My Thoughts on ‘The Indie Project’ Issue 2

Before I begin this new rambling dear reader, I must assure you although things have been quiet on the blog of late, there are multiple creative ventures bubbling away behind the scenes at Books, Films and Random Lunacy. A number of which I can’t mention presently, as they are still being forged in the most imaginative corners of my mind, however when they emerge from my consciousness you’ll be the first to know.

One thing I can mention through, is my latest publication in the second issue of ‘The Indie Project.’ The magazine’s creator Rees Finlay asked me if I’d contribute to it and after the incredible reception of the first issue I couldn’t wait to return.

The magazine contains outstanding work from a variety of underground talents with articles, reviews and interviews covering its pages. The diverse delights within include an interview with film director Christopher Clarke and actor Steve Taylor in which they discuss their Coventry-based zombie movie ‘Immune.’ An article tackling the struggles and stigmas of mental illness by Darrel Smith. An interview with musical theatre actress turned independent comic creator Jessica Martin, as well as an anarchic prose piece from me.

The publication also features an ‘Artists Spotlight’ on illustrator Yen Quach where she talks about her art style and showcases her striking work. An exiting preview of Al Davison’s ‘Muscle Memory’ can also be found amidst the explosion of creativity in which we are given an insight into The Astral Gypsy extraordinary life.

After digesting the magazine I can see that all the contributors have accelerated their abilities, almost every piece carves a unique place in the memory of the reader and is different from the last. If the quality of work continues to improve at this rate, I can’t help but expect even bigger and better things in the next issue.

Click here to read issue 2 completely free…


Comic Book Review: ‘Damnation: Ultimate Edition’ by Rees Finlay and Jonny Pearson

‘Damnation: Ultimate Edition’ is a semiautobiographical indie comic book written by Rees Finlay and illustrated by Jonny Pearson. The story is a reimagining of Finlay’s debut title ‘Damnation’ which shone a light upon its writer’s battles with mental health issues.

This remarkably honest and dark comic starts with the disillusioned narrator questioning everything in his life as the consequences of his actions begin to torment him. As he is slowly engulfed by guilt and pain, the narrator descends into a world depression. As the plot shifts into the frenzied landscape of the main character’s mind, the reader is treated to a tour of the author’s psyche and shown the multitude of horrors that lie within.

This sequence in the comic also best showcases Jonny Pearson’s vibrant artwork. The many scenes in which the narrator struggles against his demons are drawn with a slightly cartoon-like quality which gives the book a gothic charm. Pearson could have easily illustrated this comic in black and grey to accompany its sombre tone, but the subtle yellows and oranges sprinkled into the colour palette adds a new dimension.

‘Damnation: Ultimate Edition’, is a powerful read that deals with the widely taboo subject of mental illness with care and artistry. Like most independent comic books it may not be as polished as its mainstream counterparts but the passion within its pages is outstanding. Finlay and Pearson have created a unique addition to the realm of indie comics with fragments of its writer’s soul injected into each panel.