100 Months [NOOK Book]

Overview

John Hicklenton was one of Britain's leading comic book artists, who took his own life in March 2010 with the assistance of Dignitas in Zurich. 100 Months is an apocalyptic parable of environmental devastation written and drawn in fore knowledge of his own impending death. An intense, hallucinatory story with overtones of Dostoevsky's 'Legend of the Grand Inquisitor' and artwork of breathtaking intensity, it is the crowning achievement of a brilliant career, a true graphic novel that engages ultimate themes of ...
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100 Months

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Overview

John Hicklenton was one of Britain's leading comic book artists, who took his own life in March 2010 with the assistance of Dignitas in Zurich. 100 Months is an apocalyptic parable of environmental devastation written and drawn in fore knowledge of his own impending death. An intense, hallucinatory story with overtones of Dostoevsky's 'Legend of the Grand Inquisitor' and artwork of breathtaking intensity, it is the crowning achievement of a brilliant career, a true graphic novel that engages ultimate themes of life, death and salvation. Controversial, haunting and tortured in all senses, it will inevitably fuel debate around the issues of taking one's own life. Includes a foreword by Pat Mills.
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Publishers Weekly
In his final graphic novel, the late Hicklenton (Nemesis the Warlock; Judge Dredd) leaves us with a haunting and powerful legacy. In a work that reads like darkly illustrated scripture, he presents the story of Mara, the earth goddess or “Anima Mundi,” who sets out to avenge the desecration of her kingdom by those who worship the “Longpig.” There is little question that Hicklenton’s vision for this work was informed not simply by his sense that humanity has pushed itself past the brink of inevitable collapse, but by the demons he faced in his own struggle with multiple sclerosis. Hicklenton’s work deftly draws upon scriptural and mythological allusion in realizing his vision of the last brutal day of the story’s 100 months, and then devastates us with the force of his illustrations and the inevitability of his message. What is most satisfying in 100 Months is that the message is not tempered to make it more palatable for delicate sensibilities—it is brutal and unadulterated and, in the final analysis, beautiful. Like the Book of Revelation, it is not interested in diluting judgment with pity. It’s a haunting legacy for the artist. (May)
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"Beautiful and powerful."  —Neil Gaiman

"For me, Johnny is the Jimi Hendrix of British comics."  —Pat Mills

"[A] haunting and powerful legacy."  –Publishers Weekly

"Absolutely gorgeous...a masterpiece of dying-light rage."  —Austin American-Statesman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780956544582
  • Publisher: Andrews UK
  • Publication date: 11/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,219,923
  • File size: 53 MB
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Meet the Author


John Hicklenton 1967–2010 was a comics artist and is best-known for his work on the titles 2000 AD, Heavy Metal Dredd, and Nemesis the Warlock. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, and took his own life in March 2010. His life, work, and illness are the subject of the documentary Here's Johnny, which premiered at South by Southwest. He finished 100 Months the day before he died. A comics writer and editor, Pat Mills is known as the "godfather of British comics." He created 2000 AD and played a large part in the development of Judge Dredd.
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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    The best graphic novel I've ever bought!

    Now, first thing that can be said about 100 Months is that the artwork within can be quite shocking. Personally, I believe that this is a good thing, since John Hicklenton was a true master of horror, but was too often unable to bring his full talent to bear. This though is filled with pages covered in fantastic artwork from cover to cover, showing just how dedicated an artist Hicklenton was, striving to show the message of the novel on every page. The work is beautifully illustrated and coloured, and some pieces, be they black and white or full colour, cannot be ignored for the level of detail put into them. Even if you do find the artwork to be too graphic and visceral, and even I will admit that certain pages are quite brutal, you simply cannot deny what a powerful effect they have on you when you see them.

    The artwork is only part of the majesty of this novel though - the story and implications behind it are almost as compelling, and undoubtedly more thought-provoking. It is filled with references to the decadence and corruption within modern culture, how their excesses lead to the death of more pure, earthly values, and an abiding theme is how we destroy and desecrate the planet we live on, and this is shown in the title, 100 Months, which is taken from a quote from Prince Charles about us only having 100 months before a climate disaster.

    Anyone who loves graphic novels, especially ones with stirring artwork, or horror and fantasy will instantly love this book. If you're not, I strongly suggest you get it anyway

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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