Breaker’s End tells the story of a fragile, ageing couple who in their youth rejected the system and society, the pressures to conform, get married, get a job, mortgage, kids, and have opted instead to live life their own way, on the margins, off the official records, off the map, in a pocket of woodland called Breaker’s End. But the threat is nearing of property developers set to build on ‘their’ land.
Comics editor and advocate Paul Gravett, who has seen the work says he is “truly impressed and moved by it”, and I’d add that in my view, the first chaper you can read online looks simply gorgeous, generating an immediate empathy for the characters the story centres on.
“It’s surprising, touching and revealing about the sort of ‘invisible people’ (to reference Will Eisner, one of Corban’s big influences) who are mostly ignored by other media,” says Paul.
Corban won last year’s Observer/Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize with ‘But I Can’t’ and hopes his fans will support his plan to publish this special edition of Breaker’s End by supporting his Kickstarter campaign. He’s offering all sorts of levels of support and extras like a lovely two-colour print (below).
“Great British graphic novels like this don’t come along that often,” enthuses Paul Gravett. “You can help make this one happen!”
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.