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COMICA FESTIVAL 2011

From 3 to 27 November, Comica, the London International Comics Festival, rises again to showcase an exceptional panoply of British and international comics creatives and connoisseurs in exhibitions, panels, talks, a bigger and better one-day Comiket Fair, a free Conference, a Club Night, film screenings, and much more in venues across the city, including a special East London focus in association with Nobrow Press.

HEADLINE EVENTS:

Comica Comiket: Independent Comics Fair
From solo authors to innovative majors, meet & buy direct from UK creators & publishers at Comica Comiket. More...
Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London
When: November 12, 2011 - 11am to 6pm


Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts
Warren Ellis is interviewed by Lenny Henry before the UK premiere of a documentary about his life & writings. More...
Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London
When: November 12, 2011 - From 7pm


Comica Club Night
Taking over The Book Club basement with music, performance, drawing, film & amazing guests. More...
Where: The Book Club, 100-6 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH
When: November 15, 2011 - 7pm to midnight


EXHIBITIONS:

Nobrow: The Double
Beautiful and cutting-edge illustrations on show from Nobrow's The Double. More...
Where: DreambagsJaguarshoes, 32/34 Kingsland Rd, E2 8DA
When: November 3 to January 20, 2012


Backhander
A solo exhibition of new work from London-based comic art project LMFYFF. More...
Where: Studio 1.1, 57a Redchurch St, London E2 7DJ
When: November 4 to November 27, 2011


Hannah Berry: Britten & Brulightly
An exhibition of Hannah Berry's stunning original artworks from her graphic novel Britten & Brulightly. More...
Where: Trichrome, 965 Fulham Road, London SW6 5JJ
When: November 5 to November 20, 2011


Graphic Short Story Prize 2011
See the four-page comics by the finalists and winners of this year's Graphic Short Story Prize. More...
Where: Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 7 to November 21, 2011


Pizzafiktion
The Berlin-based collective Biografiktion mount their first London exhibition of their dazzling comics and prints. More...
Where: Old Shoreditch Station, Kingsland Road, Shoreditch
When: November 11 to January 9, 2012


CONVERSATIONS:

Comic Gosh!p: Comic Book Discussion Group
Comic Gosh!p are discussing Batman Year One by Miller & Mazzucchelli and Josceline Fenton's Hemlock. More...
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho W1F 0DR
When: November 9, 2011 - 7.15pm to 9pm


Frederik Peeters: Sandcastle
A signing, talk and Q&A with Swiss graphic novel superstar, Frederik Peeters. More...
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DR
When: November 11, 2011 - from 7pm


Richard McGuire
Richard McGuire (RAW, The New Yorker, McSweeney's) in conversation with Steven Appleby. More...
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DR
When: November 14, 2011 - 7pm to 8pm


Uli Oesterle & Mawil
Blank Slate artists Uli Oesterle & Mawil sign and discuss their books. More...
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho W1F 0DR
When: November 18, 2011 6pm to 7pm


Laydeez Do Comica
Laydeez Do Comics links up again with Comica to present special guests from Canada, USA and Germany. More...
Where: The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage St, London E1 5LJ
When: November 21, 2011 - 6.30pm to 9.30pm


The History & Future Of Superheroes
Paul Gravett's illustrated overview of how the superhero genre was born, has evolved & is heading next. More...
Where: Islington Central Library, Fieldway Cresent N5
When: November 23, 2011 - From 7pm


Professor Munakata's British Museum Adventure
Nicole Rousmaniere and Paul Gravett discuss the creation of this unique manga adventure. More...
Where: The British Museum, London
When: November 25, 2011 - From 6.30pm


Sarah Leavitt & Nicola Streeten
Sarah Leavitt (Tangles) and Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me & You) discuss their autobiographical graphic novels. More...
Where: Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport St, London WC2H 7JA
When: November 26, 2011 - 7.30pm to 8.30pm


Julien Neel
Paul Gravett will be interviewing the truly brilliant French cartoonist Julien Neel and translator Ros Schwartz. More...
Where: Institut Francais, 17 Queensberry Place SW7 2DT
When: November 27, 2011 - From 3pm


EVENTS:

Launch Party: Nobrow 6 - The Double
Comica Festival opens with the free launch party of the new edition of the biannual Nobrow journal. More...
Where: DreambagsJaguarshoes, 32/34 Kingsland Rd, E2 8DA
When: November 3, 2011 - 6.30pm to 9.30pm


Comica Symposium: Transitions II
A gathering for academic-types promoting the research of comics, graphic novels and manga. More...
Where: School of Arts, Birkbeck Uni, London WC1E 7HX
When: November 5, 2011


Launch Party: Solipsistic Pop 4
Celebrate the release of the new edition of Tom Humberstone's comics anthology Solipsistic Pop 4. More...
Where: Concrete, London E1 6JJ
When: November 8, 2011 - 7.30pm to 12pm


Opening Party: Pizzafiktion
The Berlin-based collective Biografiktion mount their first London exhibition of their dazzling comics and prints. More...
Where: Old Shoreditch Station, Kingsland Road, Shoreditch
When: November 10, 2011 - 6.30pm to 9.30pm


Launch Party: Ink & Paper
Celebrate the launch of the new Ink+Paper comics anthology. More...
Where: Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport St, London, WC2H 7JA
When: November 11, 2011 - from 7pm


Comica Comiket: Independent Comics Fair
From solo authors to innovative majors, meet & buy direct from UK creators & publishers at Comica Comiket. More...
Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London
When: November 12, 2011 - 11am to 6pm


Comica Club Night
Taking over The Book Club basement with music, performance, drawing, film & amazing guests. More...
Where: The Book Club, 100-6 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH
When: November 15, 2011 - 7pm to midnight


Launch Party: Klaus by Richard Short
Celebrate Nobrow's latest book, the first volume of Short's sophisticated, surreal feline funnies. More...
Where: Nobrow Gallery, 62 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR
When: November 17, 2011 - 6.30pm to 9.30pm


Launch Party: Nelson
Raise a glass to British Comics with the launch of Nelson a 54-creator project to aid Shelter. More...
Where: Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell St WC1A 2HH
When: November 22, 2011 - 6.30pm to 8.30pm


Launch Party: The Strumpet
A London launch party for the first issue of The Strumpet , the world's rockingest journal of ladies' cartoon art More...
Where: Miller Pub, 6 Snowsfields, London Bridge, SE1 3SS
When: November 24, 2011 - from 7pm to close


Launch Party: Nelson
An army of British creators launch Nelson, an experimental, collaborative, biography of a girl called Nel. More...
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho W1F 0DR
When: November 25, 2011 - from 6pm


Launch Party: A Girl's Best Friend
A launch party for Sylvia Libedinsky's book of cut-out shoes, A Girl's Best Friend. More...
Where: BookArtBookShop, 17 Pittfield St, London N1 6HB
When: November 25, 2011 - 6.30pm to 8.30pm


Book Launch & Signing: Luke Pearson
Luke Pearson signs copies of his new book Hilda & The Midnight Giant. More...
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DR
When: November 26, 2011 - 6pm to 7pm


COMPETITIONS:

Graphic Short Story Prize 2011
Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Win a £1,000 cash prize and the chance to see your story printed in The Observer. More...
Deadline: 14 October 2011

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"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

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