I am a visual narrator and 
illustrator, with academic
interests in queer theory,
LGBT+ issues and fan-work.


I lecture at Teesside University
across Illustration and Comics.


"Communication happens when an image
reminds the viewer of his own knowledge"

- René Magritte


 

 

 


Bio:

I grew up in Birmingham, Ireland and Spain, playing video games and reading manga

I studied
 BA Illustration at Cardiff School of Art And Design, and soon after I moved to London to finish an MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art. Throughout this period, I taught workshops in Cardiff and London, and developed my practise through exhibitions, illustrations for commercial magazines and articles for art journals. 

In 2016 I moved up north to Teesside to develop and teach on their BA course; Comics and Graphic Novels. In 2019 I developed the MA Illustration programme.


I love practicing karate, yoga, bouldering, reading independent comics, and drinking coffee in generous amounts.

Current Projects:

I am lead researcher and co-editor on a Daiwa Foundation funded documentary about Japanese Fan Comics (Doujinshi). 

I am working on a graphic novel about the hybrid economy of Doujinshi in Japan, supported by the Japanese Ministry for Cultural Affairs.

 

Comics/Graphic Novels:

  • MYOPICA - Self Published

  • The Jay Mews Continental #1 - Holodeck, Birmingham

  • FriendFiction - Self Published

Exhibitions and Fairs:

  • Casa De la Cultura, Javea, Spain - 2010

  • Art in the Warehouse - Milgi's - Cardiff, UK - 2013

  • EveryBody, M.A.D.E Gallery - Cardiff, UK - 2013

  • Dim Mor Syml - Brick Lane Gallery - London, UK - 2014

  • A Pen Can Build Faster Than A Hammer - Hockney Gallery, RCA - London, UK - 2015

  • TATE Offprint - London, UK - 2015

  • @KCUA Gallery - Kyoto, Japan - 2015

  • Graphic Shakespeare Exhibition - Keizai University, Tokyo, Japan - 2016

  • Graphic Shakespeare Exhibition - University of Tsukuba - Tsukuba, Japan - 2016

  • International Women's Day - Teeside University Curve building - Middlesbrough, UK - 2017

  • Tokyo Media Festival Exhibition (CG Arts)- Tokyu Plaza - Ginza, Tokyo, Japan - 2020

  • Women in Comics - BALTIC39 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - 2020 (upcoming)

Competitions:
Orsino v.s. Cesario - Shortlisted - Graphic Shakespeare 2015

 

Panels, Papers and Conferences:

Canny Comic-Con, Panel: Anthology publishing - Newcastle Central Library, 2017 - Newcastle, UK
Verbal Remedy: Panel Discussion on the film Elle - Tyneside Cinema, 2017 - Newcastle, UK

Graphic Justice Conference - Presentation of Unoriginal Sin paper - July, 2017 - London, UK

Comiket and Doujinshi: A Day of 'Hare' - Studies in Comics 9.4, Intellect Ltd, 2018 - UK

Learning Methods of Doujinshi Circles - Comics in the University, 2019 - Newcastle University, UK

Women in Comics Symposium - BALTIC art centre - Gateshead, UK - 2020 (upcoming)

 

 

 

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