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laydeez do comics evening

Last night I went along to Brick Lane for the monthly meeting of Laydeez Do Comics. I went partly to hear the talks, but partly to see my friend Darryl Cunningham, who lives way up in Keighley in Yorkshire, so any visit to London is a big deal.

Bloomsbury in the USA had just sent him some author copies of the American version of his book Psychiatric Tales, which comes out next month (but is already unofficially hitting the shelves), and he gave me a copy! And then I was super chuffed to find my name in it! Yay! Thanks, Darryl!

New introduction to the American edition of Psychiatric Tales

I did a few rough doodles in my notebook during the talks:

The presentations covered a lot of ground in comics and social history, but I'll post a few links the speakers mentioned. Corinne Pearlman flagged Myriad Editions' First Graphic Novel Competition, a chance to publish a book with them, with a £10 entry fee and final date of 1 Oct 2011.
Ed Hillyer (aka Ilya) talked about being sent to Indonesia by the British Council to meet with other comic artists and come up with a app-friendly comic based on a deteriorating painted mural at the Jakarta History Museum. (You can see some British Council Flickr photos here.)
Dr Julia Round promoted the Studies in Comics Journal and encouraged people to submit comics and academic paper to its future publications.
And my favourite bit was when the lights went on, the Powerpoint went off, and Erica Smith, creator and editor of Girl Frenzy got out her collection of old comics and zines:

Erica Smith

Erica linked a lot of things to punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl, which I feel I ought to know way more about, since it was based in my part of the world, but I was very young then and Riot Grrrl wasn't exactly a household name among the suburban, makeup-wearing, Republican-voting mothers of the kids in my school. We had a good discussion about the place and significance of self-published zines, and if blogs have taken over from them. I loved seeing the period typefaces and old-tech printing techniques. People in the audience suggested that most zines ten years ago were about music and bands, and MySpace had been doing the job that zines had done previously. But with current obsession with all things retro, and lower printing costs, zines have made a big comeback, with events such as the Alternative Press Fair (where I ran my first-ever comics stall; more photos and write-up from David O'Connell) and London Zine Symposium.

The other great thing about Laydeez Do Comics is getting to see all the people I vaguely know from the Internet as being potentially lovely people, but are much more comfortable chatting with when I've met them in real life. I've run into quite a few Camberwell students who took the the same course as me (MA Illustration) in the year after I'd graduated (including Jane Heinrichs). Here's Katrin L Salyers, who drew the funny picture of Hayley Campbell and me as kids (I blogged about it earlier here and Hayley gives it a mention in her blog post about the Brisbane floods).

Katrin L Salyers and her scanned drawing of Hayley and me

Thanks again to Sarah Lightman and Nicola Streeten for organising the evening! Read a Comics Bureau interview with Nicola about Laydeez Do Comics and her work here.

Edit: You can read the official event write-up by Thomas Ferrier over on the Laydeez Do Comics blog here.


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Jan. 25th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
it's been a while
Oh my goodness, Erica.
Jan. 25th, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
Re: it's been a while
LOVE GirlFrenzy! Wish I'd been able to go! Will someone please rep-print the GirlFrenzy annual? It should be required reading in every school, everywhere.
Jan. 25th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Re: it's been a while
Have you got a copy I could borrow sometime?
Jan. 25th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: it's been a while
Pretty sure...can't imagine I'd have left my copy back in the States.
I'll keep you posted! :)
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: it's been a while
My thoughts exactly!
Jan. 25th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Re: it's been a while
That's great you guys knew about Erica already! She sounds like such a great character, and seen so much in the small press scene.
Jan. 26th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
Re: it's been a while
heh - noted erica was on facebook t'other day, which i thought a coincidence having been recently wearing my girlfrenzy t-shirt
Katrin L. Salyers
Jan. 25th, 2011 08:57 am (UTC)
I don't know when I started making that goofy face in photos, but I seem to do it all the time now. Anyway, thanks for the mention!
Jan. 25th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sure thing, great to see you!
Jan. 25th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Sounds like another fab event & it's great fun to read your write-ups and see your sketches/photos.

Perhaps we can organise a visit down to see you to coincide with a Laydeez event. Sounds like Sarah & Nicola do a grand job.
Jan. 25th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Plus I need to do a big push for new submissions for The Girly Comic.
Jan. 25th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Fab, that would be an ideal place to push The Girly Comic! Be sure to come up with a flyer or something with details of submission, that might get you a few more people.
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
laydeez do Comix
Thanks for your blog. Love the new cover of Darryl's book.
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: laydeez do Comix
Hi, Philippa! Yes, Darryl even likes the cover better than his original one! Always good when the author likes the cover, it so often doesn't happen. Crossing my fingers that it makes a big splash in the States. I think Cosmopolitan is running a review, and some of the big publishing magazines are including it.
Jan. 25th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
My hair looks ridiculous.
Jan. 26th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
ha - but happy

oh - ty kindly for the mention btw

must get that story over to you - reluctant to trust mail.... thought of a 'visual beginning' with a sandcastle being washed away by tide...

...not my place; i'll shut up, shall I?

Jan. 27th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I didn't think anything untoward about your hair, Darryl.
Jan. 26th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC)
Ed Hillyer
Ed Hillyer did a lovely manga drawing session at the Whitechapel Ideas Store in the summer that my partner and sons attended. I'm not a mother who keeps things (and I know this will be a source of regret in years to come) but the resulting drawings were so good I put them in a scrapbook. I know the compilations he edits are very popular at their secondary school. Its events like these library ones that I worry are about to be cut.

Jan. 27th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
Re: Ed Hillyer
Hi, Joan! That's fabulous you got to go to one of Ed's sessions! I really wanted to hear his talk at the Ideas Store and couldn't go, was sad about that. Yes, keep that scrapbook! Your kids may be able to use them in talks when they're older, 'here is some of my early work'. I wish I had more of mine, people love looking at that kind of stuff.
Yes, I'm worried about library events being cut, too. I suppose if there are less libraries, it's inevitable.
Jan. 29th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
posting at 4am Seattle time why can't I go to sleep like a normal person?
Ooh! I can't wait for Psychiatric Tales!!

Also: Riot Grrlz are awesome. We have a lot of their zines at ZAPP in Seattle -- it surprises me how little is generally known about them (by the women of today) in comparison with how much they changed society.
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