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The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

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– THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER –

Available from:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
iBooks
Indiebound
Powell’s


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Praise for THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL:

“A total work of art which elevates itself beyond comparison.”
– Nick Hayes, Literary Review

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is an artistic marvel”
– AV Club

“Slyly exquisite”
– Glen Weldon, NPR

“The British invasion has begun anew via The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil.”
– Beth Carey, Comics Alternative

“An amazing book. Completely original. Surreal, yet believable.”
– Raymond Briggs author of The Snowman

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil has the tone of a playful fable, from the cracked syntax of its title onward… It’s a rather Seussian premise, and Collins underscores the joke by nudging narration and dialogue into half-rhyme […] For a book about the liberating joys of disruption, though, it’s exceptionally disciplined: Collins renders several hundred pages of immaculately ruled buildings and bean-faced people (and the fuzzy curlicues that interfere with them) in meticulous, microdetailed pencil textures.’
– Douglas Wolk, New York Times

“If you go to the comics shop to encounter unfamiliar talents, to get that shock of the new, this is your best bet.”
– The Comics Reporter

“Clever, funny and beautiful to look at… surely destined to become a classic.”
– Rachel Cooke, The Observer (UK)

“Filled with elegant black-and-white sketches and darkly philosophical commentary, Collins’s graphic novel details what happens when borders collapse and stories have no tidy endings.”
– Time Out New York

All kinds of 21st-century anxieties writhe under the text: fear of immigration, the collapse of cultural homogeneity, ecological devastation—the end of a particular way of life […] Collins nimbly avoids the potential pitfalls of preachiness or meaningless absurdity here, leading to a confident and convincing début. I look forward to more.
– Edwin Turner, Biblioklept

“It’s part satire, part parable, part nursery rhyme and part disaster movie, and it’s an utter joy to read.”
– Tom Gatti, The Times (UK)

it’s kind of Roald Dahl – it’s very funny, dark, fable-like and about exactly what it’s title says.”
– Linda Holmes, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour

“An imaginative and funny fable that can be enjoyed on its own terms and as a nicely judged satire on ignorance, routine and the deadening influence of corporate and celebrity culture.”
-James Smart, The Guardian (UK)

“Almost Kubrickian in the way it uses technical precision to exert such a level of experiential control over the reader[…] like Dahl’s work, Collins’ comic is deeply funny, never taking itself too seriously. It’s full of jokes that seem casual and carefully timed—not the kind of jokes that knock you off your seat, but the kind of jokes you keep in your head for a long time.
– Shea Hennum, This Is Infamous

“A gorgeously penciled fable. The pacing and page design are immaculate.”
– Teddy Jamieson, Sunday Herald (UK)

“There’s a touch of Roald Dahl to this dark, beautifully drawn and wonderfully surrealist tale.”
– Monocle

“A witty and surreal response to conformity, and how we should embrace our difference. Accompanied by incredible pencil drawings, you will be blown away by the quality, and be humbled by the underlying message.”
– ItsNiceThat

“An inspired swirling of the mundane with the surreal… published in a super-sized, yummy parchment-like hardback drawn in soft pencil, it’s like a children’s book for the anxious adult.”
– Metro (UK)


WINNER OF THE 9th ART AWARD 2013
WINNER OF THE GRAN GUINIGI AWARD 2014 (LA GIGANTESCA BARBA MALVAGIA)


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Portraits & Caricature

Hamish Anderson – Imbibe magazine column headerMichael Butt – Imbibe magazine column header

Lionel Shriver, news addict, for Unherd magazine

Ruth Davidson for Unherd magazine

websiteLabour Chief Whip Rosie Winterton MP for Radio Times

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Radio Times: Warwick Davies

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Radio Times: Torville and Deanstevepunt_radioRadio Times: Steve Punt

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Radio Times: Count Arthur Strong

Other Commissions

Miscellanous illustrations, paintings, etc…


tumblr_mv2w0eFQau1s5jb9ho1_1280Painting commissioned as an employee’s leaving present by advertising agency AMV BBDO. Gouache and ink on paper.

ttc_2ttc_1 Advertising campaign commissioned by Time To Change / Mind in conjunction with DARE media. The brief was to come up with an idea to combat taboos around discussing mental health issues.

SOME COMICS – COLLECTED STRIPS

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 “A fantastic ear for dialogue and an uncanny ability to pick up on contemporary mores to make some of the funniest work around”
– Mark Sinclair, Creative Review

“Collins’s stick figures are ordinary people trying to deal with incomprehensible, often horrendous circumstances […] Collins is a young man already equipped with the mordant gloom and brutal cynicism of the career cartoonist, and this is a fine first collection.”
– Marcus Berkmann, The Spectator

“A slightly 1950s style and a genuine GSOH”
– New Statesman

“An absolute pleasure to read and look at, whilst being witty and sharp enough to get the old cogs into gear- easily ingested but difficult to pull off. […] It’s been a fantastic year for collected volumes of authors works, and this ranks amongst the best”.
– Zainab Akhtar, Comics and Cola

“This may be the most beautifully illustrated collection of gag strips I have ever seen”
– Jonathan Rigby, Page45.com.

“Some Comics is a fantastically funny thing”
– Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International


SOME COMICS BY STEPHEN COLLINS

Published October 2nd in the UK by Jonathan Cape: a best-of (and new stuff) collection, including work for the Guardian, Prospect and a load of unseen stories.

Gosh Comics in London are selling limited edition bookplate copies.

Signed copies are also available from Forbidden Planet London.

Copies without bookplates or sigs are available from all good bookshops (why not try the amazing Foyles, who do very free UK delivery) as well as online via Guardian Bookshop or the shop-local independent bookshop network Hive (seriously, you should give this site a go!). Or of course there’s always Amazon UK.

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Misc. Editorial 2

More  miscellaneous work for magazines and newspapers


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Cover for The Guardian’s Weekend magazine, Christmas 2013
Guardian Review, fantasy fiction, 2015

collins_15Skiing feature – EasyJet  in-flight magazine, 2015

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Cover for Guardian Weekend’s comics special guard_illo_1

The Guardian: MBAs supplement cover

The Guardian, postgrad courses guide cover Payments Council Annual Review

Land of the midnight sun

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Alexander Armstrong, Land of the Midnight Sun (Transworld Books)

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Mrs Dalloway (Open University ebook)

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An Introduction to Frankenstein (Open University ebook)

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Jane Eyre (Open University ebook)

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Great Expectations (Open University ebook)

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The Mabinogion (Open University ebook)

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Shakespeare: The First Folio (Open University ebook)

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Frankenstein (Open University ebook)

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An Introduction to The Mabinogion (Open University ebook)

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An Introduction to Shakespeare’s First Folio (Open University ebook)

expectations_introduction

An Introduction to Great Expectations (Open University ebook)

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An Introduction to Jane Eyre (Open University ebook)