For a look at the delicious design of this book take a look at the trail end of the video review for Chris Reynold's Mauretania.
The panel borders and interiors could look messy to the stranger to Sally-Anne's work until realising how much detail scribbly in there. Then it becomes a revelation of energetic youthfulness which hipster Hickman conveys - racing to include each moment of a bombastic life.
The collection starts out setting the scene in this manner. I'm happy enough to enjoy a diary collection of vaguely joined shorts. However..It turns out someway through that I'm reading a graphic novel, a major work snuck up upon me. A tale of Sally-Anne and a lover due for emigration. Its quite an involving story with the flaws and beauties of the couple laid out in all bare and it does pull on the heart-strings and gear the head up.
Theres issues going on here to do with communication and time and company and expression. Its very difficult to look at all this in a 24hour review session. I am so much the richer for reading this book. Thank you Sally Anne-Hickman. Can I buy you a Guinness ?
In the age of the internet and relationships formed with those in far away places, this comic is entirely relevant and a perhaps-map for some parts of managing that. You can find more on Sally Anne-Hickmans comics by emailing her at sallys hinystars@h otmail.co m or you can purchase them often at London Underground Comics, including next weekends exciting No Barcodes event.
A5, 60 pages, 4pounds, hand crafted presentation.