GREAT BRITISH COMICS
A Review By: Garen Ewing, The Rainbow Orchid
Garen Ewing is a UK-based illustrator and designer with a website at GarenEwing.co.uk. He has been writing and drawing comics for many years, and is currently working on The Raindow Orchid. The following review was posted on Amazon.co.uk on 13 December 2006.
I have a few books on comics in general, and Great British Comics beats all of them hands down. It is wonderfully written - not scholarly, not dumb, but perfectly readable, intelligent and also very positive about its subject matter, showing no snobbery or bias towards any one particular area. And talking of that, the diversity of genres and styles is quite astounding - British comics are incredibly rich in history and it is fascinating to see the quality of early strips and their development through the years. But they also have a rich future from the look of things, and Paul Gravett is enthusiastically upbeat about a medium that many thought lost along with their distant childhood… “Oh yeah, I remember comics! Do they still make them?”. There is a current scene and it’s alive and kicking, and there are plenty of examples here. Graphically the book is excellent - there’s plenty to look at, and it’s not just a gallery of impressive covers as is quite often the case with books of this nature, but actual strip pages - the storytelling itself, which is what comics are. Overall the book is an inspiration.