We are a Franco-Scottish duo, winners of The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016 Best Visual Artist.

Sandra is a French artist who packed her bags to move to Scotland in 1994. That year John, a punk from a poor Scottish town, had completed his PhD in micro-machining and was returning from working in The Netherlands, but had always wanted to be a writer. We met, fell in love, and immediately started making comics. Our self-published series of graphic novels, Louis, received multiple Eisner Award nominations, our fairy-tale adaptations, published by Papercutz, received a starred review from the School Library Journal, and endorsements from Nate Powell, Denise Mina, Michel Faber, Charlie Adlard, Frank Quitely, and Bryan and Mary Talbot, and our work has received critical acclaim worldwide. We have undertaken several commissions, for example making a comic adaptation of Edwin Morgan’s poem The First Men on Mercury for The Association for Scottish Literary Studies for National Poetry Day. We love to spread the word about comics and have delivered over 600 author visits in schools and libraries, as well as undertaking school residencies. In 2015 we were Writers in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This year saw a major solo exhibition of our work at The Park Gallery, located in one of Scotland’s historic landmarks Callendar House. We are currently developing new work with funding from Creative Scotland. We live in Glasgow.

Photo by Bob McDevitt

AWARDS:

Winners of the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards: Best Visual Artist 2016
Winner of the Excelsior Award Junior 2018
Winners of the SICBA Comic Book Awards: Outstanding Achievement to Comics 2018
Highly Commended for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2011
Eisner Awards nominations: Best Graphic Album New 2001; Best Title for a Younger Audience 2001; Best Coloring 2011
Ignatz Awards nomination for Best New Talent 2001

BOOKS PUBLISHED:

Bluebeard (Papercutz 2020)
The Little Mermaid (Papercutz 2017)
The Red Shoes and Other Tales (Papercutz 2015)
Louis series of graphic novels (6 books self-published 2000-2011)

See all our graphic novels here

See commissioned works here

GUEST LECTURES/APPEARANCES OF NOTE:

Guests at Rencontres Internationales de la Bande Dessinée, Angoulême (2021)
Edinburgh International Book Festival in conversation with Shaun Tan (2011)
School Library Association Conference (UK, 2018)
The Guardian Education Reading for Pleasure Conference (London, 2017)
SUISS Masterclass at the University of Edinburgh (2015,2017)
The Glasgow School of Art (2011)

See our Author Visits page here

See our Public Appearances page here

EXHIBITIONS:

Solo exhibition at The Park Gallery, Callendar House, Scotland (January 29 – April 17 2022)
The Glad Café, Glasgow: The Dark Side of Fairy Tales (November 2017)
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (2014)
The British Library: Comics Unmasked (May – August 2014)
Scotland House in Brussels: Exhibition of Scottish comics (Dec 2011)
London Print Studio: That’s Novel!…Lifting comics from the page!!!
Comics by international innovators and the British cutting edge. Curated by Paul Gravett (October – December 2010)
National Library of Scotland: Local Heroes – The Art of the Graphic Novel (May – June 2008)
University of Dundee: Biff! Bam!! Crikey!!!: Comics As Design and Entertainment (April – June 2007)

The Graphic Novel World of Metaphrog exhibition at The Park Gallery, Callendar House 2022
Rencontres International de la Bande Dessinée, Angoulême, 2021
Rencontres International de la Bande Dessinée, Angoulême, 2021
Scottish Culture Awards 2016
Waterstones Book Launch, 2017
Wee Write Book Festival 2018