Today's edition of The Guardian highlights something special within its Guardian Weekend magazine. There are six all-new exclusive comic stories featuring some of the top names in the comics industry teamed with literary authors. There are 26 pages of comic strip in total, plus additional features on some of the creators.
The strips are:
Masks by Gillian Flynn and Dave Gibbons
Having Renewed my Fire by Dave Eggers (who also drew the cover)
Thursdays, Six to Eight p.m. by Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell
Art and Anarchy by Michel Faber and Roger Langridge
Freefall by Margaret Atwood and Christian Ward
Do You Hear What I Hear? by A.M.Homes, adapted by Frazer Irving
If you're hoping to see strips in the style of traditional children's comics you won't find them here as these are stories of a more intellectual style. Not that it should put anyone off if course, as these are fine examples of the rich diversity of mature comics.
It's a shame The Guardian chose 'Cartoon Special' as a header on their front page. Why is Britain so embarrassed by the word 'comics'? Yes, the public does sometimes call comics 'cartoons', but why feed that misnomer? Anyway, that's just a minor niggle. The important thing is this is an interesting collection of new UK comic material, so buy a copy today.
The Guardian is £2.50 for the Saturday edition.