By Olly MacNamee
One of the success stories of independent publishing here in the UK is the rising star that is Jessica Martin. In just a few short years, Martin has produced two well received and critically acclaimed comics focusing on the forgotten stars of early Hollywood cinema (IT Girl and Vivacity). Her new graphic novel, Elsie Harris: Picture Palace, looks to continue in this vein, which is something of a no-brainer, given Martin's career in acting and in particular, musical theatre. Indeed, if you're in London over the Christmas season, you can find her treading the boards in the hit stage version of Elf.
Elsie Harris: Picture Palace is a 150 pages+ graphic novel that tells the story of a 16 year old girl's journey from Elstree to Hollywood during the Great Depression era of the 1930's, giving us a tale that puts a spin on the usual rags to riches story.
We are pleased to be able to preview Martin's new book here on Bleeding Cool ahead of it's official launch on December 12th at Orbital Comics in London.
Look out for our review shortly too.
And, if you can't get down to Orbital, do ask your LCBS to get you your copy or order online from Miwk Publishing here.
Olly MacNamee teaches English and Media, for his sins, in a school somewhere in Birmingham. Some days, even he doesn't know where it is. Follow him on twitter @ollymacnamee or read about his exploits at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or don't.