London’s Comica 2013 continues its amazing line-up

Comica 2013, the fantastic London International Comics Festival, continues its vibrant, visionary Programme right through till November 16th. Here are some of the upcoming highlights!

It's already seen the appearance of an amazing delegation of Polish comics movers-and-shakers, including three of Poland’s most innovative current graphic novelists, organisers from the major comics festival in Lodz, and a leading writer and historian.

Comica is showing a free exhibition of twelve Polish comics innovators, entitled POLES APART until November 16th in the Windows Gallery at Central Saint Martins near King’s Cross.

Last night, when no less than three great new British anthologies – Strumpet, Comix Reader and Score and Script – were launched at ANTHOLOGIZE at Gosh! comics in SoHo. Many of the contributors were on hand and happy to sign copies fresh off the presses.

This afternoon (November 9th), Comica once again partners with Foyles Foyles in Charing Cross Road for two more Comica Conversations. First up, from 4-6pm, Ben Dickson, Hunt Emerson, John Spelling and Seán Michael WIlson (via Skype from Japan join Paul Gravett to celebrate the London launch of FIght The Power. This book covers in comics form 14 riveting cases of the Protest Movement over the last 200 years and in several English-speaking countries including not just the US and UK but Australia, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, India and Jamaica. Come and enjoy and be inspired! To get a flavour of this remarkable anthology, introduced by Tariq Ali, check out this online video.

Right after this, from 6.30-8.30pm at Foyles, five cutting-edge British graphic novelists – Gareth Brookes, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Katie Green, John Miers & Woodrow Phoenix – join author Paul Gravett to discuss the emergence and future of Comics Art as ‘The 21st Century Medium’. Their spirited debate marks the London launch of Paul Gravett’s new book Comics Art from Tate Publishing, an opinionated survey of current trends in international comics, from wordlessness and autobiography to digitalisation and installation. You can book tickets online now for both these events or you may be able to buy on the door, subject to capacity, of course.

One final highlight and date for your diary: on Saturday November 16th as part of the Barbican Centre’s remarkable Pop Art Design exhibition, superstar artists Gary (Derek the Sheep) Northfield and Rian (Dare) Hughes will give a free Hyper-Pop Workshop. Step into the shoes of Pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein and make your own comic book stories starting from their original sources. Places are limited and timed, under 14’s in the morning, over 14’s in the afternoon.

And a reminder that you can see the all-new graphic short stories in Reframe: Perspectives on Europe through Comics from Algeria, Turkey & the UK at the beautifully refurbished Free Word Centre at 60 Farringdon Road until November 22nd, admission free.

Sponsors and partners of this year's Comica include the European Cultural Foundation and to Arts Council England.

 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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