The English-speaking world’s biggest comic arts festival launches today in London. ComICA 2009. So what’s going on? Well. there are many ComICA events to choose from – some are ongoing, some starting today, and some only on today.
A Heavy Pencil session with David Lloyd, creator of V For Vendetta.
He will draw live in the ICA bar, images projected onto walls with music chosen by the artist – in this case Vendetta themed music, from the movie, related to the story, and music that inspired and appears in the book.
Free, Bar, ICA, The Mall, tonight, 8pm to midnight
Philip Marsden: True Stories.
The artist’s complete cartoon and comic book works from the last five years. Self-published comics yet appearing in art galleries across the country. A collection of pen and ink drawings alongside digital images and finished comics. A surreal autoboographical comic, with a special book to mark this exhibition.
Free, Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Richmond until November 28th.
Stories for Humans: Contemporary Comics.
A display of eleven contemporary comic creators including Jim Woodring, Chris Ware, Osamu Tezuka and Stephane Heuet selected by the Victoria & Albert Museum’s comics artist resident Karen Rubins from their National Art Library.
Free, V&A Museum, South Kensington, until November 22nd.
30 Years of Viz.
A collection of original art and memoribilia celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of a national institution, the adult news stand comic, Viz.
£5.50, concs £4, students/under-18s £3, The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London until January 24th.
Evolution Of The American Comic Book: 1894-1956.
An exhibition of rare art and artifacts tracing the origins of the comic book.
Free, Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London, until November 18th.
Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure.
Hoshino Yukinobu is creating a new manga storyline for Professor Munakata set in the British Museum. To facilitate this, the museum will be exhibiting drawings from the project, items in the Museum that appear in the manga and translations into English.
Free, British Museum, Gt Russell Street, London until December 3rd.
Busted Jesus Comix
A stage play based on the story of Mike Diana, sentenced to three years probation and a $3000 fine from drawing an “obscene comic” – and banned from drawing anything as a result. Written by David Johnston.
£12, Above The Stag Theatre, 15 Bressenden Place, London, until November 28th.
Bleeding Cool writers will be attending as many ComICA events as they can and reporting back during the next three weeks.