UK – Conjuror Signing Tour

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John Barrowman (Arrow, Doctor Who, Torchwood) and his sister and co-author Carole Barrowman will be touring the UK from 6 to 13 May to sign copies of their new novel CONJUROR. Confirmed venues for the tour are:

Friday, 6 May, 5.00pm:
Waterstones Cardiff, 2a The Hayes, CF10 1WB

Saturday, 7 May, 1.00pm:
Waterstones Bluewater Shopping Centre, West Village, Greenhithe, Bluewater, Kent DA9 9SE

Sunday, 8 May, 1.00pm:
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DT

Monday, 9 May, 5.00pm:
Waterstones Reading, Broad Street United Reform Building, 89a Broad Street, Reading, RG1 2AP

Tuesday, 10 May, 4.15pm:
Waterstones Newton Mearns, 38 Avenue Centre, Newton Mearns, G77 6EY

Wednesday, 11 May, 5.00pm:
Waterstones Edinburgh West End, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD

Thursday, 12 May, 5.30pm:
Waterstones Manchester Arndale Centre, Manchester, M4 3AQ

Friday, 13 May, 5.00pm:
Waterstones Birmingham, 24-26 HIgh Street, Birmingham B4 7SL

There is no pre-booking for the Waterstones’ events – just come along and join the queue. For Foyles, you may register for a Priority Queue ticket, which will also enter you into a draw for some fun prizes. Visit the Foyles site for details of their event and how to register for the competition:

As well as Conjuror, you may also bring John and Carole’s other books for signing at these events. They will not sign other items, such as DVDs, CDs or action figures. You may take photos while in the queue but please do not ask John and Carole to pose for photos with you as time at the events is limited, and this would mean that some fans would not be able to have their books signed.

ABOUT CONJUROR:
Seventeen-year-old Rémy Dupree Rush is the last of his kind. He’s a Conjuror, a descendant of an ancient African bloodline that can change reality with music. Seventeen-year-old twins, Matt and Em Calder, are the most powerful of their kind. They are Animare, descendants of an ancient order of artists whose imaginations can bring art to life and travel through paintings. Malevolent forces that only a Conjuror can stop are rising in the world. Rémy must enlist the Calder twins’ help to battle them.

Reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and the Atlantic slave trade, this supernatural thriller sprints from the streets of Chicago across the rooftops of central London to the art galleries of Glasgow and the highlands of Scotland, ending in a mind-blowing clash in southern Spain where (with help from the artist, Caravaggio) Rémy, Matt and Em confront an evil conceived in chaos at the beginning of time.

Conjuror will be published in the UK by Head of Zeus on 5 May and is now available for pre-order from Waterstones, Amazon and other booksellers.

UK – Punisher #1 Signing

00000000_PUNISHEr1Legendary comic artist Steve Dillon will be signing the first issue of the new Punisher series at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore at 6:00pm on Wednesday 4th May.

FRANK CASTLE LOSES CONTROL! A by-the-numbers drug bust is about to take Frank Castle by surprise and he HATES surprises. The horrible fallout threatens to send The Punisher into the heart of darkness, but Castle won’t make that journey alone: A DEA agent is on his trail and attempting to get into his head but what horrors will she find there, and will she survive the experience?

Becky Cloonan and Steve Dillon are forcing Frank Castle out of his comfort zone and taking him to the edge of the world he thought he knew!

Steve Dillon began his career as an artist at the age of sixteen, contributing to Marvel UK titles. His credits include numerous stints on 2000AD and Doctor Who Comics as well as The Punisher, Animal Man, and Hellblazer and his work with Garth Ennis on the groundbreaking Preacher.

Please Note: Due to time restraints, Steve Dillon will not be sketching at this event.

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

UK – Becky Cloonan Signing

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Writer/artist Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy, Southern Cross) appears at Gosh! Comics on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM!

Becky Cloonan has a prolific career as a writer and artist, including her self-published short stories The Mire, Demeter, and Wolves, collected (now o/p but soon to be re-collected) as By Chance or Providence. She earned the distinction of becoming the first woman to draw Batman on the main title since the series debuted in 1939, and has also worked as artist on series such as Conan, Harley Quinn, Northlanders, Buffy, American Virgin, The Fabulous Lives of the Killjoys, American Virgin, and Demo!

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

UK – Free Comic Book Day 2016

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Time to bring your festive cheer! It’s that time of year, the comickers favourite celebration – Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 7th, we will be open from 10.00-9pm (yes, that’s 30 minutes earlier than normal opening hours). We will be hosting various events and signings throughout the day.

Kids Workshop – 11-2pm
with John Allison, Emma Vieceli, Jason Ford, Rachael Smith, Gary Northfield, Joe & Sam Decie, Kristyna Baczynski, Dilraj Mann, JAKe, Babak Ganjei, Paul Shinn, Ramzee and Marc Ellerby.

Guardian Cartoonist Signing 2-4pm
with Tom Gauld, Simone Lia, Krent Able, and Stephen Collins.

Image Comics Signing 5-6pm
with Kieron Gillen, Christian Ward, Tula Lotay, Caspar Wijingaard, and Dan Watters.

Avery Hill Launch Party 7-9pm
with Rachael Smith, Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen D. Pomery

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

UK – Rok of the Reds Signing

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John Wagner, creator of Judge Dredd, appears at Infinity & Beyond Comic Shop on Saturday 26 March 2016 at 2:00 PM to sign his new comic ROK OF THE REDS!

Infinity & Beyond Comic Shop
Charles Darwin Shopping Centre (Unit 25, Middle Mall)
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1PL
01743 360666

UK – Journeys of a Caroonist

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Acclaimed American author Craig Thompson appears in conversation with comics authority Paul Gravett at The British Library on Monday 21 March 2016 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM!

Thompson is best known for his much loved and award-winning graphic novels – the autobiographical breakthrough Blankets and his powerful Islamic fairytale Habibi.

He has followed these with Space Dumplins, a masterwork for all ages which combines breathtaking imagination, poignant family drama and sharp ecological awareness. In the tradition of plucky heroines like Alice, and her astonishing adventures, his new character Violet is on an intergalactic quest to save her father in a bizarre polluted future.

This is Craig Thompson’s exclusive London speaking appearance – in conversation with with Paul Gravett, author of Comics Art and co-author of Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK.

The event will be followed by a book signing.

Price: Full Price: £8.00
Senior 60+: £6.00
Student: £5.00
Registered Unemployed: £5.00
Friend of the BL: £5.00

Tickets available now

In association with Comica and Faber & Faber

The British Library
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
+44 (0)1937 546546

UK – 4th Doctor #1 Signing

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GORDON RENNIE appears to sign 4th DOCTOR #1 (Forbidden Planet exclusive variant cover) at Forbidden Planet Newcastle on SATURDAY 26th MARCH from 1 – 2pm!

Victorian England. A mysterious woman commands a hidden army in a house of the blind. Scryclops stalk the streets. and something alien and terrible screams from prehistory – with a hunger that cannot be satisfied! The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith return for an all-new adventure: GAZE OF THE MEDUSA!

Gordon Rennie is a Scottish comics writer, responsible for White Trash: Moronic Inferno, as well as several comic strips for 2000AD, and for writing for WarHammer Fantasy. His first work was published in Blast! Magazine in 1991.

Together with Emma Beeby, he’s also written The Doomsday Quatrain and sections of 1001 Nights for Big Finish Productions.

Forbidden Planet
59 Grainger Street Newcastle NE1 5JE UK
0191 261 9173

UK – Discover! Launch Party

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Gosh! Comics hosts the launch party for the new series by Isabel & Imogen Greenberg, ‘Discover!’ with the first two titles ‘The Roman Empire’ and ‘The Ancient Egyptians’. The launch will be Friday, April 8th from 7-9pm.

A new series from sisters Isabel & Imogen Greenberg, each book in the series covers key historical periods. The first title in the Discover! series takes a look at Ancient Egypt! The book takes in pyramids , mummies, hieroglyphs and provides comprehensive a timeline of the period. The second title that we will be launching on the night is Discover The Roman Empire. Within this volume you’ll find gladiators, architectural feats and the might of the imperial Roman army, all rendered by Isabel Greenberg’s unmistakeable line. This new series is a great way for children to engage with these historical topics in an engaging and fun way.

Isabel Greenberg is well-known to the London comics community. She debuted her graphic novel The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth in early 2013 to critical acclaim. She’s also worked with publishers such as Nobrow, Seven Stories Press, and First Second. Her sister Imogen Greenberg is a freelance journalist writing on arts, culture and heritage in London. This is her first book.

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

UK – Rivers of London: Body Work Launch Party

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Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel appear at Gosh! Comics  from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Friday, 18th March for a launch party and signing for the trade of Rivers of London: Body Work.

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

UK – Rivers of London #2.1 Signing

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Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel signing Rivers of London #2.1 FORBIDDEN PLANET JETPACK EXCLUSIVE/BEN OLIVER VARIANT at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 16th March from 6:00 – 7:00 PM!

Follow the continuing adventure of Peter Grant, and the special branch of the Met who deal with magic and the supernatural!

Peter Grant has come a long way since first entering that particular special branch of London’s Metropolitan Police. With his hard-earned powers and a flair for the supernatural, it’s his job to investigate those shadowy crimes that involve urban vampires, weird folk in the Underground and, in this case, why cars are suddenly taking on lives of their own and killing innocent people!

In RIVERS OF LONDON #2.1, Russian hoodlums, seeking to free a very particular prisoner, storm a police vehicle on a routine prison transfer in north London. Their target is a witch. A very powerful witch who doesn’t want to be free. Things rapidly turn very ugly for the hoods and it’s soon a job for full-time police constable and part-time wizard, Peter Grant.

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

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