COMICS: Working group for NEW comics festival

I met up with Sarah Lightman to go to the meeting so we had a chance to catch up a bit first. Her show is coming up and I’m really looking forward to seeing her new work. The one day conference on Women in Comics is accompanying her show. It’s all on 25 October. I’m giving a paper there too….on Gender and the Graphic Novel. 

So…on to the Art and Design Gallery on the College Lane campus, University of Hertfordshire

Here’s Sarah trying to imitate this lump of sculpture 
Sarah and I were invited to join the working group for setting up a new comics festival which will take place in April 2010 over several days. It will be a pilot with the aim to make it an annual event. Our friend Danny Graydon is in the group and it was great to see him again.
The UH Arts Manager is Natalie Fountain who has initiated this idea. Here she is giving me a tour of some of the venues we’ll be using.

Here’s the main auditorium.
The exciting outcome of today’s meeting is the name….UniComics because it’s starting at the university but it’s also a reference to the universality of comics. We did more brainstorming. 
Sarah and my involvement is going to be the launching of the Laydeez comics box. An evening of 10 minute presentations by artists involved with graphic novels, Pechar Kuchar style. This would be a good outcome of the presentations taking place at the Laydeez do comics meetings each month.

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