A graphic novel that brings together a dream-team of European artists and writers to imagine the country in 30 years.
The year is 2043. Melting ice caps have caused sea levels to rise. Across the world populations have abandoned low-lying cities to create new sprawling townships on high ground. Scarce resources have created a vast social chasm. The rich have access to everything; technology, healthcare and power, while the poor have nothing.
Cait McNeil is a presenter on reality TV hit, Sky Farm. Filmed in a pioneering, hi-tech tower, she's the 'bit of rough' from the shanty towns that complements urbane co-presenters and Sky Farm residents, Danny and Jools.
But something is wrong. The hybrid, genetically re-engineered livestock developed by Sky Farm’s scientists are going berserk. And someone has just brutally murdered Cait's boyfriend.
Who is the mysterious Gartman and what are his plans for Cait? What are the secrets in Cait’s past that have placed her in mortal danger? In IDP: 2043 (IDP short for internally displaced persons) a stellar cast of British and European writers and artists have created a high-octane, white-knuckle ride of a thriller and a haunting vision of one possible future for us all.
Celebrated French graphic novelist and illustrator Barroux, Costa Award winner Mary Talbot and artist Kate Charlesworth, ‘godfather of British comics’ and creator of 2000AD Pat Mills and graphic novelist Hannah Berry, enfant terrible of Scottish letters and author of Trainspotting Irvine Welsh and graphic artist Dan McDaid, graphic novelists Adam Murphy and Will Morris.
Story editor: crime writer and graphic novelist, Denise Mina.
'Themes of science, gender, rare, social hierarchies and privilege are tackled in the book... Nick Barley, the book festival's director, said the images conjured up by the writers and artists who worked on the project were "nothing like the science fiction visions from the 1960s and 1970s".'
'a very special comics collaboration'
Forbidden Planet International
'a quirky and thoroughly enjoyable work'
'Thirty years in the future, Scotland has been flooded, resulting in the wealthy moving into skyscraping towers with access to technology, food, health care, and entertainment, such as the reality show Sky Farm. When Cait, a presenter on Sky Farm and a lower-class “sub-person,” discovers that the genetically engineered livestock being produced on Sky Farm are not as advertised, she must run for her life before she is terminated. Published in conjunction with the thirtieth anniversary of the Edinburgh Book Festival, this collection of six interconnected stories written by six different creative teams is an interesting experiment in art and narrative. Like a well-choreographed game of exquisite corpse, each chapter picks up a thread from the first and runs with it, responsible for developing the characters and their motivations while not losing track of the endgame. As with most anthologies, some chapters are more successful than others (chapters written by Will Morris and Adam Murphy are particular standouts)... But when it works, it really works.'
'a dream team of novelists and artists'
'This is a bold project, thoughtfully executed.' Slings & Arrows
Publication date: 25th August 2014