One Minute With Karrie Fransman

One Minute With Karrie Fransman

Karrie Fransman is the author of the graphic novels Death Of The Artist and The House That Groaned.

Where are you now and what can you see?

I am in bed. I have a studio down the corridor, but on some rare and cold winter mornings drawing in bed is the guilty and secret pleasure of many freelancers.

What are you currently reading?

The description on the Serial podcasts. I am usually far behind anything trendy, but I’m loving the slow release of a weekly serial that gets you hooked. I spend a lot of my time listening to audio books whilst I draw, and then cram most of the paper book reading into my holidays.

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

Kit Williams if certainly my favourite- in particular Masquerade where he hid a precious jewel in the UK and created a picture book as a map. He lets his stories escape their paper cages creating myths and legends that surround his books.

Describe the room where you usually create comics

I have recently moved house so my studio is a bit of a dumping ground for boxes and less of the inspiring utopia It aspires to be. I need lots of light in the rooms I work in and a window to look out of. Although I rotate from the studio to the lounge, kitchen and bedroom to work. When I finish a task, I move!

Which fictional character most resembles you?

Several unconnected people have compared me (in personality not looks) to the kooky Natalie Portman character in Garden State. I hated that character. She annoyed the hell out of me. But the film wasn’t bad.

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

All my heroes are storytellers regardless of their medium. I’d say the biggest is Paula Rego. She’s one of those highly intelligent women whose work is so narrative based, intrinsic and un-pretentious. You can still see the child playing behind all those sophisticated brush strokes.

Karrie Fransman’s graphic novel, Death Of The Artist is published by Jonathan Cape in March 2015.


Death Of The Artist by Karrie FransmanDeath Of The Artist—On 13 August 2013 graphic novelist Karrie Fransman invited four old friends from university to an isolated cottage on the misty moors of the Peak District to join her for a week of hedonism and creativity. Like Shelley and Byron before them, they would use the retreat to tell stories. Except these would be comics, collected together in this very book. The theme? The Death of the Artist.

None of the five friends realised how appropriate this theme would become.

The book weaves a single narrative across watercolour, digital art, photography, collage and illustration, exploring the themes of creation, destruction, and how we kill our inner artists as we grow up. It takes the graphic novel into entirely new realms.


Harris Fransman, comics creatrix of Death Of The Artist

Karrie Fransman is a Scottish Graphic Novelist and artist.

She lives in London in a house full of masks and monkeys. When she is not creating comics she is worrying about not creating comics, who will next pay her to create comics and if the comics she creates are any good anyway—and eating cake. She also does a lot of that.

She has crafted a graphic novel The House That Groaned‘ for Random House, scribbled strips for The Guardian and created comics for The Times. She also draws comic articles for newspapers and magazines, makes comics sculptures and digital comics and has recently published a graphic novella for the British Red Cross called Over Under Sideways Down.

Her latest graphic novel Death of the Artist‘ will be published by Jonathan Cape in March 2015. You can see her work at or follow her on Twitter @KarrieFransman

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