Visit London Blog » comics Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:54:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Doctor Who in Comics 1964 – 2011 at The Cartoon Museum in London Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:24:19 +0000 If you’re thrilled that Doctor Who is back on our screens, stop worrying about the monsters in the wardrobe and go to The Cartoon Museum’s latest exhibition, Doctor Who in Comics 1964 – 2011.

The Doctor Who comic strip began in TV Comics then Doctor Who Weekly which became Doctor Who Magazine, still going strong today. Over the years, all of the doctors from William Hartnell to Matt Smith have appeared in comic strip adventures and the exhibition is a fascinating glimpse into the history of Doctor Who.

In the early days of Doctor Who, comics allowed The Doctor to have adventures which were beyond the BBC budget. The comics also provided fans with new adventures in the nineties when the show was off air.

The exhibition mainly consists of gorgeous original artwork, from initial pencils (pencil sketches indicating the placement of characters and speech bubbles) to inks, colour and black and white. One of the strips is accompanied by the original script so you can see how the comic was created. The artwork is mostly larger than the final printed comics, so the exhibition provides a great opportunity to see fine details and appreciate the quality of the work.

The Doctor faced many of his famous enemies in the comics – Daleks and Cybermen look just as menacing on paper as they do on the telly and most of the early strips were all about the Daleks.

For licencing reasons, The Doctor’s adventures in the comics didn’t always include his TV companions, and the exhibition references comic-only companions including Sharon, John, Gillian and the lovely Frobisher, the Whifferdill shape shifter who likes to look like a penguin.

The exhibition is a trip down memory lane for dedicated Time Lord fans and introduction to something new for younger viewers, but it’s a must-see for everyone who loves the adventures of Gallifrey’s favourite time-traveller.

Entry to the exhibition also includes access to the other cartoons and comics on display from the museum’s general collection and because there’s always a gift shop, you can pick up copies of the Doctor Who comic strip books on the way out if you want to read more.

27 July – 30 October 2011. Adults £5.50, concessions £3/£4, under 18 free.

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Comics, Manga and Zines in London Thu, 05 Nov 2009 10:00:19 +0000 Detail from the Comica Festival poster by Sarah McIntyreComics and manga are the next big thing in London! Here are some dates for your diary.

COMICA – The London International Comics Festival
The Comica Festival runs at the ICA from the 5-26 November and explores the world of comics, graphic novels and manga. Events include workshops, lectures, exhibitions and films.

We’re intrigued by the Uncle Hans-Peter Party, a live comic event where the audience are required to wear masks and collectively assume the persona of Uncle Hans-Peter – dress code smart casual; lederhosen optional.

Prices for Comica events vary, some are free. The Uncle Hans-Peter Party is on 17 November and costs £10.

Manga: Professor Munkata’s British Museum Adventure
Leading Japanese Manga artist Hoshino Yukinobu has created an exhibition featuring his manga character Professor Munakata having an adventure at the British Museum.

As usual, the museum are putting on a great free programme of events about the exhibition including gallery talks, lectures and family digital comic workshops. The exhibition is free and runs from 5 November – 3 January 2010.

30 Years of Viz at the Cartoon Museum
Viz, Britain’s adult comic celebrates its 30th birthday with an exhibition at The Cartoon Museum. Love it or hate it, this lewd, rude comic has scores of fans including Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson. If you’re looking for an offensive exhibition in London, don’t miss this one! 4 November – 24 January 2010.

Caped Crusader Exhibition at Orbital Comics
Orbital Comics is one of the best comic shops in London and they hold regular comic themed events. The Caped Crusader Exhibition (1 -13 December) will feature lots of postcards doodled and scribbled on by artists, performers, writers and musicians with links to the comic book and science fiction universe. If you’ve ever wondered what Brian Blessed, Russell Tovey, Doctor Who, James Earl Jones and Batman would doodle on a postcard, you’re about to find out. The postcards will be sold for charity.

The London Zine Symposium
The London Zine Symposium is a place for anyone interested in fanzines, small press, comics or radical writing to meet up, swap ideas, buy something new to read and attend workshops about zines. Yes, 3 May 2010 seems like ages away, but put it in your diary now and you won’t forget it.

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