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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 January 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 JANUARY 2016 15 FEATURE in graphic novel form Museum of London, plays with a ept art' band called Ghosts utu workin Museum ep uture Past and continues working on his graphic novels. In fa has al "one eleas h which In fact, another one of his works has already gained acclaim as "one of the most exciting new eleases of 2016". It is his Tales he Smiths graphic novel, which was published online at the S daily for three years. It is a ap story the SoComic.gr website, running daily aphic biography that tells the story of Morrissey, Johnny Marr and and the other members of The Smi and influential in pop history. "T "The project started as a desperate attempt on my part to find out information about them, how they grew up and formed their personalities," he remembers. des to th fo he "After finding scarce details in relevant biographies, I managed to source a lot of tidbits and information in rare interviews, old correspondence, press clippings and so on." in m o i The result is a fascinating and impressively t volume of Giant-Size F detailed account of the Giant-SizeFascists, Con’s comic satire of nationalism. Con’s Smiths before they formed the ban band, one of the most beloved and band's members' lives, from 1959 to the formation of The Smiths in 1982. Shortly after the end of the series' run on SoComic.gr, Con signed a contract for its publication in a volume comprising 450 pages, with Omnibus Press, one of the leading publishers of musical biographies. Not bad for a struggling artist who feels connected to The Smiths in terms of social background. "They were born in England to parents who were working-class migrants and tried hard to make it," Con says. "I can relate to that: I've been a migrant throughout my life; I am the child of economic migrants to Australia, a Greek Australian migrant in Greece and now an economic migrant to the UK." At least now, he gets the chance to tell his family's story to an international readership, teaching them about the dark pages of Greece's recent history. "People who read Dryland are very interested in the Greek inter-war period, because they have no idea what was happening there at the time," he says. "A lot of them say that Greece's recent history reminds them of mid-eastern countries, where one dictator is succeeded by another and the people slaughter one another for the sake of the leading elite. They're not that mistaken, come to think about it." The cover for the second volume of Con’s graphic novel Giant-Size Fascists. A page from Tales of The Smiths, narrating the backstory of one of the most influential British pop bands. d critical acclaim and features in many . d critical acclaim and features in many A page from Tales of The Smiths, detailing the backstory of the British band.
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