Preview: Metaphrog – The Red Shoes

This article is from 2016

Preview: Metaphrog – The Red Shoes

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Acclaimed Edinburgh comic duo chat about their latest release

The comic-creating twosome of John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs, also known by their alter ego, Metaphrog, will be appearing at the book festival again this year, to showcase their latest graphic novel offering, The Red Shoes. The Red Shoes is a simply illustrated yet sinister retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic collection of fairy stories, The Red Shoes and Other Tales.

Metaphrog are a stalwart of the Scottish indie comics scene, having been producing comics together in Scotland since 1996. Their work has been featured in many prominent comics anthologies and their most well-known release, the Louis series, was nominated for an Eisner award (the highest accolade awarded in comics). More recently, Metaphrog scooped the nod for Best Visual Artist at The Sunday Herald's 2016 Scottish Culture Awards, beating off stiff competition from leading visual artists around the country.

Catch them at this festival event (which is particularly aimed at readers aged 10–15 but welcomes all) to learn more about what goes into a producing an independent comic, the art of adaptation and to see some of Sandra's beautiful illustrations come to life. You can also pick up limited edition Red Shoes prints from the festival bookshop.

Charlotte Square Gardens, 15 Aug, 5pm, £5.


Glasgow-based duo Metaphrog present a lively illustrated talk to celebrate the release of their new graphic novel adaptation of The Little Mermaid. John and Sandra reveal some top tips for creating great characters and stories, and discuss how they turned classic fairy tales into graphic novels. There is a Q&A and…