I am very proud to announce that my book; Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture, is now available to pre-order from Avery Hill ahead of it's official release next week. I think you should get yourself a copy, but don't just take my word for it...
There’s so much to enjoy in Between The Billboards, the deep melancholy is tempered by Pomery’s ear for naturalistic and funny dialogue, the minimalism in his art tempered by some absolutely gorgeous architectural design elements, such as this really impressive pull away shot of Ebner’s lonely home, Pomery utilising all the best of architecture and comic page design to give us this… - Richard Bruton [Forbidden Planet International]
As an incentive to get in there quickly, the first 100 copies come with a limited edition bookplate. I have begrudgingly numbered and signed every one, and each features a unique misanthropic quote from the protagonist; James Ebner.
Between the Billboards is very important and personal project to me. It marked my first foray into the medium comics and through the process of writing, drawing and producing the six part series, I learnt a huge amount, not only about the craft, but also about self-publishing generally. The story is itself is also a very personal one, reflecting on choices and the cause and effect of our actions within our environment and the opportunity to explore this in comics, has been cathartic and illuminating experience.
Billboards had always been conceived as a single volume, but releasing it in separate parts was the only way it seemed viable to me as a self-publisher, so when it was complete, it seemed only natural to collect it as one piece. Through collaborating with Avery Hill Publishing, we both agreed that simply reprinting the work was not something we could get that excited about, we wanted to create a new book and at the same time, expose the original story to people who may not have been aware of it. This how we conceived; Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture. The original story is there, but reformatted and redesigned to really make it the best it can be. In addition to this, the book contains a collection of other short form comics, which are all linked by an architectural approach; one of the principle themes recurring in Billboards. Through additional writings, annotations and a new bespoke comic that binds all the work and ideas together, we have created a book of which I am immensely proud.
I have been overwhelmed by the support and interest in my comics so far, so I am very pleased that this book will be found by a new audience, as well as providing something exciting for those who made it all possible in the first place. I take great pleasure in casting a dim light on those areas of life we do not always acknowledge, but so many of us relate to and I hope this book goes a little way to exploring that.
Owen D. Pomery. 2015.