I’ve been lucky enough to have been asked to write not one, but two introductions for comics projects in recent months, and although I wrote them some time apart, they both turned up in my mailbox this week, on consecutive days.
The first of these to show up was for the Kickstarter project Here and There, a full colour psychological horror graphic novel by Chris Sides and Adam Jakes (with Aljosa Tomic and Ken Reynolds). I’ve known Adam for many years, as he was always kind enough to send me copies of his self-published comics Floid and Whatever in the mid-late 1990s and it has been great to see his tremendous development over the years.
It’s an excellent example of British indie comics at their best, and it comes with my highest recommendation. You can purchase the book (or a deluxe package with prints and art book) on Chris’ website here.
The second introduction I was asked to write was Under Ice by comics newcomer Claire O’Brien, a 20-page comic adaptation of the Kate Bush song, originally created for the online art challenge Inktober. Claire was kind enough to include a beautiful sketch in the limited edition she sent to me.
If you’re into comics and Kate Bush, then this is a no-brainer. You can order the signed regular copy, or the sketched limited edition on her website here.