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Comic exhibition highlights the work of creative women

01 March 2016


Work from a diverse range of influential female cartoonists and comic creators is on display as part of a unique exhibition at Teesside University.

The Decisions, pictures by Jess Ruliffson, words by Nichole Marinaccio de Freitas.
The Decisions, pictures by Jess Ruliffson, words by Nichole Marinaccio de Freitas.

Women in Comics is being exhibited in the University’s Constantine Gallery throughout March and was put together as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, to highlight some of the creative comic work produced by women.

The exhibition was curated by Fionnuala Doran, Lecturer in Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Arts at Teesside University.

It features the work of Gillian Hatcher, Founder and Co-Editor of Team Girl Comic, which showcases women in the alternative comic scene. Award winning illustrator Jess Ruliffson is also exhibiting her work. Jess is currently interviewing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for a full length graphic novel.

Also displaying work at Women in Comics is American-based K-Fai Steele and Rachael Smith, creator of Flimsy the Kitten and One Good Thing and a regular contributor to Titan Comics’ Doctor Who series.

Speaking about the exhibition, Fionnuala said: 'The Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Arts programme at Teesside University is a relatively new course but has been incredibly well received.

'We are delighted to be exhibiting work by some extremely talented female cartoonists and comic creators. Their work is truly innovative and inspirational and shows audiences the different techniques used by some of the most successful women in the industry.'

Women in Comics acts as a sister piece to Comix Creatrix, currently on show at the House of Illustration in London and curated by renowned comics experts Paul Gravett and Olivia Ahmad, showcasing the work of new and emerging female creators in the international comic industry.

The exhibition at Teesside is on display at the University’s Constantine Gallery until the end of March.

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