A girl, a boy and a deserted reservoir. Cormorance is a story of fear, bravery and the redemptive force of connecting with the natural world. A wordless, purely visual story, it is - like any work by the award-winning Nick Hayes - a book of the utmost beauty, and a wonder to hold in your hand.
This is the story of a girl and a boy and a lake. The girl wants only to impress her mother, and finds the perfect challenge to prove herself. The boy suffers a tragedy, becomes fixated with a lost memento and makes it his mission to find it. The water is where, one day, the two will meet. Cormorance is a story of an accidental encounter, an unbreakable bond, and the redemptive force of connecting with the natural world. A wordless, purely visual story, it is - like any work by the award-winning Nick Hayes - a book of the utmost beauty, and a wonder to hold in your hand.
Nick Hayes is the author of The Rime of the Modern Mariner, an updating of Coleridge's famous poem, and the visual biography Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads, both of which are among the most highly regarded of recent British long-form comics. He has also published two collections of his short comics, Lovely Grey Day and 11 Folk Songs. He is the founding editor of Meat magazine, a periodical showcasing new writing, comics and illustration and has won two Guardian Media awards.
Fantastic... A bereavement for a child must be utterly devastating, confusing and forever haunting, and I think Nick approaches this subject in a very clever and thoughtful way... The momentum pulls you through the narrative, leading you to fantastic pull-out spreads of natural wonder. -- Matt Sewell Birdwatch [It] makes an eloquent case for what comics can say by refusing to say anything, at least with language... Obviously beautiful... The story is elegantly expressed by the form... I can't think of many non-graphic novels published this year that match the emotional force and formal deftness of [Cormorance]. -- James Kidd Literary Review [The] master of the long-form comics... This is a picture book of an odd and eerie beauty. National Geographic Traveler This beautiful book is a reminder that hope can nest in unexpected surroundings. -- James Smart Guardian