Laydeez do Comics- August Meeting

We enjoyed the second  inspiring meeting of Laydeez do Comics at the Rag Factory.
This month’s speaker was the artist Kim L. Pace whose show Bad Animals has just finished at the Transition Gallery.  She talked about her work and showed us examples, including an animation she recently produced for her solo exhibition following  the Berwick residency she did. 

She also talked about the curation of  Cult Fiction, a touring Hayward exhibition which took place in 2007-8. I just missed it when it came to Nottingham Castle, but I do have the catalogue which is worth looking at. 

It was a really interesting  contrast to the talk by Sarah McIntyre, since Kim is involved in comics as a fine artist rather than an illustrator. I think that’s the fantastic thing about the graphic novel, it crosses over different practices.

Then she led the discussion of Julie Doucet’s ‘My New York Diary’, which if you haven’t had a chance to read, I recommend.  I’d found it quite disturbing…in a good way.

Following Sarah’s DELICIOUS cookies, which is luckily becoming a fixed tradition, we had Jane Heinrichs’ open space presentation. An illustrator and recent graduate from the Camberwell MA in illustration, we loved her style. 

Then Steve White also an MA graduate from Camberwell, from the Drawing course presented his work. It was quite a contrast showing the different backgrounds, illustration and fine art. There was a great surge of enthusiasm for the ‘letter project’ he is about to start, which invites collaborators. To find out more and get involved, contact him via www.idrinkcoffeeanddraw.moonfruit.com
or www.myspace.com/idrinkcoffeeanddraw Then a few of us went round to Papadoms for Laydeez do Curry and beer!!

A diary date: The next meeting is Monday 21 September with Rosalind B. Penfold‘s presentation. The book for discussion is Eddie Campbell‘s ‘The Fate of the Artist’ and if you get a chance to read ‘Dragonslippers’ by Rosalind B. Penfold it’s my favourite graphic novel.

Incidentally if anyone is having trouble getting hold of books the first stop should be page 45 in Nottingham, they can send books to you and since most of their customers are women, they have the books we like in stock. And if you’re near enough to go there it’s a wonderful experience and though busy they are always happy to talk graphic novels and recommend. 


One more important Laydeez item developing to bring to your attention….but I’ll post it after a cuppa….

Laydeez do Comics- July Meeting

We were pleased with the atmosphere that ran through the first meeting, it had the informality and friendliness we had hoped for, plus a feeling that everyone got some inspiration from it.

The meeting began with a lively illustrated presentation by Sarah McIntyre about her work, including influences and anecdotes about her practice.

We then moved on to discuss Shaun Tan’s work ‘The Arrival’. Sarah had selected pages from the book to project for the benefit of people who had not had a chance to look at it. I had found it really enlightening to have listened beforehand to Alex Fitch’s Panel Borders interview with Shaun Tan also a great interview to read is at guardian.co.uk

At some point during the presentation I was aware of a bit of a commotion coming from an adjoining room….


Then I remembered that the Rag Factory predominantly offers rehearsal spaces for actors….phew…

We took a break to demolish Sarah’s amazing home made cookies…look through books brought in and chat. Then by way of introducing the concept of the 10 minute open space slot, Sarah and I kicked off with strict 10 minute presentations each about our work.

I found it really useful to gauge reaction to the graphic novel I’m working on which is the story of how I made sense of the world after the death of my little boy.

It was great to see Sarah’s work and hear her speak about her arrival at what she is doing now. The graphic novel she is working on is diary-based about relationships and family and the torments involved.

For future meetings we will leave time for feedback for the open space slots, we were both a bit nervous and running late, so didn’t invite that enough….and it would have been beneficial. We hope that people will take advantage of the slots, we can fit in up to three per meeting, so if anyone’s interested please get in touch.

Attendees included:  Sarah McIntyre, Danica Maier, Rosie West, Genista Toland, Poppy Toland, Alex Fitch, Marcia Mihotich, Ed Ilya, John Aggs, Gary Northfield, Steve White, Angele Jack, Tim Mannveille, Clare Huxley, Viviane Schwarz, Raphael, Pamela Brabants, Nicola Streeten, Sarah Lightman.


We’re looking forward to the next meeting: Monday August 24th  with Kim Pace coming to talk, and Jane Heinrich and Steve White in the Open Space slots…and the book we will be discussing is Julie Doucet’s ‘My New York Diary’

Everyone welcome…details at www.laydeezdocomics.com

Following the meeting some of us went to the curry house around the corner…and finally, full of lager I rushed off to catch the last train back to the middle of nowhere where I live….my main relief was that there had been no technical hitches during the evening, but I was relieved too soon… As the beer took its toll….