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Comica Festival Weekend at The British Library August 15th to 17th!

Posted: July 5, 2014


Put these dates in your diary! Six weeks today, Comica presents the Comica Festival Weekend at The British Library, London on August 15th to 17th! It’s an amazing, huge, welcoming public venue in which to celebrate comics at their most exciting and creative. It also marks the final weekend of Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, the biggest exhibition of British comics ever seen in this country, so it’s sure to be heaving with visitors.

Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim, is interviewed on Friday August 15th at 6.30pm and signs copies of his wildly anticipated new graphic novel, Seconds, published in the UK by SelfMadeHero, and in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival (where Bryan appears over the weekend). You can book tickets here to Bryan’s BL gig - don’t delay as demand is already high for his exclusive London speaking engagement.

On Saturday August 16th, from 11am to 5pm, Comica Comiket, our unmissable independent comics fair, will take over the vast public foyer areas of The British Library, offering the chance to meet and buy direct from some of the greatest publishers, from solo creators to graphic novel majors. Bryan Lee O’Malley will also open the Comiket and sign on the SelfMadeHero stand. Admission to the Comiket is completely free for the public. The packed day will also include a range of extra activities as well as our much-loved Drawing Parade, a chance to watch leading cartoonists working live for thirty minutes each and projected onto giant screens.

Then on Sunday August 17th, from 11.30am to 6.30pm, Comica programmes a series of fascinating, forthright panel discussions and book signings in the British Library’s prestige Conference Centre (above). This is bringing together a remarkable roster of comics writers and artists including Matilda Tristram, launching her autobiographical graphic novel Probably Nothing from Viking Penguin, and special guest from France, Emmanuel Guibert, courtesy of the Institut Français, premiering How The World Was: A California Childhood, just published by First Second.

Full details for booking Tables for exhibitors to the Comiket are available here.

Info and links for the public to book the Sunday panel discussions will follow very shortly.

We look forward to welcoming you to this once-in-a-lifetime Comica Festival Weekender at The British Library!

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"This event showcased some of the great variety of manga art styles and artists working across languages, continents and cultures in the world today."
Karl Pell

"Hurrah! This year's Comiket was a brilliant success."
Sarah McIntyre

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

"...far and away the best place to find a serious and eclectic showcase of world comics fare."
The First Post

"...a fantastically wide selection of comics, to be touched, admired and purchased."
Toby Litt

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

"....plenty of food for thought in terms of fresh reading material ideas..."
Euan Gillespie

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

"...fascinating..."
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"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
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