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The Independent on Sunday: Review of Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

The web sensation hit the books market last month to enthusiastic acclaim, and today's Independent on Sunday carries my large review of one of my favourite complete comic stories of all time.

This review was great fun to write, and it was fabulous to see artwork from Nimona adorning the sunday papers!

"Nimona though is where it all began, and where Stevenson’s most pure artistic expression is to be found. What begins in simple panel layouts and shark jokes, turns through expressive colour palettes into playful design and incredible characterisation that matches the dark evolution of the story. Stevenson has prioritised accessibility above radical composition, with simple but effective transitions and easy to follow dialogue bubble paths. This is perhaps why Nimona is as popular with new comic readers as it is with long-time fans."

Read the full review here: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson - book review



The Independent on Sunday: Cameron Stewart Discusses Fight Club 2

Earlier this month I travelled through to Glasgow to sit down with the ridiculously talented Cameron Stewart, writer of Batgirl, creator of Sin Titulo, and artist of the highly anticipated Fight Club 2.

"I have to be the one to do this," Stewart recalls thinking, when he heard that Fight Club 2 was moving ahead with Dark Horse Comics. "I ended up doing a three-page adaptation of one of the closing chapters of the novel..."

Read the full interview here - Fight Club 2: Cameron Stewart discusses drawing the comic book sequel to Chuck Palahniuk's iconic book

Cameron Stewart


The Independent on Sunday: Review of The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

My interview of Scott McCloud's The Sculptor in tomorrow's Independent on Sunday  is up early on the website, and the graphic novel is an early contender for comic of the year.

"If Understanding Comics was the research, The Sculptor is the finished thesis – far more than the sum of its parts, and a wonderful testament to the power of comics."

Read the full review here - The Sculptor by Scott McCloud: A devilish pact that speaks to every frustrated artist

The Sculptor


The Independent on Sunday – Review of IDP: 2043 by by Mary Talbot, Hannah Berry, Irvine Welsh, Barroux et al

"The Edinburgh Book Festival, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, shows that its commitment to promoting graphic novels remains strong by teaming up with the publisher Freight Books, and a dream team of novelists and artists, to visualise Scotland’s future."

I'd been looking forward to this exciting collaboration for quite some time, so I was delighted to be able to review it for The Independent on Sunday last month. It's fairly unusual to see a comic book focused on my home country of Scotland, let alone one of a glorious science fiction flavour.

Edited by crime maestro Denise Mina, this graphic novel features chapters by 2000 AD creator Pat Mills and acclaimed graphic novelist Hannah Berry; artist Will Morris; The Phoenix artist Adam Murphy; author Irvine Welsh and Doctor Who artist Dan McDaid; Mina herself and famed French artist Barroux; and Sally Heathcote: Suffragette collaborators Mary Talbot and Kate Charlesworth.

There are a couple of hiccups, but I make special note in particular of the chapter by Adam Murphy, which is the stand out diamond in an embarrassment of riches.

Read the full review here!

IDP: 2043


The Independent on Sunday – Review of Sally Heathcote: Suffragette By Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, and Bryan Talbot

The highly anticipated second graphic novel from Costa winners Mary and Bryan Talbot hit the shelves this week, this time with Kate Charlesworth providing art duties, and Bryan having designed the layouts. The Independent on Sunday chose the title as their leading book review.

Mary's first graphic novel, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, was a biographical affair and Sally Heathcote: Suffragette keeps that historical background while introducing a fictional lead character to move through the events of suffrage and the fight for the women's vote, providing a grounding point for the reader.

It is a brilliant work of art and a fascinating (and meticulously researched) insight to the complexities of the suffrage movement in the UK - hopefully my review will help convince more people to read it!

Read the full review here!



The Independent on Sunday: Review of Snowpiercer by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette

The first English translation of the acclaimed French graphic novel, Snowpiercer (Le Transperceneige), is published in the next few days by Titan Comics and I was lucky enough to get one of the early review copies in order to write the main review for The Independent on Sunday earlier this month.

Snowpiercer is without a doubt one of the greatest sci-fi comics ever created, and a personal favourite of mine. I'm thrilled that it was given such a high place in the paper, and that the editor picked one of my favourite pages to illustrate the print version.

You can read the full review here.