How to Disappear Completely
by Si Smith
Battling loss and loneliness in Leeds with a soul-enhancing soundtrack [Due February 2018]
Is it possible to disappear in a world where everyone is connected by technology? The unnamed everyman at the heart of illustrator Si Smith’s debut graphic novel manages to leave his life behind after the death of his father, but escaping his own thoughts proves more problematic. As his outer world diminishes, his inner world takes over, emerging through ever more elaborate murals on the dank walls of the deserted inner-city office he calls home.
With its multi-layered illustrations of contemporary Leeds, using real locations and real people, How to Disappear Completely provides an intriguing, previously uncharted landscape that bears repeated exploration. There’s something new to discover with every reading, about art, theology, pop culture and music, and how they can each shed a little light in dark times and provide fleeting but crucial hints of hope.
"In the five short years since the London Olympics, a forward-looking and global Britain has been reduced to an inward, isolationist nation, or so it seems. As we struggle to find ourselves again, Si Smith brilliantly examines notions of identity and Britishness, spirituality and self, loss and hope in a comic strip tour de force. Quite the most beautiful thing I've read in years." Mike Maddox
"Si Smith's perfectly weighted, beautifully rendered story inhabits the derelict fringes of society. It is a story of art and self-sacrifice, exploring how hard it can be to find yourself when nobody knows you’re lost." Jared Myland
Edition: Second, revised
Date Published: 2018-02-14
Catalogue Number: VP0119
Number of Pages: 64
Cover design & illustration by Si Smith
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