Have you ever wished you could glimpse into the lives of strangers – those anonymous faces passed in the produce aisle of the local supermarket, those shadows lurking behind the closed curtains of their homes? Would you be surprised by the rich mixture of personalities, the strange habits and the unexpected insecurities? Perhaps like you they’re also baking blind, no recipe to follow. You might produce a perfect cake, or you might end up throwing the mix in the trash and starting again. And again. And again.
Marble Cake, the debut graphic novel from acclaimed British author and artist Scott Jason Smith, cuts a slice through everyday life and takes a bite out of the layers concealed beneath the icing, all told with the acerbic wit and keen eye of a truly exciting new creator.
Ever have one of those days where you’re talking to a smokin’ hot chick online and she turns out to be a robot working for an evil cult… and that hot chick sends a computer virus masked as dirty pictures… and that computer virus allows Satan to come through everyone’s computers and hypnotise them… but the family computer has parental locks on it so you don’t get the virus… and then God messages you to say you’re the only person on earth who can save human existence? Anyway, that’s the set up for this part art book, part graphic novel and 100% true, deep dive into early internet culture from creator of Ghosts, Etc. George Wylesol!
“yo. ur abt to read 1 of the greatest storys ever told. its the story abt how i went on the internet and single handedly saved the world, killed the devil and made friends w god. i call this story INTERNET CRUSADER.” – BSKskator191
Sennen’s life is mostly perfect – spending her days tending the fields in her idyllic village and her evenings with her beloved family, all tucked into the crook of a green and beautiful valley. And if it wasn’t for the masked figures descending from the hills with increasingly regularity to take their harvested food to deliver to their Gods, she’d have no worries at all. But when the demands for tribute strike closer to home, Sennen is forced to flee the paradise of her valley and venture into the home of the Gods to save her family and their way of life – only to discover that those we worship are not always what they seem, and the lives we lead are not always so simplistic after all.
Sennen, the debut graphic novel from exciting new British author and artist Shanti Rai, tells a timeless tale of adventure, and the discoveries we make as we explore beyond the boundaries of our childhood, into the uncertainty of the adult world.
A Projectionhttps://buff.ly/2wO4ccu is a 40-page, full color comic written and illustrated by Seekan Hui. Published by Avery Hill Publishing.
In a weird world where some people have three eyes and others have four arms, a photographer with two heads lands a job documenting the lives of two children. In the family’s home the two-headed photographer has to deal with an obsessive mother, a detached father, and the specter of a lost family member.
Seekan Hui tells the story through relationships, memories, and a fantastic graphic style that has a collage look to it. The exaggerated characters, geometric shapes, and bright colors all combine to give this comic a unique look that is captivating!
Metroland #4https://buff.ly/2lhICI7 is a 52-page, Double-Sized, Full Color, Fantasy Comic written by Ricky Miller and illustrated by Julia Scheele and Owen Pomery. Covers by Julia Scheele. Published by Avery Hill Publishing.
This is the final issue of the first arc of the fantasy comic Metroland! Pop stars are dying, the world is coming to an end and everything seems to lead back to a forgotten seventies musician called David Bowie in this fantastical tale of music, friendship, and sadness.
Tim Bird beautifully illustrates a captivating tale of woodlands that have been shaped over years by the people that have inhabited the area. But, just as the people have influenced the woods, the woods have cast their own spell over the people. Throughout this intriguing story Tim brilliantly describes in both word and picture how nature and people have been molded by time and circumstance in this place. Going back to a time when the area of Southern England was forest covered, to the present day of scattered trees among the urban sprawl, Tim spins an informative history lesson complete with interesting facts, characters, and lasting impressions.
It’s Cold in the River at Nighthttps://buff.ly/2zE1I4f by Alex Potts, 112 pages (digital version), full color. Published by Avery Hill.
Carl and Rita rent a river house on stilts in a remote area of Western Europe. As the river rises below and dark clouds form above them, they struggle with their individual pursuits and relationship. Rita embraces the isolation as a welcoming atmosphere that will allow her to complete her thesis. Carl becomes irritated by boredom and seeks out meaningful experiences to fill his time and define who he is. Along the way each must contend with others that enter their lives and with their often blurred intentions.
Alex Potts spins an intriguing tale about self-discovery and relationships set against the harsh backdrop of nature. The writing convincingly explores a troubled relationship, giving believable voices to unique characters. The art broadens the characters’ personalities through strong facial expressions and body language. The colors used throughout It’s Cold in the River at Night also contribute to the cold and bleak backdrop the weather and environment play in the story.
Ismyrehttp://www.averyhillpublishing.com is a mystery/fantasy, all ages, 72-page, full color comic written and illustrated by B. Mure. Published by Avery Hill. Release date: 7th October 2017 (Bristol Comic and Zine Fair).
Ismyre tells the story of a lonely animal person sculptor living in a city full of other animal people. Some of the people have magical powers, some do not. The main character agonizes over a big project he has been commissioned to do for the city and while trying to work out the details meets a woman with strange powers. Meanwhile the Prime Minister seems to only be concerned about appearances while eco anarchists are setting off explosions of flora, tough kids are roaming the streets, and people are going missing!
The writing unfolds smoothly ensuring the story is easy to follow and maintains a steady pace as the plot becomes more complicated. The main character, Edward, is quickly established as a somewhat lonely and detached guy, while other characters are introduced to more clearly define Edward’s world and bring the reader effortlessly into this fantastical land! The artwork is composed of simple line drawings filled with bright contrasting cool and warm watercolors. The combination of colors, line work, and brushstrokes give Ismyre a busy look that fits in perfectly with the story and city setting!