THE LITTLE MERMAID
Published by Papercutz April 4th 2017
Winner of The Excelsior Award Junior 2018
★ Starred Review School Library Journal
Scottish Book Trust April Teens’ Book of the Month
BookTrust: Books we like: June 2017
The Little Mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen’s most celebrated tale and is beautifully adapted here as a graphic novel by the Eisner award nominated duo Metaphrog (Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers), winners of the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards Best Visual Artist 2016, and authors of the acclaimed The Red Shoes and Other Tales.
The Little Mermaid lives deep under the ocean and longs to see the world above. When at last she is allowed to rise to the surface at age fifteen, she falls in love with a young prince. In order to become a human and to be with him, she makes a dangerous pact with the Sea Witch.
Full colour | 7″x7.5″ Clothbound Hardcover | 80 pages | ISBN: 978-1629917399
— ★ Starred Review School Library Journal
The lushest thing they’ve done… reinvents the tale as a swimmy, gorgeous version of beauty and despair.
— Teddy Jamieson in The Sunday Herald
An arresting graphic novel… Roaring Twenties styling, jewel-bright turquoise waters and a beguiling sense of wonder permeate this radiant little book.
— The Guardian Review, Children’s roundup
[A] graceful, lyrical adaptation…an eye-catching addition to graphic novel and fairy tale collections.
A haunting story, magical and tinged with sadness, beautifully illustrated and lovingly retold in graphic novel form by the ever-brilliant Metaphrog.
— Bryan and Mary Talbot, Costa Book Award winners
A glorious retelling of one my favourite stories. Beautiful pictures, and the text is true to Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale. Well done, Metaphrog!
— Best-selling author Vivian French
The macabre and sorrowful nature of old fairy tales has an enduring appeal. Metaphrog’s lovely illustration of the classic tale features deep, jewel-like hues and all the underwater magic you could hope for.
THE RED SHOES AND OTHER TALES
Published by Papercutz 2015
Premiered at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 with an Exclusive Advance Edition
Scottish Book Trust Teens’ Book of the Month for December 2015
There once was a young girl, who was pretty but poor, so poor she had to go barefoot. Her name was Karen. She loved to dance. When Karen becomes an orphan, her great aunt takes her in. One day on a shopping trip, she is bought a beautiful pair of red shoes. The shoes magically come to life and steer Karen down a path she would never have imagined in her wildest dreams, or nightmares. This fresh take on the Hans Christian Andersen classic “The Red Shoes” is a tale of hope, obsession and guilt, retold and lavishly illustrated by Eisner-award-nominated Metaphrog. This volume also includes Metaphrog’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, “The Little Match Girl” and an original story, “The Glass Case”.
Full colour | 7″x7.5″ Clothbound Hardcover | 64 pages | ISBN: 978-1-62991-283-7
Hope, joy, and pain intermingle in these dark, alluring stories, which may leave readers thinking of Andersen as a precursor to modern horror.
— Publishers Weekly
A darkly pensive read, perfect for chilly fall evenings.
— Kirkus Reviews
Three timeless stories receive visually beautiful and cogent treatment in this comics collection.
The Red Shoes has been a classic cautionary tale of desires and responsibilities for generations, and here it is interpreted wonderfully, a mixture of pathos and delight, magical wonder and dark undercurrents…
— Forbidden Planet Blog
Published by Metaphrog in December 2013
Limited edition (of 200), signed and numbered comic comprising two graphic shorts: The Glass Case and The Little Match Girl, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale.
Full colour | A5 booklet | 20 pages | OUT OF PRINT
LOUIS GRAPHIC NOVELS
Published by Metaphrog and FatCat Records 2000-2011
Highly Commended for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2011
Eisner Award nominee: Best Coloring 2011 | Best Graphic Album New 2001 | Best Title for a Younger Audience 2001
YALSA 2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Longlist
Leeds Graphic Novel Awards Shortlist 2011
Ignatz Awards Nominee: Best New Talent 2001
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. It’s a distinctive work, fully envisioned and not in the least imitative, and has the potential of becoming a children’s classic.
— Comics Buyer’s Guide
A deliberate blend of delightful and disturbing.
— The Herald
Metaphrog’s deep story will have readers contemplating its images and events long after they’ve reached the final page.
— Publishers Weekly
Metaphrog give their work the feel of a great children’s book. Louis himself is cut from the same cloth as Charlie Brown and Jimmy Corrigan.
— The Comics Journal