Women in Comics

Fionnuala Doran

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


    Women in Comics is being exhibited in the University’s Constantine Gallery throughout March and was put together as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, to highlight some of the creative comic work produced by women. The exhibition was curated by Fionnuala Doran, Lecturer in Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Arts at Teesside University. It features the work of Gillian Hatcher, Founder and Co-Editor of Team Girl Comic, which showcases women in the alternative comic scene. Award-winning illustrator Jess Ruliffson is also exhibiting her work. Jess is currently interviewing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for a full-length graphic novel.
    Also displaying work at Women in Comics is American-based K-Fai Steele and Rachael Smith, creator of Flimsy the Kitten and One Good Thing and a regular contributor to Titan Comics’ Doctor Who series. Speaking about the exhibition, Fionnuala said: 'The Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Arts programme at Teesside University is a relatively new course but has been incredibly well received. 'We are delighted to be exhibiting work by some extremely talented female cartoonists and comic creators. Their work is truly innovative and inspirational and shows audiences the different techniques used by some of the most successful women in the industry.' Women in Comics acts as a sister piece to Comix Creatrix, currently on show at the House of Illustration in London and curated by renowned comics experts Paul Gravett and Olivia Ahmad, showcasing the work of new and emerging female creators in the international comic industry. The exhibition at Teesside is on display at the University’s Constantine Gallery until the end of March.
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    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

    Bibliographical note

    Participating artists:
    K-Fai Steele
    She has worked with the Reykjavik Grapevine, MIT Media Lab, School Library Journal, Philly Weekly, University of Leicester (UK) Archaeology and Ancient History Department, Electroninks, and the Creativity Labs at Indiana University. She is represented by Erica Rand Silverman at Stimola Literary.

    Jess Ruliffson
    Her work has been published by Pantheon Books, The Columbia School of Journalism, Wilson Quarterly, The Oxford American, BuzzFeed, and The Boston Globe. She teaches at The Sequential Artists Workshop and The School of Visual Arts.

    Rachael Smith
    Rachael Smith’s debut graphic novel House Party came out in 2014 with Great Beast Comics to critical acclaim. The Rabbit, released by Avery Hill Publishing in 2015, is her second graphic novel and was nominated for Best Book in the British Comic Awards 2014/15. Rachael is also the creator of Flimsy the Kitten and One Good Thing. She currently works with Titan Comics on her monthly strip for the Doctor Who comic series and is working on her new webcomic, Bess, which launched November 2015.

    Gillian Hatcher
    Gillian is founder of the Scottish women's anthology Team Girl Comic (TGC).

    Christa Cassano
    Christa is a member of Hang-Dai studios, Brooklyn and has worked with John Leguizamo on the graphic novel Ghetto Clown.

    Amanda Lillywhite
    Clients have included publishers (Folens, Scholastic, Heinemann, Stanley Thornes and Ashgate), newspapers (The Independent and Times Education Supplement), magazines (Nursery World and Learning Support), Fortnum & Mason, Tumble Tots, Councils (Cambridge and Brent), the Catholic Church, Early Learning Centre, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and others

    Cliodhna Lyons
    Cliodhna is an Irish comic creator and illustrator.
    Silvia Carrus
    Her work appeared in various publications and websites, such as TYCI zine, Indie Comics Quarterly Issue #1, Andromeda Quarterly Issue #7, Dirty Diamonds comics anthology, Soft Revolution Zine, The Rumpus, Earth Is Huge zine Issue #5, Midnight Breakfast Issue #6, Outré Press Issue #5, Dirty Rotten Comics Issue #4, Jack Spat Press Issue #1 and more.
    Her clients include The Brewlogist, V12 Group, NovaCreative, Ubuntu Mail organisation, Purple Mash, Aim Interactive/Video Explainers, Elemental Creative, Promote Classical and Wickleby Venture AB. She is a monthly cartoonist for the feminist websites The F Word and Femsplain.

    Ellen Forney
    Author of NYT bestseller Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, and the 2012 “Genius Award” winner in Literature from Seattle's The Stranger. She collaborated with Sherman Alexie on the National Book Award-winning novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, created the Eisner-nominated comic books I Love Led Zeppelin and Monkey Food, and has taught comics at Cornish College of the Arts since 2002.

    Lara Antal
    Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek andThe Paris Review.

    Myfanwy Tristram
    Myfanwy Tristram is a freelance illustrator who lives and works in Brighton.

    Sarah Lippett
    Author of Stan and Nan, released by Jonathan Cape in 2016. She has worked for the
    New York Times, The Guardian, Time Out, Staffordshire Council, Wichita Records, TFL, Royal Stoke University Hospital, UHNM Charity, Appetite, Thanet Council, Margate Arts Creativity Heritage, Kent Council, Interreg, and the British Council.

    Henna Räsänen
    Henna is a comic artist, illustrator and cultural manager living in Berlin, Germany.

    Maria Ines Gul
    She has worked with the New York Times, Adobe, Mercedes-Benz, Penguin Random House, Tate, Gucci, Condé Nast, Pitchfork Review, Coach, Refinery 29, Rachel Antonoff, Farfetch, London Fashion Week, Winsor & Newton, John Lewis, ROOKIE, Lenny Letter, Chronicle Books, United Nations, L'Officiel, Royal College of Art, Gemma Cairney and Camden Town Brewery.

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