Written and Drawn by Tim Bird.
Published by Avery Hill Publishing
There is no doubt that the first two Grey Area issues from Avery Hill Publishing are two of my favourite comics from the last year.
Written and drawn by Tim Bird I was over the moon to hear from the Avery Hill guys that there was a third installment on the way.
Planned for a release in October this year Grey Area - From The City To The Sea is described by the publishers as continuing 'Bird's psychogeographical explorations of our modern existence as he travels east out of London to the North Sea through the outskirts of the city, suburban streets and marginal spaces, loosely following the route of the River Thames to the Estuary and beyond.'
Tim writes personal stories and uses the surroundings he wanders through as characters and mood. The first two issues were astonishingly poignant and show the writer in a connection to his surroundings that has to be read to be believed.
The art is precise and has a real melancholic quality, beautiful and still. His figures are moments of calm in the rush and chatter of a London (and beyond) landscape. He seems to draw from the theory that the only place to be truly alone is amongst a crowd (or in this case a sprawling city). Life is essentially a map you haven't walked yet, breathtakingly good in all respects and I hope this gets seen by a lot of people as it thoroughly deserves the attention.
I also loved the moment with the seagul - real class.
There are some preview pages below that I have just been sent for you to have a look at.
Get over to their website and order yourself a copy.
Brilliant stuff indeed.
Thanks for reading.