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beautiful tea and comics

On Sunday, I went to Knightsbridge with Ellen Lindner (ellenlindner) and Stephen Betts (who runs the Comix Influx translation website). We had dim sum in the Harrod's food hall, with the most amazing tea I've ever seen! The tea didn't actually taste all that great, but wow, did it look good.

Hunger sated, we went downstairs to an exhibition of original comics artwork by Ellen's fellow whoresofmensa member, a woman named Jeremy Dennis. Harrod's had some amazing stuff on display, but I was particularly interested in examining Posy Simmonds' working technique and the brushwork of Andi Watson. Then I went to customer services and had a go at them for letting the display cases get so horribly dusty. But the show was well curated, and it was great to see comics work on display in a non-traditional setting. (I think the exhibition finishes today.)

If you missed the talk that Rian Hughes gave in Oxford at Caption, I notice he's posted a new video on his website of the same talk, given to the Art Directors Club in New York. Rian's a real British titan of design, typography and illustration, so if you don't know much about his work yet, this video's well worth watching. (And he's a nice chappie, too.) Video here. There's also a link on the bottom of the same page to a slideshow of his artwork.

And don't miss The Lasky Report, a 24-panel comic of a day in the life of Seattle comics artist and kindred spirit dlasky. Oh, and lucylou's comic of a day in her recent book tour!


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Oct. 28th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
I'd be afraid to drink the tea for fear of ruining it - they look so pretty.

Edited at 2008-10-28 11:22 am (UTC)
Oct. 28th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
I love Jeremy Dennis! I found one of her minicomix at a comix store in London when I was there a decade ago, and we exchanged letters and comix via mail for a while. She's brilliant.
Oct. 28th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
cleanskies is where Jeremy Dennis lives on the Livejournals. She also has a Tumblr.

Oh, and friend gave us some tea like that. It's like those little expand-in-hot-water sponge capsules; neat to watch but not something that's particularly tasty.
Oct. 28th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, those sponge capsules always get stuck in my throat and leave a bad aftertaste.

Yes, Jeremy Dennis IS brilliant! I met her for the first time at Caption this year, which was very exciting.

Hey, your Rick-rolling thing really made me laugh. Particularly at how cringe-makingly long it took me to get it.

Edited at 2008-10-28 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oct. 28th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the Rick-roll. I figure that since I've not been producing anything even vaguely art-like I might as well entertain people in some fashion.
Oct. 29th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
Was the comics exhibit at Herrod's??
Thanks for the shoutout!

Thanks for all the great links! Jeremy, Lucy, Rian... wow! You know, 20 years ago, I was in college in Southern Virginia, and there was no Internet, and I was starving for connections with exciting artists like these. Now, thanks to the Internet, I can see more fantastic artists' work than I have time in the day to look at!

Thanks also for sharing your amazing life and work with us so we can admire and live vicariously. (That tea looks so cool.)
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
Re: Was the comics exhibit at Herrod's??
Hi, David! Yes, it was at Harrod's, in the basement. Which was a good excuse to visit the food halls!

Yeah, the comics world would be very different without the Internet, I almost can't imagine it. More local stuff, I guess. I wonder how long it would've taken me to discover Friends of the Nib without it. Hope you had a good time at Scott's birthday!
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
How did we survive in the Analog Era?
Can you remember back to when the Internet wasn't a part of our everyday lives? When someone had a party, they would mail out invitations, and even call people on the phone one at a time, etc. I did a lot of letter writing. I have boxes of old letters to prove it. I kind of miss it. But I don't know what to do with all these old letters.

I discovered mini-comics and zines in the magazine Factsheet Five. To read someone's mini-comic, one had to mail money and stamps, or a comic in trade. And then wait a week or two to see if they sent something back. In some ways, I kind of miss that.
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC)
Re: How did we survive in the Analog Era?
Hmm, I used to be a big letter writer, too. In fact, I think some of my first cartoons were in the margins of letters (and school notes). I should dig them up and have a look, I think I've kept some of them that my mother saved and gave back to me.

Hey, e-mail me your address and I'll try to post you a 'proper letter' one of these days! :-D
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)
Same here!
Send me your street address!
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Re: Same here!
Okay! Coming your way...
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