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New Titles for 2015 – Part Two

Avery Hill are delighted to announce details of three of the new publications that we have coming out in 2015.

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         Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture

By Owen D. Pomery

Release date: April 2015 

A graphic novel collecting the six-part series Between the Billboards, alongside a series of comics and essays on The Authoring of Architecture.  

Between the Billboards

Ebner has elected to live between two advertising boards, in a converted water tank in the centre of the city.  What follows is a simple and cautionary tale, detailing the perils of shutting yourself off from the rest of the world. The main content is of small, apparently inconsequential happenings, often dark, sometimes amusing, but all way-markers on the road Ebner has chosen to walk. 

The Authoring of Architecture

Through a series of short comics and essays, Owen explains how architectural ideas can be explored in graphic stories and the different ways they influence his work.

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Swear Jar

By Abraham Christie

Release date: June 2015 

Swear Jar collects a series of short comics drawn between 2014 and 2015.  Occupying themselves chiefly in flirting with neurosis and mundanity, they attempt to keep a gentle humour, whilst querying the value of one’s nemesis, failed friendships, and the inconveniences of finding oneself radioactive and powerless.

Abe Christie is a cartoonist and former art student based in London. He spends his days working a dead end job where he dreams of other lives he might have lived, then attempts to live them in comic form.

And…

Title TBD

By Isabel Greenberg

Release date: Winter 2015/16

Avery Hill are delighted to announce that we will be publishing a new comic by the superstar writer/artist of The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, Isabel Greenberg.  The story covers the early Greek Myths, focusing on the formation of the Earth, the birth of the Gods, Zeus’ battles with the giants, the creation of man, Prometheus and Pandora’s Box.  No images or further details are available at present, as the project is in its very early stages, but suffice is to say that we’re stupidly excited about it!

  

Other Releases Coming in 2015

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Reads Vol.2 #3 (Spring) & #4 (Summer)

Metroland #3 (Spring), #4 (Summer), #5 (Autumn)

 

 

Announced Last Week

A is For Amos by Daria Hlazatova (April)

Buttertubs by Donya Todd (June)

The End of Summer by Tillie Walden (June)

The Rabbit by Rachael Smith (August)

Spotlight on ‘The Rabbit’ by Rachael Smith

Rachael Smith

 The Rabbit

146 pages long, full colour.

Release date: August 28th 2015 with a launch party/signing at Travelling Man, Manchester

Debut convention: September 5th 2015 at International Comics Expo, Birmingham

London launch party/signing: September 11th 2015 at Orbital Comics, London

Rachael Smith has self-published several comics such as The Way We Write, Flimsy’s Guide to Modern Living, and I Am Fire (which made Forbidden Planet International’s ‘Best of 2013’ top 10 list). She then went on to release Clara’s Shadow via David ‘V for Vendetta’ Lloyd’s publishing house Aces Weekly, and her debut graphic novel House Party came out in 2014 with Great Beast Comics to critical acclaim (and made Forbidden Planet International’s and Broken Frontier’s ‘Top 10 comics of 2014’ lists). She is currently working with Titan Comics on her monthly strip for the Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor comic series and draws  a weekly comic strip for the Leicester Mercury.  She was  nominated for the Emerging Talent category in the 2013/14 British Comic Awards.

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We’ve been hoping for an opportunity to work with Rachael for some time.  Her witty dialogue and brilliant cartooning made her stand out as a creator to follow with interest and the impressive debut graphic novel, House Party, proved that she could excel in a long-form book.

With The Rabbit, the new subtlety in her line work and colouring in particular are obvious, but there’s also an added depth to the characterisation and storytelling that we think is going to set this book apart as something very special.

We can’t wait to share it with everyone.

Bloody brilliant storytelling, bloody brilliant comics…I honestly dare you not to be impressed.

Forbidden Planet International

With a balance of clean line, sharp wit and expressive cartooning Rachael Smith is shaping up to be a major talent in British comics.

Gosh! Comics

Emotionally brutal, yet poignant, recognisable and refreshingly optimistic as well, House Party is an exquisite encapsulation of that moment of epiphany when we finally realise the nature of life’s constantly evolving state.

Broken Frontier

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Eleanor and her younger sister Kathy have run away from school, from home and from all of their troubles. They may also be running from reality itself, as they seem to have acquired a new friend in the form of a talking cartoon bunny rabbit called Craig. As Craig grows bigger and bigger, the girls soon discover exactly what kind of creature has joined them on their adventure. Running away is not as easy as it seems.

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Some words from Rachael

“I’ve had The Rabbit kicking about in my head for a couple of years now, and it’s lovely to be exploring it properly in the drawings. I suppose at the time I did House Party I was in a pretty similar position as the main character, Michelle – so it felt very apt and slightly autobiographical. The Rabbit is less autobiographical and a lot more surreal, but there are a few similarities between me as a little girl and Kathy, the younger sister in the story. Kathy is always wondering about the big questions and worrying about things she doesn’t understand, Eleanor is much more pragmatic and practical, and gets frustrated easily with her sister’s whimsical and tender nature. So I guess, while House Party was about how I was feeling at the time I wrote it – for The Rabbit I’ve been turning more to my childhood. Both sisters have been a blast to write and draw, I love them a lot.

I can’t really say too much about the rabbit in the story without giving too much away… OK well, he’s called Craig, and as the girls take care of him he gets bigger and bigger. He was also amazing to write and draw – as I’ve never worked with a character who has changed so much during the course of the story.”

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The Rabbit is a surreal and affecting coming-of-age tale that captures the wonder and vulnerability of youth. Both funny and sinister, familiar yet fantastical. You won’t soon forget The Rabbit.

New Titles for 2015 – Part One

New Titles 2015

Avery Hill are delighted to announce four new publications that we have coming out in 2015.

We’ll be spotlighting each of these titles over the coming week.

 

 

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By Rachael Smith

146 pages, full colour.

Release date: 28th August 2015

Eleanor and her younger sister Kathy have run away from school, from home and from all of their troubles. They may also be running from reality itself, as they seem to have acquired a new friend in the form of a talking cartoon bunny rabbit called Craig. As Craig grows bigger and bigger, the girls soon discover exactly what kind of creature has joined them on their adventure. Running away is not as easy as it seems.

Rachael Smith’s follow up to the acclaimed House Party is a surreal and affecting coming-of-age tale that captures the wonder and vulnerability of youth. Both funny and sinister, familiar yet fantastical. You won’t soon forget The Rabbit.

 

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Buttertubs

By Donya Todd

Release date: June 2015

 Buttertubs is a dog who always wants to save the dudes and damsels in distress, but who always mucks it up on account of his inability to stop sweating butter. Running becomes flailing and crashing, everything he touches becomes greasy and strangely flammable, and even simple tasks become fraught with slippery danger. 

His nemesis, The Hotdog Queen, needs to watch her back, his friend Hester is always trying to stop his foolish escapades, and there are many, many damsels in distress. All in a day’s work for Buttertubs!

 Yeah, it’s Donya Todd…

 

 

The End of Summer

The End of Summer

By Tillie Walden

Release date: June 2015

 In a secluded castle, at the beginning of a winter that is predicted to last for three years, Lars is battling illness, boredom and the pressures of family life.  Locked inside for the duration, he passes the time playing with his siblings and his giant cat, Nemo, while tensions within the family begin to simmer…

 In her first graphic novel, Tillie Walden tells the tragic and moving story of Lars and his twin sister, Maja.  Full of subtle and tender character moments and set in an exquisitely rendered castle, it’s a hauntingly beautiful work that will no doubt be considered as one of the great debuts of 2015.

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A is for Amos – A Musical A to Z

By Daria Hlazatova

Release date: 18th April 2015 (Record Store Day)

Taking it’s inspiration from childhood A to Z books, “A is for Amos” features subjects from the world of music, all hand-picked by Daria, and re-created in her astonishingly detailed and fantastic style. Bowie sits alongside Tchaikovsky. Zappa with Wagner.

Printed in full colour, seven inch format, “A is for Amos” is essential for music fans and art lovers alike.

More announcements to come next week!