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Open Air Weekender: Humans in Space - CanalCon - Day 4

Canalside Steps, Granary Square, Off Good’s Way, King’s Cross , NC1 4AA


Moored at Canalside Steps, Granary Square

Event highlights: Comic Book Masterclass with Merlin Evans; Comiket; Q&A with Dave Gibbons

A four-day programme of open air film featuring sci-fi cult classics and rarities alongside talks and artist installations which explored the race for planet colonisation, visions of cosmic utopias and future intergalactic worlds. Extra-Terrestrial was apart of Open House London and Scalarama 2015.

For the programme Floating Cinema partnered with both Grain Store and Big Hug across our ‘Humans’ In Space’ weekender. Partners provided refreshments, and a BBQ feast to compliment this spectacular intergalactic programme.

CanalCon – The Floating Cinema pays homage to ‘ComicCon’


12.00-16.00 Wham! Out of this World - Comic Book Masterclass with Merlin Evans. We blasted into space with illustration workshops on-board The Floating Cinema.

In partnership with House of Illustration | @illustrationHQ


12.00-18.00 Comiket - A space themed comic fair on the canal-side steps featured some of London’s top independent comic artists and publishers. In partnership Comica: London International Comics Festival.

Fair included exclusive and limited edition prints for sale for only £10 from Dave Gibbons!


19.00-20.30 Comics in Space! Canalside Q&A with Dave Gibbons in conversation with Comica’s Paul Gravett - included a live drawing session!

Dave Gibbons is regarded as one of the UK’s best comic artists, most widely known for his collaboration with Allan Moore in creating Watchmen, one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time. His work with comic publishers offers an impressive roll-call including 2000AD, DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics, drawing infamous sci-fi characters including Judge Dredd, Dan Dare and Martha Washington, alongside the comic superhero staples of Batman, Green Lantern and Superman.

In 2014 Dave Gibbons was named as the UK’s first Comics Laureate, campaigning to improve child literacy through comics and graphic novels.

Paul Gravett is a London-based freelance journalist, curator, lecturer, writer and broadcaster, who has worked in comics publishing and promotion since 1981. Since 2003, Paul has been the director of Comica, the London International Comics Festival