Announcing: THREADBARE

 We are really excited to announce that our first book collection will come out next Spring from Microcosm, featuring amazing art by Leela Corman, Julia Gfrörer, Simon Häussle, Delia Jean, Ellen Lindner, Melissa Mendes, and writing and reporting from Anne Elizabeth Moore. All the Our Fashion Year stories from Truthout will be included, plus some brand new and rare print-only stuff most of you have never seen, and it’s going to be super.

If you just can’t wait ’til May you can pre-order it here. And if you want to get in touch about hosting us on a tour date, drop us a line!

The Ladydrawers & Femicomix Finland Superhero Team-up

Alecia intros us

Alecia introduces us at Women & Children First.%22as you can see, Finnish words are long%22Aino introduces Femicomix Finland with the phrase, “As you can see, Finnish words are very long.”
amazing audience

Our amazing audience.

anna reading w:aino Anna-Leena reads from her new book!

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The fruits of Rae’s labor convincing people to make collaborative comics at our event (now available to browse in the front window, go read them, they’re adorbz.)
DO_grass ox winning poster

The Finns sweep the draw-off, bolstered by their strong showing by the prompt, Draw Grass Ox’s New Presidential Campaign Poster.
DO_grassox eating the constitutition

Rae drew Grass Ox eating the Constitution.

DO_grassox helps Sheika helps Grass Ox drect Rae’s drawing process.
Morgan offers the winning team US citizenship

The victors of the Draw Off were granted American citizenship. Ray 1Rae’s totally ridiculous performance had them flashing people to convince them to make comics together. 
ray 3 Rae choosing their next victim.Ray shows off zines

The tiny library created by our amazing audience.
Rays minizines Another closeup, without the artist themselves.sheika and our books Sheika did a bang-up job as the Mistress of Ceremonies.Sheika and Ray collaborate Sheika and Ray, attacking the page with cats, butts, and hot dogs. AKA “ladydrawering the eff out of it.”the Finns collaborate Hanna-Pirita, Taina, and Roju draw their ideal man, LOL.the littlest comicker Our favorite audience member draws some comics.

Welcoming Femicomix Finland!

kollaasi_web_valmisThe Ladydrawers Comics Collective is pleased as punch to welcome Femicomix Finland (AKA The FEMSKT Collective) to the shores of Lake Michigan for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)!

After collaborating with this crew for the last year and a half (at Villa Salin, at this event at Naisasialiitto Unioni, and waaaaayyyyy before that at this data-crunching project in Helsinki), we’re thrilled to finally be able to show off our corrupt and rapidly neoliberalizing city and its strong history of radical, queer, feminist research and publishing.

Here’s a bit about the group, translated from the FInnish:

Femicomix Finland does workshops, socializing, and support. Femicomix Finland is antiracist, inclusive, and aims to make its activities accessible to groups of all genders, races, and physical abilities. The group respects everyone’s right to self-definition. Anyone into antiracist and feminist comics, as a creator or reader, or is otherwise interested in what we do is welcome to join!

In the past the group has organized a festival, open workshops, public comics readings, two feminist residences, and other fabulous events. More is to come!

We’ll be participating together in the June 4 event at Women & Children First, and sharing each others’ stuff on June 6 and 7 at CAKE.

Then you can catch their sketchbook show and a Grassroots Comics workshop at Comfort Station in Logan Square on Sunday from 6 to 9 pm.

Northwestern University Panel Pix

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Our amazing panel featured Morgan, Sheika, Ray, and Delia.

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Delia and Grass Ox—a one-year-old stuffed muskox that’s running for president—share a quiet moment before the panel while Ray looks on.

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Ray shows off a few of their works—on the left is the back cover from the upcoming How To Draw Comics The Ladydrawers Way.Image 2

Sheika talks about gender and race diversity as a comics creator.Image 3

Delia shows off a few images from an upcoming TOP-SECRET PROJECT we CAN’T WAIT TO TELL YOU ABOUT but HAVE TO.Image 4

After the panel we had a very small, 20-minute comic-con, which was probably the best comic-con any of us have ever been to because everyone was nice and friendly but also it was over very quickly.Image 5

Grass Ox makes his way toward the wares. We had to keep an eye on this one.Image 11

Delia mostly was in charge of keeping an eye on her new pal Grass Ox.Image

We don’t have images of Morgan’s brief talk about gender and sexual diversity in her erotic work,  but it was awesome. Here’s the whole crew with Anne Elizabeth Moore, panel moderator, asking some kind of question, and/or layin’ down facts, which The Ladydrawers have taken to calling Annesplaining.

How To Draw Comics

(image copyright Sheika Lugtu 2015)

(image copyright Sheika Lugtu 2015)

Announcing! How To Draw Comics The Ladydrawers Way is now available for a special pre-order price here! You will also be able to pick it up at our June 4 event at Women & Children First, or June 6 & 7 at CAKE!

What’s in it? Good question! We’ve got contributions from Janelle Asselin, Nicole Boyett, Terri Kapsalis, Franny Howes, Mardou, Melissa Mendes, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Ray Swanson, Sheika Lugtu, and Esther Pearl Watson. Positively, absolutely, 100% guaranteed to teach you how to draw comics The Ladydrawers way!*

*Just kidding! We only guarantee cat jokes.

Early Warning: 6 pm, June 4 at Women & Children First

We just wanted to warn you well in advance that The Ladydrawers Comics Collective will be joined by Femicomix Finland at 6 PM on THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015 at Women & Children First to get you ready for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). We’re likely to host a series of performances, readings, games, and possibly interpretive dances from international comics creators that will show you how to make comics The Ladydrawers Way™. You will also be able to peruse the debut of our new anthology, How To Draw Comics The Ladydrawers Way™! By the end of the evening you will definitely know how to draw comics The Ladydrawers Way™!*

Please make note in your calendars of this earth-shatteringly important event and arrive early, ideally wearing more than one hat.
*Education not guaranteed.