The Escapologist…. beautiful abstraction

Published On August 3, 2011 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Reviews

The Escapologist Part One – This Paper, This Ink

by Simon Moreton

I’ve talked about Moreton’s Smoo comics before and how enjoyable I find his drifting, open artwork, and his meandering stylised stories full of seeming nothingness.

Well the Escapologist takes it to a different level. It’s missing Moreton’s words, and I do miss his delightful turn of phrase. But in their place, Moreton opens up his art even more, creating a very simple 8 page comic that feels so much more substantial than it has any right to in so few pages.

His character splits into a Kandinsky-esque dream state of random shapes trailing a ghost faced form that flits and flies across landscapes, urban and rural, before coallescing, on the final page, back to human form.

I have no idea where Moreton is taking this story, if indeed it is a story, but in truth I really don’t mind.

If it’s a mere abstraction, a work merely existing to observe all the small things about us, I’m fine with that. Just the 8 pages here, 8 pages I’ve read many times since first opening the comic, are a sheer delight, beautifully drawn, evocative, dreamlike things. It’s lovely, quite lovely.

But see for yourself, here are the three opening pages:

The Escapologist, along with Moreton’s other comics; Smoo and The Sorry Entertainer, is available from Moreton’s website.

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About The Author

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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