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Illustrator Meet Ups & Gatherings

We love meeting new people and we know no matter how much you hate being out in public, that human connection is what stops us from turning into complete recluses. So while you may be happy to be locked in your own echo chamber, once in a while you ought to get a bit of fresh air… If not for yourself, do it for the rest of us before you figure out how to destroy the planet with a flick of a switch or worst still you become one of those truly twisted fine artists.

So now that you’ve finished deciphering the mysteries of the world with your cat or dog and wondering why the only person you ever talk to is your mother, check out these two events that are definitely worth more than a passing glance.

First up we have Yo Illo on the 25th January at The Miller Pub in London, followed by Drink and Draw on the 28th at The Edwardian Tearooms in Birmingham. Yo Illo is for everyone from students to seasoned professionals and is a good chance to talk about work and let off steam. Drink and Draw is more of a chance to socialise while doing what you love with the freely provided paper and pencils. Both events are run and supported by people who love the creative industry, so whether you go to both, or one or the other, it’ll be an amazing evening and atmosphere.

Yo Illo’s January Meetup
No agenda, no pressure — like-minded illustrators and industry talk.
Wednesday, January 25 at 6 PM – 9 PM
The Miller Pub
96 Snowsfields, SE1 3 London, United Kingdom
facebook.com/events/671989512981860/

Drink and Draw at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
A night of tiddly scribblings! Pens, pencils and paper provided!!
Saturday, January 28 at 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
The Edwardian Tearooms
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, B3 3DH Birmingham
facebook.com/events/240459886365725/

The London Illustration Fair 2015

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Taking up residence in the Bargehouse, a four-storey warehouse on the heart of the South Bank, The London Illustration Fair 2015 will showcase the work of 50 young, emerging illustrators, selected by an esteemed judging panel made up of some of the UK’s leading figures in the illustration and graphic arts. – The London Illustration Fair

December 4th-6th… More information.

Carlos Garde-Martin‘s newly formed collective Hip! Hip! will be there exhibiting and doing live Gocco printing with bags of quality art related stuff to buy. The video above is from Carlos’ Brighton Cityscape Mural. It looks like the Illustration Fair is going to be an awesome event.

OFFSET London 2015

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OFFSET London is just round the corner (November 12th & 13th) and you’ll be glad to know there are a few tickets left, although I can’t see them being available for long. OFFSET London will be a two day event and there will be plenty to do with lots of awesome people to meet. Just be careful not to trip over any hipsters with it being held in Shoreditch Town Hall. :)

With over 2,500 attendees to its Dublin event each year, OFFSET has fast become one of the worlds most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries.

Representing industry at all levels, our speakers are key disruptors and influencers in their fields, driving everything from huge global campaigns to awe inspiring personal projects and will speak about their work, ideas and inspirations, giving audiences an insight into their practices and personal perspectives on their careers over the course of the two-day event. – Lisa Haran

You can find more info, tickets and the line up on the official OFFSET London website. It’s a really well run event and definitely worth attending.

Where to Find Comics in the UK and the State of Comic Book Retail in the US

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I love comics, you love comics… Actually I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t love comics. But do you know where your local comic book store is? Recently I came across a map of the UK and Eire showing the locations of numerous comic book retailers. I’m pretty sure there are more out there than are shown on the map, but it does a good job of listing the ones that are on there.

There’s also an international comic shop map, but all it has is the name of the store without the website link and contact information.

While on the subject of comics, David Harper published a really interesting read on The State of Comic Book Retail. It includes some awesome infographics and does a really good job of summarising the pros and cons of owning or running a comic shop. I’m not going to tell you or reiterate what is says – go and read it!

Photo by Tom Morris of our favourite London comic shop Gosh! Comics, although Orbital Comics does come in, in a very close second.