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Comics Creators Network meeting

2 October @ 19:00 - 20:30 BST

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This free, evening event is a chance for Society of Authors’ Comics Creators Network (CCN) members to meet their steering committee.



  • Meet the Comics Creators Network steering committee members (15 minutes)

  • Breakout rooms hosted by the individual committee members for informal chat, networking, and information sharing (45 minutes)

  • Return to main room where we will discuss: (30 minutes):
    – What can the Network do for you?
    –  What are our aims for 2024?
    –  How can we address challenges facing comics creators and advocate for better industry standards?


Send us your questions in advance 

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


SoA @ Home fundraising bookshop

Browse our virtual Bookshop.org store featuring books by authors and speakers taking part in the SoA @ Home Festival. When you make a purchase using our affiliate links, a percentage will go to the Authors’ Contingency Fund, providing hardship grants to authors in financial difficulty.


The Line-up 


Nyla Ahmad 

Nyla Ahmad is Reading Communities Manager at Scottish Book Trust, leading on programming Book Week Scotland. Nyla was the inaugural awardee of Literature Alliance Scotland’s Next Level Award and currently serves on the Glasgow Zine Library board of trustees. She previously co-led the BHP Comics project, Full Colour, a mentoring programme for young comics creators from BAME backgrounds. She has also worked for the Glasgow Women’s Library on their museum access project, Equality in Progress. Nyla’s MPhil thesis examined South Asian and Muslim representation in comics. She served as chair of the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance Awards for three years.


Hannah Berry

Hannah Berry is a comics creator, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and current UK Comics Laureate. She is the author of three highly acclaimed and occasionally award-winning graphic novels published by Jonathan Cape, and in 2018 was inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Dr Helen Kara

Dr Helen Kara is an independent researcher, scholar and author who creates and promotes the use of comics to support teaching and research in academia.


Alice Nuttall

Alice Nuttall is an indie comics creator and writer of three webcomics, Footloose, Cherry, and Black Market Magic, co-created with artist Emily Brady. She is an admin for The CVA, an online group supporting UK-based indie comics creators, and a regular attendee at comic conventions around the UK.


Woodrow Phoenix

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 by Street Noise Books.


Simon Moreton

Simon Moreton is an artist and author. He draws and writes about everyday life, memory, identity, and our relationship to the histories of the places we live in. As well as being a committed self-publisher, his comics have been published by Avery Hill, Uncivilized, Kilgore Books, and Retrofit. His latest book, WHERE?, was published by Little Toller in 2021, and is about his father’s death and his childhood in the Shropshire countryside. He is Associate Professor of Creative Economies at UWE Bristol, working to support equitable futures for cultural and creative work.


Zara Slattery

Zara Slattery is a graphic novelist, illustrator and tutor and author of the award-winning graphic memoir, Coma. She collaborates with writers and organisations in creating work on issues around the environment, identity, health, disability and was recently the disability consultant for Canterbury Cathedral’s Miracle Windows comics project. She’s currently working on the medieval eco-fable, Sweeney’s Progress, with writer Gregory Norminton.


About the Comics Creators Network (CCN)

The Comics Creators Network was set up in 2020 to help address challenges facing comics creators and advocate for better industry standards. It offers professional support for all types of comics creators and graphic novelists in the UK.


Catch up with the recording of the Comics Creators Network’s last online event via our Vimeo Channel

Need to know 


  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript to watch with live subtitles 
  • If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please email [email protected]

Before the event

  • Once registered, we will send you a confirmation email with the Zoom link
  • If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk/spam email folder
  • Please add [email protected]to your Safe Senders list so you receive our confirmation and reminder emails

During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Meetings; you will have the option to turn your camera on or off; you will be muted on arrival
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript
  • This event is 90 minutes



Book your place using the registration form below. This event is for SoA Members only.

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2 October
19:00 - 20:30 BST
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