May 2014 – October 2017

Hay Festival Phoenix Comics Workshops @ Hay Festival
May 28 @ 1:15 pm – May 29 @ 2:15 pm

I am representing the fabulous Phoenix Comic at Hay Festival this week with a series of workshops for kids aged 7+

Join The Phoenix comic artist Karen Rubins for her comic-creation sessions! As the scribbler of all things creepy and spooky, Karen will guide you through a world of comic monsters. Learn some top comic-creating tips while she helps you to draw your own ghosts, mythical beasts and of course…some pie!

All pretty exciting stuff, I’ve never been to Hay Festival before, but there are loads of awesome writers and illustrators involved … including Sarah McIntyre, Lauren Child, Francesca Simon … and the list goes on.

It’s part of the Hay Fever festival for children and families. Sign yourself up!

Wednesday’s events on the Hay Fever website

Thursday’s events on the Hay Fever website

Workshops are taking place at the following times:

Wednesday 28th May

13:15 – 14:00

14:30 – 15:15

15:45 – 16:30


Thursday 29th May

10:00 – 10:45

11:15 – 12:00

12:15 – 13:00

14:00 – 14:45

Japan Festival for Families @ Victoria and Albert Museum
May 1 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Japan Festival for Families @ Victoria and Albert Museum
Japan Festival for Families
Celebrate Japan’s Children’s Day with all kinds of activities for families.
There will be traditional storytelling and music, mini banner-making, origami, traditional puppets, and digital design activities as well as a manga drawing drop-in which I will be running.
All events are free and there is a full programme on the V&A website
CECAF: Crouch End Cartoon Art Festival @ Earl Haig Hall
Jun 18 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
CECAF: Crouch End Cartoon Art Festival @ Earl Haig Hall

CECAF is an independent comics festival in the bustling art enclave of Crouch End. From the CECAF website:

The show will host the best and brightest cartoonists and independent publishers currently active in the UK comic scene.
The past 5 years have seen a huge growth in creators, publishers and consumers of comics. Crouch End is home to some of these cartoonists, so it seems natural to bring this type of event to the hot creative hub of N8. Following on from the energy of this summers smash Crouch End Festival, CECAF will provide the opportunity for all ages to experience the varied and engaging world of the independent comic publisher.

On the day there will be over 25 exhibitors selling a variety of comics, graphic novels, prints and all sorts of visual matter.

Come along, chat and buy comics!

Sharjah International Book Fair @ Sharjah Expo Centre
Nov 2 – Nov 6 all-day
Sharjah International Book Fair @ Sharjah Expo Centre

I will be a guest at the Sharjah International Book Fair! It’s all very exciting!

While there I am running manga and comics workshops for children and teenagers, between the dates of 2nd and 6th November. Please contact the organisers for details.

There are also lots of other things happening and guests who are far more interesting than me, I assure you.

OxCon 2017 @ The Examination Schools
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm
OxCon 2017 @ The Examination Schools

I will be attending OxCon in Oxford for the first time! I am exhibiting in the South Halls, where you can find many other exciting comics creators such as Neill Cameron of the Phoenix and my sometime collaborators Richy K Chandler and Paul Shinn. Daniel Hartwell will also be around, and you might just catch him at the table!

I will be doing sketches and portraits as well as having many comics to sell!

Let’s Draw Manga! @ Southampton Central Library
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Let's Draw Manga! @ Southampton Central Library

Create your own manga-inspired characters and comic story in this workshop which is part of SO: To Speak, Southampton’s literary festival.

The workshop is for ages 7-11