Ed Pinsent’s new book out now…..

Published On August 15, 2010 | By Richard Bruton | Comics

Thanks to Pete Ashton for flagging this up over at his blog. I could tell you all about why Ed Pinsent’s such an important artist and why his book is a near must have, but Pete does a bang up job of it himself……

If you were interested in underground / self published / alternative / downright odd comics in the 1980s and early 90s then Ed was part of the pantheon of artists worth paying attention to along with Eddie Campbell, Glenn Dakin and the rest of what’s become known as the Escape gang. Ed is interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly he was not just a creator but a key figure on the scene, running theFast Fiction anthology in the 1980s which would lead to Zum and Slab and everything else that followed. He was one of the seekers and connectors that pulled and held it all together.

More importantly he is a true artist. His work is special but also, I feel, important as Ed appears to have no obvious influences within the field. He has spent his career carving out something that is unique and very English in a way I’d never seen before and have rarely seen since. I’m not ashamed to say his work often went over my head, coming as it seemed from literary traditions I wasn’t literate in, but when I persevered it alway rewarded. (If pushed I’d say his work is stylistically a cross between Jim Woodring and Tove Jansson but ask me again and I’ll say something utterly different.)

Like many of his peers, his work has been scattered across self published pamphlets and short-run volumes. What it needed was a Great Big Book. And now there is one.”

Agreed, his book, Magic Mirror is available from Eibonvale Press. Go now. Buy.

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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