LDC March 13 in New York

There was a special pop-up LDC in NYC in March, hosted by Karen Green, in her fabulous flat.

It was a wonderful night featuring local talented and inspiring comic artists and comics scholars:

Karen Green, Curator of Comics and Cartoons, Columbia University Libraries
Ellen Lindner Black Feather Falls, Undertow, Editor of The Strumpet
Bonnie Millard Comics Artist and Graphic Designer

as well as a remarkable lemon and courgette/zucchini cake by Ellen! Deelicious!

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Thank you to everyone for coming and a big thank you to Yael Michaeli ( who, as you can see is a rising star at 11 years old!) for these wonderful blog drawings of the night.

Let’s do it again soon NYC!!!

January 2017 – Laydeez Do Angouleme!

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This month the Laydeez of London, Leeds and Birmingham joined forces with Ladies Night Anthology, the Comic Book Slumber Party, and FEMSKT and took Angouleme by storm. You can read a full account of their adventures on the Broken Frontier website on the link below. Contributions by Wallis Eates, Megan Byrd and Hannah K Chapman.

http://www.brokenfrontier.com/international-girl-gang-hit-angouleme-wallis-eates-megan-byrd-hannah-k-chapman-2017-festival-experience/

I’ll never look at Sting the same way again…

Hello, I’m Jane Porter, your guest blogger for November 24 2016.  I’m a children’s illustrator & author, but I am also reviving my teenage interest in making comics – a current project is a graphic novel retelling of ‘Moby Dick’, set on the river Wandle in south west London. Start small! You can see more about it here: and I’m posting new drawings on Instagram at @janeporterillustrator and Twitter at @TheJanePorter.

I’ve been along to LDC a couple of times before and it’s always inspiring, and November was no exception. The blogpost is illustrated with some pages from my comic diary…

We started with The Question as usual:

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Next, two speakers who were united by the extraordinary things they can do with a pencil. First up was Hannah Eaton. She talked about the love of British folklore that underpins both her debut graphic novel, Naming Monsters (Myriad Editions, 2013), and her new project, which sounds as if it will be epic.

Hannah was funny, modest, and made me want to rush straight home and Up My Game. Her range of references is huge, from Robert and Iona Opie’s classic ‘Lore and Language of School Children’ (she has 2 copies) to Twin Peaks and other David Lynch works, to the Usborne Book of Ghosts which seems to have been a very formative experience. And not forgetting the ‘rich pickings’ of an archive of family photos going back to the 1920s.

 

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Next was Amber Hsu – “she’s terrifically talented, and has worked in a morgue” – what better introduction does anyone need?

Amber described her own evolution from photographer to sculptor, to comics artist, publisher of Tiny Pencil and founder of the One Pound Poems project. Her tale of meeting a stranger on a train, and eventually hearing all his deepest darkest secrets was very moving, and the poems she showed on screen were very moving, and often funny at the same time – something that’s difficult to achieve. She also told a lovely story about writing a poem for an unborn baby, and months later, the mother brought the baby to meet her.

 

JP_LDC3.jpgFootnote: I bought a copy of Naming Monsters and was so absorbed reading it I almost missed my stop on the way home, and was nearly late for work next morning as I couldn’t resist finishing it. If you haven’t seen it yet, get hold of a copy: it’s dark, funny, original and very moving, with gorgeous artwork too.