Events / July 2019

Check out this months LGNN comic book / graphic novel monthly meetup groups happening across London in July


Shoe Lane Comic Forum
Tuesday 2nd July
5:30pm – 7pm
Shoe Lane Library, Hill House, 1 Little New St, London EC4A 3JR

A fun and informal book group dedicated to the understanding and enjoyment of the multifaceted medium of comic books and graphic novels. Make friends, converse, get recommendations and choose from a wide selection of books to borrow and take home. From novices to fanatics: open to all.

For more info please get in touch

Islington Comic Forum
Tuesday 2nd July
6:30pm – 7:30pm
North Library, Manor Gardens N7 6JX

Like comic books / graphic novels? On the first Tuesday of every month Islington Comic Forum have the pick of the best of the Islington library comic book stock for your selection. Meet and talk with other members. Hear recommendations. Tell us what you think. Borrow titles to take home.

For more info: facebook page here

LGNN Watches Spider-Man Far From Home
Thursday 4th July

Cineworld West India Quay
5 Hertsmere Rd, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AL (map)

We are sitting on the back row, Row Q, in the centre.

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

Brompton Library Graphic Novel Reading Group
Monday 8th July
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Brompton Library, 210 Old Brompton Road, SW5 0BS

For the next session, MONDAY 8th July (6:30pm), we will be discussing Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds.

Cassandra Darke is an art dealer, mean, selfish, solitary by nature, living in Chelsea in a house worth £7 million. She has become a social pariah, but doesn’t much care. Between one Christmas and the next, she has sullied the reputation of a West End gallery and has acquired a conviction for fraud, a suspended sentence and a bank balance drained by lawsuits. On the scale of villainy, fraud seems to Cassandra a rather paltry offence – her own crime involving ‘no violence, no weapon, no dead body’. But in Cassandra’s basement, her young ex-lodger, Nicki, has left a surprise, something which implies at least violence and probably a body… Something which forces Cassandra out of her rich enclave and onto the streets. Not those local streets paved with gold and lit with festive glitter, but grimmer, darker places, where she must make the choice between self-sacrifice and running for her life.

Church Street Library Graphic Novel Club
Monday 8th April
6:30pm – 8pm
Church Street Library, 67 Church St, Marylebone, London NW8 8EU

An opportunity for new readers and veterans of the medium to meet, discuss and share knowledge and opinions on anything related to the Graphic Novels.

Visual Storytelling Studies
Saturday 13th July
10am – 11am
5th Floor Foyer/Bar of the Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX (map)

VSS is a monthly meetup of comic-makers and visual storytellers studying the craft of drawn narratives, graphic novels, and comics.We’re a collective learning group with the goal of improving our skills and techniques together through plenty of practice, research, and feedback.

Each time we’ll pick a fundamental skill or aspect of visual storytelling to focus on.
Using learning resources from leaders in the comics field like Scott McCloud, Will Eisner, & Nicholas Sousanis, we’ll explore different techniques and methods for exploring these aspects in our own work. During the meetup we’ll do a mix of practice exercises and discussions based around the weekly topic.

This group is open to everyone, but being a very practical learning-focused bunch, we need members who have a bit of time to spend on the weekly assignments. We ask that members have roughly 2-3 hours per week set aside to do the assignments. Ideally spending more than 2 hours will help improve your rate of learning. But we know there are limits to the time-space continuum, and it’s hard to fit all the complexities of human life into a perfect schedule.


WIP Comics
Saturday 13th July
11:30am – 3pm
5th Floor Foyer/Bar of the Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX (map)

Originally known as Graphic Novels and Comics, Critique and Collaboration Meetup was established by Michal Ingram in July 2011 who came up with the idea of bringing comic creators together for the purpose of collaborating and giving each other feedback.



Barbican Comic Forum
Thursday 18th July
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Barbican Library, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS

The Barbican Comic Forum is an informal group dedicated to the understanding and enjoyment of the multifaceted medium of comic books and graphic novels. Make friends, converse, get recommendations and choose from a wide selection of books to borrow and take home. From novices to fanatics: open to all. Three things to note: 1. If you don’t have a City of London library card you can now join online (Anyone can join – you don’t have to live or work in the city to be a member: so come on – what’s stopping you?). 2. If you’re a little late – don’t worry about it. You can still just grab a chair and join in. 3. For those of you old enough: when the session finishes there will be a few of us heading to the pub.

For more info: Facebook / Email

Westminster Reference Library Comic Book Drawing Club
Saturday 20th July

11:30am – 1:30pm
Upstairs of the Westminster Reference Library
35 St Martin’s St, London WC2H 7HP, UK (map)

A new group focused on the craft of  actually putting pen to paper, and doing some drawing. Perfect for beginners, or chronic procrastinators. The aim is to help to build up confidence in your own drawings, getting into a routine, socialising with other artists in the same position, finding out about the wider comics creators community, and aiming to produce something every month.
The library encourages attendees to use the collection from their arts library section into their work. And attendees are encouraged to take turns leading the group in an activity or theme of their own choosing, ideally tackling an area that are struggling with themselves.

LGNN visits The Citi exhibition Manga
Saturday 27th July

The British Museum
Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG (map)

LGNN visits The Citi exhibition Manga. We are booking as a group so there will be a discount on the day.

Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. Manga is a visual narrative art form that has become a multimedia global phenomenon, telling stories with themes from gender to adventure, in real or imagined worlds. Immersive and playful, the exhibition will explore manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dressing up. This influential art form entertains, inspires and challenges – and is brought to life like never before in this ground-breaking exhibition.

Dalston Comic (creators) Club
Monday 29th July

6:30pm – 7:30pm
Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ

Dalston Comic (creators) Club: A monthly meet up for adults who make comics, or are interested in starting, hosted on the last Monday of every month, 6:30pm – 7:45pm at Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Lane, London, E8 3BQ. The mission of the Dalston Comic (creators) Club, is to provide an environment that fosters creativity and an open community, where every session can be someone first, where participant learn from each other, in order to develop their storytelling and sequential narrative chops.

For more info: Facebook / Tumblr / Instagram / Twitter / Email

Comica Social Club
Wednesday 31st July
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Central Bar, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX

The Comica Social Club is a monthly meetup for people interested in comics, manga and graphic novels. It is informal. You can chat, greet, gossip or network. Talk about your stuff, your big plan, your collection list (but we may run away) or what awaits in the reading nook?The Comica Social Club is every last Wednesday in the month—except December. We all look forward to meeting you. Come and Have Fun and Make New Friends!

For more info: Facebook Group

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