Sean Azzopardi reflects on life in new title, “50”

Sean Azzopardi - 50 - Cover

Comic creator and Broken Frontier contributor Sean Azzopardi has just released 50, the follow up to Tracks, which was released in 2005. Sean, whose credits also include another autobiographical comic, Rain on Glass, is probably best known for his psychological horror work with Douglas Noble and tangential super-hero action in Necessary Monsters with Daniel Merlin Goodbrey.

A founding member of the London Underground Comics collective, organiser of the Crouch End Cartoon Art Festival (CECAF), Sean is also working on The Voice of the Hall, a graphic novel on the history of Hornsey Town Hall for which he was awarded a British Arts Council grant last year. He continues to work as an illustrator, with credits that include work for Metro newspaper and Architectural Review.

Sean Azzopardi - 50 - Sample 1

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The new book collects to gather a number of short stories that never reached completion, reformed into completely re-written package. The main section is about the death of Sean’s father.

“It’s been a long process,” Sean tells us of creating 50. “The original idea was to make a comic that celebrated me reaching 50, and to have a launch party to celebrate.

“That never happened and I have successfully drifted into April, so it’s a comic to celebrate turning 50 (it was actually in January). So I called it 50 and made it 50 pages long!”

You can buy 50 from BigCartel, along with Sean’s other books

• In the latest of Broken Frontier ‘Small Press Inside Look‘ creator commentaries, Sean offers some insights into the creative process behind 50… 

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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