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Shortbox Spring Launch with Lottie Pencheon & Joe Sparrow

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We're very pleased to be hosting the launch of two new titles from Shortbox, the independent comics box created and curated by Zainab Akhtar. Lottie Pencheon and Joe Sparrow will be here on Friday 29th, 7-9pm, to celebrate the release of their respective new titles Summer Break and Homunculus!

Summer Break by Lottie Pencheon

Summer Break by Lottie Pencheon

Lottie's been feeling ill, or 'off' at the least, the difficulty of articulating exactly what's wrong leaving her even more isolated within herself. A break away with her family in the crisp, green goodness of nature seems like it could shake off any cobwebs, but it becomes apparent that what she's facing is very real, and that there's no quick fix.

Lottie Pencheon is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who has previously worked with our old pals at Comic Book Slumber Party. She also designs and prints t-shirts from her home studio and occasionally runs creative workshops for adults with learning disabilities.


Homunculus by Joe Sparrow

Homunculus by Joe Sparrow

A machine at the end of the world... In the near future, a young scientist and her sentient creation struggle to understand, and be understood by, the world around them. A story about love and learning, death and time, told across the years.

Joe Sparrow is a freelance illustrator and animator whose graphic niovel The Hunter is published by Nobrow as a part of their 17x23 series. His clients have included Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Target, Coke, Google, The White House and MTV.

We'll also have the full range of titles from the Spring Shortbox available, plus a selection of backlist. Making up the Spring box are:

'Your Mother's Fox' by Niv Sekar 36pp, colour.
A woman sets out to see America the way her mother did: on the back of a giant fox. And while a giant fox may be better than any car for a roadtrip, the fox is old, and America is its own land. A thoughtful and poignant treatise on place, identity, and belonging.

The River Bank by George Mager, 40pp, colour, french flap cover.
George Mager brings his uniquely charming whimsy to this long-term passion project: an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic, The Wind in the Willows. Follow Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger in an exuberantly lively and fresh journey, that will have you ready for the joys of spring.

What Are You Thinking About by Anatola Howard, 32pp colour and black and white.
A collection of stream-of-consciousness vignettes and short stories from one of the most exciting up and coming cartoonists in North America.


Thanks to Shortbox for making this happen. Do be sure to check out their curated quarterly collections of independent comics. Some older books are still available to order individually from their Big Cartel store, but trust us when we say you don't want to miss out on any of the titles they include in their periodic box offering. Click here for more details.

Lottie and Joe will be here from 7-9pm to chat, sign and be merry. If you can't make it but would like a signed copy, then you can pre-order by emailing us at 

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Earlier Event: 28 June
Tumult Launch Party