How comics can shape the world


How Comics Can
Shape the World

Visual Storytelling as a Tool
for Social Change

By Ali Fitzgerald


Saturday 21 April 2018


10:30 – 16:30
(please plan to arrive 15 minutes early
to allow for seating)


Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN



In this lecture and workshop, comic artist Ali Fitzgerald will talk about carving out new modes of contemporary visual storytelling. She will discuss comics as a potent force for social critique and as a means of conflict-resolution through empathy building.

Participants will read and discuss short comics and will also learn how to construct their own visual stories through a series of creative exercises and short projects.



Ali Fitzgerald is a comic artist and writer living in Berlin. She is a regular contributor to the New Yorker where she will start a monthly satirical comic called “America!” in the spring of 2018. She has also contributed comics regularly to New York Magazine, Modern Painters and Art–Das Kunst Magazin. She wrote and drew the popular webcomic “Hungover Bear and Friends” for McSweeney’s from 2013 to 2016.

Her comics have also appeared in the Huffington Post, Gastronomica, Berlin Quarterly, Bitch Magazine, and Varoom Magazine and her artwork has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and Europe as well as featured in the New York Times, Artlies! and Art in America.

She was a regular contributor to the arts e-magazine Art21 where she started the column Queer Berlin which explored the queer cultural zeitgeist in Berlin. She was recently awarded the Cornish CCS fellowship at the Center for Cartoon Studies as well as the Georgia Fee Residency with Artslant in Paris.

Her first book titled, “Drawn to Berlin,” about teaching comics in refugee shelters and Berlin’s evolving relationship to Bohemia and immigration, will be published in October 2018 by Fantagraphics.


Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN


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