Upcoming Events

Treasury of British Comics: An Exhibition – June 1-30

This June we are proud to welcome Rebellion Publishing to the Orbital Gallery in a celebration of their imprint, The Treasury of British Comics!

Rebellion have been lovingly breathing life into some of the most classic British comics of the 1970s and 80s, and in honour of these revived books they’ll be pulling back the curtain to reveal a rich variety of original art, displayed lovingly on our walls.

The exhibition runs throughout June, with a special free opening night event from 7pm on Saturday June 2nd.

Deadendia Book Launch – Friday 1st June

Barney and Norma are just trying to get by and keep their jobs, but working at Dead End also means battling demonic forces, vengeful ghosts, time travelling wizards and scariest of all – their love lives.

Hamish Steele’s popular webcomic Deadendia was inspired by a short animation Hamish made for Cartoon Hangover, Dead End. It follows the lives of three amusement park employees who begin to suspect something paranormal lurks under the haunted house attraction! Nobrow now collect the first 8 issues in trade paperback.

To celebrate the launch, Hamish will be joining us for a signing on Friday 1st June from 5pm to 7pm. Afterwards, we will be having a Director’s Commentary and Q+A with Hamish from 7.30pm. FREE ENTRY.

Kid Lobotomy Volume 1: A Lad Insane Signing with Peter Milligan – Weds 23rd May, 6-7:30pm

We are proud to announce that we’ll be hosting the official UK launch signing for Kid Lobotomy Volume 1: A Lad Insane with the legendary Peter Milligan!

A key forerunner of the “British invasion” that helped reinvigorate comics in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Peter Milligan is best known for his work at DC / Vertigo on titles such as Shade the Changing Man, Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City and Hellblazer, as well as at 2000AD (Bad Company, Hewligan’s Haircut) and Marvel (X-Force, X-Statix, X-Men). In his latest undertaking Milligan partners with Liberator and Rat Queens Tess Fowler for Kid Lobotomy, the debut title at IDW’s creator-owned Black Crown imprint.

In the words of Black Crown curator and editor Shelly Bond, “Peter Milligan is one of the most talented writers in the history of the written word. One of comics’ original provocateurs, Milligan is quietly crafting a new monthly series that’s worthy of your consideration. In other words: He. Cannot. Be. Stopped.”

Kid Lobotomy has been described as “Kafka meets King Lear by way of Young Frankenstein”, a dark, demented satire that follows a dysfunctional family of hoteliers. Will sibling rivalry, seduction, and shapeshifting eventually lead to sanity or salvation?

Peter Milligan will be signing on Wednesday May 23rd, from 6-7:30 PM. Copies of Kid Lobotomy Volume 1 will be available for purchase.




Winston Smith’s Graphic Anarchy – Saturday May 19th

We have a very special event coming on Saturday 19th of May. Radical collage artist Winston Smith who has worked with Green Day, Dead Kennedys, dozens of other groups and publications, will be popping up in the Orbital Gallery. Original artwork, prints and posters will be available, as well as a specially-produced comic, exclusive to this rare UK appearance.

As if that weren’t enough in the evening Winston will be in conversation with the legendary Savage Pencil to discuss his art and motives, accompanied by a unique slideshow.

Joining Winston in this talk will be John Heartfield. John is the grandson of the well-known anti-Nazi photo montage genius of the same name. Heartfield the senior risked life and limb throughout the 1930s and the wartime era creating searing anti-Hitler agit-prop art to combat the Nazi propaganda machine. So now John curates an online gallery of his grandfather’s artwork.

Click here to check out John’s online gallery displaying his grand-dad’s Dadaist artworks.

Craft beer will be provided by the glorious Hopdaemon Brewery, and entry is free! So be sure to stop by for this very special event — it’s not to be missed!

Scene & Hung Exhibition: 11th – 31st May | Signing & Talk Saturday 26th May

Insightful and wryly hilarious political and social observations by cartoonist David Ziggy Greene from the acclaimed Scene & Hung, Orbital is proud to host this off-beat exhibition featuring work from his new book, Times Like These.

And for those who seek a peek behind the curtain, we’ll have an Exhibition Opening and Book Launch this Friday, May 11th, from 7:30 to 9:00; and Greene will also be in-store for a Signing on Saturday, 26th May, from 5-7pm, followed by a free after-hours talk!

‘With his beautiful illustrations and incisive words, David Greene is one of the most important cartoonists working today.’
David Squires, Guardian cartoonist

A collection of Private Eye’s popular reportage column Scene & Heard including previously unseen sketches and reports.

For six years David Ziggy Greene has travelled the country asking questions and sketching scenes of modern life for Private Eye. His detailed, funny, astute works of graphic reportage – at protests and festivals, cycle rides, farms and prisons – expose the realities behind political turmoil. The human cost of policy and the profound local impact of legislation.

This new collection of columns from 2014 also contains selected early pieces from 2011 and much brand new material – including a series of wryly funny, insightful sketches of human hubs such as airports, docks and courts.

Enjoy the truth behind the headlines with the sharp humour and brilliant artwork of Private Eye’s popular reportage column Scene & Heard.