A Trial Death and Other Stories by Glenn Dakin


“I had a trial death, and I didn’t like it.”

An optimistic soul has another stab at living.

Abe inherits the moon, reads some Tolkien, tries not to say ‘love life’ and meets King Arthur along the way.

“A kind of visual poetry of the night, faraway places and half-remembered dreams”
From the foreword by Eddie Campbell

Colossive Press are very proud to publish this selection of Glenn Dakin‘s poetic, whimsical and reflective Abe strips, mostly published between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s.

“The Abe strip became a strip about life – both the inner realm as well as the outer universe. I thought a comic could be like a great song you’d hear on the radio. I didn’t want to be tied down by plot and other conventions. They’re a bit dream-like, freewheeling. I’m sort of following my spirit where it takes me. Looking at these strips now I feel the fun in them, as well as the thoughtful side.”
Glenn Dakin

In an increasingly fraught and frantic world, the gentle insight and whimsy of Glenn’s work is a soothing treat.

A4, 28pp, black and white, handsewn into a riso cover


  • A Trial Death
  • A Song of Spring
  • Abe Inherits the Moon
  • The Warning
  • Listening
  • Not the Sea, the Desert
  • We Have All the Time in the World
  • The Hobbit (revised version, 2023)
  • A Dream England

Glenn Dakin is a cartoonist and writer, known for his autobiographical comic Abe: Wrong For All The Right Reasons (Top Shelf) and Temptation (Penguin & Active Images). He has also written for Marvel Comics (Plasmer, ClanDestine, Motor Mouth). His novels include the Candle Man fantasy series from Egmont. As an animation writer he has worked on Shaun the Sheep (Aardman). Recent humour books include Mr Spock’s Little Book of Mindfulness and Be More Batman. He is currently writing a new fantasy trilogy for Scholastic.

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