A Brian Bolland bonanza bounces its way to bookshops and newsagents, too

Book Palace Books have announced three different versions of the upcoming picto-memoir, “It’s About Time: A Memoir in Pictures and Words” by Brian Bolland, due for release in Spring 2023, a release preceded by two other releases featuring the artist’s work from Get My Comics, under their SHIFT banner.

"It's About Time: A Memoir in Pictures and Words" by Brian Bolland

With a foreword and Introduction by Johnny Vegas and Dave Harwood, the new book will offer “an epic journey through the life and art of Brian Bolland”, presenting   a visual journal of his development as an artist, writer and observer of the world around him. 

Through the course of the 336 pages that this volume comprises, Brian takes us through his family history, his friendships, the comics he was reading, the bands he was listening to – in essence, a potpourri of the many influences that shaped his development as one of the most outstanding artists of his generation.

The new book follows the release of the latest issue of SHIFT in newsagents, on sale from 28th September, which features the latest in his series of “The Actress and the Bishop”, in gorgeous full colour, as previously reported.

Also on its way, in October, is a SHIFT Presents collection of all Brian Bolland’s previous “The Actress and the Bishop” material, produced in conjunction with the artist. As we also previously reported, this edition features all of Brian’s “The Actress and the Bishop”, each presented in glorious black and white and in the large, SHIFT format, so you can appreciate every detail of Brian’s masterful linework.

Better yet, this edition also includes pin ups, covers, an interview and two previously unpublished prose stories with new spot illustrations from Brian.

It’s About Time: A Memoir in Pictures and Words” by Brian Bolland
Author: Foreword and Introduction by Johnny Vegas and Dave Harwood
Artist: Brian Bolland
Publisher: Book Palace Books, due Spring 2023
Number of pages: 336
Format: Hard Cover; Full Colour illustrations
Size: 7″ x 11″ (185mm x 290mm)
ISBN: 9781913548339

Pre-order the standard edition of It’s About Time: A Memoir in Pictures and Words, priced at £39 here

Pre-order the special, signed and numbered edition of It’s About Time: A Memoir in Pictures and Words, complete with a book plate, priced at £65 here

Pre-order the collector’s slipcase edition of It’s About Time: A Memoir in Pictures and Words, priced at £95 here – limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, with two book plates, signed by Brian


• You can purchase Shift Presents… Brian Bolland’s The Actress and the Bishop on its own, or with a limited edition print, signed by Brian here direct from GetMyComics

• Pre-order Shift Volume Two – Issue 5, on sale from 28th September 2022 in newsagents here | Edition with print also offered

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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5 replies

  1. I hope that isn’t the final cover art.

  2. That really can’t be the final cover art can it?


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