We’re thrilled to announce—early though it may be—that we’ve signed on with the 2016 Chicago Zine Fest, to be held on Saturday April 30th at Plumber’s Union Hall.
Registration closes in half an hour, so if you want to join us, go here now!
Our amazing audience.
Rae drew Grass Ox eating the Constitution.
The victors of the Draw Off were granted American citizenship. Rae’s totally ridiculous performance had them flashing people to convince them to make comics together.
Rae choosing their next victim.
The tiny library created by our amazing audience.
Another closeup, without the artist themselves. Sheika did a bang-up job as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Sheika and Ray, attacking the page with cats, butts, and hot dogs. AKA “ladydrawering the eff out of it.” Hanna-Pirita, Taina, and Roju draw their ideal man, LOL. Our favorite audience member draws some comics.
The 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.
Our amazing panel featured Morgan, Sheika, Ray, and Delia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.