NOTHING LIKE THE FIRST TIME – Making and Publishing Your Graphic Novel Debut

  • The Century Club


  • Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts and Classes
  • Tickets from £12.00
  • Over 18
  • Fri, 3rd May 2024 @ 19:00 - 21:00
  • 19:00 - 21:00

It seems lots of people in the UK have a graphic novel in them. As proof, no less than 185 people entered this year’s First Graphic Novel Award. So why are comics their medium of choice? How do you decide what subjects you share and what approach you take? And how do you grapple with realising your first book-length comic from idea to publication? Woodrow Phoenix, graphic novelist of 

Rumble Strip, She Lives, Donny Digits 

and others and also a tutor in comics, talks with three cartoonists about their experiences of creating their brilliant solo debuts.

Carol Adlam is a World Illustration Award winner with a PhD in Russian. The Russian Detective Jonathan Cape is her stunning reimagining of a nineteenth-century crime thriller from the world of Dostoevsky. Meet Charlie Fox, stunt journalist, magician, liar and thief, who returns to her hometown of Nowheregrad to investigate the murder of Elena Ruslanova, daughter of a fabulously wealthy glass manufacturer.

Denise Dorrance is an American-born illustrator based in London, whose satirical ‘It’s All About Mimi’ cartoons ran in The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine. In Polar Vortex New River, she tells her poignant, stirring graphic memoir—both heartbreaking and darkly funny—about traveling home to care for her ageing mother who is suffering from dementia.

Leo Fox is an artist and cartoonist from London, where he is studying at The Slade School of Fine Art and makes work about transness and magic. His graphic novels include My Body Unspooling Silver Sprocket, in which Lucille and his body are constantly at odds and it’s time to ask God for a divorce, and the tale of Lucille, who realises it’s time to leave behind both home and mother on Girl Island and begin the journey to Boy Island Silver Sprocket, August 2024.

All participants will be signing their books after the discussion.

This event is part of COMICA London Comics Festival 2024, organised in association with VIP Brands.




Ticket Event time Cost
Nothing Like the First Time

Making and publishing your graphic novel debut

19:00 - 21:00 £12.00



The Century Club, 61 - 63, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LQ

Nearest Station

Piccadilly Circus (Tube)


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  • Written by Stephen

    Rating: 5


    Visited 1 year ago
    Mind-manifesting stuff from Antique Beat and Mike Jay
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    Visited 1 year ago
    Great event as always, wasn't keen on the interviewer but Cathi's content was excellent and provided insight into a fascinating period.


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