Bio

Charlotte Bailey is a comic artist, filmmaker, writer, host, brand consultant & creative coach based in Birmingham, UK. She uses film, essays, sci fi & comics to explore her interests in Jamaican-English heritage, people & sustainable futures.

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Filmmaking

In 2020 her first short film ‘Dutch pot: From Jamaica to Dudley’ won runners up in the Sundance Collab competition with the theme ‘Every day objects’ and has been played at This is My City Festival and the Caribbean Pop Up Cinema. Her short trailer for Planet Divoc-91, an allegorical webcomic about the pandemic, aired at the Thought Bubble Comics Festival. She’s done an observational documentary film highlighting local responses to the #BlackLivesMatter protests in June and another doc that follows her family as they adjust to Covid-regulations while her sister leaves for University. 

She collaborates with music composer Chandra Walker in all her work and is currently developing her social impact documentary filmmaking skills. 

 

Comic Art & Writer

Charlotte has published, edited & contributed to a number of anthologies, zines and journals, including graphic essays From Stigma Power to Black Power with sociologist professor Imogen Tyler, Code-switching for Afroflux with Juice Aleem, Afrofuturism for How We Get to Next and another on the Afrofuturism of ‘Black Panther for CNET. In 2020 she wrote episode two of Planet Divoc-91, an allegorical story about the pandemic.  

Since 2015, she’s been on the team behind the international graphic novel forum LDComics and hosting workshops with Afrofutures UK. Her work has been exhibited at the Angouleme International Comics Festival, the Sunny Bank Mills Panel Show Exhibition in Leeds, the Jewish Museum in London and the Cartoon Museum in London, which was then published in the widely celebrated anthology ‘Inking Women: 250 Years of British Women Cartoon and Comic Artists’.

She’s currently working on a collaborative graphic novel about our relationship with mental health. 

 

Host

Charlotte has hosted talks on mindset, self promotion & comics at conferences, artist residencies and events in the UK and abroad.

She works with Afroflux and AfroFutures_UK, collectives focused on re-imagining and building a sustainable future that includes black communities. Her focus is on the ways digital media & algorithms shape our reality, sense of self and the decisions we make.

I’m also on the committee for LDComics, an international women-led graphic novel forum that champions autobiography and stories about the everyday. 

See more about Talks & Workshops here. 

Brand Consultant & Creative Coach

Charlotte Bailey believes that when we do work that really matters to us we do our best work. We feel more like ourselves and we make the biggest impact as a result.

That’s why she aims to help one million people prioritise their passion projects. She uses her experience as a creative, business owner, digital/brand consultant and NLP coach through 1:1 calls and events. Find out more about it here.

Now that I’ve gotten my fancy third-person bio out of the way, here is a bit more about me as a person from by old bumble profile :’)

My work is shaped by a typical INFJ personality, being the eldest of four sisters and studying Psychology, Philosophy, English Literature & a year abroad in Japan.

Most influential books I’ve read:

What it is – Lynda Barry
Parable of the Talents – Octavia Butler
The Dispossessed – Ursula le Guin
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches – Audre Lorde
E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber
Utopia for Realists – Rutger Gregman
The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin

Comics

My journey into comics came through watching Dragon Ball Z and One Piece, opening a gateway to the epic world of Manga. Now I’m inspired by comic artist-writers like Una, Liana Finick, Eleanor Davis, Marjane Satrapi, Dan Berry, Nicola Streeten, Rachael Ball, Wallis Eates, Emma Burleigh…just to name a few that come to mind.

Music

Janelle Monae, Emily King, Stevie Wonder, Magnetic Fields, Talking Heads, Haim, Nina Simone, the Steven Universe soundtrack…recently I’ve been doing most of my work listening to Lofi hip hop beats to relax to.

TV Shows

I watch a lot of binge-worthy TV shows like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Expanse, A Handmaids Tale, Pose, Fleabag, Killing Eve, Westworld, Stranger Things, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek Discovery, Better Call Saul, Happy, Sense 8, Haunting of Hill House, True Detective (seasons 1 & 3 only), Outlander, Red Dwarf, Rick & Morty, Watchmen (2019), Mandalorian, The Dark Crystal: Age of Residence, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Umbrella Academy, The Orville, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Plant Earth, Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Big Mouth, Euphoria, Doom Patrol, Six Feet Under, Lovecraft Country… a lot of Kdramas…

Podcasts

I consider podcasts to be a free resource for education, so as I cycle to work everyday at the moment I’m listening to UK eco-centric shows like Sustainababble, Weekly Economics Podcast, BBC Radio 4 Costing the Earth, Course Correction, Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Outrage/ Optimism, Oxford University Podcast etc.

In the past I’ve really enjoyed Flash Forward, Dear Sugars with Cheryl Strayed, Ted Radio Hour, 99% Invisible with Roman Mars, SPI with Pat Flynn, Desert Island Discs, Make it then Tell Everybody, Design Matters by Debbie Milman and a whole bunch of marketing/ business/ self development/art & design/ psychology/ social issues.

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