Oh, 2017. What delights will you bring? Plans are being drawn up, but for now all that matters is this:
26/05/17 – LIVESTOCK LAUNCH, Gosh Comics, LONDON.
You’ve missed these, but I keep them here to remember the good times and prove to the publishers that I’ve been busy.
14-16/10/16 – Lakes International Comic Art Festival, KENDAL. You won’t be able to avoid me if you’re in Kendal: I’ll be refereeing the Clash of the Toon Titans: Asterix vs Tintin, taking part in a panel called When Women Lead the Way, interviewing Isabel Greenberg and doing some kind of live version of No YOU Hang Up with Dan Berry. I’m variously described in the programme as ‘ever-popular’ and a ‘provocateur’.
24/09-09/10/16 – Land Escapes Exhibition, Treviso Comic Book Festival, TREVISO. I have some work in this, alongside Brian Bolland, Kate Brown, Stephen Collins, Gemma Correll, Hunt Emerson, Gary Erskine, Tom Gauld, David Lloyd, Tula Lotay, Dave McKean, Gary Spencer Millidge, Sean Phillips, Chris Reynolds, Posy Simmonds, Carol Swain, Bryan Talbot and Andi Watson.
11-13/07/16 – IGNCC Graphic Gothic, MANCHESTER
2-3/07/16 – Glasgow Comic Con, GLASGOW. Very excitingly, this will be the first live outing of the No YOU Hang Up podcast! Dan Berry and I will tabling together and making breaks for it to interview Rachael Stott, Sha Nazir, Kate Leth and Marc Ellerby. Check the programme for details, because it’s going to be beautiful.
1/07/16 – Feminism and Comics, Glasgow Women’s Library, GLASGOW. Taking part in a panel discussion about ladies doing comics and ladies in comics, alongside Clare Forrest, Fiona Gordon, Maria Stoian, EIlidh G Nicolson and chaired by Nyla Ahmad
20/04 – 24/07/16 – The Great British Graphic Novel, The Cartoon Museum, LONDON. Another big exhibition I have some work in! Good times.
10/05/16 – Sketchmeet, House of Illustration, LONDON. We meet, we sketch, we drink. Sounds like the perfect evening to me.
07/05/16 – Free Comic Book Day & 2000AD Mega Signing, Orbital Comics, LONDON. Oh, did you know I wrote a short comic for this 2000AD special for FCBD? I did. I’ll be signing alongside Dani, Peter Milligan, Henry Flint, Alec Worley and Matt Smith.
12/04/16 – Women in Comics: Is the Graphic Novel Industry Failing to Recognise Female Creators? London Book Fair, LONDON. Emma Hayley chairs a discussion with Audrey Niffenegger, Corinne Pearlman, Sophie Castille and I.
5/03/16 – Barbara Yelin, Hannah Berry and Catherine Anyango in conversation with Paul Gravett, House of Illustration, LONDON. Exactly what it says on the tin! Free admission, but booking recommended.
5/02 – 15/05/16 – Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics, House of Illustration, LONDON. I’ve got some work up in this fantastic exhibition. Look, honestly? You and I both know that female comics creators are not a rare exception to the rule, but it’s good to have all of this proof curated in one place for when Uncle Derek goes off on one about women not liking comics. Do one, Uncle Derek.
7/11 – 5/12/15 – Underneath Exhibition, Orbital Comics, LONDON. An exhibition of prints and original art by a whole host of comics creators paying tribute to their influences and inspirations.
7-8/11/15 – Brighton Film & Comic Con, BRIGHTON. I’m a guest, look! Come and find me somewhere in this behemoth convention: I’ll sell you books and sign the hell out of them.
3/10/15 – Page 45’s 21st Birthday, NOTTINGHAM. That’s right! The famous comics emporium is coming of age and will be given the key to the door, and probably the city, and definitely your heart. I’ll be signing merrily with Simone Lia for a bit, then at 7 we’ll all go and celebrate at a massive afterparty at the Canalhouse. And YOU are invited.
1-20/06/15 – VIRTUALREALISM Exhibition, Anise Gallery, LONDON. A weird and wonderful idea, best described on their website…
21-22/02/15 – Sunderland Comic Con, SUNDERLAND
29-30/11/14 – Salon des ouvrages sur la BD (SoBD), PARIS
26/11/14 – Fast Forward, LONDON: I’ll be giving a talk at Gosh Comics for City Lit
25/10/14 – Comics workshop for Big Draw / Graphic Details, LONDON, looking at the dramatic potential of comics. Sounds good, eh? As an added bonus, it’s also FREE. Get involved!
17-19/10/14 – Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, KENDAL. I’ll be interviewing talented chap Nick Hayes on his new book Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads on the 18th, then on the 19th interviewing the ever-effervescent Joff Winterhart as he documents A Day in the Life of LICAF.
18/09/14 – Quick Strips, Brighton Digital Festival, BRIGHTON. A barrage of five-minute presentations on comics from some of Brighton’s brightest comic folk.
23/08/14 – Edinburgh International Book Festival, EDINBURGH. I’ll be taking part in one of two panel discussions this evening for the launch of the collaborative graphic novel IDP:2043, alongside Denise Mina, Pat Mills, Adam Murphy and Will Morris.
16/08/14 – Comiket, British Library, LONDON. Once again you’ll find me over with Myriad Editions where, for some reason, I’m marked as being a ‘special guest’. (I’d have said ‘cuckoo’, but they’re a polite bunch.)
15/08/14 – Loncon 3 – the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, LONDON. Two panels – British Comics: Influences and Influencers (11.00am) & Best 21st Century Comics: Predicting the New Classics (1.30pm)
19/07/14 – Hoax: Psychosis Blues signing at Gosh Comics, LONDON.
17/07/14 – Comics Unmasked: Masterclass, British Library, LONDON: as part of the fantastic comics exhibition this year, I’ll be giving workshops to year 10-13 students. I’m pretty sure this is only open to schools/colleges, but worth double checking if you’re interested.
5-6/07/14 – Glasgow Comic Con, GLASGOW. ‘In Conversation With Denise Mina and Kate Charlesworth’ on Sunday afternoon, but other than that I’ll be manning a table; selling books and chit-chatting.
14/06/14 – ELCAF, LONDON (I’m not officially here, but I will be helping out at -and probably hawking from- the Myriad Editions table.)
7/06/14 – Hoax: Psychosis Blues Launch, MANCHESTER – there’ll be a signing at Travelling Man at 3pm with project wrangler extraordinaire Ravi Thornton and artists Julian Hanshaw, Rozi Hathaway and Ian Jones. Following the last night of the play Hoax: My Lonely Heart, there will be a wrap party/book launch at the Sandanista Cantina Bar where there will be more signing and some drunkenness.
24/05/14 – Graphic Brighton, University of Brighton, BRIGHTON. Basically a one day comics festival for £8/£5! I’ll be giving a workshop on character design and appearing on a panel entitled “What makes a good graphic novel?”. (Bold words, hence the question mark.)
17/05/14 – Shoulder to Shoulder: Sally Heathcote Suffragette, Cartoon Museum, LONDON. I’ll be interviewing the ever-delightful Mary Talbot, Bryan Talbot and Kate Charlesworth about their fantastic new book. I’m very excited about this.
8-11/05/14 – The REFRAME exhibition will be at the Thessaloniki Book Fair, THESSALONIKI. (We’ll be there in spirit.)
12/04/14 – Graphic Storytelling and New Ways of Reading, First Fictions Festival, West Dean College, SUSSEX. Panel discussion with Gareth Brookes, Andy Oliver and Suzi Feay, chaired by Woodrow Phoenix
19/03-12/05/14 – The REFRAME exhibition will be at Philanthropy House, BRUSSELS, courtesy of the European Cultural Foundation. Will we be there for the opening? Yes we will!
17-28/02/14 – The REFRAME exhibition will be at Çekül Evi, ISTANBUL. We’ll be there for the launch of this one, too!
7/02/14 [until some time in the summer?] – The REFRAME exhibition will be at Riadh El Feth, ALGIERS. We’ll be there for the launch!
24/10 – 22/11/13 – REFRAME at the Free Word Centre, LONDON. Exhibition of comics commissioned on the theme of contemporary attitudes to Europe, featuring artists from the UK (myself, ILYA and Dan Locke), Algeria (Sofiane Belaskri, Mahmoud Benameur and Soumeya Ouarezki) and Turkey (Naz Tansel, Murat Mıhçıoğlu and Cem Özüduru). Spoiler: I’m a massive Europhile.
23/10/13 – Reframe Launch at the Free Word Centre, LONDON. There’ll be a panel discussion, which I’ll unfortunately have to miss most of as I dash over to be –
Very proud to be involved with the very first Lakes International Comic Art Festival, KENDAL:
- 19/10/13, 10.30am Writing Without Words, a workshop on doing just that. SOLD OUT
- 19/10/13, 10.00pm Rocking With Horror, a horror-based panel discussion with David Hine, Ravi Thornton and Ian Culbard, chaired by Alex Fitch.
- 20/10/13, 12.30pm Watch Them Draw, a live drawing session with Isabel Greenberg.
- I’ll also be helping judge the Young Persons Comic Art Competition and taking part in a rather good exhibition at The Castle Dairy from 16/09 – 10/11/13
17-22/09/13 Entreviñetas Festival, COLOMBIA.
10/09/13 The Special Relationship, LONDON – along with SJ Harris, Tom Humberstone, William Goldsmith AND Toby Litt. Will feature the premature debut appearance of my graphic-novel-in-progress, LIVESTOCK. Exciting, no? I’m excited.
05/09/13 Quick Strips, Brighton Digital Festival, BRIGHTON – I and a sterling line-up of graphic novelists (including Gareth Brookes, Darryl Cunningham, Joe Decie, Hannah Eaton, Ottilie Hainsworth, Julia Homersham, Jaime Huxtable, Chie Kutsuwada, Ben Naylor and Nye Wright) will be giving speed-of-light six minute presentations on our comickery.
I’ll be at Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Stripped, being one hotly anticipated celebration of comics spread out over 40 events:
- 24/08/13, 8.30pm – Modern Gothic Graphic Novels, a panel discussion with Gareth Brookes, chaired by David Bishop. Gareth will be launching his new book THE BLACK PROJECT, winner of the First Fictions prize, at this event. I’ve seen snippets: it’s brilliant, dark, and all kinds of wrong. I can’t wait.
- 25/08/13, 5.30pm – Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, doing a reading alongside Jon McNaught and Garen Ewing.
- 25/08/13, 8.00pm – Sandman with Neil Gaiman. I’ll be interviewing the man himself on the new Sandman prequel and all things comics.
13-14/06/13 – Glasgow Comic Con, GLASGOW: selling, signing, drawing, talking on panels. You know the drill.
5-07/05/13 – Graphic Medicine Conference, BRIGHTON: running a workshop on character development (as in developing characters, not personal development)
22/06/13 – ELCAF, LONDON: I’ll be perched on the Myriad table, selling books and trinkets. Come say hello.
30/03/13 – Dundee Comics Expo, DUNDEE
02/11/12 [until whenever the new shop opens?] – My work is currently on one of the illustrated hoardings outside Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, LONDON.
God knows what happened before this point. This was the dark ages, before people kept diaries.