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cambridge women in comics conference

Hey, I learned loads this weekend, and took so many notes that I'm basically just going to do a list of links and go back and explore them all when I get a moment! I didn't get many photos of the talks, but that's okay, Natalie D'Arbeloff was busy with her sketchpad, so we were well documented! Here's Asia Alfasi and Natalie with her drawing of the talk Asia, Sarah Zaidan and I gave. Here's Asia giving her talk:

sketches by Natalie D'Arbeloff

We also got to hear great talks by political activist Kate Evans and Lost Girls illustrator Melinda Gebbie:

Kate was really inspiring and I'm half-way through reading her book about climate change, Funny Weather (which has an intro by George Monbiot). Melinda bought my Morris book to add to her big picture book collection and said she was excited by what all us young people are getting up to, that comics creators are the barometers for the rest of humanity and 'the ones who make gold out of s***' (which, with my Morris book, isn't that far off, although Giles calls it 'dung'.)

Woodrow Phoenix and his Rumble Strip editor Corinne Pearlman from Myriad Editions were the ones who gave me the big list of people to look up in their talk about autobiographical comics. I know of some of the names, and I even mentioned a couple in my own talk, but many of them are new to me.

Woodrow Phoenix, Bridget Hannigan and Corinne Pearlman

Woodrow and Corinne's list included: Ludovic Debeurme and his book Lucille, Debbie Drechsler, Sarah Glidden, Phoebe Glockner, Hannah Berry, Jeremy Dennis (cleanskies), Miss Lasko-Gross, Lee Kennedy, Vanessa Davis, Bastien Vives, Nicole Hollander, Kate Charlesworth, Claire Bretecher, Ramona Fradon, Marie Severin, Lynda Barry and M.K. Brown.

Dominique Goblet gave the last talk, and I was hugely impressed both by her artwork and by the project she did with her daughter, Changements. When her daughter was seven years old, they decided to draw portraits of each other every week, and they continued doing it until the daughter was 17 and needed her own space. They were experimental with the different ways they painted and drew, and it was fascinating to watch their artistic progression along with the clear aging of the girl and the less obvious aging of the mother. And what a cool idea of something to do with your kid. Click on the link to see some of the images from the project.

Thanks to Sarah Lightman and Amanda Rigler at Murray Edwards College for organising such an informative and fun day!

Melinda Gebbie and Danish PhD student of comics Rikke Platz Cortsen


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 29th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
Melinda Gebbie!
Is there ever a weekend where you are not going to some earth-shatteringly amazing conference and hob-nobbing with the stars of comics and illustration? You ought to rest once in a while. I'm just sayin'.
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
Re: Melinda Gebbie!
Aw, thanks, David! Yeah, I'm going to take a rest later in the month and go to Scotland and visit my auntie and then stay on a farm way out in the middle of nowhere, really looking forward to that. :-)
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Melinda Gebbie!
Ha! Even your time off sounds busy.
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Sorry I didn't make it along to say hello at any point, Sarah. Still hope we can do tea and cake in Cambridge at some point.
Oct. 30th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
Absolutely! Just saying to Emma that I've been meaning to nudge in on one of your lunch dates with Woodrow, but still haven't managed to time it right.
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:12 am (UTC)
I'm so gutted expo clashed with an event in my own town ;_;
Glad it was good though!!
I can't believe you and Asia were right here!! haha.
Woodrow lives around here, yeah?
Oct. 30th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I hope if they do it again, they put Sweatdrop studios right in the middle of things, that would be great, you guys are so local and making so many comics. Shame the two events conflicted! It was funny seeing Asia at both events, though, we were spending a lot of time on trains that weekend. :-D

Woodrow lives in London (near our studio!) but Bridget lives in Cambridge so he goes back and forth a lot and often has lunch there with Dave Shelton. (I have big plans to gate-crash one of their lunches but it still hasn't happened.)
Oct. 29th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Women in Comics
Sarah, thanks for posting my sketches - I'm just about to do the same on Blaugustine (www.nataliedarbeloff.com/blaugustine.html) adding some photos I took at the event. Thanks for the list of links too.
Best of success to you and to Giles for the Mankiest - up there with Raymond Briggs and his Fungus the Bogeyman!
See you at a Laydeez in Comics evening?
Oct. 30th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
Re: Women in Comics
Yay, I'll look forward to seeing your posted sketches! Thanks for letting me photograph them! :-)
Oct. 30th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Women in Comics
Sarah, my pictures and report are up now. Haven't really done justice to everyone who made the conference interesting but it will have to do for now,from my perspective.

Natalie d'Arbeloff
Oct. 31st, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for doing all the links to this stuff. Particularly Woodrow and Corinne's list which I was scribbling away furiously to note down, but missing half of it at the same time.

My review of the event can be found here: http://www.prozacville.co.uk/2009/10/hello-innocence-though-it-seems-like.html
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