With the judges at the recent Angouleme comics festival struggling to nominate a single female creator, a new exhibition in London called Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics is setting out to prove just how innovative and exciting female comic creators can be. And for those who can’t make it to London this spring, SEQUENTIAL, the iPad app for digital graphic novels, are providing a free digital guide.
Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of work by pioneering female artists working in the comics medium. It presents original artwork from 100 innovative creators – much of it never been seen in public before – and debunks the myth that women have a limited stake in the world of comics. The exhibition recognises the extraordinary variety of comics by women; from observational comedy to surreal fantasy, challenging biography to subversive protest.
The digital guide will be available for free, exclusively on SEQUENTIAL, for the duration of the Comix Creatrix exhibition. It features over 150 pages of artwork and information from the exhibition, including work by Audrey Niffenegger, Posy Simmonds, Emma Vieceli, Hannah Berry, Isabel Greenberg, Suzy Varty, and many more.
SEQUENTIAL have also created a bespoke version of their acclaimed comics software, which will run on iPads in the exhibition and features 15 full-length graphic novels for visitors to browse through – all by women whose work features in Comix Creatrix.
Russell Willis, the founder of SEQUENTIAL, said, “Angoulême may have a hard time finding great female comics artists but the UK’s House of Illustration has no such problem. Comix Creatrix is a fantastic celebration of a range of amazing artists, proving that women have always been at the forefront of comic art. We hope visitors to the exhibition will enjoy browsing the full-length graphic novels, and that anyone who is unable to visit the exhibition in person – or those who visit and want a take-away from it – will download the digital guide to get an look at the range and breadth of the artwork on display.”
You can download the guide from the Sequential app which you can download here.
Comix Creatrix: 100 Women in Comics runs from 5 February – 15 May at House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH. For more information visit houseofillustration.org.