'In the Beginning There Was Love', commissioned by The Arts Council.

Karrie Fransman is a London-based Scottish comic creator, who explores every possibility of the medium. Working with a variety of styles and techniques, she makes visual stories for books, newspapers, animations, sculptures, on iPads and even in virtual reality. Among her notable works are the experimental graphic novels 'The House that Groaned' (2012) and 'Death of the Artist' (Vintage Digital, 2015), as well as the interactive story 'The Darkness Behind Our Eyes' (2017) and the illustrated book 'Gender Swapped Fairy Tales' (2020).

Early life and career
Born in 1981 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Karrie Fransman studied psychology and sociology at the University of Leeds. She subsequently worked in advertising as a writer and art director for press, poster and television advertisements. Additionally, she has been experimenting with visual stories for a variety of media. Between 2007 and March 2009, her autobiographical comic strip series 'My Peculiar World' (originally titled 'The Peculiar World of Miss Fransman') ran on the back of The Guardian's weekly G2 supplement. The strips varied from childhood memories to everyday worries and embarassments. Her 20-parts comic story 'The Night I Lost My Love' (2009) was serialized weekly in the Times2 section of newspaper The Times.

She has also done comic reportages for the magazines The New Statesman, Time Out and Psychologies, and her work has appeared in The Telegraph, The Young Vic and The Arts Council Create Magazine. She won a Broken Frontier Award with 'Over, Under, Sideways, Down' (2014), a comic story about an Iranian teenage refugee, made in commission of the British Red Cross. It was distributed for free in print and online during the UK's Refugee Week in June 2014. For the Goethe Institut, she created 'We Are All Foreign' (2017), a comic story exploring the growing nationalism and xenophobia in Europe. Fransman has also collaborated on animations for BBC Radio, IFRC Red Cross and Christian Aid.

'Death of the Artist'.

Graphic novels and illustrated books
In 2012, Fransman released her first graphic novel, 'The House That Groaned' (2012), a modern-day fairy tale exploring themes like body image, sexuality and the loneliness of contemporary life through the inhabitants of an old Victorian tenement. Published by Penguin Random House's Square Peg imprint, it came with an interactive website and was chosen as "Graphic Novel of the Month" in The Observer. Her next graphic novel, 'Death of the Artist' (Jonathan Cape, 2015), chronicles a weekend of creativity and hedonism spent with four university friends in an isolated cottage. Blurring reality and fiction, Fransman tells the story of each of the five friends from different perspectives and in varying styles: watercolors, digital art, photography, collage and illustrations. Described as "a love letter to the wonderful possibilities of visual storytelling", the widely praised mixed media book was the winner of Broken Frontier's "Best Graphic Novel of 2015" award, and received an Arts Council England Grant.

Her next graphic novel, 'The Darkness Behind Our Eyes' (2017), was a digital and interactive story available to mobile devices through oolipo. Mixing comic panels with animation and interactive elements, this psychological thriller tells the story of an insomniac who falls in love with a sleep addict and becomes entangled in her mysterious cult. Together with her husband, creative developer Jonathan Plackett, she released the illustrated book 'Gender Swapped Fairy Tales' (Faber & Faber, 2020), a story collection that overturns the traditional gender roles in classic fairy tales. It was chosen as "Book of the Month" in The Bookseller magazine and also in WH Smith stores.

'The Market' (from: Brussels in Shorts, 2012).

Always searching new ways of storytelling, Fransman has experimented with a great many techniques. During a two week residency with the literary organisation Het Schrijf in Brussels, Belgium, she created the 12-page short story 'The Market', completely constructed out of paper cut-outs. It appeared in the collection 'Brussels in Shorts' (2012) by Oogachtend. In May 2015, she was commissioned by the Southbank Centre and the British Council for create a massive two story installation along Mandela's Walk for the Alchemy Festival, in collaboration with the Bangladeshi comic artists Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and Asifur Rahman and set builder Andrew Lock. Her 'Infinite Zoom Refugee Comic' (2018) for humanitarian organization PositiveNegatives experimented with the cinematographic "zoom" mechanism. She mixed digital artwork with photography for her contribution to the 'Broken Frontier Anthology' (2015), made comic sculptures and created virtual reality worlds and stories in conjunction with the Virtually Reality "cafe" in Camden.

'Zoom Refugee Comic'.

Other activities
Karrie Fransman has spoken and run workshops at The Guardian Masterclasses, Tate Modern, TEDx, Central Saint Martins, Oxford University, University College London, The Hay Festival, The British Council, The Southbank Centre, The Big Draw, House of Illustration, Institut Francais, London College of Communications, ARVON, The Free Word Centre, Scottish PEN, Latitude Festival, The Institute of Contemporary Arts and The British Library, and presented her work in Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Russia, Bangladesh, Croatia, Corsica, Finland, Lebanon, France, Malta and Mexico.

'It Came', commissioned by the Arts Council.


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