About me

I'm a comic artist, occasional writer and educator working in Birmingham, UK. I turned pro in 2006 after eight years working as an editor in children's publishing but, like almost all cartoonists, I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. I like cats, spooky things, peanut butter and chocolate (but not peanut butter on its own), and animation. I'm suspicious of horses and koalas.
 

My major claims to fame are being the first female artist to produce a regular strip in The Beano in its 80+ year history, and also the first woman to draw for Viz. Oooh! From 2015-2016 I was the lead artist for BOOM! Studios' monthly Regular Show comic, and also drew two original Regular Show graphic novels - Wrasslesplosion and The Meatening - in 2017 and 2018. Aside from that, my client list includes Egmont Publishing, MAD Magazine, David Fickling Books, Studio Press, Harvard University, Ilex Press and more. I also regularly undertake personal and corporate projects and privately-commissioned pieces. A book of my own award-winning silly comic The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan was published by Soaring Penguin Press in 2015. In 2017 I had the honour of being named one of Creative Black Country's 100 Masters, a project created to "profile the experts of today, in order to inspire the pioneers of tomorrow."
 

My fields of particular expertise are  funny, cute or bizarre illustrations. I've worked extensively on existing media properties (e.g. Cartoon Network characters, Angry Birds, Beano, Dandy), as I'm very adaptable to different art styles. If you would like me to be involved in a project you have planned, please drop me a line and we can get talking.

 © 2020 Laura Howell. Best viewed with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.