Deeds Not Words

A new comic available in print!

A new comic by Howard Hardiman and Sarah Gordon Book: one of two

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King Edward is on the throne, The British Empire we once knew is collapsing under its own weight, and those with power are determined it will not be shared.

It is a dangerous time for a cooper’s daughter and her mother to be displaying a queer strength beyond the usual limitations of mankind.

Emily Downings is young, Deaf and angry, with questions that need answers. To get them, she must deal with those who would deny her choices and chances… hearing people.

Deeds Not Words is written by Howard Hardiman and drawn by Sarah Gordon. It has been created with help from Arts Council England and Kickstarter.

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Script: Howard Hardiman Artwork: Sarah Gordon Published: Howard Hardiman
Editor: Sarah Logan BSL Script: Charlie Arrowsmith Length: 56pp ISBN: 978-1-910436-02-8
Price: £10 Release Date: 29/07/2016
Available from selected UK stores and deedsnotwords.co.uk 

About The Book

In this explosive, 56-page book begins a story of power, resistance and friendship in dark times: King Edward is on the throne of a British Empire collapsing under its own weight, and those who hold power are determined it will not be shared.

It is a dangerous time for a cooper’s daughter and her mother to be displaying a queer strength beyond the usual limitations of mankind.

Emily Downings is young, Deaf and angry, with questions that need answers. To get them, she must deal with those who would deny her choices and chances. Hearing people.

When asked about the inspiration behind Deeds Not Words, Howard had this to say:

“Too often, superheroes are already super powerful through wealth or privilege. I’d much rather bring that power to places where it makes a difference.

“As a sign language user, it feels natural to want to give that power to someone Deaf. Not to ‘overcome’ her deafness; she is proud, Deaf and a force for change.”

Deeds Not Words has been created with funding from Arts Council England and Kickstarter.

About The Creators

Howard Hardiman is the writer of Deeds Not Words. He has also written The Lengths, a romantic comedy featuring a male escort (“Beautiful and gritty” – Out There Magazine) and Badger’s Day Out (“A charmingly ungraphic graphic adventure that understands the journey is the destination” – Kieron Gillen).

Sarah Gordon is the visual artist on Deeds Not Words. Her latest book, a wordless, one-shot comic named Strip, was short-listed for Best Comic of the Year at the 2015 British Comic Awards (“Provocative. Macabre. Brilliant.“ – Starburst Magazine, “wonderful” – Scroobius Pip).

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