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The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside by Gill Hatcher

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The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside by Gill Hatcher

40 pages in full colour 239x168mm landscape, perfect bound in a stunning wraparound colour cover

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Megan is a 14 year old girl who lives in Manchester with her mum and stepdad. Like most teenagers she is entirely reliant upon technology, until a family trip to the Scottish highlands reconnects her with nature and helps her to find solace during a turbulent time in her home life.

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Gill Hatcher (Team Girl Comic, Go Wildlife) has created a wonderful story of a young girl coming to terms with life, her family and herself, set amidst the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands.  Gill’s own love of the outdoors and the animals that call the highlands home radiates from the beautifully drawn pages and will enchant and inspire even the most cynical city shut-in.

Here are a few words from Gill:

“It’s an all-ages book that I hope will appeal to anyone with an interest in wildlife, however slight their knowledge might be.  I’d like to see the book create a bit of a culture clash; inspire comics readers to get outdoors and experience a bit of nature, and maybe introduce a few outdoorsy types to the amazing world of comics too.”

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REVIEWS

” Unassuming and delicately constructed, The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside is a triumphant and gorgeously executed piece of all-ages storytelling that I have no doubt will propel Gill Hatcher’s profile to the next, and much deserved, level of recognition.”

Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

“It’s beautifully full of flights of fancy and as a counterpoint has moments of childhood sadness. It examines the interiors and exteriors of life and has an eye for wildlife that makes me want to go out and buy some binoculars.”

Tony Esmond, Never Iron Anything

“After reading this one, I can honestly say that if the rest of her work is as beautiful as this one is then I am going to be completely in love with it.”

Patrick Scattergood, Curiosity of a Social Misfit

“The Beginners Guide To Being Outside is an intimate, straightforward story which – rather than relying on dramatic twists and turns – keeps things remarkably restrained and utterly believable. Megan is a relatable character to anyone who has managed to make it through their tricky teenage years; grumpy, disinterested and permanently glued to her phone and tablet. The family issues that led to her mother and father no longer being together are touched upon briefly, but never overdone, making this story more about Megan herself than her parents and their problems.”

Craig Nielson, Big Comic Page

Metroland #1 and Reads Vol.2 #1 Pre-Sale

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To celebrate the impending launch of Metroland #1 and Reads Vol.2 #1 we’re offering 20% off when you pre-order the pair together through our online shop!

Metroland #1 is an all new starting point for Ricky Miller’s mysterious, mind-bending tale of a missing girl, time travel and music, with the main strip drawn by Julia Scheele (I Don’t Like My Hair Neat), and back-up strips drawn by Jazz Greenhill (The Festival) and Rebecca Strickson. We don’t want to tell you anymore for fear of getting spoilery, but rest assured, this one’s a thriller!

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Our second volume of Reads kicks off with all new stories from Tim Bird (Grey Area), Luke Halsall (iHero), Ricky Miller (Metroland), Edie OP (Jonah, Dangerfun) and Owen Pomery (Between The Billboards), about comics, film, gentlemen scientists and a deadly, loveable virus, all topped off with a wonderful cover by Eleni Kalorkoti! Printed in 170x260mm ‘American’ comic format, we couldn’t be more excited about Reads!

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Both comics are 36 pages long and are marvellous.  You can get them HERE.

Days by Simon Moreton

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Days by Simon Moreon

148 pages printed in a larger-than-original size of 239mm by 168mm, perfect bound.

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“Quite simply… one of the most important and intelligent creative voices in current U.K. small press comics”

Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

Avery Hill are proud to announce the release of Days, a collection of the work of Simon Moreton.

The collection covers Moreton’s comics output from 2011 and 2012, including three out-of-print issues of his acclaimed ongoing autobiographical series SMOO, and ten strips created for anthologies, including one previously unpublished piece.

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“Moreton is using the comics medium to its greatest extent, encouraging us to derive every possible ounce of meaning from the imagery he presents”

Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International

 Days  features an all new wraparound cover, extensive notes on the work included, and a short essay by Moreton,  offering a perfect entry point for new readers, and a different perspective for existing fans.

“Moreton’s very much in the John Porcellino wing of comics-as-poetry school as he tells very short stories about his environment, his memories and his anxieties”

Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

When asked about Days, Moreton said:

“I’m really proud of the work in this collection. It documents a turning point in my zine making where I was finally starting to get a sense of what I really wanted to try and do with my stories and drawings. The work collected here shows that period of experimentation, but also that period of my life in pen and pencil. It makes me happy and humbled to see my zines put together in this way.”

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REVIEWS

“Where comics meet poetry. Sometimes funny, sad or just plain truthful it’s a hugely satisfying read.”

Tony Esmond, Beardrock

“These are comics you’ll feel you’ve lived.”

Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

“There’s nothing overly expressive, but absolutely nothing hidden either: there’s a moving intimacy in Days’ simplicity, an openness and frankness that astounds.”

Robert Wallis, A Place to Hang Your Cape

“Moreton is an interesting artist. He is a scholarly observer. He is a second-generation indie cartoonist. In many ways, he is a young British version of John Porcellino. Looking over his work, he does a nice job of evoking teenage angst in the suburbs and the overall longing of youth.”

Henry Chamberlain, Comics Grinder