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Comics Creators Network in conjunction with the Cartoon Museum: Industry Insider on Collaboration

7 July @ 19:00 - 20:00 BST

Do you want to learn about the pros, cons, contractual ramifications on working in collaboration?

It is great to work with friends on a project but what are contractual ramifications? This event is to learn about the pros and cons of collaborating as well as understanding the contractual implications and how to protect your rights.

Four panellists will come together to discuss this and more including Rachael Stott (award winning comic book and cover artist), Viviane Schwarz (award winning artist and author), Theo Jones (Society of Authors Contracts Advisor) chaired by Woodrow Phoenix (writer, artist and graphic designer who is also on the Comic Creators Network Steering Committee).

This session will be aimed at comic creators but is open to all types of writers and illustrators.


  • Welcome and general introductions (5 minutes)
  • Q&A chaired by Woodrow Phoenix with Rachael Stott, Viviane Schwarz, and Theo Jones (Society of Authors Contracts advisor), including questions sent in advance (35 minutes)
  • Live questions from the audience (10 minutes)
  • Summary and closing comments (5 minutes)

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.

What will this session cover?

  • The advantages and disadvantages of collaboration
  • Practical aspects of working in collaboration
  • The importance of contracts in collaboration
  • How to protect your rights
  • What to do if things go wrong

Send your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email comics@societyofauthors.org with ‘Comics event – 7 July’ 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

Woodrow Phoenix – Comics creator and Comic Creators Network Steering Committee member

Woodrow Phoenix is a writer, artist, and graphic designer based in London and Cambridge. His work has appeared in national UK newspapers, in magazines and comics across Europe, the USA and Japan, and in television projects for Walt Disney and Cartoon Network. His most recent book, Crash Course, was published in August 2020.

Rachael Stott – Award-winning Comic book and cover artist

Rachael Stott is best known for her sequential interior work for clients such as DC Comic, Marvel, IDW and Titan. In her career so far, Rachael has worked on many high-profile properties for these clients including Doctor Who, Supergirl, Star Trek and Spider-man.

Viviane Schwarz – Award-winning artist and author

Viviane Schwarz works as an author, illustrator and game designer specialising in interactivity and the encouragement of creativity.

Theo Jones – Society of Authors Contracts Advisor

Theo Jones is a Senior Contracts Advisor advising members on contracts and queries. He is also a coordinator of the SoA’s Scriptwriters Group, representing writers and makers across digital, broadcast, AV and theatre.

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


Please book your tickets on The Cartoon Museum website.





7 July
19:00 - 20:00 BST


The Cartoon Museum
63 Wells St
London, W1A 3AE
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