Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Beginners Guide To Being Outside Review

Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written, Art and Cover By
Gill Hatcher

Published By
Avery Hill



Megan is a 14 year old girl who lives in Manchester with her mum and stepdad. Like most teenagers she is entirely reliant upon technology, until a family trip to the Scottish highlands reconnects her with nature and helps her to find solace during a turbulent time in her home life.


I must admit that I wasn't all that familiar with Gill Hatcher's work before I read this release from Avery Hill but as they have a reputation for putting out some very good, grass roots style releases then I had some very high hopes for this one.

After reading this one, I can honestly say that if the rest of her work is as beautiful as this one is then I am going to be completely in love with it.

One of the things that works really well for me is that it's a nice simple story with not a lot of dialogue.  That lets the story itself breathe and grow organically, which helps it to have such a beautiful and almost romantic heart at the middle of it all.

I really loved the fact that throughout the story, you can really see a great point of the youth of today being obsessed with technology being made by Hatcher.  The fact that it then gently grows in to that technology helping and guiding Megan in to seeing just how truly beautiful the world around them is.  I thought that was an absolutely lovely touch and it really struck a chord with me.

Art wise, there's a lovely and simple, almost cartoon style, to the panels and the characters.  They feel kind of like finding a beloved book from your youth and being able to read it again.  It's got this warm, almost kind feeling to it and that really brings the quality of the story to the forefront.

With the beauty of the story and the gorgeous nature of the story, this one is definitely well worth picking up if you want a nice, subtle story that will leave you smiling.

Story 8/10
Art 8/10
Cover 8/10
Recommended 8/10
Overall 32/40

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