I’m Charlotte, an artist, writer & marketing/brand strategist based in Birmingham, UK.
I use comics, essays & film to explore my interests in my Jamaican-English heritage, psychology & alternative (sustainable) ways to live.
I’m currently working on a few speculative fiction stories and a collaborative graphic novel about our relationship with mental health.
I’m an Afro-futurist part of the AfroFutures_UK collective, which works on building a sustainable future with the inclusion of black communities. My focus is on the ways digital technologies like algorithm and comics/film/tv intersect with how we shape ourselves and society.
I’m also on the committee for LDComics, an international women-led graphic novel forum that champions autobiography and stories about the every day. I offer professional development workshops and 1:1 coaching for creative introverts who are looking to develop their personal brand.
My work is shaped by…
- a typical INFJ personality
- being the eldest of four sisters
studying Psychology, Philosophy, English Literature & a year abroad in Japan
Most influential books I’ve read:
Parable of the Talents – Octavia Butler
The Dispossessed – Ursula le Guin
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches – Audre Lorde
E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber
Utopia for Realists – Rutger Gregman
The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin
My journey into comics came through watching Dragon Ball Z and One Piece, opening a gateway to the epic world of Manga.
Now I’m inspired by comic artist-writers like Una, Liana Finick, Eleanor Davis, Marjane Satrapi, Dan Berry, Nicola Streeten, Rachael Ball, Wallis Eates, Emma Burleigh…just to name a few that come to mind.
Janelle Monae, Emily King, Stevie Wonder, Magnetic Fields, Talking Heads, Haim, Nina Simone, the Steven Universe soundtrack…recently I’ve been doing most of my work listening to Lofi hip hop beats to relax to.
I watch a lot of binge-worthy TV shows like The Expanse, A Handmaids Tale, Pose, Fleabag, Killing Eve, Westworld, Stranger Things, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek Discovery, Better Call Saul, Happy, Sense 8, Haunting of Hill House, True Detective (seasons 1 & 3 only), Outlander, Red Dwarf, Rick & Morty, Watchmen (2019), Mandalorian, The Dark Crystal: Age of Residence, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Umbrella Academy, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Plant Earth, Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Big Mouth, Euphoria a lot of Kdramas…but my ultimate favourate is Six Feet Under.
I consider podcasts to be a free resource for education, so as I cycle to work everyday at the moment I’m listening to UK eco-centric shows like Sustainababble, Weekly Economics Podcast, BBC Radio 4 Costing the Earth, Course Correction, Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Outrage/ Optimism, Oxford University Podcast etc.
In the past I’ve really enjoyed Flash Forward, Dear Sugars with Cheryl Strayed, Ted Radio Hour, 99% Invisible with Roman Mars, SPI with Pat Flynn, Desert Island Discs, Make it then Tell Everybody, Design Matters by Debbie Milman and a whole bunch of marketing/ business/ self development/art & design/ psychology/ social issues.
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