Unconference!

 

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Last Saturday, five of us organized an unconference that was held in Glasgow. It was my first experience of an unconference, either as an attendee or organizer.

I really liked the idea of bringing together a diverse group of comics makers, comics lovers and comics academics to discuss the topics that interest us. We had about 30 attendees, which is pretty good for our first run out. I’d love it if next time we got more makers involved, but this is all a learning process for everyone!

The first session of the day consisted of collating everyone’s ideas for topics and voting on the day’s remaining sessions.

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Damon, pictured above, made a short video about the day. I think there will be video of my performance comic later too… {eeek!}

From the feedback we got, it seemed to go really well. There are definitely some things we now know to do differently next time, but overall, the participants enjoyed it and we think there will be a next time!

Here’s a shot of us all at the end of the day.

There was a fair bit of live tweeting (I tried, but flagged towards the end of the day) and there’s a storify, if anyone is interested in the topics covered throughout the day.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to try to collate some lists of links to topics covered, websites mentioned, webcomics and comics the participants make. Hopefully this will serve as a jumping off forum for more critical comics discussions in the coming months!

In the meantime, here are a few of the participant’s thoughts on the event: