Help Line

Help Line
Commissioned by Rape Crisis England
as leaving gift for colleague

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Chapbook, Short Story Collection

The House of Former Lovers

Chapbook, Short Story Collection

Collaboration with Kirsty Logan
Launching 30 July 2021. Join us on Instagram!

"It was nice, having a fruit bat for a lover. Or at least, it wasn’t not nice…"

"Once there was a dandelion, and once there was a ladybird. I know that sounds sweet so let’s keep it brief and say: they fucked…"

"She threw grain for the chickens. Rubbed her eyes. Sleep had come thick with dreams. She wanted more…"

Seven stories by Kirsty Logan, with illustrations by Maria Stoian.

Illustration, Campaign

Cúirt International Book Festival

Cúirt | Illustration, Campaign
Delivered an illustrated festival identity for the 35th International Book Festival in Galway. The illustration is based on the iconic pencil sculptures that go up each year to mark the festival. Due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Cúirt went online, and the illustration was lightheartedly updated to show “socially distant” participants.

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Ceramics, Collaboration with Natalie J Wood

Awrite, Hen

Photos by Boyd Goff (above) and Bethany Thompson (below)

Awrite, Hen | Ceramics Exhibition

Natalie and Maria are a couple of birds who make collaborative ceramics, and they’re hatching a new collection of work!

Awrite, Hen is a collection of collaborative works with ceramicist Natalie J Wood, featuring a combination of playful illustrated ceramics and prints, playing on the idea that women are ‘chicks.’ The work was exhibited at Flamingosaurus Rex in Edinburgh, featuring nudes, chickens, ceramic egg cups, ceramic chicken pins, tableware and decorative plates. The work aims make people laugh and maybe even make people think — what does it mean when we use the language we use to describe women?

The exhibition also featured five Side Chicks, who each painted a one-of-a-kind egg cup. From left to right:
Emimi Chow
Natasha Russell
Emily Altman
Manda Comisari
Alice Carnegie

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Graphic Novel

Take it as a Compliment

Take it as a Compliment

Take it as a Compliment is an award-winning collection of anonymous stories, received online, through emails, and interviews. 

Each story is told in a different illustrative style to reflect the unique voices. Covering acts such as sexual violence, public sexual harassment, domestic abuse and child abuse, this is a reminder for survivors that they are not alone and a call for all of us to take action. Sexual violence is not a compliment.

Find it in bookshops. Also available here.

ISBN: 9781849056977


Français / French
Tu Pourrais Me Remercier  
ISBN: 9782368461655

Español / Spanish
Sólo Es Un Piropo 
ISBN: 9786075272184

한국어 / Korean
그냥 좋게 받아들이세요
ISBN: 9791195615483
Selected Press
Broken Frontier
Page 45
The Bookseller
Publishers Weekly
Comic Bastards

British Book Design Awards
Best Graphic Novel 2016

SICBA Awards
Best Graphic Novel 2016

Independent Publisher’s Outstanding Book of the Year
Independent Spirit Award 2016

Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics
Dundee / 2017

House of Illustration
Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics
London / 2016

Zine, Comics

Some Comics

Some Comics | Zine

Six stories, some personal, some not. On dreams, witch trials, and late-night worries.

A5, 20 pages, risograph print. 

Available here.

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