In Review: Singing Dragon’s First Graphic Novel Release – ‘Pain is Really Strange’


Pain is Really Strange by Steve Haines with art by Sophie Standing

Created by Steve Haines with art by Sophie Standing
Published by Singing Dragon
On Sale: 21st June 2015
ISBN: 9781848192645

‘So what is pain?’

How do nerves work?’

How can I change my pain experience?’

This is the first release from the new Singing Dragon imprint based out of Jessica Kingsley Publishers in the East End of London. The brainchild of Steve Haines, this is an examination of the nature of pain in illustrated format. In this short, research based graphic novel illustrated by Sophie Standing (who is also part of the creative collective DOSED) we can observe how strange pain really is and presents an amazing new approach to deal with this pain.

“… this succinct and wonderfully illustrated book is the perfect resource for educating people about why they experience pain, and how they can ‘unlearn’ it” – Brooke Thomas, movement educator and creator of the Liberated Body Podcast.

Pain is Really Strange - Sample Art

Pain is Really Strange - Sample Art

With outstanding and humorous artwork by Sophie they have created an educational tool for the healthcare professionals, chiropractors, shiatsu practitioners and therapists.

Steve is a chiropractor himself and has been in healthcare for over 25 years. and, with Sophie, has created an  imaginative, creative and informative use of the medium we all love.

There is much more to come from the newly formed Singing Dragon imprint and they all promise to be interesting. Genuinely a company that you need to keep an eye on.

• You can order a copy of Pain is Really Strange direct from and reach out to the writer at

Details of all Singing Dragon books are here on the Jessica Kingsley Publishers site

You can find Sophie Standing at


Many thanks for reading.

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