By James Albon. Published by Top Shelf.
Softcover, 224 pages, Colour, 2019.
"A fantastic book, extrapolating British current affairs into a dystopian nightmare. It’s on point, superbly written, joyously illustrated and a pleasure to read." — Grovel
"Channeling Marc Chagall, and at times strongly recalling Ludwig Bemelmans, James Albon has created one of this year’s most insightful political satires... A Shining Beacon offers insightful political clarity wrapped in the warmth of humanity." — Comics Beat
"A brilliantly drawn, heart-rending drama of modern life in troubled times, so contemporary that it could be off the streets of any city today." — Paul Buhle, author of Marxism in the United States and Lecturer Emeritus of American Studies, Brown University
Pictures at a revolution: acclaimed graphic novelist James Albon (Her Bark and Her Bite) explores the role of the artist in a frighteningly familiar near-future of tyrannical regimes and popular revolts.
Francesca Saxon, artist and loyal citizen of the nation, is thrilled when she receives a commission to design the central mural of an epic new swimming pool: the jewel in the crown for an insecure regime obsessed by propaganda. Leaving the comfort of her coastal hometown for the lap of luxury of the capital, she is swept up in the paranoia of a government threatened by underground revolutionaries, whose promise of a freer, happier future looks increasingly appealing. Torn between rival factions and her personal loyalties, she realizes that when ideology has a stranglehold on art, the picture is rarely pretty. -- A 224-page, full-color softcover graphic novel with 3” French flaps, 9 3/4" x 7 1/2" (portrait)