1. Illustrator’s Diary: November Events and Exhibitions


    Here are the some of the events and exhibitions we are most looking forward to this November. If you know of an upcoming event or exhibition that you think we should know about, get in touch. We would love to hear your suggestions.

    Pictures from Punch

    Cartoon Museum, London, 2 November 2016 – 22 January 2017
    Pictures from Punch
    Punch Summer Number (Title page, 25 May 1936) by George Morrow © Punch Limited

    Pictures from Punch celebrates the magazine’s 175th anniversary. Founded in 1841 Punch was for over 150 years a British cultural institution. The exhibition will include cartoons from across the history of the magazine including works by H.M. Bateman, Richard Doyle, Michael ffolkes, Fougasse, Martin Honeysett, Charles Keene, Ken Mahood, Ken Pyne, Ronald Searle, Sir John Tenniel, Norman Thelwell, Mike Williams and many others. Also on display will be ‘Dropping the Pilot’, perhaps Punch’s most famous and most parodied cartoon.

    Thought Bubble Presents Jeff Lemire Signing

    Gosh! Comics, London, 3 November 2016
    Thought Bubble Presents Jeff Lemire Signing
    Black Hammer #1 (Dark Horse), Artist: Jeff Lemire

    From his work for hire with Marvel, DC and Valiant to his new series from Image & Dark Horse, Jeff Lemire is a man who has been firing on all cylinders for years now. Jeff is in town for the Thought Bubble festival (see below), and Gosh! has been able to nab him for a signing here from 6-7pm on Thursday the 3rd November. Check the Facebook event, for updates and announcements.

    Thought Bubble Festival 2016

    Leeds (and beyond), 1-6 November 2016
    Thought Bubble Festival 2016
    Art by Emmeline Pidgen © Thought Bubble Festival

    The Thought Bubble Festival is the UK’s largest event of its kind – an annual celebration of sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superhero comics to independent and small-press artists and writers. This year’s festival runs from 1st – 6th November, with Thought Bubble 2016’s convention taking place 5th & 6th November in venues located on Leeds Dock. As usual, the convention guest list is incredible, with highlights including Mike Mignola, Kim Jung Gi and Claire Wendling.

    Picasso’s portraits

    National Portrait Gallery, London, 6 October 2016 – 5 Febraury 2017
    Picasso’s portraits
    Portrait of Olga Picasso by Pablo Picasso, 1923; Private Collection. © Succession Picasso/DACS London, 2016

    Picasso’s portraits opened last month but with special events (including Sunday session: Animating Abstraction and Life Drawing: Picasso with the Old Masters) throughout November, there’s no better time to go see it. Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory. Advance booking is highly recommended for this exhibition.


    Andipa Gallery, London, ENDS 5 November 2016
    Banksy Andipa Gallery
    Kids on Gun by Banksy, 2003

    In association with the charity War Child, a selection of original canvas paintings, sculptures, prints and rare unseen objects by Banksy will be on exhibit in London for a special exhibition at Andipa. The exhibition is free, with a suggested donation of £5 to War Child UK. The exhibitions ends 5 November 2016, find out more here.