The LDC Review Sessions are 50-minute one-to-one sessions to critically review your work with a leading practitioner.

When was the last time you showed your work to someone that wasn’t a friend or family member?

If the answer is never, then this is the perfect review session for you.

The LDC Review Sessions can be used for critical feedback, professional advice and practical help with your graphic novel. 

Your project can be a work in progress and anyone can book on (yes, you too, gentlemen!)

This is part of our annual festival event, and there is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the UK.

It will give you the opportunity to:

  • Get real, focused, supportive advice on how to get your story to a high standard and eventually published with a published creator.

  • Network with editors and professionals in the UK comics industry, as well as your peers & our long-listed entries to the LDC Awards!

  • Get an exclusive preview of all the 2020 entries to the LDC Award, which will be exhibited as part of the LDC Lounge for you to read through.

  • Explore the Cartoon Museum in London, where the review sessions will be hosted.
  • Refreshments are included as part of the day!

It’s first come first serve, so you’ll need to get a move on!

Take your work to the next level & book now

Feedback from past LDC Review Sessions:

“[The reviewer] was incredibly generous with her time – showing me how she emails editors and telling me (frankly) how much she charges. It was a practical, peer to peer conversation and I was really blown away by her spirit and her generosity.”


“Gave me confidence. I am always insecure about a lot of my work so that was vital.”


“I liked being able to send work prior to interview to give the reviewer time to think about the work.”


“Oh God yes. So very helpful. A big confidence boost. Really useful technical advice in terms of developing the writing of my comic. And super useful advice on where to develop it, how to do proposals and publishers and funding.”

Book onto the review sessions here

FAQs Answered…

Review Sessions take place on Saturday 28 March 2020 at The Cartoon Museum (63 Wells Street, London, W1A 3AE – nearest tube: Oxford Circus)

  • The LDC Review Sessions are open for all genders.

  • Book on a first come first served basis, bookable in advance.

  • There is no limit to the number of sessions one person can book. This year we expanded this strand of our activity to make the expertise of 11 reviewers available – an increase from 6 reviewers in 2018.

  • The cost is £50 (early bird) and is subsidized by Arts Council England funding.

  • Work doesn’t have to be finished to participate. Work in progress is great!

If you’re currently working on a graphic novel, these workshops are the opportunity to take it to the next level.

Meet some of the Reviewers for 2020

The invited reviewers were selected for the range of expertise they can offer.

They are all experienced practitioners and teachers, familiar with the comics form.



Her book, ‘The Inflatable Woman’ ( Bloomsbury), was a Guardian Best graphic novel 2015. Her second GN ‘Wolf’ was Arts Council funded (published Selfmadehero 2018), and has been described by Pipedream comics as a ‘timeless classic.’ She taught Art in schools for 16 years and now teaches workshops on creating graphic novels at the House of Illustration. She also teaches at The Art Academy and is a co co-ordinator of the London branch of Laydeez do comics. She has been interviewed on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour & had an exhibition of Wolf at the Cartoon Museum. She is currently working on her 3rd GN, ‘The Patsy Papers’ and a children’s book. She started cartooning for Deadline comics in 1990.
Website: rachaelball.tumblr.comInsta/ twitter: @rachaelcartoons



Hannah 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 comics 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. Hannah Berry is the author of three graphic novels that have all needed selling, and she has burnt very few bridges in doing so.
Twitter & Instagram: streakofpith



Won the 2018 Laydeez do Comics Prize for her graphic novel, a watercolour memoir exploring her relationship with her birth mother who relinquished her for adoption. She is passionate about the vibrant, glowing and mercurial qualities of watercolour, and she’ll bring her paints to offer watercolour support, demos and troubleshooting during your session if you’d like. She’s interested in giving visual form to sub-verbal, psychological states and her work has appeared in publications including The Strumpet, Resurgence & Ecologist, ­­­and Contemporary British Painting. She self publishes zines, teaches Comics, Watercolour and Mindful Art Journaling courses and co co-ordinates the Bristol branch of ‘Laydeez do Comics’.
Twitter: @emmaburleigh
Instagram: emmaburleighartist

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Started doing autobiographical comics a few years ago and was shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel award in 2014. Since then she has self-published her work to critical acclaim, and widened her remit to working in collaboration with others to share their stories. This has included survivors of brain injury, boxers and prisoners. She is currently working on ‘Like an Orange’ which is due out with Unbound books next year, and is crowdfunding ‘Wings’ about prison through Kickstarter. Wallis is also a London coordinator for Laydeez Do Comics.
Twitter and Insta #walliseates



…is an author and illustrator whose picturebook ‘The King Who Banned the Dark’ was a Guardian Children’s Book of the Month and a Sunday Times Book to Watch Out For. Emily won the Observer/Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize in 2013 for her story ‘Colonic’, and her long-form graphic memoir about climate change, chronic fatigue syndrome and romantic comedies was shortlisted for the LDC Prize in 2017. She has taught graphic novel courses at the Royal Drawing School for nine years and was recently described by a student as ‘the story osteopath’.
twitter @emilyhb
insta @emilyhaworthbooth



…is the creator of Miss Moti, a plump brown character who blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Originally from Nepal, she studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts, New York, with a Fulbright scholarship. In 2016 she started the Miss Moti-vation series, a weekly illustration of Miss Moti with a motivational quote. Miss Moti has been featured in BBC Women’s Hour, BBC Asian Network, the Guardian and other international publications. Her work has also been exhibited at the Lightbox, Transport Museum and at the House of Illustration as part of the Comics Creatrix exhibition. Kripa has co-edited the Strumpet, a transatlantic women’s comic anthology, and also conducted art and comic workshops for children.
FB: @missmoti
Twitter: @missmoti
Instagram: @missmoti_vation



…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



…is a London based artist and author. Her first graphic novel, Stan and Nan, won the Quentin Blake Prize for Best Narrative at the Royal College of Art and was published in 2016 by Jonathan Cape, becoming a Guardian bestseller and 2016 Book of the Year. Her latest autobiographical work, A Puff of Smoke was published by Jonathan Cape in November 2019 and was supported by an Arts Council England Literary grant. The memoir became an Observer graphic novel of the month, a Guardian graphic novel of 2019, and received accolades from the Herald, It’s Nice That and Eye On Design. Alongside her long-form works, Lippett has also created socio-political reportage comics focused on the stories of diverse communities living in locations across the UK and abroad. She lectures and participates in talks and discussions on the graphic novel as an art form at universities, literary festivals and in artist studios, both in the UK and internationally.

Instagram: @crayonlegs

twitter: @crayonlegs



is an animator, author, artist and the creator of ‘Barking’ her debut graphic novel, published by Unbound and supported by Arts Council England/ National Lottery funding and co-commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Lucy regularly teaches illustration and animation at a variety of Universities as well as observational drawing. Her current projects include; the artist on ‘INDEXED’ with writer Fraser Campbell, contributing to ‘Hey, Amateur!’ anthology from Black Crown and creating her new comic ’Shelter’ a prequel to her next graphic novel ‘The Bad Old Days’. She is the creator of the zines series ‘1in4Zines’ and ‘How To Build A Feminist.’ She was voted the winner of Broken Frontier’s ‘Break Out Talent’ award 2019.


Instagram: @lucysullivanuk

Twitter: @LucySullivanUK




Artist and writer. Author of Becoming Unbecoming (2015) On Sanity (2016) and Cree (2018). Currently working on a 200 page graphic novel for Virago Press and various commissions. Supported by Arts Council England, I have an Etsy shop, do public talks and creative writing/drawing workshops and often appear at literature and comics festivals. I’ve been on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour twice and will be on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking festival in April. I work full time as an artist but I have lectured in fine art, visual communication and illustration in three British art schools.
@unacomics on Insta, FB and twitter.

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