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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

Apr
26
Wed
The Inking Woman Exhibition @ The Cartoon Museum
Apr 26 – Jul 23 all-day
The Inking Woman Exhibition @ The Cartoon Museum

This fantastic exhibition of British women cartoonists and comic artists is running at the Cartoon Museum from 26th April. It features work from over 80 women cartoonists from the 18th Century onwards. The scope is really huge, from political cartoons and satire to long-form storytelling and graphic novels. I am excited to have work exhibited along with a whole host of amazing artists such as Kate Charlesworth, Karrie Fransman, Hannah Berry and Posy Simmonds!

This is definitely a must-see for anyone even vaguely interested in comics, cartoons, drawing or art generally.

Jul
26
Wed
Manga For Beginners at the Cartoon Museum @ The Cartoon Museum
Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Manga For Beginners at the Cartoon Museum @ The Cartoon Museum

This summer I am doing a number of kids’ workshops for the Cartoon Museum. There are also additional dates for workshops with a host of different comic and manga artists so please check out the rest of the schedule on the Cartoon Museum website.

Manga for Beginners

Award-winning Phoenix comic artist Karen Rubins shows you how to create a simple manga story.

Ages 8 – 12

Aug
7
Mon
Manga For Beginners @ Leyton Library
Aug 7 @ 9:30 am – Aug 11 @ 12:30 pm
Manga For Beginners @ Leyton Library

If you’ve never drawn manga before and want to learn how, this is the course for you. Find out what manga is all about and where it comes from. We will cover drawing faces, bodies and expressions, how to use different styles, and you will create your characters and bring them to life in a manga comic page. Suitable for complete beginners.

This course runs Monday-Friday 9:30-12:30 and is suitable for ages 11-14

Manga Storytelling at the Cartoon Museum @ The Cartoon Museum
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Manga Storytelling at the Cartoon Museum @ The Cartoon Museum

This summer I am doing a number of kids’ workshops for the Cartoon Museum. There are also additional dates for workshops with a host of different comic and manga artists so please check out the rest of the schedule on the Cartoon Museum website.

Manga Storytelling

Award-winning Phoenix comic artist Karen Rubins shows you how to create a 5-panel page of manga artwork that tells a complete story.

Ages 8 – 12

 

Aug
14
Mon
Advanced Manga @ Leyton Library
Aug 14 @ 9:30 am – Aug 18 @ 12:30 pm
Advanced Manga @ Leyton Library

Have you created your own characters or stories and want to know what to do next? Do you want to advance your skills up to the next level? In this course you will be developing more advanced techniques in writing, drawing, and designing, and learn everything you need to know to tell your story through manga. Attendees should have some experience of drawing manga, creating characters, and/or making comics.

This course runs Monday-Friday 9:30-12:30 and is suitable for ages 14-16

Aug
15
Tue
Make a Mini-Comic at the Cartoon Museum @ The Cartoon Museum
Aug 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Make a Mini-Comic at the Cartoon Museum @ The Cartoon Museum

This summer I am doing a number of kids’ workshops for the Cartoon Museum. There are also additional dates for workshops with a host of different comic and manga artists so please check out the rest of the schedule on the Cartoon Museum website.

Make a Mini-Comic with Karen Rubins

Karen started her career making mini-comics. She’ll show you how to startle your friends back at school with an

8-page mini-comic featuring your own characters and story.

Ages 8 – 12

Aug
16
Wed
Manga For Beginners at the Cartoon Museum @ The Cartoon Museum
Aug 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Manga For Beginners at the Cartoon Museum @ The Cartoon Museum

This summer I am doing a number of kids’ workshops for the Cartoon Museum. There are also additional dates for workshops with a host of different comic and manga artists so please check out the rest of the schedule on the Cartoon Museum website.

Manga for Beginners

Award-winning Phoenix comic artist Karen Rubins shows you how to create a simple manga story.

Ages 8 – 12

Aug
21
Mon
Manga For Beginners @ Leyton Library
Aug 21 @ 9:30 am – Aug 25 @ 12:30 pm
Manga For Beginners @ Leyton Library

If you want to get in to creating your own comics, this course will take you through the process, from plotting to creating storyboards, to choosing the right panels and producing your own comic strip. You will learn about different kinds of comics from gag strips to graphic novels. Writing and/or drawing experience preferred, but no special knowledge of making comics is necessary.

This course runs Monday-Friday 9:30-12:30 and is suitable for ages 11-16

Aug
30
Wed
Comic Strip Masterclass at the Cartoon Museum @ The Cartoon Museum
Aug 30 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Comic Strip Masterclass at the Cartoon Museum @ The Cartoon Museum

This summer I am doing a number of kids’ workshops for the Cartoon Museum. There are also additional dates for workshops with a host of different comic and manga artists so please check out the rest of the schedule on the Cartoon Museum website.

Comic-Strip Masterclass with Karen Rubins

11am – 3.30pm

NOT FOR BEGINNERS! If you’ve got the basics under your belt – perhaps you’ve been

to our workshops before – here’s where you’ll learn professional methods of working in a series of fun, lively exercises for aspiring comics and manga artists.

Ages 10-14 Please bring a packed lunch.