Five Artists. Five Styles. All Created by One Author.
At first glance Death of the Artist appears to be a collection of comics by a group of artists leaving their youth behind. But reality and fiction blurs and all is not what it seems. Death of the Artist is a love letter to the wonderful possibilities of visual storytelling and experiments with the very form of the novel.
On 13 August 2013 graphic novelist Karrie Fransman invited four old friends from university to an isolated cottage on the misty moors of the Peak District to join her for a week of hedonism and creativity. Like Shelley and Byron before them, they would use the retreat to tell stories. Except these would be comics, collected together in this very book. The theme? Death of the Artist. None of the five friends realised how appropriate that theme would become.
Published By Jonathan Cape, 2015.
‘Intimate and poignant, like reading a series of old letters’ The Herald
‘ A fresh and dark tale’ The Association of Illustrators
‘An awe-inspiring reminder of the complexities, the inventiveness, the eloquence and the articulacy of the language of comics’. Broken Frontier
‘Fransman’s book is a truly gorgeous work of art that shows the delicate balance between creation and destruction, of things beginning and things coming to an end’ Culture Fly
‘Fransman (and friends) have a fascinating story to tell, true or not, and real or not, there’s a lesson to us all in here, perhaps not of art, but of life.’ Forbidden Planet International