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Mad Day…

The new book from John Clark, aka Brick, this one being a prose novel and not a comic, though it is comic.

“This book is bonkers!”
Mrs Trellis of North Wales

Over a decade of crippling austerity has pushed the residents of Gotham to the very brink. Alerted that yet another unwarranted tax swoop is imminent, they resolve to make a stand and resist the Crown’s agents. But how can reed cutters, woodworkers, seamstresses, ordinary village folk confront the swords of the Sheriff’s men without inviting a bloodbath?

Their elected strategy is hairbrained, as it would be coming from Tom de Moonstruck, the self-proclaimed neighbourhood noodler. But it is also cunningly baffling, artfully ludicrous, totally non-violent yet threatening in the extreme, and might just work. Their master plan is to bombard the Nottingham Castle Guard with fusillades of ‘steaming madness’.

Based on The Merrie Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham, this is the untold story (possibly) of that legendary rebellion, of the men, women and children who, by daring to challenge the iniquities of the State, put Gotham village on the world map. It is England’s Seven Samurai, except the brigands serve the King and the peasants do it for themselves, without the gore and subtitles, in English (sort of) and with a lot more jokes.

Read more here.

Mad Day at Gotham Village – £6.99 – available from our BookSHOP, from local Nottingham bookshops and tourist sites, and from Gotham village Post Office.

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May: Mental Health Awareness Month

Coming out of the pandemic (fingers crossed) will be an immense relief for people who have struggled with mental health issues over the last couple of years. In the past, some of us have found relief and refuge in drawing comics about our experiences. Join four of those who have been published for a panel discussion and Q&A – Sat. May 8th 8:00pm GMT – ‘Exploring Mental Health Through Comics‘ with @gemmacorrell, @ellen_forney, @TheBadDr & me on Zoom at The Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. to register. Should be nicely contentious and illuminating! Oh, and the above is not by my hero Schulz but by Brick, from his book Depresso: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Being Bonkers.

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The Curious Case of Leonardo’s Bicycle

Nearly forty years of research, a decade of scripting and drawing, and after all that no publishers prepared to handle it, despite fourteen of them raving about the manuscript! So I self-published as a limited edition monograph, signed, numbered and seal stamped.

259 pages, B&W/Colour Cover, 196 x 273mm, this unique graphic investigation will never be available through Amazon.

Now available through our BookShop or at where you will also find more information, a trailer and flick-through film.

Support the Independents!

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Back to Brexit…

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New Normal = Old Normal Plus Extra Corruption

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Black Lives Matter

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It is great to read that Facebook staff are up in arms against their fuhrer’s antipathy towards Trump’s outrageous declarations. Maybe they could also become active around the devious ways in which the company robs nations of rightful taxes that could be ploughed into improving their education, social welfare and health services.


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The Geek


Again, this went out to subscribers of Reality Check but it is more just a comment on the power behind the throne. Grab and drag and use as you see fit.

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The Right



Although this went out to ‘subscribers’ of Reality Check, it isn’t strictly a Covid cartoon. But as the country slides inexorably to the right and corporate raiders quietly sink their fangs into all that was good, it is important to highlight some of the power elite who need watching as a hard Brexit looms large.

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Reality Check 9

Meantime, some of the government’s friends are doing very nicely out of this tragedy…

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