LONDON 

NEXT MEETING: Monday 25 April 2016

Time: 7.00-9.00pm

Venue: House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4BH
Run by Rachael Ball and Wallis Eates
info@laydeezdocomics.com

Our guest artists shall be:

Nicola Lane

‘Beryl the Peril’- Controversial feminist strip of the 70’s and 80’s

http://www.unfinishedhistories.com/perils-in-bethnal-green-2/

Artist/Cartoonist/ film maker

Naniie Bim

www.naniiebim.co.uk/

Cartoonist/Illustrator

Both artists are currently exhibiting at the House of Illustration’s Comix Creatrix exhibition

You will also be able to gain half  price admission to the ComixCreatrix exhibition on the night

Places are free, but space is limited.

Please RSVP  the HOI to book a place:

http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/about/contact-us

 

 

Laydeez do Comics Birmingham, 8th February 2016

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Art by yendraws, who is also hosting a #draweveryday challenge on instagram! Guest Speakers were Lucie Ebrey, Verity Hall & Alex McCarthy.

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1st Guest speaker was Lucie Ebrey, aka Muggyebes.

She hated visiting her Grandmas as a kid, because there was nothing to do there! No toys, no books…but she would go to the library to see what graphic novels they had. She sort of liked superhero comics, but they didn’t quite scratch an itch she had for something more…it was at the library where she found Maus.

It was totally different than anything she’d come across before, and she realised comics can be more than action filled bam pow snap kinda strips.

She also came across the work of James Kochalka, who had kept a daily comic diary up for 14 years!

She was so impressed she decided to give it a go herself, and so began her own comic diary.

(fun fact: She called it Muggyebes, a nickname from her childhood, and draws herself as a dog because she’s always felt like she didn’t fit in,  and so she chose to visualise that, though in hindsight she feels like she probably should have gone for a rabbit).

She’s currently working on a joint-project called “Werewolf Social Club”,  about an epidemic where only women were turning into Werewolves. What would they do? Where would they go? This is a lady to watch! : )

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Sketches of Alex by Caroline Parkinson

2nd Guest Speaker was Alex McCarthy, who has just published her first comic “1 in 100”, about a young girl with Autism dealing with everyday life with her sister. She’s currently studying Illustration at University.

There are hardly any comics out there with girls with Autism, and she was inspired by the visualisation of the anxieties in Katie Green’s Lighter than my Shadow. She decided to go create her own comic.

1 in 100 is part of her animation from university, and did an accompanying video with it.

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Sketches of Verity by Caroline

3rd Guest Speaker was Verity Hall who talked to us about her recently published comic “Mystery Circus”.

She graduated in 2014. Her main aim in her comics is representation, and Sophie Campbell‘s comics are a huge inspiration in that respect.

“There’s always a risk writing a character like Mal, a trans WOC because I am neither, and I do worry about writing it well but I’m very aware I’m coming from an unfamiliar background. So far I’ve not written anything I would consider offensive but you never know how people might read something. I would happily listen to what someone has to day and try and improve, but in the end it depends on what they’ve taken issue too I suppose.”

She decided to take the leap last year and attended MCM Expo with her work. It was thwarted by her printer running out of ink, but she went along anyway and met the co-ordinator of Laydeez do Comics Birmingham.

She’s looking forward to doing more comic collaborations with her friends from Uni.

Laydeez do Comics London, 18th January 2016

Hello!

What a great meeting for the chance to be the LDC blogger – a Broken Frontier Special – woo hoo!

My name is Bryony Attenburrow and I’m and illustrator and comics artist.  You can take a peek at my work at: www.bryonyattenburrow.com or follow me on https://twitter.com/attenburrow_b

(Btw I think the pressure of writing the blog got to me on the evening and some kneejerk school girl reaction kicked in and I sat scribbling down notes as though I was going to be given a grade on my ability to answer questions on the evening (I did manage to take some photos though.))

So this is more text focused than I’d imagined for but I’m really happy with the results and found it a fun challenge to recreate the dynamism of the speakers and bring their words to life.

You can find out all about the wonderful work of Broken Frontier and Andy Oliver at: www.brokenfrontier.com

https://twitter.com/AndyWPOliver

Rozi Hathway’s beautiful work can be seen on her website or her twitter account:

www.rozihathaway.com

https://twitter.com/angelsallfire

Danny Noble’s world of fantastic characters is to be found via the following links:

www.dannynoble.net

https://twitter.com/MundyMorn

http://dannynoble.tumblr.com

Hope you like reading it and thanks to Andy Oliver, Rozi Hathaway and Danny Noble for a wonderful evening!

 

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Well said Danny! x

Laydeez do Comics London, 14 December 2015

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I arrived in a complete Mcflurry which betrayed my attempts to melt into a spare seat near the front of a packed room full of shelves, people and comics. This was a trinity of firsts for me; I had never been to a “Laydeez Do Comics” meeting, this is my first time guest-blogging and, in fact, blogging in general. As usual, no pressure.

Wallis Eates, London’s co-host with Keara Stewart was facilitating the proceedings with a customary warm up. This was in the form of an open invitation, “Tell me a good deed you have done”. The invitation to divulge was a counter point to the previous session’s, “Tell me a bad deed you have done”. Apparently only Wallis had done a bad deed that week, but that’s a different story for a different guest blogger. Everyone had a chance to respond with good deeds zipping round the room. When we were done, I told myself that I really aught to do more good deeding.

Now warmed up and focused, we were ready for the first guest speaker, Mike Medaglia. A calm man with a fine Italian name, not too dissimilar from the creator of Hellboy (my favourite comic). He looked every bit the cool Canadian boutique comic artist: slick, cropped short dark hair with a scooping bit at the front – I tried not to display my quiff envy. As you will see, he has been very busy and quite prolific.

Mike’s gentle and warm manner set the scene. He had spoken at LDC 4 years prior and was no stranger to Gosh! Comics, a place where he ran a reading group, worked, and met friends – even his agent and publisher. Gosh! was the real beginning of his journey.

Mike gave us an overview of what he had been up to since. And went on to present his earlier works which included:

“Wet Ashes” his first crack at making a graphic novel; “Wu Wei”, his first attempt at blending spirituality with the comic medium; an anthology that was web based; “Seasons” which are stories about the seasons in the year and how they relate to the seasons in a life; “Wu Wei 2” a spirituality anthology of different artists and an opportunity to editorialise; “Last Days” a story about the last sad days of Vincent Van Gogh; “Blue Bottle Mystery”, a comic book he adapted with the wonderful Artist Rachael Smith, based on the novel by Kathy Hoopman; and comic strips for Huffington Post. These deal with a Zen Buddhist koan (story, statement, question or dialogue to provoke introspection in the reader). Mike refered to them as infinite canvas comics.

It is clear that Mike’s interest in spirituality and Buddhist philosophy is a driving tour de force behind his creativity. His current book, “One Year Wiser”, is his biggest novel to date. The premise is that there is an illustrated quote for every day of the year. The concept is strong, matched by the execution. The ink lines are well balanced. He draws satisfying compositions which are part pattern, part surreal, part metaphor but all good. The colours on each page work together like a team of shaolin monks. wisdom wafts out of each page, facilitating introspection, reflection and a sense of well being.

Mike also works 2 days a week as an editor at Jessica Kingsley Publishers developing a line of comic books based on themes of aspergers, autism, trauma, sexual abuse, arts therapies and other such health issues. This is an area where I see comics performing a much needed social service.

Mike is currently working on the sequel to Blue Bottle Mystery, called “Lisa and the Lace Maker” about a young girl with aspergers.

 

 

 

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For more information on Mike and his comics visit http://mikemedaglia.com/

From the enlightened spiritual to the engaging personal…
Rachael Ball was our next guest speaker at once grounding us in her captivating talk. Matching Mike in noir attire and glasses framing her curly dark locks, she traversed the boundaries between cool and elegant, rocking it like a boss. We were in the presence of a formidable force. Her manner appeared to me to be honest and eloquent. You could anticipate that she was going to emotionally move all of us in that intimate comic space.

Rachael worked in cartoons 20 years ago, working for a comic called “Deadline” for 4 years, she went on to do an illustration MA at St Martin’s School of Art, then becoming a full time teacher.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago she decided to make some massive changes in her life. 7 months after her treatment she felt able enough to begin making her recent experience into a comic of some sort. Initially 13 blog episodes became a 17 chapter graphic novel called, “The Inflatable Woman”.

Her characters in the book range from ones that are supportive, comical or they freak out the book’s protagonist Iris. Some were fictional whilst others were based on real people. Rachael introduced us to them:

Iris a zoo keeper who is diagnosed with breast cancer while she develops a supportive online relationship with a lighthouse keeper, creating two kinds of tensions that run throughout the book. Part of Rachael’s inspiration for the book came from her experiences through internet dating.
Maud representing Rachael’s best friends Sally and Lucy who were supportive through her treatments.
Cat a funny cat character who does the household chores.
Penguins at the zoo, they are part of her zoo, they behave like kids at school.
A surgeon called Dr Vida, a very compassionate doctor.
Nurse Bobby, a thick skinned nurse who gradually becomes more evil, representing the paranoia felt when going through the cancer treatments.
Dr Magic based on Rachael’s surgeon, a showman.
Grandma Sugs, a character who says things in the wrong moment.
Mr and Mrs Death, foreboding characters based on two strange staring tube passengers who Rachael kept bumping into on three separate occasions after her diagnosis.
Sailor Buoy is Iris’ internet date and love interest.

Rachael then talked about some of the visual metaphors in the book using moths, paper dolls, a poem about a sick child, dark trees with tumours (which later blossom), and rounded off the talk by explaining some of her process.

She did not spend a lot of time thinking about the plot but made lot of long lists of things that she could remember over each month. Rachael spent a lot of time coming up with characters.
Rachael is a skilful renderer. The drawing style is pencilly with its heavy shading and textured areas balanced with sparing lines and white paper. All used to good effect in all the right places. The charcoal black pages are not overcrowded having 1 or sometimes 2 per page . Allowing for a well paced story. A true page turner. Poetry pops up every now and then adding to the atmosphere and feeling. The dark aspects of the book are masterfully blended with humour and dreamy sequences.

Rachael’s current book is called “Wolf Man” which is about a family whose father dies and how they cope with the loss.

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For more information on Rachael and her comics visit http://rachaelball.tumblr.com/

After a nice round of questions from the audience, I simply could not help myself. I picked up copies of both books from Mike and Rachael. I was, after all, in the best comic shop in town.

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This blog was created by Neil Emmanuel.

You can see more of Neil’s work at neilemmanuel.com and you can buy his book here: Hunting for History: Saxon Gold.

Laydeez do Comics London, 23 November 2015

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Links for Una:

Myriad Editions http://www.myriadeditions.com/books/becomingunbecoming/

Twitter  @unacomics

Una’s blog on drawing for the BBC for Woman’s Hour:

http://unacomics.com/portfolio/bbc-radio-4-womans-hour/

 

Links for Richy K.Chandler :

Lucy the Octopus: www.lucytheoctopus.net

Tempo Lush:     http://www.tempolush.com

Forbidden Planet international– Best of the year 2014 http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2014/best-year-2014-richy-k-chandler/

Twitter  ‪@RichyKChandler

Facebook:  Tempo-Lush Richy K. Chandler

 

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This blog was compiled by M.M.Kizimmkizi42@gmail.com

(Thank you Keara Stewart and Wallis Eates for inviting me to blog.

Thank you Rachel House for first introducing me to Laydeez, and

thank you Sarah Lightman and Nicola Streeten for inventing this

wonderful creative hub, and for being so supportive and welcoming

to all who meet at LdCs).

 

M.M. Kizi is a contributer to Vermont Views www.vermontviews.org

You can follow her column Wondering Tales through this link http://www.vermontviews.org/vermontviews.org/Wondering_Tales.html

she and the editor (Phil Innes) are exploring different ways of posting graphic stories on line – some scattered weekly (Lily the Cowboy) – some whole (The Angels of Reinca.com)

http://www.vermontviews.org/vermontviews.org/Guest_Article.html

 

M.M.Kizi posts stories on Facebook – two frames a day (currently Rose’s Spring- previously

Lily the Cowboy and the Caboodle of Ideas) https://www.facebook.com/maryclare.foa

And tweets #Twotions (Tweeted notions) every day   @watchoutmary

Her website is out of date- she is trying to catch up with that (just as soon as she can get to it …really she is…)

Laydeez do Comics Glasgow, Wed 21 October 2015, Glasgow Women’s Library

The last Laydeez Do Comics Glasgow meeting of 2015 took place in The Glasgow Women’s Library on October 21st, and having spoken at a previous evening I was pleased to come back this time as a guest blogger for speakers Lise Tannahill and Becca Tobin. Despite bad weather and delayed trains a great night was had, so without further ado here are my notes on the evening.

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First up was Lise Tannahill talking about her PHD research into regional French comics, which included travelling to Corsica and speaking with locals and comic-creators. Lise started off by explaining that as French comics developed completely separately from American comics, they’re an excellent viewpoint into French culture and national consciousness. This has allowed Lise to study the representations of French regions within the larger national culture, the island of Corsica in particular. She gave a brief history of the island: Corsica oscillated between being part of France and part of Italy for a long time, finally ending up part of France. During the 20th century a number of factors lead to the rise of a nationalist movement amongst the island’s population, and in the later half of the century this developed into armed resistance against French rule which continues today.

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Lise then went on to speak about two mainland French comics (“Asterix In Corsica” and “L’Enquete Corse”) and the stereotypes about Corsica they portray. The Corsicans in Asterix are proud and easily offended bandits who hold silly grudges. “L’Enquete Corse”, which was produced in 2000, updates the stereotype to the modern day. In this book Corsicans are balaclava-wearing terrorists who don’t even blink at the constant explosions and violence taking place regularly on the island.

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Moving on from the French national view of Corsica Lise spoke about DCL, a publisher based on the island. They’ve produced comics about Corsican history and folklore, which portray the locals as they see themselves rather than through the stereotype-ridden lens of mainland France. Lise then explained that more recent books published by DCL have moved away from their previous politically neutral stance, and have told both fictional and non-fictional stories about Corsican nationalism. One in particular, “Aleria 1975”, retells a key historical event in the Corsican Nationalist movement and includes transcripts and interviews from eye witnesses, so it functions as a historical document as well as a comic. (As a cool aside, Lise actually met one of the “main characters” from the comic during her stay on the island.)

Lise concluded her talk by pointing out that because comics are a huge part of French culture, DCL are doing quite a subversive thing by using this national-renowned medium to tell stories which disagree with the views and opinions held by mainland France.

As someone who has zero knowledge of Corsica (and very little of French comics generally) I found Lise’s talk fascinating. She did an excellent job of summarising histories and background information, before going on to talk in detail about her studies. The contrast between how a region sees itself compared with how it’s seen on a national level is really interesting, and Lise’s personal anecdotes about her experience staying in Corsica added an extra dimension to her presentation.

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The second speaker of the evening was Becca Tobin, a comic artist and illustrator whose work was shortlisted for the British Comic Awards “Emerging Talent” category in 2014. Before she began, Becca described her presentation as a “pep talk” for those who are new to comics or who just need some encouragement. She spoke about how historically comics have been “disposable”, starting off in newspapers and being thrown away once they were read. Despite some looking down on the medium because of this, Becca discussed how disposability is actually one of the comic mediums strengths. The cheap and DIY nature of comics has resonated with lots of underground and counter culture scenes, with low budget zines and books being produced by individuals rather than big publishing houses. This means that today comics are as varied as the people who make them, produced by individuals as well as teams and tackling topics fun, deep and everything in between.

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One of my favourite quotes from Becca’s talk was “Everyone can and should make comics”. She gave a series of tips for how to make comics, such as drawing every day, taking inspiration from real life and not worrying about being “good” at drawing. Regardless of what skill level you start out at, you can make comics. Becca then spoke about how the internet can be a great resource for artists to share their work and connect with and learn from other creators. She also included a side-note about internet usage as an artist that really resonated with me – don’t let yourself be intimidated or discouraged when you see other artists who are “better” than you. Everyone has different styles and levels of experience, so if you start comparing yourself to others online in a negative way, step away from the net for a while!

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One of my other favourite quotes from Becca’s talk was this: “Comics can be used as tools to understand things, and as a way to have fun as an adult.” She concluded her thoughts on comics with a final piece of advice: start by finding something that makes you feel something, and then take that and use it in your work. Becca’s presentation was very fun and enjoyable, and she had produced a series of lovely watercolour illustrations to go along with each part of her talk (Including a drawing of a cat riding on a dog – something I never knew I needed in a powerpoint presentation until now). Comics are definitely a labour of love, and over time it’s easy to start feeling worn down as a comic creator. Pep talks like Becca’s remind you of why you started making comics in the first place, and renew your enthusiasm. As someone who’s been making them for a few years now, I really appreciated it.

Becca has a really beautiful drawing style. Working traditionally rather than digitally, she combines her inked linework with beautiful watercolour washes. You can see more of her work here: http://beccaandthebox.com/

Blog by MJ Wallace

https://www.facebook.com/MJWallaceComics

LDC Birmingham August 2015

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Alex Birch talking about her Wild About Comics event

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The Girly Comic edited by our guest speaker Selina Locke, also Hunt Emerson’s comic book Calculus Cat

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Guest Speaker Hunt Emerson

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Selina Locke giving a talk on Factor Fiction, The Girly Comic & organising Caption: Small Press Comic Con

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(left to right) Steve Tanner- co-ordinator of Birmingham Comics Festival, Guest Speaker Dr. Charlotta Salmi, Paul Birch – co-ordinator of BCF, Florence Okoye co-ordinator of MancsterCon & Afrofutures_UK and Alex Birch – co-ordinator of Wild About Comics

Photos taken by our guest blogger Martin Tierney – check out his twitter & facebook page Art of Illusion