A new web series about today’s British comics community, culture, and production will debut next month, 28 May 2021. Being equal parts enlightening and entertaining, this web series documents the careers and experiences of individuals from marginalised identity groups working in the UK comics industry. By doing so, Creating Women will advocate for and amplify diverse comics perspectives and realities. The first season of 10-15 minute episodes will feature nine comics artists and scholars: Dr. Hailey Austin, Rachael Ball, Ashling Draws, Wallis Eates, Rebecca Horner, Holly Roberts, Dr. Megan Sinclair, Dr. Nicola Streeten, and Letty Wilson. These experts in their field discuss themes such as gender, the comics industry, and reader relations. Every episode will be publicly accessible on Creating Women’s YouTube channel where episodes will premiere weekly on Fridays at 02:00 PM GMT.
Amy Galloway is Creating Women’s Series Creator. Known professionally as hesitantdoodle, they are a Glasgow-based comics artist. Galloway says that Creating Women “grew from a few exchanges over social media to a project which celebrates the speakers, organisers and their inspirations who are all such bright, hard-working and comic-savvy individuals.” Galloway is joined in this endeavour by fellow University of Dundee alumni Rachel Davis (co-producer), Ashling Draws (co-editor), and Holly Roberts (captionist). University of Glasgow Ph.D. researcher Danielle Schwertner rounds out the team as an interviewer. Galloway believes that “contributions from marginalised creators doesn’t detract from the preconceived ‘norm’ which already exists — quite the opposite. It offers a more diverse and representative experience of what has always existed in comics and what the future of comics can be!” As this video project develops into the future, Creating Women aims to be a forum for discourse, a platform for creators, and a resource for any person interested in British comics culture.