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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Nobrow Press; Gph edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907704264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907704260
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"McNaught's comics are slow, quiet and very sensitive to place and time. The work is certainly poetic but not precious or twee. And the drawings are beautiful. Masterful stuff for someone so young."
—Seth, author of Wimbledon Green and George Sprott: 1894–1975 in Time



"McNaught […] makes each panel contemplate the smallest of life’s details."
—Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review

"This is McNaught's first major release, and he certainly lives up to his considerable potential. Unsurprisingly, the production values from NoBroware first-rate, and McNaught's obviously dry sense of humor punctuates his beautiful, methodical storytelling."
—Rob Clough, High-Low

About the Author

Jon McNaught graduated from the University of the West of England in 2007 with a degree in illustration. He now lives in Bristol where he works as a printmaker and freelance illustrator, and contributes comic strips to various publications.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 7, 2014
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Jon McNaught's work has a quiet, contemplative quality edged with melancholy & a bittersweet ache -- and all of that is present in this short but poetic graphic novel. Nearly wordless, it conveys its multiple stories through what first seems like simple art, but which is actually precision & emotional depth pared down to a few carefully placed lines & patches of flat color. The stories follow a day in the life of a young man working in a nursing home, and a young boy delivering newspapers before losing himself in videogames. The natural world is presented in counterpoint to these quotidian activities: birds & squirrels going about their own lives, observing the human world (which we see from their POV).

But that basic synopsis hardly begins to capture the intertwining emotions & unnoticed revelations of this book. A seemingly minor image early on will be repeated in different context later in the book, investing it with greater meaning -- a meaning we realize was there all along, if only we had the eyes & sensitivity to see it. The references to autumn become ever more metaphoric as the stories progress. The starlings are preparing for their annual migration, as several denizens of the nursing home see on a BBC nature program; at the same time, it's clear that those denizens will be making their own final migration very soon. The delivery boy loses himself in violent sci-fi videogames as a means of both escape & exploring a wider universe, while oblivious to the actual universe around him, filled with countless forms of life & an infinite sky of stars. A single panel showing him seated before the glowing screen of his game, in a bedroom filled with pop culture detritus, is one of the saddest things I've seen in a long time.
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By PyeMama on March 10, 2014
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Oddly meditative. There's a rhythm to it draws you in. Ended with wanting to know more about the characters and the life in Dockwood.
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Jon McNaught is a British cartoonist and Illustrator living in Bristol.
He publishes comic books with Nobrow press.

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