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Event Report – Lazy Sunday Comics at the Forest Cafe.

It’s been a while since this event, but we’ve all been so busy working on our own comics, that none of us have had the time to write about this fantastic event.

It was the closing weekend of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and we arranged an afternoon of relaxed comics drawing for adults at the now sadly closed Forest Cafe.  It was a great event, with lots of interest as people passed by on a dreich Sunday, looking for something simple and fun to do on a quiet weekend day.

The atmosphere was great, with comic book movies playing on a TV in the background, people hanging around and flipping through a batch of comics we brought as inspiration, and best of all people pitching in and creating characters and telling stories with comics.

Best of all was our fantastic comics wall.  We stuck up big strips of paper on the room’s walls and had a central starting panel from which people could branch off and tell their own stories.  The thing was a huge success, and a number of weird stories emerged from the single originating panel.  These tales even intertwined at moments, making for a really special and unique group creation.  It’s a game we’ll definitely play again at one of these events.

All in all a great event.  Thanks to the folk at the Forest for having us, and to all the people who came along and made it a great day.

Lazy Sunday Comics: Reminder!

Poster by Tom Hunt

So it’s our Lazy Sunday Comics event tomorrow, from 2pm at the Forest Cafe.  It’s essentially a drop in + draw, except we’re commandeering the spirit of a lazy Sunday to make it the perfect post-festival recovery thing.  We’ve got lots of lazy games lined up, and we’ll be creating a huge wall comic throughout the day, so everyone should pop in and create a panel to move the story forward!

Come along to Lazy Sunday Comics

@ The Forest Cafe (3 Bristo Place)

Sunday 28th August, 2pm – 8pm

Lazy Sunday Comics

Edinburgh League of Comics is pleased to announce a comics drawing session at the Forest Cafe on Sunday the 28th of August.  It’ll be the last few days of the festival, and we’ve got planned a slothful, relaxed afternoon, aimed at hung-over adults and burned-out actors and comedians, and anyone else up for a carefree afternoon of drawing.  We’ll be occupying the front gallery of the Forest, drawing comics, creating weird characters, and reading comics all day.

We’ll be doing our usual drop in and draw activities – the fantastic ‘Character-O-Matic’ character creator, some Panel Scrabble remixing, and more.  Why not bring along some of your favourite comic books to share with everyone?

Inspired by the wonderful Calvin and Hobbes ‘Lazy Sunday Book’, Edinburgh League of Comics is hoping to bring that carefree Sunday feeling back to adults, perfectly placed at the end of the festival to offer the ideal recovery day.

Come along to Lazy Sunday Comics

@ The Forest Cafe (3 Bristo Place)

Sunday 28th August, 2pm – 8pm

(and onwards if we’re not feeling too lazy!)

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Drop In + Draw 2 – Report

Last weekend we held our second family Drop In + Draw session, this time in association with the Creative Jam arts festival.  The event took place at the St. James Centre, just off Princes Street and was a two day affair, right during one of the rainiest summer weekends Edinburgh has seen in a long time.

Families drawing comics

Although Saturday started off very quiet, by around 2pm we began to attract some attention from passing families, with kids who were probably sick of shopping and eager for a little bit of quiet drawing.  Sunday was our blockbuster day, a marked difference from Saturday: we were busy with people pretty much non-stop from noon onwards.

More comics drawing.

We’d evolved our ideas since the last event, ditching a lot of the stuff that had been less popular at the previous event, and especially the activities that were maybe too complex to explain quickly to passing punters.  Instead we focussed on the idea of character creation, with ideas borrowed from my time spent with We Are Words + Pictures at Hay and Latitude Festivals.

The hit of the weekend was the character creation technique we used where a person would pick out of separate bags a random name, description and job for a character.  The resulting random creations were strange and hilarious, and led to a lot of fun for kids and us professionals alike.

Art by Fumio Obata and Tom Hunt

We all had a great weekend, and it was refreshing for all of us to have a chance to draw for fun for a change.  Thanks are due to Tom Hunt, Fumio Obata and Eleni Kalorkoti as artists in residence during the weekend, to Ness and Mat for organising the event, to Artlandic for supplying loads of art materials and to St. James Centre for having us.  And obviously, most thanks has to go to everyone who came along and took part.  Your amazing inventions made the weekend a blast!

Edward Ross


Edinburgh’s First Drop in and Draw!

The Edinburgh League of Comics is pleased to present ‘Drop in and Draw’, an informal comics drawing event for kids and adults alike!

This free event, held on Saturday 7th of May in celebration of Free Comic Book Day, gives you the opportunity to hang out and draw with amateurs and professionals.  Gain insight from our resident Manga expert Fumio Obata, our webcomic whiz Tom Hunt, or our non-fiction specialist Edward Ross.  Play comics creation games like Panel Scrabble and ComicJam, create your own Comics Remix, or just spend an afternoon drawing whatever you like!

We provide the paper and pens (though bring your own if you want), you provide the inspiration.

The event is being hosted by Newington Library, Edinburgh.  Drop in any time between 1pm and 4.30pm on Saturday 7th May and join the fun!  For more details contact Newington Library on 0131 529 5536 or email the ELC at edinburghleagueofcomics@gmail.com