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.

SEASON FOUR on Truthout!

LDs4_SBRoots+Migrations_PREVIEWWe’re thrilled to announce that our long-running (in digital media at least!) comics journalism series for Truthout will return with a Fourth Exciting Season focusing on food production, racial justice, and public health.

This year we did something new and fun: we asked readers to choose the topic for the series and name their favorite artists working in that area. Look for our first strip with Sarah Becan (preview image above!) here on March 10!

(And feel free to provide more great suggestions in the comments!)

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Women don’t read comics, and other false beliefs

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The FEMSKT crew and Anne Elizabeth Moore (representing The Ladydrawers) gave a talk at Naisasialiitto Unioni after research residency at Villa Salin called, “Women don’t read comics and other false beliefs.” It was written up, comics-style, by the delightful Hanna-Piritan, more from whom can be seen here.

Read the full version (in Finnish) here. There’s a peeing man in it, so.

VOLKSMODE book launch at das weisse haus!

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The Ladydrawers book launch at das weisse haus, supported by Departure: Anne Elizabeth Moore gave a brief introduction to Our Fashion Year to set up her look at Austria’s mens’ fashion.

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The crowd for the talk, some of whom came after the short radio spot on Ö1, yay!Volksmode_11_bw

Our panel included Stephan Hilpold, Hermann Fankhauser, and VOLKSMODE artist Simon Häussle, moderated by Brigitte Felderer.Volksmode_13_bw

Das weisse haus had redecorated the salon area, and did it up with some flowers for the event.
Volksmode_14_bwHilpold (feft), Felderer (center), and Fankhauser (right) discussing Austrian mens’ fashion.

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VOLKSMODE preview: Johann Perzi

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In honor of our second celebrational event in a row — and because some of you can’t make it to town tonight — we’ve made you another VOLKSMODE preview image, this one from the strip that opens our book, a long chat with the tailor Johann Perzi. (Please keep in mind that the colors will change quite a bit in the final.)

You can (and should—it’s going fast!) order the book here. Here is some information on the Vienna Art Week launch in German and in English.

And if you are in Chicago, we’ll see you tonight at DANKhaus!

Preorder VOLKSMODE 2014!

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Friends! We are pleased to show off the cover of our first international investigative print book, VOLKSMODE, created in conjunction with das weisse haus in Vienna, Austria. You can also preorder it (for $7 USD!) from Pressing Concern Books.

Here’s the official description: A 24-page, two-color comics journalism collection of oral histories from Vienna’s faded fashion industry, VOLKSMODE is a new addition to Our Fashion Year, the exploration of international women’s labor that ran monthly on Truthout. Unraveling the threads that weave together fast fashion and human trafficking, Our Fashion Year asks why and how the flow of capital particularly disadvantages women, throughout the world. In Austria, we were interested in asking this question of men, in a country neither currently known as a garment producer nor a fashion capital, but which is nonetheless subject to the same global forces as workers in Phnom Penh and models in New York City.

The limited-edition book debuts at Vienna Art Week in mid-November.