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COMICA FESTIVAL 2012

From 2 to 30 November, Comica Festival 2012, the 9th London International Comics Festival, offers a stunning season of major British and international guests, exhibitions including spotlights on German and Korean comics, our unmissable, free-entry Comiket Fair and Transitions Conference, plus numerous satellite events across the capital.

HEADLINE EVENTS:

Aline & Robert Crumb: Drawn Together
The Crumbs reveal all in their unique "two-headed" jam autobiographical comics, now compiled in Drawn Together More...
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 3, 2012 6.30-7.30pm


Comica Comiket Fall 2012 Independent Comics Fair
Discover the very best in comics & enjoy the Drawing Parade of superstar artists, all for free! More...
Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH
When: November 10, 2012 11am to 7pm


CONVERSATIONS:

Aline & Robert Crumb: Drawn Together
The Crumbs reveal all in their unique "two-headed" jam autobiographical comics, now compiled in Drawn Together More...
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 3, 2012 6.30-7.30pm


Korean Manhwa and British Comics NetWorkShop
Top comics creators from Korea and the UK meet and share their projects and experiences. More...
Where: Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 4, 2012 2-4pm


Anke Feuchtenberger & Andrzej Klimowski
The influential Hamburg-based artist is interviewed by Andrzej Klimowski. More...
Where: Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 4, 2012 4.30-5.30pm


Fifty Shades of Comics: The Erotic Imagination
Aline Crumb and Evie Blake reflect on the erotic in their work with host Karrie Fransman. More...
Where: Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 4, 2012 6.30-7.30pm


Kevin O'Neill: An Extraordinary Century
Kevin O'Neill reveals all about the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen's Century trilogy. More...
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 8, 2012 6pm for 6.30pm start


Grandville Bête Noire Premiere: Bryan & Mary Talbot
The Badger is back in the third of the phenomenal Grandville series of anthropomorphic steampunk romance thrillers! More...
Where: Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 9, 2012 6pm for 6.30pm start


Alison Bechdel
Bechdel talks about and reads from her compelling graphic memoirs Fun Home & Are You My Mother? More...
Where: Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 12, 2012 6pm for 6.30pm start


Posy Simmonds: Comedies of English Manners
For forty years, The Guardian cartoonist has chronicled Britain's ever-changing society with laser-sharp precision. More...
Where: Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 14, 2012 6pm for 6.30pm start


Oliver Frey: The Graphic Gay Gaze
Meet Britain's most provocative artist & storyteller of adults-only homoerotic fantasies More...
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 15, 2012 6pm for 6.30pm start


Comics: Refreshing Parts Other Literature Can't Reach!
Hannah Berry curates a special comics night with Glyn Dillon, Simone Lia, Sarah McIntyre, Dave McKean & more. More...
Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA
When: November 19, 2012 6.30 for 7-9pm


Doug Sneyd: Playboy Artist
A night of drinks & discussion with the legendary Playboy Magazine artist talking with Jason Atomic. More...
Where: Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2
When: November 23, 2012 from 7.30pm


Make Mine Manga!: Free Japanese Comics & Cosplay Party
Party with Christina Plaka & Yishan Li who share their passions for creating manga & Japan's pop culture. More...
Where: Goethe-Institut, 50 Princes Gate, London SW7 2PH
When: November 24, 2012 6.30-9.00pm


Joann Sfar's Inspiration
The French director & author of The Rabbi's Cat, Klezmer & others talks about his inspirations. More...
Where: Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EL
When: November 24, 2012 1.30-2.30pm


EVENTS:

Comica Symposium 2012: Transitions 3
FREE one-day symposium promoting new research on comics/conmix.manga/bandes dessinées. More...
Where: School of Arts, 43 Gordon Sq., Birkbeck, WC1E 7HX.
When: November 3, 2012 9.30am - 7pm


Gosh! Comics presents The Phoenix Activity Day
Hours of fun for 6 to 13 year-olds with three Phoenix artists: Neill Cameron, Lorenzo Etherington & Gary Northfield. More...
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London WiF 0DR
When: November 3, 2012 1-5pm


Comics, Manga & Co.: Launch Party
The opening night of this major touring exhibition celebrating the best in contemporary German comics. More...
Where: Goethe-Institut, 50 Princes Gate, London SW7 2PH
When: November 5, 2012 7.00-9.00pm


Launch Party: The Strumpet & Ink+Paper
Celebrate the release of these sparkling new issues with the publishers & contributors. More...
Where: Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2
When: November 9, 2012 7-9.30pm


Alois Nebel: Opening Gala Screening & Live Music Party
Jaromír 99 introduces a premiere screening of the animated movie & performs the original score. More...
Where: Riverside Studios Gallery, Crisp Rd, Hammersmith, W6 9R
When: November 9, 2012 8.15 Film 9.45 Party


Comica Comiket Fall 2012 Independent Comics Fair
Discover the very best in comics & enjoy the Drawing Parade of superstar artists, all for free! More...
Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH
When: November 10, 2012 11am to 7pm


Line Hoven: Scraperboard Workshop
Learn to make your own scraperboard illustrations from the acclaimed German graphic novelist. More...
Where: Goethe-Institut, 50 Princes Gate, London SW7 2PH
When: November 11, 2012 11am to 5pm


Jewish Film Festival 2012 presents The Art of Spiegelman
Screening & discussion of documentary film about the studio & world of the creator of Maus. More...
Where: Tricycle Cinema, 269 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
When: November 15, 2012 6.45pm


Life Drawing Master Class with Doug Sneyd
Learn from the legendary Playboy magazine artist & draw his special guest model, Manko. More...
Where: Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2
When: November 16, 2012 from 7.30pm


Krent Able's Book of Mischief Party & Club Night
Revel in Krent Able's viscerally satirical celebrity skewerings now in book form. More...
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London WIF 0DR
When: November 20, 2012 6.30-8.30pm & later!


Teatime Launch for Recipes from The Kitchen Drawer
Helen Ashley makes & sells special Comica Cookies for a teatime launch of her book of graphic recipes - all welcome! More...
Where: Eggs Milk Butter, 192 Southgate Road, London, N1 3HU
When: November 25, 2012 2-5pm


Dante's Inferno Launch Party: Sinners & Demons
Celebrate Hunt Emerson & Kevin Jackson's graphic adaptation of this diabolical literary classic! More...
Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Sq, SW1X 8NX
When: November 30, 2012 6.30-8.30pm


EXHIBITIONS:

Manhwa - The Colours of Korean Comics
Visit this free exhibition of unique paintings from famous Korean comics, cartoons and webtoons. More...
Where: Korean Cultural Centre, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW
When: November 1 to November 21, 2012


Alois Nebel: My Life
Artworks from the first modern graphic novel from the Czech Republic, now an animated film. More...
Where: Riverside Studios Gallery, Crisp Rd, Hammersmith, W6 9R
When: November 1 to November 18, 2012


Foyles: A Graphic History Billboard Exhibition
14 top artists illuminate the bookshop's past & future on giant billboard panels. More...
Where: Foyles, 107-109 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 2 to March 31, 2014


Comics, Manga & Co.: The New Culture of German Comics
Mawil, Kleist, Feuchtenberger, Bellstorf & Hoven are among 15 German graphic novelists spotlighted in this major show. More...
Where: Goethe-Institut, 50 Princes Gate, London SW7 2PH
When: November 3 to December 15, 2012


6th Observer/Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize
Enjoy the four-page stories by the shortlisted finalists, runner-up & winner of this year's competition. More...
Where: Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 3 to November 16, 2012


Score and Script
See how 30 of the UK’s best cartoonists respond to John Miers' comic script or score. More...
Where: C4RD, 2-4 Highbury Station Rd, N1 1SB
When: November 22 to December 15, 2012


COMPETITIONS:

Graphic Short Story Prize 2012
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: 12 October 2012

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Reviews

"...the viewer's efforts were amply rewarded by the superb quality of nearly every comic in the exhibit."
Alison Frank

"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
Chris Thompson

"I'll definitely be going to more Comica events."
Matthew Rees

"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
Jim Medway

"...an inspiring look into the creative lifestyle."
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"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"It was a real learning experience."
Tom Humberstone

"...will be talked about by those who saw it for years to come."
Bart Beaty

"...a two-week celebration of the art form..."
The London Paper

"Imagine one of the world's greatest cities hosting a series of events starring the world's greatest cartoonists, put together by one of the world's greatest comics scholars. That's London's Comica."
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