I'm finally sitting down to write a biography of sorts for my own site, and looking around the internet for wondrous examples has confirmed my deep belief that I am unable to write about myself in the third person without convulsing into fits of laughter.
My name is Laura Sneddon. I write, mostly about comics but also about other so called geeky pursuits like gaming, science fiction, horror, and films. That's right, I'm one of those "girl geeks". The "grrrl", incidentally, is a tribute to the riot grrrls, a nod to my beloved Tank Girl, and a play on the Comic Book Guy from a certain well known series.
A lot of my writing comes from a feminist angle, quite a liberal angle, and always a balanced angle. Lots of angles.
My speciality is comics history and women in comics. I love the medium and I recently completed my Comic Studies MLitt at the University of Dundee. I covered some of that experience for a column at Comic Book Resources. More recently I was awarded full funding for a PhD looking at the history of women and feminism in (Western) comics, which is proving to be very rewarding work indeed.
This site, www.comicbookgrrrl.com, is my portfolio. Here I post up any links to my work elsewhere, and indulge in some opinion pieces on various issues within the comics industry and field. As a freelance writer I am always for sale, and have written for such publications and sites as The Independent on Sunday, SciFi Now, New Statesman, Comic Heroes, Publishers Weekly, The Void, and The Phantom Zone.
Much to my happy surprise, my work comes recommended by many big names in the world of comics: Warren Ellis, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Jim Lee, Jonathan Ross, and Kate Beaton amongst them. Because I am a great big geek, you can see most of their nice words (public ones only) in my twitter favourites.
In my non-superhero day job, I work part time as a bookseller for a large book chain in the UK. I've written regular commissions for them for the internal staff website in the past, including guides on how to best stock and sell graphic novels. Previously I was an editor on there too, but uni and writing work take up much of my time these days.
I'm based in Scotland and happy to travel.
My favourite films are Dredd, Blade, and Crank. I like explosions and Jason Statham. Favourite bands are Rob Zombie, Sparta, and Muse. I'm a bit of a metal head but I also like my Noisettes, Placebo and Florence + the Machine. Favourite games are Mass Effect, Saints Row, Dragon Age, and Hotel Dusk: Room 215. Also anything with Lego because those are smashy fun. I have pet guinea pigs who think comics are delicious.
Favourite comics are Transmetropolitan, The Invisibles, and Nemi. Favourite socks are long, with stripes, and preferably no holes.
My favourite person in the world is Spider Jerusalem. This probably explains a lot.
To contact me to offer me work, or to suggest any topics for my site, just use the form below or contact me via twitter and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'm always happy to review comics, and for interviews I come armed with my awesome home-made brownies.