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ALPHA by Jens Harder

360 pages Hardcover 31 x 20 cm | ISBN 9780861662456

The most ambitious piece of work in comics since the beginning of time…

Fourteen billion years between two covers.

Alpha … directions tells nothing less than the story of evolution, from the Big Bang through the genesis of life up to the beginning of human civilization. In a 350 page compendium of stunning images Jens Harder manages to increase our understanding of the world combining natural scientific presentations, motifs from the most diverse creation myths and pop culture quotes. Every image in the 365 page tome is sampled from existing media – cave paintings, etchings, pottery, photographs, film, comics, etc. then redrawn with Harder’s meticulous brush lines.

Praise for ALPHA

“A Big Bang of info-comics”. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

This intricate, mind-boggling, coolest possible coffee table book”  Craig Thompson

“The Most make essay Ambitious Work of Sequential Art Since… Well, Maybe Ever” C. K. Lidster –

Born in 1970 in Weisswasser Jens Harder studied graphic arts in Berlin. In 1999 he founded an art group called “Monogatari”. He published Ruwen Strips Naked and Aéra in 1999 Hotelführer Neue Mitte and Electricité Marseille in 2000. His other work includes: Leviathan (2003) and The City God (2006). A monograph on Jens Harder’s work was published in 2007 under the title MIKROmakro. Alpha is the first volume of a trilogy, upcoming are Beta 1:Ancient Civilizations and    Beta 2: Modern Civilizations.



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BEATLES WITH AN A – The Birth of a Band by Mauri Kunnas

80 pages casebound 29 x 25cm | ISBN 9780861662340

These are the first beats of the Beatles’ career as only legendary rock cartoonist Mauri Kunnas could tell them. Hilarious moments and details that even dedicated fans won’t remember having heard before are all told with Kunnas’s characteristically raucous humour and virtuosic drawing skills.

The riotous tale of the first hesitant steps of the world’s most famous band. From rocking-horse to the recording studio in Abbey Road, where the first singles were laid down. It is a story told thousands of times over, but never in quite such a wacky screwball manner as this.

The cover depicts John,Paul, George and Ringo crossing the street Abbey Road style, but the street’s in Hamburg’s seedy Reeperbahn red-light distruct. Flip the book over and you’ll see two more characters in the procession: Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe. Kunnas chronicles the band from Ringo’s birth (against a backdrop of the Luftwaffe shelling Liverpool) through the release of their hit, “Please Please Me” / “Ask Me buy essay Why.” In the penultimate frame, George Martin speaks via intercom from the control room into the studio: “Congratulations, fellas! You have just recorded your first chart-topper!” And indeed they had.

Focusing on the band’s pre-fame days in a sly and irreverent style (and not shying away from Brian Epstein‘s fixation upon of John), Kunnas makes liberal use of corny in-jokes and hokey wordplay, but it’s all done in good fun.

Beatles with an A: Birth of a Band

Mauri Kunnas “Beatles with an ‘A’” from Knockabout is a cartoon delight


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BOLLAND STRIPS by Brian Bolland

Brian Bolland

112 pages hardcover 260 x 180mm | ISBN 9780861661503

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This collection includes a new 20 page Actress and Bishop story along with their other classic adventures set in a strange suburban idyll. Mr. Mamoulian is Bolland’s alter ego, an observer rather than an actor in life, in a state of constant bemusement at whatever is presented to him. Bolland started his career in the underground with strips in OZ and IT. He drew the definitive Judge Dredd and provided covers for many issues of 2000AD. He was the artist on Camelot 3000 and The Killing Joke. With his gloriously rich and accomplished style he is now the UK’s premier cover artist working for the US market on Animal Man, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Tank Girl and many other titles.


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264 pages paperback with flaps 220 x 170mm | ISBN 9780861661701

DEPRESSO or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Being Bonkers

Our world is plagued by madness. With leaders bent on insane policies and too many citizens locked in crippling depression, normality seems elusive and questionable. Part travelogue, part indictment of mad medicine, ‘Depresso’ is Tom Freeman’s hilarious journey through the vagaries of the system to emerge scathed but content with being ‘bonkers’. The story unfolds over several years, in China and the UK, during which anti-depressants reduce Tom to a zombie and alternative therapies drive him to comic re-examinations of his life, his work and relationships. Throughout the adventured he is shadowed by the White Lizard, a familiar, a conscience, a pain in the arse who helps and hinders Tom’s recovery, and is justly the butt of some wicked humour. ‘Depresso’ is only semi-fictional.

Brick was born in Switzerland of Austrian-Scottish stock and raised on military bases in the Far East and Mediterranean, where comics were the sole source of enlightenment. Educated in the gulag of an English public school, he was destined to devote his life to railing against the system. After stints as a scrapman, roadie, steel erector and bouncer, he stumbled on a talent for satire and taught himself to draw. Best known for his wry political cartoons, Brick has been producing campaigning comics since the 1980s, mostly for pressure groups, trade unions and NGOs like UNICEF and Oxfam. An inveterate escapist, he became a regular contributor of humorous articles to adventure magazines and has two critically acclaimed travel books in his nom de plume, John Stuart Clark. After a couple of mega breakdowns (or maybe breakthroughs), he sought sanctuary in his first love and drew ‘Depresso’ to make himself happy. The book is only vaguely autobiographical.

“Whilst there are a growing number of books containing the narratives of survivors of mental health problems, there are few that have made me laugh. This book did, but it also made me cry. Then again, there are few books about mental health that are written in the cartoon genre. Although perhaps 2010 is the year for change as three have come along at once. Alongside Depresso is Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy and  Pysychiatric Tales. What makes DEPRESSO stand out is the traditional cartoon strip style with fine drawing and attention to detail (in the brilliant tradition of Asterix the Gaul and Tin Tin). The humour in DEPRESSO makes the story all the more enjoyable, and more human. Mental health problems are not all about misery and woe. The detail makes for enjoyable reading, for example I spotted a number of allusions to various films and wondered towards the end of the book how many I had missed. All was revealed on the last page where Brick playfully lists the 17 films referred to.  Darn! I didn’t get half of them. Similarly, I spotted Tin Tin’s dog Snowy, Charlie Brown, Desperate Dan, Popeye, (even George Bush and Tony Blair make a guest appearance).

Brick is a cartoonist and travel writer with two other books under his belt under his nom de plume, John Stuart Clarke. Brick has also has cartoons published in the Times, the Independent and at one time illustrated the UNICEF magazine for children. This is Brick’s first outing on a mental health theme. How much of the story is fact and how much is fiction is not known. There is deliberate ambiguity about the identity of the protagonist in DEPRESSO, Tom Freeman, as the back cover informs us that the work “…is only semi-fictional”. Furthermore, throughout the book, Tom also has an alter-ego who is a white lizard who walks on his hind legs. The White Lizard is a benign companion for Tom on his journeys through Scotland, China and despair although terrifyingly, occasionally turns into a fire-breathing dragon. Ultimately the real hero in the story is Tom’s long-suffering partner, Jenny who having every reason to leave him, get him sectioned or at least never speak to him again, patiently stands by and learns to understand and accept Tom, with all his faults. And that is what the book is all about understanding the human condition.

As Tom recounts his years of journeying through depression and the mental health system so other benign characters come and go largely in the form of therapists, GPs nurses and so on. During his period of depression, Tom visits China for a few months. As a travel writer, Brick (or JSC) skilfully weaves Chinese history, politics and philosophy together which lifts the reader beyond Tom’s problems makes the book much more than a cartoon strip about mental health. Similarly, presumably writing during the war in Iraq, Brick is scathing of the Allies justification for invasion. DEPRESSO is not for the light-hearted. It contains some violence and strong language.

DEPRESSO is an intelligent and carefully crafted work of art. It is not only an account of one man’s journey, but it is also a critique of the psychiatric system, a commentary on the side-effects of medication, stigma, psychological processes and so on. Importantly, as personified in jenny, the significance of loving human relationships shines through. Whilst the reader is creatively taken to the pits of despair, the ultimate message of the book is one of hope. In today’s recovery orientated environment, DEPRESSO should be a set book for mental health students. It grants insight into human experience, gives plenty of food for thought and ultimately encourages.

The biggest problem with DEPRESSO is that it ends after 263 pages. I wished it could have continued for much longer. What a brilliant, enjoyable and stimulating read; DEPRESSO is one in a million. I warmly recommend it”

Theo Stickley, University of Nottingham

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160 pages paperback with flaps 255 x 195mm | ISBN 9780861662586

Paul and Louise love each other, Paul and Louise get married, but World War I escalates and separates them. Paul, who wants at all costs to escape the hell of the trenches, becomes a deserter and finds Louise in Paris. He is safe but condemned to remain hidden in a hotel room. To put an end to his clandestine existence, Paul imagines a solution: to change his identity. Now he’ll be known as … Suzanne. Between gender confusion and the trauma of war, the couple will arrive at a very unusual destiny.

Inspired by real facts, Deserter’s Masquerade is the amazing story of Louise and her transvestite husband who both loved and were torn apart in the Paris of the Roaring Twenties.

Chloé CRUCHAUDET was born in Lyon in 1976. After studying architecture and graphic arts in Lyon, she attended the Gobelins school of animation. This developed her taste for sketching on the spot and a cinematographic approach. Her writing is inspired by  historical books or autobiographies. Passionate essay writing about sociological studies and historical testimonies, she discovered the story of Minik, who became the hero of Greenland Manhattan. She received the prestigious Prix René Goscinny for this first album in 2008. For the script of Ida (three volumes), she was inspired by the stories of women travellers in the nineteenth century. The first volume was selected among the best albums of the year at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2010.




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Robert & Aline Crumb

264 pages 285 x 215 mm | ISBN 9780861661787


The Collected Works of Robert and Aline Crumb

Rumoured for years, Drawn Together finally charts the daily exploits and erotic craziness of this “First Couple” of comics

Who could have imagined that in 1972 when Aline Kominsky, a Long Island escapee and bodaciously talented artist, broke her foot one rainy fall day, it would result in the most unique collaboration in comics’ history? Laid up in her house, she was persuaded by her nerdy, neurotic boyfriend that they pass the time drawing together a “two-man” com-ic. The result is a jaw-dropping, yet tender account, not only of the joys and challenges of a legendary marriage but the obstacles faced by struggling female artists. In Drawn Together, the foremost male-female cartooning couple recall their success at shocking America with Weirdo Magazine, the life-altering birth of their precocious daughter Sophie, as well as their astonishing move to the safe haven of France. With an irresistible introduction, a striking four-color section, and those much-beloved New Yorker cartoons, Drawn Together becomes a graphic cause-célèbre and a must have for any comics devotee.

R. Crumb, the author of numerous comic works, is one of the pioneers of underground comics starting with Zap Co-mix. Aline Crumb is an underground comics artist and author of Need More Love: A Graphic Memoir. They both live in southern France.

Listen to Robert and Alne Crumb speak real words….


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HIERONYMUS by Marcel Ruijters

168 pages hardcover 28 x 21 cm. | ISBN 9780861662463

The Unauthorised Biography

Hieronymus Bosch visionary creator of demons, elusive genius, humble craftsman. His work belongs to the most iconic images of the Late Middle Ages, but the Dutch master himself has remained largely unknown. This unauthorised biography portrays his working life, his family and his sources of inspiration, that he found himself surrounded with in a time which to us seems as bizarre as his paintings. Marcel tells the story with humour, historical accuracy and beautiful colours.

It is a commissioned work for the Bosch500 Foundation and the Mondriaan Art Fund, as a part of a large program of festivities scheduled for his 500th anniversary in 2016

The Author says:-

In general it is not my intention to reconstruct Bosch’s life – it would be pretentious for anyone to claim to know him. A lot of data has been lost in five centuries and artists from so long ago usually have not left behind that much. Therefore, it is not the idea to give a complete custom writing service overview of his body of works. It is not an essay. Some lost works are hinted at in a playful way. More important is to show that what we know as authentic Bosch paintings, consists of teamwork. And that everything was commissioned work, reflecting the culture of the time rather than personal views of the artist. Therefore there is also quite a lot of comedy going on here. Especially because life was hard, people treated things with a strong sense of irony.


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IN GOD WE TRUST by Winshluss

104 pages 26 x 20 cm hardcover with gold blocking | ISBN 9780861662357

Five years after the magnificent Pinocchio ,Winshluss returns with the hilarious In God We Trust. His multi-levelled retelling of The Bible revises the founding myths of the holy book. We are guided through the maze of the Old and New Testament by St. Franky, with a nose like a strawberry from drinking altar wine and a sceptical attitude. With him, we visit the scenes of Scripture and believe it or not, this is not what we thought! God looks like a retired biker and is a shy and alcoholic seducer, Jesus had a punk phase, Mary is naive and lonely …From the comic book parody (God vs Superman ) to the adulterous tragedy, through the story of creation and a study of the disappearance of the dinosaurs to the mystery of the resurrection, the density of the book will leave the reader no respite from the horrors suffered by an inept and inconsistent humanity and the acts of an buy essay apathetic, drunk and jaded divine power. A true spiritual journey, In God We Trust seems like a great epic in which the drawing ranges from the majestic to comic strips, prints, watercolours and hilarious false advertising. Absurd and provocative, this rereading of well known biblical characters is a huge lot of fun.

In God We Trust – Winshluss





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Krent Able

64 pages paperback 30.5 x 22.5 cm | ISBN 9780861661794

From the pages of the UK’s award-winning, infamous music newspaper, The Stool Pigeon, come Krent Able’s mind-blowing, appallingly hilarious and beautifully drawn rock-star abusing comic strips, gathered together for the first time.

Featuring exclusive new comics and illustrations, join the dashing and hirsute Mr Able as he takes a chainsaw to the icons of music. SEE! Lou Reed’s trouble with monkeys! Goldfrapp’s thirst for perverted vengeance! Johnny Cash in drug-related impotence shocker! Courtney Love – cannibal hag! Nick Cave’ll cure what ails you! Kraftwerk sadly miniaturised and toasted! Lily Allen crushed by Satan! The Beach Boys return from beyond the grave to eat your guts and kill your pets.

“Able is really quite brilliant. A perfect balance of wit and stunning craft” Dangerous Minds

Krent Ables’ Big Book Of Mischief



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PARIS by Maarten Vande Wiele

Maarten Vande Wiele

216 pages paperback 225 x 165 mm | ISBN 9780861661732

Last season’s lurid comic book spandex has no place in Paris – the most exquisitely dressed graphic novel the world has ever seen, where designer labels and vintage couture play as much of a role in the story as the debauched characters themselves. Full of beautiful people with ugly ideas, Paris is an unhealthy cocktail of Sex & The City and Vogue, with a generous splash of The Valley of the Dolls, and a covert dose of Chuck Palahniuk’s Invisible Monsters for bite. In this blackest of black comedies, every piece of salacious gossip you’ve heard about the seedy underbelly of fashion, fame, and fortune is dredged up and paraded down the runway with its skirt hitched high for all to see. It’s a critical and hilarious look at a society obsessed with beauty, money, status and power – and a window into the screaming backstage pandemonium you don’t get to see from your expensive front-row seat.

Paris is a sordid tale of one city in two parts: I Love Paris and I Hate Paris, each charting the rise and dramatic fall of three fashionistas trying to make it in the cut-throat modelling industry. Faith hopes to make it as a singer, Hope has faith that the disfiguring scar on her once flawless face can be fixed with a strategic ‘do, and Chastity is willing to do literally anything to get her bejewelled fingers on a mountain of cash. If you revel in outrageous tabloid news you’ll recognise glimpses of Lindsey Lohan in taxi paparazzi shots, shades of Amy Winehouse in the on-stage vomit that cascades from the diva’s lipsticked lips, and screams of Anna Nicole Smith in the dead husband’s unaltered will – all topped off with more sex and depravity than Hugh Hefner’s last pool party. Hope, Faith and Chastity categorically fail to live up to their names in their grim desperation to make it big, by banging and blowing their way to the top before smashing (and shaving) their beautiful empty heads on the way down. An increasingly deafening crescendo of style and vice, violence and betrayal, it’s a story so deliberately outré you’ll be watching America’s Next Top Model with a whole new definition of the word “fierce”. Milla Jovovich said that modelling killed her. If it was anything like this it’s little wonder why.

Vande Wiele has illustrated a knowingly ridiculous yet loving portrayal of a world he clearly adores, bringing an elegant black line to the page as he pays tribute to the most superficial of the brilliantly superficial.

With foil embossed cover.

“This is a no holds barred trash graphic novel” The Comics Journal

“Don’t be glamorised by this graphic novel’s skin-deep beauty. What lies beneath its stylish charms gives a fresh and frank satirical twist to the cliche ‘fashion victim'” Paul Gravett

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PINOCCHIO by Winshluss


192 pages casebound 29 x 21.5 cm | ISBN 9780861661725

Winshluss’ Pinoccchio graphic novel is an adult noir movie that at times is both comedy and tragedy. The narrative begins with a shooting, and then flashes back to Pinocchio’s creation (he is now a robot-like android) and adventures. Collodi’s original story is also darker than Disney’s version. Winshluss has  injected politics into his story which also played a part in Collodi’s original. Monstro the whale is replaced by a toxic, giant mutated fish, and there’s even a subplot of a hard-boiled detective woven in. While the “talking cricket” (here a cockroach) has a better fate than that of the original novel, since it is now a homeless man who squats in “the skull” of the little robot in question. Winshluss has perfected the wordless comic. Not a panel is wasted. Each is perfectly designed to for clear reading. The artwork is primarily done in pen and ink, and watercolor but switches to paint for larger splash panels. He references a terrific range of illustrative styles and history in the story from late 18th century pen and ink, to early French film pioneer Georges Méliès , through early Disney, and underground comix.


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128 pages Paperback with flaps 260 x 185 mm | ISBN 9780861662500

“London, The mid-sixties. In what appears to have been a murder attempt, Britain’s greatest pop sensation ‘Vic Vox’ has been left a foot tall- the effects of the ‘shrink drug’ administered by assailants unknown. Detective Chief inspector Ladyshoe and his team at Scotland Yard are out to find who did it…and why, but they are up against the clock. They need to crack the case within the week and return Vox to full-size in time for him to perform as the main act on television’s biggest one-off, live pop show- ‘Ready For Pop’. Failure to appear would ruin Vox’s career and give a welcome boost to rival acts like the young upstarts ‘The Small Pocks’ amongst others. Detectives, gangsters, pop groups, washed-up comedians and models all cross paths in this surreal pop-art crime caper.

” Hurk is a comicsmith from Dartford in Kent. He has been involved in the underground and smallpress comics scene since the turn of buy essay the 21st century. He has produced many comics and contributed to many others in the UK, Europe and USA. He is not very good at perspective but enjoys trying and getting it wrong. This is his first graphic novel and largest work to date. He co-founded the small press and comics collective ‘The Fancy Butcher’ in 2008. Hurk is a regular contributor to the UK underground comics newspaper ‘The Comix Reader’ and has contributed to many other publications and anthologies ‘including ‘Your Days Are Numbered’, ‘Off Life’, ‘The Mammoth Book Of Skulls’, ‘Hive’ (USA), ‘Puck’ (Italy) and ‘Stripburger’ (Slovenia).

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SAM ZABEL and THE MAGIC PEN by Dylan Horrocks

232 pages paperback with flaps | ISBN 9780861662364

Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998’s Hicksville. Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn’t drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and — of course — cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.

“A tour de force. There’s buy essay something very pure about Dylan Horrocks’ comics. That’s perhaps an odd word to describe this book which is so much about desire. But Horrocks’ line and his imagination both seem to flow freely and directly from some primal source. If you’ve ever wished that Hergé had written comics for grown-ups—gorgeously drawn and playful adventures that explore the serious anxieties of midlife—your wish has come true, and then some”.   Alison Bechdel

“A coming-of-age story for the fantasies of our past and a joyful bear hug for the storytellers of our future. An effortless, magical read from front to back”.   Scott McCloud

“This book is necessary for anyone paralyzed even a bit by the creative/spiritual confusion of the digital age. Horrocks explores the role and responsibility of storytelling, juggling genres, fiddling with the mechanics of the comics form, and reclaiming the sense of magic that once reigned the medium – a playfulness contagious for the reader. Like his HICKSVILLE, a must have in every library.”   Craig Thompson

  • Dylan Horrocks’ Hicksville won an Eisner Award, a Harvey Award and an Alph’Art Award



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SCOTLAND YARDIE by Bobby Joseph and Joseph Samuels

Booby Joseph and Joseph Samuels

104 pages paperback 255 x 185 mm | ISBN isbn 9780861662517

With institutionalised racism at an all-time high, the Metropolitan Police embark on their yearly drive to recruit more ethnic people in the police force. With little or, no success they bring over Jamaica’s most feared policeman – Scotland Yardie, a ganja smoking, no-nonsense bad bwoy cop who breaks all the rules to enforce his own harsh sense of justice. But what happens when cultures clash? Can the average criminal handle the street-wise Jamaican Lethal Weapon rolling through downtown Brixton? Will south London ever be the same again? With his reluctant partner P.C Ackee-Saltfish, Scotland Yardie embarks on an adventure that deals with the disappearing drug trade in Brixton, corruption, the death of innocent people at the hands of racist cops, assassinated cats, immigration fears, and the emergence of the addictive blue chicken!

Written by the voice of urban UK comic books, Bobby Joseph. He is credited as the creator of the cult, comic classics Skank Magazine and Black Eye. He essay buy has written satirical pieces for, Loaded Magazine, The Voice newspaper, BBC1’s Lenny in Pieces and Radio 4. He is credited on the BBC website as instrumental in featuring some of the ‘first comics by black creators featuring black characters.’

Illustrated by Joseph Samuels. He is credited as one of the most popular comic artists to grace the pages of Skank Magazine and Black Eye. He is the co-creator of the popular Afro Kid comic strip on

Lakes Festival Focus: Skank Magazine and Scotland Yardie author Bobby Joseph





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64 pages paperback 297 x 210mm | ISBN 9780861660629

Cartoonists interpret the classic sins, including Sloth by Neil Gaiman and Bryan Talbot, Gluttony by Dave Gibbons and Lew Stringer, Lust by Alan Moore and Mike Matthews and Envy by Tym Manley and Hunt Emerson.

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THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY by Wilfrid Lupano and Jérémie Moreau

Lupano & Moreau

96 pages hardcover 265 x 195 mm | ISBN 9780861662265

THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY by Wilfrid Lupano and Jérémie Moreau.

1814, off the Durham coast, near the little village of Hartlepool, a warship in the Napoleonic fleet founders during a storm and sinks. At daybreak, amid the wreckage and flotsam on the beach, fishermen discover a survivor: a monkey dressed in full military regalia, the mascot of the shipwrecked French vessel. Now, the good people of Hartlepool despise all Frenchmen, though they have never seen one in the flesh. Nor have they ever see a monkey. But this brutish, bestial castaway tallies with the vague impression they have of the enemy… this alone is enough for the ape to find himself court martialled. Inspired by the famous legend of the Hartlepool monkey, this is a tragi-comic fable of war and jingoism, of xenophobia and ignorance and of the glimmering of enlightenment…

So ends the legend of the Hartlepool monkey. How much truth is there in this oft-told fable?  Only a slender thread, we might hope… The fundamental facts are well know: the English borders were well fortified again the threat of invasion. Borders are important, without them it is difficult to know who to hate…Even today, the legend lives on in Britain, and Hartlepudlians are still known by the nickname ‘monkey hangers’; a nickname also applied to the supporters of Hartlepool United FC, whose mascot is “H’Angus the Monkey”.

A few words, then about the monkey…In 2002, the man then wearing the monkey costume, Stuart Drummond, stood for election to Mayor of the Borough of Hartlepool on a political platform that was clear and succinct: “free bananas for school children”. Though launched simply as a publicity stunt, Hartlepudlians, heartily sick of cronyism and party politics gave the traditional political parties a resounding slap in the face. H’Angus the Monkey stormed to victory. Mr Drummond was deeply touched by the trust placed in him and hung up his primate costume to devote himself to the task. He proved such a popular mayor that he was re-elected in 2005 and again in 2009, becoming the first English mayor to win three consecutive elections.

The monkey who was mistaken for a man was hanged.

The man who dressed as a monkey was elected.

And the human comedy carries on…

Here is a picture of the writer in his Hartlepool United strip.



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The Lovely Horrible Stuff by Eddie Campbell

Eddie Campbell

96 pages hardcover 260 x 170mm | ISBN 9780861661749

Money makes the world go round, as they say.

And around. And around.

Eddie Campbell is an award-winning graphic novelist (Alec, From Hell) whose works defies categorization. He presents a dizzying autobiographical investigation into MONEY. It’s a voyage that takes him all the way from the imaginary wealth of Ponzi schemes to the all-too-tangible stone currency of the Micronesian island of Yap. This is no dry and dusty treatise on finance. With his trademark blend of research, anecdote, autobiography and fantasy, he explores how money underwrites human relationships, flowing all around us like the air we breathe—or the water we drown in. The result is a whimsical graphic essay, deeply grounded in his personal experience with the lovely horrible stuff, ranging from television pilots to a world where drawing corporate superheroes requires literally transforming oneself into a corporation (which is kept in a shoebox under the bed). Fortunately Campbell’s wry eye and vivid full-colour artwork imbue the proceedings with real humanity, making The Lovely Horrible Stuff an investment that’s worth every penny.

Campbell is one of the premier cartoonists of his generation.” Publishers Weekly


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Martin Rowson

72 pages paperback with flaps | ISBN 9780861662647

Wordless comics on the state of the world from the UK’s leading political cartoonist, whose work has appeared in every major newspaper, except The Sun, but only because they never asked him. Martin Rowson’s latest book tackles the state of the world through seven ‘silent’ (wordless) comics. In his iconic style he delves into such eternal woes as lost love, faltering creativity, inequality, gluttony, despair, decay, death and the uncertain hopelessness of life everlasting.

Alongside his political work he has written and drawn comic book versions of The Waste Land, Tristram Shandy, Gulliver’s Travels and The Communist Manifesto as well as Snatches, a novel, and Stuff, a memoir about his late parents which was longlisted for the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize. His other books include The Dog Allusion: Gods, Pets and How to be Human and Fuck: The Human Odyssey and The Coalition Book, a collection of his most scathing cartoons about the last government.

“He reminds me more of Boswell, Searle, Hoffnung, Tidy and Steadman as well as the brilliant Maurice Richardson, Patrick Campbell and other inventive English humourists… I doubt very much that a funnier book will appear this decade.” – Michael Moorcock, The Guardian on Snatches

“A masterclass in comics layout that also heaves with visual gags and crackbrained codes to break.” – The Telegraph on Gulliver’s Travels


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THE PLAYWRIGHT by Daren White & Eddie Campbell

Eddie Campbell & Daren White

164 pages Landscape Hardcover 235 x 145mm | ISBN 9780861661671

A dark comedy about the sex life of a celibate middle-aged man

The Playwright rather enjoys a quiet moment in the local park. It is a good place to mentally sort his ideas, and is often frequented by pretty young ladies. He once saw a pigeon defecate onto a businessman’s shoulder. It struck him as absurd that such an event is often considered lucky. Surely the luck lies with passers-by who, statistically, are far less likely to be similarly soiled at that precise moment. Similarly, the Playwright has always derived an almost perverse sense of relief upon receiving news that an old friend has developed prostate cancer. Because statistically, he reasons, such news significantly reduces the chances of him being similarly afflicted. And to be honest, at his age, his prostate needs all the statistical support he can muster…

Praise for Eddie Campbell (AlecFrom Hell):
“No one else in the medium combines emotional truth, literary intelligence, and formal daring with such adroitness and elegance.” -–Booklist

“Campbell is one of the premier cartoonists of his generation.” —PublishersWeekly

‘There’s no artist working in comics today whose body of work I admire more than Eddie Campbell’s.” —Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

164 pages Landscape Hardcover 235 x 145mm
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THE WEIRDO YEARS 1981 to 1993


256 pages 28 x 22 cm Hardcover | ISBN 9780861662258

With an introduction by Aline Kominsky-Crumb

All Crumb’s work from his very influential Weirdo magazine. Considered to be some of his best ever work.

Weirdo was a magazine-sized comics anthology created by Robert Crumb in 1981, which ran for 28 issues. It served as a “low art” counterpoint to its contemporary highbrow Raw. Early issues of Weirdo reflect Crumb’s interests at the time – outsider art, fumetti, Church of the SubGenius-type anti-propaganda and assorted “weirdness.” With issue #10, Crumb later handed over the editing reins to Peter Bagge; with issue #18, the reins went to Crumb’s wife, cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb. The three editorial tenures were known respectively as “Personal Confessions,”  “Coming of the Bad Boys,” and  “Twisted Sisters.”

The incredibly varied stories include TV Blues, Life of Boswell, People Make me Nervous, The Old Songs are the Best Songs, Uncle Bob’s Mid-Life Crisis, Kraft Ebbing’s’ Psycopathia Sexualis, Goldilocks, The essays-buy Life of Philip K Dick,  and many more.

Also within are several photo strip stories featuring Crumb himself and various of his trademark well-built women including his wife Aline Kominsky-Crumb in tales such as Get in Shape and Unfaithful Husband

Includes all his stunning covers from all 28 issues

256 pages 28 x 22 cm Hardcover
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WRINKLES by Paco Roca

by Paco Roca

104 pages paperback with flaps | ISBN isbn 9780861662371

Admitted to a home for the elderly because he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, for Ernest community life feels like an ordeal. But soon he accepts his new environment and decides to fight to escape from giving in to his awful destiny. For the author, the human community is like a library where books are piled up in mountains populated by yellowing paper of dreams and fantasies. Where a life is covered in wrinkles, and some see the writing of their pages disappear, sheet after sheet, until they become completely blank. Despite this, the most intense emotions survive, preserved as a hidden treasure on a remote island.

Paco Roca is part of the generation of Spanish authors whose work was first published in the ground-breaking magazine El Vibora. Since then he has created many graphic novels including GOG (2000); The Lighthouse (2004), a story set in the Civil War as a backdrop about an escaping soldier, which was awarded best script by the journal Notices of buy essay Tenerife, the top comic award in Spain; Wrinkles (2007), among other awards won the Best Album and Best Screenplay at the Barcelona Comic Festival, The National Comic Award and awards for best album at the Festivals of Lucca and Rome; The Grim Game (2008), a personal view of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí ; Cartoonist Winter (2010), depicts the life history of cartoonists in Franco’s Spain and also won an award from Notices of Tenerife.

He also worked as writer and character designer on the animated film adaptation of Wrinkles (La Tête en l’Air), which received the Goya Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Reviews: age, illness, friendship – Roca’s Wrinkles

In Review: Wrinkles by Paco Roca

‘Wrinkles’ by Paco Roca


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Rian Hughes & Others

256 pages hardcover 265 x 195mm | ISBN 9780861661541

Now at a Special Sale Price!

An eclectic, enthralling collection of comics by Rian Hughes, master illustrator and designer, the man who has done more for comic book design than anyone else. Contents include his collaboration with Grant Morrison on the classic British character, Dan Dare, a post-modern masterpiece which sets an ageing, retired Dare in the economically depressed 1980s. Versatile and unpredictable, Hughes makes full use of his retro style in his Science Service co-written with John Freeman and in his adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s Goldfish, (with writer Tom DeHaven), he adopts a moody 2-colour palette to capture the noir feel.  The book is rounded out with another Morrison story, Really & Truly, a madcap road-trip from the pages of 2000AD magazine, as well as a number of sketchbook pages.

Published in a luxury embossed casebound edition, the book features an introduction by comics guru Paul Gravett.

256 pages hardcover 265 x 195mm
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