He has lettered hundreds of pages of comics by other creators, and for years plugged and reviewed Irish and British publications on defunct small press-centric website Bugpowder. Now, Dubliner John Robbins has released A Hand Of Fingers, a terrific anthology of his own work, which collects material from a diverse array of publications that include Rhizome Magazine, The Echo Newspaper and Ink Brick (A Journal of Comics Poetry).
In A Hand Of Fingers there are troubles with children, and children with troubles. There are persons absent and things present — and floundering folk compelled to act. To wit: a desperate dad with a toddler-sized cooler drives towards a miracle; a grieving student responds to an email sent by her dead boyfriend; a haunted boy seeks the approval of his late father.
John kindly provided a review copy of this book and as you can see from the small selection of work here, it’s wonderfully weird, terrifically drawn stuff, some homage, some entirely, uniquely memorable. Well worth a look.
• A Hand of Fingers is available as a digital download and a print-on-demand paperback. Order a copy form John Robbins’ Author Spotlight page on Lulu: www.lulu.com/spotlight/johnrobbins