Things To Do In London (And Leeds) In November If You Like Comics

Posted by November 3, 2016 Comment

For the purposes of the Thought Bubble Festival, and this article, Leeds has become a suburb of London. Shush.

So, things to do in London (and Leeds) if you like comic books in November…

Thursday, 3rd November

Gosh Comics, Berwick Street London. Signing with Brian Schirmer, author of great weird west comic series Black Jack Ketchum from 5-6pm.

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Gosh Comics, Berwick Street London. Signing with Jeff Lemire from 6-7pm.

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Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, Simon Roy signing Habitat. 6-7pm.

All his life, Hank Cho wanted to join the ranks of the Habsec – the rulers of the orbital habitat his people call home. But when he finds a powerful, forbidden weapon from the deep past, a single moment of violence sets his life – and the brutal society of the habitat – into upheaval. Hunted by the cannibalistic Habsec and sheltered by former enemies, Cho finds himself caught within a civil war that threatens to destroy his world.

Comics Forum 2016 Genre: A Conference on Comics Leeds Central Library

Genre has played an active role in shaping our understanding of comics, be it as a term to describe the medium itself, or the stories that they tell. Comics may support and adhere to the conventions, styles, and effects of a given genre, or they might redefine and challenge its definitions and boundaries through their form and content. Comics Forum 2016, the eighth event in the annual conference series, will consider a wide range of subjects relating to comics and genre.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Hermann (winner at Angoulême 2016, and creator of Jeremiah, Comanche, and The Towers of Bois-Maury, amongst others), and Professor Anna Madill (University of Leeds).

Registration: Click here to register for this year’s conference.

Programme: Click here to download a PDF of the conference programme. Please note that this is a draft version of the conference schedule, and the final programme is subject to change.

MIKE MIGNOLA IN CONVERSATION Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AQ, 1745-2000, All Ages, FREE (£5 deposit required, booking essential)

Join us for an evening where Mike Mignola will discuss his work and career with fellow illustrator Richard Starkings followed by an audience Q&A.

Mignola is perhaps best know as the award-winning creator, writer and artist of HELLBOY – now celebrating its 22nd Anniversary.

He was also visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army films. He also co-authored (with Christopher Golden) 2 novels – BALTIMORE, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, Joe Golem and the Drowning City.

Booking is essential as places are limited, so please click here to book a ticket.

PINTS AND PENCILS // LIVE EVENT // 2000 Nation of Shopkeepers, 29 Cookridge St, Leeds LS2 3AG, 2000-late, 18+ (please bring a valid form of photo ID), FREE

Proudly presented by Travelling man and the Leeds university comic society, Pints and Pencils is the social drawing competition with plenty of prizes, laughs and drinks. Artistic ability is not required to win top prizes and drawing equipment will be provided!

Also premiering tonight is the new comics creating and writing event Paper Jam! Come on down for a preview of this new ongoing social event for Leeds’ professional and amateur comics creators – a great resource for people looking to break into the small press world.

ASSEMBLY HOUSE AND 44FLOOD PRESENT HERETICS  Thurs 3 Nov to Sun 6 Nov, Lady Beck Studios, Unit 22, 64-76 Mabgate, Leeds, LS9 7DZ, 1700-2100 Thurs & Fri, 1300-1600 Sat & Sun, All Ages FREE

44FLOOD and Assembly House are partnering with Lady Beck to host an exhibition of dark art by Leeds College of Art and Plymouth College of Art contemporary crafts and fine art students and graduates, alongside original artwork from the upcoming 44FLOOD folk-horror series HERETICS by Martin Simmonds and P M Buchan.

Contributing artists include contemporary dark bohemian jewellery artist Stevie-Leigh Smith and award-winning metalsmith Luke Axworthy, plus international comic artists Martin Simmonds (Titan Comics: Death Sentence), Ben Templesmith (IDW: 30 Days of Night), Caspar Wijngaard (Image Comics: LIMBO) and John Pearson (Beast Wagon).

Martin Simmonds, John Pearson and P M Buchan will also be holding free workshops and talks for members of the public and Leeds College of Art students to discuss their careers and bridging the gap between comics and fine art.

Friday, November 4th

Orbital Comics, Great Newport Street, London. SATANIC MOJO COMIX #4 LAUNCH. 7pm

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This special event celebrates the launch of Satanic Mojo Comix issue 4. We will have a Q&A with Satanic Mojo Comix creator Jason Atomic hosted by, fellow Satanist Cartoonist, UK underground comix legend Savage Pencil. What does he mean by Satanic? What’s the point of creating a 1960ies style underground comic in this day and age? Which issue has the most cocks in? find out the answers to all these questions and more.

An auction of original artwork, screen prints etc.. donated by Satanist Cartoonists to raise money for the S. Clay Wilson Special Needs Trust. An exclusive screening of the satanically psychedelic new Alabama 3 animated video by Grande Dame. A screening of The Satanic Mojo Manifesto (with Black Acid intro) & Live improvised music by Thee Tentakles Ov Kutulu played over a macabre and erotic cut-up film comprised of vintage horror, antique porn and animations. All 4 issues of Satanic Mojo Comix will be on sale & a host of contributors will be on hand to sign them…

Satanist Cartoonists Attending: Krent Able (issue 2) Jason Atomic (issues 1-4) Billy Chainsaw (issues 2-4) Adian Cook (issues 3 & 4) Grande Dame (issue 2) Rufus Dayglo (issue 2) Henry Hate (issue 4) Graham Humphreys (issue 3 + ‘Legend’ poster/zine) Laughingindio (issues 3 & 4) Garry Leach (issues 1-4) Ray Mauri (issue 4) James Unsworth (issue 4) Matt Valentine (issues 1-4) plus more TBC

Beer will be provided by the excellent Hopdaemon (their new Vincent Price Ale features a label design by horror poster maestro Graham Humphreys)

Gosh Comics, Berwick Street, London. Grace Wilson will be here celebrating the launch of her new Jonathan Cape graphic novel Saving Grace. The party starts here, 7-9pm

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Comics Forum 2016 Genre: A Conference on Comics Leeds Central Library

Genre has played an active role in shaping our understanding of comics, be it as a term to describe the medium itself, or the stories that they tell. Comics may support and adhere to the conventions, styles, and effects of a given genre, or they might redefine and challenge its definitions and boundaries through their form and content. Comics Forum 2016, the eighth event in the annual conference series, will consider a wide range of subjects relating to comics and genre.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Hermann (winner at Angoulême 2016, and creator of Jeremiah, Comanche, and The Towers of Bois-Maury, amongst others), and Professor Anna Madill (University of Leeds).

Registration: Click here to register for this year’s conference.

Programme: Click here to download a PDF of the conference programme. Please note that this is a draft version of the conference schedule, and the final programme is subject to change.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S COMIC AWARD 2016 Lord Mayor’s Banquet Hall, Calverley St, Leeds, LS1 1U, 13:30-15:00, selected schools only, FREE

The Young People’s Comic Award celebrates and promotes the very best in British comics aimed at, and suitable for, a young audience. It is a category of the British Comic Awards, run in association with Leeds Library and Information Service, and is voted for by hundreds of young people from reading groups across the country.

This is a special prize-giving ceremony attended by the young judges, the nominees and special guest speakers.

Please visit britishcomicawards.com for full details.

DESIGN YOUR OWN… WITH GARY ERSKINE Morley Library, 13:30-14:30, Selected Schools, FREE

Join Marvel and DC Comics artist Gary Erskine for a Design Your Own… workshop.

The single session will give you the tips and creative building blocks needed to design your own character during the class and beyond! Is it going to be a hero or villain? Monster or alien? Or the Next Big Comic Movie character? Discover what your imagination can create with just a few short lessons and only a pen and paper. Who knows where it will lead?

Work with friends to create your own stories and characters and be part of a larger world!

TRAVELLING MAN SIGNING TOUR 32 Central Road, Leeds LS1 6DE, 16:30-18:30, All Ages, FREE

“Now in its 25th year, Travelling Man has firmly established itself as the place to go in the North of England for all kinds of comics goodness with its awesome vibe and friendly staff. Working with Thought Bubble since the very beginning, each year we host amazing events with some of the greatest names in comics. This year is no exception!

Our Leeds branch will be hosting a signing with John Wagner, creator of Strontium Dog, Robo Hunter and of course the iconic, legendary, Judge Dredd! This is without doubt one of the most exciting signings we have ever had the pleasure to hold!”

THE GALLERY AT MUNRO HOUSE & THOUGHT BUBBLE PRESENT…THE WICKED + THE DIVINE LAUNCH , The Gallery at Munro House, Corner of York St/Duke Street, Leeds, LS9 8AG, 1800 onwards, Free

Join us at The Gallery at Munro House for the exhibition launch of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE.

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

We are delighted to be partnering up with The Gallery at Munro House for a second time, to host an exhibition of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE by artist Jamie McKelvie and writer Kieron Gillen. The ground-breaking, multiple Eisner award nominated, contemporary fantasy comic book series has been a huge breakout hit, and has been optioned for TV. First published by Image Comics in 2014, it remains one of their most popular series over two years later. Alongside images from THE WICKED + THE DIVINE will be pieces from McKelvie and Gillen’s cult favourite Phonogram series.

THOUGHT BUBBLE PRE-CONVENTION RECEPTION Radisson Blu, 1 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL, 19:00 until late, FREE, 18+, Fire Lake Grill House will be serving food from 18:00-22:00

A chance for guests, exhibitors and attendees to relax and chat in the lovely surroundings of the Radisson Blu before our huge comic convention starts on Saturday!

ASSEMBLY HOUSE AND 44FLOOD PRESENT HERETICS  Thurs 3 Nov to Sun 6 Nov, Lady Beck Studios, Unit 22, 64-76 Mabgate, Leeds, LS9 7DZ, 1700-2100 Thurs & Fri, 1300-1600 Sat & Sun, All Ages FREE

Saturday, November 5th

Thought Bubble, Royal Armorines, Leeds Dock, 10:00-17:00, Free for under-12s, but an accompanying ticket-holding adult must be present, free for over-65s on presentation of a valid form of photo ID, all ages

Our special two day convention includes an incredible line up of leading artists and writers, and over 400 tables showcasing the best sequential art has to offer spread across three exhibition halls (one of which is being specially built for the event!).

The weekend will also feature portfolio viewings and competitions, as well as a huge cosplay parade, and comics related film screenings.

This promises to be one of the best events of its kind in the UK, so come along and join in the fun!

Full convention events listing can be found below, for tickets please click here, and for venues please click here.

This year’s guest line-up (so far) can be viewed here, with provisional convention hall floor plans currently live on the website:

ASSEMBLY HOUSE AND 44FLOOD PRESENT HERETICS  Thurs 3 Nov to Sun 6 Nov, Lady Beck Studios, Unit 22, 64-76 Mabgate, Leeds, LS9 7DZ, 1700-2100 Thurs & Fri, 1300-1600 Sat & Sun, All Ages FREE

MID-CON PARTY AT TRINITY KITCHEN Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5ER, from 19:00-01:00, strictly 18+, please bring a valid form of photo ID and your online ticket to gain entry

2016’s party marks the mid-point of the convention weekend, with this year’s shindig taking place at the awesome Trinity Kitchen! The perfect way to unwind after a hectic day on the con floor – there’ll be a wide range of gourmet and street food vendors to choose from, and we’ll have the drinks and music flowing until late, so help us celebrate another Thought Bubble in style, with Team Thought Bubble (and special guest) DJs spinning tunes until the early hours.

We strongly recommend buying tickets in advance, as space is strictly limited, and you’ll need both your party ticket and a weekend wristband, exhibitor wristband, or guest pass to gain entry.

Please bear in mind that numbers are always very limited for this event, and tickets are likely to sell out quickly. We will have a very limited number available on the door on the evening of the event (for £6 cash sales only), but these will be allocated on a first-come first-served policy, and we don’t want to have to turn people away at the door!

It’s also important to note that this event is strictly over 18s only, so please remember to bring photo ID with you along with your ticket and wristband/pass.

Mid-con party tickets are on sale now, and can be bought by clicking here.

Sunday, November 6th

Thought Bubble, Royal Armorines, Leeds. Same again.

ASSEMBLY HOUSE AND 44FLOOD PRESENT HERETICS  Thurs 3 Nov to Sun 6 Nov, Lady Beck Studios, Unit 22, 64-76 Mabgate, Leeds, LS9 7DZ, 1700-2100 Thurs & Fri, 1300-1600 Sat & Sun, All Ages FREE

Orbital Comics, Great Newport Street, London. GRAPHIC SHORT STORY PRIZE COMPETITION EXHIBITION AND WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

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The Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize has been running for nine years, discovering the writers and artists of the future.

We’re delighted to announce that once again we’ll be hosting an exhibition showcasing the finalist entries for this year’s competition in the Orbital Gallery from November 6th to to November 17th.

On Sunday, November 6th, we’ll also host the official award ceremony from 5:30pm.

Join us and meet some of this incredibly talented creators and celebrate their wonderful work.

Monday, November 7th

Gosh Comics, Berwick Street, London. Thought Bubble Presents Faith Erin Hicks Signing 6-7pm

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Canadian writer/artist Faith Erin Hicks will be signing here in association with the Thought Bubble festival

Wednesday November 9th

Orbital Comics, Great Newport Street, London. RAM V SIGNING 6-7pm

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Ram will be in store signing issue #1 of his new comic book Brigands from Action Lab Entertainment. We’ll also have copies of his graphic novel, Black Mumba, in case you missed out. Signing runs from 5pm – 7pm.

Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.  Meet Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels 6-7pm

Darryl McDaniels will be signing his memoir Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 9th November from 6 – 7pm!In this surprising and moving memoir, the legendary rap star and cofounder of Run DMC keeps it a hundred percent, speaking out about his battle with depression and overcoming suicidal thoughts — one of the most devastating yet little known health issues plaguing the black community today.

Also available will be his Graphic Novel, DMC, which imagines an alternate history that blends traditional comic book storytelling with the pressures and anxieties of 1980’s NYC, and explores how we got to where we are now. DMC is a superhero for those who need one most.

Friday, November 11th

Gosh Comics, Berwick Street, London. We’re having a party with Anna Haifisch to celebrate the release of The Artist, from Breakdown Press. It all happens here, Friday the 11th November, 7-9pm!

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With uniquely comedic and heartfelt cartooning, Erica’s is a uniquely positive voice in comics today, and her phenomenal Squirrel Girl, alongside Ryan North, recently spawned a rare Marvel Original Graphic Novel. She’ll be signing from 5-7PM, followed by an after-hours Director’s Commentary on The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe. Both signing and commentary are open to all!

We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Erica Henderson to Orbital on Friday 11th of November.

Saturday, November 12th

Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.  Peter Milligan and John McCrea signing The Mummy #1

Writer PETER MILLIGAN and cover artist JOHN McCREA will be signing THE MUMMY #1 at the Forbidden Planet Birmingham Megastore on Saturday 12th November from 1 – 2pm.For 2000 years the Sect of Anubis have prolonged their life spans through human sacrifice and the enslavement of an Egyptian High Priestess cursed to walk the afterlife for all eternity. On one night every thirty years the Sect must offer up a human vessel to house the spirit of Nebetah so that they can kill her and drink her blood, thus granting them immortality. But this year they have chosen the wrong vessel and she’s not going willingly…

Gosh Comics, Berwick Street, London. John Allison Giant Days Volume 3 Signing 2-3pm

Giant Days Volume 3 is here, so how could we resist an excuse to get the lovely John Allison in the building?

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Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.  Noel Clarke signing The Troop. 1 – 2pm.

Across the planet and unknown to each other, a group of troubled teenagers lead lives of quiet desperation. But hell is about to be unleashed, and they find their lives destroyed when dark forces target them. On the run, they discover they have unbelievable powers and must come together – as The Troop!

Gosh Comics, Berwick Street, London. Thought Bubble Presents Cecil Castellucci Signing 1-2pm

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Young Animal is alive, and Shade the Changing Girl is the second title out of the gate! We’re very happy to announce, in association with the Thought Bubble festival, a signing with writer Cecil Castellucci.

Wednesday 16th November

Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, MARCELINO TRUONG will be signing SUCH A LOVELY LITTLE WAR , 6 – 7pm.

This riveting, beautifully produced graphic memoir tells the story of the early years of the Vietnam war as seen by a young boy named Marco, the son of a Vietnamese diplomat and his French wife. Visually powerful and emotionally potent, Such A Lovely Little War is both a large-scale and intimate study of the Vietnam war as seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese: a turbulent national history intertwined with an equally traumatic familial one.

Friday 18th November

The Underdog, ARCH 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge, Live Model Drawing for Launch of The Mummy #1

To celebrate the new comic series from Hammer Films and Titan Comics, the Art Model Collective present a special ‘The Mummy’ themed and costumed life drawing session!

Featuring two models: Carla as the High Priestess of Anubis, and Manko as the Mummy Nebetah

Exclusive projections, special soundtrack! Drawing boards, tables and easels provided, some art materials available.

As a special bonus we will have 30 copies of the Forbidden Planet variant of Hammer Comics “The Mummy, Palimpsest” #1, by Peter Milligan & Ronilson Freire, to give away to our artists!

Gosh Comics, Berwick Street, London. It’s All Absolutely Fine Launch Party

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Ruby Elliot will be here to launch her new book It’s All Absolutely Fine,with some signing, chatting and live drawing, from 7-9pm on Friday the 18th November!

Saturday, November 19th

Local Comic Shop Day

Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. George Mann Signs Warhammer 40K LCSD Variant

[George Mann Signs Warhammer 40K LCSD Variant]George Mann will be signing the Local Comic Shop Day Variant of issue one of Warhammer 40,000: Will Of Ironat our London Megastore on 19th November at 1:00pm.Warhammer 40,000 #1 is based on the ever-popular tabletop miniatures war game from Games Workshop. Games Workshop legend George Mann and artists Tazio Bettin & Enrica Eren Angolini take the series to new heights with the first adventure, Will of Iron.

After a thousand years of warp storms, the Calaphrax Cluster has re-opened to the universe, and Baltus and his fellow Dark Angel Space Marines join a strike force sent to explore and secure the region, in search of forgotten artefacts and ancient technology! But the forces of Chaos are never far away… and a shameful Dark Angels secret from the Horus Heresy soon leads to a new front in the war!

This new, phenomenal variant for Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron #1from Titan Comics comes with a special cover exclusively designed for the annual Local Comic Shop Day by Pasquale Qualano & Marco Lesko and is only available in participating stores.

 

 

Orbital Comics, Great Newport Street, London. SHAKY KANE AND C.S BAKER SIGNING

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To celebrate the release of Dead Canary Comics‘ new book, Last Driver, we’ll have Shaky Kaneand writer C.S Baker signing at Orbital on Saturday, November 19th.

This action packed, fun-filled book of danger, witty one-liners and sublime art tells the story of meet Frank Sudden, a no-nonsense thrill seeker who’s just trying to enjoy life in a world riddled with death, mayhem and giant monsters.

Does that sound great or what? So, come down on Saturday to check the book out, grab a copy and get it signed.

Sunday 20th November

London Comic Mart, THE ROYAL NATIONAL HOTEL, LONDON, WC1H ODG. £5 from 11am, Free from Noon.

Friday 25th November

Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. Dave Gibbons Signing Watchmen: Noir

 Artist Dave Gibbons will be signing two new editions of the classic Watchmen at our London Megastore on Friday 25th November at 6:00pm.

Watchmen begins as a murder mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes-Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan, and Ozymandias-test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil.

(Last Updated November 5, 2016 3:30 am )