Tara is a Te Whanganui-a-Tara based cartoonist and art school drop-out. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Massey University and can often be found in the front row of book events, illustrating authors and their ideas. You can find her work in many places, including The Sapling, Stasis Journal, The Spinoff, Takahē, and her website, taracomics.com. Her first graphic novel, This Is Not a Pipe, was published by Victoria University Press in 2020.
Tara holds our eighth residency for the year. Her residency project is Medusa Framed a black and white graphic novel – a domestic noir with a literary mystery. The comic tells the story of Violet, a school librarian who discovers a file of comic strips retelling the story of Medusa in a storage space at work. At home, Violet has a house guest who will not leave. The mystery is interpolated with the comic strip retelling of Medusa, Stone Cold, creating a story within a story.