March is flying by and with equinox soon approaching it’ll mean that there’s so little time left to the DPS year! My internship at londonprintstudio has officially ended, it was a great 6 months and I learnt an incredible amount, from networking, writing/delivering workshops, curating tricks etc!
Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to meet the publishers at Jonathan Cape. It felt so surreal but they conveyed how passionate they were about comics, despite publishing a range of books. It was a motivational experience, especially when you start to realise that being a comics artist is extremely difficult! You really have to work quickly and love what you do.
We got to show our presentations about the work we create at Laydeez Do comics, a monthly comics meet up event. Here we explained the themes we explore through our work, our inspirations and described our experience through the internship. It was quite nerve racking (especially as we didn’t realise Tom Gauld would be there…!!) but I am now a lot more confident in interviews, presentations and generally introducing myself! I believe this Laydeez Do comics event was featured in The Stylist Magazine? They are now arranging a pop up meet in New York which is exciting!
The day after, we were rushed for time as we were putting up and curating our comics exhibition, “Frames of Mind”, which will also be the book launch to our anthology “Parallel Lives”. Lisa was kind enough to help out as the star photographer for the night, snapping photos of the visitors who posed in the make shift photo installation I created. It was a great private view and a positive reception! The experienced John, who owned the studio was pleased as it didn’t look like a student show, it worked well together as a whole, taking advantage of all the space. I received a lot of lovely comments and feedback about my work and even got to speak to someone from Penguin Books.
During this time, I also kept in contact with DK, letting them know which days I am free to help them. I’ll officially be joining the interns on Monday to help prepare for the London Book Fair! I really cannot wait as it’s a different environment! I also had an interview at New Statesman and will be interning there in middle of April!