- Want a comic that you can fall in love with?
Craig Thompson’s epic autobiography of his first love and his religious childhood, Blankets, will make you laugh and cry.
- Already a comic reader and want to find some new talent?
Observer/Jonathan Cape prize winner Isabel Greenberg’s Encyclopaedia of Early Earth looks stunning and is newly released this month.
- Still not convinced of the literary/artistic/scholarly merits of graphic novels and comics?
Then read comic academic Scott McCloud’s wonderful Understanding Comics.
- Want to see the best of British?
Check out a small-press comic anthology: Strumpet, The Comix Reader, Solipsistic Pop… and if you like what you see you can even contribute your own comics. All available round the corner in Soho at the wonderful comic shop Gosh (1 Berwick Street).
- Want to meet comic creators?
Go to Laydeez Do Comics free monthly meetings which are for me and women (with beer and cake!) in Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road.
- Want to find out what’s going on in the UK’s comic scene?
Comic scholar Paul Gravett’s website is a hub of information on exhibitions, conventions, talks and festivals.
Karrie Fransman is a graphic novelist and comic creator. Her autobiographical comic strips were published in The Guardian. Her comic serial The Night I Lost My Love ran in The Times. Her graphic novel, The House That Groaned, is published by Random House’s Square Peg and have received praise from film director Nicolas Roeg and was chosen as Graphic Novel of the Month in The Observer. Her new graphic novel Death of the Artist will be published by Jonathan Cape and has been rewarded a research and development grant from the Arts Council England. She has created comics for Time Out, The Telegraph, The New Statesman, The Young Vic and Psychologies Magazine and presented her work in London, Brussels, Barcelona, Beirut, Zagreb and Moscow.
You can see more of her work at www.karriefransman.com or follow her on Twitter @KarrieFransman.