UK – Transformers: Lost Light #1 Signing

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James Roberts and Jack Lawrence will visit Orbital Comics on Friday, December 16, 2016 to sign the first issue of Transformers: Lost Light from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The store will also host an exhibition of Lawrence’s artwork.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

UK – Elstree 1976 Screening

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Director Jon Spira hosts a screening of his Star Wars documentary at the Cube Cinema on Tuesday, November 22nd at 8:00 PM! Tickets available at the link…

Elstree 1976 is a documentary looking at the lives of the people behind the masks and beneath the helmets in the original Star Wars movie. Over the summer of 1976, a wide array of North American and British actors, along with an inexhaustible supply of film extras, donned crazy costumes and headgear to populate George Lucas’s universe. Few of them understood what the film even was, let alone the global cultural impact it would go on to have. Filmmaker Jon Spira has tracked a cross section of these people down and explored the bizarre community they have formed, to find out what it means to exist in the shadow of such a phenomenon.

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The Cube
Dove Street South, BS2 8JD Bristol, UK
+44 117 907 4190

UK – The Coldest Winter Launch Party

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Writer Antony Johnston appears at Gosh Comics to celebrate the launch of The Coldest Winter, sequel to his excellent (soon to be a major motion picture) cold war thriller The Coldest City. Proceedings kick of from 7-9pm on Friday the 9th December!

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

UK – Elstree 1976 Signing

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Director Jon Spira will be signing DVD copies of his documentary Elstree 1976 – accompanied by some of the cast members – at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on 18th November at 6:00pm. Joining Jon Spira will be rebel pilot Red 12, John Chapman, and Anthony Forrest – the Jedi mind-tricked Sandtrooper. “These aren’t the droids we are looking for”

Behind the masks. Beneath the helmets. Big People. Small Roles.

In 1976, the original Star Wars movie was shot in suburban North London. Nobody involved had any idea how big the film would become, many couldn’t even remember the title. Yet, for the extras and actors in smaller roles, their faces hidden behind masks and beneath helmets, this seemingly insignificant job would go on to colour their lives even four decades later.

Documentary filmmaker Jon Spira has tracked down a cross-section of these actors and extras, including David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), to find out what it means to have been a part of the most beloved cinematic universe of all time.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – Warhammer 40,000 #1 Signing

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George Mann will be signing the Local Comic Shop Day Variant of issue one of Warhammer 40,000: Will Of Iron at our London Megastore on 19th November at 1:00pm.

Warhammer 40,000 #1 is based on the ever-popular tabletop miniatures war game from Games Workshop. Games Workshop legend George Mann and artists Tazio Bettin & Enrica Eren Angolini take the series to new heights with the first adventure, ​Will of Iron​​.​

After a thousand years of warp storms, the Calaphrax Cluster has re-opened to the universe, and Baltus and his fellow Dark Angel Space Marines join a strike force sent to explore and secure the region, in search of forgotten artefacts and ancient technology! But the forces of Chaos are never far away… and a shameful Dark Angels secret from the Horus Heresy soon leads to a new front in the war!

This new, phenomenal variant for​ Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron​ #1 from Titan Comics comes with a special cover exclusively designed for the annual Local Comic Shop​ Day by Pasquale Qualano & Marco Lesko and is only available in participating stores.

George Mann is author of the bestselling Doctor Who: Engines of War and Newbury & Hobbes steampunk mystery series, as well as numerous other novels, short stories and original audiobooks.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 Signing

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Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Kev Walker will be signing the first issue of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 7th December at 6:00pm.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra – Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best.

With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

Kieron Gillen came to attention as a comic writer with his collaboration with Jamie McKelvie, Phonogram. In 2014 the same partnership managed to find a way to make their brand of pop-comics sell, with the critical and commercial smash, The Wicked + The Divine. He’s worked for publishers including Marvel, Image and Avatar, on books as varied as Iron Man, Uber, THREE, Thor, Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men and many more. His acclaimed work on Marvel’s Darth Vader introduced the character of Doctor Aphra.

Kev Walker began his career on 2000 AD and Warhammer comics as well as a number of DC and Marvel titles. He is also noted for his illustrations for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – Brighton’s Graphic War Signing

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Comic creator Dave Gibbons, best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, which include the miniseries Watchmen and the Superman story “For the Man Who Has Everything,” appears at Dave’s Comics on Saturday 12th November from 11am-1pm to launch QueenSpark Books’ new Graphic Novel Brighton’s Graphic War.

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Dave’s Comics
5 Sydney Street, Brighton, BN1 4EN
Tel: 01273 691012

UK – Class Signing

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Join Patrick Ness, the creator and writer of the new smash BBC 3 series, Class – plus writers Guy Adams and James Goss – signing books based on the series at our London Megastore on 18th November at 6:00pm.

Currently running on BBC3, this new Doctor Who spin-off show is set at Coal Hill School, which has a special significance for Doctor Who fans: it’s not only the primary school where the Doctor’s most recent companion, Clara Oswald, taught but it featured in the very first Doctor Who episode in 1963.

Class centres on the adventures of an all-new group of students at Coal Hill, and features action, heart and adrenaline – plus dangers breaking through the walls of time and space, a darkness coming to a London unprotected, a new group of heroes to root for, and new villains to hide from behind the sofa.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – The Troop Signing

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NOEL CLARKE will be signing THE TROOP at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 12th November 1 – 2pm.

Across the planet and unknown to each other, a group of troubled teenagers lead lives of quiet desperation. But hell is about to be unleashed, and they find their lives destroyed when dark forces target them. On the run, they discover they have unbelievable powers and must come together – as The Troop!

Noel Clarke is an actor and producer, best known for Doctor Who, Star Trek Into Darkness, Adulthood and Kidulthood. He’s one of only 25 actors to have appeared in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – DMC Signs

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Hip hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will be signing his memoir Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 9th November from 6 – 7pm!

In this surprising and moving memoir, the legendary rap star and co-founder of Run DMC keeps it a hundred percent, speaking out about his battle with depression and overcoming suicidal thoughts — one of the most devastating yet little known health issues plaguing the black community today.

Also available will be his Graphic Novel, DMC, which imagines an alternate history that blends traditional comic book storytelling with the pressures and anxieties of 1980’s NYC, and explores how we got to where we are now. DMC is a superhero for those who need one most.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

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