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first day of comica

Today I got to hear a talk by someone who is possibly my all-time favourite comics artist, Posy Simmonds. Not only is she a brilliant artist and observer of life, but she's a great speaker as well; she had us all in stitches with her impressions of different English accents as she talked about class stereotypes in comics. And she even did some live drawing so she could explain why she draws her different characters the way she does.

I'm too knackered to review the whole Comica symposium at the V&A, and I'm going to try to pencil a Vern & Lettuce episode before I go to bed. But I was very happy to discover jinty, whom I met at Caption (Hi, Jenni!), had come along, and she's already done a good write-up here.

The other most interesting talk was given by Sina Shamsavari, who is doing his PhD topic on gay and bisexual representations in comics. His talk got squished a little bit at the end, so he had to race through a list of artists, but they included Hazel & Foxglove in Sandman, Tom of Finland, Howard Cruse, Alison Bechdel, Ariel Schrag, Rachel House, Jeremy Dennis, Andy Hartzell, Robert Kirby, Tony Arena, Michael Fahy, Ivan Velez, Justin Hall, Jamie Cortez, Victor Hoge and Jennifer Camper. So I have a few names to look up when I get a moment.

Another highlight included meeting a lovely artist from Utrecht named Maartje Schalkx. (I got to look at two of her beautiful mini comics.) And I met the Filipina buyer in the graphic novel section at Blackwells on Charing Cross Road, Mahala Urra. I also met a lovely chappie named Alex, whose last name I never found out, but who had great specs, and he caught me up on the gossip up at the illustration programme at Cambridge School of Art. Apparently my visiting tutor Chris Draper is teaching the BA there now, lucky them!

Today DFC Issue 25 dropped through the letterbox! I've just heard that the DFC is going to go on sale in Tesco for 1 week only, from Wed 26th November, to see how things go. So I'll get back to you about that one.

I'm very envious of all you who are going to Thought Bubble in Leeds tomorrow. Let me know all the gossip, okay? :-)



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Nov. 14th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
I am such a big fan of Posy. That little sketch up their makes me want to reread all my collections of hers.
Nov. 14th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
She's incredible, one of the best things England has going for itself, I'd say. I've read all her more recent stuff, but I need to dig up her earliest work and read it all.
Nov. 15th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
Her late 70's / early 80's Guardian strips are incredible.
Nov. 15th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
On the one hand Tesco is evil. On the other hand, I'll buy a copy, to support you guys.
Nov. 15th, 2008 10:50 am (UTC)
Hey Joe, thanks for that! I know what you mean. But I remember the only times I ever got my mother to buy me comics was when I pestered her while we were waiting in the queue at the supermarket checkout. I really worked that situation! ;-)
Nov. 15th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
I am super-envious of you and your Posy event. And live drawing, even! GAH!

Was the talk captured on video, perchance?
Nov. 15th, 2008 10:51 am (UTC)
Yes, it was great! I don't think it went onto video, although I could be wrong, if they were doing something from the back control room. But I suspect not. I notice there are some interview links on Wikipedia, I'll have to check out those.
Nov. 15th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Man, I wish I'd seen that! I love Posy Simmonds.
Nov. 15th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
She's the best! :-)
Nov. 15th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
So glad you got a photo of Posy drawing!
I didn't try because I knew I wouldn't be able to get her in too (in any kind of reasonable light), but actually yours has worked really well! Wasn't she awesome?!
Nov. 15th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Re: So glad you got a photo of Posy drawing!
She was! :-D Here's another photo, although it's a bit blurry:

Hey, what are the names of the two nice guys who were sitting between us at lunch (the ones who do books about comics)? I was overdosing on trying to remember names yesterday.

Great to see you!
Nov. 15th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
The one with the eyebrow piercing is Tim Pilcher
I can't remember the name of the other one cos I only met him that day too.
Nov. 15th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Re: The one with the eyebrow piercing is Tim Pilcher
Thanks for that! :-)
Nov. 16th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
The guests and exhibitors were treated incredibly well at Leeds yesterday. I was running a table with my mate Chris Garside and was shown to my table by a guide who carried my bags! They even offered free water out to everyone at midday.

A lot of people had fun but noted that visitors were much more careful than usual with their pennys due to the credit crunch. You really had to sell your work.
Nov. 16th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, carrying your bags, that's service! Thanks, great to hear it went so well! :-)
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
She's great: My favourite bit of the BBC4 Comics Brittania series was the ten seconds we saw of Posy Simmonds drawing. When I'd lost all hope of winning last year's Observer competition, I consoled myself with the notion that PS had viewed my submission.
Nov. 16th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
I can see your point, that really would be some consolation!
Nov. 16th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Leeds was awesome the staff was friendly and everyone was really awesome coming over and chatting. I met up with so many old and new friends while there. even the cosplayers were really nice I chatted away with quite a few of them and they were really nice. It was great to hear about their dedication and care for making their costumes.
Also according to my mate dan who shared a table with me a big-wif marvel editor bought on of my minis, although I still can't remember his name...
Nov. 16th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Awesome, and thanks for sending the photo! I really wish I could've been there, but I'm so glad it went well. How was the casino party in the evening?
Nov. 17th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
In the end I didn't gamble since I was too busy chatting to people in random casino bars and empty casino cinemas. I got very merry ;) and had the best prawn biriyani I've ever had! Lot's of great people and fun. Really enjoyed talking to new folks I just met. The bar was nice and private so I got to say hi to everyone in the end. Capped the evening of at my friend Geofs house (he draws fetishman) with bad movies (Chopper Chicks in Zombietown and the amazingly bad Killer Tounge). It's a pity you couldn't make it, maybe next year!
Nov. 18th, 2008 07:15 am (UTC)
Sounds great! I was sorry to miss it, I'll really try to come next year!
Nov. 18th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)

Hello, have friended you. Hooray for Comica friends who are also on Livejournal!
Nov. 18th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Hi, Mahala! Great to meet you! :-) Are you coming to any of the other Comica events?
Nov. 18th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
I'm probably going to the Bande Desinée talk tomorrow night.

I'm so upset! I was dying to come and support you at the DFC talk but I have to work Saturday AND Sunday, and since I took last Sunday off for Comica I absolutely couldn't wriggle out of this one. It's too bad cos Saturday and Sunday were full of the events I most wanted to see as well =_=
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