Upcoming Events

The Art of Comic Book Lettering | Exhibition running 19th Nov – 9th Dec

Orbital Comics invites you to celebrate the rich history and continuing craft of comic book typography, in our gallery’s latest exhibit – The Art of Comic Book Lettering!

Running from November 19th to December 9th, this very special exhibit features contributions from Comicraft’s John Roshell & Richard Starkings, Rian Hughes, Tom Muller and Hassan Otswane-Elhaou, as well as written articles chronicling the origins of the comic book font.

Black Metal: A Coloring Book Signing – Friday 23rd November 2018 From 4pm

On Friday November 23rd we will team up with Feral House Books to bring you a special promotional event for the Black Metal: A Coloring Book. This event will be hosted by artist Jason Atomic, publisher of Satanic Mojo Comix, who curated the book for Feral House and will bring together a group of contributing artists for a special signing and colouring event. In attendance will be Krent Able, Paul Arscott, Jason Atomic, Gaye Black, Paul ‘Mutartis’ Boswell, Billy Chainsaw, Savage Pencil, Russell Taysom and James Unsworth.

“Black metal is the essence of Satan forged into shining steel, a gruesome axe that shines its dismal, eerie gleam in the night when no other lights shine anymore.” (Satanic Warmaster – Werwolf)

The signing will run between 4pm-7pm where you’ll be able to meet the amazing artists that contributed to the book. Enjoy colouring in your favourite Black Metal Deities or come along on Friday 3rd November to have our guests colour some for you! Black Metal: A Coloring Book promises to disturb and entertain you.

Black Metal Friday Sale – 23rd November 2018

This Friday 23rd of November is what has become known in retail as ” Black Friday”, when retailers offer great discounts to help with those stocking fillers and gifts.

Here at Orbital we offer our own take on things by offering a vast range of bargains and discounts for one day only; the price of entry being we also play blood curdling Black Metal music all day! A small price to pay…

…which neatly ties in to another event on the 23rd, Black Metal: A Colouring Book Signing from 4pm.

Doctor Who Comics Day Signing and Q&A – Saturday 24th November from 5:30pm

Saturday 24th November marks the fifth annual Doctor Who Comics Day, and with the thirteenth iteration of the Doctor now on our screens, this year is set to be bigger and better than ever!

Orbital Comics is proud to welcome famed Whovian talents from the Seventh Doctor comic series Andrew Cartmel [Rivers of London], Jessica Martin [Elsie Harris Picture Palace] and Paul Cornell [Batman & Robin, Saucer State] will be in-store for a very special Seventh Doctor signing from 5:30pm.

But that’s not all, stick around after-hours for a free Q&A from 7pm, as our guests talk all things Doctor Who. Free drinks will be available and fans of all ages are welcome!

Observer Short Story Graphic Prize 2018

For the last few years, Orbital Gallery has been very pleased to host a series of exhibitions featuring the finalists from the prestigious Observer Graphic Short Story Prize, a fine showcase for upcoming British cartoonists. Previous winners have included Stephen Collins, creator of The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil and Julian Hanshaw, who created Tim Ginger.

This year will continue the great tradition, and we’ll be displaying the work of as many finalists as we can fit in the gallery this November between the 7th and 18th.

The winner was announced this Sunday 4th in the Observer. Congratulations to Edith Pritchett for winning!!!

And here is a list of the other finalists on display in our gallery:
Benjamin Æ Filby
Carolyn Dinan
Chris Blake
Christa Jarrold
Edith Pritchett
Emily Jones
Fred Campbell
Gabriella Marsh
Gemma Bowcock
Iain Cox
Jennifer C. Mayhew & Anders Frang
John (Jal) Clinch
Katharine Hill
Meg McLaren
Susan Sainsbury
Zoom Rockman
Zuhura Plummer

The Art of Arthur Ranson: Exhibition and Signing – Friday 5th October

This Friday, 5th October, sees the opening of the latest show at the Orbital Gallery. It’s a full retrospective of the artwork of British comics legend, Arthur Ranson. Arthur himself will be in attendance from 5 PM to sign copies of the deluxe new edition of Mazeworld from Rebellion Publishing, the dark fantasy he created with Alan Grant, and was serialised in 2000 AD. The exhibition itself, which runs from Friday until the 5th November, spans Arthur’s illustrious career. From his early biographical strips of The Beatles and Elvis Presley which featured in cult seventies British pop culture magazine Look In, moving on through beautiful fully painted pages from 2000 AD’s PSi Judge Anderson, to covers and pages featuring other Ranson creations Button Man and the aforementioned Mazeworld.

In addition, Arthur has furnished us with dozens of recent sketches featuring his own creations as well as other comic characters, all of which will be available to purchase. As if that weren’t enough, the supremely talented people at fine art printers Blacklist Editions have produced 2 really high quality art prints, one colour and one black & white featuring fan favourite PSi Judge Anderson. These will be available on the evening, and throughout the duration of the show.

This exhibition has a special significance for us here at Orbital Comics. Ten years ago, the first show opened in what is now our Eisner Award winning Gallery, it was none other than Arthur Ranson’s premier exhibition – full circle! So, please come along and enjoy some refreshments as we kick off our decades celebration with an expansive show from a genuine British comic art trailblazer!