Mann’s Best Friend

Mann’s Best Friend

How much chaos can one dog attract? In a whirlwind of debt, accusations and failed expectations, Terry Mann finds out who his real friends are. Join Terry and his unsuitable dog Eric in this compelling adventure: even the vet won’t want to put it down!

This full colour graphic novel is funny and sad, tragic and triumphant by turns. Welcome to the fictional town of Oldroyd, where the lives of ordinary people play out a heartwarming story of family, friendship and fear of failure.

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Reviews of Mann’s Best Friend:

Jo Good & Anna Webb – Barking Hour, BBC Radio London – 14 September 2017
“It’s a fantastic book. It’s the modern world, and it’s juggling office life and problems in the office, and dramas and stress with living with a dog … and the relationship breaks down. But what happens, the bit I really love, is that through the breaking down of the relationship the protagonist in the book actually realises the reality of the world, and that his heart belongs to his dog.” Listen to Barking Hour here

Comic Art Festival Podcast – 15 September 2017
“I love the art, for starters. The art is really cool and quite different to all the comics that I’ve read. It’s something you could read quite easily again and again, because it’ll bring a smile to your face, just like watching a Sunday film. This is definitely one people should buy.” – Listen to the Podcast here

Grovel – 20 September 2017
“This charming book is about lots of things, but at its heart is a relationship between a man and his dog. There’s more to this book than Terry and his hound, and it’s a wonderful journey – recommended for those who like their comics to have a finely-tuned blend of uplifting grittiness.” – Read the full review by Andy Shaw here

Page 45 – October 2017
“A very British graphic novel full of very British squabbles, this had me hooked from its opening double-page spread of a northern, rural town nestled between rolling green hills populated by black-faced sheep, giant gleaming-white wind turbines and the sort of exposed moorland trees which have been buffeted and sculpted by horizontal gales. After enormous satisfaction I turned the final four pages slowly, quietly absorbing their contents, closed the cover with the palm of my hand and thought, ‘Raymond Briggs would be ever so proud’.” – Read the full review by Stephen Holland here

Down the Tubes and Awesome Comics Podcast – 12 November 2017
“Occasionally I stumble across a book that hits a chord. A book that I want to shout about because it deserves a much wider audience. This is one of those books. I devoured it on a long train journey back from Wimbledon Comic Arts Festival last weekend. It’s not a short read but I managed to read it without putting it down – a mark of quality in the Esmond household!” – Read the full review by Tony Esmond here

Pipedream Comics –
“This utterly charming book has a very British, very gentle feel to it as it lilts and ambles through the story. It evokes memories of classic British cartoonists like Posy Simmonds or Raymond Briggs and feels a very accomplished and confident work for a debut. The story is written by Sophie and drawn by Scarlett and you can see the sisterly understanding manifesting itself with a synergy between them that you would expect from a duo who have been working together for years.” – Review by Alex Thomas here

#20 in the shortlist for Pipedream Comics Indie & Small Press Comic of the Year 2017:
“The Rickard sisters channel classic British graphic novelists like Posy Simmonds and Raymond Briggs to create an emotive tale of a man and his dog. It’s not your standard relationship though, as Terry blames his dog Eric for his current misfortune and spiralling debt, especially when he is suspended from work and accused of defrauding his bosses. As he attempts rebuild his life and clear his name, readers are treated to a quintessentially English rural tale packed full of believable and relatable characters going through all too human dramas. For a debut novel this is really accomplished stuff, with moments that elicit genuine feelings of concern, empathy and joy. If they keep making books as good as this, the Rickards could be a creative team to keep an eye on in future years.”

Mann’s Best Friend has been:
Page 45’s Comic Book of the Month for December 2017
Listed as one of the top ten graphic novels of 2017 by the Comic Art Festival Podcast
Listed in the top 50 comics and graphic novels of 2017 by Pipedream Comics
Listed in the top 10 books of 2017 by OK Comics

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