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Dockwood (Paperback)
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Dockwood (Paperback)

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Paperback 64 Pages / Published: 11/10/2012
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It's a cloudy Tuesday in October and the residents of Dockwood are going about their business as usual. In Elmsview Nursing Home, a kitchen porter dutifully prepares lunch for residents. Elsewhere, a council worker sweeps the fallen leaves from the pavements. Along Nettlefield Road, a paperboy is delivering his daily round. And in the trees, swallows gather noisily in preparation for their annual migration. In this bittersweet and contemplative work, Jon McNaught weaves together the everyday lives of three locals against the backdrop of autumnal transitions.

Publisher: Nobrow Ltd
ISBN: 9781907704260
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 265 x 195 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"There are few younger comics artists with whom I feel a genuine aesthetic kinship, but the radiant and glowing Dockwood is Jon McNaught's loveliest argument yet for the beauty of just being alive. It's a gem."
--Chris Ware

McNaught's comics are slow, quiet and very sensitive to place and time. The work is certainly poetic but not precious or twee. And the drawings are beautiful. Masterful stuff for someone so young.
--Seth, author of Wimbledon Green and George Sprott: 1894-1975 in Time

McNaught [...] makes each panel contemplate the smallest of life's details.
--Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review

This is McNaught's first major release, and he certainly lives up to his considerable potential. Unsurprisingly, the production values from Nobrow are first-rate, and McNaught's obviously dry sense of humor punctuates his beautiful, methodical storytelling.
--Rob Clough, High-Low

The beauty of McNaught's work is the way he adapts his primary practice, printmaking, into beautifully observed and measured narratives. There is never any great drama in his stories; instead, what you get is a brief but lyrical peep into someone's life, and a strong sense of the natural world that surrounds them.
--Full-Page Bleed

Exceptional stuff from one of Britain's greatest comics talents.
--It's Nice That

Dockwood has a truly magical feel, as it builds to a cumulative greatness, making a short book a lengthy, involved reading experience, and making the reader stop and look around, reveling in their own personal quiet moments where nothing happens so beautifully. They're all around, these quiet moments where nothing happens so beautifully, but sometimes it needs someone as talented as McNaught to remind us how magnificent our lives can be.
--Forbidden Planet

McNaught has a canny knack for finding something compelling in the humdrum and the monotonous; of imbuing each tiny moment with a flowing, rhythmical splendour of its own.
--Broken Frontier

Dockwood is a kind of visual prose-poem, tranquil, meditative, autumnal. The book is its own total aesthetic; McNaught uses color and form to evoke feeling here, with minimal, unobtrusive dialogue that functions more as ambiance than exposition. Lovely.
--Biblioklept

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