I spoke to local artist Keilidh Bradley to find out what comics mean to her and who some of her favourite local artists are.
Sit back relax and be sure to check out all the great artists mentioned on the podcast.
Everyone is invited to attend the Laydeez Do Comics event that will be held on the 8th of March. The idea of the event is to create awareness of the number of amazing women who contribute to the comic industry, so trot on along to the event if you’re interested in learning more about this growing canumdrum where women participate in something that is generally male dominated.
As quoted on their website Laydeez do comics is a “combination between a book club and a series of TED talks.” Since its launch in 2009 by Nicola Streeten and Sarah Lightman the event has gained popularity in Glasgow.
Guest speakers at the event will be Eilidh Nicolson, Adam Smith and Letty Wilson. All three are super amazing speakers to have at this event and all of them will contribute varied and useful discussion for everyone to enjoy.
The Scottish Comics Unconference is going to be held on the 28th of February in Glasgow at Dundasvale Residents’ Hall and is free for anyone to attend, all you have to do is register at the event website here.
The meet up is designed to invite people from all walks of life to group together to discuss the medium of comics. If you’re a builder/student/secretary and secretly lust for a life creating comics then this is ideal for you and your needs. The organising committee have stated that they hope that people who are seriously interested in the comics medium tag along.
The meeting will be similar to the Laydeez Do Comics meet up that happened in February 2014 but this is the first year the official event will be running and I hope that in the future it will continue to grow.
I had no idea what an unconference was until I heard about this event, if you’re like me then here is an excerpt from the wiki article about the word:
An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.
To put it bluntly, an unconference is basically an informal conference and the key difference between the two is that in a conference attendees are more like an audience but at an unconference you are more like a member of an improv troupe. All members that attend are expected to participate in any discussion so it’s a great way to bring up topic you are concerned about or want to know more about.
The first session of the day will see a vote on which topics, submitted by participants prior to the meet-up, will be discussed in break-out sessions, there will be moderators there to facilitate the talk.
The hashtag for the unconference will be #ComicsUnconf15.
We all know what the mainstream comics are, we have all the classics such as: Superman, Popeye, Judo Master and Batman. The list could go on for these iconic markers in Comic history. Comic enthusiasts everywhere will have read many of these comics at some point in their life, many people began reading comics starting with these beauties and even now in this day and age some people choose to start off from the beginning of the line.
I would just like to make it clear before I begin that putting indi comics up against mainstream comics is a bit like comparing a car to a car. They’ll both have their pros and cons but I would just like to lift the lid on indi stuff for a moment.
(Credit to the artist who created the image)
This picture doesn’t technically illustrate what I’m highlighting here but you get the gist.
Over the past few years there has been a rise in the number of people leaning towards smaller production comics. This is great news for local comic artists everywhere who deserve to be seen and heard by the greater public. In Glasgow there is a sort of mini Comic Con held every year which invites local artists to come and sell their work to punters. This caters for the ever growing comic fanbase in Glasgow and for these small time comics and zines.
For many people it’s the variety of content that is available through independent comic artists rather than the big ones that makes them lean to the indi side. With more freedom to create what they want, a small time artist can attract a large amount of people by displaying quirky art that doesn’t fit in with a lot of other comics.
It also means that there is a gap in the market where local artists can tackle local issues or interests in their comics. There could be an artists out there who has made a comic about the Scottish Referendum, you wouldn’t see anything about that in a Marvel or DC comic would you?
(Credit: Neil Slorance)
In short what I’m saying is that even if you read the big mainstream stuff, it’s important for you as a comic fan to go out there and support your local artists. There will be something out there for you and it will more than likely be a nice change from what you usually read.
MCM Glasgow was one of the best comic events within Scotland in 2014, I have fond memories of that weekend and I look forward to the next one this year!
Comment bellow with some of your favourite comic-themed memory of 2014!
This year there are plans for it to be held in June/July I believe.
(Credit to channel who own the video)
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Just so I know what you all think!