Reality Check: Phoenix Gamers

Reality Check: Phoenix Gamers

Descent board game laid out for a session at The Phoenix Games Club

Descent board game laid out for a session at The Phoenix Games Club

Alex Fitch talks to Hugh and Matt, members of The Phoenix Games Club, a group who meet at least once every week at the Black Lion pub in Plaistow to play board games, strategy games and RPGs together. The Phoenix Club is one of many up and down the country who also play games together at regional meets and national ones, so Alex asks the guys about the type of games they play, the demographic of their membership and the social and intellectual aspects of gaming.

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Links: Phoenix games club website
Info about the Dragonmeet role playing games convention
The West London board games club
UK Role Players website

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

LUC @ 176

London Underground Comics’ latest event takes place at the 176 Project Space in Chalk Farm, London and features over 40 of the UK and beyond’s finest small press creators selling their wares in one of north London’s most beautiful gallery spaces.
Free tea and coffee, live DJs, animation projected on the 40 foot wall of the gallery and much more.

Exhibitors include: .
Oli Smith, Oliver Lambden, Sean Azzopardi, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Melody Lee, David Baillie, Douglas Noble, Marc Ellerby, Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen, Jake Harold, Dan Lester, Francesca Cassavetti, Sally-Anne Hickman, Richy K Chandler, Josceline Fenton, Phil Spence, Paul Rainey, Howard Hardiman and many more…

27th June, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT
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An exhibition of Shaun (The Arrival) Tan’s prints, and 4 original pastels, is on at
The Illustration Cupboard at 22 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AL until 22nd June
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Orbital Manga is hosting a rare and exclusive signing with Manga Artist BENJAMIN (writer and artist for the stunning manga book “Orange” by Tokyopop)

Benjamin is a phenomenal mainland China artist, whose stunning digital art adorns in his Art Book Xiao Pan’s, “FLASH”. His artistic style really catches the eye, and every panel in “Orange” is painted, brush style in colour with great detail.

He’ll be demonstrating his remarkable technique and signing copies of his books including the limited edition landscape-format hardback of “Orange”, his latest lavish art book “Flash”, Chinese Youth, Remember, One Day (in French) and Images and Prints on the day of the signing.

Friday 26th June 5pm – 7pm

Orbital Manga
4c Orion House
Upper St Martins Lane
London WC2H 9NY



A new movement, La Nouvelle Bande Dessinée, has swept through French comics – the equivalent of La Nouvelle Vague in cinema – expanding their styles and subjects exponentially. Now two of its most dynamic members, both winners of Angoulême Essentials Awards, have their acclaimed graphic novels in English.

Émile Bravo draws My Mommy about a young son’s yearning for his vanished mother and brings historical relevance and pathos to Belgian classic Spirou.

Biographer Emmanuel Guibert chronicles one American G.I.‘s experiences in Alan’s War. In The Photographer he collaborates with photographer Didier Lefèvre to record his mission in Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders.

In conversation with Comica Festival director Paul Gravett. Followed by book signings.

Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: Saturday, June 20, 2009 – 6.30pm to 8pm
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