Desert Island Comics – Episode 27 – Robin Etherington

Published On September 22, 2012 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Desert Island Comics

The waves lap at the shore, the palm trees sway softly in the delicate breeze, the wails of yet another poor marooned comiker cut over it all, lost and shipwrecked on our little desert island, just to provide you dear reader with a little Sunday entertainment.

Luckily the poor castaway has access to their favourite eight comics ever – otherwise this whole feature would be little more than torture for entertainment…..


This time we’re dropping in on one half of the Etherington Brothers, a team responsible for a series of fine, fine children’s comics over the past few years; amongst others they’ve given us Monkey Nuts and Baggage for the DFC Library, and are currently involved with The Phoenix Comic where they produce the strip Long Gone Don. 

Desert Island Comics – Episode 27 – Robin Etherington

After the best part of a year spent travelling around the country bringing the joy of sequential storytelling (we hope) and creative free-thinking to classrooms, book festivals, comic shops and libraries, Lorenzo and I have finally reached a little interlude where we can return to the studio and do what we genuinely love best – make comics! At the moment we’re knee deep in Long Gone Don Book 2 – our latest BD-format graphic novel – which will be serialised first in The Phoenix weekly comic, starting in issue 50. Lorenzo is really bringing the big guns to this underworld tale of a small lost boy and his crow sidekick.


1. ‘Wimbledon Green’ by Seth

The only comic I’d pick that specifically touches on the medium itself, this incredible little faux documentary tale is full of mystery, wonder, nostalgia and heart. I reread it at least once a year so it’s definitely coming with me!

2. ‘Akira’ by Katsuhiro Otomo

All 6 giant volumes ideally, but just volume 1 if I HAVE to limit myself. The greatest cyberpunk epic of all time and a game changing manga. There’s simply nothing else like it.


3. ‘The Complete Calvin and Hobbes’ by Bill Watterson

I fight the urge in normal society, but left all alone on a desert island I will DEFINITELY start inventing friends. So why not a tiger? The best tiger pal anyone could ever have.

4. ‘Asterix The Legionary’ by Goscinny and Uderzo

In a masterful series, this tenth volume stands apart. Uderzo’s art had reached it’s Zenith and Goscinny’s writing is unbeatable. The comedy, pacing, action, characters, setup and payoff are perfect.


5. ‘Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition’ by Stan Sakai

Very hard to find at a fair price but this 1000 page collection – gathering the first 7 books in the collection – is a must. Stan Sakai brings talking animals, genuine pathos, sublime humour and ultra cartoon violence to the world of feudal Japan. Magic.

6. ‘Dungeon: Parade Volume 1’ by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Manu Larcenet

Despite our close proximity to mainland Europe, there is a wealth of fantastic material that never gets translated. Thankfully the back catalogue of comics luminary Lewis Trondheim has been substantially tapped, and with Dungeon – his sword and sorcery comedy series (co-created with Joann Sfar) – you can see why. Blissfully funny characters stroll through a surreal fantasy landscape trying to get out of work, avoid the tax man and generally disobey conventions, while at the same time delivering a huge slice of satisfying action.


7. ‘Sam and Max: Surfin’ The Highway’ by Steve Purcell

Funny, funny, funny! There’s nothing else to say. Steve Purcell makes great computer games but his oddball opus is the adventure of a rabbit and a dog. With guns.

8. ‘El Lorenzo Sketchbook Deluxe Collection’ by Lorenzo Etherington

Cheeky I know, but my brother is the reason I started working in the comics biz, and his 600 page sketchbook collection has, does, and will, continue to keep me quiet! Plus it can double as a pillow on the island!

As for a luxury, can I bring my wife? Is that deemed a luxury? Is that breaking the laws of the island? If so, then I’d probably say my drum kit. If there’s one place I can make all the noise I want, it’s a desert island, right?

Sorry Robin, wife not allowed under the rules of the island I’m afraid, so yes, you’ll have time to practice your drums!

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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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