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Canterbury Cathedral’s Miraculous Cartoons

The Canterbury Journey team have been working with staff across the Cathedral and experts from a range of fields to create a series of comics based on the Miracle Windows in the Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral.

The comics follow the stories of various pilgrims depicted in the medieval stained glass. The comics aim to engage new, young and diverse audiences, with the vivid, lively and touching stories found in the stained glass.

Using a variety of illustrators allows the stories to be retold in a rich visual tapestry of unique styles. Linking the art of the stained glass with the contemporary cultural platform of comics, has facilitated a conversation between artists of different mediums from very different centuries.

The Canterbury Journey Community Engagement Manager Liam O’Driscoll and Collections Manager Sarah Turner brought together a team to support this project. Information about the stories and the craft and artistry of the stained glass came from Leonie Seliger, Director of the Stained Glass Studio, Canterbury Cathedral. The stories were re-visioned based on the recent translations of “The Miracles of Thomas Becket by Benedict of Peterborough” by Dr. Rachel Koopmans, Canterbury Cathedral stained glass expert and Associate Professor of History at York University in Toronto.

Keep an eye on the Cathedral website for more comics as they are released and the accompanying graphic novel later in 2021.

Karrie Fransman

Read our new adaptation of The Two Sisters of Boxley here!

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Karrie Fransman is a comic creator. Her comics have been published in The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, the BBC, The New Statesman and by The Arts Council. Her latest illustrated book, ‘Gender Swapped Fairy Tales’, was co-created with Jonathan Plackett and was be published by Faber & Faber in November 2020. She published two graphic novels with Penguin Random House; ‘The House That Groaned’ (2012), and the award winning ‘Death of the Artist’ (2015). Her latest illustrated book, ‘Gender Swapped Fairy Tales’, was co-created with her husband Jonathan Plackett and was published by Faber & Faber in 2020. She developed an award winning comic, ‘Over, Under, Sideways, Down’ about an Iranian teenage refugee, for The British Red Cross, 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. She has spoken and run workshops at The Guardian Masterclasses, Tate Modern, TEDx, Central Saint Martins, Oxford University, The Hay Festival, The Big Draw, House of Illustration and The British Library, and presented her work worldwide from Russia to Bangladesh, Lebanon and Mexico. You can find more of her work at www.karriefransman.com

Mike O’B

Read our new adaptation of Ralph de Longvilla here!

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Mike is an illustrator and designer from London living in Kilkenny, Ireland. He studied Illustration at Middlesex University and now designs work for the likes of Disney, Paramount and Sony Pictures to promote their films. He also likes to work on narrative illustration projects like children’s books and comics, as well as animated work. Mike has also worked with University of Hawaii Press, The Rio Cinema, Bishops Stortford Museum, Gallery 1988 and Gallery Nucleus. You can find more of his work at mike-ob.com

The Team

Writer: Liam O’Driscoll, Community Engagement Manager, Canterbury Cathedral.
Disability Consultant: Zara Slattery
Writing Mentor and Project Consultant: Karrie Fransman

Project partners:
Annie Partridge (PIFA), Community Archaeologist and Education Officer, Canterbury Archaeological Trust @CanterburyArchaeologicalTrust
Rev’ Dr Emma Pennington, Canon Missioner, Canterbury Cathedral.
Leonie Seliger, Director of the Stained Glass Studio, Cathedral Studios, Canterbury Cathedral.
Dr. Rachel Koopmans, Canterbury Cathedral stained glass expert and Associate Professor of History at York University in Toronto.
Sarah Turner, Collections Manager, Canterbury Cathedral.

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