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COMPETITIONS

BD-Fil Comix Competition: Dessinateurs de demain
Any unpublished artist 15+ can enter a 1-pg A3 comic on the theme 'Striptease' to win prize money totalling 4,500 Swiss francs. More...
Deadline: June 30, 2014

 

LONDON AREA: EVENTS

Gengoroh Tagame Signing
The king of Japanese gay erotic art holds a book signing of the first English translation of his manga Gunji. Date tbc! More...
Where: Prowler, 5-7 Brewer Street, London W1F 0RF
When: April 21, 2014 6-8pm

Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival
The best, most innovative & avant-garde graphic artists, collectives & galleries from the UK & abroad with Isabel Greenberg & Kyle Platts. £8-17.50. More...
Where: Embankment Galleries, London
When: April 24 to May 5, 2014

Launch Party Celeste
I.N.J. Culbard's much-anticipated solo debut graphic novel from SelfMadeHero launches tonight - get your bookplate copy signed here! More...
Where: Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
When: April 25, 2014 7-9pm

Gosh! & Sci-Fi London Present: Dave McKean
Join Dave McKean in conversation with Alex Fitch from Panel Borders. More...
Where: Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
When: April 26, 2014 7.30pm

Gosh! & Sci-Fi London Present: Emma Vieceli
The British manga artist, illustrator on Vampire Academy, talks with Alex Fitch from Panel Borders on Resonance FM. More...
Where: Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
When: April 27, 2014 7.30pm

Comics Unmasked: Bryan & Mary Talbot
The Talbots join Kate Charlesworth to discuss Sally Heathcote Suffragette with Rachel Cooke after premiere of Bryan Talbot documentary. £8/6/5. More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: May 2, 2014 6.30-8.30pm

Free Comic Book Day: Comics & Activities for Kids 8-12!
With Steven Appleby, Marc Ellerby, Mike Medaglia, John Riordan, Rachael Smith, Claude TC & others! More...
Where: Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
When: May 3, 2014 12-4pm

Free Comic Book Day: Live Recording of 150th Orbiting Pod Episode!
Adam, Chris & Robin interview special guests for Orbital's anniversary podcast, with free drinks & some surprises! More...
Where: Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA
When: May 3, 2014 from 7pm

Comics Unmasked: Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday
Celebrate the 130th anniversary to the very Saturday in 1884 of ASHH, the biggest-selling weekly of its kind in the world with Roger Sabin. Free. More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: May 3, 2014 2.30-4.00pm

Showmasters Presents: London Comic Mart
If you're into comics, golden age, silver age or modern comics, this is the place to find what you've been looking for. Admission free. More...
Where: Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1
When: May 4, 2014 - from 12 noon

Process #14
Free comics workshop/discussion group on 1st Wed of month. Bring along your work or ideas, discuss the mechanics of comics & meet other creators. More...
Where: Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
When: May 7, 2014 7-9pm

The London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover
Spread across three floors, artists will be exhibiting & selling their self-published comix, zines, art books & prints. Free! More...
Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH
When: May 10, 2014 10am-5pm

Signing: James O’Barr & Michael Golden
American superstars O'Barr of The Crow & Golden of Batman & Micronauts sign their comics & graphic novels for you! More...
Where: Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA
When: May 14, 2014 from 5pm

European Literature Night - The Graphic Novelists
Line Hoven, Lucie Lomova, Max & Judith Vanistendael talk with Paul Gravett, plus reception & free entry to exhibition. More...
Where: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB
When: May 14, 2014 6.30-8.30pm

Signing: Sally Heathcote Suffragette
Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth & Bryan Talbot sign their new graphic novel, the gripping inside story of women's campaign for the vote. More...
Where: Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
When: May 17, 2014 2-3pm

Launch Party: Becky Cloonan’s By Chance Or Providence
Becky Cloonan collects her Wolves Trilogy into one superb hard cover graphic novel, By Chance Or Providence from Lounak Studios. More...
Where: Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
When: May 23, 2014 7-9pm

Comics Unmasked: Myriad First Graphic Novel Award
Judges Meg Rosoff & Woodrow Phoenix announce the winner of this competition for unpublished cartoonists. More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: May 23, 2014 6.30-8pm

Comics Unmasked: The National Lampoon & US Satire in the 70s
Ellin Stein, author of That’s Not Funny, explores National Lampoon's influence & continuing relevance. More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
When: May 30, 2014 6.30-8.30pm

Showmasters Presents: London Comic Mart
If you're into comics, golden age, silver age or modern comics, this is the place to find what you've been looking for. Admission free. More...
Where: Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1
When: June 1, 2014 - from 12 noon

Comics Unmasked: Dave McKean - 9 Lives
UK premiere live performance by McKean & fellow musicians of original songs & stories accompanied by images & film. More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
When: June 6, 2014 6.30-8.30pm

Comics Unmasked: Dave McKean - 9 Lives
UK premiere live performance by McKean & fellow musicians of original songs & stories accompanied by images & film. More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
When: June 7, 2014 6.30-8.30pm

ELCAF 2014: 3rd East London Comics & Arts Festival
One-day curated festival of creators comics & graphic talent exhibiting from London, the UK & worldwide, with Chris Ware as artist-in-residence. More...
Where: New venue to be announced
When: June 14, 2014

Comics Unmasked: (Super)Hero with 1000 Faces
Writers Warren Ellis & Grant Morrison & experts Will Brooker & Sarah Zaidan discuss heroes & superheroes with Sam Leith. £8/6/5 More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: June 16, 2014 6.30-8pm

Tank Girl & the Aftermath: Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin
Tank Girl's creators Hewlett, artist & co-founder of virtual band Gorillaz, & writer Alan Martin talk with Paul Gravett. More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: June 27, 2014 6.30-8.30pm

Showmasters Presents: London Comic Mart
If you're into comics, golden age, silver age or modern comics, this is the place. Guest signing by Mary & Bryan Talbot. Free. More...
Where: Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1
When: June 29, 2014 - from 12 noon

Comics Unmasked: Melinda Gebbie & Oliver Frey
Melinda Gebbie talks about Lost Girls, her explicit, dreamlike graphic novel with Alan Moore, & Oliver Frey discusses his homoerotic comics. £8/6/5. More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: July 3, 2014 6.30-8.30pm

Comics Unmasked: Alejandro Jodorowsky
The director behind cult western El Topo & writer for Moebius, Manara & more talks with Iain Sinclair after screening of Dune documentary £8/6/5 More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: July 4, 2014 6.00-9.15pm

Comics Unmasked: A British Revolution: 2000 AD & Beyond
Dave Gibbons, Frazer Irving & Pat Mills discuss the zarjaz SF weekly & related titles from Action to Crisis, Deadline & beyond. £8/6/5. More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: July 7, 2014 6.30-8pm

Comics Unmasked: Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton & Friends
The American underground comix legends reunite with Oz Magazine members Felix Dennis, Charles Shaar Murray & Deyan Sudjic. £10/8/7 More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: July 14, 2014 6.30-8.00pm

Comics Unmasked: Posy Simmonds & Steve Bell in Conversation
The Guardian regulars discuss their approaches to newspaper strips, from the political daily If... to literary serial Tamara Drewe. £8/6/5 More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: July 18, 2014 6.30-8.30pm

Showmasters Presents: London Comic Mart
If you're into comics, golden age, silver age or modern comics, this is the place to find what you've been looking for. Admission free. More...
Where: Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1
When: July 20, 2014 - from 12 noon

LONCON 3: 72nd World Science Fiction Convention
Bryan Talbot & Chris Foss are among the Guests of Honour & comics will be a major spotlight. Membership rates £105 Adult till Sept 30. More...
Where: ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL
When: August 14 to August 18, 2014

Comics Unmasked: Bryan Lee O’Malley
The Canadian creator of Scott Pilgrim makes a rare London appearance to launch his new graphic novel Seconds. £8/6/5/ More...
Where: Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1
When: August 15, 2014 6.30-8pm

Showmasters Presents: London Comic Mart
If you're into comics, golden age, silver age or modern comics, this is the place to find what you've been looking for. Admission free. More...
Where: Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1
When: September 21, 2014 - from 12 noon

Showmasters Presents: London Comic Mart
If you're into comics, golden age, silver age or modern comics, this is the place to find what you've been looking for. Admission free. More...
Where: Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1
When: October 19, 2014 - from 12 noon

Communities of Experience?: A Symposium on Autobiographical Comics by Jewish Women
Exploring intersections between Jewishness & other forms of identification & identity in comics by women. Proposals by May 15th. More...
Where: JW3, The Jewish Community Centre, London
When: November 12, 2014

Showmasters Presents: London Comic Mart
If you're into comics, golden age, silver age or modern comics, this is the place. With signing by David Hine. Admission free. More...
Where: Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1
When: November 16, 2014 - from 12 noon

Showmasters Presents: London Comic Mart
If you're into comics, golden age, silver age or modern comics, this is the place to find what you've been looking for. Admission free. More...
Where: Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1
When: December 7, 2014 - from 12 noon

LONDON AREA: EXHIBITIONS

Saving Tomorrow: Dreams of a Low Carbon Future
Free graphic novel by scientists, school children & artists asks what will the world look like when we have exhausted our fossil fuel supply? More...
Where: The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH
When: January 3 to June 30, 2014

Spitting Image: From Start to Finish
30th anniversary exhibition of Fluck & Law's caricature puppetry from the 12 year-run of the satirical TV show. More...
Where: The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH
When: February 26 to June 8, 2014

Manga Jiman: Voyages of Discovery
Free exhibition of short stories by finalists and winners of the 7th Manga Jiman Competition, open Mon-Fri 9.30-5.30. More...
Where: Embassy of Japan, 101/104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT
When: March 24 to April 25, 2014

Comics Unmasked: Art & Anarchy in the UK
Exhibition on the medium's full potential, creative process & issues of gender, violence, sex, class, drugs & politics. More...
Where: PACCAR Gallery, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB
When: May 2 to August 19, 2014

World War I in Cartoons & Comics
Marking the centenary, an exhibition of classic and current cartoon art dealing with The Great War. More...
Where: The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH
When: June 11 to October 19, 2014

 

UK REGIONS: EVENTS

Bristol Comic Expo 2014
The country's longest running comics expo moves to an exciting new venue & offers major UK creators on the guest list. More...
Where: Future Inn, Cabot Circus, Bristol
When: May 10 to May 11, 2014

Laydeez Do Comics: Leeds
This Laydeez group meets bi-monthly on Mondays. Entry: £1.50 More...
Where: Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street,Leeds LS2 7EQ
When: May 19, 2014

Centre 21 Presents: Graphic Brighton 2014
A feast of local creatives including Hannah Berry, Paul Collicutt, John Higgins, David Lloyd, Chris Riddell, Nicola Streeten and many more. £5-8. More...
Where: Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, University of Brighton, Brighton, BN2 0JY
When: May 24, 2014 10am-5pm

Laydeez Do Comics: Leeds
This Laydeez group meets bi-monthly on Mondays. Entry: £1.50 More...
Where: Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street,Leeds LS2 7EQ
When: July 21, 2014

ICE 2014 International Comics Expo
Steve Rude, Declan Shalvey, David Roach, Dylan Teague & Phil Winslade are among the top guests already confirmed. £5 advance/£10 on door. More...
Where: The Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham
When: August 2, 2014

Comics Uncovered: Comic Industry Conference
Seminars, workshops, masterclasses, Portfolio Reviews, Industry panels & exclusive networking party. £65 incl. entry to ICE. More...
Where: The Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham
When: August 2, 2014

Laydeez Do Comics: Leeds
This Laydeez group meets bi-monthly on Mondays. Entry: £1.50 More...
Where: Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street,Leeds LS2 7EQ
When: September 29, 2014

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Dates confirmed for the 2nd edition of this exciting festival - details of guests & programme to follow! More...
Where: Kendal, Cumbria
When: October 17 to October 19, 2014

UK REGIONS: EXHIBITIONS

Line & Shade: Howard Hardiman & Laura Hathaway
Laura's psychological, minimalist sculptural pieces & Howard's prints and paintings play against one another. More...
Where: Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BD
When: April 26 to May 31, 2014

The Age of Glamour
R.S. Sherriff's caricatures of Stars of Stage & Screen from the Golden Age of Hollywood & London's West End in the 1920s & '30s. More...
Where: Maidstone Museum, St Faith's St, Town Centre ME14 1LH
When: May 17 to August 3, 2014

 

EUROPE: EVENTS

32nd Salon Internacional del Comic de Barcelona
Spain's major comics festival invites local & international guests & features Popeye among its exhibitions. More...
Where: Fira Barcelona in Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
When: May 15 to May 18, 2014

Stripdagen Haarlem 2014
The 12th edition of this biennial focuses on comics about the First World War & new Dutch talents. More...
Where: Haarlem, The Netherlands
When: May 31 to June 1, 2014

Strasbulles 2014 Festival Européen de la Bande Dessinée
Strasbourg's 7th festival of French & European comics with Switzerland as the guest country. More...
Where: Place Kléber, Salons de l'Aubette, Strasbourg, France
When: June 7 to June 8, 2014

16th Erlangen International Comic Salon
Germany's biggest bi-annual celebration takes over the city again. More...
Where: Erlangen, Germany
When: June 19 to June 22, 2014

10th BD FIL Comics Festival
French creator Lewis Trondheim is the guest of honour for the 10th edition of this major Swiss festival. More...
Where: Lausanne, Switzerland
When: September 11 to September 14, 2014

EUROPE: EXHIBITIONS

Raw Vision: 25 Years of Art Brut
Among this huge exhibition of over 400 works by 81 artists is Mark Beyer represented by 12 of his reverse paintings on plexiglass. More...
Where: Halle Saint Pierre, 2 rue Ronsard 75018 Paris
When: September 18 to August 22, 2014

Albums: Bande dessinée et immigration 1913-2013
More than 400 originals, sketches, scripts, plus animation, filmed interviews & archival documents trace migration as seen in comics. More...
Where: Musée de l'histoire de l'immigration, 293, avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
When: October 16 to April 27, 2014

1975-1997 Comics Revolution
From Metal Hurlant's birth to A Suivre's end, 350 originals incl. spotlights on defining creators Mœbius, Druillet, Schuiten, Tardi, Pratt. More...
Where: Fonds Hélène et Édouard Leclerc pour la Culture, Aux Capucins, 29800 Landerneau, France
When: December 15 to May 11, 2014

The Swiss comic strip in Brussels
Showcases the talents of today’s creators of the Swiss comic strip including Derib, Cosey and Zep. More...
Where: Belgian Comic Strip Centre, 20 rue des Sables, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
When: February 4 to May 18, 2014

Des embruns dans les bulles (‘Spray in the Bubbles’)
A voyage into the maritime visions of French comics through the work of six sea-faring BD authors. More...
Where: Centre international de la mer, Rochefort-sur-Mer, France
When: February 15 to January 1, 2016

Gustave Doré: L’imaginaire au pouvoir
Major exhibition on Doré (1832-83), master cartoonist, illustrator & painter. More...
Where: Musée d'Orsay 1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
When: February 18 to May 11, 2014

Mangaopolis: The Contemporary Japanese City in Manga
A survey of 200 originals by 4o artists exploring how the modern city becomes not just a setting but a character itself in modern manga. More...
Where: Maison de l’architecture de Haute-Normandie, 111 boulevard de l’Yser, Rouen, France
When: March 1 to May 21, 2014

Gengoroh Tagame
Solo exhibition of original ink & acrylic works on paper by the king of homoerotic manga. More...
Where: Xavierlaboulbenne, Schönleinstrasse 5, 10967 Berlin, Germany
When: March 7 to April 20, 2014

Les mondes de Gotlib
From Pilote to Fluide Glacial and beyond, a celebration of Gotlib's effulgent career in satirical bandes dessinées. More...
Where: Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71 rue du Temple, 75003 Paris
When: March 12 to July 20, 2014

Carlos Nine: Visual Report on the City of Buenos Aires
The Argentine's ferocious but always alluring caricatures in oils, pastels or pencils bring to life a strange, sometime grotesque world. More...
Where: Galerie Champaka Paris, 67, rue Quincampoix F-75003 Paris
When: March 13 to May 12, 2014

Canicule, autopsy of a graphic novel
Discover Baru's processes in adapting Vautrin's novel into graphic novel from from Casterman. More...
Where: Belgian Comic Strip Centre, 20 rue des Sables, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
When: March 18 to August 24, 2014

Alan Moore Exhibition
Retrospective of the writer's collaborations including scripts, sketches, original comics art, print & video. Admission free. More...
Where: Galerie Zola 8/10 rue des Allumettes, Aix-en-Provence, France
When: April 1 to May 10, 2014

Jacques de Loustal: Spirits of Elsewhere
The French illustrator captures the atmospheres he has encountered in South Africa, Tahiti, Algeria, Switzerland, Japan and Utah. More...
Where: Galerie Champaka, 27 rue Ernest Allardstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
When: April 10 to May 11, 2014

Theo van den Boogard
The Dutch creator of Léon La Terreur in a solo selling show of originals and prints of his character & of Amsterdam. More...
Where: Galerie Champaka Paris, 67, rue Quincampoix F-75003 Paris
When: April 24 to May 17, 2014

Lorenzo Mattotti: Vietnam
Selling show of the Italian's maestro's stunning images from his travels in Vietnam for the latest Louis Vuitton Travel Book. More...
Where: Galerie Martel. 17 rue Martel, 75010 Paris, France
When: May 15 to September 6, 2014

Herr Seele & Kamagurka: Cowboy Henk
Selling show of original pages of the Flemish surreal comics Cowboy Henk, with brand new accompanying paintings. More...
Where: Galerie Champaka Paris, 67, rue Quincampoix F-75003 Paris
When: May 22 to June 28, 2014

 

NORTH AMERICA: EVENTS

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014
The return of this free 2-day show & fair of over 300 cartoonists with an opening day for professionals only. More...
Where: Toronto Public Library, 789 Yonge St. & The Appel Salon, Toronto, Canada
When: May 9 to May 11, 2014

Comics & Medicine 2014 Conference
This year's theme is 'From Private Lives to Public Health'. More details & call for papers to follow. More...
Where: John Hopkins Medical Campus, Baltimore, Maryland
When: June 24 to June 26, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con International 2014
America's premier pop culture convention returns. More...
Where: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
When: July 23 to July 27, 2014

NORTH AMERICA: EXHIBITIONS

Sam and Max - Swift & Mirthful Justice: The Art of Steve Purcell
Sam & Max are a 6’ tall fedora wearing canine and his hyperkinetic rabbity-thing partner. Art from comics, TV cartoons, games & more! More...
Where: Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105
When: November 2 to April 20, 2014

 

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