Not long ago, Lollipop Geek had the pleasure of visiting the House of Illustration in London for their exhibition “Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics”. In this post, we are bringing the exhibition to you and showcasing some of our favourite artists on show. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
The exhibition is running until May 15th, so please catch it if you happen to be in London. You can find more information and tickets on the House of Illustration website.
Soppy – Philippa Rice
You may have seen Philippa’s gorgeous illustrations of love floating around on the internet for a while. If you have any need to express love, this should be your first stop.
You can see more of Philippa’s work on her website here.
Eleni’s beautiful yet simple style is particularly captivating. Her piece at the exhibition was featured in the anthology “Greasy’s Guide to Nookie”.
You can find more of Eleni’s work on her website here.
Coma Deep – Brigid Deacon
Brigid’s hard, solid lines create striking and surreal artwork. We loved the stranger parts of her “Coma Deep” comic.
You can find more of Brigid’s work on her website here.
The Inflatable Woman – Rachael Ball
The Inflatable Woman was created by Rachael to sum up the feelings of dealing with cancer. The book’s style is very simple pencil drawings, but each image really hits you and brings home the complexity the character’s feelings at each stage.
This was one of Carla’s favourite pieces.
You can see more of Rachael’s work on her Tumblr here.
Some of you might recognise Josceline’s style from Steven Universe but her own comic series “Hemlock” was on show at the exhibition. “Hemlock” is just as wonderful and shows off Josceline’s artistic flair in black and white.
You can see more of Josceline’s work on her Tumblr here.
The End of Summer – Tillie Walden
Another beautiful black and white comic on show was Tillie’s “End of Summer”. The details of the castle setting are exquisite and Tillie’s artwork is to be applauded.
You can see more of Tillie’s work on her website here.
Reaper Files – Fay Dalton
Fay’s highly realistic style resonates with old school 50’s artwork with a futuristic twist and is stunning to look at. Her colours perfectly bleed together to create some amazing art.
You can see more of Fay’s work on her website here.
The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg
This book ventures through so many times and yet Isabel manages to capture the style of each perfectly. We loved her lines and style.
You can find more of Isabel’s work on her website here.
Lighter Than My Shadow – Katie Green
Katie’s heart wrenching story of a battle with eating disorders is displayed with all the details in Lighter Than My Shadow. Her characters are drawn in an adorable style and are easy to love once you see them.
You can see more of Katie’s work on her website here.
We featured Asia Alfasi in a previous post and are still impressed by her intricate manga style. Her semi-autobiographical comic “Ewa” was on show, blending manga style with the streets of Libya and Glasgow.
You can see more of her work on her website here
Fatherland – Nina Bunjevac
Nina’s highly realistic looking black and white style is striking to look at. Her inspiration seems to draw from 50’s artwork. The story told in Fatherland is interesting to follow alongside her gorgeous artwork.
You can see more of Nina’s work on her website here.
Fluffy – Simone Lia
Simone’s story of a man who lives with a talking rabbit called Fluffy has definitely captured our hearts. So much so that Carla actually bought the book once we left the exhibition! Her simple style resonates with the simple yet powerful storytelling throughout the book. And Fluffy is quite cute.
After both reading the book, we can agree that it is an adorable story of loneliness, insecurity and uncertainty. Fluffy didn’t have to be a cute little rabbit, but that he is actually enhances the storytelling and the messages behind it. Definitely worth a read.
You can see more of Simone’s work on her website here.
Those of you familiar with the internet will likely be familiar with Lizz Lunney. Her comics about a depressed cat are floating around all corners of the internet and the important questions she asks find a new audience every day.
You can see more of Lizz’s work on her website here.
The Trouble With Women – Jacky Fleming
Jacky’s delightful book “The Trouble With Women” sarcastically demonstrates the problems of the great women of history and their difficulties pushing through in a male oriented world. Her artwork perfectly illustrates the comedy of the book and you really can empathise with these women and their troubles. Carla loved it so much she bought the book.
You can see more of Jacky’s work on her website here.
Karrie’s work featured at the exhibition was part of another anthology called “Death of the Artist”. Her playful style captures the themes of the book and reminds us a little bit of bygone cartoons.
You can see more of Karrie’s work on her website here.
Which ones are your favourites? Let us know!