Beatrice Mossman

BA (Hons) Illustration - Farnham

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Comic-creator and illustrator, with an interest in comics and film academia. I have a passion for coming-of-age horror narratives – a subject I explored in my dissertation, Girls Schools in Film and Visual Culture, and in my comics work. I find this hybrid genre to be a great way to deconstruct the experience of girlhood, as isn’t being a teenage girl the scariest thing of all?

My final major project involved illustrating the opening chapter of my comic Zombffs, a story of a female friendship gone sour. The story starts with Mia mourning the recent death of her BFF Bex, though not for long. A friendship pact that Bex and Mia made when they were younger causes Bex to be reanimated, but due to the recent rift in their friendship, Mia’s BFF comes back ‘wrong’… as a zombie. The narrative flashes back and forth between the night where Bex is resurrected (depicted in black and white), and a party the two attended the previous year – which was also the last time they spoke (depicted in full colour). For the comic, I was greatly inspired by 1940s/50s teen-humour comics, for example, Betty and Veronica, Patsy and Hedy, and Hilda Terry’s Teena. Equally, I took inspiration from chick flick horror films, such as Jennifer’s Body (2009), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), and Jawbreaker (1999), as well as novels like Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye (1988).

In my final year, I also completed My Late Father, a zine full of autobiographical mini comics about growing up without my father (who died before I was born). The book is coffin shaped, and split into three sections, each named after a funeral flower: forget-me-not, lily, and hyacinth. The zine will debut at Hackney Comics and Zine Fair this September.

Outside of my degree, I edit Hell-hued, an open-submissions horror zine whereby each issue is inspired by a specific colour. The debut issue (The Carmine Issue) came out last October, and was well reviewed by Andy Oliver, Editor-in-Chief at Broken Frontier (click here for a link to the review). I have also contributed to numerous zines, including Frisson Comics’ horror zine Knock Knock with my coming-of-age horror comic, Down Below, about a girl who discovers a man-eating spider living inside her vagina.

Currently, I am continuing to work on Zombffs, as well as working on A Room of One’s Own, a zine about teenage bedrooms (their history, their meaning, and how they have been depicted in films and popular culture). I created a short animation titled In My Room to promote the upcoming zine.

Later this year, I will be appearing at Hackney Comics and Zine Fair, and at Pride Comic Art Festival, where I will be selling my comics My Late Father, The Lure of the Flesh, I’m Not Your F**king Scream Queen, and more!

You can find me on Instagram (@beatricemossman), and on Twitter (@beatricemossman). I also regularly update my website (beatricemossman.com). For any enquiries, please email me at [email protected].

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'Zombffs' Page 8 Close Up: Excerpt from the opening chapter of 'Zombffs', a story of a female friendship gone sour.
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In My Room: A short animation on a loop, made in response to a university brief, and also made to promote my upcoming teenage bedroom zine 'A Room of One's Own'.
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'Zombffs' Page 1 & 2: Excerpt from the opening chapter of 'Zombffs', a story of a female friendship gone sour.
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'Zombffs' Page 6 & 7: Excerpt from the opening chapter of 'Zombffs', a story of a female friendship gone sour.
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'Zombffs' Page 3 & 4: Excerpt from the opening chapter of 'Zombffs', a story of a female friendship gone sour.
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'My Late Father' Book Cover & 'Happy Families' Page 1: Excerpt from my mini comic 'Happy Families' found in my autobiographical book 'My Late Father' about my experience growing up without a father (who died before I was born).
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'My Late Father' 'Happy Families' Page 2 & 3: Excerpt from my mini comic 'Happy Families' found in my autobiographical book 'My Late Father' about my experience growing up without a father (who died before I was born).