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John Harvard Library

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Laydeez Do Comics

Professional Development Workshops

6 workshops will run from Jan 12 to Jan 26 2019 each Saturday morning and afternoon.

Concessionary tickets are now available for students and young people up to the age of 25.

These workshops are designed to help Cartoonists, Graphic Novelists and Illustrators develop essential skills to progress their careers in the modern world.

The workshops will be run by leading cartoonists who will share their top tips, wisdom and experience in order to help you further your career. Each of the workshops have been kept affordable in order to benefit the most artists possible.

These workshops welcome all genders, ages, ethnicities, able bodied and persons of disability.

LaydeezDoComics has been supporting (mainly female), but also all genders of cartoonists for 10 years now and has benefitted the comics community in spreading the word and furthering opportunities about all manner of cartoons and autobio GNs.

Sat 30 March 2019 will see the second LaydeezDoComics Festival and competition for a new Female or Female identifying graphic novelist.

Money raised from the Professional development Workshops will help LDC continue to lead and create imaginative events to support cartoonists in the future. If you could contribute to the LDC Crowdfunding drive to raise money for the Graphic Novel prize 2019 we would be very grateful:


The John Harvard library is accessible by wheelchair.

Any queries please contact ball.rachael@yahoo.co.uk

Dr Nicola Streeten

Funding Your Project

Saturday January 12, 11.00-1.30pm

Do you have a brilliant idea that you think should be funded but don’t know where to start? Bring your project outline to this practical workshop; a laptop or ipad to work on if you have one, or paper and something to write with. Nicola Streeten will guide you through a series of simple and entertaining exercises in order to refine your plan and translate it into a funding application. You will then work to construct example budgets and timelines that you can then use as templates for your own project. The workshop will allow you time to ask questions and develop a confidence in your approach to realising your idea.

Dr Nicola Streeten Is the author of graphic memoir “Billy, Me & You” (2011, Myriad Editions) and co-editor of “The Inking Woman” (2018, Myriad Editions) which was informed by her PhD research into feminist cartoons and comics by women in Britain. Streeten co-founded Laydeez do comics in 2009 and continues to be an active committee member. She has extensive experience of writing funding applications for a variety of projects.



insta: nicolast.reeten

twitter: NicolaStreeten

email: nicolastreeten@yahoo.com

Gemma Seltzer

How to run a successful Kickstarter Campaign

Saturday January 12, 2.00-4.00 pm

Join Kickstarter's Gemma Seltzer, UK Lead for Kickstarter, for a primer on how to bring a Kickstarter project to life.

At the heart of every Kickstarter campaign is a great story. We’ll work together to explore how you can develop, describe and share your creative ideas.

We'll take a look at some successful comics, illustration and publishing projects from across the site and explore what kind of rewards work best along with other helpful tips. We'll acknowledge how hard it can be to promote your own work, sharing ideas on how to spread the word about your project and build confidence as artists.

We’ll also talk about Quickstarter, a creative prompt from Kickstarter to inspire small projects—the kind you do mostly for fun. Simple and imaginative projects with a funding goal under £1,000.

Gemma has worked for many years in Arts Council England's literature team, and as a facilitator. She also runs Write & Shine, a programme of morning writing workshops, and writes for a range of media, such as virtual reality ('Songbird,' The Guardian), performance ('The Hand Museum' co-created with a dancer and photographer, Wellcome Trust) and radio ('The Dhammazedi Bell,' BBC Radio 3). Her digital literature projects include '5am London', capturing London in the early hours in collaboration with a photographer, and 'Speak to Strangers,' a hundred short stories based on conversations with Londoners, later published by Penned in the Margins.

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, comics, publishing and music to art, illustration, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. With over 7,000 zines, webcomics, community events, graphic novels, and more funded since our launch in 2009, the Comics category on Kickstarter is vibrant and diverse.

Insta: @gem_seltz

Twitter: @gemseltz

Simone Lia

The Why of Making Comics

Saturday January 19, 11.00-1.30pm

A practical workshop that will aid creators to explore and re-connect their motivation for making art. During the session we will explore how knowing your why can help you smash through a creative crisis and how this can be the foundation for building a successful creative career.

Simone Lia is an award winning comic artist/illustrator/writer. She has written and illustrated several children’s books and graphic novels, including Fluffy (Jonathan Cape) and They Didn’t Teach THIS at Worm School (Walker Books). She’s written comic strips for adults and children for numerous publications including The Independent on Sunday, The DFC, The Phoenix and she has a weekly strip The Simone Lia Cartoon in The Observer.

Her comic paintings and drawings have been exhibited across Europe and galleries include The Tate Britain.


twitter: simoneliadraws

Hannah Berry

How to Promote and sell Your Book

Saturday January 19, 2.00-4.00pm

Do you hate having to promote your own work? Of course you do; you’re not a psychopath. Hannah Berry is the author of three graphic novels that have all needed selling, and she has burnt very few bridges in doing so. Come and join in a workshop exploring the various promotional avenues open to you - and you’d be surprised how many there are - and work out a plan of action that will let you carry out this grubby task with your self-respect intact.

Hannah Berry is an award winning graphic novelist, cartoonist and comics creator, author of LIVESTOCK, ADAMTINE and BRITTEN & BRÜLIGHTLY, all published by Jonathan Cape. She is a regular contributor to various comic’s projects all around the world, and in 2018 was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and selected as UK Comics Laureate 2019-21.

hannahberry.co.uk - and/or my Twitter handle - @streakofpith.

Amber Zeppellin

Online marketing & using social media

Saturday January 26, 11.00-1.30pm

This workshop will be a friendly open forum to hear the inside tricks and tips that I have learnt and harnessed along my social media journey from oblivion to sustainable income. I will share my story, pitfalls and traps to avoid, how to feel the love and enjoy sharing your passion on social media without feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. Social media is an uber powerful tool for reaching a global audience with zero financial outlay, for networking into your desired industry, achieving recognition you never dreamt of and monetising your work so you can earn the payback you deserve. Everything is possible! We will also workshop out some personalised action plans for you to rocket-launch your own ideas

Zeppelinmoon is a female comic artist from London who speaks to animals and swears a lot. She started sharing work on instagram in October 2016 and within 2 years had organically grown a 13.5k following. Success on social media allowed her to grow an independent business as a self-taught cartoonist freelancing commissions and marketing her own sell-out merchandise, whilst working part-time for the NHS and raising babies. 2018 has seen her break into new markets selling original watercolour cartoons at Manchester Art Fair, publication in Dirty Rotten Comics, and being headhunted to collaborate with large scale feminist campaigns on social media. 2019 is set to see her first gallery exhibition and expansion into whatever market she can hustle her way into.



Karrie Fransman

How to Pitch your Comics and Graphic Novels to Editors & Publishers

Saturday January 26, 2.00-4.00pm

Join professional comiker Karrie Fransman to look at how to get your graphic novel or comic project out the door and in front of editors and publishers. Through a mixture of talks and practical exercises, you’ll learn how to ensure your story connects with an audience, and how to create a brief for a project and pitch it to industry professionals.

Karrie Fransman is a comic creator. Her comics have been published in The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, the BBC, The New Statesman and by The Arts Council. She published two graphic novels with Penguin Random House; ‘The House That Groaned’, and the award winning ‘Death of the Artist’. She developed an award winning comic, ‘Over, Under, Sideways, Down’ about an Iranian teenage refugee, for The British Red Cross, created an installation for the British Council and Southbank Centre and was commissioned to make a ‘Selves Portrait’ for an exhibition with Manchester Art Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. She has run workshops worldwide for organisations including The Guardian Masterclasses, TEDx, Central Saint Martins, Oxford University, The Hay Festival, The Big Draw, House of Illustration and The British Library, and presented her work worldwide from Russia to Bangladesh, Lebanon and Mexico.


Karrie on Twitter. https://twitter.com/karriefransman

Karrie on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Karrie-Fransman-111870335572273/

Karrie on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/karriefransman/

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