Kirsten Murray

Kirsten Murray – Editor

I'm an experienced freelance editor, project manager and writer who specialises in editorial for comics and graphic novels.

Overview

I'm Kirsten: an editor, proofreader and writer specialising in comics and graphic novels.

With more than eight years of experience in comics editorial, I am committed to helping creators tap into the heart of their story, working together to ensure their projects can become the best they can be. Collaborating closely every step of the way, I am experienced in performing editorial assessments, editing scripts and artwork, reviewing pitches and seeing comic production through from conception to completion.

Alongside gaining in-house experience at Titan Comics and DC Thomson, I have worked with a number of independent creators. During the pandemic, I edited and project managed Planet Divoc-91: an ambitious multimedia project backed by some of the UK's most prestigious scientific organisations, working with creators at all stages of their writing careers.

Known for my knowledge and experience in the comics industry, I have given public talks about the medium at a variety of events and places, including Oxford University.

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"Kirsten is a first-rate comic writer and editor who has a depth of understanding about comic history and the current market. Always organised, friendly and hard-working, she is an asset to every team or project she is involved with. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Kirsten and I continue to be impressed by her knowledge, creativity and ability to get things done. Under Kirsten’s editorship, Commando sales stabilised and the title became more profitable, proving that she has both the commercial and creative integrity to make a comic successful." - Alexandria Turner, Editor-in-Chief, Boys' Magazines and Comics, DC Thomson.
Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Comics & Graphic Novels Fantasy Humor & Comedy Middle Grade
Non-Fiction
Comics Non-Fiction Entertainment
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • MLitt Comic Studies
  • MA Joint Hons English Literature & History
  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders: Introduction to Copy-Editing
  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders: Copy-Editing Headway

Work experience

Self-employed

Feb, 2018 — Present

As a freelancer, I have had the opportunity to flex my creative muscles on a variety of different projects. I have provided editorial services for successfully funded comics projects on Kickstarter, as well as editing comics and graphic novels for clients including Titan Comics, Wowbagger Productions and Whitefox.

DC Thomson

Oct, 2016 — Feb, 2018 (over 1 year)

As Heritage Brands Editor in DC Thomson’s comics department, I was responsible for overseeing beloved British franchises, Oor Wullie, The Broons, Wor Nicky, and Wee Harry, as well as Britain’s longest-running war comic, Commando. I was trusted with developing style guides for the five brands, as well as pitching and developing brand expansion opportunities. During this time, I was invited to speak about comics at Oxford University.

DC Thomson

Oct, 2015 — Oct, 2016 (about 1 year)

I had the responsibility of overseeing popular franchises, Oor Wullie, The Broons, Wor Nicky, and Wee Harry. I compiled giftbooks, annuals, and commissioned artwork for weekly strips. I also helped to develop brand ideas outside of the newspaper strip format to keep the brands alive in the modern comics’ climate.

Titan Publishing (Comics)

Oct, 2014 — Oct, 2015 (about 1 year)

As Assistant Editor at Titan Comics, I gained experience in many aspects of publishing. I was given responsibility for page design, editing artwork, providing feedback, and proofreading on various projects. I became the editor of the UK newsstand edition of Doctor Who Comic, and worked on a huge variety of titles, including Johnny Red, Death Sentence, Rivers of London, and Surface Tension.

Titan Publishing (Comics)

Jul, 2014 — Sep, 2014 (2 months)

As well as providing a junior support role to the editorial staff, I was trained to use the Adobe Creative Suite and was given the task of editing artwork, copywriting, and lettering a number of books, including The First Kingdom, Norman, and Masked.

Portfolio

the Light

Alexander, Jim

GoodCopBadCop

Jim Alexander

Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames in this new graphic novel from Ben Aaronovitch!When two of the less well-behaved River goddesses, Chelsea and Olympia, decide to earn a few quid on the side, Peter and Bev fin... read more
Lapin is Hungry

Czajka, Tania

Dead Life

Jean-Charles Gaudin

The book features all the beloved characters from The Sunday Post comic strips - Oor Wullie and The Broons. Featuring brand-new puzzles, facts, games and activities, this book is educational and fun, and suitable for all the family! Its pocket-sized format mea... read more
By 1916, the Allies had taken a pounding at the battles of Verdun and the Somme. Desperate to avoid more unnecessary casualties, a decision was made to embark on one of the largest and most ambitious tunnelling works ever undertaken by the British Army in the ... read more
Norway fell to a German invasion in 1940, and when they did, the Nazis gained access to a factory that could manufacture a component vital to the creation of nuclear weapons. The SOE and the RAF were in agreement, the factory must be flattened at all costs.The... read more
Troubled by a past encounter early in his career, Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Alec Weston soon became a respected, if intense, skipper. He was determined that his submarine, H.M.S. Undefeated, would live up to her name - therefore he pushed his crew and th... read more
Lieutenant Frank Temple yearned for his own command. He had already served four years aboard the frigate H.M.S. Eagleton, so he was delighted when he was assigned a boat in the Mediterranean sector.Frank had been branded a maverick because of his outlandish op... read more
The Second World War was complex in the Baltic states as Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia found themselves caught between the Soviet and Nazi war machines. Annexed by the rise of Communism, by 1941, large swathes of Latvian men enlisted in the Wehrmacht, mistaken... read more
It did not always matter if your aircraft was the fastest or had the most firepower, so long as you had the highest ceiling...Thought to have been retired after the Spanish Civil War, and reaching a staggering 39,000 feet, the Junkers Ju 86P was one such plane... read more
Sergeant David Woking perched in his sniper's nest. He peered through his sights as an S.S. officer's Totenkopft glinted in the dappled sunlight. His finger tensed and the Nazi tasted lead.Despite David's immense skill as a marksman, his arrogant C.O. Major Ge... read more
The Blitzkreig had thundered through France leaving carnage in its wake. For many men, the British Expeditionary Force's retreat ended long before the beaches at Dunkirk. But one thing was certain: Lieutenant Jack Dodd was going to get his men home.Even as the... read more
Charlie Dayton was no soldier... but that didn't mean he didn't know how to fight. Living in New York in 1941, Charlie was hot-tempered and ready to join the war. The only problem was America wasn't. But that didn't stop Charlie from hopping on the next cargo ... read more
By 1918, the end of the Great War was in sight, but even as it ground towards its bloody conclusion, the U.S. Marine Corps were shipped in, charging while others retreated, straight to the front line. Facing German machine guns, barbed wire, mortar shells and ... read more
With the scars of the Second World War still healing, it wasn't long before Britain entered another conflict. Alec Murray was serving in the Black Watch in Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising -- but it wasn't the Rebels he fought there.Injured and separated from... read more
Captain Tom Stewart was bleeding internally. Their Seahawk was downed in a sandstorm; the rotors chewed up and the radio dead. His only hope of staying alive long enough to reach the Coalition Forces was Navy Doctor Captain Jane Daly. But with Iraqi soldiers p... read more
Spies? Dead cattle? Murder?Wilhelmina Home came to Britain to volunteer as a WAAC in the First World War but she soon found herself embroiled in a plot worthy of her favourite author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Underestimated at every turn, Wilhelmina began to pi... read more
The men of the 45th Regiment of Foot gripped their Brown Bess muskets with sweaty hands, ready to storm the breaches at Badajoz. The 45th were the soldiers chosen to be the first part of the attack. Their fight would be the hardest with the most casualties. Fo... read more
Flanked by forests and a vast lake, Castle Falcone stood isolated, the prisoners inside eager for their release.The Third Reich was on its knees but an S.S. squadron was heading to Castle Falcone -- their orders to liquidate the prisoners.No one would have eve... read more
By 1943, the victorious days of Operation Barbarossa were over. The Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union had stalled and the Germans were barely holding out against the cold might of the Red Army.But the furious Nazi eagle still had a few tricks left in its arsen... read more
In 1936, when Spain erupted into a vicious civil war, the world watched through their magnifying glasses. With Hitler and Mussolini supporting the Nationalists and Stalin supporting the Republicans -- the war seemed like a practice for the cataclysmic events t... read more
January 1968, Vietnam. While the country celebrated the New Year, the Communist North launched a relentless and unyielding Tet Offensive against the South, ignoring the unofficial ceasefire.It was bad timing for four rookie Americans to arrive at their first p... read more
Piloting a Heinkel He 111, Leutnant Jurgen Loden was only as good as his crew: cheerful dorsal gunner and radio operator, Willi Klein; quiet ventral turret gunner, Franz Weiss; boisterous side fuselage gunner, Otto Schwabel, and outspoken navigator and bomb-ai... read more
Defeat after defeat. That was all the war seemed like to Private Jimmy Wilson. Defeat on the beaches of Gallipoli, defeat in the trenches at Ypres, and an endless daily game of tug of war -- gaining, then losing ground again. A crumpled, dog-eared letter made ... read more
For the Marshall family, the navy was in their blood. Roderick Marshall was a Rear Admiral; his son Norman was a Lieutenant... so it was only natural when his daughter Judith signed up for the WRNS. Judith wanted freedom and excitement. She wanted to do her pa... read more
When an Australian, a Kiwi, a South African and an Englishman step into a tank -- sparks are sure to fly! Lieutenant Ranald Booker had to write an article about cooperation between the Commonwealth nations. But, despite being confronted with fighting the Germa... read more
By Spring, 1945, the Reich's forces were in full retreat and Allied troops were pushing into Germany. So when Sergeant Matt Geary and his squadron moved into the small village of Langhirten, he wasn't expecting much resistance. They took the village from the S... read more
Deafening engines rumbled over a small farmhouse in Norfolk. It was not the hum of a healthy plane, and the listeners below knew a crash landing would be imminent. What they didn't know, and what they dreaded, was whether the aircraft was theirs... or Jerry's.... read more
CELEBRATORY 5000th ISSUE!Joe Hartley was incredibly proud when his brother, Terry, joined the prestigious British Commandos. But Terry was taken all too soon, captured and killed by a vicious S.S. regiment.Distraught, and desperate to follow in his brother's f... read more
The Broons family, Scotland's longest running soap, invite you to a feast of fun and laughter in this great collection of their legendary comic strips. Famously, The Broons Book and The Oor Wullie Book are released on alternating years, but to celebrate
The mischievous cartoon tales of Scotland's most famous laddie. Oor Wullie, wearing his dungarees and sitting on his bucket, is as familiar a sight to Scots as Edinburgh Castle. Famously, the Oor Wullie Book and The Broons Book are released on alternati
Created by the legendary Dudley D Watkins and R D Low, Oor Wullie first appeared in the Fun Section of the Sunday Post in March 1936. He has appeared in the newspaper every Sunday over the past 80 years. A mischievous young lad with a heart of gold – and a hab... read more
Considered to be Scotland's longest running soap opera, The Broons have captured the hearts of the nation by combining brilliant comedy with traditional family values every week in the Sunday Post newspaper for 80 years. Champions of the Scots language, Scotla... read more

Kirsten has 7 reviews

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Keith F.

Keith F.

Oct, 2022

If you aren’t using Kirsten to edit your books, you’re missing out! She is truly the best and I HIGHLY recommend her! She is professional, kind, thorough, helpful, timely, quick to respond, and so much more! I am grateful for her and I appreciate her and everything she’s done!
Kirsten M.
Thank you so much, Keith! It's always a pleasure working with you!
Keith F.

Keith F.

Jan, 2020

My only issue is finding enough words to express how great Kirsten is! Highly quality work! Super friendly! Great to collaborate with! Very timely! Fairly priced! Really smart! The list can continue for days! I highly recommend Kirsten! You won’t regret it at all!
Keith F.

Keith F.

Aug, 2019

Kirsten is an amazing editor and a wonderful person. She provided me with great feedback and met all the deadlines set. She communicated very well. I look forward to working with her again!
Todd V.

Todd V.

Jul, 2019

Kirsten is a professional. She knows her stuff, but more importantly she worked at getting to know me as as a part of the process. This enabled her to tailor her efforts towards the ends I wanted to achieve. Her response time was quick but her work was thorough.
Charles Brett Boyd P.

Charles Brett Boyd P.

May, 2019

Kirsten wrote a timely, perceptive and useful editorial assessment, for a very reasonable fee. An editorial assessment is an editing function in which all editors (other than copy editors/proof readers) claim proficiency, though by no means all are able to deliver. Kirsten's assessment added value, rather more than I was expecting. However, editing involving actual editing, i.e. , altering ...
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