Metaphrog photoPhoto by Bob McDevitt

Metaphrog are Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers, award-winning graphic novelists.

Together, they have been creating comics and graphic novels since 1996. John is from Scotland and studied engineering and science, gaining three degrees, including a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in a branch of Opto-Electronics involving micro-machining. Sandra is from France and has a degree in Arts and Letters. In 1994, she moved to Scotland. That same year, John returned from working in the Netherlands. Their meeting was a catalyst, and within a few months, they created Metaphrog.

Their Louis series has received several prestigious award nominations including three for the Eisner Awards (the Oscars of comics), critical acclaim worldwide, and has attracted praise in publications as diverse as Publishers Weekly, The School Librarian, Art Review, The Comics Journal, to name a few.

They tirelessly promote the medium of comics and their own work, travelling to deliver talks and workshops, and have spoken at prestigious venues such as The Glasgow School of Art, Gordonstoun school, The National Library of Scotland, The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Aye Write! and international schools and festivals around the world.

They are Patrons of Reading at Northfield Academy from 2013 until 2017, the first graphic novelists to fill such a role, and were Writers in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2015.

Following the success of The Red Shoes and Other Tales, The Little Mermaid will be published in April 2017 by Papercutz. Special thanks to Creative Scotland for their support in the making of this book.

They are winners of The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016 for Best Visual Artist.


Winner of The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016: Best Visual Artist

Highly Commended for the 2011 Scottish Children's Book Awards

Eisner Awards nominations: Best Graphic Album New 2001, Best Title for a Younger Audience 2001 and Best Coloring 2011

Ignatz Awards nomination for Best New Talent 2001

YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2011 longlist

Leeds Graphic Novel Award 2011 shortlist


The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal Library
The Magic of Metaphrog
(October 1st - 31st 2014)

The British Library
Comics Unmasked
(May - August 2014)

Scotland House in Brussels
Exhibition of Scottish comics
(Dec 2011)

London Print Studio
That’s Novel!...Lifting comics from the page!!!
Comics by international innovators and the British cutting edge. Curated by Paul Gravett
(October - December 2010)

National Library of Scotland
Local Heroes - The Art of the Graphic Novel
(May - June 2008)

University of Dundee:
Biff! Bam!! Crikey!!!: Comics As Design and Entertainment

(April - June 2007)

DGP Studio and Space:
Graphic novel work by Scotland based creators
(May - June 2005)

All contents © 2015 Metaphrog unless otherwise stated. Photo © Bob McDevitt.

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