Nobrow’s 17×23 series is a “project designed to help talented young graphic novelists tell their stories in a manageable and economic format. The hope is that, while the series encourages artists to write one-off stories, [it] can act as a springboard for more ambitious projects.”
Originally conceived in 2010, the format brought forth comics like Ouroboros, Jeff Job Hunter, Temporama, Obsolete, The New Ghost, Le Royaume Quo, and most notably Luke Pearson’s Hildafolk, which has since been spun-off into an excellent ongoing series of hardback comics. Unfortunately, by 2013 the format more or less petered out, with only a showcase published in late 2012, and not much more afterwards. Fortunately, that changed with Bianca Bagnarelli’s Fish in late 2014, which saw Nobrow return to the format. Following that, April saw Andy J. Poyiadgi’s Lost Property, and June will see Jen Lee’s Vacancy.
Suffice to say that it has been a joy to see the project return, and really deliver some excellent comics.The format makes for compact, but well crafted comics. From the solid cover with its stylish flaps, to the quality paper, you instantly know you’re holding something special. By the time the excellent art and storytelling in each installment enthralls you, it might just be too late – since, much like me, you’ll likely be hooked, and ready for the next one!
So let’s talk about this mini-revival, consisting of Fish, Lost Property, and Vacancy, the latter two of which I was lucky enough to get a hold of early! Read More