Laydeez do Comics Leeds is a graphic novel forum with a focus on comic works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday. EVERYONE…men and women…welcome to the bi-monthly meetings, the first of which is happening on Monday 26 November, 6.30pm-9.30pm at Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds LS2 7EQ. Tickets are priced £1.50 and refreshments are available from the reasonably priced bar. Whether you are new to comics or already a fan, the evening includes short presentations from guest speakers and offers an inspiring experience in a social atmosphere.
Guest speakers at this inaugural meeting are Steve Tillotson, Griselda Pollock and Nicola Streeten. Steve Tillotson is an artist and co-founder of the Leeds Alternative Comics Fair. He is also runner-up in this year’s Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Short Story Prize 2012 (which means that he actually came second, because this prize identifies one winner and one runner-up). Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art, University of Leeds. Writing on feminist theory and visual culture, her forthcoming books include A Name for Myself: Charlotte Salomon’s Theatre of Memory 1941-42. Nicola Streeten is an artist and author of the award winning graphic novel Billy, Me & You. She is also co-founder of Laydeez do Comics.
The original Laydeez do Comics launched July 2009 in London, set up by Nicola in collaboration with the artist and curator Sarah Lightman. It is the first women led graphic novel forum in the UK. Artists, academics, publishers and fans from around the world are invited to speak. It is a platform for people to test new works and ideas, where emerging artists present their work alongside more established practitioners. Each month the meetings are recorded by invited guest bloggers.
Laydeez do Comics Leeds is a sister branch of the original Laydeez do Comics. There’s also a sister branch in San Francisco. You can find out more, including recordings of past talks by guest speakers, drawings by guest bloggers and lots of useful comics related links at http://www.laydeezdocomics.com/.
Louise Crosby and Helen Iball
Laydeez do Comics Leeds