Hannah Eaton's graphic novel Naming Monsters, published by Myriad Editions, has just gone on sale
Described by Myriad as an adult Where the Wild Things Are, Naming Monsters is a warm, funny, intriguing and sexually explicit take on what happens when your emotions become personified by monsters, and how you learn to live with them.
Fran is a keen amateur cryptozoologist – an expert in the study of animals that may not exist – and she can’t quite tell if the animals she meets are real or part of her imagination. But one thing is for sure: monsters are all around us.
The year is 1993, and we join Fran on a wild ride around London while she negotiates its real or imagined menageries. Tales of strange creatures that might-have-been introduce each stage of her journey.
Fran’s adventure, often with her best friend Alex in tow, is a psychogeography of London and its suburbs – a picaresque graphic novel in which the grief of losing her mother is punctuated by encounters with her semi-estranged dad, her out-of-touch East London Nana, a selfish boyfriend, and the odd black dog or two.
Naming Monsters was shortlisted for the First Fictions’ First Graphic Novel Competition. It's the creation of Brighton-based artist, writer and performer, Hannah Eaton, who is a learning mentor in a primary school, who says she is obsessed with ghosts.
This is her first book, but Hannah's work has appeared in The Comix Reader and she has also self-published a collection of three short fables, but most remain in her bottom drawer.
After receiving a BA in Fine Art from Oxford, and studying for an MA in Cultural Studies and teacher training, she worked with children in residential settings before her current position in a primary school.
A voracious reader of comics since the age of eight, she was brought up on the Beano, Viz and Posy Simmonds and graduated to Robert Crumb and Dan Clowes.
• Hannah Eaton will be appearing at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival as part of Quick Strips – Myriad Authors and Friends on Saturday 19th October 7.00 – 8.15pm For more details and booking information visit www.comicartfestival.com/quick-strips