Leeds. Travelling Man. Friday, September 21st — the night before Thought Bubble Festival. And the launch of two comic books, Retrograde Orbit, and Follow Me In from South London publisher Avery Hill.
With exclusive bookplate editions of both books and creators Kristyna Baczynski and Katriona Chapman on hand to sign copies…
And for those who can’t make it out of London, they’ll be doing the same at Gosh Comics a week later.
Kristyna’s new book, Retrograde Orbit, is a character-driven science fiction tale steeped in questions of home and belonging.
“At the outer edge of the solar system, on the mining planet Tisa, Flint and her mother live in the colony of Swift Springs. Displaced by a nuclear event, Flint’s family settled in Swift Springs two generations ago to become miners. Soon Flint will be old enough to begin her apprenticeship at the refinery. But is the home that her family has built for her enough, or will a mysterious, irradiated planet pull her away from them? By following in their footsteps and leaving to forge a new path, is she betraying her family, or honouring their legacy?”
“Kat had no responsibilities and nothing to tie her down. But she had graduated university with no plans. She was an artist who hadn’t drawn in five years. She was lost.
What’s more, she’d been avoiding admitting to herself something that all of those around her knew; that her boyfriend, Richard, had some serious problems with alcohol.
Looking for a fresh start, the two of them quit their jobs and embarked on a journey to Mexico for what they expect to be an adventure of a lifetime. It led to experiences that changed both of their lives and to Kat rediscovering a love of art, a lifelong attachment to Mexico and the strength to move on.”
You can see what else September has to offer comic book folk in London right here.