Think of a City storytelling project attracts Dave McKean, JH Williams III


Think of a City illustration by Ian McEwan © Ian McEwan

Think of a City illustration by Ian MacEwan © Ian MacEwan

The City is our story – but what is a city? That’s the question being posed by architect Alison Sampson and comics artist Ian MacEwan through Think of a City, a tumblr-based, mass storytelling project involving a huge range of creatives from across the globe that include Britain’s Dave McKean and US comics artists such as JH Williams III , combining their talents to deliver a unique cityscape online.

“We don’t know what will happen, any more than you do, but we each will add something, one after another,” says joint project creator and manager Alison, a Senior Architect at London-based John McAslan and Partners (who also says they won’t be revealing the running order of the images contributed). “We hope you will walk our streets and take a coffee in one of our cafes.

“Who knows what you might see, or the strange events you might chance across.”

Part-serious architectural investigation, part international art collaboration, for fun, for eventual exhibition, to work together, to see what happens, Think of a City is a mass storytelling project.

“It takes more than two people to build a city, and this project is a collective effort from everyone involved,” says Alison. “As with a city, we each bring our own offerings to the group, and perhaps, together we are stronger.

British creators incolved so far include Rob Davis, Ben Dickson, Oliver East, Jonathan Edwards, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Antony Johnston, Will Kirkby, Dave McKean, Alison herself, Si Spurrier, Chris Wildgoose and Rob Williams.

Although comic books provide linear stories, cities are something different. Join the creators on a Dérive to experience this city of the imagination, told page by page, by storytellers from around the world…

• Visit Think of a City at Any queries should be addressed to: thinkofacity(at)

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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