After working quietly on the project for the last two years, artist Edward Ross’ first graphic novel, Filmish – A Graphic Journey Through Film, will be released in November by SelfMadeHero.
Expanding on his self-published Filmish series, the Edinburgh-based cartoonist uses comics to illuminate the ideas behind our favourite films. Ross’s cartoon alter-ego guides readers through the annals of cinematic history, introducing us to some of the strange and fascinating concepts at work in the movies. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme – the body, architecture, language – and explores an eclectic mix of cinematic triumphs, from A Trip to the Moon to Aliens.
Sitting within the tradition of bestselling non-fiction graphic novels like Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics and the Introducing… series, Filmish tackles serious issues – sexuality, race, censorship, propaganda – with authority and wit, throwing new light on some of the greatest films ever made.the book takes the reader on a journey through the history of cinema, exploring the inner workings of an eclectic mix of classic and cult cinema.
Each chapter takes on a different theme – the body, time, ideology – the book is designed to be a fun and accessible way to learn more about the movies and introduce yourself to both the history and theory of cinema.
“I couldn’t be happier that this book is coming out from publisher SelfMadeHero,” says Edward, “who have an exceptional reputation for thought-provoking graphic novels, and non-fiction and educational comics.”
• You can download Edward’s self-published Filmish comics for only 59p each using the code ‘filmishbook’ https://gumroad.com/edwardross#
• Check out Edward’s the 100 Day webcomic ‘100 Tiny Moments From My Past, Present and Future‘
• Edward was one of the bloggers and guests at BookFest’s Stripped 2013. Jeremy Briggs review of his talk (beside Will Morris) is here
• If you’d like to commission a science comic from Edward for your organisation, please contact Edward at: scientific.comics [at] gmail.com
All art above © 2015 Edward Ross