A special launch party for Brian Gorman‘s stunning graphic novel, New Dawn Fades – A Graphic Novel About Joy Division and Manchester will be held in the city on Tuesday 4th December.
A decade in the making, New Dawn Fades – a companion piece to Gorman’s original stage play – chronicles the rise and fall of the ground-breaking post-punk band, and the 1970s Manchester music scene.
This is the story of four ordinary lads who, inspired by the punk revolution of the 1970s, came together to form one of the most influential bands of all time, Joy Division.
Writer/Artist Brian Gorman’s latest graphic novel places the band within the context of Manchester’s history as a city with a vibrant reputation, setting the scene for a completely new and fascinating look at the Joy Division story.
The story explores the heart and soul of both the band and the city, introducing an array of historical figures and events, including Roman General Julius Agricola, The Peterloo Massacre, Dr John Dee, Frederich Engels, The Industrial Revolution, The Drones, The Sex Pistols, and the Buzzcocks!
The result is a spellbinding journey of love, passion, progress, grief, and, of course, music.
The book is a companion piece to Gorman’s original stage play, which was a smash hit when it debuted at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July 2013. It was subsequently staged at the Macclesfield WinterFest in Ian Curtis’ home town, where it played to capacity audiences and standing ovations. Tours in 2015 and 2016 followed, with more acclaimed performances in Chester, Leeds, Bury, Liverpool, Bury St Edmonds, and London.
Now, due to popular demand, planning is underway with producer Giles Bastow, to tour across the UK (with a number of European dates) next year.
The graphic novel also includes a selection of superb colour photographs by Shay Rowan, who has followed New Dawn Fades from the very beginning. Audiences can relive the thrills and excitement of the stage production, with this exclusive collection of beautifully atmospheric performance shots.
A special free launch party for the book will be held in Manchester from 7.00pm on Tuesday 4th December 2018, at The Lass O’Gowrie on Charles Street.
The event will include live music from Trio Atem, plus guest speakers.
Wigan-born Brian Gorman is also the creator of Everyman: The Story Of Patrick McGoohan – The Prisoner, co-writer of the 2013 stage version of Blade Runner, and currently performing in his new show One Man Bond: Every Bond Film In 60 Minutes. Brian is also a writer and artist of graphic novels, including the highly-acclaimed adaptation of Everyman and the surreal spy story Borderliners: True Realities.
The New Dawn Fades graphic novel, which sold out its first print run within days of release, and is now on its second, is published by Invisible Six Books, and costs £15.
• Joy Division fans are advised to grab a copy of New Dawn Fades as soon as possible from www.invisiblesix.co.uk
• For more details about New Dawn Fades and Brian’s other plays and graphic novels visit his website: https://briangorman.online
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.