Richy K. Chandler

Children's author, Young adults' author, Author of books for adults, Author/Illustrator

Available for:



Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college



I'm a comic creator and illustrator.

I've worked for Titan Comics both writing (Wallace & Gromit, Almost Naked Animals, Adventure Time) and drawing (Dreamworks' Home).

I'm the creator of Lucy the Octopus, a critically acclaimed weekly webcomic on the theme of bullying and ostracisation, and WASP (Webcomic Artist Swap Project), as well as co-creator of fairytale Manga Rosie and Jacinda and bedtime story comic Bang! Crash! Whizz!

I've edited, written and drawn for two volumes of the Tempo Lush Tales comics anthology.

I'm currently developing a graphic novella about balancing parenting and creativity, When Are You Going to Get a Proper Job? due to be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2017.

School visits

I am happy to give talks and run workshops on making comics and graphic novels, covering character design, story telling, illustration, lettering, visualising ideas and self-publishing.

Previous workshops have taken place at a variety of venues including…

    •    The Cartoon Museum
    •    Discover Children's Centre
    •    Poole Museum
    •    Charlton Park Academy
    •    Barking Learning Centre
    •    Blackheath High School
    •    Purley Library
    •    Walthamstow Library
    •    Higham Hill Library
    •    City of London Academy Islington
    •    Highbury Fields
    •    Greenwich Theatre
    •    Cultivate Festival

To give you an idea of the content of one of my workshops, a day long session (5 hours) might go roughly like this... 

    •    Introduction to what a comic creator does and my own work (with accompanying images)
    •    Warm Up Creative Games / Exercises
    •    Character Development exercises and introduction (with accompanying slide show)
    •    Pupils develop and draw their own characters
    •    Story based games / exercises
    •    Story writing and planning
    •    Creating strip using pupil's own characters

Shorter workshops would focus on specific elements of this plan.

Ideally a workshop would have no more than 15 students in it though up to around 30 is still fine (assuming there will be a  teacher there to assist).

Talks and assemblies can be for any number of course.

Equipment needed

For me:

Flip chart or white board with working marker pens, or a calibrated smart board

Ideally a PC/projector to show a PDF images that I would bring on a USB stick  

For the participants:
A4 paper, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners and coloured pencils

Copies of worksheets that I would email over in advance


“Richy has delivered a number of workshops in our school and we have found him to be a highly professional and creative individual.
 Richy can be relied on to deliver  enjoyable sessions and is able to engage young people from across the ability range and with diverse needs.  He has a very flexible approach and has created bespoke learning experiences for our pupils.  Richy‘s comics combine his artistic skills with valuable lessons in life and as such have contributed to our PSHE curriculum.  I can recommend him whole-heartedly.”
Maarten Crommelin
Deputy Headteacher
Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School 

I have created work for comic companies, book publishers and run a small press comic imprint...
Lucy the Octopus: Too Cool for the Likes of You
A comic about an unpopular teenage girl who happens to be an octopus. "An endlessly inventive exploration of the possibilities of the newspaper strip form." Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
Rosie and Jacinda: Demon Cloud
The teenage romantic comedy manga with a hint of fairytale! Rosie and Jacinda will put a smile on your face and a magical glow in your heart!
Wallace and Gromit - The Complete Newspaper Strips Volumes 1 (isbn:978-1782760320)
Richy wrote scripts for close to 300 Wallace and Gromit newspaper strips, collected in four collections, published by Titan Comics.
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Tempo Lush Tales of the Tanoox
Comic anthology on the theme of positive transformation conceived & edited by Richy K. Chandler. "A commendable and vital anthology offering." Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
Other search criteria:

Humour, Lifestyle and Parenting, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Fiction for adults, Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13

"comics, comic, graphic novel, newspaper strip, manga, bullying, parenting, skype, disability, mental health"