REVIEW NEWS: SMOO 7 gets reviewed on Forbidden Planet International

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SMOO 7 receives a review from Richard Bruton at Forbidden Planet International. He writes:

"Smoo #7 is … a further exploration of Moreton’s art, with so much going on in so few lines, it’s quite something to behold, creating more beautiful minimalism with an emotional, meandering narrative that’s evocative, beautiful, and far more complex than either the length of the piece, or its surface simplicity would lead you to imagine."

You can read the full review here.

Buy the comic here.

SMOO #7, the latest issue of my autobiographical zine, was reviewed today by Andy Oliver at Broken Frontier. He writes:
"[this] is possibly Simon Moreton’s most intensely personal work to date and yet it remains wholly accessible. Moreton has a canny knack of engendering an empathic response from his readership, inviting them into his meandering narratives and providing something both identifiable and familiar… If you haven’t tried the sequential art of this quite extraordinary creator yet then there’s no place better to start than Smoo Comics #7.”
Read the full review here
Buy the comic here

SMOO #7, the latest issue of my autobiographical zine, was reviewed today by Andy Oliver at Broken Frontier. He writes:

"[this] is possibly Simon Moreton’s most intensely personal work to date and yet it remains wholly accessible. Moreton has a canny knack of engendering an empathic response from his readership, inviting them into his meandering narratives and providing something both identifiable and familiar… If you haven’t tried the sequential art of this quite extraordinary creator yet then there’s no place better to start than Smoo Comics #7.”

Read the full review here

Buy the comic here

'Holiday' zine gets reviewed by Richard Bruton

My new zine got reviewed by Richard Bruton over at the Forbidden Planet International blog. He writes:

"Moreton’s lines get fewer yet his ideas seem limitless. Perhaps the fewer lines are what does it; you look at a page, your eyes flow easily and smoothly over the image, guided skillfully and precisely by Moreton’s hand, and then your mind takes over, automatically filling in the gaps, all the space is there just to inspire the imagination, and it works so wonderfully, wonderfully well. There’s such skill in these pages, as there is with any artist who sacrifices detail for clarity."

You can read the full review here

You can buy it here.

Jason Martin writes about SMOO

Jason Martin wrote about my comics for his Zine Club! Jason’s one of my favourite cartoonists, about whom I’ve written before. He scored an Ignatz nomination last year for a story he wrote, illustrated by Jesse Reklaw, in the last issue of Papercutter (which Jason wrote all of). If you do follow the link below, make sure you check out his work too!


Jason on SMOO Comics

SMOO Comics gets a write-up from Graphixia.ca

Over on Graphixia, Peter Wilkins writes about my comics. He does so in a thoughtful way that seems to capture what I’m trying to do with them, and is more than a little humbling. Peter writes:

"Moreton’s drawings are about getting as much information and affect into as few lines as possible. It would not only be a cliche but incorrect to say that we “fill in the rest” with our imaginations. Rather, I think Moreton makes us cling to to the partial images he gives us of a place or a memory and look at them really intensely, because the parts we can’t see have a sublime quality that plays off of the beauty and elegance of the drawings."

Read the full post here.

SMOO #6 gets a write-up on The Comics Journal

Wow. Smoo #6 gets a write-up on The Comics Journal, thanks to Rob Clough. First time ever on TCJ!

Read it here.


If you like what you read, why not take a look at some of my comics, and consider browsing my online shop. You might like to buy something, or, alternatively, explore some of the distros and shops that carry SMOO and the rest of their amazing stock.

THIS IS THE NEWS: 2012

We started 2012 eating grapes in a tapas bar in Ourense, Spain, half drunk on cava and half-drunk on beer. 2011 wasn’t the greatest of years in some ways – struggling to find work and creatively frustrated – and I remember hoping that 2012 was going to be better. As it happens, it really has been.

There’s a whole bunch of reasons for that, including a new job, a new house, but as far as making comics goes, I think this year I started making the comics that I wanted to make, not the comics I thought I should make. I can’t say this was a conscious decision – it just sort of happened. I blame drawing with pencils.

So here’s a quick recap, below the cut.

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SMOO #6 Reviewed at the Poopsheet Foundation

Justin Giampaoli has reviewed Smoo #6 over at the Poopsheet Foundation. He writes:

"It’s clear that these aren’t just mindless sketches or doodles though, Moreton thinks about the imagery, like the squiggle of ink that stands-in for confusion over not knowing how to help a sick bird. It’s this type of visual shorthand for more complex emotion that proves his fluid understanding of what makes the medium so unique. He blurs the line between text and image to achieve superb information delivery."

I’m really humbled by this review.


You can read the full review here.

You can buy Smoo #6 here.

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.