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Gowan Calder (author)

Gowan is an actress and playwright. She has acted in theatre, TV, radio and film and performed in Europe, Asia and America. Her plays have been produced in theatres throughout Britain and also broadcast on BBC Radio. Gowan grew up in Edinburgh and West Lothian and now lives by the sea. She has often been 'skint'.

metaphrog (illustrators)

metaphrog (this link will open in a new window)are Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers. Together, they have been creating comics, graphic novels and illustrations since 1996, gradually building a loyal following and receiving critical acclaim worldwide.

John is from Scotland and studied science, gaining several degrees, including a PhD from Strathclyde University's Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department 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 Eisner Award nominations: Best Graphic Album: New, Best Title for a Younger Audience and Best Colouring, an Ignatz Award nomination for Best New Talent, and also a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2011 nomination.