Sneak Peek: Permanent Press by Luke Healy

Permanent Press - Cover

Permanent Press by comic creator Luke Healy is now available for pre-order from Avery Hill Publishing and the book will debut at the Dublin Comic Arts Festival in April.

Luke is depressed, afflicted by a severe case of metaphoritis and deadlines that don’t really exist.

Afraid of being forgotten by the comics community and unable to find motivation in anything besides jealousy, he sets out to create an award-winning comic that will remedy all of his problems.

Exploring themes of art and existence through worlds of worlds and numbers, Luke Healy’s new graphic novel includes the Ignatz and Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize nominated story, “The Unofficial Cuckoo’s Nest Study Companion.”

Permanent Press by Luke Healy - Sample Art

Permanent Press by Luke Healy - Sample Art

Permanent Press by Luke Healy - Sample Art

Permanent Press by Luke Healy - Sample Art

Permanent Press by Luke Healy - Sample Art

Permanent Press by Luke Healy - Sample Art

Permanent Press by Luke Healy - Sample Art

This is the second graphic novel from London-based Luke, a graduate of Dublin City University, where he studied journalism, and The Center for Cartoon Studies where he earned an MFA in Cartooning. His comics have been published by VICE, The Nib, Medium, A24, Nobrow, Irene, Maple Key and Seven Days.

He also works professionally as a colourist and colour flatter and have contributed to: Something New by Lucy Knisley, Dinosaur Empire and Earth Before Us: Book 2 by Abby Howard, and Bad Mask and Solar System by Jon Chad.

Many downthetubes readers will recall the praise for his first graphic novel, published by NoBrow, How to Survive in the North, not least from our very own Tony Esmond, who described it as “breathtakingly powerful” – a journey of love and loss, skilfully weaving together the true life historical expeditions of Ada Blackjack and Robert Bartlett in 1912 and 1916 with a contemporary fictional story

DCAF is a quarterly show celebrating small press comics. To the organisers of DCAF, small press means creator-owned, independent comics, including everything from self-published, photocopied zines to professionally printed graphic novels such as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Avery Hill Publishing is the sponsor for the April 2018 show.

Permanent Press by Luke Healy is now available for pre-order from the Avery Hill Publishing web shop – and comes with an awesome bookplate – for just £10.99

• Luke Healy is online at

It’s also available from (sans bookplate) here (using this link helps support downthetubes) and How to Survive in the North is available here

Read Tony Esmond’s review of How to Survive in the North

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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