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MATTHEW PHILLIP CRAIG, BSc (Hons.), MSc

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PUBLICATIONS AND EVENTS

Who Gives A **** About Mickey Rourke? Dan Lester's anthology dedicated to the cult Hollywood actor. Contributed four-page story, "Mickey Roark's School Days." Published May 2008
Vitale 16-page B&W comic, a zombie genre sequel to Romeo and Juliet, reprinting the webcomic. Debuted at the Birmingham International Comics Show, October 13th-14th 2007, where it sold through its entire print run in less than one day. Subsequently sold out again at the Thought Bubble Comics Fair, Leeds, November 10th 2007.
Moir: Stand Up, Comic 32-page graphic novella, reprinting the original webcomic; a contemporary drama set in Manchester. Published October 2007
BBC Radio WM: Carl Chinn 40-minute live radio interview with the Midlands historian and broadcaster, covering comics history, Midlands comics talent, and my own work, with special reference to Trouble Bruin and Hondle. Broadcast April 9th 2007
Trixie Biker: Enter Jack Narcissus 20-page B&W comic, colour cover, reprinting the original webcomic. Published March 2007.
""...a smart script that satirises the current trend for recycling pop (pap?) boy bands...I like the fact that Craig has moved forward, both narratively and stylistically...7/10" Kieron Mullins, Comics International #204
Trouble Bruin 36-page comic, colour cover, reprinting the orignal webcomic. Published Decmber 2006. Debuted at the Birmingham International Comics Show, where it sold through half its print run by the second day. 
"There�s a pathos underpinning the occasional but overt humour...My only gripe is that there currently isn�t a follow-up story/issue...7/10" Kieron Mullins, Comics International #204
Trixie Biker 12-page B&W minicomic, colour cover, reprinting the original webcomic. Published August 2006
"A fun 12-page comic short...Craig's enthusiasm for the characters shines through." -
Kieron Mullins
, Comics International #200
The "Crap Your Pants" Anthology Dan Lester's anthology of serious and not-so-serious tales of loose bowels. Contributed two-page story, "The Salaryman Regrets." Published August 2006
"Shouldn't we all be a little more sophisticated than that?" - Oli Smith
Experihondle:02 40-page B&W graphic novella, reprinting the original webcomic. Published August 2006
Experihondle:01 40-page B&W graphic novella, reprinting the original webcomic. Published August 2006
Monsieur Mech 12-page B&W minicomic, reprinting the original webcomic, published May 2006
Commercial Suicide 3.0 Debuted at the Bristol Comics Festival, May 2005. 
Contributed a 4-page B&W strip, Duck with a Gun: Mastectomy and My Girl
I Love Short Shorts 36-page B&W minicomic showcase for the work of Belgian artist Rob Croonenborghs, also featuring stories by Alex de Campi.
Contributed a 10-page script, illustrated by Croonenborghs:
Healing Hans
"�Healing Hans� felt more real than your standard super hero fare." -
Shawn Hoke
Commercial Suicide 2.0 100-page anthology of extreme, satirical and controversial stories, edited and compiled by Alex de Campi and Kieron Gillen. Debuted at the London Comics Festival, October 2004.
Contributed a 4-page B&W strip, Duck with a Gun: Nietzche and Scratchy
Comic Shop Romance 2: Bottle
7-page webcomic, originally written for Pulp21 .com, published August 2004
EnterArts End-of Course Exhibition: June 2004 Ten-day exhibition of my comics and prose work. Installation included two comic strips, summaries of my career to date and free photocopied minicomics. Hero Is A Four-Letter Word and 24-Hour Parting People made their debut at the Open Evening (10th June 2004), where people could buy the entire WaterCooler Comix back catalogue, as well as Adrian Brown's charity book Just One Page.
Original work created for the Exhibition:
Twenty-Nine
Hondle On The Move (
originally Hondle Goes Wild About Devon)
Moir

Work Displayed as part of the Installation:
Twenty-Nine
Duck With A Gun
WaterCooler Comix: Hero Is A Four-Letter Word
20-page B&W comicbook, published June 2004
WaterCooler Comix: 24-Hour Parting People
28-page print edition of the 24-Hour Comic, including a new cover and afterword, published June 2004
"...the whole reminds me of the drifting feel of Richard Linklater�s films...Like those films though, you�re unlikely to come away with any new insights into life." - Douglas Noble
Commercial Suicide
Comicbook anthology of extreme and controversial stories, edited and compiled by Alex de Campi. Premiered and sold out at the Bristol Comics Festival. Contributed a 4-page B&W strip, Duck With A Gun
Just One Page (2)
Anthology book, on the theme of British Comics Characters. Edited by Adrian Brown, and published to raise money for the Trinity Hospice, Westminster. Premiered at the Bristol Comics Festival, May 2004. Contributed the idea and dialogue for:
Doctor Who Versus Judge Dredd (Art by Natalie Sandells)
24-Hour Comics Day: 24th-25th April 2004
I participated in 24-Hour Comics Day 2004, in which comics creators and fans around the globe set out to create 24-page comics (the length of the typical American comicbook), from scratch, in 24 hours or less. Starting at 10.02am on Saturday 24th April, and finishing at 8.58am on Sunday 25th April, I wrote, drew and lettered a 24-page comicbook on the broad theme of "Love."
WaterCooler Comix: 24-Hour Parting People
EnterArts End-of Course Exhibition: February 2004 Three-week exhibition of my comics and prose work. Installation included three A2 comic strips, summaries of my career to date and free photocopied minicomics. Copies of Hondle: Special Edition and Darwin Is My Co-Pilot (2nd Printing) were sold at the Open Evening (9th February 2004)
Original work created for the Exhibition:
Writer's Block
Work Displayed as part of the Installation:
Comic Shop Romance
Hondle: Understanding Comics
Dan Diego: Pirate of the Future
WaterCooler Comix: Hondle: Special Edition
20-page B&W graphic novella; a revised, refined print edition of 2002's "Hondle," published February 2004
"...[Matthew] Craig has totally pulled the gloves off...Thanks for making me cry..."- Shawn Hoke
"There�s a real love here. It�s in every page, and a true sense of loss pervades the second half of the narrative." - Douglas Noble
True Crime
9-page webcomic, written for Pulp21 .com, published October 2003
Comic Shop Romance
5-page webcomic written for Pulp21 .com, published September 2003
WaterCooler Comix: Darwin Is My Co-Pilot
24-page B&W comic book, published August 2003
"All in all it�s a spirited beginning � but it�s where he goes next that�s interesting." - Douglas Noble
"Initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome,"
Nature 409
, pp 860 - 921
Hondle Webcomics and assorted strips, including:
Hondle (all-ages graphic novella)
WaterCooler Comix Webcomics (Humour, Drama, Autobiography), including:
Seven Day Anthology (eight original strips written, drawn and published online over eight days)
   

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WEB MAGAZINES AND ESSAYS

Punch Drunk Pop    September 2005-present
Pop culture reviews and features

Ninth Art    January 2005-present
Joined the Ninth Art Forecast team, who provide commentary and recommendations based on the week's new comic releases, and a regular 1000-word column, on rotation. Essays include:
    The List: Politics (original article)
    Special Relationship: Patriot Superheroes
 (original article)
    World Wide Web: Spider-Man Moves To Mumbai
  (original article)

WaterCooler Comix - a series of essays on comics culture and theory, plus comics 
reviews, published by Grayhaven Magazine. Essays include:
    Hit The Ground Running
    "Doctor Strange" Love, Part Two

Robot Fist! - pop culture reviews and features    2002-2005
    "I can't recommend it highly enough" - Ben Schott, author (Schott's Original Miscellany)
    "A culture hammer" - PC Gamer Magazine
Features include:
    Sixty Years Of Batman At The Movies
    Ten Must-See Movies
    Sequential Downpour: Special Comics for Stranded Commuters

    Ten Must-Read Comics


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CAREER

Research Assistant (Subcloning)    1998 - 2000
THE SANGER INSTITUTE, WELLCOME TRUST GENOME CAMPUS, HINXTON, CAMBRIDGE

    Responsible for the production of high-quality DNA libraries for genome sequencing projects.
    Trained and advised new employees and PhD students; demonstrated and discussed laboratory
    protocols with visiting researchers
    Contributed to the ongoing development of laboratory protocols by testing new methodologies and
    modifying existing ones

PhD Studentship: Mutation Dynamics of Y-Specific Tandem Repeat Loci (resigned)    2000 - 2001
DEPARTMENT OF GENETICS, UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER, UNIVERSITY ROAD, LEICESTER

MSc in Biomolecular Archaeology
University of Sheffield (with UMIST, Manchester)    1996 - 1997
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND PREHISTORY, WEST STREET, SHEFFIELD

    Thesis: "Human Origins: the Genetic Evidence supporting the 'Out of Africa' hypothesis."

BSc Hons. (2.2) in Biochemistry
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)    1993 - 1996
DEPARTMENT OF BIOMOLECULAR SCIENCES, UMIST, MANCHESTER

    Thesis (2.1): "The science in Michael Crichton's novel 'Jurassic Park.'"


Miscellaneous Work:

Seasonal Security; Barman; Porter; Catering Assistant; Musician; Front-of-House

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