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James Brady

BA (Hons) Comics and Graphic Novels

I’d 100% recommend Teesside to anyone looking to pursue an artistic career in games, animation, comics or film. The facilities are fantastic, and I really benefitted from having input from industry professionals.

James Brady

Best thing about Teesside?

Finding a group of like-minded people who I enjoyed spending time with and who
challenged me to make better art every day. And I got to develop my own artistic style.

What did you get involved in outside of your course?

I was the head of the comics society, arranging trips to comic cons and managing projects like the creation of anthologies. I was also a student ambassador, representing the University at events across the country, it was a real confidence boost.

Tell us about the career services

After I graduated, they put me in touch with a local marketing agency called Social Allies where I was lucky enough to secure an internship in social media marketing. I was a content creator for three months, working for over 60 clients across the North East.

Where are you working now?

I work in the social media team at Sona Circle Refugee Recruitment. I look after their Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, managing their content, increasing the reach and engaging with their followers. We're also promoting a new book called Refugees Are Here To Stay, Get Used To It. I've only just started but I'm really excited to get stuck in.

What else have you done since graduating?

I started my own comic book company, CoCo Comics, with three other graduates. Learning how to manage an online brand has been invaluable experience. I’ve also worked in admin for a women's charity, as a social media manager for a small local cake shop and I’ve developed an educational comic that explains green sustainable chemicals to school children.

Future ambitions?

I plan to stay in my current role at Sona Circle but I’ll also be working with Teesside University as a visiting lecturer with a view to teaching full-time eventually. I’ve also got two graphic novel pitches in the pipeline which I'm hoping to send to publishers this year.

Would you recommend Teesside University to others?

I’d 100% recommend Teesside to anyone looking to pursue an artistic career in games, animation, comics or film. The facilities are fantastic, and I really benefitted from having input from industry professionals.