Author(s): Stephen Collins
The job of the skin is to keep things in. On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless. Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying, unstoppable .monster! Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what, most importantly, are they going to do with Dave? The first book from a new leading light of UK comics, "The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil" is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl. It is about life, death and the meaning of beards. (We mean a gigantic beard, basically).
A book for anybody who's ever had a beard, thought about a beard, seen a beard, not had a beard...
"It's part satire, part parable, part nursery rhyme and part disaster movie, and it's an utter joy to read." -- Tom Gatti The Times "My pick of next season's graphic novels." The Bookseller "A gorgeously penciled fable. The pacing and page design are immaculate." -- Teddy Jamieson Sunday Herald "There's a touch of Roald Dahl to this dark, beautifully drawn and wonderfully surrealist tale." Monocle "A witty and surreal response to conformity, and how we should embrace our difference. Accompanied by incredible pencil drawings, you will be blown away by the quality, and be humbled by the underlying message." ItsNiceThat
Stephen Collins was born in 1980 and grew up in Penge, South London. He began cartooning for The Times in 2003, and has since won several awards, including the Jonathan Cape/Observer Graphic Short Story Prize 2010. His work has appeared in many publications worldwide, and he contributes regular comics to the Guardian Weekend and Prospect magazine. He lives near Hertford with his wife and a well-charged beard trimmer. For up-to-date news and work, visit www.stephencollinsillustration.com