Lauren Franceschini

House of Illustration’s Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics

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rsz_comix_creatrix_1London’s House of Illustration, the UK’s only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration, will continue to host Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics until May 15th. Comix Creatrix features original artwork from 100 female writer/illustrators whose genres vary anywhere from the 1800s to present day, observational comedy to surreal fantasy, challenging biography and subversive dissent.

In Comix Creatrix, which has been hailed “Joyous”, “eye-opening”, and “unmissable” by Intelligent Life, the world of comics, graphic novels, and zines comes to life. Through the eyes of Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland, Isabel Greenberg’s Encyclopedia of Early Earth, Nadine Redlich’s Ambient Comics and many more, audiences become acutely aware of the vast, often under appreciated, accomplishments of female illustrators.

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From Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland

Nina Bunjevac, whose work began in Yugoslavia, has been involved with the arts  since 1990. It wasn’t until later in life that she was drawn to illustration and has been very successful ever since. Her latest book, Fatherland, illuminates the tensions and experiences of living with her fanatic, Serbian nationalist father who eventually became part of a terrorist regime attempting to overthrow the Communist Yugoslav government.  Bunjevac’s harrowing art displays the long-standing hurt of both history and her father’s place within it.

Conversely, Nadine Redlich’s work is of the lighthearted, humorous kind. Her eccentric and quirky art style is easily identifiable in the only available bio of her: “Nadine Redlich, is an illustratesse and comic artist from the future. Redlich was born around 1879. In her early life she began her studies at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf in the field of communication design. She was ablenadine to end these studies with a diploma after more than 100 years.” Her latest book, Ambient Comics, contains simple, calming images that exemplify the feeling of “dwelling in the moment and understanding everything…seeing the big picture in everyday life.”

For a more in-depth analysis of Comix Creatrix, SEQUENTIAL, a graphic novel app for iPad, has released a free digital guide to the exhibition that includes over 100 pages of content as a selection of full-length digital graphic novels on iPads in the exhibition itself.

As a registered charity, House of Illustration “identifies and promotes new illustration talent, commissions new work and has a pioneering illustrator-led programme.” For more on Comix Creatrix, how to buy tickets, and a full list of featured artists, visit their website.

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