This weekend, London becomes a cultural city of comics.
This afternoon, there’s the First Comica Symposium of talks at Central St Martin’s College Of Design., featuring the likes of Dr. Roger Sabin, Paul Gravett, Frazer Irving, Chie Kutsuwada & Inko, Tony Bennett, Alex Bowler, Tom Fickling, Corinne Pearlman,Alex Spiro and capped off with Brian Bolland – Artist and Author
Following this is the launch party of Sequential, a new platform to distribute digital graphic novels, including the likes of From Hell, Nelson, Verity Fair, Kickback, Actress And The Bishop and Hugo Tate.
Tomorrow in the same location sees Comiket, Britain’s largest small press comics festival, stuffed full of publishers, creators and live drawing events, including the likes of Stephen Collins. Terry Wiley. S.J. Harris, Vivane Schwarz, Gary Northfield, Oliver East, Hannah Eaton, Dan Berry, Warren & Gary Pleece, Frazer Irving, Chie Kutsuwada, Darryl Cunningham, Mark Stafford, Inko Ketsueki,Neill Cameron, Alizéé De Pin, Andy Poyiadgi, Matt Rooke, Grainne McEntee, Blank Slate, Jonathan Cape, Dan Berry, Knockabout, Lizz Lunney, Martin Eden, Nobrow, Philippa Rice, The Phoenix, Sean Azzopardi, SelfMadeHero, John Maybury, Woodrow Phoenix, oh so many more…
Dave Gibbons’ WHAAAAT will also be on display, with postcard prints that I have had several Americans ask me to buy for them. We’ll see.
While only a very short trip north gets you to SWALC VIII, a micro-arts festival in a pub, with David Lloyd as star guest, possibly aware of its double booking, describing itself as “No boring panels, talks or formal signing sessions, just hang out and chat with some of the most creative minds in the country during a pleasant afternoon drink-up.”And on Sunday… read whatever I bought on Saturday. I expect to buy lots. So… will I see you there?
UPDATE: Also, at Gosh Comics in London… Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill signing Marshal Law!