© Tara McInerney








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

I lecture at Teesside University in Comics and Graphic Novels.

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

- rené magritte




I grew up
 in Birmingham, Ireland and Spain, playing video games and reading manga. I developed a love for fan-work (in all its forms) throughout my teens, and thanks to the internet found a community of like-minded fans. 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. After receiving an education in which comics were passed under the desks and scoffed at during lectures- and a career in which commercial illustration was more popular that sequential strips- I moved up north to Teesside to develop and teach on their BA course; Comics and Graphic Novels- and support my passion.

Aside from all that- 
I love practicing karate, bouldering, doing casual drag, reading independent comics, and drinking coffee in generous amounts.

Current Projects:

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

I'm working on a graphic biography of Virginia Woolf.

Caravan Magazine
CCQ Magazine
Slick Rat Productions


Comics/Graphic Novels:

MYOPICA - Self Published
The Jay Mews Continental #1 - Holodeck, Birmingham
FriendFiction - Unpublished

Exhibitions and Fairs:

Casa De la Cultura, 2010 Javea, Spain

Milgi's, 2013 Cardiff, UK

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

Dim Mor Syml, Brick Lane Gallery - 2014 - London, UK
A Pen Can Build Faster Than A Hammer - Hockney Gallery RCA, 2015 - London, UK

TATE Offprint - 2015 - London, UK

@KCUA Gallery - 2015 - Kyoto, Japan
Keizai University, - Graphic Shakespeare 2016 - Tokyo, Japan
University of Tsukuba - Graphic Shakespeare 2016 - Tsukuba, Japan

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

Orsino v.s. Cesario - Third Place Winner Graphic Shakespeare 2015


Panels and Conferences:

Canny Comic-Con, Panel on 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