Getting Out Of The Margins


Sarah Brosenstern discusses women in comic books, graphic novels, and gaming.

When feminists think of women in comic books, graphic novels, and gaming, we often cringe. Images of scantily-clad women with no other purpose than titillating (pun intended) the psyche of young men are often the first in a series of negative images that come to mind. For empowered women everywhere, these women can represent the worst of the patriarchy; their bodies are idealized to the point of almost being caricatures, they are overtly objectified and sexualized (to the point where any functional aspects of their wardrobe have been discarded), and their characters are often trapped in the binaries of the damsel in distress/seductress archetypes.

Alle Meine Neue Woerter Sind Libensmittel


American artist Kathyrn Briggs shares an original comic strip as part of our HOME / AWAY series.

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Interview: Kathryn Briggs


Luci Wallace talks to comic book artist Kathryn Briggs about her work.


Can you introduce yourself and tell TYCI about what you do?

I am a graphic novelist currently based in Scotland, although I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I write and illustrate my own comics, which tend to be about processes of self discovery, telling stories from a female perspective and about archetypal characters, mythology, or fairy tales. I release my work through my own small press, Ess Publications.

Interview: Aly Sidgwick


Alexi Rose Belchere interviews author Aly Sidgwick about her debut novel, Lullaby Girl.


“Part of me is still scared of the sea, though I don’t really remember bein’ in it. In some ways, I think I might find my old self there. We switched places, me an’ her, in Loch Oscaig, an’ I’m the one who made it to shore… She knows exactly what she was runnin’ from, or towards.” 

Interview: Sarah J Stanley


Anna Hodgart talks to artist and musician Sarah J. Stanley ahead of the launch of her first graphic novel Stealing Stuff and Putting it Back Again.


Can you introduce yourself to our readers and tell us a little about your work and background to date?

I’m Sarah J Stanley, an artist and musician based in Glasgow and I suppose I would describe my work and background to date as, scraping by trying to sustain the time and sanity to keep making art. I’ve been working as an artist professionally for almost 10 years now after leaving Gray’s School of Art with my BA(hons) in fine art. Also, I’ve been banging on at music much the same way, with very little ambition for greatness but not being able to leave it alone for the life of me. I mainly paint but drawing and some illustration (when it makes a buck) are also part of my work. To say I exhibit internationally is accurate, but sounds more prestigious than it is. Art is a slow as hell growing career, harrowing and pretty thankless. I’m giving it until age 80 to really have made something of myself, which I think is realistic. I often think I had all my best ideas from ages 0-5 and I imagine it might take until I’m about 80 to outwork them. So here’s hoping / not hoping.


TYCI meets: Les VoiZines


TYCI talks to Gerlin, co founder of Les VoiZines about their upcoming event. 

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Hey! Congratulations on your first event! Can you tell us more about Voi Zines?

Les VoiZines started because I had been wanting to organise a zinefest for years but I just didn’t know who to ask to organise it with me. I had seen Valentine a couple of times when she passed by in the shop where I work and I always thought she looked like a cool girl (this one time she was wearing a Beat Happening tee and that made me sure she was very cool). Then I found out she was in this collective that made a quarterly zine and that’s why I decided to just add her on Facebook and send her a message telling her how much I love her work (she makes the most beautiful illustrations: valentinegallardo.com) and if by chance she was up for organising something around zines together. Lucky for me she was and we started having meetings every Monday. She lives around the corner from me so it was very easy to meet up. That’s also where our name came from, it’s a play on words on voisines, French for neighbours.

How I took the Wonder out of Wonder Woman


Gretchen King writes a personal essay for TYCI about how she learned to cut herself some slack.

Growing up, I always saw my mother as some sort of Superhero. My father worked a lot and, because of his narcolepsy, when he was home he often slept. As a result, my mother raised us in an environment that felt a lot like that of a single mother. She worked, cut coupons, cleaned our house, paid the bills, cooked dinner, went to most of our sports games, musicals, choir concerts, and dance recitals (and man were there a lot of them) and took us to church every Sunday. She even took on a second job around the holidays (sometimes as an elf to assist the mall Santa) just to make ends meet. I grew up wanting to be like her: beautiful, smart, funny, talented and insanely hard working. Someone who can do it all – and does.


[Artwork by Gretchen King]


Laydeez Do Comics


Kat Lombard-Cook, a participant in the upcoming inaugural Glasgow event of Laydeez Do Comics, writes about the group for TYCI.


On Monday 10 February Laydeez Do Comics adds another city to its roster of much celebrated women-led comics forums. This time, the city happens to be our own Glasgow. Given Glasgow’s rich history of comics-making, having possibly given birth to the world’s first comic, it’s wonderful to have a new way to engage with the community, and have it celebrate and encourage women creators.

Interview – Team Girl Comic


Lis Ferla talks to Team Girl Comic, a Scottish all-female comic collective.

When Glasgow comic artist Gill Hatcher decided to found her own women-only comic collective, she wasn’t setting out to make some sort of big political statement. ‘I just thought it would be quite fun to make a comic that was all women,’ she explains. ‘After I left school I was inspired by people I was involved with in the Glasgow comics scene to make my own little photocopied zines and start selling them locally, but at the time it really was a bit of a boys’ club and I felt like my stuff didn’t fit very well alongside a lot of the comics that were getting made at the time.’

Four years later, Team Girl Comic is now a thriving, financially sustainable small press with stockists across the UK. The collective is about to publish its eighth issue, to be launched with a circus-themed extravaganza at Glasgow’s Plan B Books this Friday. The collective is almost thirty members strong according to their website, but new contributors – of any skill level – are always welcome. As long as they have a story to tell.

Team Girl Comic Issue 8 Launch

East London Comics and Arts Fair Returns


Catriona Reilly profiles some of the female artists to keep an eye out for at this year’s East London Comics and Arts Fair.

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Founded by independent graphic art publisher Nobrow in 2012, the East London Comics and Arts Fair (ELCAF) is back this year with a brand new gang of exciting young talents from the worlds of illustration, graphic art and comic / zine making. Taking place on 22 June, the fair will feature talks, screenings and workshops as well as much art as you can fit into your Fjallraven Kanken (joking, it would obviously be a Freitag) There are currently over 50 exhibitors including stalwarts such as Luke Pearson and Andy Rementer alongside a host of fresh faces but there’s also a big ol’ bunch of ladies and here are six (among the many) to look out for at this year’s festival.