Things to Do in London If You Like Comics: August 2018 - Bleeding Cool

Things to Do in London If You Like Comics: August 2018

Posted by July 31, 2018 Comment

Here is a list of things to do in London in August if you like comics. If you would like to add any — or offer suggestions for September’s list — do get in touch.


Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018 review, Design Museum Kensington until August 12th.

50 Glorious Shows, The Cartoon Museum, until 2nd September.

Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny, Jewish Museum, through to end of September.

Jew(ish) Cartoons: Drawing from the Collection, Jewish Museum, until 17th September.

The Art of Apollo and Tumult – Orbital Comics, 15th-30th August


August 1st

Comic Strip Masterclass with Karen Rubins, Cartoon Museum, Ages 10-14, £25, 1pm.

August 2nd

Modern Myths & Magic, with Rachael Ball Cartoon Museum, Ages 10-14, £12, 11am

Making Manga with Karen Rubins, Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 2pm.

August 3rd

Feminist Book Club: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, 7pm.

August 3rd and 4th

Ant-Man & The Wasp Orbital Comics Pop-Up shop in Cineworld Leicester Square with 10% off graphic novels.



August 5th

The Dark Arts Fayre, Kolis, Holloway.  Taxidermy, books, comics, art and clothing from Satanic Flea Market regulars. At this summer edition you’ll find the likes of Yorkshire Skull Candles, Suspiria magazine, Drakula Approved and Satanic Mojo Comix selling their wares. Noon onwards.

Zoom Rockman – Artist In Residence, Jewish Museum 1-4pm

August 6th

Summer School: Graphic Novel Your Life with Rachel Ball, House Of Illustration, 10am, £400

August 7th

Tom Berry – Artist In Residence, Jewish Museum 1-4pm 

Animal Manga with Takayo Akiyama, Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 11am.

Make A Manga Mini-Comic with Takayo Akiyama, Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 2pm.

August 8th

Dan Slott signing Fantastic Four #1 at Forbidden Planet Megastore, 6pm.

Happy Birthday Beano with Wilbur Dawbam, draw Beano-inspired birthday cards. Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 11am.

Draw a Beano cover with Wilbur Dawbam. Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 2pm.

August 9th,

Manga Masterclass with Takayo Akiyama, Cartoon Museum, Ages 10-14, £25, 11am.

Imogen and Isabel Greenberg, launching Athena: The Story of a Goddess, 7-9pm, Gosh Comics.

August 10th-12th

Nine Worlds, three days and nights of discussion, workshops, activities, performances and DJ sets. Meet with creators, fans and academics of your favourite books, films, TV shows, games, and comics. Explore cosplay, crafts, sciences, humanities, and the culture and creativity that underlie them all. Novotel London West, Hammersmith. One day £49.99, three day £112.99.

August 10th

Superheroes with Steve Marchant, Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 11am.

Make A Mini-Comic with Steve Marchant, Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 2pm.

August 11th

Forktail Live – signing by Simon Davis, Frazer Irving and Boo Cook, 3-5pm with live band performance at Orbital Comics. Forktail is a musical project by artists Si Davis and Boo Cook exploring the themes of folklore/folk horror/ancient history and the allure of The Horned One from 8pm.

Forbidden Planet birthday party 4-6pm

August 12th

Comics & Gaming, Artizan Street Library, Artizan Road, E17AF. Comic book themed table-top RBG, illustrating a comic strip game board as you play, as well as playing Karen Rubins’Comc Turns. 12-4pm,

Comic Book Artists In Residence – MarfJewish Museum 1-4pm 

Laydeez Do Comics with Dr Sarah LightmanCorinne Pearlman and Astrid Schmetterling, The Jewish Museum, 7pm

August 14th

Comic Art Masterclass with Rachael Ball, Cartoon Museum, Ages 10-14, £25, 11am.

Comic Book Artists In Residence – Tom Berry, Jewish Museum 1-4pm 

August 15th

Curator’s Talk: Who Has the Last Laugh? Discover some of the cartoons and caricatures usually kept in storage. Curator will look at the stories behind the images, some of which go back to the 18th century. Jewish Museum, 3pm

Manga Heroes & Villains, Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12 11am

Yokai: Manga Ghosts And Monsters, Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 2pm

August 16th

Live Talk to launch Apollo by Matt Fitch, Christopher Baker and Mike Collins, Tumult by John Harris Dunning and Michael Kennedy from SelfMadeHero, Orbital Comics, 7.30pm

Barbican Comic Forum, Barbican Arts Library 5:30pm – 7pm

Non Pratt signing Giant Days, at Forbidden Planet Megastore, 6pm.

August 18th

Simon Furman and Simon Coleby signing The Vigilant from Rebellion, at Forbidden Planet Megastore, 1pm.

August 19th

Family Cartoon Festival, Join the Cartoon Museum and take part in a series of interactive workshops: learn how to draw Astérix and create your own comic. Free Astérix activity book upon arrival. Jewish Museum, 1-4pm

Comic Book Artists In Residence – Tom Berry, Jewish Museum 1-4pm 

August 21st

Comic Book Artists In Residence – Tom Berry , Jewish Museum 1-4pm 

August 22nd

The Adventures of YOU with Wallis Eates, creating self-starring comics, Ages 8-12, £12, 11am.

Make A Mini-Comic with Steve Marchant, Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 2pm.

August 23rd

Fantastic Beasties, create cartoon animals with Richy for a cartoon strip, Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 11am.

Create A Comic-Strip with Steve Marchant, Cartoon Museum, Ages 8-12, £12, 2pm.

Liam Cobb and Becca Tobin launch their books The Prince and Understanding from Retrofit/Big Planet, 7-9pm, Gosh Comics.

August 25th

Monty Nero, Dan Boultwood, Jay Gunn sign Death Sentence, It Came!, and Surface Tension at Forbidden Planet 1–2pm.

August 26th

Comic Book Artists in Residence – Tasreen Rahman, Jewish Museum, 1-4pm

August 27th

Cartoon Impolitic: Discussing inclusivity in newspaper cartooning, Cartoon Museum. Cartoonists Lorna Miller, Bob Moran and Martin Rowson discuss the political cartooning arena including the challenges of making it as a visual satirist and the (lack of) inclusivity in newspaper cartooning. 6.30 – 7.30pm

August 28th

Comic Book Artists in ResidencePaul Shinn, Jewish Museum, 1-4pm

August 29th

Curator’s Talk: Asterix in Britain, Jewish Museum. 2pm

Giant DaysJohn Allison and Non Pratt here to discuss their work and the act of adaptation, 7.30-9pm, Gosh Comics.

August 30th

Pow! Bam! Oy! Comic Book Late, A comic book themed extravaganza, featuring live artist demos, workshops and a prize for the best dressed. Unwind with a drink and explore the museum after hours. Live demos from comic book artists in residence Zoom Rockman and Lucie Arnoux. Draw your own comic – make your own comic strip with guidance from graphic novelist and political cartoonist, Marf. Two curator talks – one on Astérix In Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny and the other for Jew(ish) Cartoons: Drawing from the Collection. Fun with face paint – get your own comic style face paint done by Brush of Colour. Get crafty and make your own superhero mask. Photobooth – practice being a heroic Gaul and dress up as Astérix or Obelix. Stop-motion animation workshop

Jewish Museum, 6-9pm

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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