A Feminist Fairy Tale

To be published by Papercutz May 2020

Award-winning duo, Metaphrog, transform the classic folktale into a feminist fairy tale, about the blossoming of a young child to womanhood striving for independence. Eve spends an idyllic childhood of long summer days with her sweetheart Tom, and together they dream of exploring the world. But that dream is soon shattered as she comes of age. The mysterious Bluebeard is looking for a new bride and has his sights set on Eve, and rumor has it that his former wives have all disappeared. What will Eve find in the castle beyond the enchanted forest? A forbidden chamber, a golden key and the most terrifying secret, take on a new life in this gothic graphic novel.

Full colour | 7″x7.5″ Clothbound Hardcover | 176 pages | ISBN: 978-1545804124


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


Profound, moving…
— ★ 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.
— BookTrust


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.
— Booklist

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

Winter Tales by Metaphrog


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


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