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Lou McKeever (Bluelou) recalls that she “learnt to draw from her brother's discarded 2000AD comics”, before studying fine art at the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education, from which she graduated in 1997. She works in painting, digital imaging, photography and performance art, but admits that her first love has always been cartooning and comics - although acknowledging that the British comic scene has "all the unreconstructed atmosphere of a working men's club, intimidating for a lone woman to enter."

In 2004 McKeever was involved in the British Council’s “Trans-Atlantink” exchange program, with five young South African cartoonists, in which she was mentored by Steve Bell of The Guardian and the South African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro). In July 2010 McKeever was one of six young cartoonists invited to cover for Steve Bell and Martin Rowson at The Guardian. She also works for the Morning Star. McKeever is based in Bristol.



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