We are delighted that Lou Crosby, currently co-ordinator of Leeds LDC
is leading on the launch of the Manchester chapter

Join us for our first Laydeez do Comics event in Manchester in conjunction with International Graphics Novel and Comics Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University. The night promises an LDC special.

PLUS an LDC Comics Workshop

Wednesday 26 June 2019, 2-4pm
With Rachael Ball, Lou Crosby and Nicola Streeten

Date: Wednesday 26th June 2019
Time: 6.30pm (prompt) – 8.45pm (approx.)
Location: Room G34, Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University, M15 6BH

Tickets FREE Bookable here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/laydeez-do-comics-manchester-tickets-58576472807

ALL WELCOME (mixed event)

Rachael Ball – cartoonist/ illustrator – author of ‘The Inflatable Woman’ (Bloomsbury, 2015) which was Guardian Best Graphic Novel 2015. Rachael will be talking about her second graphic novel, WOLF (Self Made Hero, 2018) and her current project, a third graphic novel ‘The Patsy Papers’. This is based on her experiences of teaching in secondary schools; a political satire which spotlights the effect of austerity and poor management on British schools. She also teaches children’s book and graphic novel courses at the House of Illustration and at The Art Academy. London LDC.


Shromona Das – artist & researcher currently pursuing my Mphil thesis on feminist and queer graphic narratives at, JNU, India. Talking about her work including #MeToo in India a call out to her abusers in her powerful first graphic narrative. Huffington Post Article

Sarah Lightman – artist, academic, curator, editor and writer. Talking about her new graphic memoir ‘Book of Sarah’ (Myriad Editions). This is a deeply subversive autobiography set in the Jewish heartlands of north west London, that questions religion, family, motherhood and what it takes to be an artist.

Distilled from thousands of diary drawings begun in her parents’ garden shed back in 1996, Sarah Lightman’s The Book of Sarah is an alternative bible to the one she moved away from, along with the religious Jewish lifestyle she followed as a teenager.The Book of Sarah is missing from the bible, so artist Sarah Lightman sets out to make her own: questioning religion, family, motherhood and what it takes to be an artist in this quietly subversive visual autobiography from NW3.

Sarah has a PhD in women’s autobiographical comics and is co-founder of Laydeez Do Comics.



With a short intro to LDC “Me and Laydeez do Comics: What next and why” from:

Nicola Streeten – speaker, writer and drawer of comics. Her graphic memoir Billy, Me & You (Myriad Editions, 2011) is about her process of bereavement . Nicola co-founded and directs the international forum Laydeez do Comics. In 2009 her PhD on feminist cartoons and comics in Britain informed her co-editing of The Inking Woman (Myriad Editions, 2018) the first documented history of women’s cartooning in Britain.

Hosted by Lou Crosby – Laydeez do Comics, Leeds & SeeingPoetry.com

About The International Graphics Novel conference

The International Graphics Novel conference will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University from 24th to 28th June 2019. Our theme this year is Storyworlds and Transmedia Universes. Visit our website for further information.

The Wednesday will be a public and pracitioner day, which all are welcome to attend. To see our full day schedule, please click here.

Please note, if you have booked a delegate rate for the International Graphic Novels and Comics Conference 2019, this event is already included in your rate and you do not need to book here.