Mid-Season Growing Season Update

Although the fifth and sixth installments have yet to post, we’re halfway through Growing Season, our public health and food justice comics journalism series for Truthout. While it’s our fourth season at Truthout, this is only the second year we’ve taken on a single focused subject for year-long exploration. Considering the popularity of Our Fashion Year (to be collected in a book called Threadbare in the spring), we thought it best to give you a little update on where the project stands.


Roots & Migrations, written by Anne Elizabeth Moore and drawn by Sarah Becan, focused on a Chicago-based artist named Fereshteh Toosi, whose food-based work references her own migration history and that reflected in the culture around her.

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Sarah Becan also drew our second strip, Stinging Nettles, written by Anne Elizabeth Moore. In it we speak to Elizabeth King George in the Pacific Northwest, who leads Native American food explorations in person and online to pass on vital health, healing, and taste traditions.3. Cultivation

Melissa Mendes then joined us for two strips that looked in-depth at Soul Fire Farm, an inspirational food justice program in upstate New York. Cultivation (above) and Cultivating Policy (below) presented the organization’s work around food and racial justice, but also opened up the discussion of food access to a query of the role of food policy.4. CultivatingPolicy 5.Food&Freedom

Our upcoming strip by Sarah Becan and Anne Elizabeth Moore (posting Tuesday at Truthout!) talks to the dude who helps keep an eye on Food and Freedom, Baylen Linnekin. Can’t wait for it? Sorry! We promise it’ll be worth the wait.

Melissa Mendes and Anne Elizabeth Moore return in August with a strip that looks more closely at how particular food policy issues are contributing to a public health epidemic. It hits a little close to home for some of us, so we’re not even going to preview it for you. Just stock up on some hankies next week and we should all be good to go on the second Tuesday of the month, as usual.

Comments? Suggestions for artists, interview subjects, or food issues to bring in? We’d love it if you’d leave ’em below.

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!

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!)


Women don’t read comics, and other false beliefs


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!


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.


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.