that connects with investigations of history, deep time and materiality. He is a co-host of the podcast About Buildings + Cities, exploring architectural history, theory, process and ideas from the distant past to the present day. The Cass Visual Communication talks feature leading industry creatives in the fields of visual communication, illustration, animation, graphic design and publishing. The talks are open to the public and tickets cost £5.  London Met students have free entry with their student card. £5.Room CCG-02, The Wash Houses, London Metropolitan University, 25 Old Castle Street

The Comic Creators Workshop is a bi-monthly meet up for anyone that creates Comics, Graphic Novels and Comic Strips. Whether you're an absolute beginner, looking to improve, or gain new skills, this is the place to be. Run by Comic Book Artist and Writer, Chris Geary, the sessions will include lessons on everything to do with comics, including Writing, Inking and Lettering.
We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 7 to 9pm. It's £10 per session or £50 for 6 sessions and Chris will donate half of whatever he makes to the library! Age 16+ Belsize Community Library, Antrim Grove, Belsize Park,

Saturday, February 29th

Death's Head: Freelance Peacekeeping Agent Event signing with Simon Furman, John Higgins, Bryan Hitch, Geoff Senior, Lee Sullivan, Simon Williams at Forbidden Planet London Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue, 1-2pm.

London Comic Con Spring – Showmasters.  Comics guests yet to be announced, Olympia London Hammersmith Road. February 29th to March 1st.

Pen to Print: Comic Book Workshop with Wallis Eates, Join Wallis Eates at this fantastic workshop, whether it's learning new skills or to brush up on your talent, these workshops will give you the confidence to produce some great art work! Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking, 10am-Noon.

The History of Comic Books, Jason Rutland, of Comic Book Heroes explores the history of American and British comics from the early 1920s onwards and the introduction of super heroes. Havering Museum, 19-21 High Street, Romford, £5, 1-3pm.

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