Laydeez Do Comics again

Just a mad dash through to mention that the report is now up on the second Laydeez Do Comics meetup with illustrations done by Paul Sheridan is up including a bonus photo in the slideshow of me with crazy eyes.  Our guests, Sarah Bracken, Paddy Lynch, and Arja Kajermo were all wonderful. You know what else is wonderful? Seeing a little zine and indie scene grow in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Coming from America, I take zines and indie comics for granted, but here, they’re still very much underground and very much unknown by most people. One of the most heartening things about the zine scene is how much people are still interested in the time-consuming endeavor of making and publishing tactile objects as opposed to just putting things online. I love the Internet and the way people can more easily communicate with others about their interests but I love hardcopy books and zines and comics as well, and it’s wonderful to see them thriving.

Details will be coming in October about the next Laydeez Do Comics meeting, so stay tuned!


comics and podcasts and worldcons oh my

Some news:

First thing: The next meeting of Laydeez Do Comics Dublin will be on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Odessa Club at 7 PM. If you like or do comics, zines, illustrations, or just enjoy interesting and engaging talks, please join us!

Second thing: Maura McHugh and I were interviewed about Laydeez Do Comics by Liam Geraghty of The Comics Podcast. There are lots of other interesting topics discussed there as well including the documentary Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines, which I saw last month here in Dublin and highly recommend even if you are not a Wonder Woman or superhero(ine) fan (I am neither).

Third thing: Always wanted to visit Ireland? Here’s your chance. How does a pre-bid announcement to hold the World Science Fiction convention in Dublin in 2019 sound?

Laydeez Doing Comics in Dublin


The inaugural meeting of Laydeez Do Comics Dublin, which I announced a couple of weeks ago, was on Wednesday night and it was a roaring success! You can see photos and read a report of the event here and Róisín Curé drew throughout the evening to produce this charming illustrated account.

Thanks to engaging presentations by Sarah McIntyre, Alan Nolan, and Maeve Clancy, this also turned out to be a really well-rounded event that had something to offer not just people interested in working in comics but fans of the form as well as creatives in most professions. We were also fortunate to have a delightful audience and a great venue, the fabulous Odessa Club. And C.E. Murphy brought the most amazing ginger snap cookies I’ve ever had the good fortune to taste, so really, what more could we have asked for?

We’ll be arranging another meeting in a few months’ time, probably in September, so watch the skies! Well, and the internet.

Laydeez Do Comics Dublin

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My fellow writer Maura McHugh and I have been working on a project I’m very happy to announce at last–the establishment of a branch of Laydeez Do Comics in Dublin.

Laydeez Do Comics began as a forum in London in 2009 and has become a network of meetings across the US and UK in such cities as San Francisco, Glasgow, Brighton and more. It is not women-only, though it is led by women.

Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, May 22 from 7 to 9:30 PM in the Rooftop Bar on the top floor of the Odessa Club, 13 Dame Ct., Dublin 2, and our first guests will be Sarah McIntyre, Alan Nolan, and Maeve Clancy.

The event itself is free. We’ll be asking for a donation of 3-5 euros just to cover costs.

I’m really excited about this, and if you live in Dublin and are an artist or writer and/or have an interest in comics in any way, I hope to meet you there!

Anthology Project for Women in Horror month

Breaking radio silence to point to this worthy-looking Kickstarter project. It ends in less than 48 hours, but even if you’re reading this after the funding period has passed (and it looks like they’ll reach their goal, but they’re going to go ahead with the project no matter what), check out their submission guidelines if you’re a writer and think about picking up a copy yourself if you’re a reader.

One thing I like about this project is that they aren’t restricting themselves to women contributors. Instead, they’re asking contributors of any gender to submit (along with their stories) 150-word recommendations of great horror stories by women writers. I appreciate this approach, which raises the profile of women horror writers but doesn’t set us off in our own little playground as though there is some concern about us punching above our weight. That sounds a little harsh; I don’t actually think that is the intention of anyone who produces all-whatever anthologies, and these thoughts are about me and my own ambivalence regarding the “woman writer” moniker, not about the motivations of those who work on such projects. (Would I decline to be included in such a project? Not on that basis alone, no. And, clearly, I make some effort here to write specifically about women writers from time to time. See ambivalence.)

At any rate, Deep Cuts is a project about which I am not ambivalent and I am excited to see how it will shape up over the next few months.

for sche schulde than make al the world to wondyr on hir*

Two terrific stories of contemporary women adventurers/explorers:

Dutch teenager Laura Dekker succeeded in sailing solo around the world. I’ve been following her story since 2009, when the Dutch government denied her permission to set out on this journey at 14, citing child welfare issues. Given what lots of kids endure just by virtue of turning up at school, I find it difficult to sympathize with their position on this. But all’s well that ends well, and Laura’s been able to complete her journey at last. Her website is here.

Also: Felicity Aston has become the first women to cross the Antarctica solo, in fifty-nine days. I have a real fascination for tales of Antarctic exploration, although personally I loathe being cold. A few years ago I had a brief period of fantasizing about working down at McMurdo Station after reading Jerri Nielson’s Icebound (sadly, she’s since succumbed to the cancer that first surfaced while she was working there) before coming to my senses. Antarctica’s on my long list of places to visit someday, but I don’t expect to be particularly adventurous or ground-breaking in the attempt.

There are still too few women travellers and adventurers as role models, although if we scratch below history’s surface they certainly exist. (Try eleventh-century Japanese lady-in-waiting Lady Sarashina’s As I Crossed the Bridge of Dreams for one of the earliest surviving accounts of a woman traveller.) When I was a child, I used to wish I’d been born a boy, because as far as I could see, boys got to do things and girls didn’t. I hope that is less the case for kids today, but I’m not sure it is; Bella Swan came after Buffy, not before, which makes me think that old gender stratification is in many ways as pernicious as ever.

*From The Boke of Margery Kempe, the account of another medieval woman traveller (and mystic). In Modern English: For she should then make all the world to wonder on her.