Above: 'Travesty' poster by Darren Sheehan. Copyright Mike Johnson & Darren Sheehan.
This week sees the release to 'Travesty': an 'illustrated graphic novel' by Mike Johnson featuring illustrations by Darren Sheehan, the artist half of the Sheehan Bros, responsible for the mind-bending 'Inhabitants' comic series.
This promises to be a science fiction mind-bender, brought to live through Darren Sheehan's atmospheric illustrations. Here's the official synopsis from publisher Titus Books:
'In a neglected corner of Travesty, in an apartment building called the rathouse, five marginals take on the universe. Drunk Len takes a gamble on salvation, but can he find the ticket? Nisa Michelangelo reconstructs his David with a vital difference, but can art defeat time? Dr Reingold, the keeper of the files, finds himself doing the bidding of his hidden masters, but will he betray his patient? Dilly Lilly goes exploring through her tunnels of soft toys in search of her mother's funeral, but what will she do with the mutant baby rat? And Glow Harvey steps into the world of probabilities on an odyssey of discovery, helped by his mysterious girlfriend Hermes, but will he remember enough to avert the destruction of Travesty by The Lion King and his terrorist allies?
It all comes together on the Day of Delight. Welcome to Travesty, where the stringent laws of purgatory rule and every nerve is put to the test. Mike Johnson's first graphic novel and his strangest creation to date'.
An official launch will take place this Thursday, August 5th from 6pm at the AUT Centre for Creative Writing, 4th Floor Duthie Whyte Building on the corner of Wakefield St and Mayoral Drive. The launch will be introduced by Hicksville's Dylan Horrocks, with both authors on hand for the event. So come out and support this ambitious addition to NZ literature!
For more information on 'Travesty', you can visit Titus Books HERE.