Saturday, April 30, 2011
I'VE been a bit out of the indie press loop lately so was pleasantly surprised when Karol Wiśniewski got in touch to tell me about the New British Comics anthology he edits. He was also kind enough to send me a copy of its third issue (see Lawrence Elwick's gorgeous cover above) which boasts 80 black and white pages featuring 13 different strips.
As with any anthology there is good and less-good but the former far outweighs the latter here. My favourite strips include Ink vs Paper by John Miers, a silent tale that is beautifully drawn and ingeniously constructed, and Better Living Through Distance by Dave Thomson, a bleakly amusing story about the universal nature of disappointment.
Best of the bunch for me, though, is Von Trapp by WJC. It's a nine-page vampire western that is not only atmospheric and chilling, but also boasts terrific, off-kilter art full of weird angles and odd perspectives. Loved it!
New British Comics #3 is a snip at £4. For purchase information, visit the NBC blog site at: http://newbritishcomics.blogspot.com