Things to do in London in December 2018… if you like comics, of course. Exhibitions followed by events… let us know if we missed any.
The Art of Comic Book Lettering – Orbital Comics, until the 9th December. Running from November 19th to December 9th, this very special exhibit features contributions from Comicraft’s John Roshell & Richard Starkings, Rian Hughes, Tom Muller and Hassan Otswane-Elhaou, as well as written articles chronicling the origins of the comic book font.
Britain’s Best Political Cartoons 2018, Putney Cartoon Gallery. An exhibition of original cartoons covering the major events of 2018 by Britain’s leading national newspaper cartoonists such as Steve Bell, Peter Brookes, Gerald Scarfe, Christian Adams, Dave Brown, Chris Riddell, Morten Morland, Steve Bright, Peter Schrank, Ian Knox, Ben Jennings and Patrick Blower amongst many others. until March 2019
Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis, House Of Illustration, until March 2019. This first UK exhibition to explore the refugee crisis through illustration features 40 multi-media works by 12 contemporary artists, two of whom are themselves refugees.
I Object, British Museum. A wide variety of objects (including comics and cartoons) will be on display in the exhibition – from graffiti on a Babylonian brick to a banknote with hidden rude words, from satirical Turkish shadow puppets to a recently acquired ‘pussy’ hat worn on a women’s march. See what tales these objects tell – sometimes deadly serious, often humorous, always with conviction. Unlock the messages and symbols these people used, and get closer to understanding them. September 6th to December 31st
100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake, House Of Illustration, Until 27 January 2019
Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis, An exhibition telling refugee stories, both observed and experienced first-hand, Multi-media work by 12 contemporary illustrators will include Olivier Kugler’s portraits from Calais and George Butler’s reportage from Syria, animation by Majid Adin and manga by Asia Alfasi. House Of Illustration, 9th November to 10th March 2019
Tuesday, 4th December
Chris Riddell’s Poems to Live Your Life By, Waterstones Gower Street 7pm. Former Children’s Laureate, Observer political cartoonist and award-winning writer and illustrator Chris Riddell will be hosting a poetry event to please both the eyes and ears. Accompanied by some very special guests, Chris will guide you on visual journey through a selection of his favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between from his new poetry anthology, Poems To Live Your Life By.
Shoe Lane Comic Forum, Shoe Lane Library, Little New Street. 5.30-7pm
Islington Comic Forum, North Library, Manor Gardens. 6.30-7.30pm.
Wednesday, 5th December
Meet Creators of Viz Comics, Waterstones Leadenhall Market. 12.30pm. Signing copies of the 2019 Annual ‘The Pieman’s Wig’, and the special 40th anniversary edition of their Profanisaurus, ‘War and Piss’.
December Sketchmeet, House Of Illustration, 7-9pm
Thursday, 6th December
Meet Creators of Viz Comics, Waterstones Canary Wharf. Noon. Signing copies of the 2019 Annual ‘The Pieman’s Wig’, and the special 40th anniversary edition of their Profanisaurus, ‘War and Piss’.
Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans signing of Die #1, Forbidden Planet retailer variant cover, 6pm
24 Panels Launch Event, Gosh Comics, 7-9pm.
Including sales of very limited number of A3 prints of Tula Lotay and Dee Cunniffe’s cover artwork to 24 Panels, each signed by the book’s contributors, and a special fundraising auction of a framed A1 print of the art signed by contributors. All sales on the prints will be donated to the 24 Panels cause.
Attending the launch are contributors Kieron Gillen, Tula Lotay, Ram V, Paul Cornell, Al Ewing, Dan Watters, Caspar Wijngaard, Rachael Smith, Dilraj Mann, Sara Kenney, Gavin Mitchell, Sarah Gordon, Sean Azzopardi, Pablo Clark, Leigh Alexander, Paul Swain, Trevor Boyd, Mike Garley, Erika Price, Gwen Kortsen, Angela Wraight, Drew Wills & Gen Ainslow.
Troopers, Guests Only, Location available to guests.
Saturday, 8th December
Art Of Lettering Exhibition Closing Event, Orbital Comics – 7pm with contributing artists and free drinks.
WIP (Work In Progress Comics), Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, 11.30am
The House of Illustration Winter Fair, House Of Illustration, 11am-5pm, over 100 hand-picked stalls will sell freshly-illustrated produce in our pop-up (covered!) marketplace. With Atlantic Art Studios, Aurore Swithenbank, Bethan Woollvin, Aleesha Nandhra, Alex Alabadi ( pekenyuskula ), Amelia Ilangaratne, Andrew Owens Illustrations, Anya Glazer, Belmin Pilevneli, Ben Langworthy Paper Goods, Bethany Wheeler Illustration, BlopShop (Alex Hahn), Caglayan Aktug, Carmen Johnson Illustration, Chisato Tamabayashi, Citrus Bunn, Claire Messer, Dan Evans, Daria Epifanova, Deborah Panesar, Design For Today, DOLIDOMINO, Driftedlinedesign, E’s Art, El Davo, Ella Goodwin, Ellen Solberg, Emma Levey, Eva Lynch, Flora Caulton, Francesca Tiley, Francesca Williams Illustration, Gentangle Designs, Grace Attlee, Hannah Farthing, Hannah Peck, Hattie Clark, Hayley Wells, Helen Hancock, Hello Grimes, Tanya J Scott, Ilu rosJack Oliver Coles, Jacqueline Colley, James Barker, James Oses, James Weston Lewi, Jane Porter, Jane Smith, Jenny Løvlie illustration, Jessica Courtney-Tickle, John Riordan, Jonathan Edwards and Felt Mistress, Jonathan Emmerson, Katie Plume Illustration, Kira Levine Illustration, Kirby Wonders, Klara Smith, Laura Parker, Lee Celine, Lele Saa, Lorena Rozas, LostMonkey Art, Lyli Feng, M.E. Ster-Molnar, Marisa Alaoui, Mark Foreman, Martin Le Lapin, Meibel Rous, Mel Smith Design, Melissa Sinclair, Mich85, Michael Parkin Fine Art, Michelle Hird, Middleton, Mister Peebles, Mykadelica, Natcats, Natsko Seki, Nicola Kent, Nicola Kinnear, Original Lummox print shop, Paul Shinn Draws, Pavneet Sembhi, Rachel Katstaller, Rebbeca Heath, Rebecca Lea Williams, Robert Frank Hunter, Rosha Nutt, Ross J Designs, Sarah Edmonds Illustration, Sarah Lodge, Sarah Lovell Art, Sarah Vines, Sarah Willmott Design, Sato Hisao, Scout Editions, Shirley Ellen Hottier, Silje Made This, Silvia Carrus, Simon Bridgland, Sketch Appeal, SLM Illustration, Sophie Eves, South Island Art, SUNFLOWER BILL, Stereohype, Takako Copeland, Tim Budgen, Tom Clohosy Cole, Typelark, Ursula Carlin, Viola Wang Studio, Zehra Hick, Zubieta illustration
Sunday 9th December
The Catford Comic and Zine Fair with added live music and poetry. With Darren Cullen, Jade King, Tom Mortimer, King Louie’s Lab, Nick White, Ben Williams, Decadence, Lucy Sullivan, Emilia Mckenzie, David Biskup, Joe Decie, Gareth Hopkins, Dave Turbitt, Douglas Noble, Wallis Eates, Nicolas Burrows, Kim Clements, Sean Azzopardi, John Riordan, Hanna Lee Miller, Elizabeth Quertstret, Tim Bird, Hattiecomics, Joe Stone, Olivia Sullivan and Gareth Brookes.
Monday 10th December
Church Street Library Graphic Novel Club, Church Street Library, Marylebone, 6:30 – 8pm
Brompton Library Graphic Novel Reading Group, Upstairs in the Brompton Library Learning Space, Old Brompton Rd, 6:30 – 7.30pm
Tuesday 11th December
Meet the Private Eye Team at Waterstones Leadenhall Market. Ian Hislop and the Private Eye team as they sign copies of their 2018 Annual, 12.30-4pm.
Peckham Library Graphic Novel Book Group, Peckham Hill Street SE15 5JR, 6pm to 7.30pm
Wednesday 12th December
Anthony Del Col signing Luke Cage: Everyman, Forbidden Planet, 6pm
Thursday 13th December
The Second Coming of Krent Able Launch Party, Gosh Comics, 7-9pm
The one and only Krent Able will be here to celebrate the launch of his new book from Knockabout, The Second Coming of Krent Able, on Thursday the 13th December from 7-9pm.
Saturday 15th December
White Noising Signing at Orbital Comics, from 5pm. Writers Ram V, Dan Watters, Ryan O’Sullivan and Alex Paknadel have been busier than ever and will have a bumper stock of titles to celebrate in store.
Sunday, 16th December
Sunday Comic Studies, 11am – 1pm, 5th Floor Foyer/Bar of the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre,
Thursday, 20th December
Barbican Comics Forum, Barbican. 5.30pm-7pm. A fun and informal book group dedicated to the understanding and enjoyment of the multifaceted medium of comic books and graphic novels.
Monday, 31st December
Dalston Comic (creators) Club, Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Lane, 6:30 – 7:30pm