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.

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.


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.

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.