Funded by


Comics CreateNet


From November 2022


Online (via zoom) and in-person

About this workshop

Following the successful Creative Fuse CAKE event on Comics (January 2022), where participants enthusiasm and questions for our amazing panel of Doug Braithwaite, Lydia Wysocki and Zoe Thorogood made it a special occasion, we are launching an Action Learning Programme for professionals, artists and aspiring creators in the Comics industry.

During the event, there was discussion on how particular groups and contacts in other regions helped writers and artists develop their skills and get their work finished and published. Following up on this, we are launching a new Action Learning set for the North East region called Comics CreateNet. We imagine this as a growing network for both professionals in the industry as well as artists and aspiring creators to share their work and challenges and to learn about opportunities for funding and resources available locally. We also hope to draw on more of the talented stars we have here in the region as in the CAKE event.

Comics CreateNet will begin online and may switch to in-person meeting depending on how people feel. The agenda will be owned by participants and we will bring in guests to help support people’s interests.

This is targeted principally at businesses and practitioners in the North East of England* – however, if you are outside of the area and interested, please get in touch with us and we can discuss how you might potentially be involved.

*comprising County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, and Sunderland

We hope to use this programme to share learning and identify calls to action and areas for response or collaboration.

Mark Adamson

Project Director, Creative Fuse North East

Jonathan Sapsed

Principal Investigator, Creative Fuse North East

Guest creators

We’re delighted to have an amazing team of guest creators behind our Comics CreateNet programme, including:

  • Doug Braithwaite (Marvel, DC)
  • Mack Chater (Marvel, Dark Horse)
  • Paul Davidson (Marvel, Boom)
  • Julian Lawrence (Viz, Fantagraphics)
  • Zoe Thorogood (graphic novels, Marvel, Image)
  • Gustavo Vargas (self-publishing, Kickstarter, Accent UK)

Who is this for?

Professionals in the comics industry

Artists and aspiring creators

What is Action Learning?

An Action Learning approach is a simple and powerful way for individuals to learn from each other. Through action, reflection and discussion, participants gain a deeper understanding of the issues or opportunities that they face, compare and exchange experience with their peers and can support the ability to manage or respond to change more effectively. The most important aspects of action learning are the principles that learning should be open, reflective, practical and shared, with the programme agenda shaped by all participants.

When will this be delivered?

Our updated sessions will be a mix of online and in-person and will be guided and informed by our participants.

Workshops will typically run for three hours:

  • Workshop 1 – Thursday 24th November, 12 noon to 3pm, online via Zoom (Welcome and Introduction to the programme)

  • Workshop 2 – Monday 5th December, afternoon (times tbc) / online or in-person tbc

  • Workshop 3 – Monday 12th December, 3pm to 6pm, in-person

  • Workshop 4 – Monday 19th December, afternoon (times tbc) / online or in-person tbc




To find out more about the ‘Comics CreateNet’ programme please email

To register for this workshop series, please fill out this form. [Please note the dates on the form have been superceded by the ones on this web page].