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Artist-medievalist selfie! Karrie and Hana at the Cultural Institute’s showcase event at King’s College London. The Institute awarded Hana the funding that made this project possible.

Getting Medieval with Comics is a Cultural Institute at King’s project in collaboration with King’s College London’s Department of English and Karrie Fransman. The project lead and blog manager is Dr Hana Videen.

Karrie Fransman is a graphic novelist and comic creator. Her comics strips and graphic stories have been published in The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, The New Statesman, The Young Vic, Psychologies Magazine, The Arts Council Create Magazine, and for the British Red Cross. Her graphic novel The House That Groaned (Square Peg, 2012) received praise from film director Nicolas Roeg and was chosen as Graphic Novel of the Month in The Observer. Karrie developed an award-winning comic for the British Red Cross, Over, Under, Sideways, Down, about an Iranian teenage refugee; created an installation for the British Council and Southbank Centre; and was commissioned to make a ‘Selves Portrait’ for an exhibition with Manchester Art Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. Her new graphic novel Death of the Artist (Jonathan Cape, 2015) was awarded a grant from the Arts Council England. Karrie has spoken and run workshops for Guardian Masterclasses, TEDx, Central Saint Martins, Hay Festival, the British Council, Southbank Centre, the Big Draw, House of Illustration, Institut Francais, London College of Communications, ARVON, the Free Word Centre, Scottish PEN, Latitude Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the British Library, and has presented her work in Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Russia, Bangladesh, Croatia, Corsica, Finland, Lebanon, France, and Mexico. You can follow her on Twitter @KarrieFransman or on Facebook.

Hana Videen has a PhD in English from King’s College London, where she is currently teaching in the Department of English. Her doctoral research was on the significance of blood as cultural discourse in Anglo-Saxon literature. Drawing on a broad range of sources, including poetry, homilies, hagiography, and leechbooks (medical texts), her thesis analysed the Anglo-Saxon perception of blood, both material and metaphorical. Hana has spoken at medieval conferences in England, Canada, and the United States, and has co-organised several public outreach events, including Disclosure: old words made new (Furtherfield Gallery), Old English Wæter-hord (Somerset House), and Old English Flashmob (University of Southampton). She tweets the Old English Word of the Day on Twitter (@OEWordhord) and writes an accompanying blog (Old English Wordhord, also on Facebook). She created the blog Dēorhord: a medieval and modern bestiary, collaborating with artist James Merry. You can follow her on Twitter @beoshewulf.

Other medievalists involved in the project are Francesca Allfrey (@Francheskyia), Rebecca Hardie (@RebeccaAHardie), Carl Kears (@carl_kears), Charlotte Knight (@C_Knight16), Kathryn Maude (@krmaude), Victoria Walker, Sophia Wilson (@SAWmedieval), and Lydia Zeldenrust.

Special thanks to Robert Mills (Reader in Medieval Art at University College London) for answering questions and suggesting resources on medieval art. (Read his interview with Karrie here.) Special thanks also to Emma Bull at The British Library and Karl-Franz Asaa and Camila Barboza at Orbital Comics.

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Illustrated bibles convey the Gospel stories through narrative sequences of images. Bible moralisée. France (Paris), 2nd quarter of the 13th century. British Library, Harley MS 1527, f. 6v. [bl.uk/manuscripts]

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