NEW BRITISH COMICS No.2
Two books, two languages, one contents
Dwie edycje, dwa języki, jedna zawartość
Cover – okładka: Nelson Evergreen
Authors – autorzy: Dan White, Dave Thomson, Paweł Gierczak, David Hailwood, Tony Suleri, Maddku, Jacek Zabawa, David Robertson, Frank Lamour, Rob Miller, WJC, Jon Edwards, Tony Hitchman, Lawrence Elwick, Paul O’Connell, Leonie O’Moore, Iain Laurie, Craig Collins, Nelson Evergreen.
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I know there are going to be some comic folk out there asking “Why Polish?” sigh. Well,the
A pity our phenomenally huge Chinese-British community doesn’t do something similar to this!
I know I reviewed NB no.1 on CBO but recovering from a migraine doesn’t make me want to go searching. I do recall liking the first but I always think the best strips are put into first issues to make you buy the second. In this case I was totally and completely wrong in thinking that.
The cover looks better than any scan –almost 3D. That’d make a great poster. As for the strips..
Dan White’s “Last Summer” is very nicely drawn and has a story that ought to make you smirk. Hey –we’ve all been there [as boys,obviously]. It’s one of the highlights of this book.
Dave Thomson’s strip,“Feeding Spiders”,is an odd one. A weird looking robot sent to see a prisoner too dangerous to allow a human reporter to interview. Can’t fault the story or the art which is superb –nice use of grey tones.
Pawel Gierczak provides the strip “Cyberpunk”. It’s similar in a way to one I saw in the German zine PLOP! In that it is so worked art-wise that it must6 have taken ages to complete! So much fine detail that I began wondering what size paper he works on!
David Hailwood [w] and Tony Suleri provide the twist-in-the-tale “Spare Parts”. I’m quite sure that I’ve said before that I like Suleri’s work and my opinion hasn’t changed since then.
Maddku [w] and Jacek Zabawa provide the book with “The Horror Of Bul-Bim”. It looks like grey-scaled colour artwork and I was worried it might be a bit too dark but it worked,thankfully.
David Robertson and Frank Lamour provide the other stand-out strip “Under The Rainbow:Mercy”. Well worth checking out.
“Elexender Browne in ‘The Last Drop’ is by someone called Rob Miller. Heh. Anyone who buys Khaki Shorts will be familiar with Rob’s work and my opinion of it –I like it in case you need reminding.
WJC provides “Ragnar’s Charm” which is a nice art style and I like the art and story –certainly enough to want to see more from the mysterious one.
I’ll mention one other strip:”Gingerbread” by Leonie O’Moore and I liked this strip and the art style. Definitely want to see more from this creator.
There are others and you can see previews in English or Polish at the New British Comics site. What I need to say,though,is that there are creators in this book that ought to be working professionally in comics. In fact,the whole book looks very professional from cover to design and the strips within. There are also biographies at the back of the book.
This book needs proper distribution and ought to be in comic shops –I know Excelsior! in
If you are in the
Were I asked to recommend a British Indie comic for contents and quality as well as real value for money it would be New British Comics no.2!!
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