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A Quiet Disaster by Alex Potts

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A Quiet Disaster by Alex Potts

239x168mm, 32 colour matte pages, £5.00

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Philip was getting old.  His face was getting wrinkled, his hairline was moving backwards and he was on the waiting list for a knee operation.  It was his day off and he didn’t have any plans, so he ate his breakfast in front of the computer screen and asked himself “What do I want to do?”

A grand existential crisis, a surreal Bulgakovian satire, or simply A Quiet Disaster?   We follow Philip on his day off work as he struggles to find meaning and happiness through the everyday decisions that make up a day.  Why did he cross that street?  Does he keep walking, or shelter from the rain?  What will make him happy?  And just why is that dog wearing glasses?

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Alex has been working in the animation business in London since the year 2000. He does traditional 2D animation, Flash, storyboards and illustration. He has collected some of his comic strips in self-published titles ‘Hand’, ‘Me, Talking to Myself About Myself, As Usual’ and ‘Lost Shoe Comics 1-4’.  He is also a frequent contributor to The Comix Reader, including being the artist of the cover to Issue #5.

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‘A Quiet Disaster’ by Alex Potts is on sale now from the Avery Hill shop and all good comic shops.

 

REVIEWS

“It’s somewhat absurdist, existentialist even, Potts taking a step back from reality to dissect a day in the life and observe so well just how we can find the smallest, most insignificant things absolutely disastrous. The biggest thing Potts has done so far and by far the best.”

Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International

Owen Pomery Gets the Best Fan Mail

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Owen Pomery, creator of the brilliant The Megatherium Club, recently received some fan mail.  Obviously this in itself is far from an unusual event (maybe), but the writer of said email was of particular interest to Owen and the rest of us at AHP Towers, for it was Lorin Ottlinger, Assistant Director at The Grove National Historic Landmark.  As I’m sure you all know, this was the boyhood home of none other than Megatherium Club member Robert Kennicott!

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Robert Kennicott

1835 – 1866

Bloody loved a field mission, so much so that he

died on one. He has a glacier, a river and

a valley named in his honour. 

Still resides at the Smithsonian, in skeletal form.

Lorin has kindly allowed us to print truncated excerpts from a couple of her emails below.  This is all genuinely exciting to us, but then we’re basically geeks.

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Reads Vol.2 #1

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36 pages in US comic format, mainly b&w with some colour pages

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Reads Volume 2 begins here.  4 stories, in 4 parts over 4 issues.

 Featuring:

Tim Bird, Luke J. Halsall, Ricky Miller, EdieOP and Owen D. Pomery

 Cover by Eleni Kalorkoti

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To kick things off we have Luke J. Halsall and Tim Bird’s ‘The Bullpen’.  A story set in the offices of a comic book publishing company at the dawn of the Silver Age of comics.  Think Mad Men but with Stan Lee instead of Don Draper.

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Our second strip sees Owen D. Pomery return to the characters from his hit comic, ‘The Megatherium Club’. ‘Skeleton Crew’ is the first in a series of standalone adventures pitting the club against the same “villain”, a rival scientist who looks like he might just beat our “heroes” at their own game.

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Our third strip, ‘Hitchcock & Film’, is brought to you by Ricky Miller and (that man again) Tim Bird.  They begin their look at four different periods in the life of Alfred Hitchcock along with a whistle-stop history of the development of film during his lifetime for good measure!

27. Lucius Jellybean

EdieOP rounds things off with a full-colour strip featuring ‘The Story of Lucius Jellybean’, an orphan germ, born from the union of a slug and a virus.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll probably want to leave off eating until afterwards.

 

REVIEWS

“An essential platform for a healthy representation of the creative voices that make up the AHP stable, and a true testament to the continuing evolution of this important micropublishing presence on the UK scene.”

Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

“Great anthology, variety and quality throughout.”

Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International

“This is EdieOP’s first contribution to Reads, and the story shows her sense of humour and a clever mixture of innocence but blatant danger as well. Very entertaining.”

Mark Russell, A Place to Hang Your Cape

“This collection is a primer / advert for the fledgling (set up in 2012) Avery Hill Publishing, whose publications so far, I have found to be of impeccable merit! Keep up the good work!”

Jonathan, Page 45