Women in Comics - panel discussie

Illustration of two comics panels with a large sea creature in water talking to a person on the beach.
Foto door Kaisa Leka, Time after Time (2014).


Panelgesprek onderdeel van de EUNIC-samenwerking in kader van Fête de la BD - Stripfestival - Brussels Comic Strip Festival 2020. Het panelgesprek is georganiseerd als een webinar en is gratis toegankelijk voor het grote publiek. Registratie is vereist.

Wat betekenen vrouwen voor comics?

Wat betekenen Europese vrouwen voor de stripwereld en hoe laten zij in Europese comics hun stem horen? Tegen welke uitdagingen lopen ze aan, welke rol vervullen ze en wat levert het op?

Welkom bij een onlinediscussie over vrouwen in Europese comics! Luister naar professionele tekenaars en verhalenvertellers en maak kennis met werk van vrouwen uit heel Europa. Professionals uit Baskenland, Tsjechië, Finland en Israël delen hun ervaringen op het gebied van publicatie, productie en distributie.

De paneldiscussie vindt plaats als Zoom-webinar op donderdag 10 oktober 2020 om 17.00 uur CEST, als onderdeel van het jaarlijkse Stripfeest in Brussel, en is toegankelijk voor een internationaal publiek.

De paneldiscussie wordt ook gestreamd op de socialmediakanalen van EUNIC Brussels. Volg ons op @eunic.brussels voor meer informatie!

Een video-opname van de paneldiscussie is hier te bekijken.


Maite Gurrutxaga  (Baskenland)
Štěpánka Jislová (Tsjechië)
Kaisa Leka (Finland)
Rachel Shalev (Israël)

Moderator: Maryse Dubuc (Canada/België)

Spraak: Engels

Registreer hier: https://forms.gle/giaZaeA2fctfwhHr8

Facebook event: hier.

Speaker biographies:


Maite Gurrutxaga Otamendi

A Graduate of Fine Art, she studied illustration at the Escola de la Dona in Barcelona. She started working in book illustration in 2008 and has since illustrated books by many writers. In addition to books, her work has embraced all kinds of format: posters, letters, records, diaries, etc.

In 2009, she received the Etxepare award together with Mikel Gurrutxaga, for his book Mi amigo Álex. In 2014, she received the Euskadi Prize for literature, in the literary work illustration section, for the comic Nidos, with a script by Dejabu Panpin Laborategia. In 2015, she received the Lazarillo Award for Illustrated Album, along with Alaine Agirre, for her illustrated album Martín.

Other examples of her recent work are: Leo sabanako errege (Mikel Gurrutxaga, author; published by Elkar, 2019), Cascanueces y el rey ratón, by E.T.A. Hoffman (Nórdica, 2018) and Tigre batekin bizi (Harkaitz Cano, author; Elkar, 2017).

Štěpánka Jislová 

Štěpánka Jislová is a Czech illustrator and comics artist with a degree from Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art in Pilsen. She authored, among others, graphic dystopian novel The Holy Heart Abbey; How Beneš yielded to Hitler on WWII and lately also a story about Czechoslovak prominent member of resistance and female activist Milada Horáková. Štěpánka illustrated several books for young readers, she’s a co-founder of the Czech branch of Laydeez do comics, an international organization that promotes female comics artists and their work. She is currently working on an autobiographic graphic novel on alopecia.

Kaisa Leka

Kaisa Leka is a Finnish comic artist, who publishes autobiographical about the nature of being together with her partner Christoffer Leka. When she’s not drawing she’s usually exploring the world on a bike, but the two aren’t mutually exclusive. To date Leka has published over 10 books, of which several have been widely recognised and awarded, and many have been widely translated. Among these, Imperfect (2017) was awarded the prestigious Comic Book Finlandia Prize, and was selected as the most beautiful book of the year in Finland and Expedition no. 3 (2012) was awarded the Gold Prize in Grafia’s annual graphic design competition - and was equally rated among the most beautiful books of the year in Finland.

In addition Leka has been awarded the Finnish Comics Society’s prestigious Puupäähattu prize for the Comic book artist of the year 2012, as well as the Vimma Prize 2017, and together with her husband Christoffer Leka the Finland prize in 2010 . She also regularly contributes comics to several different Finnish magazines, covering topics such as feminism, disability and animal rights.


Maryse Dubuc was born on October 21st, 1977 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. She studied French literature before applying to the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in communications. Maryse first published children’s books and novels, including a Quebec best seller, with multiple quebecer editors (Bayard Canada, Pierre Tisseyre, Vents d'Ouest). She then tackled writing the comic book Les Nombrils, published by Dupuis, in Belgium. Released in 2006, the first album was an instant success - a precursor to the series’ eve growing popularity.

For her work on Les Nombrils, Maryse Dubuc received the Outstanding Writer award from the Joe Shuster Awards’ 6th edition in June 2010. The Delaf-Dubuc duo also won numerous honors, including the Communication Jeunesse award (Favorite Book, readers aged 13-17). Les Nombrils is translated into a dozen languages including Dutch, Spanish, Czech and Slovak.

Join us for a fascinating insight into women working in comics today!