The Nao of Brown

The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon

Great cover.

Great cover.

Why am I writing about this book? I’m writing about this book because I’m jealous of how wonderful it is. Not only can Dillon tell a moving tale with warmth and honesty but he can tell it in an engaging and innovative way. So why am I jealous? I can also weave a story that lives with you long after you’ve read it so… Well, the reason I’m jealous is because not only can Dillon craft words into a tight narrative but he’s also a bloody good artist. Seriously just check out the Nao of Brown website for peeks inside:

The Nao of Brown

I was rather excited to see that you could also buy toys that were featured in the story there! I haven’t bought any, yet.

Dillon is an excellent draughtsman; he uses very clean, economical lines and then washes over them with breathtaking watercolours. This isn’t your traditional comic book art, this is art. Each page could be framed and put on the wall it really is that good.

 

The story concerns Nao Brown an Anglo-Japanese woman who wants to find love but is afraid her   neurosis will put those she cares about at risk. Nao has urges, very similar to Tourette’s Syndrome, in that she will think of the worst, most horrific, thing to do in social situations, visualise the consequences of them and then have to employ a range of coping strategies to stop herself from doing them. One of these strategies is Nao’s attendance at the local Buddhist temple, which as you’d expect, is serene and calming, that is until she notices the teacher’s penis is poking out of his shorts!

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There are lots of wonderfully comic moments throughout the book but that doesn’t mean it’s a comedy. Her relationship with the sage like washing machine repair man is gentle and accommodating until, well I don’t want to spoil it.

My wife does not read comics but I went on and on about how wonderful this book was that she sat down and read it from cover to cover and thoroughly loved it.

I spotted The Nao of Brown on the shelf in Nostalgia Comics in Birmingham, it was £16.99, I did a quick scan on the phone and discovered I could save £6 at tax dodging amazon. I pondered and pontificated and then snatched it off the shelf. I’m so glad I did, it was one of the best £16.99s I’ve ever spent.

So if you never buy comics, or you rarely do, make sure you buy this one, you won’t regret it.

Gorgeous art work.

Gorgeous art work.

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3hundredand65 tweet

So here it is, the wonderful illustration to go with my tweet for today’s instalment of the 3hundredand65 graphic novel in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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For more info on the 3hundredand65 initiative and the Teenage Cancer Trust then click on their respective links. You can also read my previous blogs on the subject or better still get involved yourself and make a difference in someone’s life.

Cheers.

3hundredand65

My last tweet may have confused some of you. What at first reads like some random dialogue followed by some brutal action is in fact my contribution to the on going story that is 3hundedand65.

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David Kirkwood has set himself the challenge of illustrating every tweet of story he receives this year and of combining all those into a graphic novel that will generate money for the teenage cancer trust. This is a huge task. Tweets are assigned to people who want to contribute, some of which have been from household names such as Jonathan Ross, Bill Bailey and Stephen Fry to name but three, with those selected tweeting their 140 character addition to the story and Kirkwood then illustrating it. The one thing that links the contributors is their wish to raise funds for teenage cancer trust and having at least 300 followers. Why do they need to have at least 300 followers? To make sure that the message from 3hundredand65 gets to as many people as possible to raise awareness and funds.

If you want to view my tweet in context head over to 3hundredand65 and catch up on the story so far, you could make a donation or even add your own tweet to the story so far.

My tweet today, if you missed it was, ‘Hope’s such a desperate word too many variables. I prefer things to be more concrete’ Lad then smashed a breeze block through her thoughts.

3hundredand65 Graphic Novel from writers tweets

I stumbled across this recently and just thought wow, what a brilliant idea. David Kirkwood is a graphic designer who dreams of being an illustrator and came up with the idea for 3hundredand65 not only to fulfil that dream but to also raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Kirkwood has pledged that every day he will produce a drawing for the graphic novel and that a selected writer will then tweet the text for it. This way it will produce a huge amount of publicity for the project and ultimately raise funds for this worthy cause.

You can check out the 3hundredand65 blog here

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I would like to contribute to this but at the moment I do not have enough followers on twitter, I need at least 300. So if you could help me increase my followers by following me, @fletchski, or can suggest ways of increasing my followers please leave a comment below.