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Hello! I just got home from tonight's Laydeez Do Comics event, where I drew a little comic on my lap in the dark, a summary of the first half of the meeting. I scanned it on my home scanner so it's a bit rough:



Here's the brilliant Simone Lia, whose comics you might recognise from the former DFC magazine and the current Phoenix comic. She has a brave and excellent new book out called Please God, Find Me a Husband!, in which she explores God, faith and getting a boyfriend. She's signing a book here for Jessica Cave:



Ha ha, I hear rumours that there was a queue of guys at this past weekend's Comiket who were eager to help God answer her request, but no one reported her taking him up on it. You can read the first chapter over here on The Guardian website. Here's an interview by Mike Medaglia of Gosh! London:



This was the first time I met Tom Gauld, although I've admired his work in the Saturday Guardian for years. He only gets 24 hours to come up with his weekly comic, and he's done over 300 of them. His new book, Goliath, tells the Biblical story of David and Goliath, but from Goliath's perspective. It's beautiful, a very poignant look at a rather confused tall man who doesn't even want to fight. You can see some excerpts over on the Boing Boing blog.



And here's one of the speakers from the second part of the evening, Ian, also known as Thom Ferrier, with his new comic Disrepute. (I haven't read it yet, but Ian gave a great talk about comics and medicine.) That's Tom, over his shoulder. Rachael Ball also gave a good talk, touching on earlier work she created for Deadline magazine and later material.



Besides Tom, another person I got to meet for the first time was Brighton-based Hannah Berry, creator of Britten & Brülightly, here with her soon-to-be-published graphic novel Adamtine and Times reviewer Neel Mukherjee.



I was sitting right in the back with ILYA and Philippa Perry and as the evening wore on, despite the fascinate talks, my attention span wobbled slightly. So I kept drawing, to focus. (Click here to see a clearer image.)





Here's cake baker extraordinaire, Sara Lightman, on the left, who organises the talks along with Nicola Streeten. (The other two are Philippa, Ian/Thom and Kripa Joshi smiling away in the back!) Thanks for all your work, Sara, Nicola, bookseller and speakers! Mark your diary for the next meeting: Monday, 21 May.



Don't forget, Darryl Cunningham is launching is Science Tales tonight (Tuesday) at Gosh! London from 6:30pm! And to wrap up, here's some graffiti I saw along the way to the meeting, just off Brick Lane. Cute little birdie.



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candygourlay
Apr. 24th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC)
ahh comics. i'd love to do comics but once you sit down and try to do a tidy version of your sketch everything goes bad. still. more titles to check out in this post! thank you!
jabberworks
Apr. 24th, 2012 08:57 am (UTC)
Thanks, Candy! Yes, the only comics I seem to make just at the moment are ones I draw, on the spot, during events. They're rough as anything, but at least they happen! Sitting down to do tidy versions is something I'd love to do after these deadlines... See you at today's Pop-Up meeting! x
jabberworks
Apr. 24th, 2012 08:58 am (UTC)
Ha ha, have you finished your MOOD BOARD yet? I'm just figuring out Marcus Sedgwick's software right now.
jinty
Apr. 24th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Oooh, Rachael Ball! What's she up to nowadays then? Haven't seen anything of her work since Deadline days.
jabberworks
Apr. 26th, 2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Hi, Jenni! I only caught her to say hello right at the end, and I can't remember specifics of what she's working on now; she was one of the last in the line-up and I was getting a little unfocused by then. But she seems really nice! I wish I'd got to talk more with her.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 24th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
Comica Comiket
Thank you so much for the heads up about the event at Bishopsgate on Saturday. We had a great - if expensive - time. Marcella was very excited to see you there but much to shy to come and say hallo (even though we literally brushed past you a couple of times!) She was particularly thrilled to get a signed copy of Andi Watson's 'Catastrophe Calling' and has been drawing Gum Girl ever since. My boys were similarly inspired and my twelve year old has been hard at work with the bamboo. And I got myself a couple of lovely tote bags. The only complaint was the absence of plushies - but I've told them they can make their own especially as I've just taken delivery of conductive and glow in the dark thread.

Best wishes,

Joan
jabberworks
Apr. 26th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
Re: Comica Comiket
Hey, that's great, Joan! Aw, I wish Marcella had come up to say hello, but I'm glad you all were able to come and meet Andi and get inspired. Yay! :)
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