Sunday, 9 November 2008

Some dates for your diary

Plenty of comics based shenanigans to be had in London this month.

Those subterranean purveyors of four colour fun, Orbital Comics have just announced that Daredevil artist Alex Maleev will be signing copies of the various trades and comics he's drawn. If you're a fan, get yourself down to Orbital's basement at 148 Charing Cross Road on Tuesday November 18th between 5pm and 7pm.

If you can't get down to Orbital but still want to meet Mr Maleev, fear not! He'll be among the panoply of comic stars making an appearance at this year's Comica Festival. Other stand out guests and speakers include Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie, Art Spiegelman, Gilbert Shelton, Pat Mills, Posy Simmonds and the crime novelist/soon to be comics writer Ian Rankin.

Running from the 14th to the 26th of November, the Comica festival kicks off with an all day symposium at the V&A and continues for the next 12 days at the ICA.

As well as the various talks, the ICA leg of the event will feature a couple of free exhibitions and the chance to catch two new manga influenced films.

London based Indie collective London Underground Comics will also be in attendance, giving you the chance to pick up some new comics from the capital's up and coming small press creators.

More info on Comica can be found at organiser Paul Gravett's website.


Anonymous said...

Do you know what is usually the deal with signings? Is it expected that you buy something and just have that signed or can you take along some of your own stuff too? I have the recent massive Bendis and Maleev Daredevil hardcover and I wouldn't mind getting that signed.

Mr A. P. Salmond, esq. said...

I don't imagine the guys at Orbital would have a problem with you just bringing along something to get signed. They're a pretty nice, relaxed bunch of guys. Also, speaking as a store manager, you don't tend to do signings as a financial exercise. I know bookshops do it to shift units, but more often in the comic world they're just held as events to generate interest in the store and get people through the door. Plus it never hurts to cultivate good relationships with creators.