|Hello, Laydeez, gentlemen and non-binary friends,
This weekend, we were lucky enough to be invited to attend the first ever Laydeez Day Festival at the Free Word Centre in London.
Made up of one-on-one mentoring sessions with experienced creators, an exhibition of incredible zines entered into the Laydeez Do Comics prize, a short introduction and question time with the runners up, the prize-giving itself, and literal feminist cake, it was a fantastic day that showcased the magnitude of talent entering the comics industry today.
The Laydeez Do Comics Women’s Prize for Unpublished Graphic Novels in Progress does exactly as its title suggests, taking submissions from female creators working on any type of story in graphic form. The shortlist for this year was announced in February and included fiction, memoirs, interview-based biography and amalgams of the lot by six women of varying ages and art and narrative styles across the country.
On Saturday night (24th March), we gathered to see the presentation of the award and comedy cheque. This year’s winner, Emma Burleigh, took away £2,000, but the runners up won’t be forgotten, having each received £200 and hopefully a whole bunch of new friends and fans, myself included.