Posts Tagged ‘Hannah Berry’

Podcast 71 – More Comics By Women

ConSequential Podcast Episode 71 - More Comics By WomenY’know that shade over half the population who make about ten percent of Big Two comics, probably about half of the rest, and whose work gets about five percent of the attention? Yeah, those folks: women?

You remember women, right – the ones who don’t get to say “I done made a comic” without some internet dickdribble making death threats.

In the spirit of celebrating great work (and of not being that guy), this week we’re spotlighting a bunch of comics with female creators. 

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Podcast 47 – Halloween

Podcast 22 – Englishness, National Character and S.J. Harris

ConSequential Podcast Episode 22 - Englishness With S.J. Harris

Who better to talk about national character in comics with than S.J. Harris, author of the extremely English Eustace, one of our favourite books of last year? And where better to record that than Rules, ludicrous cocktail bar and oldest restaurant in London? No one and nowhere, that’s who/what.

There’s a fair bit of noise in this one – it was recorded in a bar, there was another bar outside, a hen party within, a perpetually-circling police helicopter overhead (Roger recently threatened the king of Spain in an elaborate and unsavoury fashion), and to be brutally honest we were just eating bar snacks the whole time with no regard for decorum or your delicate ears. We can only apologise. Read On…

Podcast Episode 17 – Crime

Podcast Episode 2 – ELCAF, Fatale and Gender

A Brief Ode to Foyles

Like most other vaguely literate twenty-something book nerds living in the provinces, I really like Foyles. There’s something about going there – although I am at perfect liberty to do so whenever I please – which feels like a bit of a treat. The Jazz Café. The enormous poetry section, which was willing to sell me the collected works of Anne Sexton when a) neither of the Plymouth branches of Waterstones would and b) it was probably a bad idea to do so. And, of course, the really excellent selection of comics – far better, especially in terms of indies, than many dedicated comics shops outside of the capital.

And now they’ve turned the hoardings in front of their main shop on Charing Cross Road into a giant comic detailing the history of the Foyle family and the store. John Miers kicks things off in 1903, when the Foyle brothers failed their Civil Service exams and made rather a lot of money selling their textbooks, Donya Todd brings us up to the present day with a charming, witty literary salon, and Rian Hughes illustrates the future of the Foyles site. In between, there are panels from Karrie Fransman, Steven Appleby, ConSequential sweetheart Hannah Berry, Bryan Talbot and a whole host of other artists.

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Adamtine – devils and details

It’s going to be hard to review Hannah Berry’s Adamtine without spoilers, so I’ll start with a tiny one to get us going: the crossword solution is “rhadamanthine”; the missing letters make up the book’s title. That’s not much of a spoiler, but it fills in a blank, a tiny detail. If you do know the word – and I had to look it up – it adds a layer, too. That’s kind of the real spoiler: Adamtine is built up of these details and layers, and I’m going to talk about that. The plot has twists and reveals, and I’ll try not to spoil them too much, but what really got me was how well the book is assembled to produce its effects.

Hopefully, me banging on about how well Adamtine creates atmosphere won’t spoil it doing that for you, but if you think it might, go and buy it and read it first. Really, do.

You can download a preview from Hannah Berry’s website.

Adamtine 1

It may actually take less time to read than this article. I loved Adamtine, and got a little carried away.

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