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Thursday, May 27th, 2010
7:01 pm
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
8:34 pm
11th May SW2 Readers meeting reviewing "autobiographical comics

The next meeting for the SW2 Readers will be on the 11th May from 19:30 onwards to discuss autobiographical comics.

"What do you think of autobiographies in graphic narrative format !?"   

Everyone is invited to bring an autobiographical graphic novel of their choice to the meeting. Our Cancer Year is a good example as is Maus. Although Maus and American Splendour has already been chosen. To avoid confusion  please post to [info]lambeth_comics of your choice of autobiographical graphic novel you wish to read and submit for review at the meeting.

Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
SW16 1PL                        
Printable Map


8:09 pm
The Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival 24-26 April
The Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival is from the 24th  to the 26th of  April

If you have any children in your family that like comics or drawing and painting or would just like a day out then you might be interested in taking them to the various events many of them hands on. Check link below...
     The Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival 

Sunday, January 4th, 2009
4:11 pm
Funny New Year
I was walking home on what felt like the coldest day of the year. It was New Years Eve night or rather a very early New Years Day when I was accosted by a prostitute. She was a dark asian, probably Thai by her accent and like most of the streetwalkers in my nieghbourhood not at all glamerous looking if a little dowdy very much fitting in as a regular local - I suspect she was, they all are, She was very assertive and persisted in that I should take her up on her services. However after several polite refusals and we parted company as I walked up a side street to get to my home. And then, despite the fact that she had obviously been out in the cold for some time and I was noy helping back to her warm abode, she wished me a sincere and joyful Happy New Year. What is it about my life that the people in it who are the nicest to me are street prostitutes(& the occasional loony)?

On the day after New Years day I was on my way to Calpham Junction and waiting for a connecting bus at Clapham Common. The trees were liberally dusted with frost and people were wearing the most ridiculous hats; just to keep warm. So I was slightly taken aback ot see a small flock/flack/passel(?  there were only four which I don't think is enough to constitute a 'pandemonium' or 'company' )  of bright Green Parakeets which flew overhead. How cold does it have to be to kill these tropical birds off? And what do they use for anti-freeze and where can I get some? 

crossposted to: top_geezer  and londinium 
Monday, October 27th, 2008
6:08 pm
SW2 Readers Vagabond 3 November

The SW2 Readers are reading the Vagabond books 1, 2 & 3. It is gegika yet again and although a modern manga it is a classic. We will be meeting and discussing the books at Streatham Library on the 3 November 2008 at 19:30 onwards. You may reserve copies from Streatham Library.

                        Illustartion by Takehiko Inoue

I can't possiblly lavish enough praise on the draughtrsmanship and art in Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue. So check out some some scanned pages by clicking on the above image care of One Manga.

If you are interested in Vagabond and would like to meet the reading group to disscuss it click on SW2 Readers. for contact details.

Thursday, October 9th, 2008
3:54 pm
SW2 Readers: Ode to Kirihito

We are reading Ode to Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka yet again. This is the original  schedule reading for the group of this classic manga. You might remember we were reading it and offering copies for people to check the work of Osamu Tezuka before they turned up for Helen McCarthy's talk on Osamu Tezuka life and work last 15 September at Streatham Library.


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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
11:43 am
SW2 Readers: 'Love & Rockets' 'Hearbreak Soup' 6 Oct

The Streatham Library Graphic Novel Readers Group (or SW2 Readers)is reading 'Love & Rockets' 'Hearbreak Soup'.  Although Love & Rocets was considered required rerading material for many punks into comics we will be reading about Palomar, an impoverished community but rich in humanity. Based in a geographically nebulous location somewhere in South America. This is the first graphic novel collection of the Hernandez Brothers masterpiece depicting thier creation: Palomar

We will be meeting to discuss it on the 6 October 2008 at Streatham Library at 19:30 on. 


If you have any interest in alternative US underground comics during the Reagan era please contact Streatham Library and reserve a copy of 'Love & Rockets' 'Hearbreak Soup' to read and do please turn up for the meeting to discuss the book.

Streaham Library , 68 Streatham High Road, Lambeth, London, SW16 1PL.  Printable map

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
11:44 am
Helen McCarthy in Sarf London

Hi. I've just crossposted this so if this community has any objections to this post please let me know immediately and I will delete it.

Helen McCarthy will be at Streatham Library, Monday, 7:30pm ,15 September to talk about comics and manga comics in particular.  

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Streatham Library, 68 Streatham High Road, Lambeth, London, SW16 1PL. 
Printable map

Rail connections: Streatham, Streatham Hill
Bus connections: 50, 57, 60, 109, 118, 133, 159, 201, 249, 250, 255, 315, 319, 333, G1, P13

LJ communty: Lambeth_comics
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
1:50 pm
London Mayor's Thames Festival

From the 13 of September  to the 14 September this year, 2008 there will be music, arts, entertainment and just wierd spectacles events on the Southbank and the River at
The Mayor's Thames Festival

        Thames Festival Fireworks                 

Image of last years festival ganked from LondonSE1
The walk along the South bank is fiull of sights that even as a Londoner you may not of seen so you can get there early, find a decent spot to watch the festivities, grab a bit to eat and take a stroll to watcg the events. Or you can turn up at the last minute and join the scrum like the rest of us:) - it will be crowded at points.

So if you have hyperactive children (or partners) and would like to tire them out this should do it. They can stay up all night and not get you banned from your favourite restaurant/bar. Do take plenty of money and/or a picnic baskets and pack a jacket as the weather isn't prediacatable.

The best palce to watch the festival is along the south bank riverside walkway between the London Eye and Tower Bridge. Or... get a boat:)

Tube & train: London Bridge.
Bus:  17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 381, 521, RV1 all go to the immediate area but double check as roads will be cordoned off for the festival so buses may not take their usual route there.

Cross posted to



Friday, August 15th, 2008
8:31 pm
Dark City
I saw Dark City just this Tuesday the 12 August. Those fine people at Electric Sheep arranged a free screening at the Roxy bar and screen at 132 Borough High Street Since I had a little trouble finding the place it was quite the little adventure. If you decide to pop down there the bar is between a coffee bar and a local supermarket. 


Dark City has a homogenous 40s/50s noir thriller opening that made me settle down comfortable in spite of the fact that I was standing - the place was packed. But despite the familiar start in genre the film soon had me trying to plot jump, 

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
4:49 pm
'Games and Theory' in Peckham
The 'Games and Theory' exhibition at the South London Gallery In Peckham is on untill the 7 September 2008. The exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00 - 18:00, gratis!

Marta Marcé, Flow 400, 2008

I was goiing to post about this some time back but I forgot all about it.

The Princes Foundation site says it's suitable for children between  0-5 years, 5-7 years, 7-11 years, 11-14 years, 14-16 years or 16+ years. So I guess that means chldren of all ages... hey that means me!

Or you, especially if you have any interest in games theory and how games work. Although I'm not sure how much math and science is applied in this exhibition/installation. However if you go along you might consider dropping a line here in review.

Printable map

cross posted to camberwellarts
12:49 pm
Burlesque at the South Bank
The London Burlesque Festival events seem to be sold out.
But they are holding a free event  at the Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre on Friday, 15th August at 22:00

There will be acrobatics, music and striptease featuring in this Wizard Of Oz-themed cabaret show.

If you are in the area you could probably do worse than to pop in. It might make an interesting start to a night out.

The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre is in Belvedere Road, London, London, SE1 7GP
Tel: 0871 663 2500

Nearest station is Waterloo (tube)

Printable map

cross posted to  burlesque_ukslappersburlesque_ukdarkpinupgirlsslapperseroticgothic

Sunday, August 10th, 2008
3:26 pm
Free Films in the Borough
The Roxy Bar and Screen is showing free movies every second Monday of the month under the new Seccond Run season's scrreenings. 


Blissfully Yours by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (above) is on this Monday the 11 August.
A film about sexuality & politics. Earn your brownie points - take your partner.

The Roxy Bar and Screen, 128/132 Bororugh High Street, SE1 1LB

It's just down the road from London Bridge and a short bus ride from the Elephant.
Buses:  21, 35, 40, 133, 343, C10.
3:17 pm
Update: SW2 Readers Meeting - 'Lone Wolf & Cub'

We will not be meeting to discuss it on the 25 August 2008 at Streatham Library at 19:30 on because that date falls on a Bank Holiday Monday. 


Pedro has said he is available on that date so if anyone would like to meet up on that date we could meet down the pub ( link with map ) that we often do to continue our discussions. We could even meet during the day as it is a Bank Holiday.

Anyone wishing to meet on the 25 August; Bank Holiday Monday or another date should post here or directly to Pedro at
nimurdreams@googlemail.com .    In his own words:
I'm really looking forward to hear your views of one of manga's greatest samurai's classics! One man's struggle to regain the honour of his clan starts here!
Swords, deceit, honour, politics, assassins, diapers.
Saturday, August 9th, 2008
4:33 pm
Cans Festival Tunnel
There is, literally, an underground exhibition of graffiti art at the Cans Festival Tunnel , Leake Street, Waterloo. Check map.


The exhibtion will run until the 30 September.

There are many different images by many different artists so come and view the exhibition and if the weather is as it is today you can shelter from the rain too.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
6:51 pm
SW2 Readers: 'Lone Wolf and Cub' 25 Aug
The SW2 Graphic Novel Readers Group is reading the Lone Wolf  and Cub first book: The Assassin's Road. We will be meeting to discuss it on the 25 August 2008 at Streatham Library at 19:30 on. All are welcome to join us.

We are very pleased to be reading yet another classic manga.  But many fans might point out that Lone Wolf  and Cub is a gekiga: a term denoting a slightly more serious medium than mangaLone Wolf  and Cub is now well known in the west since the, now defunct, First Comics publishsed Lone Wolf  and Cub in 1987, thereafter Dark Horse has been publishing english tarnslations. But most people in the west are probably aware of Lone Wolf  and Cub from the numeorus flims made of Ogami Ittō, the Shogun's disgraced executioner travelling the roads of mediaeval Japan as amasterless samurai, a ronin, and working as an assassin

If you have any interest in manga or gekiga please contact Streatham Library and reserve a copy of Lone Wolf  and Cub to read and do please turn up for the meeting to discuss the book.

Streaham Library , 68 Streatham High Road, Lambeth, London, SW16 1PL.  Printable map
Saturday, July 26th, 2008
4:22 pm
BFI's Comic-Book Movies Season
I know it's late for this but I lost  my notes and everything since  has been catch-up.

BFI's Comic-Book Movies
The British Film Institute has this silly little film season which is supposed to be based on a superhero comic themes from the 27 July to the 31 of August.

If you are quick you can still book some of the films. There's everything from films based on the comics Akira to Persepolis to The Incredible Hulk to Ghost World to Wanted 

There are also many of Hollywood's recent superhero offerings so there's something for everyone.

BFI 'Comic-Book' Film List

Cross posted to lambeth_comicskruku

Friday, February 22nd, 2008
8:34 pm
Saw 'Clubbed' last night. It was a good but it was not a 'movie' it was a flm. Violence was present but not glamourised nor were the characters-well not too much anyway.

Based on the book: 'Watch my Back'; a biographical work Geoff Thompson who became a bouncer (or rather doorman) following depression & separation from is wife and children. Not quite as weepy as it sounds. Even though A lot of the story does deal with the main character's depresion & his hapless attempts to be a proper father to his children by making up for absence on weeked visits. It is a story about a man overcoming his own fears and powerlessness. And this is a theme that persists throughout the film.

There was damn-all sex which wont get the film an Oscar nomination. The '80's ska scene give the film a distinctive feel: retro blending seamlesly with the '80s recession in the UK. The script, photography, directing and acting does credit to the mean streets of England in the '80s but there's little glamour here. Unlike many of the blockbusters it's not a world one wishes to imagine inhabiting. When the script first attracted backers they were interested in making it a documentary. A little too close to home and too real for 'Merchant of Ivory'.  
Addenum - 23 Feb 2008:

I've only just remembered some of things I said about 'Clubbed' a conversation I had on the way home after watching the film. 
'Doormen' at thier best aspire to be samurai. I'm not suggesting that the guys on the doors of clubs have the sort of skils that would earn them the title of Kensai(sword saint: a sort of spiritual-superhero-martial-artist). This point is raisd in the film. One of the characters in film tried ot apply philosophy to his craft. And it is true that guys who are often violent or drawn towards violence do this sort of work in order to find thier  place in society. I've talked to doormen before and many of them are into philosophy & martial arts & spirituality. Mind you some of them just like to thump your nose and give your honey a squeeze.
Friday, September 21st, 2007
1:17 pm
I walk onto campus.

“Have you got your student discount card yet?”

“No, I just work here.”

“You work here?!”

“Yeah.  3,500 people work here.  Anyway, what are you selling?”

“It’s a card that gives you discounts in pubs and bars.”

“Can I have one anyway?”

“Yeah.  It’s only a tenner.  You get discounts in loads of cool pubs and bars.  Have a look.”

I look.  I vaguely recognise the Hope and Anchor.

“It’s only a tenner.  Where do you go out drinking?”

Tricky one.  “I don’t really go out drinking,” is clearly not going to be on the drop-down list of acceptable answers.  “Oh, you know, mostly around my own area, Lee, Blackheath, Greenwich…”

There’s a kind of pause.  Not quite a <<!$*syntax error!&>> pause.  More of an eggtimer that’s been timing eggs for a bit too long, and looks set to continue to do so.

“I think maybe you need to start going out drinking in Central London.  Have you heard of Shoreditch?”

Yeah, I have.  Thanks for the tip.

Monday, September 10th, 2007
2:40 pm
The Thought Criminals New Single Suicide Bomber and Video
"The Thought Criminals - Suicide Bomber"

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