Growing Season: not over yet!

A Ladydrawers Meeting

Our quest to explore connections between food policy, public health, and race in comics form won’t end until March, but we thought we’d drop an update on you in the mean time. Our first update traced the humble origins of our project from a local Chicago artist’s garden to native food gathering traditions in Washington State (with Sarah Becan); then highlighted connections between food policy, consumption, and race in two strips about a farm collective on the East Coast (with Melissa Mendes) and a final strip by Sarah  Becan on the origins and machinations of food law.

Epidemic (drawn by Mendes, excerpted above) took a slightly more personal turn, and looked at the growing numbers of autoimmune diseases among members of our own comics collective, while Sheika Lugtu followed it up by illustrating a strip called … Like Lupus, in which specific racialized implications of these diseases and their treatments are discussed.

…Like Lupus promo

We’re excited to have active Ladydrawers member Sheika working with us on this strip (above), and on the final two in the series (still upcoming.) She’s an amazing force of fun and smarts!


We’re equally excited to have brought Laura Ķeniņš on board the strip, a Canadian resident who’s worked with us since her days in Latvia. She drew The Sixth Mass Extinction, a look at soil diversity through the work of Chicago-based artist Claire Pentecost, and (below) Superbug Apocalypse! A look at a potential impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) on public health. (Fortunately for us, although unfortunately for the world, the publication of this piece coincided with a BBC report on the actual pending superbug apocalypse, so it’s been quite a popular strip.)


In the months ahead, Laura will illustrate a piece on meat processing and disease, and Sheika’s final two strips will look at violence as a public health crisis. These will, again, probably hit kind of close to home, so keep an eye out for them, only at Truthout.



Panel at NWU’s Center for the Writing Arts

We’ll be chatting sex and gender empowerment in comics at Northwestern University in a few weeks, so mark your calendars now:

6 p, 20 May, 2015
Northwestern University’s Center for the Writing Arts
Annie May Swift Hall, Peggy Dow Helmerich Auditorium, 1st floor
1920 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

All our books and stuff will be available for sale in addition to our free nuggets of wisdom, on top of which: a mass of Ladydrawers only get together in the same room really about once a year? So it’s a little bit of a historic event. Don’t miss it.

Friday: VOLKSMODE 2014 Launch!

The press release for the Friday event is below, and very exciting.

Departure Studio 2014: A History of Viennese Male Fashion and its Evolution
21.11.2014, 16h
Kriehubergasse 24-26, 1050 Vienna
The American author, journalist and art theorist Anne Elizabeth Moore is a participant in the “departure studio 2014: Interdisciplinary Vienna”, a scholarship program for young international curators and theorists, organized in cooperation with studio das weisse haus and departure, the creative unit of the Vienna Business Agency.

Her investigations focus on the history of Viennese men’s fashion: Moore examines the effects of globalization and other economic phenomena in the world of fashion. The results of her research, which she will present for the first time in November in Vienna, are visualized by graphic artists and illustrators – among them Simon Häußle – and will be shown on the occasion of her lecture.
In her 24-page, nonfiction comic VOLKSMODE 2014, produced by the loosely bound comic collective “The Ladydrawers”, Anne Elizabeth Moore shows “how the global systems of women’s labor impact men in Austria, neither known as a fashion locale nor a garment production center. By investigating how the production and supply chains operate in unexpected locations – by way of oral histories from key, local figures – we can see the true scope of these global industries” (

This will be followed by a panel discussion on the evolution of Viennese fashion styles for men.

Hermann FankhauserWendy&Jim
Hermann Fankhauser, fashion designer, founded the label Wendy&Jim together with Helga Ruthner after his studies with Helmut Lang. Aside from his activities as head designer at Wendy&Jim, Hermann Fankhauser teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Simon Häußle, Drawing & Illustration Vienna
Simon Häußle is working as a drawer and illustrator in Vienna since 2005. In addition to his own practice, he is part of the group Tonto and runs the Kabinett Passage at MuseumsQuartier Wien with colleagues.

Stephan HilpoldDer Standard
Stephan Hilpold runs the weekly lifestyle insert RONDO at the daily newspaper Der Standard. He has taught several courses about theatre and fashion at the University of Vienna and at the University of Art and Design Linz.

Anne Elizabeth Moore
Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions including at the MCA and in the Whitney Biennial, as well as on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times. She recently completed a year-long comics journalism series for Truthout called Our Fashion Year that connects the international garment trade to the international sex trade.

Moderator: Brigitte Felderer
Brigitte Felderer, curator, teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her exhibition projects focus on themes within the field of cultural history and technology and have been shown internationally.


Simon H. posted a few mockups from his VOLKSMODE 2014 contributions here.



Some of the pages from Anne Elisabeth Moore’s recent Lady drawers book/zine VOLKSMODE, that I was part of together with Delia Jean. You can order it here! Anne takes a deeper look at the various connections and aspects of Austria’s fashion history and what it comes down to today. There will also be a panel discussion in the course of Vienna Art Week at Das Weisse Haus on the 21st.

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Finnish Stats: Kaisa Leka



Kaisa Leka did some research into the prizes awarded Finnish comics artists in the last four decades. She writes:

I hate it when comics have to be explained, but here’s a translation and explanation I wrote on Facebook:

Translation: One hat in the drawing represents six “Puupäähattu” comics prizes awarded to a Finnish artist during the years 1972-2013. (Except the topmost male hat, which represents five prizes, making the total six awards to female artists and 35 to male.)

Explanation to non-Finnish readers: The prize is named after a famous classic comics character who wore a similar hat, and the person who gets the prize also receives a very nice felted hat in the same style.

You can see more of Leka’s work at her website, in the blog she keeps with her partner Christopher here, or read about her more (in English) in this interview.