Meet Dave. Dave lives in a place called Here, an island where not a lot happens. It’s surrounded by a grey, ambiguous expanse called There, which the residents of Here avoid thinking about. Until one day, something issn’t quite right, and thoughts of the unknown begin creeping into Dave’s head…
The world of pruned hedges, and perfectly-parked cars begins to seem absurd, and Dave’s typically hairless face starts to grow a beard. It starts off with one hair, and within a day, he’s grown a fully fledged beard any man would be jealous of. The beard grows, and grows, and grows, and as a result, Dave becomes the centre of attention in this otherwise orderly town.
At first labelled a freak, the people of Here begin to realise that in fact, the abnormal “evil” beard is something to be celebrated. Stephen Collins’ graphic novel The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a witty and surreal response to conformity, and how we should embrace our differences. Accompanied by incredible pencil drawings, you will be blown away by the quality, and be humbled by the underlying message. The book will be available from May 9, published by Jonathan Cape.
- Take the Jack Sachs animated tour of the Tate Britain, and meet his odd CG characters along the way
- The effortlessly lovely hand-drawn illustrations of Paula Bulling
- Kii Monroe Arens' delicious gig posters
- Alex Paulus’ paintings are full of misshapen characters in odd situations
- Taiwanese graphic designer Wang Zhi-Hong’s sublime cover designs
- Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris dissect the album covers of calypso singer Mighty Sparrow
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich