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A coming-of-age graphic novel that is a love letter to the silver screen

Following a traumatic first-visit to the local cinema with his father, a young boy returns to see a movie which will ignite his imagination, fill his head with fantasy, and change the course of his life. Now convinced it is his destiny to pursue his dream of becoming a famous film director, he ropes a street-smart classmate into producing their first stop-motion animation during the school holidays.

Told in three acts, each taking place over the course of a British summer at fateful points in his life, this bitter-sweet coming-of-age story chronicles the triumphs and heartbreaks of childhood friendship, first romance, and the realities of early adulthood set against the backdrop of rural Cumbria.

The passion project of two-time British Comic award nominated writer and artist Owen Michael Johnson, this intimate and personal graphic novel sprinkled with magic realism is a love letter to a home-town movie theatre and the inspirational power of the silver screen.

Created by Owen Michael Johnson
Lettered by Colin Bell

Owen Michael Johnson is the two-time British Comic Award nominated writer and artist from the Lake District. A graduate of Royal Holloway University of London's Creative Writing program, his previous comic books include cult hit Raygun Roads (2013) in collaboration with INDIO and, most recently, the wildly critically-acclaimed series Beast Wagon (2015) with John Pearson and Colin Bell. He has marketed comics for Titan Comics and 2000 AD and currently resides in Oxford.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

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The start of a new project is always extremely exciting. It’s a chance to really let you imagination fly. At the beginning of the process the final, perfect form of the thing you’re about to will into being sits before you, shining and glorious. Probably because it only exists in your head. You may never quite reach the ideal, but you’re going to make something as close as you can. 

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And we're off!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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Hello World!

Owen Michael Johnson here, the writer and illustrator of Reel Love. I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to my wonderful Author Shed. Here's what it looks like (it will never be this clean again)!



It's here that I'll be spending the many bright days and long nights burning down pencils, listening to records, splashing in ink and bringing the book to life. I'm supremely…

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