Monday, 13 October 2014

Beast Wagon, caged animals, and the systems of control


I saw the cover image here in my Twitter feed and was instantly struck by it- the interposing blocks and colours, it's nicely designed.  The cover is for a new comic series by British comic creators Owen Michael Johnson and  John Pearson with letters by Colin Bell, titled Beast Wagon, will be released next year under Released under Johnson’s Changeling Studios imprint. Described as 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with talking animals' beast wagon is set in a safari park, and aims to be ‘an examination of systems and control.' The premise sounds similar to an online comic I remember being talked about a bit a couple of years ago, with animals in a zoo plotting revolution- some of them wanting to break free, some happy with their life. Both Johnson and Pearson will be at Thought Bubble this November with a 6 page preview booklet of the comic which includes a fold-out map (which I'll be looking to pick up). Potentially intriguing, I hope the interior artwork matches up to the quality and pull of this cover image.