Once Upon A Time In Morningside
At last out in a beautiful paper version!
The book arrived with me yesterday and looks very nice, well printed, lovely cover, i'm very pleased.
“This is a poetic take on the Scottish childhood of writer Sean Michael Wilson, in comic book form, drawn by lovely Swedish artist Hanna Stromberg. The book mixes together 14 intimate and interesting childhood stories and adventures, with a touch of magical realism.”
This is a special version of 72 pages, with a different cover than on the digital version, for only $6.50 (or 650 yen in Japan) from Nagoya based publisher, BigUglyRobot.
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Nice of well known Scottish writer, Ian Rankin, to tweet about our book.
This is a poetic take on my own childhood. It mixes an accurate account of certain small scale personal events with an element of magic realism in the presentation. It's all set in one specific location - the woods and streets near my childhood home in Edinburgh, Scotland, late 70's and early 80's. All the action will take place in that wood or the streets around it, a conscious decision to narrow the story to just THAT one area. It gives the story as sense of place and anyway, many interesting things happened there. No adults will be seen in the story, or following the old cartoon tradition of Tom and Jerry, only their feet and lower body will be seen - this is a world of children.
It's not one continous flow, but several interesting anecdotes sewn together, with some 'over' narrator aspects woven in. Meaning that their will be some reflections from the later me, the adult me as a ghost like presence, as captions ending or introducing the anecdotes. A fluid interweaving of the childhood visuals with adult narration in a poetic way, to juxtapose the words and visuals. The book has an introduction showing the adult me going to the childhood area, and beginning the reflection process. It is drawn together at the end also, as we see the adult me having gone through this process and leaving his childhood place behind.
This is not an autobiography about some terrible time, such as war, or coping with a debilitating disease or living in a dictatorship. Quite often comic book autobio books are about those unusual times and places, and that is fine, they are very interesting. But what about all the ordinary little things that happen in normal lives? All the small triumphs and adventures , laughs and sadness that fill the life of most children - that is interesting too. Once upon a time in Morningside is that kind of book.
It is also about the sense of loss and melancholy that we often feel when thinking back to our childhood time – that’s what the adult ‘ghost Sean’ is feeling as he observes these old childhood scenes. But, in the end, he comes back to present reality and gets on with his life, his responsibility to look after his son, who is now in childhood himself.
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My childhood autobiography now available for easy digital download to Tablet, IOS, Android, etc...
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125 pages. $4.97 (about 3 UK pounds) What a bargain!
Also available on the most popular digital comics site COMIXOLOGY:
125 pages. $4.99 (about 3 UK pounds).
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Here is a special preview pdf of the book.
Showing two full chapters, 'Tough Guy' and 'The Peacock'.
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