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Brush Up! #4 – Getting the Word Out

16 June @ 20:00 - 21:00 BST

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How can I use social media to promote my work? Should I have an agent? How do I pitch my work to a comics shop? Should I hire someone to help with promotion? How do I talk to my publisher about promoting my work?

The fourth in a series of online events for comics creators, this session will focus on how to promote your work as a comics creator – both in the online world and real-world bookshops. Comics creator Tab Kimpton will be in conversation with Holly Burrows (The Cartoon Museum), Corinne Pearlman (Myriad Editions), and Tom Oldham (Breakdown Press and Gosh! Comics), offering useful insights on promoting the work of creators.

This event is part of six sessions in the Brush Up! event series in association with The Cartoon Museum and the SoA’s Comics Creators Network.

Header image © Woodrow Phoenix

Send your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Comics event – 16 June’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.

What will this session cover?

  • Promoting your work on social media and online
  • Agents, publishers and comics creators
  • Getting your work into bookshops
  • Talking about promotion with your publisher

Who is this session for?

This session is aimed at comics creators and graphic novelists of all types – whether your work is for adults, young adults or children – as well as other authors, artists and storytellers.


  • 5 minutes – Welcome
  • 35 minutes – Q&A chaired by Tab Kimpton with Holly Burrows (The Cartoon Museum), Corinne Pearlman (Myriad Editions), and Gosh! Comics on promoting comics creators’ work
  • 10 minutes – Live questions from the audience
  • 5 minutes – Summary and closing comments


The line-up

Tab Kimpton – Comics creator

Tab Kimpton is a Manchester-based queer comic artist with a background in webcomics, crowdfunding and self-publishing. His work includes comics such as Minority Monsters – An explorer’s guide to Alphabet Soup Land. He’s also the co-editor of two PRISM-award-nominated comic anthologies: Come Together – European Erotic Comics, and Ambrosia – Trans Masc & Non Binary Erotica.

Website: discordcomics.com | Instagram: @discordcomics | Twitter: @tabkimpton

Holly Burrows – Commercial Manager of The Cartoon Museum

Holly Burrows joined The Cartoon Museum from the House of Illustration, where she spent six years as the Retail and Front of House Manager, prior to which she worked in retail capacities at the Roald Dahl Museum. She has an excellent track record in managing physical and online shops, delivering events, and working with artists.

Website: www.cartoonmuseum.org

Corinne Pearlman – Commissioning Editor at Myriad Editions

Corinne Pearlman is commissioning editor for the list of ground-breaking graphic novels at Myriad Editions, whose much-celebrated authors include Kate Evans, Gareth Brookes, Una, Woodrow Phoenix, Nicola Streeten, Sabba Khan, Darryl Cunningham, Kate Charlesworth and Ian Williams. She organises the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition which awards the winner the chance to have their graphic novel published by Myriad, as well as extending offers to shortlisted authors.

Website: www.myriadeditions.com

Tom Oldham – Editor, Breakdown Press; Manager, Gosh! Comics

Tom Oldham is Publisher and Editor at Breakdown Press, a publisher of contemporary cartooning, manga and new editions of out of print works. Tom is also a manager at Gosh! London, the internationally known comics shop based in central London. 

Website: goshlondon.com

About The Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum champions cartoon and comic art, highlighting its importance to culture and society. Since 2006 it has received 420k visitors, and built a prominent national collection of 4,300 cartoons, comics and caricatures, and a library of 18k items. The Cartoon Museum runs a well-attended school programme and sell-out school holiday workshops, and over 50k children and adults have attended cartooning, comics and animation workshops at the museum.

To support The Cartoon Museum, please visit cartoonmuseum.org

About the Comics Creators Network

The Comics Creators Network is a member-led online community from the Society of Authors that offers professional support for all types of comics creators and graphic novelists in the UK. Find out more here – including how to join as a comics creators with 20% off membership.



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The event is free to attend but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE


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16 June
20:00 - 21:00 BST
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