Launched in July 2009 by artists Nicola Streeten and Sarah Lightman, LDC is the first women led graphic novel forum in the UK. Artists, academics, publishers and fans from around the world are invited to speak. It is a platform for people to test new works and ideas, where emerging artists present their work alongside more established practitioners. The evenings offer an inspiring experience in a social atmosphere for both those new to comics and those already immersed. LDC has, or has had regular and/or pop up branches in Glasgow, Bristol, Leeds, Brighton, Dublin, San Francisco and Chicago, Czech Republic and Israel, New York, Toronto,
Please visit the Blog page to enjoy the rich and varied documentation of our UK meetings provided by our guest bloggers at each event. The international branches have designated sites where they host their own blog documentation.
Since 2009 Laydeez do comics has been growing in popularity and is now firmly at the heart of a flourishing community of talented and interesting people. An increasing number of branches have been started around the UK and around the globe with more in the planning stages. On this page we introduce you to the organisers past and present…our “sisters”around the globe.
LDC Committee Members
is a University of Leeds graduate in Japanese and English. She’s editor of the groups first anthology “Hometown” & an events organiser for the Birmingham Comics Festival 2017 & Afrofutures UK. She hosts her work at http://www.chazberi.com and can be found on Twitter @chazberi
Rachael Ball London co-ordinator (2015-)
Rachael Ball is a cartoonist and cartoon workshop teacher. Her first graphic novel ‘The Inflatable Woman’ was published in October 2015 by Bloomsbury.
It is a semi autobiographical and surreal take on her experiences with breast cancer.
It was listed as a Guardian top graphic Novels of 2015 and Paul Gravett’s top 10 of graphic novels for 2015. Previously her work appeared in cult 90’s comic Deadline and she has also illustrated for various publications. She is currently working on her 2nd graphic novel, ‘Wolf ‘ (pub’ ‘Self Made Hero’ 2018) and a satire on her experience teaching in Secondary schools ‘The Patsy Papers.’
contact: http://rachaelball.tumblr.com/ email@example.com
Louise Crosby: Leeds co-ordinator (2013-)
is an illustrator, printmaker and teacher. Her illustrative work is centred on a collaboration with poet Clare Shaw (Bloodaxe Books) in a project is named Seeing Poetry: Poetry in Words and Comics Two mini books were produced funded by Arts Council, England (2014-15) and they are now working towards getting the first collection published as an illustrated poetry book.
She is now also working with Clare documenting the Mechanics at Home art project in Burnley, using poetry and comics. She occasionally illustrates her own writing including poetry comics. She combined her teaching experience with comics and when she contributed to Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic. She delivers comics workshops to children and adults, specialising in comics and literature.
Wallis Eates: London co-ordinator (2015-)
was shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel Award in 2014 for her memoir about growing up with her single mum, ‘Mumoirs’. She has since produced a number of zines and self-published comics, with ‘Fear of Mum-Death and the Shadow Men’ making the shortlist for the Broken Frontier Award’s ‘Best One-Shot’ category. Wallis is currently crowdfunding ‘Like and Orange’ with Unbound Books which is a comic about the brain injury survivors she met during a residency at the charity Headway last year. To pledge and support this project please visit www.unbound.com/books/like-an-orange
www.walliseates.tumblr.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / twitter: @walliseates
Sarah Lightman: Founder and London co-ordinator (2009-)
is an award-winning artist and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. You can see her animation films on her website. She has been creating her own visual diary, The Book of Sarah, for over 15 years, which will be published by Myriad Editions in 2018. She co-curated the critically acclaimed touring exhibition of 18 internationally-renowned artists, Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women. Sarah edited the accompanying volume, Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews that was awarded the 2015 Eisner Award for Best Scholarly /Academic Work and The Susan Koppelman Prize for Best Feminist Anthology. Sarah’s PhD at the University of Glasgow is Dressing Eve and Other Reparative Acts. www.sarahlightman.com
Dr Nicola Streeten: Founder and London co-ordinator (2009-)
is an anthropologist-turned-illustrator and comics scholar. Her graphic memoir Billy, Me & You, published by Myriad Editions in 2011, is the first long form graphic memoir by a British woman to have been published and was awarded Highly Commended in the Popular Medicine category of the British Medical Association Medical Book Awards 2012. She holds a PhD on a cultural history of feminist cartoons and comics in Britain from 1970 to 2010 from the University of Sussex. She lectures at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
The extended LDC Association, past and present
Nasrin Begum – London Baker (2015- )
is writer with a background in anthropology, social work and family therapy. After 8 years in Social Work, she began to write the stories inspired by her working practice and studies in narrative theory, psychology and systemic therapy. For years Nasrin has been writing people’s stories in a report format. As a person who encounters people’s stories and works with them to change their stories, she would like to be able to voice their experiences, in fictional but still very real ways. She has collaborated with artist Angela Wraight to create illustrate complex narratives about ideas and people’s lives in a different, accessible and creative format.
Paula Knight: Britstol co-ordinator (2014-2016)
is an illustrator, writer and proofreader. She is currently working on a graphic memoir for Myriad Editions, shortlisted in their First Fictions First Graphic Novel competition in 2012. It will be published in 2015.
Her illustration work has included greetings cards, editorial and children’s books, with over 300 cards and 60 books illustrated. In recent years she has also become interested in writing, and her first two children’s picture books as author were published in October 2012. Paula is represented by Bright Literary Agency.
Keara Stewart: London co-ordinator (2015)
is a Camberwell College of Arts, UAL graduate. She makes zines about everyday life, with an interest in people, communities and housing. Keara recently edited her first anthology, A BIT OF UNDIGESTED POTATO, on the theme of bad dreams and nightmares. It has contributions from forty creators, many of whom she met through Laydeez Do Comics. Other recent projects include drawing the cover for the first UK Zine Librarians Zine and making a piece of work for The Bread & Roses Award Alternative Press Takeover Exhibition.
Anna Brewer: Glasgow co-ordinator (2014-15)
Heather Middleton: Glasgow co-ordinator (2014-15)
Lise Tannahill: Glasgow co-ordinator (2014-15)
INTERNATIONAL associates past and present
Maura McHugh: Dublin co-ordinator (2015)
is a writer living in the West of Ireland, whose short fiction has appeared in venues such as theFantasy anthology, Shroud Magazine, Black Static, Arkham Tales, Paradox Magazine, M-Brane SF, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror.
She is also the writer on the comic book series Róisín Dubh and Jennifer Wilde, which are both published by Atomic Diner. Her script ‘The Nail’, drawn by Star St. Germain, is in the Womanthology comic book anthology by IDW Publishing. Her first collection Twisted Fairy tales, illustrated by Jane Laurie, was published in the USA by Barron’s Education Series in Spring 2013, followed by Twisted Myths in autumn 2013, which was created and published by the same team.
Lynda Rucker: Dublin co-ordinator (2015)
is an American writer currently living in Dublin, Ireland. Her fiction has appeared in such places as F&SF, Black Static, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, and she has stories forthcoming in Nightmare Magazine, Postscripts, and the British Fantasy Society anthology The Burning Circus.
She is a regular columnist for the magazine Black Static, and her first collection, The Moon Will Look Strange, is due out from Karōshi Books later this year.
MK Czerwiec: Chicago co-ordinator (2013-15)
Nurse turned comics artist and educator MK Czerwiec (pronounced sir-wick) aka Comic Nurse is currently artist in residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. MK is also working on her first graphic novel, Taking Turns: A Careography combining oral histories of the AIDS crisis, graphic memoir, and watercolored drawings.
She is on the organising committee of graphic medicine
is an artist, curator, filmmaker and educator.
SAN FRANCISCO (2013-16)
Maureen Burdock: San Francisco co-ordinator
has been creating a series of graphic novels that deal with gender-based violence around the world since 2008. Most recently, she has been working on an animated short film. She continues to incorporate both elements of magic and political awareness into her work.
Maureen has won several awards for her graphic novel work, including high commendation by the global Freedom to Create International Competition and top prize in the Judy Chicago/Through the Flower, Feminist Artists Under Forty Competition. McFarland will publish an anthology of the F Word Project in 2014. Burdock continues to exhibit her work in gallery and museum venues, and the art for her current book, Mosi & the Long Run, will be exhibited at Space Station 65 Gallery in London in 2014. Maureen Burdock’s work is included in the Brooklyn Museum Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Base.
Vik JF Haifa, Israel Co-ordinator (2016)
Vik JF is a Haifa based artist, working in diverse media and techniques. In her works, she creates and follows an imaginary community, whose members are constantly suspended between life and death, intense activity and total passivity.