Gareth Brookes was born in Woking and studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and The Royal College of Art. In 2012 he was the winner of the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition, with an extract from his graphic novel The Black Project (Myriad, 2013), a book executed in the mediums of lino-cut and embroidery. It went on to win Best Original Graphic Novel at the Broken Frontier Award and was longlisted for Best Book at the British Comic Awards. Original work from the book was featured in the 2014 Comics Unmasked show at The British Library.
Brookes started making comics as an amusing antidote to his art practice and within a very short time found they had completely taken over. Since then he has produced a number of self-published books, including The Land of My Heart Chokes on Its Abundance. His work is also published by collectives such as The Alternative Press and The Comix Reader, while his two-comic collaboration with artist Steve Tillotson, Manly Boys and Comely Girls, is available from Avery Hill Publishing. Known for his unusual approach to materials, he has used embroidery, textiles, lino-cut print, stenciling and even pressed flowers in his work and much of his self-published output is handmade. He has delivered workshops at The Eden Project and elsewhere.
Gareth’s second graphic novel, A Thousand Coloured Castles, published by Myriad on 27 April 2017, is produced entirely in crayon – but that’s just the start of it. To watch Gareth at work, check out this video.