Maleficium

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November 2014

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• Shortlisted for the 2015 British Comic Award for Best Young People's Comic

“Melissa pushed me down the stairs. I don’t want to be her friend anymore.”

“Who is Melissa?”

“The monster that lives in our walls.”

Maleficium is the story of Huxley Leighton-Lomax; an aspiring wizard who should know better than to feed the dark forces that lurk in the corners of his home. Will Huxley know enough magic when it’s up to him to save the day?

Edie is an illustrator, creator of comics and truly awful things. She likes to draw in inks and crayon, occasionally paints and works with collage and mixed media to create macabre and sometimes slightly absurd illustrative narratives and comics. Her self-published titles include
Jonah and Danger Fun.

Maleficium is a staggeringly good début graphic novel from EdieOP, full of childish fantasy, delightful escapism and more than a hint of very cleverly done doubt… childish invention or genuine magic?” – Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet

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Broken Frontier

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“A nefarious imagination is only one part of the recipe for success for EdieOP’s tangled tales … What really brings them to melancholic life is the ingeniously beguiling and childlike artwork that lures you into her narratives with an inoffensive charm, only to spring its grotesque visual trap on you when you are wholly incapable of escaping its clutches.”

Down the Tubes

•Comics blog

“Avery Hill Publishing out of mighty South London are turning into one of the most interesting voices in British comics. It seems that everything they put out is intelligent, beautiful and of the moment.” – John Freeman

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•Comic and graphic novel shop

“Another exquisitely well produced release from Avery Hill … I do love EdieOP's art style. It's rare anyone lets you see all the initial pencil guidelines under their watercolours, but it really adds a sense of depth and motion to her panels. … A great all-ages read and perfect for terrorising tiny tots as what might be lurking under the bed if they don't stop wriggling about and fall asleep!”