The Escapologist Part One – This Paper, This Ink
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.