Literary Festivals in Croatia and Ireland
Hi Ya’ll, Just back from holidaying and wanted to catch up on my (vastly overdue) blogging about two incredibly inspiring literary festivals I attended in the last couple of months. CROATIA AND THE FESTIVAL OF EUROPEAN SHORT STORIES In May I visited Croatia for the first time and travelled to Zagreb for the Festival of […]
Arts Council England Grant For Our New Graphic Novel!
YEEEHHHAAW! I am now officially funded by the Arts Council England. Our new graphic novel ‘Death of The Artist’ has received a grant. I am a very lucky girl indeed! A massive thanks to Nicola Streeten, Gemma Seltzer, Andrea Hawkins, Simon Trewin, Dan Franklin, Rosemary Davidson, Nic Roeg and Posy Simmonds for their support. Biggest […]
Barcelona and Kosmopolis Literary Festival
I was lucky enough to be invited by the British Council to the fantastic Kosmopolis literary festivalin Barcelona on March 14th-16th. It’s incredibly exciting to see more and more literary festivals all over the world embracing comics, and even better to see the British council supporting them too! I travelled along with the lovely […]
Back to Brussels for Passa Porta festival and T+A+G
I heart Belgium. Honestly- where else are so many amazing comic artists and comic lovers packed into such a small place? in the last month I was lucky enough to be invited back twice for two different projects. First up was the world renowned Passa Porta literary festival featuring a host of brilliant writers from […]
All Comiced Out.
Goodness, have there been a lot of amazing events this month! The kick off of COMICA Festival in November unleashed a torrent of incredible exhibitions, talks, markets and awards which was followed by a Jonathan Cape event in Bristol, Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds and the Book Trust event back in London. Here is the low down: […]
The History of Foyles in Comic Form
The lovely folk at Comica festival joined forces with Foyles book shop to create a history of Foyles in comic form. I was invited to draw 2 panels alongside some amazing talent such as Steven Appleby, Bryan Talbot, JAKe, Hunt Emerson, John Miers, Krent Able, Woodrow Phoenix, Oliver East, Warren Pleece, Hannah Berry, Rob Davis, […]
Comic Articles for Psychologies Magazine and the New Statesman
Just returned from the lovely Shamballa festival to find two of my comics articles have been published: The first is a 4-page article for the lovely Psychologies Magazine where I lived by four rules for one month (Page76) including giving up social media to giving away my possessions. The second is a 2-page comic for […]
Comics for The Telegraph, Psychologies Magazine and Strumpet.
For those of you who didn’t know, I went fully freelance in April this year having finished my part-time 18 month comic youth project. I must admit I was pretty scared but it’s been a rollercoster ride of unpredictability including trips to Brussels, Moscow, Glasgow, Beirut and Latitude festival and lots of varied jobs (in […]
My Window Display at Gosh Comic Shop, Soho
I watched lots of interesting ‘customers’ while putting this display up at Gosh in the heart of seedy Soho. One who came to browse in the comic store while waiting for his slot in the brothel across the road. Should have recommended Chester Brown! My granny, Mrs Dubach, did not approve.
Illustrated Article for The Guardian.
I recently published an illustrated article with The Guardian’s Comment is Free where I interviewed five graduates about the struggles of life post-uni: debts, being forced to live at home etc. It was fascinating to get to chat to these intelligent, hard working young people but so sad that they’re struggling. I was more nervous […]
Karrie on the telly box.
Here’s a lovely wee interview TV Brussels did about my residency with Het beschrijf. Thank you to Ryan le Garrec for the interview. * sigh* wish I had a life editor to cut all my incoherent ramblings down to 3 second sassy sound bites.
Comic Residency In Brussels
Hey Ya’ll. I’m finally back from a whirlwind 3 weeks in Brussels and Moscow and have promised to write a proper blog post about each. So first up is my 2 week residency with the acclaimed literary organisation Het beschrijf in Brussels. Het beschrijf organises book festivals and residencies for many amazing global writers (Including fellow […]
I Won a Residency In Brussels!
This post has been delayed for a while by the flurry of THTG publicity, but finally I can announce the good news… While in Belgium for the exhibition I was lucky enough to receive a phone call telling me I’d won one of the places on a residency following the Brussels in Shorts Competition. The […]
Time Out Guide to Comics.
I drew an Illustrated Guide to ‘Comics in London’ for Time Out on Monday and it has spread round Twitter and Facebook like wildfire. It covers comic artists, shops such as ,, and; Groups like , , ; conventions such as and ; and arts organisations such as and . For more info on all the […]
Observer’s Graphic Novel of the Month and Guardian Review
It’s been a good weekend at the Offices Du Fransman. Dinner with comic collectors and publishers, Saturdays with comic artists and at the Super Comic conventions, a review of THTG in The Guardian and ‘Graphic Novel of the Month’ in the Observer today. Comicscomicscomics yum yum yum. x
A Review of All My Reviews Thus Far
Phew! What a month. Lots of e-mailing and tweeting and facbooking as the first reviews ofThe House That Groaned came in. And let me tell you it is scary stuff. So… here in one location is an unadulterated warts and all list of all the reviews (I know of) of my graphic novel thus far. A big […]
Foyles hosts The House That Groaned Launch Party!
I’m still reeling from the fantastic launch party last Thursday at Foyles in Charing Cross Road! Crowds of smiley people shrugged off their back-to-work blues and came to welcome my first graphic novel The House That Groaned into the world. A huge thank you to Susan Yan Mach and Sabrina Dallot-Seguro for the excellent photos below! […]
Adam Zygadlo’s Amazing Animation!
WHOOOOhooo! So excited! Here at last is Adam Zygadlo’s amazing animation promotion for my new graphic novel ‘The House That Groaned’. Please pass it on, ‘like’ it on Youtube and check out Adams other great work at http://www.jarbrain.com/ Happy Holidays one and all! xx
Experimental Comics Exhibition in Belgium
Last week I returned from an amazing trip to Belgium where digital comic wizard Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and I were invited to curate an exhibition on experimental comics alongside the wonderfulDouglas Noble and most talented Rachel Emily Taylor at Strip Turnhout comic festival. This included a wonderful quilt my aunt, Denny Fransman, made of the […]
The Young Vic, Drawing Dead Things and Graphic Medicine
Hello! Here are a few things I’ve been meaning to write about. First up is a comic I did for them Young Vic a while back. It’s a pattern comic showing a man growing older while sitting in the audience at the Young Vic theatre and is for their legacy brochure. A really fun job for […]
Russian Comic Project
It’s been over a month and I still haven’t managed to recount my amazingly inspiring trip to Russia, so here goes… In October I was incredibly fortunate to be invited out by the International Comic Festival Komissia,The Goethe- Institute Moscow, NCCA Yekaterinburg and The Centre of Contemporary Art Winzavodto Yekaterinburg for their RESPECT project. I was accompanied […]
Thank You Everyone!
I just wanted to write a massive, big THANK YOU to all the generous donors for our comic library for homeless and vulnerable young people at New Horizons Youth Centre following my comic youth project there with House of Illustration. We received over 100 comics and graphic novels from Manga to Super hero comics and Indi. […]
Comic Workshop for The Big Draw’s Big Splash
I’ll be running a comic workshop at The Big Draw’s Big Splash alongside Quentin Blake, Brian Talbot and many more. It’s a FREE event for all ages celebrating illustration and comics, 12-5pm, Sunday 25 September, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. Should be fun! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182495368485023 The Big Draw’s Big Splash 12-5pm, Sunday 25 September […]
Donations for a Comic Library for Homeless and Vulnerable Young People
Hi, hope you are well. I am writing to tell you about a small comic library we are trying to set up. Over the last two months I’ve been running a comic youth project with House of Illustration andNew Horizon Youth Centre. New Horizon Youth Centre is a day centre working with young people who […]
Interviewed on the radio today.
The Wonderful Alex Fitch interviewed me this week for Panel Borders, the UK’s only weekly radio show all about comics (aaah…heaven!). You can hear me yabbering away today (Thursday) at 5pm on Resonance 104.4fm. I’m told it will be uploaded as a podcast later this week. Click on the link below to listen: http://panelborders.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/todays-show-the-art-of-karrie-fransman/ K x
My First Album Cover!
On Thursday i went to the launch of The Snap Elect’s last album- the wonderfully named ‘Mangled Angle Land’. I designed and made their album cover with bits of felt and wool. Click on the photos below to buy their great album- it’s all psychedelic and jazzy! K x
That’s Novel: Lifting Comics Off The Page Exhibition
Hi Folks, We had a fantastic launch night last Thursday for our exhibition ’That’s Novel: Lifting Comics off the Page’ at Londonprintstudio. I was exhibiting my comic sculptures, some of my ‘flat’ comics and my dolls house (where you ‘read’ the pages by peaking through the window) alongside some fantastic comic artists. Thanks to Sean Azzopardi for the […]
Book Deal With Random House
Hi People- After much waiting i can finally announce my big news. I’ve signed a deal withRandom House’s Square Peg for an advance to publish my first graphic novel: ‘The House That Groaned’. Here’s a sneak peak of the art style above (i know…little eyes- gasp!) The story is about bodies and the spaces they inhabit. […]
Or first ‘Tilt Comic’ iPhone/iPad app on sale.
Hi there, As we all know the digital era is upon us and Jonathan Plackett and i have been working on some exciting digital projects that use these new technologies to tell beautiful, visual stories. We’ve just finished a short ’Tilt Comic’ application for the iPad and iPhone called ‘The First Witch’. In order to view each frame of the comic, the reader […]
My comics in The Cartoon Museum
I have a page from my Times story ‘The Night I Lost My Love’ exhibited in The Cartoon Museum. We went along today and checked out their other great exhibits. They have a Viz exhibition on which is worth a visit.