To celebrate the imminent release of my new zine, SMOO 8, and the Kickstarter for my new book, PLANS WE MADE, I thought I’d reflect on some of the comics I’ve made over the last couple of years, all of which are available from my shop. First up, it’s Grand Gestures, from Retrofit Comics.
GRAND GESTURES (May 2013)
This silent comic tells the story of a man looking for something that’s missing, and being mistaken in his attempts of find it. It was published by Box Brown’s Retrofit Comics imprint in May 2013, and was my first thing outside of an anthology to be published by someone else. I’m still really proud of this one, and thankful to Box for taking a punt on me.
Although this was supposed to be fiction, it is in some ways my most personal work to-date. It was really hard to draw, and led to a lot of hand-wringing. I think I neglected my home life, and spent a lot of time trying to make the comic work. I worked out after I finished the comic what the book was trying to say; that to change isn’t about profound moments or grand gestures, but hard, sometimes difficult work of living. It’s taken me until now, though, to really understand what that means.
Features in Richard Bruton’s Top Ten Comics of 2013 at the Forbidden Planet International Blog
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