Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Cockney Kung Fu - A page breakdown.

We are just a matter of days now before we launch issue 2 of the Awesome Comics anthology. It will contain parts three and four of mine and Nick’s Cockney Kung Fu story. In preparation for this I thought it might be fun to look at the last page of issue 1 from a script point of view.

Below is that page as it was originally scripted. I wrote this before I knew who the artist would be. It got some changes from Nick that I really liked. I’ve added some annotations in brackets for some explanation.

Page 5.

Panel 1.

Red is heading up to see the Brothers. The stairs are dark and dirty. Musical notes float over her head from the nightclub on the ground floor below her as she climbs.

(This was set as a pretty simple panel to add movement upstairs to the offices at the Soho venue. Red had just kicked the arse of The Hay and was heading up on the offer she couldn’t refuse to see the two brothers. I intended it to show the dirty Soho Vice Scene type stairway. Nick had developed more of a strut into Red’s swagger and this continues into this scene).

Panel 2.

On the landing outside of the Brothers' Office are a couple of really skanky BDSM hookers/strippers - one man and one woman (they are both called 'Babs'). They are attached by a dog lead chain between them. All done up and looking strung out. They are actually kind of receptionists/secretaries for the Brothers Office.

Male BDSM Receptionist - 'Go in Red, they are expecting you.'

Red - 'Ta Babs.'

(I really wanted to add character to everyone in the Cockney Kung Fu Verse. I intended that even the smallest background player could be extrapolated into a bigger story. Having two BDSM, Bondage Discipline and Sado Masochism for the uninitiated, receptionists could open up all sorts of stories for me possibly later on in the road. They are both called Babs because when someone forgets my name I will occasionally tell them it’s Babs to wind them up - yes childish I know. For those paying attention to this mailer and my blog over at www.neverironanything.blogspot.co.uk you can find some of these little stories I’ve been writing, and continue to write.)

(Nick played about with the panels on this page and I loved what he had done. He allowed the Babs characters to be a little creepy by adding one panel of them just starring and smoking. It gives the impression that they know what they are helping Red get into. It also shows that they have a few hidden secrets of their own. Everyone in this tale is out for their own gains, dodgy low life scum all of them.)

Panel 3.

Shot from the inside of Red opening the door to the office.

Sound effect - 'creak'.

(Nick combined panels 4 and 5 in his tweaking. With the added single panel of the Babs receptionists this was a wise move as we had that one moment of tension. To add another panel of the door opening would have prolonged the moment far too long.)

Panel 4.

This is a shot of the office and the brothers in it. (See description from Part 1).

Above each brother's head is a little panel that tells us who they are.

Bernie -  'Bernie - Brains'

Benny - 'Benny - Psycho.'

Bernie is sitting at the desk that is central to the office and Benny is standing next to him and both are looking at Red as she enters.

The room is full of pervy shit. Dildos and leather masks adorn the shlves and table. There is also the odd lava Lamp and the desk is an old looking one, wooden and polished. There is a filing cabinet on one side of the office (relevant in part 3).

Give it a really seedy Soho look. Full of patterned wallpaper and velvet curtains.

(This is one of my favourite panels in this issue. You know exactly the character and intentions of these two Soho gang lords by what they have ion their office. Handcuffs, knives in a dartboard, two phones, chintzy lampshades even. Nick nailed it for what I wanted to set up. At the time I thought that he could have gone a bit further with the dildos but on retrospect I felt that the room was suitably crammed with hints.)

Benny - 'Ahh. Red. Thanks for finally blessing us with your presence. We have a bit of work for you.'

End Panel - 'To Be Continued.'

(I wanted a real sense of the episodic British comics style to this story and adding the classic ‘To Be Continued’ helps in my humble opinion to bring that vibe to the forefront).

Really hope that you enjoy the next couple of parts.

And remember......nothing good happens in South London.....

In Preview - ‘The Lady and the Lost World’ from Markosia.

The Lady and the Lost World.

Written and Lettered by Ian Sharman.
Illustrated by Hakan Aydin.
Cover art by Loles Romero.

Published by Markosia.
101 pages - Full Colour.

The Story - Emmaline ‘Emmy’ Harcourt is prone to wearing twin sets and pearls, she is posh totty and an adventurer to boot. She is looking for her fiancĂ© who went missing in mysterious circumstances five years ago. His name is Henry Tremayne who is on occasion called ‘Hooray Henry’.

The book opens with Emmy at the British Museum in London. She is looking for an American chap and someone without a ridiculous sounding name. She fails in this second part of her day’s ‘To Do List’ by meeting one Trent Bridgestock (told you) who she describes as:

A renowned charlatan, thief, spiritualist, alleged murderer and worst of all an American.’

Turns out though that Trent is just what Emmy is looking for and she arranges to travel to Mexico the following morning to investigate an ancient map that may hold the secret to the location of good old Henry. To celebrate her trip our heroine decides to go on a night out with pals who wish her Bon Voyage (as well as probably the odd ‘toodle pip’ and ‘have a smashing trip old girl’) she returns home however to find that her flat has been turned over, presumably looking for the aforementioned map she surmises. Luckily it was in her pocket the whole time.

As Trent and Emmy begin their trip from Heathrow airport we see that a secret organisation/sect/Masonic lodge/posh cricket club have gathered in a musty basement to discuss killing Emmy (and probably how cool they look in their magicians cloaks?)

So, the stage is set. A dash across the world’s archeological wonders in search of Henry. What will happen next? What cocktails will they drink? How will they survive? Will the missing fiancĂ© become the husband of Emmy’s dreams?

You’ll have to read it when it comes out now won't you…..

The Review - I got sent a preview copy of this book by Markosia and can tell you that it is an impressive looking comic. The full colour treatment throughout looks great and there are quite a few visually breathtaking moments. I would put Aydin somewhere between the Luna Brothers, Leo and Thomas Legrain in the art stakes. His landscapes and buildings/monuments/pyramids (etc) work is outstanding and you can see the care that goes into giving this story scale and placing it geographically exactly where the reader needs to know it is placed. But some of the figure work on occasion looks a little stiff and the colours, at certain points, seem a little flat. Everything is a little clean and immobile for my tastes and I’d like to have seen more detail in faces and clothes.

The story takes place in issues and distinct chapters that are collected into this volume. They can be recognised through the points on the globe that Emmy and Trent visit. Antarctica, Mexico, Eygpt and more are laid out and adventures had. It seems more Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. Rider Haggard or Arthur Conan Doyle than Tomb Raider. This is a grand tale of exploring more than it is an action flick.

I’ll be honest and say that I found the first two thirds of the story a little dry. There is a lot of travel, a lot of talking but not enough drama and action for my tastes. As I read I was mentally begging the writer to get on with something that I could get my teeth into, some tension, a good old punch up maybe? Emmy needs to be fleshed out a little more in my humble opinion. She is on occasion something of a cliche, and that crime to beat all crimes, a little dull.

But it is fair to say that the series takes an unexpected and welcome turn in the last act. I can’t spoil what happens but it does amp up the action and the strangeness on a book that seemed to promise so much for eighty pages and not deliver until this final sequence. The book ends on a cliffhanger that you would not in any possible way see coming at chapter one. Those last few pages want me to grab the second volume as soon as possible.

The cover work by Romero is a real high point for me with some interesting storytelling techniques used in a single gorgeous looking cover image.

Give it a go. The art is clean and crisp and whilst somewhat traditional to start with it evolves beyond what you might suspect.

Find out more about Markosia by following then on Twitter @Markosia or looking at this and any of the multitude of other books they have for sale at www.markosia.com

Follow the writer Ian Sharman @idsharman

Or look at more examples of the artists work at www.hakan-aydin.deviantart.com and follow him on Twitter @HakanAYDIN86

You can find Loles Romero at www.lolesromero.artstation.com or on Twitter @lolesromero

Many thanks for reading.

Monday, 28 May 2018

In Preview - ‘Slaughter Hawk’ by Dave Broughton.

Slaughter Hawk.

Created by Dave Broughton.

Full Colour - Perfect bound - £7.50.

The Story - A dark hero stalks a dystopian city of the future. Is he merely an urban legend or is he the hero that the people of this world need? Aided by technology, a secret headquarters and some bloody weapons ‘Corporatism has a new foe!’ Slaughter Hawk is gonna kick your ass!

The Review - Credit to Mr Broughton. This is a full colour superhero story. It has a dark antihero and is full of fights, car chases, underwater escapes, over muscled villains and Uber violence. When everyone else is obsessed with autobiographical diary comics, stories about their cats and overplayed horror tropes Dave has been busy producing something that is fun, well crafted and exciting. I read this from cover to cover and couldn’t put it down.

This is of course a superhero, albeit a rather dark portrayal of one. But it is also one that would fit in well with the tastes of a 2000 AD reader. It has a grittiness about it but also includes hilariously overblown characters who are in return in possession of numerous steroid induced muscles on muscles on muscles. We also get gadgets, tech armour, a militarised government and female ninja(ish) assassins. Dave does all the above with a little satirical glint in his eye. He knows what he is doing and he is also having great fun doing it. What more can you ask for?

Full disclosure, myself and Dave are both pals and past (and future) collaborators. His work is always fun and full of iconic designs. He knows how to tell an adventure yarn and it can only be a matter of time before the Prog comes a calling.

The print quality on this new small press book is impressive. Done in the old Dark Knight Returns / Perfect Bound style it can sit perfectly on a bookshelf. You can see the care that has gone into this project.

I got a special preview copy at the recent Lawgiver Dredd convention in Bristol. It’ll be getting a full release at ICE Birmingham later in the year. Grab yourself a copy there or have a look at this and more of Dave’s work at www.dbroughton.blogspot.co.uk or www.comicsy.co.uk/dbroughton 

You can also follow this creator on Twitter @DbroughtonDavid

Many thanks for reading.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

In Preview - ‘Daddy Day’ by Samuel C. Williams.

Daddy Day.

Created by Samuel C. Williams.

Published by Good Comics.

I just got a short preview of this cracking new book by Samuel. 

Some comics encapsulate the mood or the feeling of a particular period of your life. That time that impacts upon how we feel and deal with our every day issues. This new graphic novel from the Good Comics crew plucks little moments out of the day and places them with care onto the page.

As a father I recognise these little moments and they are translated with care and no small amount of humour. Short vignettes that speak to the parents amongst us. Although I’m sure that those who are not will enjoy it too.

The art has a caricature and funny and warm edge. I laughed at more than a couple of the moments Sam recounts. There’s still some work to be done on the comic but I was lucky to see an early copy.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the whole collection. Something of it reminds me of a British version of the comic diaries of James Kochalka - and that is high praise in my mind. Exaggerated smiles and tears with wide eyes innocence are presented in a combination of two colour and full colour pages. The art is on occasion a little rough around the edges but to me that will just endear you to the people at play in the panels. It is both an autobiographical diary comic and also a comic with themes of family and childhood.

We see this family play on the swings, catch sight of colourful garden birds, sneak a couple more minutes before bedtime and more. Touchingly shown on every page.

Good Comics continue to be a publisher worth watching.

You can find more of their books over at www.goodshop.bigcartel.com or follow them on Twitter @Good_Comics.

You can find out more about the creator on Twitter @samuelcwilliams

Many thanks for reading.

Lawgiver 2018 - a Con Report.

Lawgiver 2018! What a day!

I’ve always been a 2000 AD fan but never quite got into the message board scene that they have of recent become known for. It’s a fucking ace comic and full of some of the best and most imaginative comics you’ll see anywhere. The pod had kindly been invited to come along and cover Lawgiver by the organiser Su Haddrell. I have got to say that she puts on one hell of a show!

The guest list was a who’s who of the good and the great from the prog. Simon Bisley, Mick McMahon, Glenn Fabry, Dylan Teague, Steve Austin, Ryan Brown, Mike Collins, David Roach, Henry Flint, John Higgins and oh so many more. (Keep reading and you’ll discover a few more...)

(Mr V Hunt as we had a look at the original art!)

Held at the Double Tree in Bristol which many of you might remember as one of the homes of the old Bristol Comics Expo in the early 2000s. I have stayed at this hotel for three different conventions over the years and it always has a lively bar and pre/post con social scene. Today was no different. Upon arriving we were met by one of our favourite people in comics Iz McAuliffe who was there helping to make the day run smoothly.

The day opened with all the attendees and guests gathering in one of the talk rooms and being welcomed by Su. This is a trend that you used to see at the old UKCACs (United Kingdom Comics Art Conventions) in the 80s and 90s but has disappeared a bit since. I think they are a great idea. They make you feel part of the day. I was sat over the isle from Ian Gibson and chatted to people in front of me. Su got a big round of applause and opened the show. Come on Con organisers let’s see a return to this.

My first stop was our old mucker Dave Broughton. He and I did a just for fun Silver Surfer comic last year (If you haven’t read it yet then send me a message and I’ll give you the link) and he’s now finished his new superhero comic called ‘Slaughter Hawk’ and good god it looks ace. I grabbed an interview with Dave that’ll be appearing on a future episode of the pod and I can highly recommend anything he does. 

Look for Dave on Twitter @DbroughtonDavid He and I may also have a super secret project bubbling that you should look out for.

Myself and Vince ‘Nu Earth’ Hunt then spent the whole day chatting and shopping. 

It was great to finally catch up with Dan Cornwell after we loved Rock of the Reds so much. I’d managed to interview John Wagner at Leamington Comic Con and John (and all attending) marvelled over the gorgeous artwork that Dan had produced. Dan was great company and even took my ‘What bus can I get to Bristol Parkway?’ And ‘Do you send three pages at a time into 2000AD when they don’t expect it?’ Bus driver jokes. (For those that don’t know Dan recently gave up his job as a bus driver to draw comics full time.) This is a creator that you need to pay attention to.

Find more about Dan at www.dancornwell.wordpress.com

Next to Dan was Paul Williams who did me this excellent Torquemada head shot for FREE! It was great to hear that he listens to the pod and was introduced by our pal Gareth Hopkins. This geezer can draw. You can find some gorgeous examples of his black and white art (after a triumphant win at the 2000AD 2017 Portfolio Competition) and in the pages of the Prog itself. 

Have a look at Paul’s work over at www.sketchymagpie.com or follow him on Twitter @sketchymagpie

(A page from Sunflower - 451 Comics).

One seat on was the mighty Lee Carter (genuinely just these three guys would have made for an ace convention on their own). I bought a gorgeous sketchbook from Lee and he chatted about working for the prog and for the short-live 451 Comics publisher. I immediately then went and bought and downloaded his series Sunflower! Christ on a fucking trike it is beautiful. (No spoilers but he may be a guest on the pod sometime soon).

Find out more about Lee at www.mrleecarter.artstation.com or follow him on Twitter @MrLeeCarter

(Some Ian Gibson art!!!)

What followed was a long session of back issue and trade diving by myself and Mr Hunt. We both managed to fill our respective bags and also marvel at some slightly overpriced original comics art. 

(Vince even tried on the odd Johnny Alpha prop!)

We chatted to some great people both old friends and new and it was like going to a comic conventionfrom the 1980s. One that included an awful lot of drinking! One that wasn’t full of plastic toys and stuff that basically wasn’t comics! You know what a grump I am but even the cosplay didn’t get on my nerves.

We’ve had a little look behind the curtain about what is being planned for next year and I promise that you won’t be disappointed! A lot of UK Conventions could learn from this fun day.

And who says beer is bad for you!!

Many thanks for reading.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

In Preview - ‘SUTRA: Songs from the World of Om’ by Andy Barron.

SUTRA: Songs from the World of Om.

Created by Andy Barron.

The Story - The creatures of the World of Om return and navigate the landscape that in many ways mirrors our own. This is a world of beauty and savagery. It reveals much about these characters and in turn our own lives. Trajectories of narrative that can be fruitless and also life affirming. A visual song.

The Review - The artist, Andy Barron, takes another step forward in twisting my mental state with this new volume of his series Om. He takes another experimental step forward by introducing real world items into his comics. Whilst the previous incarnations and stories of this universe were totally drawn and coloured in this episode at certain moments he uses real life textures and environments. It makes you feel like these creatures are living in a place that is just outside of what you can see. Turn your head quickly and you might catch something disappearing behind the washing machine or garden shed.

Barron has become known somewhat for his imaginative use of dioramas on his convention tables. Small little puppet theatres that featured the creatures from Om. He swings the camera around thematically once more and makes use at a couple of moments in this story of these dioramas. This switches and changes views and meanings in ways I will let you explore yourself.

The comic has numerous knowing winks, moments of meta comparisons and mischievous parody. It opens with a wry grin as the character is portrayed like a certain Christmas Messiah and who then moves through time to become a middle eastern monarch. Barron’s characters traverse alien and often barren landscapes. But as they do they discover secrets of life and nature. Themes are gently poked in the readers ribs and we watch birth, death and rebirth through the pulsating and glowing alien nature that is shown so brilliantly in every panel. All moments are without any speech. One of my favourite sequences lampoons both religion and politics as a mob decides that due to the scratchings on a number of Hestonesque stone tablets that one character must be executed. As the crowd gathers they morph into a single entity with numerous cold white and angry eyes.

I could literally stare at the pages of this comic all day. This is a book that in some ways artistically reminds me of the movie Wizards by Ralph Bakshi and company. Not in any specific images or characters but more in this comic’s adult animation style conjoined with a strange and imaginative eye to transgressive movement and amorphous action and sexuality. It is erotic and brutal and emotional in ways you would never expect. It has sprung from the creative designs of Barron and never ceases to surprise and raise interest. The evolution of the series into a much bigger format suits the art excellently.

But there is more. There are hidden implications. The comic shows us in basic levels many of the mistakes being made with religion and social issues. (I’m going to take a guess and say that vegetarianism appears as a theme in one chapter.....?)

It is in every single panel this is a mind bending experience. A strip out of time but produced with modern technology, colours and print quality. This should be a big hit. Tell your friends.

This is getting a release on Sunday the 24th of June 2018 at the East London Comics Art Festival (ELCAF). For details of this event head to www.elcaf.co.uk

This is a big contender for my personal book of the year. Recommended without reservation.

You can find more about this series and other work by Andy Barron at www.andyillustrates.com or follow his work on Twitter @omcomics.

Many thanks for reading.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

In Preview - ‘Slang Pictorial issue 3’ by Nick Prolix.

‘Slang Pictorial’ issue 3.

Created by Nick Prolix.

Black and White - £3.99 - 28 pages.

It’s always a joy to see anything by Nick Prolix, a pal and a collaborator with me on Cockney Kung Fu. But it’s Slang Pictorial where I first noticed his coolly idiosyncratic art work. You can see the mastery, effort and love of the medium in every single panel. He’s one of those artists that pulls magic out of his pocket in a seemingly effortless scratch of a pencil and splash of ink.

Volume 3 is about to get released at Cardiff Independent Comics Expo (C.I.C.E) on the 2nd of June. I’ve been lucky enough to see a sneak preview of this and have just finished reading it all through.

Let me say this, you won’t be disappointed.

It expands on the stories of the gaggle of Londoners featured in the last couple of volumes. Done in iconic black and white it feels and reads like the coolest Sunday newspaper strip you wish you’d seen as a kid. Nick shows his love of European cartooning and sets up a story that is a cross between a crime drama and soap opera. His art is strongly lined with confidant inks and iconic personalities full of attitude and swagger. It is at once dramatic, funny and cool.

But there is a real edge to the characters’ journeys in this overarching narrative. We see the growth of worker’s rights and the lack of tolerance regarding sexual and personal freedoms. You feel the early days of the mixing of religious and ethnic diversity in London and also the problems that came from this mixing. Nick takes the time to make these issues a reality for the reader and for the people he populates his comics with. There are some harsh terms thrown around but they always come with the authentic backdrop of the gritty London streets and pubs of the time. A post war land that was undergoing a revolution. A place of flagrant street crime, wheeler dealer barrow boys, old school factory workers, closeted actors, hard drinkers ex soldiers and a growing feeling of racial and sexual freedom.

These geographical, albeit contrived in name by Nick, areas of London can be seen with historical and nostalgic viewpoints. As his players walk and negotiate the urban landscape you feel the bounce in their step with jazz music floating around them and the chance to find a few quid and booze it up. But there are always secrets and angles being played with. The story plays hide-and-seek with meanings and directions and deploys sharply cool dialogue like a drum solo of pacing and momentum.

I think you are in for a few surprises and possibly a couple of cliff hangers.

You might even recognise a familiar bus conductor.....

Magical stuff.

Go buy a copy.

You can get a copy direct from Nick at C.I.C.E or find him at www.thesheepandthewolves.com He’s also on Twitter @nickprolix

If you do head to Cardiff you’ll be able to get this awesome postcard from him!

Many thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

In Review - ‘The World Book of Records’ from Europe Comics.

The World Book of Records.

Written by Tonino Benacquista.

Art by Nicolas Barral.

Translated by Tom Imber.

Published digitally by Europe Comics - Full Colour - 64 pages - £3.99.

Released January 2018 in English language.

The Story - ‘Egg-balancing, hotdog-eating, baton-twirling—these are a few of the records people try to break in order to find themselves included in the World Book of Records. For those who make into the book, Paul Baron, a judge at the publication, is a hero. For others, whose dreams he denies, he's a villain. After one man's plan to achieve renown is destroyed, Paul learns that the man may have lost everything else, but he hasn't lost hope—the hope of joining other record-breakers in the book. But the record the man hopes to break is terrible, and Paul unfortunately has a role in his project. ‘

The Review - I talked about this on episode 149 of the Awesome Comics pod this week but felt like it needed a deeper dive and to show off some of the really great artwork.

There’s something about an opening of a comic where you see that moment before the alarm clock goes off. The city around us is waking up and beginning to get moving. A whole new day begins for Paul as his alarm clock goes off. He works he way through the morning rituals and heads out to the office of the Book of Records. Maybe it’s that you get a sense of the character of both the piece and the central character as he gets ready, it’s a kind of short cut to many little quirks of the story that always makes me interested.

When Paul gets to his desk at the office he checks his emails and sees the normal (for him) series of photos and messages of world record attempts. School kids try to cram themselves into a smart car or a photo of a rattlesnake that someone posted and is writing angrily about not getting a reply. Paul is a little weary of his world, he’s told by his colleagues that he is suited to his particular role at the business because he’s the sort of person who can let people down gently when they’ve fallen short of their dreams. But he is still a little restless.

To punctuate his ennui he heads off to meet a man who has written a 250 metre letter to his father who has passed away. Paul has to tell him that whilst it is an amazing achievement this man has got nowhere near the 800 metre letter written by some Japanese students. You get a great sense of Paul’s life and personality through these short little scenes.

During his travels Paul also meets a girl. Heading to the house of a woman who has written in he watches some hilarious attempts to twirl fiery batons with no success. Seeing the opportunity he asks the girl out on a date. It’s a credit to the tone and art of the story that this doesn’t come across as sleazy or opportunistic in any way but rather actually quite sweet. You really find yourself warming to Paul.

Then the story starts to take a strange turn. Paul receives a letter from a killer. A person who wants to set a rather gruesome world record by killing people he believes deserve it. He goes to the precinct house but is brushed off by a detective who tells him that this is surely some kind of prank. But of course they then find a body that has been dumped in a lake. I won’t spoil where it goes from there but its not what you might expect...

The story has multiple strands and implications but what hit perhaps the most for me was the emphasis on that deluded fifteen minutes of fame. People striving to complete an (often) ridiculous feat in order to give their lives some form of meaning. Paul is us in the story, he sees through the bullshit of the modern age and tells people, albeit sensitively, that they shouldn’t carry on with these attempts and just smell the roses. In one particularly touching moment Paul talks with a man who wants to set some form of record with his dog catching a frisbee. Paul very nearly breaks the fourth wall and tells him just to be happy with his life and that breaking a record doesn’t really have any huge meaning in the grand scheme of things.

As well as being a character study and a serial killer thriller it is also a love story. The relationship Paul forms with the baton twirling girl has reality and warmth. As a reader you really want Paul to be finally happy. I’ll leave you to read this comic to discover if he gets there... 

The art in this volume crosses the line excellently between a gorgeously realistically rendered world and the slightly caricatured facial features that we often see in European comics. Paul himself has a a slightly elongated face that ends in an almost Forsythian chin. Again this really adds to the charm of the whole book. the colour worth is natural and light. This story doesn’t need any bright sudden colours and the city and country scenes are just beautiful to sit and watch. Like the scenery outside the car window on a drive through the countryside with your parents.

Credit also goes to Tom Imber who translated this from it’s original language. Often I find translated comics to have a stiffness to the spoken word. None of that here. For the first time I think I’ll be paying attention to what else he works on in comics.

If I had one criticism it would be that serial killer element of the narrative is wrapped up a little too quickly and conveniently. This is a book that I would loved to have picked up as a series and could easily have run longer in my humble opinion.

I read this comic on the Izneo app. If you decide to have a look, and I hope that you do, then also be aware that they have it listed as ‘World Records Guide’. The title on the cover is slightly different.

Have a look for more from Europe Comics at www.europecomics.com or follow them on Twitter @EuropeComics

Many thanks for reading.