We’ve looked at some pretty unusual subjects for comics this year, from tall ships to t-rex surgeons, but we never thought we’d find ourselves reviewing a book about a 19th century naturalist on a mission to illustrate every bird in America. But that’s exactly what Audubon, On the Wings of the World is all about and we definitely didn’t expect to find ourselves enjoying it quite as much as we have.
What have two unsuccessful arctic expeditions and an academic in the midst of a mid-life crisis got in common? Well they make up the three central threads of Luke Healy’s thought provoking new book, How To Survive In The North, from Nobrow Press. We caught up with Luke to find out how the world of historical explorers and fictional researchers blend together to create this unlikely of stories.
In case you were wondering how to say it, Geis is pronounced ‘Gesh’ (at least according to the notes in the front of the book) and is a Gallic word that that means taboo or curse. But don’t be put off by the hard to pronounce name, Alexis Deacon’s exquisite new book is a sublime mix of classic fairytale with bande designées styling and top quality production values (courtesy of Nobrow Press) that create a wonderfully entrancing first entry in an exciting new trilogy of books.
This week’s indie round-up is a mixture of eclectic indie and small press titles, which range from: the best up and coming creators profiled in the Broken Frontier Small Press Yearbook; the latest adventures from Nobrow’s coolest scandi adventurer Hilda in The Bird Parade; the surreal world of a crazy wrestling federation in Joshua Hicks’ Glorious Wrestling Alliance; and the most unconventional book from Avery Hill’s excellent 2016 line-up, Internal Wilderness from Clare Scully.
Geis – pronounced Gesh – is a Gallic word meaning curse or taboo and this new book from Nobrow Press is anything but cursed! It sees a group of nobles compete to be chief of their town after a sorceress curses the will of their chief and mixes a European fairytale feel with the high production values that Nobrow have made their signature. We catch up with creator Alexis Deacon to find out the real secrets behind this delightfully dark new graphic novel and it’s cursed name.
A multi-stranded tale that takes historical accounts of early 20th century arctic expeditions and interweaves them with a fictional account of an academic having a mid-life crisis may sound like a pretty weird mixture of stories for a comic, however Luke Healy’s How To Survive In The North from Nobrow Press is an utterly fascinating, meandering look at loneliness and survival in extraordinary circumstances, that expertly defies any initial concerns over it’s rather odd synopsis.
In 2014 Madefire were crowned the best Digital Comics App of the year for their mix of innovative motion comics and growing platform of new titles from major publishers. But how will they fair this year, in the face of opposition from new publishing platforms, digital innovators and a few old rivals who are getting stronger and stronger!
Nobrow aren’t a name you might instantly associate with digital comics as this small scale UK-based publisher specialise in boutique high quality *print* graphic novels and art comics. However this new Nobrow iPad app takes that high quality publishing model and brings it to a new digital audience translating some of their amazing titles into sumptuous looking digital comics. But can Nobrow maintain their tradition of high quality art comics in this disposable digital world?