The London International Comics Festival is halfway over, so if you haven’t seen any of it yet you owe it to yourself to investigate some sweet action with paper, ink and speech bubbles. The festival continues to tackle a nicely wide range of topics, so this week the highlights we’ve chosen offer Halloween horror, an indie invasion and germane geopolitics. If the festival were a comic book itself, it would be coming to the page where you can see the staples – so enjoy the last half before it’s finished.
There’s spooky stuff happening at the ICA on Halloween night. A quintet of artists and writers will dig up some graphic horror to talk about in Comics That Go Bump In The Night. Hairs will keep on trembling in the cinema with a preview of 30 Days of Night, an adaptation of a graphic novel about throngs of vampires terrorising a dark, wintry Alaskan town. Will the undead bother to wrap up warm? Presumably they don’t need to worry about the sniffles.
On Sunday 2 November, you can sample some up-and-coming talent in the small press comics fair. Chat to the writers and artists, snap up a few of their comics et voilà: you’ve made a new discovery.
Tuesday 6 November sees the focus shift to the Middle East. Iraq: The Graphic War features the authors of two comics investigating the Iraq occupation, one as a documentary and the other imagining the year 2011. Later the festival wraps up with a screening of Persepolis, the prize-winning film adaptation of a graphic novel about a young girl growing up in revolutionary-era Iran.
Comica, ongoing until 6 November, ICA and various venues. For more information go to the Comica website here.
Image from Strange Embrace courtesy of the author, David Hine.