PREVIEW: It’s Cold in the River at Night by Alex Potts

Somewhere, in an isolated corner of Western Europe, Carl and Rita rent a house on stilts. Due to the pressures of spending so much time only in each other’s company, cracks in their relationship start to appear. To relieve the pressure and secretly hoping to meet someone he can look up to who will take him on as an
apprentice, Carl embarks on a search for the last remaining practitioner of an ancient local tradition. His quest brings him to a craftsman who is very different to
the type of man he was hoping to find.

Animator and illustrator Alex Potts’ first long-form graphic novel is a psychological drama and a coming-of-age tale, where the protagonist is too old to come of age, doesn’t experience any personal growth and is instead pushed to the brink of his sanity…

  • Eagerly-anticipated debut long-form work from a Yorkshire-born creator/ animator.
  • Creator was shortlisted for the 2016 Observer/Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize.
  • Writing that balances bleakness, humour and gorgeous art in the vein of Robert Crumb/Daniel Clowes/Peter Bagge.

Praise for Alex’s last book A Quiet Disaster:

“A beguilingly nihilistic piece of idiosyncratic storytelling… Potts is a cartoonist with an expressive and impressive emotional range.” – Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

“A great depiction of life… poetic and layered.” – Tom Mortimer, Dirty Rotten Comics

“A compelling story” – the Big Planet Comics podcast

“It’s somewhat absurd, existentialist even, Potts taking a step back from reality to dissect a day in the life and observe so well just how we can find the smallest, most significant things absolutely disastrous.” Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International

112 pages, full colour Release date: 13th November 2017






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