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Call for Comic Artists

We are excited to announce a call for comics artists to help us tell stories in our upcoming Belonging Gallery.

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Call for Comics Artists

We are excited to announce a call for comics artists to help us tell stories in our upcoming Belonging Gallery. We hope to feature diverse artists’ work, including refugee, BAME/BIPoC, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ artists.

The Belonging Gallery will draw extensively upon the museum’s diverse collections to explore how humans, plants and animals can create a sense of belonging in a place, community, or environment. The stories in this gallery will reveal the emotional realities of belonging, represented across collections, peoples, species, places, and time. Read more about our Belonging Gallery

Overall themes of the gallery and comics include:

  • Repatriation & relationships
  • Everydayness & objects
  • Decolonisation, nature & places
  • Deterritorialisation & human movement
  • Homemaking, mark-making & actions

Our intention is to design the gallery as a comics anthology; comics artists will tell stories through key objects from across our collections in the form of short comics (equivalent of 1-2 pages in length/paid £180 per page before tax). The entire comic will be hosted on our website and select panels will also feature in the gallery alongside the objects which feature in the comics. Artists will have the opportunity to co-design the display of their work in the gallery with us if they wish. We hope to feature diverse artists’ work, including refugee, BAME/BIPoC, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ artists.

Comics artists who are interested will need to be able to commence work this summer to design key panels to feature in the gallery and finish the entire comic(s) by the end of November 2021.

Comics artists who are selected will receive the following:

  1. Creative briefs containing information on the select objects
  2. A comics script for the story (with creative room to bring your own take)
  3. Practical information, such as case size, file size needs, and submission info

To express your interest, please send the following information and examples of existing work to alexandra.alberda@manchester.ac.uk by 12th July, 2021.

  • Your name and contact details
  • A short biography (max. 150 words)
  • A short description indicating which gallery theme(s) you are most interested in
  • Examples of existing work that best conveys your style

International and new comics artists welcome!


For submissions and/or questions, contact Alexandra P. Alberda, Curator of Indigenous Perspectives at: alexandra.alberda@manchester.ac.uk

 

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The great comics featured in the call visual in order of panels are the following:

“Smudged” by Letty Wilson, previously published in The Secret Loves of Geeks, published by Dark Horse in February 2018 

“Massif Central” comic by Letty Wilson, previously published in Team Girl Comic issue 12, published July 2016 

"The Smallest Knight" by Catriona Laird, previously published in The Awesome Comic Anthology in 2016

"Halloween is Cancelled" by Zu Dominiak, published in October 2020

A Stranger Came to Town by Letty Wilson, published in April 2017