Samantha Calthrop

She/Her. 23-year-old creator of comics, fiction, and nonfiction from Cork, Ireland.

Journalist of the Year 2019, SPA Regional Awards (Ireland). Former News Editor of the University Express. Creator of the webcomic Aster & Delphinium, one half of TTRPG company Witch Hat Productions.

Comics & Illustration

I've been publishing my first graphic novel, Aster & Delphinium, online since 2019.

You can view my full visual art portfolio here.

Fiction & TTRPG

Along with my partner Luke Sophia Watson, I make settings, rulesets and worldbuilding for tabletop roleplay games (TTRPGs) under the label Witch Hat Productions.

I also do all of the writing and thumbnailing for Aster & Delphinium.

Journalism & Nonfiction

I've been writing for the University Express at UCC since 2018. I've also written freelance for a number of publications. I've written news, but my main focus is on opinion pieces. I write about diversity and social issues, arts and pop culture, and occasionally about science and ecology.

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Independent Publications

"In Defense of RenPy", article for Buried Treasure, to be published in 2021

“Selfless", essay for REBIRTH: An Ecosocialist Guide To Loving Our Earth (Cancelled, to be published in 2020)

Highlights from the University Express

(Full list of articles)

GovPol/Lawsoc’s GE Debate: Shouts, cheers, and skepticism, 2020

“Is anyone okay?", 2019

Major fee increase cancelled after UCC’s SU threatens legal action, 2019

English immigrants are ruining this country, 2018

Dire Straights, 2018

Climate change is your fault, 2018

Cape Town approaching ‘Day Zero’ of water crisis– and the rest of the world may follow, 2018 (Nominated for the SFI Young Science Writer of the Year Award, National Student Media Awards 2018)

List of Publications

Independent Publications

"In Defense of RenPy", article for Buried Treasure, to be published in 2021 (writer)

Bonus content for Odd Jobs: A Micro-Setting Anthology, to be published in 2021 (writer)

“Selfless", REBIRTH: An Ecosocialist Guide To Loving Our Earth (Cancelled, to be published in 2020) (writer)

Aster & Delphinium”, Webcomic, 2019 (writer and artist)

The Beast of Shandon”, Cork Monster Comic, 2018 (artist)

Highlights from the University Express

GovPol/Lawsoc’s GE Debate: Shouts, cheers, and skepticism, 2020

“Is anyone okay?", 2019

Major fee increase cancelled after UCC’s SU threatens legal action, 2019

English immigrants are ruining this country, 2018

Dire Straights, 2018

Climate change is your fault, 2018

Cape Town approaching ‘Day Zero’ of water crisis– and the rest of the world may follow, 2018 (Nominated for the SFI Young Science Writer of the Year Award, National Student Media Awards 2018)