This coming Monday the 26th November, Laydeez Do Comics have their first meeting at Wharf Chambers, from 6.30-9.30pm- full details here.
New comics-related events in Leeds can only be a good thing, and this inaugural session features three guest speakers, including our very own co-organiser Steve Tillotson (and maybe even Hugh Raine too if he can make it) talking about comics and organising the Leeds Alternative Comics Fairs, so please come along.
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You’ve seen the posters, now here’s the blurb:
The Leeds Alternative Comics Fair returns for its fifth outing on Saturday 8th December, and this time it’s got a distinctly seasonal theme. We’re encouraging everyone to ditch the Christmas shopping and discover a haven of creativity and inspiration from some of the finest artists in the North (and beyond), and there will be plenty of unique and unusual comics, art and crafts that will make great gifts. Once again, it’ll take place at A Nation of Shopkeepers, a spacious bar that has proved to be the ideal venue with its great atmosphere, interesting food menu and well-stocked bar, and as usual we’ll be keeping it intimate in scale so that attendees can have a good look at everything on offer, and get to chat with the creators about their wares.
Exhibitors this time include ‘friends of LACF’ Gareth Brookes, James ‘Couk’ Downing, Kristyna Baczynski, Adam Cadwell, Andy ‘Hexjibber’ Sykes, plus organisers Steve Tillotson and Hugh Raine, and Sean Azzopardi will be exhibiting for the first time, along with more new faces to be announced soon.
It’s on from 12 noon until 5pm and as usual the event is completely free to enter, so come along, have a browse, a chat, a drink and a fish finger sarnie, and pick up some unique presents for your friends and family (and don’t forget to treat yourself of course!).
LACF stalwart Gary Bainbridge has got a new comic out for Saturday: ‘Column is a teeny tiny A6 mini comic containing some of my drawings and ponderings on public sculpture. It’s got two different covers and the print run is minuscule, so get yours while they last’, and he’s also got some handsome totebags to carry all the comics you’ll be buying, plus the rest of his great comics, including the Sugar Glider series.
Oli East will be selling his unique series of books, along with some other Blank Slate titles, and he’ll also have a bargain box selling off some of his collection of comics to raise funds for his next project, a trip across France (or failing that, some beers and his bus fare home). And don’t forget about the other fine folks appearing, including John Allison, Dan Berry, James ‘Couk’ Downing (who’s tweets suggest he’s beavering away on something new), Karoline Rerrie, Adam Cadwell and The Pern who’ll all have fantastic things for sale which will definitely make your life immeasurably better.
In addition to Hugh’s lovely looking haul, here’s a quick preview of more stuff premiering at LACF4:
Firstly, Kristyna Baczynski’s brand new comic Nine Lives is previewed above and described thus:
“Follow an unfortunate feline fellow as he counts down his generous quota of lives. A 10-page concertina mini comic, printed on 300gsm matte brown board. Cut and folded with love and papercuts. Book measures 10cm x 9cm when folded. Edition of 300 only”.
Andy Sykes has produced some exciting Hexjibber Hobbies greetings cards and post cards, as well as his excellent Hexjibber Hobbies book, pictured above.
And lastly for now, I (Steve Tillotson) will be selling my brand new, limited-edition comic Christopher Wren, a minicomic which unfolds like a map so the pages get bigger until the poster sized conclusion is revealed- with two different endings! I’ll also be selling posters, badges and a selection from the back catalogue of banal pig comics.
I’ve been busy treading the boards but I still found time to go on another adventure on my favourite day, Hourly Comic Day!
So, new to the fair will be my forth hourly comic, Fun in and Around Halifax – and it’s only 50p! Plus, they fit right in your pocket! But while that might promote light-fingeredness, I should warn you I have the beady eyes of a hawk.
Plus, I’ll have plenty more of my other books and badges!
And I guarantee I’ll be sticking a camera in people’s faces! See you there!
Hugh “Shug” Raine
It’s a busy time for comic and crafty events at the end of April and beginning of May, the week before LACF4, the 21st April sees the Comiket in Bishopsgate, London for all you southern comic lovers. Then LACF4 on the 28th April as you will well be aware, then the week after is May the 4th Be With You, a Star Wars themed exhibition and event featuring artwork by friends of LACF, including John Allison, Couk, Steve Tillotson, Hugh Raine, and Kristyna Baczynski.
And the week after that, the 12th May more good stuff at the Hand Made Art and Craft Fair, again featuring people you may recognise from our fairs, with arts crafts comics and all that, and this great poster from Kristyna Baczynski:
We’re still confirming the full exhibitor list, but to tickle your comic fancies the lineup so far includes:
James ‘Couk’ Downing
Andy ‘Hexjibber’ Sykes
and of course your humble hosts Steve Tillotson
and Hugh Raine. More exhibitors to be announced shortly.
Here’s a sneak peek at my latest comic. 50 pages, full colour, Hallowe’eny! Just a fiver and showcasing at the fair on Saturday!