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LDC Professional Development Workshops- Oct/Nov 2019

October 19, 2019


The LDC Professional Workshops are back! 

Want to know the secret to a successfully published graphic novel?

Promote, fund & develop your next project with LDComics Professional Development Workshops, delivered to you by leading cartoonists, professionals and best-selling graphic novelists!

These 2 hour workshops will be open to everyone and will be held on Saturdays in October and the 2nd of November. Designed specifically to support cartoonists, graphic novelists and illustrators in developing skills to progress their careers.

All sales go towards the third installment of the UK’s first and only all-female comics award in 2020.

Level up in your comic journey & support UK artists – don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Please note the workshops will take place at three different locations:

  • The Cartoon Museum, Wells St, Fitzrovia, W1A3AE
  • The Westminster Reference Library, Upstairs, 35 St. Martins St, WC2H7HP
  • The John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High St, SE11JA

Early bird tickets cost £27.50

A special offer of all 7 workshops for £160 is also available until 30 September.

Ticket numbers are limited and sold out fast last year.

Profit from these workshops will be used to raise the £3,000 prize money for the first and only all-female LDC Graphic Novel award, March 2020.

LDComics (formerly Laydeez do Comics), was started by Dr. Nicola Streeten and Sarah Lightman in 2009 to raise the profile of female and female-identifying cartoonists. 

These workshops welcome all genders, ages, ethnicities, able-bodied and persons of disability. The John Harvard library and the Cartoon Museum are accessible by wheelchair. The Upstairs room at the Westminster library is not.

Any queries please contact


Meet the Workshop Leaders:

Amber Zeppelin hosts…

Online Marketing & Using Social Media


12 October 11 am – 1 pm

The Cartoon Museum, Wells St, W1A3AE

Book with Amber

Why you need to take this workshop:

I started sharing work on Instagram in October 2016 and within 3 years organically grew an 85k following. This workshop will be a friendly open forum to hear the inside tricks and tips I have learned and harnessed along my social media journey from artistic oblivion to sustainable income and full-time career. 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 the recognition you never dreamt of and monetizing your work so you can earn the payback you deserve. Everything is possible!

We will also consider some action plans for you to rocket-launch your ideas.


About Amber:

Zeppelinmoon is a self-taught female comic artist from London who speaks to animals and swears a lot. Success on social media allowed her to create an independent business freelancing commissions and selling merchandise.




Charlotte M L Bailey hosts…

What to include on your Kickass Website


12 October 2pm-4pm

The Cartoon Museum, Wells St, W1A3AE

Book with Charlotte

Why you need to take this workshop:

When I’m promoting my work, one of the fundamental questions I always ask myself is: ‘Can they find me?’ ‘Who are “they?’ And ‘What do I want them to find? ‘ In this workshop, I’m going to give you the fundamentals of promoting yourself online. A quick, simple win is your website – this is your shop window, which will frame you as a professional artist and help get you found by your adoring fans.

I’ll be going through the basics of Search Engine Optimization, data capture and user experience (oh my!). Once it’s all set up, you’ll be reaping the cumulative benefits for years to come!


About Charlotte:

Charlotte does marketing by day and graphic memoirs by night. She leads the Birmingham branch of LDComics and hosts comic workshops with Afrofutures UK. She’s self-published and contributed to many anthologies and journals, including a graphic essay on Afrofuturism for How We Get to Next and From Stigma Power to Black Power with sociologist professor Imogen Tyler.

She’s the editor of LDC’s first comic anthology Hometown. Her work has been exhibited in the Cartoon Museum and published in the widely celebrated anthology ‘Inking Women: 250 Years of British Women Cartoon and Comic Artists’.

Find her at:

Instagram @charlottewithink_

Twitter @charlottwithink



Karrie Fransman hosts…

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


19 October 11.30-1.30pm

The John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High St, SE11JA

Book with Karrie

Why you need to take this workshop:

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. 


About Karrie:

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 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.

Karrie on Facebook.

Karrie on Instagram.

Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Mexico.



Hannah Berry hosts…

How to Promote Your Comic or Graphic Novel and Sell it


19 October, 2.30-4.30pm

The John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High St, SE11JA

Book with Hannah

Why you need to take this workshop:

You’ve finished your comic masterpiece, and now you have to do the dirty job of promoting it. Ugh! 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.


About Hannah

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 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. –

Twitter – @streakofpith



Emily Haworth-Booth hosts…

How to find, develop, pitch & promote creative ideas for a picture book for young readers 


26 October, 2.30pm-4.30pm 

The Westminster Reference Library, Upstairs, 35 St. Martins St, WC2H7HP

Book with Emily

Come and join children’s book author and illustrator Emily Haworth-Booth for a mixture of talks and practical exercises.She will show development drawings and share insights gained from making her multi-award-shortlisted debut picturebook, ‘The King Who Banned the Dark. ‘

She’ll answer questions on the entire process from pitching to publication and beyond! You’ll leave with a jump-start to developing and selling your own story and illustrations, as well as tips on what to expect once you start working with a publisher. Learn how not to sell your soul down the river and make books you love and believe in!! This workshop is open to all levels including complete beginners.

If you’re already working on a picturebook idea, bring it with you – if not, a notebook, pencil, and an open mind will be just fine.


About Emily:

Emily Haworth-Booth is an author and illustrator whose debut picturebook ‘The King Who Banned the Dark’ has been a Guardian Children’s Book of the Month, a Sunday Times Book to Watch Out For, and shortlisted for six awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. Emily also makes comics and won the Observer/Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize in 2013 for her story ‘Colonic’, with her long-form graphic memoir shortlisted for the LDC Prize in 2018. She has taught the graphic novel courses at the Royal Drawing School for nine years and was recently described by a student as ‘the story osteopath’. Emily has an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art. Her next two children’s books will be published by Pavilion Children’s in 2020.

insta is @Emily Haworth-Booth

twitter @emilyhb



Dr. Nicola Streeten hosts…

Funding Your Project



26 October, 11.30 am-1.30 pm

The John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High St, SE11JA

Book with Nicola

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 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 project. The workshop will allow you time to ask questions and develop confidence in your approach to realising your idea.


About Nicola:

Dr. Nicola Streeten Is the author of the graphic memoir

“Billy, Me & You” (2011, Myriad Editions) and co-editor of “The Inking Woman” (2018, Myriad Editions) which was informed by her Ph.D. research into feminist cartoons and comics by women in Britain. Streetenco-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




Simone Lia hosts…

The Why of Making Comics

Nov 2nd, 11am-1.00pm

The Westminster Reference Library, Upstairs, 35 St. Martins St, WC2H7HP

Book with Simone

This will be 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







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