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An anti-fascist fairytale about good and evil, drenched in Germanic folklore!

At the front of the German invasion is Hans Vogel, a fighter pilot who is separated from his unit, shot down and killed.

And that’s where his problems start…

Future

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  • Writer: Tom Woodman
  • Artist: Rupert Smissen
  • Letterer: Aditya Bidikar

Time has run out.

Humanity is clinging on to an Earth facing imminent collapse. Kay Mielniczuk, fierce optimist, convinces her dying wife, astronaut Murray Mielniczuk, to take on one last assignment.

Catapulted through time on a wing, a prayer, and some theoretically correct science, they set out in search of a cure… for Murray and for the planet.

Future is a 128-page full colour original graphic novel about time travel, the apocalypse, and finding hope in the ultimate power of love.

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Tom Woodman

Tom is a writer, editor, and part of the award-winning improv comedy group Shoot From The Hip, which has garnered recommendations from Time Out, The Metro, and The Evening Standard, among others.

Future is his first graphic novel. His bookshelf just collapsed under the weight of exhaustive research.

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Rupert Smissen

Rupert is an award-winning illustrator and visualiser. He has worked on projects for many leading brands and publications including Ray-Ban, Topman, Cannes Lions Festival, The Sunday Times and Little White Lies.

When not wielding a pencil (or stylus) there’s a good chance he’ll be riding his bikes, or brushing up on his bushcraft. Or attempting to combine the two. Future is his first comic.

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The Plague and Doctor Caim

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  • Creator: G.E. Gallas

The Plague and Doctor Caim follows the life of a 17th-century plague doctor: an Everyman with a beak.

One day, Doctor Caim is hired by a village to treat both the rich and the poor. The doctor readily accepts this position, but goes about the work with much trial and error. Doctor Caim encounters patients from all walks of life, experimenting with treatments while monitoring his own health and watching the stars for omens…

With the aesthetic of a medieval illuminated manuscript, this full colour graphic novel from the acclaimed creator of The Poet and the Flea finds macabre comedy within the history of the bubonic plague.

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G.E. Gallas

G. E. Gallas is a writer and illustrator best known for her graphic novel The Poet and the Flea about the poet-painter William Blake. After studying Japanese language and culture for many years, she spent a year abroad in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major involving cross-cultural storytelling. She has spoken upon invitation to The Blake Society (London), Yale University School of Drama, and Germanna College (Virginia).

Candles

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  • Creator: Lyndon White

Generation after generation, people are taught one thing – never use magic…

When a plague known as Dark-bark spreads over the land one by one infected villagers disappear into the enchanted forest never to be seen again. When it reaches her village, a young girl called Grace sets out to destroy the evil witch responsible and save her family by any means possible – even if she must steal the witch’s magic.

As candles flicker and wolves howl into the night sky, Idris, a flamboyant sorcerer, and his talented apprentice Ava, are cast out of their town when their talent for magic is discovered. Determined to find the source of the misery that has made them outsiders, they too begin to hunt the root of the Dark-bark… but all is not as it seems.

An all-ages story about magic, family and a plague that has no mercy, Candles is the latest graphic novel from Lyndon White, creator of Reanimator, for lovers of fantasy, fairy tales, monsters and magic.

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Lyndon White

Lyndon White is an illustrator, writer and comic artist, who has worked on a range of popular graphic novels, concertina books and comics. On occasion, you’ll even find him teaching comics. Outside of comics he produces art work and designs for bands, book covers, textile illustration, storyboards and concept work. He spends most of his time drawing in his studio, playing loud music and drinking coffee.

The Boy with Nails for Eyes

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  • Creator: Shaun Gardiner

The town Bobby lives in is a grey cluster of houses trapped against the sea by a half-ring of factories. Over the horizon, a war is raging. Any day now it may sweep over the town and crush it. And Bobby has fallen in love.

The Boy with Nails for Eyes is a dystopian fantasy graphic novel. The book, the first in a three-volume series, was long-listed for the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition in 2018.


“Mixes the nightmarish world of Guillermo Del Toro with the elaborate world building of Neil Gaiman and the artwork of Shaun Tan or Dave McKean.”
“This comic is sublime.”
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Shaun Gardiner

Shaun is a writer and artist based in Orkney.

The Boy with Nails for Eyes is his first graphic novel.

Hans Vogel is Dead

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  • Creator: Sierra Barnes

The year is 1940, the Blitz is raging, and Hitler’s forces are sweeping across Europe.

At the front of the invasion is the victorious Luftwaffe, and at the front of the Luftwaffe is Hans Vogel: fighter pilot, ace, and recipient of the prestigious Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross medal. Young, painfully shy, and with the backbone of a jellyfish, Hans keeps his head down and does what he’s told – but something still feels… off.

One night on a routine raid, Hans experiences a freak radio malfunction, is separated from his unit, and is shot down and killed.

That’s where his problems start.

Hans finds himself carried out of his world by the Valkyrie Brynhildr, but instead of Valhalla, he’s brought to the mysterious Märchenwald, the world of the fairy-tales. Märchenwald has been transformed by the war Hans left behind and taken over by the malevolent and cruel Erlking, a monster who traps people within a sinister web of Stories. Stripped of everything he was and forced to confront the consequences of the evil he served, Hans finds himself faced with a choice: give in to the same evil a second time, or try and make things right.

Hans Vogel is Dead is an antifascist fairy tale with elements of historical fantasy about the power of narratives, the question of individual responsibility in a totalitarian regime, and the struggle to become a better person. 

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Sierra Barnes

Sierra Barnes is a historian-turned-comic-creator who currently lives in Washington, DC, making webcomics and print comics based on history and folklore. After graduating with a BA in History specializing in Central and Eastern Europe and Germanistik from the College of William & Mary, she spent a year in the town of Baumgartenberg, Upper Austria teaching English on a Fulbright Scholarship and taking the time to do research for what would eventually become Hans Vogel is Dead. She has a MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts.

Isabella & Blodwen

  • Creator: Rachael Smith

Isabella & Blodwen follows sixteen year-old Isabella who has been granted early admission to the prestigious University of Oxford.

Academically gifted, but severely lacking in social skills, she finds navigating the hallowed halls a trial she can’t study her way out of. Mixing with older students, and struggling to find her place, she sets her heart on the coveted summer internship with her hero, Professor MacLeod.

While wondering how to get the letter of recommendation she needs to be considered, she accidentally drops an exhibit from a museum she’s visiting in her bag… and Blodwen, the Witch from the Bottle enters her life!

Aimed at a young adult audience, and exploring themes of friendship, growing up, and finding your place in the world, Isabella & Blodwen is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt alone and that the world is against them.

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Rachael Smith

Rachael Smith is a comic artist and writer based in the UK. She has created numerous, critically acclaimed comic books including House Party, Artificial Flowers, Wired Up Wrong, and The Rabbit, which was nominated for Best Book in the 2015 British Comic Awards, following her nomination for Emerging Talent the previous year. Rachael has also worked on Titan’s Doctor Who Comic series, and is a regular contributor to Empathize This, a website which gives a platform to marginalised voices through the medium of comics.

Cast Iron Books is a new independent publisher of graphic novels, illustrated books and experimental fiction.

We believe in empowering writers and artists to create stories that stay with a reader long after the last page has been turned.

Most of all we believe that books should be things of beauty, that good storytelling should be an end in itself, and that if you want to make something that lasts, make sure there’s some graphite in it.

At Cast Iron Books we are looking for graphic novels, illustrated books and works of experimental fiction that at their core have something meaningful to say about the world we live in.

Visit our submissions page to read our guidelines for making submissions.