Past Events

The inaugural Crouch End Comic Art Festival (CECAF) will take place at the Earl Haig Hall, London on November 9th, 2014. The show will host the best and brightest cartoonists and independent publishers currently active in the UK comic scene.
The past 5 years have seen a huge growth in creators, publishers and consumers of comics. Crouch End is home to some of these cartoonists, so it seems natural to bring this type of event to the hot creative hub of N8. Following on from the energy of this summers smash Crouch End Festival, CECAF will provide the opportunity for all ages to experience the varied and engaging world of the independent comic publisher.On the day there will be over 25 exhibitors selling a variety of comics, graphic novels, prints and all sorts of visual matter.
18/10/2014 – 19/10/2014Lakes International Comic Art Festival 
Ticket prices £3.00
Please note that the Brewery charges a £1.50 fee per booking for online and telephone transactions. All concessionary tickets are subject to availability.Phoenix Comic  Workshops : Shakespeare CentreVoyage through deepest darkest space in a giant space ship… that’s also a cat! Battle with pirates… on the back of gargantuan prehistoric monsters! Meet the DEAD famous… for a quick interview! Hang on! These aren’t delirious dreams, but a small sample of the adventures waiting inside The Phoenix weekly story comic!Make sure that you join our family comic creation day, where you can learn some top-secret, comic-creating tips from the professionals whilst producing a comic strip of your own!All workshops suitable for 6-12 years except Teen Workshops aimed at 12-16 years.
All £3
Please note for Library 8 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Contemporary Fiction Research Seminar
Speakers: John Miers, John Riordan, Woodrow Phoenix, Gary Northfield, and Kripa Joshi
14:00 – 16:00
Event Type: Seminar
Venue: Room G35 (Ground Floor)
Venue Details: Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description: ‘Scores & Scripts: New Comic Art’.  Which comes first, the story or the pictures? Five comics creators discuss narrative, notation and constraints in contemporary cartooning.


04/10/2014 – Nottingham Comic Con
Special guest. Will have table selling books, prints and original art, plus will take part in a panel chatting about my work.
28/09/2014 – Wigtown Book Festival

Gary Northfield
The Terrible Tales of Teenytinysaurs!
Children’s Marquee
Sunday 28th September 2014
13:00 Tickets £3.00
Can you fly to the moon in a bubble of snot? Or argue with a cloud? Are there bogey monsters at the bottom of the garden? Find out in these comic strip adventures about a gang of teeny tiny dinosaurs. Gary Northfield has worked on The Beano, The Dandy and the Horrible Histories series.
Advisory age: 7+


20/09/2014 – Cartoon Museum
Moose Kids Comics workshops!

14/06/2014 – 15/06/2014 Fuse Festival

gary museum pic

14/06/2014 – Drop-in Cartoon and Comic workshops with Gary Northfield

Stop-by and try your hand at drawing your own characters and comic strips beneath at the Mobile Library Bus, which will be packed with amazing comics, graphic novels and manga books.

All day, Military Road

15/06/2014 Comic Creation Corner

Learn amazing drawing techniques and create your own incredible characters and comic strips with professional artists Gary Northfield and Alex Milway. Enter your finished artwork into a pop up exhibition and browse or borrow some awesome comics, graphic novels and manga books from the Children’s Mobile Library Bus. Suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

All day, Castle Gardens


30/05/2014 – 31/05/2014 Eden Project


The Art of Stories Festival: The Greatest Story Ever Made

Come and create a massive story with a cast of stars from film, animation, illustration and storytelling – including Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, an Aardman animator and Beano comic artists – at our festival this May half-term.

Comic creations with Beano artist Gary Northfield

  • Friday 30 and Saturday 31 May

Meet Gary Northfield, cartoonist and creator of Phoenix comics. Gary has been an illustrator on Horrible Histories, the Beano and the Dandy, and is the author of The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs. Join him to learn some tips on how to create your own characters and illustrations. Book one of the following sessions on the day by visiting our Stage:

  • 11am – 12pm
  • 12.15–1.15pm
  • 2.15 – 3.15pm
  • 4.30 – 5pm

Gary will also be signing books at 3.30pm on both days outside the Eden Shop.

11/05/2014 Hoos Kids Book Fest

Voyage through deepest darkest space in a giant space ship… that’s also a cat! Battle with pirates… on the back of gargantuan prehistoric monsters! Meet the long gone famous… for a quick interview! Hang on, these aren’t delirious dreams, but a small sample of the adventures waiting inside The Phoenix weekly story comic!
Make sure that you join Gary Northfield for his comic creation workshops, where you can learn some top-secret, comic-creating tips whilst producing a comic strip of your own!
The Luton Hoo Walled Garden
Luton Hoo Estate

15/04/2014 Storystock Children’s Festival at the Saatchi Gallery


Learn from the creators of The Phoenix Comic Book how comic books are made. At the end of this workshop you will have created your own comic, your own story and your own characters. We might well be inspiring the next Herge.

Junior: 1030-1200 4-7 yrs
Senior: 1300-1500 7-13 yrs
Senior: 1530-1730 7-13 yrs
Including storytelling, gallery tour and unlimited ANTI-GUIDE


16/03/2014 Discover Children’s Story Centre
More info on Dave O’Connell’s website:

18/02/2014 Imagine Festival
Awesome comic workshops from The Phoenix!Want to tell brilliant stories?
Wish you could create amazing characters?
Want to draw awesome penguins, pirates, dinosaurs, monsters or liquorice mountains?
No problem! Come and join The Phoenix for a comic making extravaganza.
The workshops take place at the following times –
10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm
Please note that adults have free entry to this event if accompanying a child.
Festival Village underneath Queen Elizabeth Hall
Ages 7+

1/11/2013 Storystock Children’s Festival
Rise out of the ashes and learn from the creators of The Phoenix Comic Book (new publishing house David Fickling Books) how comic books are made. At the end of this workshop you will have created your own comic, your own story and your own characters. We might well be inspiring the next Herge.
90 mins 14:00 & 16.00
Ages: 7-13 Cost: £ 12

2/11/2013 Comica Comiket
I’ll be sitting behind a table selling copies of Teenytinysaurs, The Phoenix, Derek the Sheep, plus prints from Teenytinysaurs and Gary’s Garden from The Phoenix. I’ll also be selling original watercolours, alongside illustrations from my long and illustrious career.

16/11/2013 Barbican Hyper-Pop Children’s Workshops
Step into the shoes of Pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein and make your own comic book images. Professional comic artists including Gary Northfield (The Beano and The Phoenix) and Rian Hughes (2000AD, Dan Dare and Batman) are there to offer their advice and expertise, as well as creating their own Pop works.
Garden Room
Free, limited capacity
To book, please email:
Members should quote their Membership number when booking
AM Sessions
Suitable for ages 5+; Children must be accompanied by an adult
12 noon – 12.45pm

23-24/11/2013 ThoughtBubble Festival
Fun and nonsense with The Phoenix!

18 – 20/10/2013 The Lakes International Festival
The Phoenix Comics Creation Centre
The Phoenix is a weekly 32-page comic for children aged 8 – 12 which has taken the comics world by storm. Join them over the weekend for a special packed programme including :-
The Phoenix is a 32 page weekly story comic for children aged 6-12. Packed full of brilliant original stories of every genre, and with no adverts, The Phoenix has taken the comic’s world by storm! Join them over the weekend for a special comic extravaganza including top Phoenix artists and writers and the chance to win some awesome Phoenixy prizes!
There will also be a Phoenix comic shop where children of all ages can browse and buy copies of The Phoenix Comic and other merchandise.

5/10/2013 Cheltenham Literary Festival
2:00pm – 4:00pm Parabola Dance Studio £15 – members 10% off SOLD OUT
Learn to create your own hilarious comic strip with the fantastic Gary Northfield, creator of The Teenytinysaurs, a hysterical collection of comic strip adventures, following a teeny tiny gang of dinosaurs as they wind each other up and muddle their way through the myths and legends of prehistoric times!

21/9/2013 Sundown 10th Birthday Event

Birthday-All-Dayer-A5-template---Sun-Up JPEG

Come see me for a Q&A Session at the Sundown 10 ROOM 1 ‘Words & Pictures’ 2:30 – 3:00

6/9/2013 Mountains to Sea festival
with Tommy Donbavand and Gary Northfield
Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
10.30am-12.30pm (event lasts 1hr followed by
book signing – bookshop on site)
Please arrive at 10am to be seated
Age: 3rd to 6th class
Join Gary and Tommy for a morning of rib-tickling fun. Learn to draw some teeny tiny dinosaurs with cartoonist Gary Northfield, then prepare to laugh and scream with Tommy Donbavand and his vampire detective, Fangs.
Writer and illustrator Gary Northfield has created comic strips for The Beano (Derek the Sheep), The Dandy, The Phoenix, The DFC, Horrible Histories Magazine and The Magical World of Roald Dahl. Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs is his first stand-alone title, published earlier this year by Walker Books.
Tommy Donbavand was born in Liverpool and has worked at a number of careers that include clown, actor, theatre producer, storyteller and writer. He is the creator of the hugely successful Scream Street series. Tommy first visited the festival in 2010 and proved so popular we invited him back to celebrate his new series, Fangs: Vampire Spy, also published by Walker

25/8/2013 Edinburgh Book Festival
Discover how easy it is to draw cartoons, create characters and interesting and funny scenarios and how to translate these into your own comic. In this workshop, comic illustrator Gary Northfield examines the basics of comic language (speech balloons etc), comic narrative and the importance of a dynamic front cover to stand out on the crowded shelf. Well-known for his Derek the Sheep strip in The Beano, Northfield has also contributed to Horrible Histories, Horrible Science, The Dandy and National Geographic Kids; he currently writes and draws Gary’s Garden for The Phoenix has a book out from Walker Books, entitled Teenytinysaurs. (Lunch and refreshments are included.)

27/7/2013 Cartoon Museum 1-2pm Free with admission

gary museum pic

Gary Northfield will be drawing and talking about his characters from Gary’s Garden and his fun new Teenytinysaurs -appearing soon in The Phoenix. He will also be signing copies of his Teenytinysaurs book. Join us for a fun afternoon.
Adults free with admission to museum, kids go free but please book as space is limited. Book online!

1-4/8/13 Camp Bestival
in Art Town, The Phoenix is thrilled to bring its comic creation workshops to Camp Bestival for 2013. We work with some of the best writers and illustrators in the country and they’ll be sharing their passion and enthusiasm for drawing and telling stories throughout the festival. Want to know how to draw awesome robots? We’ve got you covered! Wish you could create brilliant characters? No problem! Need to learn how to tell brilliant stories? We’re on it! But that’s not all! We’ll also be pitting our artists against one another in a fierce battle to be crowned the Camp Bestival Comic King in the
Best of the Bestival draw off! Also don’t miss the epic WALL OF AWESOMENESS and your chance to have your artwork published in The Phoenix! So if it’s a creative comic story and art extravaganza you’re after, the Phoenix tent is the place to be! To find out more about The Phoenix go to:

22/6/2013 ELCAF With The Phoenix! Come draw mad comics with me at The Phoenix table!

29/6/2013  Crystal Palace Overground Festival
Storytelling tent – sponsored by The Bookseller Crow
15:00  –  Learn how to draw mad and crazy dinosaurs with local author Gary Northfield. Age 6 years upwards.

15/6/2103 Medway Fuse Festival

Monsters of the Medway!
From 12-4.45
GRAGH! Come join acclaimed childrens authors Gary Northfield, Alex Milway, David O’Connell, Laura Anderson, Jamie Littler and Neill Cameron for some monster mayhem. Learn how to create your own crazy creatures and make your own comic to take home.

13/6/13 Visions of the Universe Late with Camp Bestival
Create your own space-themed comic with The Phoenix, who are reviving comics with some of the finest work ever to grace paper (and iPads).

9/06/2013 Stoke Newington Festival
The Walker Comics Panel.
£3. Time – 10.00, Sunday. Venue – Library Gallery, for ages 8 and above
Come along to our first comics event of the weekend, to find out how comics are made, and why. Two amazing creators from Walker Books, Viv Schwarz and Gary Northfield will talk about their latest graphic novels for kids. There may be cats…

31/5/31 Book Launch! Gosh Comics

4/5/2013 Gosh! Comics Free Comic Book Day

Hey, kids! Remember last year how we had piles of free comics and also got a bunch of nice cartoonists to draw at a table ALL DAY LONG while you pinched their pencils and such? Sure you do. Or if you don’t, here are the pictures: proof it happened, that we decided to do that thing. Well, we had such fun during the chaos that we’ve gone and decided to do it again. Crazy? Probably. On Saturday the 4th of May between 12pm and 4pm we’ll have people painting on windows and an all-new cast of cartoonists on the live drawing table. Come meet Isabel Greenberg, Dan White, Gary Northfield, Mark Buckingham, Laurence Campbell, David O’Connell, Viviane Schwarz, Warwick Johnson Cadwell and Adrian Salmon — in short, a bunch of people we like and whose work we thoroughly approve of.