“Filmish”, Edward Ross’ first graphic novel, set to debut in November

Escape From New York, as featured in Filmish - A Graphic Journey Through Film by Edward Ross.

Escape From New York, as featured in Filmish – A Graphic Journey Through Film by Edward Ross.

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.

Blade Runner, as featured in Filmish - A Graphic Journey Through Film.

Blade Runner, as featured in Filmish – A Graphic Journey Through Film.

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.

Filmish - A Graphic Journey Through Film - CoverEdward Ross is an Edinburgh based comic book artist, writer and illustrator and the creator of Filmish: Comic Book Essays on Film Theory, 100 Tiny Moments From My Past, Present and Future, Present and Future and Grow.
 Working with collaborator Dr. James Hall, he has also created a number of science themed comics for universities, museums, charities and research bodies.

“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.”

• There will be more details to come in the next few months, so keep an eye out on the book’s Facebook page or on Twitter @edward_ross | Edward’s official site: www.edwardross.co.uk

• You can download Edward’s self-published Filmish comics for only 59p each using the code ‘filmishbook’

• 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

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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