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Colossive Press announces Fractures, by A Wolfgang Crowe

The cover of Part One of Fractures by A Wolfgang Crowe, to be published by Colossive Press. It depicts a shattered reflection of a young man in a broken mirror within an ornate frame.)
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We’re very proud to announce our first original comic series, scheduled for launch at Thought Bubble in November.

In 2015, A Wolfgang Crowe was the target of a violent homophobic attack while working in his father’s shop. Fractures, a graphic memoir in four parts, tells the story of the legal, physical and psychological struggles that followed.

Following in the graphic medicine tradition of Lighter Than My Shadow (Katie Green) and Stitches (David Small), Fractures uses the inventive power of comics to draw on past trauma and highlight the vulnerability and strength within us all. It’s brave, unflinching and incisive work that we’re thrilled to be involved with.

A photograph of comic creator A Wolfgang Crowe, posing with a page of his artwork
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A Wolfgang Crowe has an MA in Illustration from the University of  Plymouth. He was joint runner-up in the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize 2021 for his comic Andrew. An earlier project, Danger Man, was shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2021 in the New Talent Alternative Publishing Category. He lives in the south-west of the UK, and his work reflects graphic medicine, memoir and reportage journalism. You can see his work in progress on Fractures on his Twitter feed.

Wolf will be taking part in the Pride Comic Art Festival in Bristol on Saturday 3rd September 2022, where he’ll be discussing the use of comics and art therapy as aids to improve your work, as well as his journey in creating and publishing Fractures, his first comic series. At the same event in 2021 he gave a talk on entitled ‘Graphic Activism: The Power of Comics’, discussing the history and use of images and sequential narrative as a force forof positive change.

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LDComics and the Colossive Manifesto

We were incredibly honoured – albeit utterly terrified – when the wonderful Wallis Eates invited us to talk all things Colossive at January’s LDComics online meet-up.

We’d never done anything like this before, but we somehow managed to wax lyrical about some of our favourite topics – including comics, street art and loss – using a decades-old comic story by Tom (below) to kick things off.

Bliss Comic by Tom Murphy 1994
Missed us? Don’t panic! You can watch our full presentation here. Do stay tuned for the full hour to catch inspiring and insightful talks from Ali Hodgson and Sarah Leavitt, too.

Our ‘set’ also saw the unveiling of the Colossive Manifesto, which we’ve now had printed on to postcards. We’re sending them out with every order and will be leaving them in pubs and foisting them on unsuspecting punters at zine fairs. So you’ll all get a copy soon enough – whether you want one or not.