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25 October 2018: Comedy evening


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Monday  22 October 2018
Starts 6.30pm prompt  Ends 8.45 pm (approx)

All welcome (mixed event)
Entry: £1.50   No need to book
Wharf Chambers
23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ
Wheelchair accessible

Tony Pickering – Artist, illustrator and graphic novelist speaking about Diabetes: Year One

a memoir/collection of graphic poems that covers the diagnosis and experience of type 1 diabetes, and the development (realisation?) of a medical identity.

John Swogger – archaeologist / illustratorThis year he is starting work with writer Ben Dickson on a graphic biography of Neville Chamberlain. John will talk about his past and current comics projects, and discuss what it means practically, creatively and career-wise to evolve from someone who does comics as a part-time interest, to someone who does comics full-time.

Hosted by Lou Crosby

Thursday 18 October 2018, 6.30-8.30pm

Cafe Kino,108 Stokes Croft, BRISTOL, BS1 3RU
We are happy to announce the reinvigoration of the Bristol chapter of LDC
led by our 2018 LDC award winner Emma Burleigh.

Jayde Perkin: Illustrator, comics artist
Alice Urbino: Illustrator, comics artist @Alicerrr 

LDC Birmingham
Monday 1 October, 2018
Join the Facebook Group for updates.
Run by: Charlotte Bailey & Sammy Borras
£1 Optional Donation
Venue: Quantum Exhibition Centre, The Works, 77A Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4EG (Wheelchair Friendly)
Guest Speakers:
Tamara Webster is an animator and illustrator from Bristol. You can find her work at
Karoline Holhjem is a Masters student in Visual Communication, specialising in illustration at Birmingham City University. You can find her work at


DATE: Monday 8  October  2018

TIME: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane
Jane Porter: Illustrator, author

Cath Tate: Founder and director of Cath Tate Cards: The secrets of making a cartoon work on a card

DATE: Monday 3 September  2018
TIME: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane
Dr Ian Hague, Dr Ian Horton and  Dr Nina Mickwitz

London College of Communications, University of the Arts, London
presenting Violence in comics
Tim Atkins Poet and comic artist

DATE: Monday 13 August 2018
TIME: 7-9.15pm
VENUE: Jewish Museum London
Raymond Burton House
129-131 Albert Street
London NW1 7NB
Corinne Pearlman: Cartoonist and Creative Director of Myriad Editions
Astrid Schmetterling: Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London

DATE: Monday 9 July 2018
TIME: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane

Steven Appleby: Illustrator and
Jenny Robins: Illustrator

DATE: Monday 11 June 2018
TIME: 7.30pm-9pm
VENUE:  Gosh! 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Jeeti Singh: Artist, illustrator and graphic novelist. LDC Award longlist
Janette Parris: Artist and creator of Arch Comic


Monday 14 May 2018, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane

Emma Burleigh: Writer Illustrator and graphic novelist. Winner of the Laydeez do Comics Prize 2018.

Ottilie Hainsworth: Illustrator and graphic novelist. Author of “Talking to Gina” (2017, Myriad Editions)

Monday 9 April 2018, 7-9pm
Tea House Theatre


Myfanwy Nixon: Illustrator and cartoonist and co-ordinator of Draw the Line

Camille Aubry: Illustrator and comic book artist

Monday 12 February 2018, 7-9pm
The Teahouse Theatre
nearest tube: Vauxhall

Emma Cosh: Comics artist and illustrator.

Hannah Berry: Graphic novelist, comics creator, and author of Britten & Brülightly, Adamtine, and Livestock.

Monday 8 January 2018, 7-9pm
The Teahouse Theatre
nearest tube: Vauxhall

Guest Speakers:
Richy K. Chandler: Illustrator and comics artist
Lucy Sullivan: Illustrator, animator and comics artist

Monday 11 December 2017, 7-9pm 
The Teahouse Theatre
nearest tube: Vauxhall

Guest Speakers:
The Surreal McCoy: Cartoonist talking about her new Arts Council England sponsored graphic Novel.

Nicola Lane: Artist talking about her project ‘Spirit House’ and other great things.

Monday 13 November 2017

Virpi Oinone: Business Cartoonist or ‘A Cartoonist Who Knows How to Use comics to make boring interesting’

Dana Walrath: Author of ‘Aliceheimers’ talking about her latest work ‘View from the High Ground’)

Monday 9 October 2017
The Tea House Theatre
Karen Rubins: Comics creators and illustrator
Rebecca Fox: artist/ graphic novellist

Monday 11 September 2017
VENUE: The Cartoon Museum


Emma Saville Positive Negatives and Why Comics, Education Programme Manager

Bryony Attenburrow  Illustrator and comics artist

Monday 8 May 2017
VENUE: House of Illustration

Guest speakers
Kate Evans Graphic novelist, cartoonist and activist (Bump; Red Rosa; Threads)
Gemma Seltzer Relationship Manager at Arts Council England

Monday 10 April 2017
Rachael Ball Graphic novelist and cartoonist (The Inflatable Woman; Deadline)
Johannes Klenell Publisher at Galago

Monday 13 March 2017
Pru Stevenson and Suzy Mackie: artists and co-founders of See Red Women’s Worskhop (1974-1990)
Jane Glynn: illustrator and creator of graphic stories and animations

Monday 13 February 2017
Sean Azzopardi Illustrator and cartoonist.
Sally Ann Hickman Illustrator, animator and cartoonist.
Francesca Cassavetti Illustrator and cartoonist.

26-29 January 2017
Laydeez do Angoulême as part of

International Girl Gang Goes 
Angoulême #IntlGirlGang

CCG Ladies’ Night (US), Comic Book Slumber Party (UK), FEMSKT (Finland) and Laydeez do Comics (UK) joined forces for the 44th Angouleme International Comics Festival, resulting the International Girl Gang! The International Girl Gang will host a series of feminist-focused events at the festival including:

26-29 January 2017
20 international women comic artists
Opening Thursday, January 26th at 7pm
Angoulême Conservatory

26-29 January 2017
Stall F25
Alternative Comics Space, 
Bulle Bd Alternative (Place New York)
Launching The International Girl Gang Encyclopaedia Zine

Friday 27 January, 10am
Panel discussion hosted by Eisner-winner Sarah Lightman
The Brassens Amphitheatre in the Angoulême Conservatory.

Saturday 28 January, 10am-7.30pm
École européenne supérieure de l’image (ÉESI)
134 Rue de Bordeaux, 16000 Angoulême, France

10am -4 pm  STUDY DAY 
Questioning Sexism in Comics: Practice and Research: France; Finland; UK; USA


Presentations from: Charlotte Bailey, Rachael Ball, Megan Byrd, Hannah Chapman, Louise Crosby, Wallis Eates, Taina Hakala, Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen, Sarah Lightman, Pen Mendonça, Apila Pepita Miettinen, Johanna Rojola, Nicola Streeten, Emmi Valve

Sunday 29 January, 5pm
An Apéro in Paris 
Bookstore Le Monte-en-L’Air, 71 rue Ménilmontant, Paris. 
Taina Hakala gives a live reading from her comics work in progress As Time Passes. 
Drinks, snacks and books available.  

Study day and LDC Special
28 January 2017, 10:00-19:30
  134 Rue de Bordeaux, 16000 Angoulême, France
The day  invited in-depth critical interrogation of issues surrounding gender parity in contemporary comics. Our discussions  had an international perspective, with contributions from academics, practitioners and activists. The morning seminar asked the questions and the afternoon seminar gatherd responses. The event was  rounded off with a Laydeez do Comics special, hosting a series of presentations from women comics artists and accompanied by home made cake.

This event was hosted by École européenne supérieure de l’image (ÉESI) in association with The British Consortium of Comics Scholars (BCCS) and International Girl Gang: Laydeez do Comics (LDC) UK; FEMSKT Finland; Ladies Night Anthology (LNA) USA; Comic Book Slumber Party Ucollage_print_970©FEMSKT 2016 

Questioning Sexism in Comics: Practice and Research: France; Finland; UK; USA
Questionner le sexisme dans les bandes dessinées: pratique et recherche: France; Finlande; ROYAUME-UNI; Etats-Unis
Outline of the day
10:10 – 13:00 SEMINAR Led by Johanna Schipper (ÉESI) Angoulême, France) 
and Nicola Streeten (University of Sussex, UK)
What’s the Problem? Questioning Sexism in Comics – Is it Universal or Cultural?
12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK (own arrangements)
An opportunity to look around the (ÉESI) exhibition of student work
14:00 – 16:00 SEMINAR Led by Johanna Rojola (Feministinen sarjakuvatoiminta FEMSKT, Finland)
and Sarah Lightman (University of Glasgow, UK);
Gathering Solutions: Norms, Privileges and Gatekeepers. Challenging the Structures
16:00 – 16:30 BREAK
16:30 – 19:30 Laydeez do Comics Special at Angouleme Including a break with homemade cake served
Presentations from: Charlotte Bailey, Rachael Ball, Megan Byrd, Hannah Chapman, Louise Crosby, Wallis Eates, Taina Hakala, Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen, Sarah Lightman, Pen Mendonça, Apila Pepita Miettinen, Johanna Rojola, Nicola Streeten, Emmi Valve


23rd March
Asia Alfasi – Libyan-British manga-influenced comic writer and artist.
Sally Jane Thompson – a freelance comic creator and illustrator.
Laura Howell – first female comic artist for The Beano, artist/illustrator/writer.

Kelly Angel
Sarah Graley
Giuseppa Barresi – Aka Ryuuza – illustrator, animator and instructional designer.

Hunt Emerson at – comic artist and illustrator
Charlotta Salmi – British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in English Literature at the University of Birmingham
Selina Locke –

Sammy Boras –
Dore Kirchmair –
Joanne Krawec & Angus Medford – talked about the beginning of their collaboration project ‘Blood’

Al Davidson –
Sarah Millman –

John Clark –
Mogs Russell –
Steve Tanner –






Sunday 8 March, 2015
Eilidh Nicolson is a local indie artist who who likes exploring gender through her work, which includes the comic Girls from Mars. Find her on twitter (@HeyItsAyls) and
Adam Smith has been involved in small press comics for 15 years, most notably the ‘Khaki Shorts’ anthology which ran for 28 issues from 1999 – 2011. However he got his biggest ‘break’ in 2013 when he managed to secure an interview with his favourite cartoonist, Wally Fawkes aka Trog – and the results were published in The Comics Journal. In his talk he’ll be discussing Fawkes’ 60-year career drawing the satirical newspaper strip ‘Flook’ and why it should be regarded on the same plane as ‘Peanuts’ and others.
Letty Wilson is an artist and writer from Scotland, who has just finished an MLitt in Comics Studies at Dundee University. She will be speaking about how her identity as an asexual and aromantic artist has shaped her creative output and how thinking about representation affects character design and story.



April 2018

Oliver East – Artist –

E. Dawson Varughese – Researchertalking about Indian women’s graphic narratives published since the

March 2018

1. Annie Lawson – artist –

2. Sarah McNicol (researcher) – Talking about Graphic Lives – a Heritage Lottery funded project that worked with a group of Bangladeshi women in Greater Manchester.

3. Una – artist and writer. Author of graphic novel Becoming Unbecoming. Talking about various projects including commission with University of Bedfordshire: CSE Principles,

Feb 2017

RAVI THORTON – talking about HOAX a triology of artworks  JAMES McKAY –  ‘A Dream of a Low Carbon Future’

5th Nov as part of Thought Bubble Festival Cinema of War, Royal Armouries (

Rachael Ball – author of The Inflatable Woman,
Henny Beaumount – author of Hole in the Heart,
Jade Sarson author of- For the Love of God, Marie!
Una – author of Becoming Unbecoming.
Chaired by Lou Crosby

3rd October 2016
Kate-Mia White:  Illustrator
Lou Crosby: Illustrator
Jessica Durie,

June 2016 Zine special
Jean McEwan
Jodie Ravina Champaneria
Josie Tothill – artist . Members of Bradical

April 2016
EdieOP –
John WhitakerThe Extraordinary Life of Charles Waterton
John Welding – 2015
JUNE 2015 –  Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Kate Charlesworth – Talks about her work and the book Sally Heathcote: Suffragette
Jacky Fleming – Cartoonist and illustrator,
May 2015 – Leeds
Matilda Tristram: illustrator and author of Probably Nothing: A Diary of Not-Your-Average Nine Months (Penguin)
James Norris: Artist and Performance Maker. Currently writing A Mothers Trace: A Graphic Memoir.
March  2015 – Leeds
Christine Chettle – academic.
Liesl Swogger, writer & John G. Swogger  collaborating on a graphic novel about eating disorders, grief and depression
John G. Swogger – Archaeological illustrator
May 2014 – Leeds
Jacky Fleming– Cartoonist and illustrator,
Daryl Cunningham –  Writer & illustrator
Kate Ashwin – Writer & illustrator
March 2014 – Leeds
Ian Hague – academic Comics and the Senses.
Louise Crosby (illustrator) & Clare Shaw Seeing Poetry: Poetry in Words and Comics. 
Ravi Thornton (cross media writer – Hoax ) & Dr Matt Green (academic)
Jan 2014 – Leeds
Chella Quint comedy writer/performer, designer and artist – Sheffield Zine Fest
Joanna Wilkinson  artist and printmaker
James Mckay comics artist ‘Dreams of a Low Carbon Future’ (‘Flesh’ – 2000AD)
November 2013 – Leeds
Gemma Correll – Cartoonist, writer and illustrator
Paula Knight – comics artist, illustrator and author.
Ian Williams – comics artist, physician and writer.
September 2013 – Leeds
Dr Julie Brown – Academic
Annie Lawson – Cartoonist
Mick Kidd – Biff Cartoons
July 2013 – Leeds
Sarah LightmanArtist, writer,curator & founder of LDC The Book of Sarah
Lydia Wysocki artist, writer and chief editor of Newcastle Science Comic. 
Dr Mel Gibson – Academic
May 2013 – Leeds
Footprint Workers Co-operative, Leeds – zine printers
Becky Kidner – Artist
Dr Ian Hague –  Academic & director of Comics Forum 
March 2013 – Leeds
Melanie Maddison  – Artist
Adam Cadwell  – Artist
Una – Artist
January  2013 – Leeds
Kate Ashwin – Artist
Kristyna Baczynski – Artist, designer 
Darryl Cunningham – Artist and writer of Psychiatric Tales & Science Tales

November 2012 – Leeds
Nicola Streeten  – Artist & Founder of LaydeezdoComics
Steve Tillotson – Artist
Griselda Pollock – Academic A Name for Myself: Charlotte Salomon’s Theatre of Memory 1941-42


DATE: Monday 12 December 2016
Wallis Eates Comics artist, coordinator of London’s Laydeez Do Comics, and arts delivery practitioner
Julian Hanshaw Award winning graphic novelist (Tim Ginger, The Art of Pho, and I’m Never Coming Back

DATE: Monday 21 November 2016
Amber Hsu 
Artist, writer, poet and editor of Tiny Pencil
Hannah Eaton Graphic novelist, author of Naming Monsters (publ. by Myriad Editions)


 DATE: Monday 24 October 2016

Abi Lingford Scientific illustrator and textiles artist currently working on a graphic novel
Samuel C Williams Illustrator, co-founder of Good Comics and author of
At War with Yourself (JKP publishing)

Monday 19th September 2016
Thalma Israel born artist and animator
Nancy Silberkleit CEO of Archie Comics

Monday 22nd August 2016 at Gosh! Comics in London,
22 August 2016
Angela Martin
Cath Tate cartoonist, card and gift-maker
The Surreal McCoy

Monday 29th August 2016 at Gosh!
Henny Beaumont graphic novelist (Hole in the Heart)
Nick Abadzis cartoonish and graphic novelist (Hugo Tait, Laika, The Cigar who Fell in Love with a Pipe, Dr. Who

Wednesday 13 July 2016
An Introduction to Graphic Medicine The Cartoon Museum

Ian Williams (The Bad Doctor, co-editor of The Graphic Medicine Manifesto),
MK Czerwiec (AKA Comic Nurse, co-editor of The Graphic Medicine Manifesto),
Rachel Ball (The Inflatable Woman),
Nicola Streeten (Billy, You & Me),
Henny Beaumont (Hole in the Heart),
Nye Wright (Things to Do in A Retirement Home Trailer Park)

Monday 18 July 2016 – Cartoon Museum

Dana Walrath (Aliceheimers)

Eliza Fricker

15 February 2016

Time: 7.00-9.00pm – House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4BH


Candy Guard Illustrator, animator and comics artist

Sharon Morris (UCL) Professor of Fine Art at Slade, UCL, Poet and Artist
Kiriko Kubo Cartoonist Ben Connors: Artist, illustrator and campaigner

Tilly Hughes: Artist and performerTalking about a collaborative comics project for Heart & Soul 
Rebecca Fox: Comics artist
Anita O’ BrienDirector / Curator, The Cartoon Museum, London 

Nicola Streeten Illustrator, comics artist and scholar, author of Billy Me & You (Myriad Editions)
Elizabeth Querstret comics artist,  Tweets as @Querstret:
Ian Williams Comics artist and Physician, author of The Bad Doctor (Myriad Editions)  and founder of Tweets as @TheBadDr:

Kate Evans Cartoonist and activist . Publications include Bump; The Food of Love  and Funny Weather (Myriad Editions)@cartoonkate 
Paddy Johnston 
Comics artist and scholar @paddyjohnston
Matilda Tristram 
Illustrator and author of Probably Nothing A diary of not-your-average nine months @Colonclast

Gareth Brookes comics artist. Author of The Black Project, Myriad Editions
Ilya comics artist and writer. Author of Room For Love, Self Made Hero
Brigitte Mierau artist
Katie Green, illustrator and author of “Lighter than my shadow”
Marina Magi, comics artist
Roz Streeten, illustrator, graphic designer and co director of Rosie Flo colouring books






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