THIS IS THE NEWS: January 2014

Here’s some stuff that happened while I was away this winter.


Tom Murphy has written a three part feature for Broken Frontier on landscape comics, each respectively focusing on work by Oliver East, Jon McNaught (forthcoming), and myself. He explores, in relation to my comics, the links between place, memory and emotion. It’s a a thoughtful and flattering piece that certainly picks up many of my own preoccupations in my work - in particular trying not to tell readers that something happened, but instead ask ‘did this happen to you, too?’. Also it’s about Geography, and (as a professional geographer) I fucking love Geography, so my thanks go to Tom for taking the time to sit and think about my work. It means a lot. Read it in full here.

Best of…

I’m honoured to say that SMOO 7 made two notable end of year lists. It came number 30 in Rob Clough’s Top 50 short-form comics of 2013Rob’s been very supportive this year, and this is another piece of support for which I am thankful.

SMOO 7 also features in Andy Oliver’s ‘Ten UK Small Press Comics You Need to Own 2013' over at Broken Frontier. SMOO 5 made this list last year, so it's amazing to appear on it two years in a row. Andy writes that “quite simply, [Moreton] is one of the most important and intelligent creative voices in current U.K. small press comics.” Now that is an accolade I'm not sure I deserve, but that I certainly intend to work hard to live up to.


Over at Comic Book Resources, Alec Berry writes about Grand Gestures. He explores particularly the tension between art and story, author and audience. He writes:

"Grand Gestures … is so bare bones comics, it’s undeniably beautiful for how it meshes mechanics with its larger considerations of life and the universe, and in both arenas it demands a reader’s participation."

Read the full review here.

Another review of Grand Gestures comes courtesy of Jason Sacks at Comics Bulletin. He writes,

"Though he draws a world outside our windows, full of all the modern stuff and bother of modern life – boring meetings, long car rides, drinking coffee alone at a Starbucks, there’s a calm, meditative heart at the center of this comic: a feeling of transcendence, of meditation, and ultimately perhaps a feeling that our daily lives are suffused by a beautiful sort of calm, internal poetry as we go along in our everyday lives."

You can read that review here.

And coming soon…

In the next months I’ll be focusing on my book-length work for Grimalkin Press, and I’ll be writing about it, sharing previews and talking about drawing and comics and things like that on this blog in the near future. I also have some exciting publishing news waiting to come out, too, so watch this space for that.

Until then, here’s to 2014. It’s going to a busy, important and strange year, I can tell already.


I’m selling 13 pages of original artwork from 2012. I need to raise some money, clear some things out and take stock. A lot of these pieces mean a great deal to me, and I hope they will do to you too. Much love went into each one.

They’re all A4 (210x297mm/8.2x11.7inches) on white Bristol Board, in unfixed graphite pencils

Each page is £50, including P&P, with discounts for multiple purchases.




SMOO #7 available for pre-order

SMOO #7 is available for pre-order now!

This issue of SMOO is about the countryside I grew up in. Split over three zines, a map, and a letter, it deals with memories, trying to live in the now, and what happens when you revisit your home, many years later.

  • 88 pages of comics across 3 A6 zines (148 mm x 105 mm)
  • fold out map (297 x 210mm)
  • a letter (210 x 148 mm)
  • B&W throughout

The zine costs £4 plus shipping.


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

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.

My new comic, Smoo #6 is available now to purchase in my shop.

It is a collection of quiet stories about listening to Hüsker Dü then walking around, moving house, a holiday in France, swimming at night (again) and more besides. I don’t think anyone has reviewed it yet, but folk who got a copy via pre-order have said some nice things about it. Why not find out for yourself?

We also had a great launch party at Desert Island in Brooklyn last week, but more about that another day.

A note on prices: you may have noticed a price increase in my shop. The zines are the same price, but sadly I’m having to start charging for P&P. I used to offer free P&P on UK orders, and subsidised P&P on overseas orders, but that has been proving a little unsustainable since postage prices went up this April. It pains me to do it, but ‘tis the way the wind is blowing. For readers in the US, however, you can get Smoo 5 (and shortly Smoos 4 and 6) from John P’s Spit and a Half Distro which might work out more cost-effective. Thanks for your understanding!