'Joyous', 'eye-opening', 'unmissable' – Intelligent Life
'Great new show' – It's Nice That
'Amazing' 'Well-researched' ★★★★ - Londonist
'Women artists and stories are the big draw' – Guardian
'Dames, documentary and dissent' – Guardian
Explore the world of comics through original artwork by 100 women comic creators working across genres and generations - from the 1800s to the present day; from observational comedy to surreal fantasy, challenging biography to subversive dissent.
Featuring artists from Marie Duval and Tove Jansson to Posy Simmonds, Audrey Niffenegger and Nina Bunjevac, Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics is the UK's largest ever exhibition of leading female comic artists.
From their early incarnations as sequential satires and newspaper strips to today's countercultural zines, webcomics and award-winning graphic novels, comics have evolved into a complex and powerful literary form. Women have been present throughout this evolution, creating some of the most defining and provocative works of the medium.
Comix Creatrix presents the work of 100 innovative creators and debunks the myth that women have a limited stake in the world of comics. Highlighting 21st century work by British creators, the exhibition also recognises ground-breaking works from the 19th and 20th centuries, and will highlight the influence of international practitioners on the British scene.
On display is original artwork from graphic novels, comics and zines - many seen in public for the first time. It will feature work from acclaimed titles such as Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland and Isabel Greenberg’s Encyclopedia of Early Earth as well as self-published sensations like Nadine Redlich’s Ambient Comics and many more.
SEQUENTIAL, the graphic novel app for iPad, have released a free digital guide to the exhibition featuring over 100 pages of content, as well as presenting a selection of full-length digital graphic novels on iPads in the exhibition itself.
The 100 artists are: Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Alison Bechdel, Alison Sampson, Angie Hofmeister, Angie Mills, Anke Feuchtenberger, Anne Harriet Fish, Annie Goetzinger, Art is a Lie, Asia Alfasi, Audrey Niffenegger, Aurélie William-Levaux, Aya Morton, Barbara 'Willie' Mendes, Barbara Yelin, Blackjack, Brigid Deacon, Carla Speed McNeil, Carol Swain, Cat O'Neil, Catherine Anyango, Chantal Montellier, Charlotte Salomon, Chie Kutsuwada, Claire Bretecher, Claudia Davila, Corinne Pearlman, Dale Messick, Denny Derbyshire, Donya Todd, Eleni Kalorkoti, Ellen Lindner, Emma Vieceli, Evelyn Flinders, Fay Dalton, Florence Cestac , Francesca Ghermandi, Hannah Berry, Hwei Lim, Isabel Greenberg, Jackie Ormes, Jacky Fleming, Joana Estrela, Josceline Fenton, Julie Doucet, Karrie Fransman, Kate Beaton, Kate Brown, Kate Charlesworth, Kate Evans, Katie Green, Kaveri Gopalakrishnan, Kripa Joshi, Laura Callaghan, Laura Howell, Leela Corman, Leila Abdul Razzaq, Lily Renee, Lizz Lunney, Lorna Miller, Lynda Barry, Lynn Paula Russell, Manjula Padmanabhan, Marcia Snyder, Maria Stoian, Marie Duval, Marion Fayolle, Mary Darly, Maya Wilson, Miriam Katin, Nadine Redlich, Naniiebim, Nell Brinkley, Nicola Lane, Nicola Streeten, Nina Bunjevac, Pat Tourett, Patrice Aggs, Philippa Rice, Posy Simmonds, Rachael Ball, Rachael House, Ramona Fradon, Reina Bull, Reshu Singh, Roz Chast, Rutu Modan, Sarah Lightman, Shirley Bellwood, Simone Lia, Sophie Standing, Suzy Varty, Tarpe Mills, Tijuana Bibles by Horizontal Press, Tillie Walden, Tove Jansson, Trina Robbins, Tula Lotay, and Una.
Barbara Yelin, Hannah Berry and Catherine Anyango in conversation with Paul Gravett
Saturday 5 March, 3pm
Three of the featured artists in our Comix Creatrix exhibition join co-curator Paul Gravett to talk about their work, ideas and influences.
Limelight Night: Comix Creatrix
Tuesday 8 March, 7pm
Join us to celebrate International Women's Day with night of fast-paced talks from artists featured in Comix Creatrix, including Patrice Aggs, Rachael Ball, Kate Evans, Karrie Fransman, Isobel Greenberg, Kripa Joshi, Nicola Lane, Sarah Lightman, and Alison Sampson.
Marie Duval: Laughter in the First Age of Leisure - Book now
Friday 18 March, 7pm
This lively illustrated talk will examine the work of Marie Duval – one of the most unusual, pioneering and boisterous cartoonists of the nineteenth century.
Arnie's Air Conditioner and other fond memories: Aline Crumb in conversation with Sarah Lightman - Book now
Friday 15 April, 7pm
We welcome legendary American underground comics artist Aline Crumb to discuss her life and work with fellow Comix Creatrix, writer and curator Sarah Lightman.
Women Making Girls' Comics - Book now
Saturday 16 April, 3pm
The women writers and artists who worked on British girls' comics of the 70s and 80s were often uncredited, but their work has been deeply influential. Join us to explore the 'Golden Age' of comics aimed at younger female audiences.
The Red Virgin and Red Rosa: Radical Graphic Novels - Book now
Thursday 5 May - 7pm
What can comics bring to our understanding of history, biography, and politics? What does it mean to create a 'radical graphic novel'? Bryan and Mary Talbot and Kate Evans talk about the medium's revolutionary potential.
The Comica London Weekender
Saturday 14 May - Sunday - 15 May, 11am - 6pm
Come and help us send off Comix Creatrix in style on its closing weekend! House of Illustration hosts a two-day celebration of comics in partnership with Comica.London - featuring talks, live drawing and an independent comics market packed with fantastic exhibitors.
Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics is co-curated by Olivia Ahmad and Paul Gravett.