Creator Profile: Karrie Fransman

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Comic creator who has crafted graphic novels for Penguin Random House, scribbled strips for The Guardian and created comics for The Times.

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About: From Karrie’s website…

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Karrie Fransman is a graphic novelist and comic creator. Her comics strips and graphic stories have been published in The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, The New Statesman, The Young Vic, Psychologies Magazine, The Arts Council Create Magazine and for The British Red Cross. Her graphic novel, The House That Groaned, was published by Penguin Random House’s Square Peg. It received praise from film director Nicolas Roeg and was chosen as Graphic Novel of the Month in The Observer. She developed an award winning comic, ‘Over, Under, Sideways, Down’ about an Iranian teenage refugee, for The British Red Cross. Her new graphic novel Death of the Artist will be published by Jonathan Cape and has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council England.
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She has spoken and run workshops for The Guardian Masterclasses, TEDx, Central Saint Martins, The Hay Festival, The British Council, The Big Draw, House of Illustration, Institut Francais, London College of Communications, ARVON, The Free Word Centre, Scottish PEN, Latitude Festival, The Institute of Contemporary Arts and The British Library, and presented her work in Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Russia, Bangladesh, Croatia, Corsica, Finland, Lebanon and France.


CURRENT NEWS: Karrie is working with Bangladeshi comic artists Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and Asifur Rahman on a comic installation as part of the Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival from the 15th to the 25th May! See our LONDON EVENTS page for this and more…


Published Graphic Novels:

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The House that Groaned

Jan-12 9780224086813 PB £14.99 Square Peg
The House That Groaned is a graphic novel that explores bodies and the spaces they inhabit. It is set in an old Victorian tenement housing six lonely individuals who could only have stepped out of the pages of a comic book. There is the retoucher who cannot touch, a grandmother who literally blends into the background and a twenty-something bloke who’s sexually attracted to diseased women. Yet, as we learn the stories behind these extreme characters, it becomes apparent that we may share simlar issues – as individuals and as a society.
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Death of the Artist

May-15 9780224099431 PB £14.99 Jonathan Cape
On 13 August 2013 graphic novelist Karrie Fransman invited four old friends from university to an isolated cottage on the misty moors of the Peak District to join her for a week of hedonism and creativity. Like Shelley and Byron before them, they would use the retreat to tell stories. Except these would be comics, collected together in this very book. The theme? The Death of the Artist.


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Over Under Sideways Down

Karrie was selected for a really special project by the Red Cross, to tell the real-life story of a refugee called Ebrahim to challenge preconceptions of asylum seekers. This became the fantastic OVER UNDER SIDEWAYS DOWN which can be read for free here: It won a Broken Frontier Award, was covered in papers from The Guardian to the Daily Mirror and tweeted about by Neil Gaiman, Simon Pegg and Caroline Lucas.
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Sequential Comic Sculptures(!)

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