A+D Gallery
Carolina Mayorga

Isabel Reidy

Elliot Junkyard
Polly Yates
Sarah Morton

SEX. MONEY. RACE. GENDER.: The Ladydrawers (of Chicago, Ill.)

Organized by Anne Elizabeth Moore

A+D Gallery's 3rd Annual Summer Residency 

The Ladydrawers Comics Collective is a group of women, men, transgender, and nonbinary gender folk who research, perform, and publish comics and texts about our culture. This summer's residency invites new collaborators in to help us look at sex, money, race, and gender through comics and art

Exhibition Participants                               

Sarah Bell, Nicole Boyett, Jacinta Bunnell, Maria Burnham, Ali Cantarella, Robyn Chapman, Faith Choi, Melissa Gira Grant, Clay Harris, Lyra Hill, Franny Howes, Sarabhi Kanga, Nia King, Abraham Lampert, Việt Lê, Marinaomi, Nicole Marroquin, David John Mitchell, Sarah Morton, Corinne Mucha, Julie Novak, Liz Rush, Isabel Reidy, Ali Scott, Maggie Siegel-Barele, Rachel Swanson, Laura Szumowski, Bonsovathary Uoeung, Lauren Weinstein, Sarah Welch, Elizabeth White, Mara Williams, Caitlin Yates, Polly Yates

Exhibition curated by Lucia Anaya, Gabriela Mendez, and Faina Stefadu


On June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m., The Opening Night Extravaganza features comedy, art making, readings, music, performances, and much more. Come explore the issues of S.M.R.G. with a sprinkling of humor and pathos through stand up comedy, femcore anthems, live mural-making and even hula hooping.

Opening Night Performers

Blizzard Babies, Danielle Chenette, Gretchen Hasse, Lyra Hill, Elliott Junkyard, Lindsey Smith, Ever Mainard, Carolina Mayorga, Katie McVay, Yasmin Nair, Fran Syass, Elizabeth White, Polly Yates, and random assorteds from the Ladydrawers crew

S.M.R.G Workshops

These workshops are collaborative and exploratory projects lead by outstanding cultural producers and thinkers—all amazing, smart people that you will like very much!

  • Radical Noticing: Riot Grrrl Press and Contemporary Comic – June 29, 2-4 p.m.

May Summer Farnsworth, Jamie Davida Lee, and Fran Syass

May Summer Farnsworth will discuss her experiences working on the formation of Riot Grrrl Press in 1993. Jamie Davida Lee and Fran Syass will simultaneously lead a silent workshop on making comics and zines.

  • Lexicon of Sexicana – July 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Esther Pearl Watson and Terri Kapsalis

Speech balloons! Giant boons! Big muscles! The hundred-year-old lexicon of comics was developed by its most prominent practitioners, mostly straight white dudes. It’s time to re-think the language of comics. Esther Pearl Watson and Terri Kapsalis will create a work exploring sexual health based on Mort Walker’s satirical look at comics devices for cartoonists, The Lexicon of Comicana.

  • Life and Labor – July, 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Delia Jean Hickey and Sarah Jaffe

We all know what it means to work, but what extra effort do certain forms of labor extract from us? This workshop explores what it takes to make an honest living, with a particular focus on the service industry.

  • Boi Band Poser Poster Workshop – July 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Việt Lê and Morgan Claire

This workshop challenges identities and identifications through pop and props. Thinking through gender, race, and (inner and outer) space, participants will form and “perform” their own pop bands and solo acts. Fun FOBulous times!!!