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COMICA FESTIVAL 2009:
LONDON IS BUBBLING OVER WITH COMICS!

Between 5 and 26 November London is bubbling over with international comics during the Comica Festival's annual three-week season of exhibitions, events, talks, performances, workshops, films, a conference and publishers' fair at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in The Mall and other venues. Download the Comica '09 brochure PDF here.

PUBLICATIONS:

Comic: Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption
A selection of the world's most compelling graphic novelists and comic artists aim to highlight corruption as the cause of poverty and a barrier to overcoming it. More...
When: On sale in November 2009

EXHIBITIONS:

Philip Marsden: True Stories
True Stories brings together the artist's complete cartoon and comic book works from the last five years. More...
Where: Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Richmond
When: September 12 to November 28, 2009


Stories for Humans: Contemporary Comics
Comics Artist-in-Residence Karen Rubins selects works from the comics collection in the V&A. More...
Where: V&A Museum, South Kensington, London
When: October 1 to November 26, 2009


30 Years of Viz
See Johnny Fartpants, Roger Mellie, The Fat Slags and all your Viz favourites at this 30th birthday bash. More...
Where: The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London
When: November 4 to January 24, 2010


Evolution Of The American Comic Book: 1894-1956
An exhibition of rare art and artifacts tracing the origins of the comic book. More...
Where: Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London
When: November 5 to November 18, 2009


Hoshino Yukinobu: Professor Munakata
Hoshino Yukinobu visits the British Museum to create a new storyline for his character Professor Munakata. More...
Where: British Museum, Gt Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
When: November 5 to January 3, 2010


War: The Human Cost
Sean Duffield from Paper Tiger previews comics from the forthcoming war-themed anthology. More...
Where: Lazarides, Greek Street, Soho, London
When: November 6 to November 30, 2009


Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption
A look at how comics have been employed throughout history to debate and highlight political issues. More...
Where: Lazarides Gallery, Soho, London
When: November 6 to November 30, 2009


The Joy Of Toy
A retrospective exhibition of some of the landmark pieces of designer vinyl by sub-culture artists. More...
Where: Eastwick Gallery, 214 Brick Lane, London
When: November 6 to November 12, 2009


R. Crumb Uncovered
Selected originals by the underground comix maestro of Fritz the Cat, Mr Natural and more. More...
Where: Scream Gallery, 34 Bruton Street, London
When: November 13 to January 30, 2010


John Miers: Babel
Digital artist John Miers crafts a wordless comic interpreting the Biblical legend. More...
Where: The Fleapit, 49 Columbia Road, London
When: November 15 to December 13, 2009


EVENTS:

Theatre: Busted Jesus Comix
A play based on the case of Mike Diana who was forbidden to draw his Boiled Angel comix for 3 years. More...
Where: Above The Stag Theatre, 15 Bressenden Place, London
When: November 3 to November 28, 2009


Heavy Pencil: David Lloyd
David Lloyd leads this month's Heavy Pencil session for a V For Vendetta themed evening. More...
Where: Bar, ICA, The Mall
When: November 5, 2009 - 8pm to midnight


Little Pencil: Sarah McIntyre
Sarah McIntyre (Vern & Lettuce, Morris The Mankiest Monster) joins the drawing to music workshop for children. More...
Where: Reading Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 6, 2009 - 4.30pm to 6pm


Comica Comiket: Small Press & Self-Publishers Fair
The most sizzling and significant gathering of scribes and scrawlers from across the UK indie comics scene. More...
Where: ICA Theatre & Bar, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 8, 2009 - 1pm to 6pm


Real-Fi: Student Workshop
Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption hosts a student workshop with Bryan Talbot, Pat Mills and others. More...
Where: Reading Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 8, 2009 - 12.30pm to 6.30pm


Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmask Corruption: Music & Comics Night
An evening of live music and djs to celebrate the release of the 'Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption' comic. More...
Where: Theatre, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 10, 2009 - 7pm til 1am


Conference: Comics & Graphic Novels For Young People
Including keynote speakers Mel Gibson, Paul Gravett, Marcia Williams and David Fickling. More...
Where: Froebel College, Roehampton University, Surrey
When: November 14, 2009


Workshop: Create Your Own True Stories
Draw real or imaginary scenes from your life, which will become part of a giant surreal comic book. More...
Where: Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Richmond
When: November 14, 2009 - 1pm to 4pm


Arts Foundation: Graphic Novelist Award 2010
The judges discuss the graphic novel's ascendancy and announce the finalists for the £10,000 prize. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 15, 2009 - from 7.30pm


The Uncle Hans-Peter Party
A 'live' comic strip where the audience don masks and assumes the persona of Uncle Hans-Peter. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 17, 2009 - from 7.45pm


Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Political Poster-Making Workshop
Explore slogan-based political posters and create your own in reaction to current examples of corruption. More...
Where: The Book Club, 100 Leonard St, London, EC2A 4RH
When: November 18, 2009 - from 7pm


CONVERSATIONS:

Black Powers
John Aggs, Patrice Aggs and Woodrow Phoenix discuss black representations in comics. More...
Where: Swiss Cottage Library, Camden, London
When: November 6, 2009 - 6.30pm to 8pm


The Birth Of American Comics Fandom In Britain
Brian Bolland and Bryan Talbot bring to life the startling story of how fandom exploded in the Sixties. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 7, 2009 - from 2.30pm


Bryan Talbot: Grandville & The Anthropomorphic Tradition
Bryan Talbot gives his only London presentation of his illuminating illustrated lecture. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 7, 2009 - 4.30pm to 6pm


Eddie Campbell: The Years Have Pants
Eddie Campbell discusses his latest book, Alec: The Years Have Pants. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 7, 2009 - 7pm to 9pm


Getting Graphic: Starting Out In Graphic Novels
Bryan Talbot, Julian Hanshaw and Asia Alfasi reveal the secrets of making comics and getting published. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 8, 2009 - from 2.30pm


Helen McCarthy: A Guide To Osamu Tezuka
A guide through the life and career of the God of manga and anime, Osamu Tezuka. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 8, 2009 - from 4.30pm


Political Comics: Comic Art Propaganda
A panel discussion with Fredrik Strömberg, Pat Mills, Sean Duffield, Kate Evans and Polyp. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 8, 2009 - from 6.30pm


Kevin O'Neill: League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Kevin O'Neill discusses co-creating the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with Alan Moore. More...
Where: Islington Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, London
When: November 9, 2009 - 6pm to 8pm


Manga In The Museum: Solving Myths & Mysteries
Paul Gravett introduces the works of manga master Hoshino Yukinobu. More...
Where: British Museum, Gt Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
When: November 10, 2009 - 1.15pm to 2pm


Apostolos Doxiadis & Alecos Papadatos: Logicomix
Learn the secrets behind Logicomix, mathematics, Bertrand Russell and his peers. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 12, 2009 - from 7pm


James Jean & Tara McPherson
Join James Jean and Tara McPherson for an evening discussion and illustrated presentation. More...
Where: Cinema 1, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 13, 2009 - from 7pm


New Trends In Superhero Comic Books
Cameron Stewart, Karl Kerschl and Ramon Perez share their passion for the superhero genre More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 16, 2009 - from 7.30pm


Hoshino Yukinobu: From Hokkaido To Infinity
Helen McCarthy introduces the works of manga master Hoshino Yukinobu. More...
Where: British Museum, Gt Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
When: November 21, 2009 - 1.15pm to 2pm


Reinhard Kleist: I See A Darkness
Reinhard Kleist discusses his graphic biography of the most famous country singer of all time, Johnny Cash. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 22, 2009 - from 7pm


Willy Linthout: Years Of The Elephant
Willy Linthout discusses his poignant and surreal account of his grief after the suicide of his young son. More...
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 23, 2009 - from 7pm


Ben Templesmith: Gentleman Corpse
Ben discusses his arresting graphics and gripping narratives with director Philip Ridley. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 24, 2009 - from 6.45pm


FILMS:

Philip Ridley: Heartless
Acclaimed writer/director Philip Ridley introduces a screening of his dark, horror-tinged, urban fantasy film. More...
Where: ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 24, 2009 - from 8.45pm


Mamoru Oshii: The Sky Crawlers
The latest film from anime visionary Mamoru Oshii (Ghost In The Shell; Avalon). More...
Where: Cinema, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 26, 2009 - from 8.30pm


COMPETITIONS:

Graphic Short Story Prize 2009
The winner of last year's Graphic Short Story Prize is about to publish a book. So get your pens out for the 2009 competition and a chance to win £1,000. More...
Deadline: 19 October 2009

Ctrl.Alt.Shift Comic Design Competition
The winning entry will be published in a comic and form part of an exhibition around the theme of corruption, coinciding with Comica this November. More...
Deadline: 25 September 2009

London Libraries: Graphic Novel Network Competition
First prize is £100 of graphic novels from Gosh! Comics plus a pair of tickets to a Comica event of your choice, and there are more pairs of Comica tickets for four runners up. More...
Deadline: 4 November 2009

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