As part of the Homes for Heroes 100programme we’ll be giving away thousands of copies of a new graphic-style history of a century of Bristol housing written by Eugene Byrne and illustrated by Antony Forbes. In an earlier blog we looked at the development of a section in the opening story. Here we look at some frames from the next story.

In ‘A School Project’, Daisy Bell, the lead character, is visited by her great-grandaughter. Daisy tells Dawn about her childhood when she lived in a slum tenement in the centre of the city. She was sometimes invited to tea at the home of one of the ladies who funded the local Sunday School. Daisy was used to the visits to her own home by well-meaning wealthy women from the church who subjected her mother to a barrage of intrusive questions.

This is how Eugene sets out the script and instructions for the illustrations for the closing sequence:

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[Daisy should be standing throughout. Daisy shown by maid into a grand drawing room where Mrs Ashworth is seated.]

Mrs A: Daisy, isn’t it? And how are you today?

Daisy: Very well thank you, Mrs Ashworth.

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[Admiring the room]

D: I see you keep your house clean. “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” you know.

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Daisy: And is your husband currently in employment?

Mrs A: But of course! My husband owns a factory. What a curious question!

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Daisy: And tell me – are you both keeping off the drink?

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Mrs A [confused]: I beg your pardon?

Daisy: Alcohol is a terrible curse. I hope you’re avoiding it!

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Mrs A [Shocked and angry]: What impertinence! When you are out visiting, you must behave like a lady, child!

Daisy: But please, Mrs Ashworth! I am trying to behave like a lady!

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Daisy [just her in frame, winking to camera, thumb pointed over her shoulder]: Whenever ladies come to visit our house, they always ask those questions!

This is Tony’s first rough layout for this section.

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Following feedback, Tony completes the artwork, adding detail and shading.

Comic book page 8

We’ll be announcing when and where free copies of the book will be available in a future blog. There will be collection points around the city, including in branches of the Bristol library service.

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