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Bloke's Progress
Bloke's Progress

Bloke's Progress

By Kevin Jackson, Illustrated by Hunt Emerson


120 Pages, 7 x 10.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $23.99)

Publication Date: November 2018

ISBN 9780861662715

Rights: US & CA

Fanfare (Nov 2018)

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Part satire, part philosophical treatise, part love story, part political argument, part psychedelic craziness—and entirely funny

John Ruskin (1819–1900) was an art critic – possibly the greatest in any language. Yet his concerns were by no means confined to art. He was a sharp-eyed observer of nature, he had a fascination with architecture, and he developed strong ideas about work, wealth, and money. He was what we would now call a "holistic" thinker. Thinking holistically obliged Ruskin to examine the society in which he lived. The conclusions he reached made him many admirers (and some enemies). He had impressive fans, including Leo Tolstoy and Marcel Proust. He inspired all sorts of reformers and idealistic politicians, including Gandhi, who said that reading Ruskin on a train one night changed his life. Ruskin was more than just a best-selling writer: many regarded him as a kind of guru or latter-day prophet.  Darren Bloke is an ordinary, hard-working stiff until a lottery win changes—and ruins—his life. He squanders his windfall and loses everything but his beloved dog, Skittle. Then he is visited by the spirit of Ruskin, who shows him the true meaning of Wealth—not how to acquire it, but what is the right way for an honest human to deal with it. Further visits from Ruskin's spirit take him on a journey into Perception—how to look at the world through a more creative filter, and finally, he learns from Ruskin the true value of Work, and how it can enrich his life above and beyond a pay-packet. Darren discovers the meaning of Ruskin's favourite saying, "There is no wealth but Life."  This strange comic book is part satire, part economic and philosophical treatise, part love story, part political argument, part psychedelic craziness, and always funny. And, in Skittle, Bloke's Progress has one of the most loveable dogs in comics!   

Author Biography

Hunt Emerson (born 1952) is a cartoonist living and working in Birmingham, England. He was closely involved with the Birmingham Arts Lab of the mid-to-late 1970s, and with the British underground comics scene of the 1970s and 1980s. Rip Off Press published his Thunderdogs title; while Don and Maggie Thompson included him in their mini-comic series, for which he created Calculus Cat. Emerson's art also appeared in the U.S. underground/alternative anthologies Commies from Mars and Eclipse Monthly. His graphic novels Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Casanova's Last Stand and other adaptations of classic novels and tales have been sold in numerous countries, and translated into several different languages. For over 30 years Hunt Emerson's strips and illustrations have graced the pages of Fortean Times, a magazine of occult and unexplained phenomena, while his pornographically humorous Firkin the Cat (written by Tym Manley) has appeared in hundreds of Fiesta magazines.Kevin Jackson was born in London in 1955 and is a writer, broadcaster, filmmaker and pataphysician. Educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK he went on to teach in the English department at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, before joining the BBC as a radio producer then a TV documentary director. As a freelance writer he has collaborated across multi-media including TV, radio, press and comics including a book-length version of Dante's Inferno. He was among the founder members of the London Institute of Pataphysics and holds the Ordre de la Grande Gidouille from the college of Pataphysics in Paris, France. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Companion of the Guild of St George and was visiting professor at University College, London, UK from 2009 - 2011.