Grandmother's Tales - Maria Fowler

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

Welcome to the third and final instalment of Grandmother's Tales. This week's comes from the excellent Maria Fowler.

If you missed the previous posts, then go back and check them out on the blog!

Here's Maria's comic, and check out our short interview below too.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm from Aberdeen, Scotland. I studied English Literature with Film and Visual Culture. Since graduating I've been involved in many creative projects (including running an exhibition of life sized dolls). I've recently moved to Aberlour to live on a farm!

How long have you been making comics for?

I've been making comics for as long as I can remember. I'll see if I can dig a childhood masterpiece out to demonstrate...

Can you give us a little background on your story for this project?

For this project I wanted to make the story really true to life and intimate feeling. The conversation between myself and my dad was recorded so it's almost verbatim. And I only drew scenes I witnessed or drew from photos/old toys I had as references. I asked my dad to draw the final page without showing him the rest of the story because that memory belonged to him and I wanted to see his honest attempt to communicate it.

What are you working on next?

I'd like to expand on Grandmothers' Tales - maybe do a short comic on my other grandma or follow on from my initial piece.

It's good to change it up as well so I'd also quite like to try something like a dark, fantasy short story - a bit like Black is the Colour by Julia Gfrörer- it's a fantastic book and I'm really in love with her style!

You can follow Maria on Instagram at @maria_flower_comics.