The Motherless Oven

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October 2014

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“You’re drawn in by its strange world and you come to care about its characters, and both are so vivid that the result is an outstanding piece of work.” – Eddie Robson, SFX

• 2015 British Comic Award Winner for Best Book

The Weather Clock said knife o’clock, so I chained Dad up in the shed...

In Scarper Lee’s world, parents don’t make children – children make parents. Scarper’s father is a wind-powered brass construction whilst his mother is a bakelite hairdryer. It’s also a world without birthdays, only deathdays, and Scarper’s deathday is fast approaching.

With just three weeks left to live, Scarper is forced from his routine and strikes out into the unknown – where relationships are tested and authority challenged. An edgy and surreal fantasy from internationally acclaimed writer/artist, Rob Davis, Eisner-nominated for
The Complete Don Quixote.

“A graphic novel of incredible resonance and absolute, inscrutable beauty, at once a coming-of-age and coming-to-terms tale.” – Thomas L. Batten,
Library Journal

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Forbidden Planet

•Comics retailer

“The visual and verbal dexterity Davis displays just in the opening sequence was enough to put me on the edge of my seat, loving what I’d read, excited to read the rest. Seriously, one of those books you cannot put down, a strange narrative delivered with such style by Davis.” – Richard Bruton

Graphic Novel Reporter

•Comics review site

“The Motherless Oven is dark humor turned up to max and then forced so hard past max that the knob falls off and leaves you eternally stuck in a black prison of your own disturbing yet amusing thoughts … it’s pretty much essential you read [it] or else you might accidentally find yourself back in the mundane world of the sane.” – Ed Cress

The Independent

•British newspaper

“Brimming with invention, Davis subverts and deepens the school adventure yarn and asks if anyone can escape their fate.” – Paul Gravett