Upcoming! Three new titles coming from the fab Avery Hill gang!
Over the years since we started the blog one of the things which has changed, and changed very much for the better, is Indy comics publishing in the UK. When we first started blogging we had a vibrant small press, self-published scene, and I am very glad to say we still do, and in fact it seems to be in ruder health than ever (and backed up by several excellent small-press and Indy comics friendly events round the UK from ELCAF and ECAF in London to the newer Edinburgh Comic Art Festival, and of course now stalwarts of the scene like Caption and Thought Bubble). But we often lamented where can our huge stable of talented creators go for the next step in their careers? Where are our equivalents of Fantagraphics, D&Q, Top Shelf and the like?
And then to our total delight we got an answer to that question as the following years saw Indy publishers like Soaring Penguin, Myriad Editions, SelfMadeHero and Blank Slate join UK veterans like Knockabout. And suddenly there were more fantastic new comics works, many from great new voices in the medium, than any of us could keep up with! Not that we’re complaining, we’d rather there was too much good material for any one person to read than struggle to find good work! It’s an enviable position to be in and such a change to the preceding years.
The Avery Hill crew has been a very welcome addition to that stable of independent UK publishers, and in just a few years they have established themselves pretty solidly with a range of fascinating titles and excellent writers and artists such as Tillie Walden, Ellice Weaver, Rachael Smith and many more, and they’ve been rightly praised for championing some terrific new talent and established creators. As such it gives me great pleasure to share news of three great new works we can look forward to reading from Avery Hill in the coming months:
Retrograde Orbit by Kristyna Baczynski, Launching September 2018
At the outer edge of the solar system, on the mining planet Tisa, Flint and her mother live in the colony of Swift Springs. Displaced by a nuclear event, Flint’s family settled in Swift Springs two generations ago to become miners. Soon Flint will be old enough to begin her apprenticeship at the refinery.
But is the home that her family has built for her enough, or will a mysterious, irradiated planet pull her away from them? By following in their footsteps and leaving to forge a new path, is she betraying her family, or honouring their legacy?
Exploring notions of home and the desire to leave it, Kristyna Baczynski’s first graphic novel is a story of relationships, of time and of the motion of the universe. (120 pages)
Terrible Means by B. Mure, Launching October 2018
In the city of Ismyre, something is stirring…
An aristocratic businessman reveals the latest must have: a pillar of crystals that when placed within a home allows for the creation of beautiful illusions and more powerful spells to be performed. At the same time, Henriett, a disgraced biological professor now studying botany in a town far away, feels the disquiet in the air as specimens she has studied for years begin inexplicably dying out.
On travelling to Ismyre, to warn the current Prime Minister and council of an imbalance within the world’s ecosystem and magic, she encounters a young magician called Niklas who is there for a very different reason. Alongside a crew of ex-academics and inhabitants of smaller surrounding villages, Henriett and Niklas work together to uncover the strange imbalance being created in the world.
Set years prior to B. Mure’s first graphic novella in this series Ismyre, Terrible Means explores the motives and back story of the mysterious eco-anarchist wizards and their terroristic, floral tendencies. (80 pages)
A City Inside (Hardcover) by Tillie Walden, Launching September 2018
A stunning new hardback edition!
Shifting between the everyday and the surreal, A City Inside recounts one woman’s life from childhood home, to the first love that she will never forget, to the creation of the idea of herself that she can grow old with and the home that she can grow old in.
Walden’s follow up to the lyrical I Love This Part is a poetic exploration of the process of growing older; the journey towards finding out who you are and building a life for yourself.
It is a universal story of how we don’t just come-of-age once, but many times throughout our lives. (56 pages)
I’ve no doubts we’ll be mentioning more on these titles over the next few months. It’s such a satisfying feeling to see such diverse comics titles being published here in the UK, long may that continue! You can find out more from the Avery Hill website, and keep up to date with their latest news via their Facebook page and their Twitter feed.