Upcoming Events

Beyond Redlands: The Comic Art of Vanesa R. Del Rey – September Exhibition

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In a rare UK appearance, Orbital are excited to welcome the incredible talent of Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Del Rey’s resumé boasts a breadth of highly-praised work; from Boom Studios’ Hit, to DC’s Constantine: The Hellblazer, and Marvel’s Scarlet Witch. Now, with her new Image Comics series Redlands (written by the amazing Jordie Bellaire) out on our shelves, we can think of no better time to see her art in person.

The exhibition runs throughout the month of September, and with such beautiful and evocative range, promises to be one of our most memorable shows.

Bryan Talbot: Grandville Force Majeure – The Exhibition Extraordinaire

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It gives us great joy to announce that infamous comic creator Bryan Talbot will be coming to Orbital Comics this November for an extraordinary exhibition of his incredible artwork.

Talbot’s graphic novel series Grandville not only received overwhelming critical acclaim, but won the Prix SNCF award for best graphic novel, and was twice nominated for the prestigious Hugo award, propelling it to the ranks of “must-read” titles.

Grandville: Force Majeure represents the fifth and final instalment of this incredible series, and features our heroic Detective Inspector LeBrock on the run, wanted for murder, and out to save the country against insurmountable odds.

And as an extra treat, Bryan Talbot will be in store on Wednesday 15th of November for a signing and official book launch for Force Majeure. So be sure to clear your calendar, this event is not to be missed!

The Badger is back!

A gang war rages as, wanted for murder, truly alone and outside the law, Detective Inspector LeBrock is on the run from both the police and gangster assassins, the victim of a diabolical scheme to annihilate himself and everyone he holds dear, engineered by mastermind crime lord Tiberius Koenig, one of the most despicable villains in the history of detective fiction.

A fiendishly ingenious story of love, tenacity, treachery and tragedy, this fifth, final and longest stand-alone volume of the Eisner and Hugo Award nominated Grandville series by master storyteller and graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot is a veritable roller coaster of a detective thriller, featuring Grandville’s trademark fusion of high- octane excitement and humour, plus deduction on a Holmesian scale as we finally meet LeBrock’s mentor, Stamford Hawksmoor, and discover LeBrock’s untold backstory. Fan favourite characters, Detective Sergeant Roderick Ratzi and LeBrock’s vivacious fiancée, Parisian prostitute Billie, are joined by a new badger in town! Enter Tasso, an Italian badger who’s bigger, meaner and uglier than LeBrock – but is he a force for good – or evil? A battle royale ensues as LeBrock fights against truly outrageous odds. How can he possibly survive?

Prepare to be royally badgered!

“I have greatly enjoyed the Grandville books. I think they’re superbly designed, beautifully conceived, admirably written – everything about them is terrific. They really show what the form can do. A graphic novel built on the solid foundation of a strong story.” – Philip Pullman

“Bryan Talbot has an infectious enthusiasm for the Graphic Novel form.  I like writers and artists who surprise me.  I open one of his books and I don’t know what I’m going to get until I am there on the page.  I love the fact that I can dive into the very beautiful, very lush, very colourful world of Grandville.” – Ian Rankin

Angelic Signing at Orbital – Thursday 21st Sept, 5:30-7:30pm

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Humanity’s long gone. Its memory lingers only as misunderstood rituals among mankind’s leftovers: the genetically modified animals they used and abused for eons. – But for one young flying monkey, QORA, the routines are unbearable. All she wants is to explore. Instead she’s expected to settle down, to become a mother…to lose her wings.

To celebrate the release of Image Comics’ Angelic, Orbital is proud to welcome back Simon Spurrier, Caspar Wijngaard and Emma Price for what is sure to be an unmissable signing!

How Comics Work – Book Launch, Signing & After-Hours Discussion – Weds 20th Sept, 5:30pm ’til late

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Orbital is proud to present the launch of How Comics Work, the exciting new book from Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher. Pulling back the curtain of comic book creation, the iconic artist behind Watchmen and Green Lantern reveals insider hints, tips and tricks in his own words. Covering both traditional and digital techniques, this “how it’s done” book will prove essential to any aspiring comic creator.

Gibbons and Pilcher will be signing copies of their new book from 5:30 – 7:30pm, and the evening will conclude with a free-to-attend after-hours panel discussion. If ever you wanted to get comic book industry knowledge first-hand, this will be the event you can’t afford to miss!

Return to Godhead: A Shaky Kane Exhibition – From August 16 to 31

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We are delighted to welcome Shaky Kane to the Orbital gallery once again, with an exhibition running from August 16th to 31st, celebrating the launch of Good News Bible: The Complete Deadline Strips of Shaky Kane.

Coming soon from Breakdown Press, Good News Bible collects Shaky’s complete comic strips and illustrations from the ground-breaking British counter-culture magazine Deadline, which between 1988 and 1995 spawned Jamie Hewlett’s Tank Girl and launched dozens of cartoonists’ careers. Drenched in wry wit, Kane’s politically charged, hallucinatory, Jack Kirby-infused punk cartoons crackle with intensity and bombast, remaining as relevant now as when they were first published 30 years ago.

Triple Threat Signing

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On Friday 8th September, in London’s Orbital Comics, three independent creators will meet to decide who is the best in the small press territory.

Mike Garley is an EMMY nominated writer who has written comics for Adventure Time, Wallace and Gromit and beActive’s Collider. In addition, Mike has also written creator-owned projects The Kill Screen, Samurai Slasher and Eponymous. Jack Teagle is an illustrator, painter and cartoonist with titles published by Nobrow and Retrofit under his belt. Lukasz Kowalczuk makes stupid comics for smart people; focusing on the most important topics like post-apocalypses, slime and wrestling.

They are all currently working together on new titles and will be bringing tons of goodies with them, including some new releases!