Dockwood by Jon McnaughtDockwood by Jon Mcnaught


byJon Mcnaught

Hardcover | December 14, 2012

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There are few younger comics artists with whom I feel a genuine aesthetic kinship, but the radiant and glowing Dockwood is Jon McNaught's loveliest argument yet for the beauty of just being alive. It's a gem."-Chris WareDockwood is a small town in the Southeast of England, seven miles east of Brampton Moor. It has a population of 26,000 and is home to a bowling alley, a boating lake, and Willowbrook Outlet Village.It's a cloudy Tuesday in October and the residents of the town are going about their business as usual. In Elmsview Nursing Home, a kitchen porter dutifully prepares lunch for residents. Elsewhere, a council worker sweeps the fallen leaves from the pavements. Along Nettlefield Road, a paperboy is delivering his daily round. And in the trees, swallows gather noisily in preparation for their annual migration.In this new work, Jon McNaught weaves together the everyday lives of three locals against an evocative backdrop of autumnal transitions. Bittersweet and contemplative,Dockwood is for anyone who believes the stories that take place within life's small moments can often be the most meaningful of all. "
Jon McNaught graduated from the University of the West of England in 2007 with a degree in illustration. He now lives in Bristol where he works as a printmaker and freelance illustrator, and contributes comic strips to various publications.
Title:DockwoodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:64 pages, 10.38 × 7.63 × 0.43 inPublished:December 14, 2012Publisher:Nobrow Press Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1907704264

ISBN - 13:9781907704260

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Editorial Reviews

McNaught's comics are slow, quiet and very sensitive to place and time. The work is certainly poetic but not precious or twee. And the drawings are beautiful. Masterful stuff for someone so young.-Seth, author ofWimbledon Green andGeorge Sprott: 1894?1975 inTimeMcNaught [... ] makes each panel contemplate the smallest of life's details.-Nicole Rudick, The Paris ReviewThis is McNaught's first major release, and he certainly lives up to his considerable potential. Unsurprisingly, the production values from Nobrow are first-rate, and McNaught's obviously dry sense of humor punctuates his beautiful, methodical storytelling.-Rob Clough, High-LowThe beauty of McNaught's work is the way he adapts his primary practice, printmaking, into beautifully observed and measured narratives. There is never any great drama in his stories; instead, what you get is a brief but lyrical peep into someone's life, and a strong sense of the natural world that surrounds them.-Full-Page Bleed Exceptional stuff from one of Britain's greatest comics talents.-It's Nice ThatDockwood has a truly magical feel, as it builds to a cumulative greatness, making a short book a lengthy, involved reading experience, and making the reader stop and look around, reveling in their own personal quiet moments where nothing happens so beautifully. They're all around, these quiet moments where nothing happens so beautifully, but sometimes it needs someone as talented as McNaught to remind us how magnificent our lives can be.-Forbidden PlanetMcNaught has a canny knack for finding something compelling in the humdrum and the monotonous; of imbuing each tiny moment with a flowing, rhythmical splendour of its own.-Broken FrontierDockwood is a kind of visual prose-poem, tranquil, meditative, autumnal. The book is its own total aesthetic; McNaught uses color and form to evoke feeling here, with minimal, unobtrusive dialogue that functions more as ambiance than exposition. Lovely.-Biblioklept