Metaphrog are award-winning graphic novelists John Chalmers and Sandra marrs, creators of the multiple award nominated and acclaimed Louis graphic novels. The Red Shoes and Other Tales, published by Papercutz, is out now.
They love to travel for author visits, and theirt events have proved extremely popular all over the UK and abroad.
They are Patrons of Reading at Northfield Academy 2013-17, and were Writers in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015. In July 2016 they won The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards for Best Visual Artist.
Comics & Graphic Novel Events:
Talks: To children or adults about how we became comic creators and how we work together as a writer/illustrator team, with Q & A and book signing.
Masterclasses: A more in-depth talk on the medium of comics for more advanced levels, including a look at our own working methods.
Workshops: For children and adults. These sessions include an illustrated talk, and the participants also get to create their own characters and comics. We provide support, professional advice and feedback. The content can be varied to accommodate different age groups, or be more workshop oriented. With Q & A and book signing.
Audience: We can adapt the content of our sessions to suit different age groups: children, young adults and adults. We prefer talking to large audiences (e.g. assemblies for schools) but also enjoy talking to any smaller groups and classes.
Content: We love to show the process involved in making graphic novels, and how we go about creating our own books and comic stories, as well as revealing some of the secrets of character design and story development. Our talks and workshops are illustrated, and we like to finish up by showing short animations.
Session lengths: A session usually lasts for a maximum of one hour, or for schools, a period. We are happy to deliver one-off sessions, or strings of several sessions where participants can get to develop their own projects and ideas.
Fees are in accordance with the Scottish Book Trust fees (session costs plus expenses). We are part of the Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature Scheme and members of the Society of Authors.
Recent events have included: The Edinburgh International Book Festival; The National Library of Scotland; SUISS; Glasgow Film Festival; Glasgow School of Art; Wigtown Book Festival; Aye Write!; Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery; a virtual Glow Meet workshop with Learning and Teaching Scotland; a Comics Lab for Scottish Book Trust; Gordonstoun School; and many Primary and Secondary Schools. Further afield, we have toured Guernsey, visited Helsinki and Eindhoven International Schools, and gone to many conventions and festivals in the US.
If you would like more information or wish to discuss an event, please email John and Sandra.
For more info, please visit http://metaphrog.com/author-visits
From teachers and librarians:
Thank you again for the inspiring talk and workshops you gave to our students (11-17 years) at the ISE Secondary Division! Both students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. Your presentation even got the most reluctant student to draw, and we saw many surprising characters. It was indeed a great experience for all to learn how to develop a cartoon character like Louis. We all adore him, he is so sweet and gentle!
Joy Bowker, Head of English Department Renske Laheij & Majola Slot, Librarians
Wow! What a fantastic day!! It was lovely to see the children so engaged, and the work presented at an interesting level for them.
Miss Richards, St Andrew's Junior
Metaphrog enthralled children from Year 7 at Fitzalan High School with a lively demonstration creating comic book characters and effects. All the children created their own cartoons and enthusiastically shared their drawings which showed an impressive range of humour and skills. We’d love Metaphrog to come back and visit again.
Heather Noble, Children’s Library Services Manager, Cardiff Central Library
Metaphrog were back with us through popular demand...All of the sessions were full and the kids really enjoy it. Amazing stuff! Check out the Louis books, WE'RE ALL FANS!
Anne Louise Anglim, West Dunbartonshire Libraries
Thank you again for the wonderful workshop you gave the students here in GSA Library. On a personal level it was lovely to meet with you both, and your presentation was very inspirational. I think you pitched it perfectly for our students, and they seemed to find it extremely engaging without exception.
Duncan Chappell, Glasgow School of Art
Amazing, I loved the lesson. Thanks for explaining how to write an actual graphic novel. It was an unmissable experience.
What I liked the most was when we made our own comics but I also enjoyed meeting the awsome writer and sketcher of the amazing book Louis. Louis is awesome!!!
I enjoyed this day very much and it was very inspiring. Metaphrog were very thorough and gave a very clear image of what it would be like to be a comic writer.
High School pupil
I thought the presentation was very good. The job they do seemed very interesting. The ‘Louis’ comic was extremely good, and the artwork was fantastic.
High School pupil
I really enjoyed the workshop with John and Sandra. I really thought making a character was the best part. The little films they showed us were cute too. I think the presentation was well done. I really hope they come back some day! I am sure their ideas and comics will develop by then and they can show us all over again!
MP2 student (USA)
It was an interesting and inspiring presentation as it showed their points of view about their comics and gave us the opportunity to make our own comic. I like their character, and books, Louis. I think they did a great job explaining and showing how he was drawn and where their ideas came from. I also like how they interacted with the audience during their presentation as it made it a lot more enjoyable and easier to connect and understand what they were sharing.
MP2 student (The Netherlands)
This presentation I enjoy the most from all the other presentations I saw. The best thing I enjoyed was workshop. I really liked to get ideas about drawing my own comic character. I think this visit was one of the best and most interesting ones.
MP2 student (Russia)
Dark, mysterious, completely entrancing and easily the best adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale that we've ever seen. Charlotte's (7) best bit: The (slightly gruesome) solution to the poor girl's dancing shoe problem. Eeks!
Read it Daddy!
A beautiful but haunting fairy tale brought to stunning visual life.
Metaphrog have produced ... the most adorable character.
Julie Burchill in The Guardian
A delightful all-ages tale of Louis' quest for adventure, Red Letter Day is the sort of comic book that draws you into its world...and has the potential of becoming a children's classic.
Comics Buyer's Guide
An indispensable bedside book, to plunge into as in a dream.
A magical modernist mystery with implicit 1984-style warning which repays repeated readings...
The School Librarian
Louis - Dreams Never Die is their most satisfying, poetic work to date.