SMOO COMICS make Broken Frontier’s ‘Top Ten Must-own of 2012’

Andy Oliver is the Managing Editor at comics website Broken Frontier, and a contributor to Paul Gravett’s 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. He is also the man behind Broken Frontier’s Small Pressganged column, in which he reviews and promotes a wide range of small press comics. This week, in his last Small Pressganged post of the year, Andy reflects on ten small-press comics that “represent the diversity and brilliant creativity embodied in the U.K. scene”. I’m delighted to say that Smoo Comics made the final ten. He writes:

"The stark minimalist style of Simon Moreton’s autobiographical Smoo Comics was one of the great revelations of 2012 for me. Honest and often raw storytelling that uses reductionist depictions of landscape and scenery to emphasise mood and emotion, Simon’s work is stirring and quite extraordinary in execution. These are comics that will stay with you long, long after you’ve filed them away."

It’d just like to say thanks to Andy for his support. As anyone making small-press comics out there will recognise, a few kind words and a sense that somebody digs what you’re trying to do, go a long, long way.

Read the ‘Top Ten’ here

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Broken Frontier reviews Smoo #5

Andy Oliverof Broken Frontierreviews Smoo #5. He writes:

Some of the very, very best in autobiographical comics are those that feel they have been written as much for the creator as they have for his or her potential audience. For me, Simon Moreton’s work falls firmly under that classification. Quietly uncompromising, it has a raw and admirable honesty to it that draws the reader in and fully absorbs them in the emotive and very personal slice-of-life episodes he recreates on the comics page.

You can read the rest of the review here. You can buy it from my shop here.