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Jessica Fulford-Dobson: Skate Girls of Kabul - Saatchi Gallery

Photo by Jessica Fulford-Dobson

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PHOTOGRAPHER Jessica Fulford-Dobson will present her series of portraits, Skate Girls of Kabul, in a major new exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery from April 15 to April 28, 2015.

Jessica Fulford-Dobson won 2nd prize in the 2014 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize with Skate Girl, 2014, just one of a series of works made on location in Kabul, where young girls from poor and displaced families were being taught to skateboard as a hook to get them back into full-time education.

After just one year of attending the Back to School programme, the girl in the prize-winning portrait (pictured) has passed her first three educational grades and is now enrolled in the national school system. She still attends Skateistan in her free time.

Wanting to capture the wonderful story of Afghan girls skateboarding, Jessica first approached Skateistan in 2012 to ask them if she could visit their site in Kabul.

Skateistan is an NGO founded in 2007 by Australian skate enthusiast Oliver Percovich. It now has over 60 staff in several countries. Percovich was enthusiastic about Jessica’s idea, and agreed to give her access to the schools in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.

The girls soon accepted Jessica’s presence, especially as she worked simply, without artificial lighting, and on her own. Photographing with natural light limited the shoot locations within the relatively dark skate park, but this actually helped the children’s natural personalities to shine through.

Jessica says: “I met so many impressive women and girls in Afghanistan: a teacher as tough and determined as any man; young Afghans in their early twenties who were volunteering at an orphanage and were passionate about being seen as strong and willing to fight for themselves, rather than as victims of circumstance; and girls who were being educated to be leaders in their communities and who were already thinking carefully about their own and their country’s future.

“And of course there were the young skate girls, so fun to be around and so totally unspoilt. I feel lucky to have met them. I hope that this collection captures something of their spirit: their joy in life, their individuality and their community.”

And speaking about the girl in the image, Jessica said: “She first caught my eye because she was wearing such a beautiful colour. She’s just immaculate. From the way she has tied her headscarf so beautifully and so naturally, you see that she has an innate sense of grace. Her little hennaed hand rests gently – yet possessively – on the skateboard, and how small she seems beside it! I love her assurance: her firm, steady gaze. One feels a sense of depth in her eyes, even though she is just seven years of age.”

For more on Jessica Fulford-Dobson visit www.jessicafd.com/.

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY

Website: www.saatchigallery.com/

24:2015 Exhibition - Soho Square

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TWELVE years ago 24 photographers set out on an ambitious journey: to document New Year’s Day for the next 24 years.

To begin, each was allocated one hour of the day during which to record what was going on around them. But the project did not stop there. This was a project that was to last 24 years, with each photographer progressing one hour every year, so that at the end of 24 years, there will be 24 sets of images from New Year’s Day. Or 576 images.

The exhibition, which continues until March 19, features a number of critically acclaimed artists from across the globe and the group draws on a wide variety of experience and talent. Not only that, but this year Bridget Coaker, night picture editor at the Guardian and co-founder of Troika editions, has curated this 12th anniversary show.

The original 24 photographers met while studying on a postgraduate photography course at Central St Martin’s in London. Although their various careers have all led them down different paths they reunite to continue towards their goal.

Six prints from the project have been auctioned off in aid of Hope and Homes for Children, an international charity working to ensure that all children have the chance to grow up in the love of a family. They went under the hammer on the day of the private view (February 28) at a special event at Soho House, just a stone’s throw away from the exhibition in Soho Square.

Curator Bridget Coaker said: “When I first heard about 24photography I thought what a great idea, I do hope they manage to keep the momentum going. Now in its 12th year this group of dedicated photographers are still going out in all weathers and all hours to capture something that shows something of the first day of each New Year. Their commitment to the project is inspiring.”

Claire Spreadbury, founder of 24photography, said: “The exhibition is going from strength to strength and now in our twelfth year we’ve really developed an identity and feel that we’re an established part of London’s art calendar. New Year’s Day is an exciting time of the year, and we hope that 24 captures some of that excitement, but also gives a little glimpse into the rest of the day after the celebrations and parties. The exhibition in Soho Square allows us to share that with everyone.”

Previous exhibitions have proved extremely successful with the group displaying their work in unusual but accessible locations (the fountains of Trafalgar Square, the SS Robin in Docklands, AOP, Greenwich Park, Golden Square and Berkeley Square to name just a few).

Admission: Free.

Times: Daily from 9am to 5pm.

Kenji Yoshida: Infinite Light - October Gallery

Work by Kenji Yoshida

Exhibition preview

OCTOBER Gallery is presenting an exhibition of works by the late Kenji Yoshida (1924 – 2009) – from April 2 to May 10, 2015.

Entitled Infinite Light, it will focus primarily on Yoshida’s later paintings in which gold leaf and other metallic overlays are applied to contrasting fields of bright colour and black ground, creating moving compositions that express the artist’s oft-repeated statement, that ‘Life brightens when peace happens.’

In this magnificent, elliptical language of coloured forms surrounded by silver and gold leaf, Yoshida invites the viewer to consider the fundamental forces of life, and meditate upon that essential unity that binds us all together and dwells in the heart of humanity.

For Yoshida, Light represented the ineffable quality of Life that showered down on earth from the infinite depths of space. It was our duty, he believed, to nurture that life-giving force, by reflecting it endlessly amongst ourselves, so that it travelled onwards forever.

Born in 1924, in Ikeda City (part of present-day Osaka), Yoshida first studied art under Hayashi Kiyoshi Sensei before his path of artistic development was unavoidably interrupted by war. Selected for training as a kamikaze pilot, Yoshida was extremely lucky to survive his teens – though the majority of his friends were not so fortunate.

It was under the weight of many such memories, and in a post-war climate of crushing defeat, that Yoshida returned to his art, devoting himself to a sustained exploration of those life-affirming forces that he had seen so tragically extinguished around him. From that point onwards the majority of Yoshida’s work has carried the single, most telling of all titles, Sei-Mei – La Vie – Life.

Yet, however much agency Yoshida’s poignant personal experiences might lend to his message of Peace, October Gallery’s exhibition seeks to re-examine his work in an art historical context, considering it, in its own right, as the work of a supreme master.

In 1964, Yoshida left Japan permanently, following in the footsteps of the legendary Tsuguharu Fujita. By moving to the cosmopolitan capital of Paris, the acknowledged centre of international Modernism, Yoshida was expressing his hope that some reconciliation of East and West could be materially enacted through painting.

Indeed, this surprising move beyond the protective pale of Japanese influences brought Yoshida’s work into dialogue with the great movements of the time. He was confronted by the heady shock of the Abstract Expressionists, and in particular Rothko and Motherwell, who both employ similarly abstract forms in striving for that transcendent spirituality that so characterises Yoshida’s art.

Yet, rather than entering the slipstream of his contemporaries, Yoshida’s decision to make his mark on the world from a small studio in Paris allowed him the freedom to tread a path of independent innovation: the results of his choice are uncompromisingly original, standing quite alone in the history of art during the forty five years he lived and worked in Europe.

In 1993, the individual qualities of Yoshida’s work were recognised when he was honoured as the first living artist ever to be given a solo exhibition at the Japanese Galleries of the British Museum. His final exhibition, in 2008, was in the main hall of UNESCO in the centre of Paris – the city that reciprocated his choice in making it his home by adopting him as one of her own artists and providing him with a studio for life.

Two acclaimed films have been made about this extraordinary artist. Kenji Yoshida: Artist of the Soul, directed by Ishmael Annobil, was given an unprecedented screening at UNESCO in October 2008, at Yoshida’s testimonial exhibition, Vie Et Paix.

In 2010, NHK, Japan’s National Broadcasting Network, created a special documentary entitled Sei-Mei (Life-Force) about Yoshida Kenji’s life, his work and his unwavering insistence on the single and simple message of Peace. This film was commissioned and broadcast to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Finally, Yoshida’s message had returned home.

Admission: Free.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12.30 to 5.30pm.

October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AL

Tel: 020 7242 7367

Website: www.octobergallery.co.uk/

El Anatsui: Selected Works is on display at October Gallery until March 28, 2015.

Ghosts - The Fine Art Society

Ghosts: how we live in the future

Exhibition preview

GHOSTS, The Fine Art Society’s group show which includes work by Stuart Semple, Laura Oldfield Ford and street artist Macarena Yañez, is on display from March 4 to April 10, 2015.

Ghosts examines the social effects of urban regeneration in cities around the UK, and particularly in London. This is obviously a timely issue as more and more historic buildings and areas are razed to the ground to make way for new developments.

The artists in this exhibition react to urban regeneration in different ways, some use humour whilst others take a more poignant approach to their work.

This is particularly relevant in the work of Stuart Semple who, alongside his pop-art pieces, will display an installation of the original door of the historic 12 Bar Club in Soho. The bar, situated on ‘Tin Pan Alley’ (Denmark Street) was a legendary destination for musicians, playing host to such musicians as Jeff Buckley, Adele, The Libertines, The Rolling Stones and the Black Sabbath.

The story was reported nationally a few weeks ago when riot police had a violent encounter with squatters in the venue. Semple, was able to obtain the door, thanks to one of the squatters, the 159 bus and a Tesco trolley. He has managed to retain the readymade artwork in order to narrate the story of the venue but more widely the homogenisation of Soho and our cities which have fallen prey to relentless regeneration projects.

The story is a topical example of the themes of the exhibition at The Fine Art Society, and the gallery, (the oldest commercial gallery in London still situated in its original location) is an apt venue to discuss this issue and display the piece, being itself at risk of encroaching developers alongside other commercial galleries within Mayfair.

The Fine Art Society’s new head of Contemporary, Lee Cavaliere, commenting on the decision to stage this exhibition, said the following:

“The subject of regeneration is particularly prescient; some of London’s treasured cultural markers are under threat from an apparently exponential building project. The recent ‘destruction’ of the Paolozzi mosaics at Tottenham Court Road and closure of Soho’s cultural centres are examples that have raised debate around the threat of homogenisation, which London has always resisted. These artists react to the phenomenon of the city with particular insight and erudition; it is only fitting that this conversation is carried out at the Fine Art Society, a long-time resident at London’s cultural heart.”

The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London, WI5 2JT

Tel: 020 7318 1895

Website: www.faslondon.com/

Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process - Tate Britain

Untitled from the series ‘Alexander McQueen Working Process’ 2013 Nick Waplington.

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TATE Britain’s spring 2015 photography exhibition presents the result of a unique collaboration between the artist Nick Waplington and the acclaimed fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

This major exhibition will reveal McQueen’s working practice through a selection of over 130 large and small scale photographs, including images never seen before.

The exhibition, entitled Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process, is timed to coincide with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty fashion exhibition, and is on display in the Level 2 Galleries from March 10 to May 17, 2015.

Waplington photographed McQueen’s idiosyncratic creative journey as he prepared and presented his final Autumn/Winter collection, The Horn of Plenty, in 2009. He was given unprecedented access to McQueen’s studio, and captured an intense and theatrical working process, from sketching to production to the Paris catwalk show.

McQueen conceived The Horn of Plenty collection as an iconoclastic retrospective of his career in fashion, reusing silhouettes and fabrics from his earlier collections, and creating a catwalk set out of broken mirrors and discarded elements from the sets of his past shows. This radical theme provided inspiration for Waplington, best known for his photographic work centred on issues of class, identity and conflict.

Their artistic collaboration reveals a raw and unpolished side of the fashion world, juxtaposing candid images of McQueen’s working process with rigorously produced photographs of landfill sites and recycling plants, to create a powerful commentary on destruction and creative renewal.

The photobook that resulted from this collaboration is unlike anything of its kind. Waplington and McQueen worked on the book together and a large maquette of the book, which they shared as they edited the work, will be on display.

Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process is curated by Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate, Carolyn Kerr, Head of Programme Management and Isabella Maidment, Assistant Curator Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain.

Nick Waplington (b.1965) is a British photographer born in Aden, Yemen, and based in London and New York City. In addition to Alexander McQueen: Working Process (2013), he has published a number of photobooks including Living Room (1991), Safety in Numbers (1996) and Settlement (2014).

He has exhibited internationally with solo shows such as Double Dactyl, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2007). Group shows include 49th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale (2001) and he will participate in This Place – Artists look at Israel and Palestine at the Brooklyn Museum in 2015.

Waplington received an ICP Infinity award in 1993 and his photographs can be found in public collections including the Guggenheim Art Gallery and Moma in New York, and the V&A and The Government Art Collection in London.

Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (1969-2010) was a British fashion designer and couturier. He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own hugely successful, eponymous label. McQueen won the British Fashion Awards’ British Designer of the Year four times and won the Men’s Wear Designer of the Year award in 2004. In 2003, he received the CFDA Award for Best International Designer and was honoured with a CBE for his services to the fashion industry.

For more information, call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 or visit www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain.

Image: Untitled from the series Alexander McQueen Working Process 2013 Nick Waplington.

Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

A collection of previously unseen, backstage photographs from Alexander McQueen’s seminal show Dante, are to be displayed for the first time at the Gallery at Foyles from March 20 to May 3, 2015. Read more.

Big stage productions at Empire Cinemas in March

EMPIRE Cinemas has announced a compelling March 2015 line-up of arts and live performance screenings available nationwide through its Empire Extra programme.

From musical theatre to opera, comedy and ballet, Empire Cinemas invites enthusiasts to enjoy screenings of their favourite productions in the comfort of their local cinema at a fraction of the theatre ticket price. Some showings will even be screened live simultaneously, with the action taking place on stage, meaning cinema-goers needn’t miss a moment.

Straight to the big screen on March 4 is the Royal Shakespeare Company LIVE 2015 – Love’s Labour’s Won. Set in autumn 1918, Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places.

Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name believed to have been given to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

The tragic and resonant tale English National Opera: La Traviata (Live) will be screened on March 11. La Traviata tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.

Making her UK debut as Violetta is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, who stars alongside ENO Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.

National Theatre Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, starring Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me) and directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road), comes to Empire Cinemas on March 12. Fashioned on Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo’s uncompromising book, David Hare’s epic play looks beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport, where lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own…

Screening at Empire Cinemas on March 17 is Royal Opera House: Swan Lake (Live). Surely the greatest of all romantic ballets, Swan Lake is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture.

Hitting the big screen on March 23 is Maxine Peake as Hamlet (Royal Exchange Manchester 2014). Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness.

This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women.

Starring the talented Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge, the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014, screens on March 26. The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale.

In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price…
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Jon Nutton, Marketing Director of Empire Cinemas, said: “Empire Extra brings the excitement of live events and stage productions from around the country to our customers’ local cinema. This March’s Empire Extra line-up is one of our strongest to date and we’re proud to offer a diverse range of content to our customers.”

For further ticketing information visit www.empirecinemas.co.uk/ or call 08714 714 714.

João Penalva at Simon Lee Gallery

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SIMON Lee Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of new work by the London–based Portuguese artist João Penalva. Featuring a series of large scale photographs of London pavements taken at points along the artist’s daily routes between home and studio, it will be on display from March 27 to April 25, 2015.

Printed onto linen and mounted on aluminium, like all of Penalva’s photographs these works are historical documents. Records of surfaces laid down over time by the addition or replacement of material and texture, they stand as transcripts of the labour that makes them and of the passage of man and machine across their surface.

While he works across many media, photography is central to Penalva’s practice. Often shown accompanied by narrative text, Penalva’s photograph, slide and film installations suggest themselves as documentary, but jarring notes or a fictional tone offer other potential readings.

Shown alongside these large scale images, small format silver gelatine prints are also titled after the places the photographs were taken, mostly in areas of Tokyo. Their title includes as well the name Michio Harada, and for each a date, between 1966 and 1978. A book accompanying the exhibition reproduces these and other works by the Japanese photographer.

This is an exhibition within an exhibition, an appropriation or homage, but the precise status of these works — their authorship, the place and date of their making, is unclear.

This ambiguity casts doubt in turn on the status of the street pavement photographs, and continues in the exhibition’s final element, a slide installation entitled Monument shown in the lower gallery.

An image of a photographic enlarger is projected alongside a text describing three members of a single family from Northern Ireland, one of whom is supposed to be the photographer. The work suggests an exercise in genealogical reminiscence, but also the weaving of a complex and whimsical story, perhaps fact, perhaps fiction, that crosses generations.

João Penalva was born in Lisbon in 1949 and has lived and worked in London since 1976. He represented Portugal in the XXIII Bienal Internacional de São Paulo in 1996 and in the XLIX Biennale di Venezia in 2001, and was awarded the DAAD Berlin Artist’s Residency in 2003-2004. He exhibited in the Berlin Biennale 2 (2001) and the Biennale of Sydney (2002). His work has been shown extensively in museums and public institutions.

Major solo exhibitions include: Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim (2014); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense (2012); CAM – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2011); Lunds Konsthall, Lund (2010); Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Oporto (2005); Ludwig Museum — Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2005); Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö (2002); Tramway, Glasgow (2000); and Camden Arts Centre, London (2000). His work is included in the group exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern, London (2015).

Simon Lee Gallery, 12 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DT

Tel: 020 7491 0100

Website: www.simonleegallery.com/

Genes, culture and connectivity in the ocean - The Royal Society

Humpback Whales. Credit: Ed Lyman, NOAA.

Event preview

ON MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (6.30pm to 8pm), you can find out how culturally transmitted behaviour is shaping marine ecosystems in this Café Scientifique with Emma Carroll.

Populations of marine animals, like whales and dolphins, rely on the transmission of behaviours – such as where to find suitable breeding grounds – from their parents and peers. Local extinction can lead to patchy recovery of species and a decrease in the connectivity between populations.

Join Emma Carroll, who is using studies of behaviour and the chemical signatures of feeding grounds, in conjunction with next generation genomic data, to shed light on ecologically important species, leading to better understanding, better management and better conservation.

Attending this event

Free to attend but registration is required.

80 seats are available.

Registration opens on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10am.

Doors open at 6pm.

A recorded audio will be available a few days after the event.

Enquiries can be sent to events@royalsociety.org.

About Café Scientifique

This is a dialogue-based event.

There is a 10 minute presentation from the speaker (without Powerpoint).

There is (approximately) a 1 hour Q&A session, plus 15 minute break.

There is informal seating at tables rather than lecture-style arrangement.

Café facilities include drinks and snacks.

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Website: royalsociety.org/

Alternative Comedy Legends - A Retrospective - Museum of Comedy

Alternative Comedy Legends - StingRay - Copyright-Trevor Rogers

Exhibition preview

ALTERNATIVE Comedy Legends, an exhibition of images of iconic British comedians shot by photographer and filmmaker Trevor Rogers during the ground-breaking comedy era of the 1980’s, will be on display at the Museum of Comedy from March 11 to September 30, 2015.

Trevor Rogers, award-winning photographer and film maker, literally stumbled upon his archive of 1980’s ground-breaking alternative comedy portraits when he moved studio a year ago. Boxes long sealed and stored were unpacked and among them were the rediscovered treasures about to be unleashed on the British public.

Rogers will reveal images of some of Britain’s most iconic and influential comedians in the exhibition: Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Alexei Sayle, the much loved and sadly missed Rik Mayall (1958 – 2014), Ade Edmondson, Peter Richardson, Nigel Planer and Arnold Brown, all of whom featured in many landmark shows; all were pioneering risk-takers. Dominating the alternative comedy scene throughout the eighties they paved the way for a whole new generation of comedians.

“Moving studio does have its benefits” joked Rogers. “I’ve moved a few times over the years, but for some reason, this time I decided to open up a few crates. I couldn’t believe it. I’d forgotten how much material I’d hidden away. It didn’t seem right these British comedy giants should stay sealed up”.

The exhibition will be held in the Museum of Comedy in Bloomsbury. “It’s the perfect venue” added Rogers. “Martin Witts, the Museum’s owner, enthused over the images and has been a great supporter of the show; with Comic Relief 2015 kicking off on March 13, the timing couldn’t be better. I’m excited to think that a whole new comedy audience will get the chance to finally see these images for the very first time”.

All prints will be signed by Trevor Rogers and a limited edition number of selected prints will be signed by some of the comedians. Both signed and non-signed prints will be available for purchase and to order.

A percentage of ticket and print sales raised during the exhibition will be donated to Comic Relief 2015.

Admission Price: £5, Concessions £4, Family £15.

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.

Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2PX

Tel: 020 7534 1744

Website: www.museumofcomedy.com/

London Super Comic Convention - ExCeL Centre

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THE UK’s biggest and most exciting comic convention, London Super Comic Convention, is returning to the ExCeL Centre for its fourth year – on March 14 and 15, 2015.

London Super Comic Convention features two days of comic heaven – meet and greet your heroes and some of the biggest names in the industry, see some of the world’s most amazing costumes and browse the huge collection of comics on show.

Neal Adams (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern); John Romita, Jr, co-creator of Kick Ass and illustrative mastermind who has worked on practically every character in the Marvel Comics back-catalogue; Dave Gibbons, the UK’s first Comics Laureate and co-creator of The Watchmen; and Charlie Adlard, long term artist on The Walking Dead, are just a handful of the names on the bill.

Each year, over 20,000 comic fans attend donning eye-catching costumes from some of the world’s most loved super heroes and characters. The 2015 L.S.C.C. will welcome the return of the London Super Costume Championship, a competition open to all attendees and the biggest independent prize in Europe. Yaya Han, star of the American series of Heroes of Cosplay, is on this year’s judges panel. Comic fans with the best costumes can enter the Championship for a chance to win the title and a trip to Dragon Con in Atlanta.

L.S.C.C. goers will also have the chance to get an exclusive first look at the brand new Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor mini series, which Titan Comics will premiere at the event. Furthermore, a charity auction, held in aid of the American Cancer Society, will take place on Saturday, March 14.

Gary Morris, Chief Press Officer at L.S.C.C. said: “With just over a month to go we’re looking forward to our biggest L.S.C.C. year yet. There are lots of surprises in store at this year’s event. If you love comics, you have to be there!”

Tickets for the two-day event start from just £18.50 and are available at www.londonsupercomicconvention.com/.