Laydeez do comics Brighton, July 2013

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Hello, we are
Ottilie Hainsworth and Eleanor George, two artists who live in Brighton. 
On Friday the 5th July we rolled along to the Laydeez do Comics event being held in association with
Myriad Editions,
Cartoon County and
Fourth International Conference on Comics and Medicine at
Phoenix
with our sketch-pads to draw what went on.

Partly due to the Comics and Medicine Conference there was a truly eclectic bunch of people in the audience, from France, Canada and the US as well as from all over the UK, ranging from Ph.D. students to Doctors, comic nurse who leads the Chicago branch of Laydeez do comics, writers and lots of artists. We had a keen sense of the buzz surrounding comics at the moment, and of their perceived relevance and general usefulness to more and more people, who are also having a go at writing and drawing their own comics.

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Laydeez founders Nicola Streeten and Sarah Lightman kicked off by getting us to introduce ourselves and tell our favourite word or phrase (always a terrifying experience, this “Laydeez” initiation!)

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First up to talk was Vik J.F., an Israeli artist. Her work includes sculpture and installation as well as drawing, and features imagery set in a limbo world where the people are faceless, which has grown out of her experience of war. She also showed work based on her alter ego called Emma Robbins.

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Artist, performer and author Hannah Eaton gave us an amusing roller- coaster ride through her childhood obsessions with “Bunty”, “My Guy” (photo stories) and “Misty” comics. She said she had always wanted to believe in ghosts and monsters, and that these comics had fed that obsession. Myriad Editions have just published her first graphic novel “Naming Monsters”.

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Emily Haworth-Booth is a comic artist and teacher who is working on a graphic memoir of her experience of suffering from M.E. She read some witty extracts on her collonic irrigation at the hands of a bullying nurse, and talked about the catharsis of creating such characters and extracting humour out of what had been a grim illness.

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Nicola Streeten talked about her first graphic novel “ Billy, me and you.” published by Myriad Editions which is the story of the death of her young son, and described how this experience has formed the path her life has since taken. She is now working on a new book called “Choices”, about abortion.

Lastly, Sarah Lightman presented images and films from her own personal bible “The Book of Sarah” to be published by Myriad Editions.

Sarah talked about her drawings of objects, which she described as “visual haiku”. A drawing of a glass of water (half full ? half empty?) doesn’t actually change. “The glass of water reflects the way I am feeling.”

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Laydeez do Comics Glasgow, June 2013

The first Laydeez do Comics Glasgow took place last Tuesday (25th June) at The Centre for Contemporary Arts on Sauchiehall Street. It was a great venue and the International Graphic Novel & International Bande Dessinée Society Conference running that week at University of Glasgow helped ensure a large and global audience.

Please allow me a moment to introduce myself:DHerd LdC glasgow introMy website is here. I also tweet as @tickingboy.

This first image from the night is of Nicola and Sarah asking the audience to introduce themselves and then to relate a story about ‘the kindness of strangers’. I tried to capture elements of as many different stories as possible, sometimes only a word or location, but hopefully it gives a flavour of the Laydeez do Comics introduction session. LdC Glasgow1 150

Next up was the first guest speaker Kate Charlesworth, who gave a speedy introduction to her long and distinguished career and also talked about her forthcoming book Sally Heathcote, Suffragette, which she is working on with Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot (Mary has written it, Bryan is doing layouts and lettering and Kate is creating the finished artwork). I also enjoyed Kate’s stories about her dog, which she saved up 20 pence pieces to buy – final cost ’12 quid’. Out walking one day, a fellow walker remarked how much Kate’s dog looked like the one in the comic strip in The Guardian – Kate drew the strip and it was her dog!LdC Glasgow2 150

The second guest was Gill Hatcher of Team Girl Comics. Gill talked about the rapid success of TGC, an all female Glasgow-based anthology comic. The numerous contributors (there are 30 listed on the TGC website) are from a variety of backgrounds and ages. Team Girl Comic is just about to launch its 8th issue. Gill also discussed the success of a kickstarter campaign run to finance the 5th issue. The extra amount raised meant that reprints of back issues could be ordered, and the cost of the next issues didn’t need to come out of her own pocket.
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Next up was comics academic Hattie Kennedy. Hattie is currently a PhD student in the Canadian Studies department of The University of Edinburgh. Her thesis is titled Québécois Bande Dessinée: A Quiet Revolution and she discussed several QBD creators including Miriam Katin, Julie Doucet and Geneviève Castrée. Hattie had just returned from a research trip to Montreal where she uncovered all sorts of strange comics including the not-quite-superhero Capitaine Kébec!
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The final two speakers needed no introduction, Sarah and Nicola returned to talk about their own projects. Sarah discussed her ongoing project The Book of Sarah and also played a short film from a section of the book which included some very enchanting singing of psalms.

Nicola began by talking about Billy, Me & You her memoir about the death of her son. She also mentioned her more lighthearted work such as her ongoing blogging of short strips under the title #ayearat50. Nicola includes her dog as a character in the strips but unlike Kate, I don’t think her dog has been recognised in the street yet!LdC Glasgow5 150

Here’s to more Laydeez do Comics Glasgow!