Things To Do In London In August If You Like Comics

Wow. So much. August is jam-packed-full if you are a comics fan in London. Time for me to pick and choose…

Saturday August 1st

Mark Buckingham Signing, Exhibition Launch and Musical Evening at Orbital Comics. 5-7pm.


Mark Buckingham is signing Fables #150, and every purchase puts you into a raffle to win an original page of art from the final issue. And music by Matt Stevens.

Alice In Cartoonland exhibition, The Cartoon Museum, running through the month.

Alice in Cartoonland celebrates Alice's many misadventures at the hands of cartoonists, caricaturists and satirists, animators and graphic artists through 150 years of parodies and pastiches, jibes, jokes and gags aimed at making political points, social comment or just intended to make us laugh.
Poetry Comics, Royal Festival Hall,running until 2nd August
Artists represented range from Low, Vicky, Shepard and Illingworth to via Searle and ffolkes to Scarfe, Steadman and Rowson. There are Alice posters by Gilroy advertising Guinness, cartoon strips featuring Flook and Snoopy, pages from comics and graphic novels and original animation art from film and TV versions of Alice.
The exhibition features works on display from Kenneth Koch, Joe Brainard and Bianca Stone and a range of reading copies of books including Howl: A Graphic Novel by Eric Drooker and Allen Ginsberg and Beowulf Cartoon by Mike Weller.

Sunday, August 2nd

Showmasters Presents: London Comic Mart Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way,  from noon.

Monday, August 3rd

Creating Cartoon Characters, Ages 8-12, 11am-1pm, Cartoon Museum

Make A Mini-Comic, Ages 8-12, 2pm-4pm, Cartoon Museum

Tuesday, August 4th

Professional Assignment – Spend the day drawing like a professional cartoonist. Cartoon Museum.

Wednesday, August 5th

Process: Gosh! Comics monthly event featuring artists discussing their working process, explaining how they go about crafting comics with Julian Hanshaw

Thursday, August 6th

Animal Antics with Richy K Chandler, Age 8-12, teaching creating animal characters, Cartoon Museum, 11am-1pm

Create A Beano Comic-Strip, Age 8-12, 2pm-4pm, Cartoon Museum

Friday, August 7th

Nine Worlds, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow, 

More Manga, Age 8-12, 11am-1pm, Cartoon Museum

Caricatures, Age 8-12, 2pm-4pm, Cartoon Museum

Launch for Tim Ginger, the new graphic novel from Top Shelf by Julian Hanshaws, at Orbital Comics. 7pm on.


Everything is Teeth Launch Party with Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner at Gosh Comics. 7-9pm.


Saturday, August 8th

Bodies & Supreme Blue Rose signing with Tula Lotay and Si Spencer at Gosh Comics. 1-2pm.


Nine Worlds, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow, 

Sunday, August 9th

Nine Worlds, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow, 

Monday, August 10th

Create A Beano Cover, Ages 8-12, 11am-1pm, Cartoon Museum

Create A Comic Strip, Ages 8-12, 2-4pm, Cartoon Museum

Tuesday, August 11th

Comics & Manga Masterclass: Hands, Faces, People & Places, Ages 12-15, 11am-3.30pm, Cartoon Museum

Wednesday, August 12th

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie signing Phonogram: Immaterial Girl #1 at Gosh Comics. 6-7pm.



Comics Gosh!p: Gosh Comics Monthly Reading Group this month featuring – 'The End of Summer' by Tillie Walden & 'A Quiet Disaster' by Alex Potts

Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards signing This Damned Band and Doctor Who: The Four Doctors at Forbidden Planet 6-7pm

Jay Faeber signing Copperhead at Orbital Comics, 6-7.30pm


Thursday, August 13th

Superheroes, Ages 8-12, 11am-1pm, Cartoon Museum

The Adventures Of You, cartoon portraits and comic strips,  2pm-4pm, Cartoon Museum

Friday, August 14th

Creating Cartoon Characters, Ages 8-12, 11am-1pm, Cartoon Museum

Alice In Cartoonlans, Ages 8-12, 2pm-4pm, Cartoon Museum

Saturday, August 15th

Join Nick Abadzis, Al Ewing and Rob Williams for Titan Comics' Doctor Who Day. Forbidden Planet, 1-2pm

Annihilator Signing with Frazer Irving – Gosh, 1-2pm


With an exclusive bookplate.

Monday, August 17th

More Manga, Ages 8-12, 11am-1pm, Cartoon Library

Simpsonize, Ages 8-12, 2pm-4pm, Cartoon Library

The Bind Launch Party with William Goldsmith, Gosh Comics, 7-9pm. With drinks.


Tuesday, August 18th

Where Do You Get your Ideas From?  Ages 8-12, 11am-1pm Cartoon Museum

Make A Mini-Comic, Ages 8-12, 2-4pm Cartoon Museum

Wednesday, August 19th

Animal Manga, Ages 8-12, 11am-1pm Cartoon Museum

Monster Mash, Ages 8-12, 2-4pm Cartoon Museum

Frazer Irving signing Annihilator, Forbidden Planet, 6-7pm

regular posters

Capers!: Gosh! Comic's monthly discussion group designed to introduce new readers to the world of superhero comics and give seasoned readers achance to share their views – The Inhumans

Thursday, August 20th

Create A Beano Strip, Ages 8-12, 11am-1pm Cartoon Museum

Joke Cartoons, Ages 8-12, 2-4pm Cartoon Museum

Friday, August 21st

Safari Festival Pre Party and Double Book Launch Gosh Comics, 7-9pm


Saturday, August 22nd

Breakdown Press present: Safari Festival Studio 2, Protein, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch EC2A 3EY 11-6pm. New Waves in Contemporary Comics & Art with Babak Ganjei, Richard Short, Donya Todd, Jack Teagle, Elena Kalorkoti & more.

Summer Zine Fest @The Feminist Library The Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7XW 12-5pm

Wednesday, August 26th

Comica Social Club The Central Bar, The Foyer, Royal Festival Hall, 6pm

Thursday, August 27th

Alecos Papadatos and Abraham Kawa in conversation with Tom Holland about their new graphic novel, Democracy, Gosh Comics, 6-7pm.


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