Event: The Comics Lab

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Taken from The Comic Lab’s Facebook Event Page:

The Comics Lab is an informal space to explore storytelling through text and image. We’re interested in bringing people from all backgrounds (creative or otherwise) into our space to brainstorm, let loose, innovate and create. We plan on throwing pre-conceived notions of ‘what a comic is’ to the wind, and helping you to free up and find out what comics can mean to you.

So how will it work?

There will be a short workshop element at the start of each session where a different creator each month will share their process. We’ll use this part of the session to focus on a particular topic, such as story-inspiration or character development. We’ll also organise a number of short exercises, aimed at loosening you up, and helping you to understand the ‘language’ of cartooning.
The second half of the session will be a completely informal space to share your own work if you like, to start on new ideas and find people to collaborate with. Don’t worry, we’ll have gentle exercises to help you through this bit if you’re feeling a bit blank for the first couple of sessions!

But I can’t draw (not even a straight line)?

You don’t need to be able to draw to make comics. Some of the strongest stories come from the wobbliest pens. There is no right or wrong here, just you, finding your storytelling voice.

When and where is it happening?

The Comics Lab will take place once a month in the cosy back-room of The Liquor Rooms (in the basement of The Clarence Hotel). You can get your own drinks from the bar (they serve tea, coffee and array of drinks – including delicious non-alcoholic cocktails!). We’ll bring the bikkies!

Our kick-off event takes place Tuesday, 19th May, 7 – 9pm in the Liquor Rooms.

Who are Stray Lines?

Paddy Lynch is a cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer based in Dublin. I split my time between illustration commissions, commercial design work, and my own personal comic and graphic novel projects. I’m one half of small press publishing outfit Cardboard Press, which issues my comic book series Last Bus, alongside other minicomics and artists books.

In the last two years, I have become increasingly involved in the small press and artists book communities in Ireland and the UK, through which I regularly get to exhibit my work. As a member of the Edition Book Arts group, we help bring the work of small-press creators to the attention of the general public, primarily through the annual Summer Edition Artists Book, Comic and Zine Fair. I also help run the Dublin Comic Jam, a monthly meet up of comic artists and enthusiasts improvising comic strips collectively.

See more at www.patrickl.net

Debbie Jenkinson is a comics-maker and educator from Dublin. She’s most interested in creating stories that come from the small frustrations and triumphs of real everyday lives, like REMORSE, her most recent comic. Many other ideas and characters populate her mind, waiting for their moment.

See more at www.debbiejenkinson.net

Sarah Bowie is an illustrator and comics-maker based in Dublin. The quickest way to get to know her is to check out her short comic David Bowie is not my uncle (2015).

She’s a bit of a people-watcher, so a lot of her work is based on observation – especially people hanging out in mundane places like shopping centres, as in Mall Life (2015)

For more visit www.sarahbowie.com