One of the first things I made sure to pick up at SPX this year was one of the few copies of Jon McNaught’s Dockwood that Nobrow brought with them.
Jon McNaught’s previous two books with Nobrow (Birchfield Close and Pebble Island) remain two of my favourite, perfect little books. I revisit both of them frequently and marvel at the attention to detail and the quiet, poetry of the cartooning inside.
Dockwood seems like a natural progression for McNaught’s comics — taking the slow-paced reflections of rural and suburban life from those first two books, and allowing them to fill up a large, 8x10 page. It’s hard to put it any better than Chris Ware who wrote, “Dockwood is Jon McNaught’s loveliest argument yet for the beauty of just simply being alive.”
Dockwood is available for pre-order from Nobrow, who are giving away a screen-printed bookplate for the first 250 orders.