London Meet-up, 9/14. Bring crayons.

From Kate:

September London meetup will have extra colouring in!

Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 11am onwards on the 14th September.

This time as an icebreaker & for fun we will be colouring things in.
If possible, please bring either
1.  a few printouts/photocopies of outline drawings to be coloured in (many available free on the web, e.g. at, though be sure to check the permissions before printing any artist’s work),
2.  printouts of phrases such as ‘use your words’ in an outline font to be coloured and illustrated,
3.  coloured pens and pencils etc. to be shared around
4   or blank paper if you feel inspired to draw your best freehand rageosaurus.
I am also considering having a book/cd/dvd swap in the future if people are interested?

This venue is working out really well.

They sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. There is a farmers’ market outside with loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.

To avoid confusion, we will meet at one of the inside tables, in one of the windows in the side facing towards the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The large open area is on what a British person would call the first floor, but is labelled as floor 2 just to be helpful.

I will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this: I have long brown hair and glasses.

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here:

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

See you there, with your best colouring hat on!
(October meetup will be on the 5th.)
Coloring! Fantastic idea.

19 thoughts on “London Meet-up, 9/14. Bring crayons.

  1. Oh…. I am trying to work on my social anxiety and I feel like I should go and my fiancé is away so I’ll have nothing else to do and so really there’s no reason why not… But.. Eep! Is it ok to come if I’ve never really had a conversation even in comments? Are you all regulars and good friends by now?

    1. You should come, if you feel up to it.

      Some of us have been coming for a while, but we always seem to have a few new people as well.

      The colouring is partly to make it easier for new people by splitting us up into smaller groups, rather than having one big conversation.

  2. De-lurking to say: not only that I plan to be at the London meet-up…but that I am including Captain Awkward as a case study in my dissertation on positive Internet communities, and I was wondering if anyone could fill in a couple of little background pieces of info I can use for detail:

    1. Does anyone remember when the blog started? I can’t find a way to go to the first post…I know that reader questions started coming in in January 2011 but the blog was analysing responses on other blogs before that wasn’t it?

    2. Does anyone have any idea how many meet-ups there have been? Or a list of the locations?

    Thanks for any help you can give, I would really appreciate it! 🙂

  3. Oooo, another thing I really need to know about is how the site’s moderation operates now, and how that system developed from the early stages; which I’m assuming was just Jennifer and a comments policy!

    1. Well, this is flattering I suppose!

      Blog started in January 2011. A few posts of other columns, then the first question came in and we were off to the races. If the archives aren’t working for you, look in the comments under “About” – some kind volunteers have compiled month-by-month lists of questions & posts.

      Moderation: Jennifer, then Jennifer + a comments policy, then Jennifer + alphakitty + a comments policy, back to Jennifer + Policy.

      Meetups – look under the meetups tag, search for “meetups” with the search function, you should come up with them. (This is what I would do to find this info for you 🙂 )

      Good luck putting everything together.

      1. Ahhh! Thank you so much! I didn’t even think of searching for the meet ups! Man my brain must be essay-fried! I searched for the first reader question using ‘ #1’ which made my browser flip out by the time I had gone back to the low-teen #’s for some reason, but I still didn’t think of that…

        Also, how awesome is the announcement about the forums! I am particularly pleased with this timing! ^_^

        Thank you for the luck-wishings, I send good wishes back 🙂

        It is finally sinking in that I will probably, actually pull this off, and then by the time of the meet up I will kind-of, sort-of be a Master of Anthropology wooooo! 😀

        Oooo ooo o oo, MEET-UP PEOPLE’S OF LONDON: Do you like circus? I hope you like circus, circus is The. Best. Fun. Join us for our monthly fire spin on the beach! (Pretty much next door to where the meet up will be, but the week beforehand). Come say hi too; we are on fire, but we don’t bite 🙂

  4. I live in the wong country to have any possibility to attend unfortionately but I must say that was one of the absolutely best invites I’ve ever seen! Loved all of it, from the activity, accessabilityinformation to the stuffed-cthulhu-identifier-picture! You Kate, write amazing invites, be proud of that really useful talent 🙂

    1. Oh how nice of you to say so! I guess we all have our talents. 🙂

      I really enjoy organizing the meetups, I get a lot out of it. Lots of lovely people and great conversations.

      But I do feel a responsibility to do the thing properly, and look after this great community which the Captain has collected.

  5. A reader emailed this info about downloading stuff from Deviantart:

    “Deviantart is NOT a free art site. If you go and print out some of the lineart and all that’s on there to color, please, please, PLEASE make sure it’s a free-to-use one (it’ll be specifically stated in the description under the image) and do NOT post the colored picture without credit to the original artist. Too many people use Deviantart as a free source of art for various things (like the scholastic one that stole and edited a picture someone did for Homestuck and are selling it as a poster encouraging honesty…the irony is thick in this one, and thoroughly sickening) and to the artists who post there, me included, it’s a constant slap in the face and a reminder as to why so many artists have either quit art altogether or just stopped posting them online, because they get stolen, edited, claimed or used by people who think it’s totally harmless, and that if it’s on the internet then the artists should know it’s going to get taken.

    PLEASE have consideration for the hard work people put into their art, and don’t just take them to use however you want. Even ones that are free for use usually require credit to be given to the original artist.”

    -User Faetouched

  6. I am a lurker (apart from like one time). The thought of coming to this makes me very nervous indeed. I should hopefully see you Saturday. 🙂

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