Here's some new info from Paul Gravett - comic/graphic novel expert and sometime lecturer on our Illustration course at Plymouth University
PAUL GRAVETT - COMICA - ESCAPE BOOKS
Here's some further news of upcoming happenings in late July and into August, some of them Comica events, other involving me. I hope lots of you can get along to them.
First up this Wednesday, 27 July, is the next in our regular Comica Social Club, relaxed get-togethers over drinks and conversation for makers and readers of comics. These meet-ups are held on the last Wednesday of every month at the Festival Hall Central Bar on London's South Bank from 6-9pm or later. Last month we had international guests from as far afield as Bologna, Buenos Aires and Beirut as well as lots of regulars and some very welcome newcomers. To join the CSC, you need to sign up with the Comica Social Club 2011 Facebook page. If you can't make 27 July, the next two are 31 August and 28 September.
This Thursday, 28 July, there may still be tickets available to see a rare brand-new live performance event by Alan Moore, Fourth Dimensional Minds Eye Summoning, celebrating the animated films of Harry Smith at the Barbican in London, with music provided by Savage Pencil. I've booked tickets so maybe see you there?
Hail to the King! is a brilliant tribute exhibiton to Jack Kirby curated by artist Jason Atomic, showing till Sunday at Orbital Comics Gallery near Leicester Square. He's organised a free live panel event which I'll be hosting on Friday 29 July from 7pm to celebrate the life and influence of 'The King of Comics'. Panelists include Jason himself, American connoisseur Charles Hatfield (author of a forthcoming new study of Kirby entitled Hand of Fire), David Hine, Ilya and Garry Leach. Taaru!
This Saturday, 30 July, Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill sign their latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novels, Century: 1969, at Gosh!, 39 Great Russell Street, as a grand finale to this much-loved sequential art emporium, which is moving to a larger, classier locale at 1 Berwick Street, Soho, where it's reopening Saturday August 6th with a Dave McKean signing and exhibition opening. There's no other word for all this except - "Gosh!"
6 to 7 August are the dates for the next Caption, the longest running comics convention in the UK, an indie and small press comics weekender held in Oxford. I've been invited back on the Saturday to interview adept adaptor Ian Culbard and, unusually, to be interviewed myself about A Year in the Life of Paul Gravett by David O'Connell of Tozo and forthcoming new anthology Ink + Paper. Looking forward to it already.
And a bit further ahead on 19 to 20 August, the Imperial War Museum London is hosting Comics & Conflicts, their first ever major event focussed on comics, graphic novels and manga, in association with Comica Festival among other supporter. Expert co-organisers Alex Fitch and Ariel Kahn have worked closely with me on developing what promises to be two fascinating days on representations on war in comics. Full details and how to book are on the Comica website.
Comics & Conflicts - Conference:
Friday, 19 August, features a full-day conference with speakers including Garth Ennis, Martin Barker and Roger Sabin, plus an In Conversation with Charley's War scribe Pat Mills. You can come to the whole day for only £30 or £15 if you're a student, or the Mills interview can be booked separately.
Comics & Conflicts - Activities Day:
Saturday, 20 August, offers a wide variety of separate events with Garth Ennis, David Collier, Mikkel Sommer and many more. There will also be some free comic art exhibits, including original artworks by Joe Colqhoun from Charley's War, and don't miss the closing free film screening of Mark Daniel's excellent 2009 documentary Comics Go To War.
Do please support these events, especially Comics & Conflicts. Come along at least for something please, because we want to prove to the Imperial War Museum London that there is real public interest in comics and encourage them to consider doing something even bigger and better around the medium in the future.
Many thanks and hope you'll continue to enjoy reading my Weekly Articles, updated every Sunday, and discovering Things To Do on my listings page. Be sure to let me know of anything comics-related you hear about wherever you are and I'll try to list and link it for you on the site.
Have a great summer, whatever the weather, and see you soon!