This just in! New Welsh Review
and Poetry London
love Sidekick’s poetry comics anthology Over The Line!
‘s Julia Bird
describes the anthology as “a book bursting with contagious creativity, a book offering a truly stimulating combination of art and analysis.”
She also praises the work of editors Chrissy Williams
and Tom Humberstone
, saying:“The tone is instructive and inspiring; it makes you want to take scissors and glue to your own Marvell words and Marvel art to see how image, text, space and silence can be recombined to create and uncover meaning.”Read the full review in Issue 83
(which also features poetry by the marvellous Mark Waldron).
The praise keeps coming, as Nicky Arscott
, writing for New Welsh Review
, finds Over The Line “visually exquisite, intellectually stimulating”
and says it “offers a wide-reaching introduction to the poetry comics genre.”
She adds that
“this book succeeds in making poetry playful, and it elevates the status of the comic through encouraging us to appraise it on the same level as we would the poetry.”
The full text of the review is open to subscribers only, which is an excellent excuse to explore new Welsh writing.
Thank you to Julia and Nicky for the fantastic in-depth, insightful reviews. Comics poetry fever is upon us!
Award-winning university newspaper The Boar
has reviewed Ian McLachlan and Phil Cooper’s ‘Confronting the Danger of Art’
“Imagine a world in which artistic expression is suppressed and condemned by the government. Not too difficult, is it, considering the cuts we have suffered in recent years. Both wonderfully relevant therefore and also intriguing in its portrayal of the thing is Ian McLachlan’s ‘Confronting The Danger Of Art’, a short poetry pamphlet that talks about how to survive an influx of creative types and their work in the style of a 70s nuclear safety information booklet. It is a marriage of ideas that does not sound quite as effective as it actually is; the poetry within providing a hilarious and searing look at the way people do sometimes treat the arts, and how it is a slippery slope potentially towards more totalitarian views … perfectly crafted and delightfully witty.”
Buy ‘Confronting the Danger of Art’ here
, and make an old alchemist marginally wealthier.