The New Ghost
Artist: Rob Hunter
Dimensions: 17 x 23 cm | Extent: 24 pages | Colours: 4 | Format: Paperback saddlestitched | Series: 17×23
As a flock of ghosts drift through the night, one of their number struggles to keep pace with their speed and ethereal elegance. As a new recruit, the inexperienced spirit has a lot to get to grips with: flight and quantum tunnelling prove to be a little more difficult at first than most humans realise, for a start. Forced to learn on the job, a metaphysical shortcut to keep up with his comrades sees the phosphorescent phantom get stuck in a tree just outside the perimeter of the town's towering observatory.
Inside, Astronomer Tom is doing what he's been doing every night for years: manning the telescope and charting the night sky. Dedicated to his cosmic vigil, his deepest wish is to discover a new star. His belief is that if he can find one then maybe, just maybe, he could unravel its birth and publish a ground-breaking paper. Taking a look through his super-powered telescope, he suddenly spots a glowing anomaly in the neighbouring field. With a mixture of trepidation and curiosity he approaches the mysterious figure, every step unwittingly drawing him closer to the answers he has been seeking all along…
Rob Hunter and Nobrow Press introduce The New Ghost, a beautifully rendered, literally haunting tale of the afterlife intersecting with the everyday and the hidden secrets of the night sky. A stunning solo debut into the world of graphic narrative, Hunter's entry into Nobrow's 17×23 series impressed widely at its debut at Toronto Comic Arts Festival. As leading Canadian arts blog Squidface & The Meddler put it: "Rob Hunter's art runs against many of the strong currents in the world of comics…how often do you come across a comic that's light as air, dreamy and poetic?".
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