A story about a weekend at the sea, and about driving at dusk in search of something at a time in my life when I needed it.
I first released this in May 2014 (I think). I always quite liked it, but I didn’t ever really give if a proper release or the attention I should have, the drawings particularly. So some stuff happened, and it felt like a good time to revisit it, and give it a new lease of life.
This version is fully redrawn, and features a new epilogue.
Printed at home and assembled and trimmed by hand.
Get everything I make in a year sent directly to your door!
Zines! Drawings! Art! Things!
For a limited time, I’m offering a subscription service where, for one up-front payment, I’ll send you a copy of everything I make in a twelve month period!
What will I get?
new issues of my autobiographical comic zine, SMOO*
other zines of comics, writing, and drawing
The subscription runs from June 29th 2015 to June 28th 2016. Please note, the sub won’t include things I’ve released before the start date, nor things of mine published by other people. If you’re already a SMOO subscriber and would like to take part in this, get in touch and we can sort something out.
I have a piece in the FREE TCAF 2015 digital anthology! It’s been made special for iPad, and released by Sequential, who have this to say:
“This exclusive Anthology features specially created, brand new comics from an amazing collection of comic artists including Hunt Emerson, Barbara Stok, Noah Van Sciver, Kristyna Baczynski, Simon Moreton, Margreet de Heer, Joe Decie and Elaine M. Will, all of whom are appearing and/or exhibiting at TCAF this year, as well as cover artwork from Charles Burns.
It’s completely FREE to download – and it’s only available on SEQUENTIAL. It will be available over TCAF and until May 11th, with each download helping to earn money for TCAF – so snap it up quickly, and please tell your friends to download it too!”
Richard Bruton has reviewed SMOO 8 for the Forbidden Planet blog. He writes:
SMOO#8 is a year in Moreton’s life, September ’13 to September ’14, a year told in emotional shorthand, a year told in minimal art, a year of so much; bird-watching in Washington DC, walking in urban Brooklyn, thinking, drinking, wildlife, relationships, sadness. Moreton calls it “sort of scrappy but honest” but I call it beautiful, emotional, elegiac, a melancholic piece of reflection that ultimately lifts the spirit high (…) Moreton’s work, … gets inside, affects you, makes you care. It’s powerful, emotional stuff. These are small comics, but they have a impact of something huge. Beautiful work once more.
Andy Oliver has written a kind and thoughtful review of SMOO 8 for Broken Frontier. He writes:
All who appreciate what Simon Moreton has brought to UK comics over the last few years will have their own opinions as to which of his works most connect with them. That’s not meant as a facile and self-evident comment but rather as an observation that the strength of so much of his material is that it echoes its audience’s own life experiences, creating a shared bond between author and reader. It’s my belief, though, that Smoo #8 is one of his most formidable offerings yet – a year of turbulence potently and unforgettably encapsulated in sequential shorthand.
I’m really excited to announce that my publisher, Grimalkin Pressis running a Kickstarter so we can raise funds to get Plans We Made, my new book, printed in time to get it a proper national distribution!
I can hardly believe this thing I made might be about to see the light of day. It’s my first ever full length book and it’s been an ambition to see something like this happen for the longest time. I’m so proud and kind of nervous, too.
What’s even more exciting is that acclaimed publisher Uncivilized Books, who have released amazing works by Sam Alden, Sophie Yanow and more, will be distributing it! This means my book should hit shops and stores all over the place.
This is where the Kickstarter comes in. In order to get the book printed in time for Unciv’s Fall Schedule, we’ve had to move the printing ahead. This means raising funds earlier than we anticipated – it could take months, even a year or two, to raise them ourselves.
So please watch the video, and have a think – if you could support this it would be a dream come true.
Finally, to celebrate the imminent release of my new zine, SMOO 8, and this Kickstarter, I thought I’d reflect on some of the comics I’ve made over the last couple of years. These blog posts will be going up over every couple of days over the next couple of weeks!
Here are some pages. Read more about what the book is about here.
The first issue of SMOO in eighteen months, this zine tells the story of a year, from September to September. A weird year; bird-watching on Theodore Roosevelt Island, contemplating; sadness; drinking; summer and new starts; Brooklyn underpasses.
Drawn quickly, with heart, in a week, here in Bristol. I’m really proud of this one.