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British Comic award nominees 2012

13 October 2012

The UK may not have such a big comic market as France has but it goes without saying that it’s just a matter of time before all this existing and emerging talent weave a real industry… time for some great publishers like Blank Slate, NoBrow or Myriad to get big, and initiatives like the new British Comic Awards can only help and encourage artists & publishers to get better.

Louis Roskosch's Leeroy and Popo (Image vai Louis R.)
Louis Roskosch’s Leeroy and Popo (Image vai Louis R.)

The nominees of this freshly created initiative that “celebrates the very best in British comics” were just announced yesterday, not that many surprises but some real good stuff within the emerging talent category.

As you’ve probably read before, for this first edition there are 5 award categories: Best Comic, Best book,Young People’s Comic Award, Emerging talent & Hall of Fame… and while the winners won’t be announced until next November @ the Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival we already have some favorites.

Tom Gauld Goliath
Tom Gauld – Goliath

From the always minimalistic meticulousness of Tom Gauld‘s ungraceful characters to the extremely talented Will Kirkby whose creatures sometimes remind us of the best Mignola, there is a lot of good art competing. Worth mentioning and stopping by at every single artists’ webpages, but ourselves we highly encourage you to stop by Louis Roskosch, Kristyna Baczynski or Joe Decie (on top of Tom or Will of course).

Extract from JOe Decie's Accidental Salad (Image via Blank Slate)
Extract from JOe Decie’s Accidental Salad (Image via Blank Slate)

Those are just a few examples of this year’s nominated talent, the rest of the nominees and much more info on their web page.

Will Kirkby's Tuk Tuk (image via Will Kirby)
Will Kirkby’s Tuk Tuk (image via Will Kirby)
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Everything we miss

22 July 2011

Breaking up with someone doesn’t have to be painful, not even messy, it can just flow naturally, a born relationship on top of the mountains & dead when it gets to the sea. This is what Luke Pearson’s Everything we miss is about… drying figs, fuckfriends, dancing pine trees, crazy monsters and  a failing relationship.

Emotionally eroded and on the edge of separation, the central couple are going through the classic stages of growing apart. Absorbed by insecurity, indifference, and steadily-growing resentment, they fail to notice the strange happenings that surround their final moments together. Sometimes magical, sometimes mundane, these unnoticed fragments of existence weave together and hang disconcertingly over their lives, isolated yet all-encompassing.

As the couple move through the processes of breaking up, the line between reality and fiction is obscured. Their narrative unfolds as much through their dysfunction as through that of their environment itself: formless spectres rise through the floorboards, directly gripping their jaws and tongues in order to make their dissatisfaction audible; unbeknownst to them, their living room has become overrun by a colony of voyeuristic otherworldly creatures; outside, just for a moment, a dog whispers something under its breath; and somewhere, in someone, a cancer grows—silently and undetected (Martin Steenton).

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Published by Nobrow (12£) Luke is now on a mini-tour promoting and signing his work (like big pop stars!!) across the UK and he’ll be in Leeds, Newcastle & London over the coming weeks. More info this way (we think you can order it via the NB shop as they ship pretty much everywhere).

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