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Our mission at SelfMadeHero is simple: to publish ground-breaking and beautiful work by authors and artists from across the globe, from the quirky and humorous to the political and profound. We are proud to bring readers graphic novels and visual narratives that provoke, entertain, inspire and inform. We pride ourselves on having high editorial and production values and are known for successfully promoting our authors through innovative press and marketing campaigns.

Best Graphic Album, Eisner Awards 2016: Winner (Ruins by Peter Kuper)
Best Book, British Comic Awards 2015: Winner (The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis)
Special Jury Prize, Angoulême 2013: Winner (The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon)
The FutureBook Digital Innovation Awards 2011: Highly Commended
UK Young Publisher of the Year 2008: Winner


Emma Hayley
Managing Director and Founder

Emma launched SelfMadeHero in 2007, after spotting a gap in the market for high quality graphic novels. Her background in publishing, following a postgraduate diploma in journalism at City University, London, has seen her work as a journalist, a film PR and as an editorial director for several small publishers. Since launching her own company, her focus has shifted to the business and entrepreneurial face of book publishing, while she remains hands-on in commissioning new titles. She was named UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year, as part of the British Book Industry Awards 2008.


Sam Humphrey
Sales and Marketing Director

Sam joined SelfMadeHero in 2013 after spending four years at Sheil Land Associates literary agency, where he worked on behalf of a number of prestigious clients. As well as agenting books, he played a central role in the development of Sheil Land's own digital publishing imprint. Sam has an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck College, University of London. A keen runner and occasional writer, Sam has contributed to The Guardian, The Bookseller, Athletics Weekly and The Huffington Post, among others. What he most enjoys is bringing ground-breaking and subversive graphic novels to as many readers as possible.


Guillaume Rater
Editorial and Production Manager

Guillaume is French and fell in love with bandes dessinées in Belgium, circa 1995. After a long trip to the USA, a couple of degrees in publishing (the BA at Oxford Brookes University and the MA at City University London) and too many internships, he was happy to join SelfMadeHero in 2013. He enjoys neat coordination, being on time and spotting trifling errors before they're printed. Sometimes, he rejoices with bursts of evil laughter when packing books into boxes.


Paul Smith
Press Officer

Paul is a publicist and journalist with over 20 years' experience and has nurtured a life-long love of comics and graphic novels. After studying European Literature and Art History, he worked at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and wrote book reviews for a number of publications. Joining London-based independent arthouse film distributor Tartan Films, he devised publicity campaigns for Secretary, SuperSize Me and Jodorowsky's El Topo. He was also instrumental in launching and developing the Asia Extreme brand, which included Old Boy, Battle Royale, and Ringu. He has been the PR Officer at the Association of Illustrators, where he was also involved in book-related events and the annual illustration awards, and he remains a publicist for FrightFest and fringe theatre projects. A part-time lecturer at London Metropolitan University and Oxford Brookes University, he also reviews books and graphic novels in between other writing projects.


Kate McLauchlan
Designer

Kate has been working as a graphic designer, art director and illustrator for over 15 years. A major part of this time was spent as the senior designer and one of the founder members of Zombie Flesh Eaters, the multi-award-winning team behind Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's animated pop band, Gorillaz. She has been involved in a wide variety of projects in the music, fashion, design and publishing industries. Her other clients have included CBBC, Eastpak, Xbox, McQ, BBC Three, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Blended Republic and Formula One.


Txabi Jones
Designer

Txabi is a freelance graphic designer from Bilbao who has been living and working in London for corporate and not-for-profit organisations for over 20 years. He has been with the SelfMadeHero team since October 2015. Txabi loves books and typography, and wishes he could play any musical instrument. Instead, he enjoys going to music events.