Sneak Peek: Artist Rian Hughes’ I Am a Number

I Am a Number by Rian HughesWhen everyone has a number, everyone knows their place. Lower numbers are better, higher numbers are less important, and that’s just the way it is. But what if that number could change? You might try to buck the system and assert your individuality… or you might end up with a big fat zero.

Big questions are explored and unexpected answers found in I Am a Number, the first solo comics collection which looks like being utterly great fun from the pages we’ve seen so far, published by Top Shelf. It’s the fabulous work of award-winning designer and illustrator Rian Hughes, whose many credits include “Robo-Hunter”, “Tales from Beyond Science” and “Really and Truly” for 2000AD and Dan Dare (some of his best work collected in Yesterday’s Tomorrows published back in 2011 by Knockabout and Image Comics).

Rian has worked extensively for the British and American comic industries as both designer, typographer and illustrator, notably creating many logo designs for DC and Marvel, including Batman and Robin, Batgirl, the X-Men, Captain America, Wolverine, The Spirit, The Invisibles, Shade the Changing Man, The Atom and more.

Work also includes title sequences for The Box, poster designs for Tokyo fashion company Jun Co.’s Yellow Boots chain, the animated on-board safety film for Virgin Airlines, Eurostar’s poster campaign, a collection of Hawaiian shirts, a range for Swatch and a BDA International Gold Award and Creative Use of Print Award-winning brochure for MTV Europe’s Music Awards, written by Alan Moore, numerous book covers including the BBC Radio Drama version of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

His wordless whimsical, witty, and insightful strips reveal the lighter side of our obsession with social rankings. Where do you stand in the pecking order? Is your number up?

I Am a Number reminds me of the best silent one-page gag strips of magazines like Punch and New Yorker of yesteryear – with a decidedly modern twist. Well worth a look!

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes
ISBN 978-1-60309-419-1 • Diamond: JUL17-0674
$19.99 (US) • 120 pages
Full-colour hardcover graphic novel / strip collection, with transparent dust jacket, 6” x 9”

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• Rian Hughes Official web site: www.devicefonts.co.uk

• Top Shelf Official Site: www.topshelfcomix.com

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes Sample 1

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes Sample 2

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes Sample 3

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes Sample 4

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes Sample 5

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes
ISBN 978-1-60309-419-1 • Diamond: JUL17-0674
$19.99 (US) • 120 pages
Full-colour hardcover graphic novel / strip collection, with transparent dust jacket, 6” x 9”

Buy it from amazon.co.uk – using this link helps support downthetubes

 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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