The Victory Motel is a fictitious place that serves as the setting for the five, quietly interrelated stories that make up my latest book of the same title. They are all unique, but connect through the universal narrative and their structure.
It was a personal project that I developed as an outlet while working on my current long form graphic novel, in what was essentially an experiment in writing and illustration. Drawn in a mixture of media (including pencil, brush-pen and fine-liner), the illustrations hopefully reflect the various tones and different narrative structures of the individual stories. Happily, and eventually, it came together as an almost seventy-page book and I would love to know what you think of the result.
Although I initially saw it as quite a departure, I realise now that my same architectural approach is very apparent. Creating and staging all the stories in the same physical location, particularly one as anonymous as a motel, allows for infinite narratives to play out. The stories are then kind of reverse engineered to reveal why the characters would be at that place on that day, the impact it has on them and of course the impact they have on it.
Now available at my online SHOP.
' is a book that is ripe for those wanting to take their own meaning from its interiors, whether that be from each separate section or from the tangentially interlocking nature of its incremental narrative. New Pomery comics work is something of a rarity. Grab this book while you have the opportunity…'
- Andy Oliver for Broken Frontier (the full review can be read HERE)