A Day in the Life: Metaphrog – Graphic Novelists.

Our online theme for this month is Comics and Graphic Novels, so who better to kick-off insights into their illustrative lives than Franco-Scottish duo Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers? Here they walk us through their busy lives as graphic novelists and the work that goes into new releases:

On a typical day we get up at 6.30am, and work through the morning, Sandra on creating

Photo by Bob McDevitt

pages, John writing. We make sure we also dedicate some time to exercise, walking, swimming, or Pilates. Walking affords us time to discuss ideas and work out story details. Swimming is meditative and also allows creative flow. In the afternoons we write and draw respectively, and deal with correspondence. Sometimes emailing, phoning, doing essential administration and promotion are actually a great way to re-trigger creativity. We stop between 18.30pm and 22.30pm, depending on whether we’re on deadline or working closely with our publisher on pre-press work, for example. Making The Little Mermaid we worked long hours six days a week for months.

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Announcing… SYP at 9 Panels!

June’s swung round already, and we’ll be taking a summery trip to 9Panels, Glasgow Comic Con’s industry conference, to discuss pitching in the world of comics. Join us from 11.30-12.30, June 30th at the CCA in Glasgow.

Whether you’re interested in comics, magazine or book publishing, or fancy sharpening your pitching skills, we’ll have you covered with an excellent event. The line-up currently features Jamie Norman, Campaigns Assistant at Canongate Books, and Heather McDaid of publisher 404 Ink.


10:00 Welcome + Tea and Coffee
10:25 Introduction by Frank Quitely
10:40 Keynote Speaker: Fionnuala Doran
11:30 Digital Drawing Masterclass Amy Reeder

12:30 Lunch
1:30 Market Makers Panel
2:30 Clubroom: Artist/Writer Speed Date
3:00 Tea and Coffee
3:30 Clubroom: Portfolio reviews and submissions
with Comichaus, Markosia and BHP Comics
4:30 Writer’s Q&A with John Wagner
5:30 Clubroom: Mixer

We’ve teamed up with 9Panels and are happy to offer SYP members the concession price entry! We’ll also be sharing something special for the full Comic Con in our member newsletter, so if you’re not an SYP member sign up now.

Read more here or let us know you’re attending here!

Publishing Round-up: 15th June 2017

Edinburgh Book Festival


Programme Launches

The celebrated festival has launched its 2017 programme ‘Brave New Worlds’

In an ambitious move, the Book Festival has responded to the 70th Anniversary of the Festival City by expanding onto George Street and staging showcase events in the Kings Theatre and St Mary’s Cathedral in the West End. Two new venues at the west end of George Street, the Bosco Theatre and The Greenhouse, offer new opportunities to look at the relationship the Festival has with the city. Events being held in these new venues include LitLong Reading the City, writing workshops, and live writing inspired by the Festival City from the Book Festival’s Poets in Residence as well as drop-in activities for all ages. This extension of Charlotte Square Gardens also includes a box office, pop-up bookshop and patio seating area.

Read more here.

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