Monthly Archives: October 2014

Hallowe’en Drink and Draw!

We’re holding a Hallowe’en* themed Drink and Draw session at The Mad Hatter bar in Edinburgh on the 30th of October!

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(thanks to Stephen for designing the spine chillingly terrifying poster!)

We’ll have some horrifying activities on the go to resurrect your creativity, or you can feel free to work on your own blood curdling drawings. Bring materials and a sense of the macabre.

From 8pm we’ll be in the downstairs area of the bar. It’s at 8 Torphichen Place (near Haymarket Station): here’s a map.

Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

*costumes optional!

October Smörgåsbord: Sunshine

October’s Smörgåsbord topic was Sunshine! With a little side challenge – to put a depressing spin on the subject. Some excellent zines were swapped:

Craig Cunningham:

craigncunninhamsunshine1craigcunninghamsunshine2

Zyzanna:

zyzannasunshine1zyzannasunshine2

Stephen Goodall:

stephengoodallsunshine1stephengoodallsunshine2

(the more I look at this one the more I love it)

Sonya Hallett:

sonyahallettsunshine1sonyahallettsunshine2

(I didn’t get a copy of the zine version of this so these photos are of the original!)

Steven Ingram:

steveningramsunshine1steveningramsunshine3

Aimee Lockwood:

aimeelockwoodsunshine2aimeelockwoodsunshine1

Olly Paterson:

ollypatersonsunshine1ollypatersonsunshine2

Ell J Walker:

elljwalkersunshine1elljwalkersunshine2

Did I miss any? I don’t think so but let me know! Having these zines as a talking point last night was brilliant, especially as SO MANY new people came – it was great meeting you all! It seems like the Edinburgh comic scene is really thriving at the minute. And excitingly we had enough people come to… *drumroll* GET THE BODA SMORGASBORD! This is basically free cheese for everybody, conditional on having thirteen or more people attend. It tasted like VICTORY!

Because it seems like there are a lot of talented comic people about lately, we’ve been talking about the possibility of running a small pop-up comics mart in Edinburgh. If any of you ELC members (or other interested Scottish comic people) would like to get involved please get in touch! It’d be good to get an idea of how many people are interested. Also if you have any suggestions for good places in Edinburgh to run this kind of thing I’d like to hear them! Email: edinburghleagueofcomics@gmail.com.

The topic for next month’s Smörgåsbord zine-swap is: SUITCASE. Looking forward to seeing you all (and your zines) in November!

September Smörgåsbord: Error

It’s been nearly a month since September’s ELC meet-up, so this is a slightly belated first Smörgåsbord entry! The brief was to create a mini-zine from a folded A4 sheet of paper, and the first ever topic was Error. We had a grand total of two zines entered for September:

Janet McLauchlin:

Error 1

Stephen Goodall:

error 2eroor 3

I’m expecting us to have more entries for October’s topic, Sunshine! If you want to take part but you can’t make it to the meet-up (Tuesday 14th November, at Boda) you can still email a comic to edinburghleagueofcomics@gmail.com and I’ll put it on the blog. I’m looking forward to seeing them all on Tuesday!

Aimee

Smörgåsbord: introduction

This is a new monthly challenge started by Stephen. Here’s what it’s about in his own words (shamelessly copied from old mailout ;))

The challenge:

-Create a black and white comic/zine out of a folded piece of A4 paper in response to a random(ish)ly generated theme.
-Print/photocopy 10-15 copies and bring them along to the meet
-Swap with the other participants, so you leave with a varied collection of great miniature publications!

(if you’re stuck for what I mean then a great starting point is to fold an A4 page in half twice, so that you have an A6 booklet with four sides that can be unfolded to have an A4 poster on the reverse.)

Other than that, anything goes: drawing, collage, etc. etc. It should be a really interesting to see the different approaches that people take.  I thought it would be good to do it monthly at first so that there isn’t enough time to agonise over what you make.  Also, once we’ve got a fair collection together we can apply to get them put in The National Library.

There has been much deliberation about the name, but I think ‘Smörgåsbord’ is pretty apt, given the nature of the project and the the mythical snack platter much discussed in previous meets.