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.

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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.

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.

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!