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Karen Rubins

I am a comics creator and illustrator living and working in London, UK. I have been making comics since the beginning of the century, and enjoy collaborative storytelling in all its forms. As well as writing and drawing, I run workshops, clubs and courses for all ages.

Welcome to my website. Have a look around at the artwork, read about what I’m up to in my blog, or find out how to hire me for your project.

I am currently accepting illustration and comics commissions, and am available for workshops, talks and courses throughout the year.

Please see the About me page for more info, or contact me here.

 

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Upcoming events

Jul
9
Sat
Comics Unstripped! Exhibition @ Alfred East Art Gallery
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – Aug 20 @ 4:45 pm
Comics Unstripped! Exhibition @ Alfred East Art Gallery

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery is hosting a fantastic exhibition about comics, including art from classic comics greats, as well as newcomers – and highlighting British comics and graphic novels as well as women artists. I have work on display, as do Glenn Fabry, Alison Sampson, Rachael Smith and a whole host of others.

From their website:

Visit the Alfred East Art Gallery this summer for our ‘Comics Unstripped!’ exhibition, where we look at the history of comics and graphic novels. The exhibition features the original artworks by Kettering’s Frank Bellamy, including some examples from Garth, Thunderbirds and Dan Dare. The exhibition, which runs from 9th July to 20th August, looks at DC and Marvel as well as some of the newcomers in the business.

They are also holding some workshops and a family fun day with a superhero theme, so please see their website for details.

Jul
25
Mon
Urban Ambush 2016! @ Watermans Art Centre
Jul 25 @ 9:30 am – Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm
Urban Ambush 2016! @ Watermans Art Centre

I’m back at Watermans Art Centre in Hounslow for another Urban Ambush manga course!

Urban Ambush is a creative summer camp where children and young people aged 8-18 can take part in various creative activities. Manga, capoeira, theatre design, music and animation are all on the menu this year.

The manga course is for ages 13-18 and is suitable for all abilities.

From the Watermans website:

Channel your ideas and abilities into producing a manga, a Japanese comic, inspired by the local environment, working with professional Manga artist Karen Rubins. Design characters, develop an authentic style, and learn storytelling and artistic techniques with a renowned comic book creator, Karen Rubins, who has had work exhibited at the Embassy of Japan and V&A museum. End the week with a giant visual projection and your own printed anthology. Suitable for complete beginners and experienced mangaka!

 

Aug
1
Mon
George’s Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Stratford Library
Aug 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
George's Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Stratford Library

I’ll be all up and down Newham, running workshops for kids aged 7-11 for the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Roald Dahl.

George’s home-made medicine caused his granny and farm animals to grow to a giant sizes. Join me at various locations throughout Newham to draw your own comic strip based on the wacky adventure George’s Marvellous Medicine. Come along!

George’s Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ The Gate Library
Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
George's Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ The Gate Library

I’ll be all up and down Newham, running workshops for kids aged 7-11 for the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Roald Dahl.

George’s home-made medicine caused his granny and farm animals to grow to a giant sizes. Join me at various locations throughout Newham to draw your own comic strip based on the wacky adventure George’s Marvellous Medicine. Come along!

Aug
2
Tue
George’s Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Plaistow Library
Aug 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
George's Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Plaistow Library

I’ll be all up and down Newham, running workshops for kids aged 7-11 for the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Roald Dahl.

George’s home-made medicine caused his granny and farm animals to grow to a giant sizes. Join me at various locations throughout Newham to draw your own comic strip based on the wacky adventure George’s Marvellous Medicine. Come along!

George’s Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Beckton Globe Library
Aug 2 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
George's Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Beckton Globe Library

I’ll be all up and down Newham, running workshops for kids aged 7-11 for the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Roald Dahl.

George’s home-made medicine caused his granny and farm animals to grow to a giant sizes. Join me at various locations throughout Newham to draw your own comic strip based on the wacky adventure George’s Marvellous Medicine. Come along!

Aug
4
Thu
George’s Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Manor Park Library
Aug 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
George's Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Manor Park Library

I’ll be all up and down Newham, running workshops for kids aged 7-11 for the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Roald Dahl.

George’s home-made medicine caused his granny and farm animals to grow to a giant sizes. Join me at various locations throughout Newham to draw your own comic strip based on the wacky adventure George’s Marvellous Medicine. Come along!

George’s Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Green Street Library
Aug 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
George's Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Green Street Library

I’ll be all up and down Newham, running workshops for kids aged 7-11 for the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Roald Dahl.

George’s home-made medicine caused his granny and farm animals to grow to a giant sizes. Join me at various locations throughout Newham to draw your own comic strip based on the wacky adventure George’s Marvellous Medicine. Come along!

Aug
5
Fri
George’s Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Canning Town Library
Aug 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
George's Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ Canning Town Library

I’ll be all up and down Newham, running workshops for kids aged 7-11 for the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Roald Dahl.

George’s home-made medicine caused his granny and farm animals to grow to a giant sizes. Join me at various locations throughout Newham to draw your own comic strip based on the wacky adventure George’s Marvellous Medicine. Come along!

George’s Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ East Ham Library
Aug 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
George's Marvellous Comic Book Creations! @ East Ham Library

I’ll be all up and down Newham, running workshops for kids aged 7-11 for the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Roald Dahl.

George’s home-made medicine caused his granny and farm animals to grow to a giant sizes. Join me at various locations throughout Newham to draw your own comic strip based on the wacky adventure George’s Marvellous Medicine. Come along!