Upcoming – Between The Billboards

Published On May 5, 2015 | By Richard Bruton | Comics

We featured this a little while back in a general look at the releases planned by publisher Avery Hill, but now it’s pleasing to see that architect and artist Owen D. Pomery‘s Between the Billboards & The Authoring Of Architecture will get a proper release this month.

You can pre-order now and get the book from the 9th May launch at the Alternative Press: Takeover 2015. Here’s the finalised cover image…

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And from that you get most of what you need. The entire comic is there, encapsulated in that very heavily architectural, design-led image. You get the style that carries on inside, and from the single isolated figure perched up high, you get an idea of the story inside, a cautionary piece about the dangers of retreating too far into solitude.

I read and enjoyed Between The Billboards when Pomery published it in comic single issue form. It’s a striking looking work, Pomery’s style very, very different, the vertical lines in his art reflecting, perhaps, some of the architectural elements in his life.

The story in Between The Billboards concerns James Ebner, a man who’s taken the rather drastic step of retreating from society, choosing to live high above the city in a converted water tank hidden from view between two advertising boards. Alongside exploring the reasons for this drastic decision, Between The Billboards takes a look at just how this urban isolationism is affecting us all in an increasingly cut-off, internalised society, and how we all have a relationship with our environment, urban or otherwise.

There’s so much to enjoy in Between The Billboards, the deep melancholy is tempered by Pomery’s ear for naturalistic and funny dialogue, the minimalism in his art tempered by some absolutely gorgeous architectural design elements, such as this really impressive pull away shot of Ebner’s lonely home, Pomery utilising all the best of architecture and comic page design to give us this…

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This collection brings all those issues together, newly formatted and edited, with a new comic piece that frames the story. It also includes The Authoring Of Architecture, a series of short essays and comics exploring the use of architectural ideas in comics and how Pomery utilised and integrated architecture in his work.

Pomery has this to say about the new collection:

“Between the Billboards is a very important and personal project to me. It marked my first foray into the medium of comics, and through the process of writing, drawing and producing the six part series, I learnt a huge amount, not only about the craft, but also about self-publishing generally. The story itself is also a very personal one, reflecting on choices and the cause and effect of our actions within our environment, and the opportunity to explore this in comics has been a cathartic and illuminating experience. Billboards had always been conceived as a single volume, but releasing it in separate parts was the only way it seemed viable to me as a self-publisher, so when it was complete, it seemed only natural to collect it as one piece. Through collaborating with Avery Hill Publishing, we both agreed that simply reprinting the work was not something we could get that excited about, we wanted to create a new book, and at the same time expose the original story to people who may not have been aware of it. This how we conceived Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture.”

The original story is there, but reformatted and redesigned to really make it the best it can be. In addition to this, the book contains a collection of other short form comics, which are all linked by an architectural approach; one of the principle themes recurring in Billboards. Through additional writings, annotations and a new bespoke comic that binds all the work and ideas together, we have created a book of which I am immensely proud. I have been overwhelmed by the support and interest in my comics so far, so I am very pleased that this book will be found by a new audience, as well as providing something exciting for those who made it all possible in the first place. I take great pleasure in casting a dim light on those areas of life we do not always acknowledge, but so many of us relate to, and I hope this book goes a little way to exploring that.”

Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture is available to pre-order now from the Avery Hill shop: http://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/

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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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