Ever feel your life is a film?
Following a visit with his Father, a young boy forms a relationship with the local cinema.
Obsessed with the silver screen, and convinced it is his destiny to become a director, he ropes a street-smart classmate into producing their first motion picture over the course of one fateful summer.
From Owen Michael Johnson – the creator of indie hit Raygun Roads – Reel Love is a bittersweet fantasy of imagination and memory, in the vein ofDaytripper, Cinema Paradiso, and Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Trilogy.
Reel Love Act One is 44 black and white pages of cine-fantastical magic, and will debut at this year’s Glasgow Comic Con on the 5th and 6th of July before going on general release in digital and print via the Dogooder Comics webstore and fine comics retailers across the UK.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR REEL LOVE:
"I loved Reel Love. Energetic artwork and heartfelt storytelling make Reel Love a real winner." - Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Essex County Trilogy)
"An impressive debut…a raw and heartfelt tribute to cinematic inspiration bursting with ideas." - Adam Cadwell (Blood Blokes, founder: British Comic Awards)
"Frame by frame, reel by reel, Johnson has created something purely unique - a metafiction love letter to film, comics and childhood" - Laura Sneddon (The Independent On Sunday, The Beat, New Statesman)
"Poignant and endearing, Reel Love is the next step in the evolution of one of the UK’s most promising comic creators." - P M Buchan (The Times Literary Supplement, Starburst)
“Johnson’s created something genuinely haunting in Reel Love, an evocation of both the intensity of feelings unique to childhood and the spellbinding majesty of cinema, the ideas and the emotions so bittersweet and so powerful that they’ll stay with you long after the final page.” - Richard Bruton (Forbidden Planet International Blog)
Here’s a preview:
And here's some early reviews!
This is my debut as writer/artist. I am indescribably proud and would very much like you to buy it.
I'll also have some extra bits and pieces available to purchase at Glasgow, including the only remaining copies of Raygun Roads 2nd printing, Matinee ashcan, A3 prints previously only available at the CULT exhibition, and original art pages for Reel Love itself.
I'll be guesting at the Dogooder table 59 for the duration of the show, wedged between friends Guillermo Ortego & Neil Slorance, who's fantastic all-ages collaboration with Colin Bell, Dungeon Fun, gets it's issue 2 debut.
Glasgow is one of my favourite shows. They were the first readers to fully embrace Raygun Roads, way before it became an indie hit. I'm beyond excited to show them my new jam before anyone else, and hang out with such a great crowd.