Some updates from Paul Gravett:
Hope this finds you well. The big news coming up this weekend is the start of COMICA 07, the return of the London International Comics Festival, which runs from October 20th right through to November 6th.
The ICA is the main focus of events and they have their programme online and bookable at www.ica.org.uk/comica
On Saturday we kick off with a special acoustic set by American anti-folk singer-songwriter and comic artist Jeffrey Lewis, followed by three fascinating international comics talks, from Kosei Ono on manga and Gérald Gorridge on bandes dessinées and comics in Vietnam, to Sarnath Banerjee on Indian comics. There's a deal if you book up all 3 talks
Also happening as free events, with ICA membership or daypass, is 24 Hour Comics Day, when around 24 cartoonists strive to create a 24-page original impromptu story in 24 hours. It starts 3pm Sat and concludes by 3pm Sunday. Details are here
And the presentation of the winner of the Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica graphic short story prize, at 5.30pm:
On Sunday October 21st the panels continue with three discussions on Manga, Webcomics and Manhua (that's comics from China) with special guests including Yishan Li, Mr Clement, Paul Duffield, Ilya, daniel Merlin Goodbrey and more:
But not everything is happening at the ICA. One of Comica's other partner venues is the French Institute in South Kensington and on Sunday night 8-9pm in their magnificent library there's a discussion about graphic novels in English with Gérald Gorridge and special Cambodian-French graphic novelist Séra. Only £3 or £2 concessions.
For details of this and the whole Comica 07 programme, ICA and beyond, see my own site for listings and links here:
On Monday night 6.30-7.30pm, October 22nd, visionary Belgian writer and critic Benoît Peeters will be talking with me about bandes dessinées and manga and launching Tokyo is My Garden, his graphic novel with Frédéric Boilet, now in English from Fanfare/Ponent Mon. Tickets only £3 or £2 concessions. You can buy them on the door.
And two of Italy's greatest graphic novelists, Igort and Gip, have been invited to talk at the ICA on Tuesday 23rd, 7-8pm. Unmissable. The link is here:
If you feel like partying, Comica has also joined up with Illustrated London Noise, the monthly Friday free-form club night, from 9pm on October 26th and Le Gun, Tom Humberstone and others will be drawing live.
You can go to that after catching Alan Moore in performance with Michael Moorcock and Iain Sinclair from 6.30pm. Get tickets here:
Finally, for this bulletin anyway, one of the film highlights of Comica, running right through the season till November 4th is Princess, a truly disturbing adult animated vengeance-thriller from Danish comics creator Anders Morgenthaler.
Screening details here:
Hope to see some of you at the upcoming Comica season- lots more goodies to follow, from our Halloween special, Posy Simmonds, Misako Rocks!, Nick Abadzis, Abouet & Oubrérie of AYA, Mark Newgarden movies and live performance and music with Our Comic Book from Edinburgh, Iraq War graphic novels and special Persepolis Movie screening on the last night, Nov 6th.
All my best and take care