Myriad’s graphics list is one of the most thought-provoking and characterful in the UK.
It brings together a distinctive and diverse selection of unconventional viewpoints, controversial opinions, new voices and new ways of seeing. Comics, sequential art, narrative illustration, graphic novels—call them what you will—we publish some of today’s most exciting cartoonists, complementing the topical, contemporary focus of our fiction and atlas lists.
Our biennial First Graphic Novel Competition is committed to providing publishing opportunities for debut authors.
‘Myriad’s already formidable and growing reputation for bringing us some of the most thought-provoking and atypical graphic novels on the shelves has just been strengthened a little bit more.’ Forbidden Planet
‘The graphic novel as a literary form is really coming into its own at the moment, and we’re very lucky that we have one of the best graphic novel publishers here in Brighton: Myriad.’ Brighton Festival
‘Myriad publishes books that push the boundaries of what you expect from graphic novels.’ Alex Fitch, Resonance FM
‘There is no better prize for an up-and-coming graphic novelist than working with Myriad Editions: their dedication, enthusiasm and integrity are boundless, and they are a solid inspiration to everyone within a fifty mile radius of their work. I bloody love Myriad.’ Hannah Berry, Comics Laureate.
Myriad’s list of Graphic Medicine titles began in 2012 with the publication of Nicola Streeten’s Billy Me & You, the first graphic memoir to be published by a British woman, and an inspirational benchmark for subsequent authors. Streeten’s honest and unflinching account of recovery after the death of her two-year-old son remains a classic of the genre.
It was followed in 2013 by Nye Wright’s Things To Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park, a moving account of caregiving as well as a portrait of emphysema, and in 2014 by Ian Williams’s The Bad Doctor. It was Williams, a practising GP, who coined the term Graphic Medicine, describing the interface between the medium of comics and the discipline of medicine, which has spearheaded a growing international movement that considers the graphic novel to be a rich and vibrant format to use for resources for healthcare professionals, patients and carers. Ian has since published the second book in the series, The Lady Doctor.
Since 2014 we have published two further memoirs dealing with challenges to both physical and mental health: Henny Beaumont’s Hole in the Heart (2016), on raising a daughter with Down’s syndrome, and Paula Knight’s The Facts of Life (2017) on infertility. Gareth Brookes’s A Thousand Coloured Castles (2017), gave an illuminating portrait of macular degeneration and Charles Bonnet syndrome, while Olivier Kugler’s Escaping Wars and Waves, published in 2018, used graphic reportage for its focus on mental health workers in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan.
The US editions of some of these Graphic Medicine titles are published by Penn State University Press, where Williams is also series editor of the graphic medicine list.
Listen to Creative Director Corinne Pearlman discuss comics and graphic novels with Avery Hill Publishing HERE.