I cannot be the first publisher-critic ever to put one of their own books at the top as their Best of the Year. I can say with all honesty, that even if I were not this graphic novel’s co-publisher, I would still have picked There’s No Time Like The Present as my favourite British graphic novel of 2015. Thirteen issues and seven years in the making, Rainey’s growing skills at cartooning, characterisation, plot and truly lived dialogue, and his sheer determination to get his ideas and vision down on paper and into print, pulse through this substantial, far-from-slight work. The first graphic novel set in Milton Keynes, it’s a very humorous and humane slice of suburban science-fiction romantic ‘dramedy’ that repays close and repeated readings. In short, There’s No Comic Like There’s No Time Like The Present. That’s why I liked it so much as Paul was self-serialising it, and why Peter Stanbury and I co-published the whole magnum opus, edited, revised and toned with greys, from Escape Books. It also contains by far the most outrageous and hilarious line about Green Kryptonite you will ever read.
Saturday 2 January 2016
There's No Time Like The Present Update
Item: My publisher, Paul Gravett, is also a respected comic-critic of over thirty years. So him including There's No Time Like The Present in his Best-graphic-novels-of-2015 list still counts.