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Brush Up! #6 – Support and Solidarity

24 November @ 20:00 - 21:00 GMT


Where can comics creators find support? How can you best look after your mental health as a creator? And how can we all help to create a better community for comics creators?

The final session in our series of events dedicated to all types of comics creators and graphic novelists will focus on support and solidarity.

Comics Creators Network’s committee member Alice Nuttall will be joined by comics creators Charlotte Bailey, Feff Silvers and Rachael Smith.

The Brush Up! event series is run in association with the Cartoon Museum and the SoA Comics Creators Network.

Header image © Woodrow Phoenix

What will this session cover?

  • The organisations that are out there to support comics creators
  • How organisations, groups and networks can support you
  • How to look after your mental health as a comics creator
  • How comics creators can support each other
  • Useful resources


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 and introductions
  • 35 minutes: Q&A chaired by Alice Nuttall with Charlotte Bailey, Feff Silvers and Rachael Smith on where to find support and how to take care of your mental health, including questions sent in advance
  • 10 minutes: Live questions from the audience
  • 5 minutes: Summary and closing comments


Send your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email comics@societyofauthors.org with ‘Comics event – 24 November’ 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.



The Line-Up


Alice Nuttall – (Chair) Comics Creators 

Alice Nuttall is a children’s literature and comics writer. She writes the webcomics Footloose, Cherry and Black Market Magic, co-created and illustrated by Emily Brady. She is an admin for The CVA, an online group of UK indie comics creators. In her free time, she likes reading, knitting, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Twitter: @Ally_Nuttall


Charlotte Bailey – Comics Creator 

Charlotte Bailey is a visual storyteller exploring Jamaican-British heritage and regenerative futures through graphic essays, illustration, film, workshops, and hosting conversations. She has published, edited & contributed to several anthologies, graphic essays and journals and hosted events showcasing the work of comic creators in Birmingham with international graphic novel forum LDComics, which champions autobiographical stories about the everyday.

Twitter: @Charlotte_Inks



Feff Silvers – Comics Creator & Founder of AoCC

Feff Silvers is a self-taught Creator who mostly makes comics and whimsical mixed-media illustrations. She really enjoys creating down-to-earth urban fantasy comics starring women of colour, with heavy influences from the magical girl series she grew up with, mixed with her obsession for table top RPGs, phantasmagoria, esoteric groups, and early religion. In July 2020, Feff, along with Jennie Gyllblad and Sarah Millman, founded the Association of Comic Creators. The AoCC is a global community for both mainstream and independent comic creators. It allows them a space to support each other and share knowledge to prevent exploitation within the industry. Feff is currently acting as the technical administrator. She maintains the community discord group and website.

Twitter: @FeffSilvers



Rachael Smith – Comic Creator 

Rachael Smith is an award-winning comic artist and writer. She has created many critically acclaimed graphic novels including Quarantine Comix, Wired Up Wrong, Stand in Your Power, Artificial Flowers and The Rabbit. Rachael has worked on Titan’s Doctor Who comic series and is currently drawing her new book Isabella & Blodwen

Twitter: @rachael_



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



Book your place using the registration form below.

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


24 November
20:00 - 21:00 GMT
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