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COMICA FESTIVAL 2014

From 20 October to 19 November, Comica Festival 2014, the 11th London International Comics Festival, presents conversations, exhibitions, workshops, launches and our unmissable, free-entry Comica Scarycat Comiket, the Independent Comics Market, and Transitions Conference, plus numerous satellite events across the capital.

HEADLINE EVENTS:


Belle: The Art Of Junko Mizuno
For the first time in London, the cult Japanese artist & manga author exhibits her paintings, prints, gig posters & other artworks. More...
Where: Atomica Gallery, 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP
When: October 20 to October 28, 2014


Junko Mizuno: Mistress Of Creepy Manga
In her exclusive London Comica Conversation Mizuno talks with Jason Atomic & draws live. More...
Where: The Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT
When: October 23, 2014 6.30 for 7.00-8.30pm


Goddamn This War!: Tardi with Pat Mills
To reflect on the centenary of The Great War, Tardi makes his first ever public interview in Britain. More...
Where: The Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT
When: November 10, 2014 7.00-8.30pm


CONVERSATIONS:


Junko Mizuno: Mistress Of Creepy Manga
In her exclusive London Comica Conversation Mizuno talks with Jason Atomic & draws live. More...
Where: The Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT
When: October 23, 2014 6.30 for 7.00-8.30pm


Supercrash : The Age of Selfishness - Darryl Cunningham & Danny Dorling
Britain's leading graphic journalist exposes the philosophy of selfishness that allowed the 2008 crash to happen. More...
Where: The Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT
When: November 3, 2014 7.00-8.30pm


'What Makes A Cult Comic?' with Rob Davis, Ilya, Paul Rainey & Carol Swain
Join the discussion by comics creator & editor of The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics Ilya, leading graphic novelists and host Andy Oliver. More...
Where: The Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT
When: November 7, 2014 7.00-8.30pm


Goddamn This War!: Tardi with Pat Mills
To reflect on the centenary of The Great War, Tardi makes his first ever public interview in Britain. More...
Where: The Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT
When: November 10, 2014 7.00-8.30pm


The Gothic Graphic Story: Emily Carroll with Isabel Greenberg
Carroll discusses the spine-tingling subjects & styles of her debut collection of chilling tales. More...
Where: Bronte Room, Conference Centre, British Library, King's Cross, London
When: November 18, 2014 7.00-8.30pm


How Apps Are Changing Comics
Creators & publishers share their visions of how apps & digital developments are transforming the medium, now & in the future. More...
Where: Médiathèque, Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Pl, London SW7 2DT
When: November 19, 2014 7.00-8.30pm


EVENTS:


Transitions 5 Comica Symposium
London's only free one-day symposium of new multi-disciplinary research & academic study of comics More...
Where: School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London WC1E 7HX
When: October 25, 2014 10am to 5pm


A Brief History of Manga by Helen McCarthy
Zoom through 150 years of manga on a free whirlwind tour of this cultural smorgasbord's surprisingly cosmopolitan history. More...
Where: Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell St., WC1A 2HH
When: November 4, 2014 6.30-7.30pm


Putain de Guerre! with Tardi & Dominique Grange
Tardi & his singer-songwriter wife perform their poignant evocation of WWI in songs, readings & images in French & English. More...
Where: Ciné Lumière, Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Pl, London SW7 2DT
When: November 11, 2014 7.00-8.30pm


S.M.A.S.H.: Symposium on Matters of Art, Storytelling & History
Three free panels with Hannah Berry, Alex Fitch, Ilya, John Miers, Woodrow Phoenix, Ben Smith, Paul Gravett & others. More...
Where: Barbican Library, Level 2, Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
When: November 15, 2014 12.30-3.30pm


EXHIBITIONS:


Belle: The Art Of Junko Mizuno
For the first time in London, the cult Japanese artist & manga author exhibits her paintings, prints, gig posters & other artworks. More...
Where: Atomica Gallery, 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP
When: October 20 to October 28, 2014


Observer/Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize Exhibition
Enjoy reading the finalists' & winners' four-page Graphic Short Stories for the 2014 Competition. More...
Where: Central Saint Martins Platform Theatre Bar, Handyside Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA
When: October 27 to November 7, 2014


To End All Wars Exhibition
A selection of work from this outstanding anthology of graphic stories about The Great War. More...
Where: Barbican Library, Level 2, Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
When: November 3 to November 23, 2014


COMPETITIONS:


Graphic Short Story Prize 2014
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: September 26 2014

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