A comic-art collection of short stories, funny anecdotes and heartfelt drawings by local artist Holly English is now available at The Bookshop Mullumbimby.
In The Book of Wonder, Holly uses a variety of mediums including instax film, oil pastels and traditional inks to explore various themes from ‘pseudo-spiritual practice to life’s simple yet miraculous moments.’
She says, ‘One of the topics in the book is on ageing – why is it that women need to look 25 even when they are 50? The global obsession with beauty and youth is a result of our narcissistic culture, a product of a capitalist world that sustains multibillion-dollar anti-ageing beauty and fashion industries.’
She says she knows women who get ‘work’ done, ie ‘botox, fillers, lifts, laser treatments and implants’.
‘They say they don’t get “work” done and that they are youthful looking because of their wellness lifestyle. It’s just not true! And the rest of us get to feel like crap ’coz our juice fasting is just not cutting it’, she laughs.
Her previous self-published comic, Byron Bay, A Time And Place, is also available at the bookshop and is about Byron Bay in the early 90s.
‘I arrived as a teenager and fell in love with the small alternative beachside town.
‘But rich city folk have bought up the town. They renovate old homes and holiday-let to other rich city folk. It’s a shame people who grew up here can’t afford to live here any more. Some people say it’s ruined – but it is still a magical place and still my magical home.’
Holly says her passion for comics began when she discovered the comic scene while living in San Francisco.
The books can also be ordered online at www.hollyenglish.com.