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upcoming london events round-up!

I came back from travels to a stuffed-full Inbox, and I'm trying to work out exactly where I'm going to be for the next week or two, when I'm not madly scribbling away at my desk. So here are a bunch of events, and I'm listing them for my sake, as much as yours, to keep track of everything.

Comica COMIKET! One of the top comics events of the year! Really looking forward to this one, and it's a great place to pick up loads of inexpensive, hand-made presents for people: self-publishing comics, little books, badges, stickers, printed beer mats, posters, art prints, plush toys, etc. (Or just keep everything for yourself, it's very tempting.) Lots of great original stuff you won't find in your standard shops.

Free Comics Book Day! If you're a kid, particularly 8-12 year olds, but welcoming kids of all ages, this is your chance to draw alongside the professionals. Excellent comics shop, Gosh! London, will provide basic materials, and you can come and make your own comics with us! My slot is 1-1:30, and I'm sandwiched between Ray Friesen (Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken) (12:30-1) and Louise Roskosch (1:30-2). Here's the whole timetable:
12.00 Julia Scheele & Tom Humberstone
12.30 Ray Friesen
13.00 Sarah McIntyre
13.30 Louis Roskosch
14.00 Roger Langridge
14.30 Karrie Fransman
15.00 Will Morris
15.30 Christian Ward

This Monday, just off Brick Lane, you can hear talks and get into discussion with amazing DFC and Phoenix comic contributor Simone Lia (who has a new book that I'm desperate to see), Tom Gauld and Ian Williams at Laydeez Do Comics:

Lovely comics friend Darryl Cunningham is launching Science Tales, the follow-up to his hugely acclaimed and insightful Psychiatric Tales:

One of my favourite books as a kid was The Phantom Tollbooth, and Norton Juster is giving a talk at Foyles Charing Cross:

Friend of the Fleece Station Alex Milway is launching his latest yeti book! Besides it promising to be good fun, it's worth going just to see Alex's new yeti costume. Truly jaw-dropping. I saw a photo of him wearing it to the park once. Oh, my.

Comics colleague Nick Abadzis is returning from New York City to launch his Hugo Tate book...

And get in quick to register for the CWIG Conference! (That's the Children's Writers & Illustrators Group of The Society of Authors.) It's not til September, but we need you to book ASAP.

Apologies, I'm sure I'm missing out loads of things, there's SO MUCH going on in the next couple weeks. (If you are in London right now, and saying you are bored, then you are just not paying attention. Or are too broke to top up your Oyster card, but it takes me about an hour and a half for me to walk to central London from Zone 2, so if you are in at least Zone 2, that is no excuse if you can walk. Or get your electric wheelchair charged up.)

The only excuse for not coming is because you are too busy making comics. That is a good excuse, I should try it sometime.


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Apr. 19th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
The dangers of speed reading on a small screen.
I keep reading your heading as "unbecoming london events round-up!" and wondering what on earth you are up to.

Then, when I did read the article, I fell into the trap that only those of us brought up in Berkshire tend to make, of always assuming that reading with a capital R refers to the town. So I honestly thought for a moment that you were planning on visiting an event in Reading, Berkshire - home of Huntley and Palmer's biscuits and where Oscar Wilde spent time in jail.

I won't be coming to any of those events because I don't even have an Oyster card to top up but thank you for the news of "Science Tales". We're rather enjoying science inspired comic books at the moment. We've got the lives of Einstein and MarieCurie by the Swiss author Fiami and I bought "Feynman" by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick and "Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth"by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos (Illustrator) and Annie Di Donna (Illustrator) for the Easter holidays. The two weighty tomes in English have disappeared into the children's rooms and I've been left with the ones in French. Given the choice between reading about philosophical logic, advanced physics or reading in French the children will always go for the non-French option, malheuresment.

Loved hearing about you and your parents' trip. Hope they are still in the UK with you.

Genevan Jill
Apr. 20th, 2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
Re: The dangers of speed reading on a small screen.
Hi, Jill! Yes, the CWIG conference IS in Reading! And it's about reading. :)

Parents are heading back to the USA today (they went a few other places after we came back from Amsterdam) and I'm back in the studio, working like mad on a picture book. Still need to sort out thing for the Geneva trip, I need to write back to the head about the school itinerary and also see when I have coffee breaks. Will hopefully get back to you soon! x

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