February’s Smörgåsbord zine swap theme was TATTOO! Sadly nobody took up the challenge of having their comic tattooed directly onto their person, but the topic yielded some good results anyway.Here they are (click to view bigger images, or follow the links for full comics and higher quality pictures):
The topic for the next meet-up (which is next week!) is: LEVITATE! Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with. And don’t forget that we’re also running a larger scale Smörgåsbord, Smörgåsbord +, on the theme of Decomposition, which is due on the 12th of May. As ever if you’d like to be involved in either swap but aren’t able to make it along to the meet-up, feel free to take part and send us pictures of your zines!
In addition to the usual Smörgåsbord zine swap we (me and Stephen :P) decided to try out something similar but on a slightly larger scale. This is aimed to be a bit longer comic and the deadline is also longer. And then we can swap them just like we do with the usual Smörgåsbord! So here are the rules:
pages: 8 (two a4 sheets) or if you want to include an extra cover piece that’s fine too (this will make it three a4 sheets)
Black and White
Similarly there will be a theme. The theme for the inaugural Smörgåsbord+ zine swap is
And the deadline is 3 months, so it will be May – to be precise, date of our May meeting which is the 12th.
Significantly upping the production values of the zine swap was Andy P, who brought us all a set of twelve cards from The Ghost Station Chronicles! Not on the Smörgåsbord topic of course, but we’ll let him off with it this time because we do love getting beautiful presents like this:
Next month’s topic is: TOTEM. We’ll be meeting at the usual time and place – Boda Bar, 7pm, second Tuesday of the month. Hope to see you all then!
December’s meet-up will be happening as usual on the second Tuesday of the month, 7pm onwards at Boda! The Smörgåsbord topic is: MELT. Well, it’s kind of Christmassy. I’m looking forward to seeing how elaborate this crazy origami competition can get.
We’ll also hopefully be doing a Christmas Drink and Draw some time during December, so watch this space for more news on that!
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: email@example.com.
The topic for next month’s Smörgåsbord zine-swap is: SUITCASE. Looking forward to seeing you all (and your zines) in November!