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Review: It’s Cold in the River at Night by Alex Potts

It's Cold in the River at Night

It’s Cold in the River at Night https://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.

You can find It’s Cold in the River at Night at https://buff.ly/2zE1I4f and see more from Alex Potts at http://www.alexanderpotts.com/search/label/comics and more from Avery Hill Publishing at http://www.averyhillpublishing.com/

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Ismyre by B. Mure

Ismyre http://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!

Find Ismyre at the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair and online at http://www.averyhillpublishing.com and find more from B. Mure at http://www.bmurecreative.co.uk