February Smörgåsbord: Tattoo

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):

Sarah Crozier:

Zuzanna Dominiak (read the whole thing here):

Stephen Goodall:

Steven Ingram (read the whole thing here):

Aimee Lockwood (read the whole thing here):

Edward Ross:

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!

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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:

  • format: a5
  • 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

DECOMPOSITION

And the deadline is 3 months, so it will be May – to be precise, date of our May meeting which is the 12th.

—Z

Kirkliston Library Manga Workshop

Recently we were invited by Kirkliston library to run a Manga Workshop! The event was held over two consecutive Saturdays this January, and was aimed at young people aged 10+.

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Setting up.

We started everybody off on day one with some character creation and development exercises, including the fearsome expressions sheet! How do you draw a smug ninja? It’s the ultimate challenge, but everyone really had fun with it and did a great job.

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Zuzanna’s example efforts

Then we moved on to a collaborative comic creation game – everybody drew one panel of a manga, then passed it on to the next person who continued the story (and so on). Everybody really seemed to have fun with this one!

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We were really pleased with how the first day went, so we were looking forward to coming back the next week and doing some more work with the participants on their own ideas. We gave some of the older people in the group a bit of homework – to come up with a character and a rough story for their own manga!

We weren’t sure if anyone was going to take us up on the exciting offer of extra homework, so we planned lots of activities for the second Saturday just in case. We needn’t have worried! All of the young people were really enthusiastic and came up with some brilliant ideas, which we helped them to develop. We did play a few rounds of my favourite game anyway, though – Monster Evolution!

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A few more photos of everyone getting into the Manga zone:

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Thanks to all of the talented young people for coming along and to the staff of Kirkliston library for making it a great couple of days!

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We’re so Manga.

Valentine’s Drink and Draw

The Edinburgh League of Comics is going to be holding a Valentine’s day Drink and Draw next month!

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(thanks to Will for the brilliant poster design!)

We’re going to be at The Southern (22-26 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9PR) on Friday the 20th of February from 8pm, so come along and bring your sketchbooks! We’ve got some great drawing games planned, but as ever feel free to come along and work on your own stuff too.

Valentines Drink and Draw Facebook Event here

January Smörgåsbord: Totem

Happy New Year, comic makers! Our first zine swap of 2015 yielded some fantastic results on the theme Totem, check it out:

Sarah Crozier:

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Zyzanna depicts a familiar scene:

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Stephen Goodall:

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Gemma Ingram made this magnificent random fursona/spirit animal generator:

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Steven Ingram:

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Aimee Lockwood (read the whole thing here):

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Andy P:

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Edward Ross (read the whole glorious thing HERE!):

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Nina Vedder:

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We also had a couple of late entries for earlier Smörgåsbords! Here’s Sarah Crozier’s entry for our first topic Sunshine:

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And Craig Cunningham‘s entry for last month’s topic Melt:

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Next month’s meet-up will be happening as usual on the second Tuesday of the month. February’s theme is: TATTOO! See you all then.

Bad Santas and a Christmas Collaborative Comic

Hey, it was great to see so many of you at the Christmas Drink and Draw on Sunday night!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, we were mostly drawing Bad Santas – the Father Christmasses of your nightmares. As you can imagine that got pretty dark pretty fast, but here are a few of the more publishable ones:

We also had a comic going around the table, with everybody taking a turn to do half a page – the result is magnificent! But, uhh… this is a family friendly blog and the language is kind of colourful so I’m not going to publish the whole thing. Here are the first two pages though:

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If you want a printed copy let me know and I’ll try to bring it along to the next meet-up!

The deadline for the ELC Secret Santa drawing exchange is upon us today – hope you’re all as excited as I am to see the results. They’ll be going up on the blog soon, so watch this space!

Christmas Drink and Draw

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We’re holding a Christmas themed Drink and Draw night this Sunday! 

You’ll find us in The Southern (22-26 South Clerk Street) from 7pm on the 21st.

Knock up some last minute Christmas cards for your folks, work on whatever it is you’re working on at the moment, or just draw anything else you like! There’ll be a couple of activities to get you started as well, but please bring your own materials!

Christmas Drink and Draw Facebook Event here

Secret Santa:

If you haven’t done so already, this is also your LAST CHANCE to sign up for our ELC Secret Santa drawing exchange! Everyone who’s signed up will have their recipient randomly assigned to them shortly, so you can spend Sunday trying to guess from their furtive looks who’s drawn your name.

Have a great Christmas, all you comics people!

December Smörgåsbord: Melt

Well done everyone who braved the weather bomb to come out to Boda last night! We were rewarded with Swedish mulled wine and a good collection of (kind of) festive zines.

Zyzanna wins the prize for the fastest ever zine construction (this was made at the meet up table in about a minute!):

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Stephen Goodall:

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Gemma Ingram:

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Steven Ingram:

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Aimee Lockwood (I was too lazy to do any folding this month):

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Will Morris:

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Holly Pearson:

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Ell J Walker:

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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:

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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!