One Minute With Isabel Greenberg

One Minute With Isabel Greenberg

Isabel Greenberg is the author of The Encyclopedia of Early Earth.

Where are you now and what can you see?

I am sitting in my studio, which is very near a school playground, so although I can’t see anything terribly interesting (my dead house plant notwithstanding) I can hear what sounds like crazed and murderous shrieking! But it is probably playtime.

What are you currently reading?

I like to read two books at the same time. And at the moment I am reading Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell and also a book about Jewish Gangsters in America called Tough Jews by Rich Cohen. I’m alternating depending on my mood!

Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her-him?

It’s hard to pick a favourite author!  But probably Phillip Pullman, if only because I’ve been a fan since age 8, and that shows no sign of changing. In terms of comic artists, probably Seth.

Describe the room where you usually create comics

I work in my studio in Dalston, East London, which I share with 8 other people; designers and illustrators. I have shelves, but I can’t work out how to put them up, so everything is in piles still.

Which fictional character most resembles you?

Catherine from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is popping into mind… But maybe if I thought about it longer i could come up with something a little more edgy.

Who is your hero-heroine from outside graphic novels and comics?

Leonora Carrington, I love her writing and her paintings, and also she had a really interesting life.

Isabel Greenberg’s graphic novel, The Encyclopedia Of Early Earth is published by Jonathan Cape in the UK.


The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel GreenbergThe Encyclopedia of Early Earth  is not an actual encyclopedia, but an epic work of many tales and adventures told by one lonely storyteller, on a quest for enlightenment and true love, and the obstacles to that include Gods, monsters, mad kings, wise old crones, shamans, medicine men, brothers and sisters, strife, mystery, bad science, and even worse geography.


Isbale Greenberg author of The Encyclopedia of Early EarthIsabel Greenberg is a British Graphic Novelist, comic artist, illustrator and writer, based in London,

Her work is heavily influenced by mythology,  fairy tales and,  at the moment,  a lot of English Folk Lore.

Her first graphic novel The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, now a best seller, was published in the  Autumn of 2013,  by Jonathan Cape in the UK and Little, Brown in the US.

Her comics have appeared in various publications and anthologies including Nobrow, The Guardian and Seven Stories Press.  She has exhibited at The V&A and most recently at Pick Me Up in Somerset House.

She graduated from Illustration  at the University of Brighton in 2010. Isabel won the Observer/Jonathan Cape Graphic Short Story Prize in 2011.

She is currently working on her second graphic novel.

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