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Darell Thorpe – Rum Run Awry

Darrell Thorpe will be launching his book Rum Run Awry at CECAF.

Head over to his site for ordering details

About the book.


Mythical adventurer, Alexander McCuba, is a burly, bearded, simple-minded man of the Guild of Adventurers. Whilst on a prestigious quest to harvest the rum of the Great Extravaganza, he attempts to fight the sea – and ends up marooned on a mysterious island.

A Rum Run Awry is McCuba’s personal diary from the island. Entry by hilarious entry, it documents his baffling experiences with the curious inhabitants of the land, their bizarre customs and his own struggles with homesickness, madness and lack-of-rum…ness.

The log book has been printed exactly as it was found, complete with all McCuba’s scribbles, sketches and stains, plus a hundred pages of glorious vibrant illustrations that immerse us in his technicolour adventure. Some pages are detailed descriptions of the new world around him; others are manic scrawls across the pages – the rantings of a man losing his mind.

This is the first time such a diary has been made publicly available, and it is easy to see why. It takes a brave person to strike out into a new land; it takes an even braver person to try and understand the workings of a mind like Alexander McCuba. This isn’t a book, it’s a quest.

Exhibitor – Simon Moreton

Simon Moreton is an artist based in Bristol, UK. He make autobiographical zines of comics, drawings and writing. He has been self-publishing his zine, SMOO, since 2008.

He has been published by Avery Hill (UK) Retrofit (USA) and Sotokaramita (Japan), and has had work appear in numerous anthologies. His first long-form work, ‘Plans We Made’ is due out from Uncivilized Books in the US in Autumn 2015.

He is part of Team Weird, a loose collective of like-minded artists from the UK, Scandinavia and the USA. He is the co-founder and co-organiser of the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair – now in its fifth year – and co-founder of Bear Pit Zine, an artists’ network in Bristol designed to connect and support cartoonists and illustrators. He also started Better, Drawn, a blog where people can tell stories about long-term mental or physical illness in the form of comics.


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