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The Grot (GN): The Story of the Swamp City Grifters

Pat Grant Pat Grant & Fionn McCabe



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Top Shelf Productions
01 September 2020
Crime & mystery; Graphic novels; Graphic novels: literary & memoirs; Fiction-related items; Graphic Novel
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK -----  Absolutely sensational - Immersive! I discovered this when wandering around our GALAXY Bookshop (our science fiction & fantasy specialists), looking through graphic novels for something unusual, out of the ordinary. This delivered on so many levels. Beautiful to look at; a tale unfolding; wit and zest in the writing. Great work and best of all, there looks like there'll be more coming as the adventure continues. Craig Kirchner


Penn and Lipton Wise have set out to Falter City to make their fortune. It's the future, obviously, and things are pretty grim. The Australian landscape is traumatised. Plague is rampant. Machines only work as well as the poor sod pedalling them. Things are hotter and wetter than they used to be, giving the whole place the vibe of a sweaty armpit.

Lippy and Penn are hoping to set up shop in this grimy boom-town, but they've got to stay frosty, because it's teeming with hustlers, swindlers, and scoundrels. It's the sort of place where a lucky moron could make an outrageous fortune in an afternoon and lose it all before bedtime. The sort of place where two enterprising teenagers could really make something of themselves. Or so they say.

In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed Blue, Pat Grant confirms his reputation as the Australian Mark Twain (Craig Thompson, author of Blankets and Habibi) with a page-turning graphic novel about economic inequality, desperation, and the gambler's addiction to hope even in the worst of times.
By:   Pat Grant
Inked or colored by:   Pat Grant & Fionn McCabe
Imprint:   Top Shelf Productions
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm, 
ISBN:   9781603094665
ISBN 10:   1603094660
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Recommended Age:   From 16 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Pat Grant is a renowned cartoonist from Melbourne, Australia. His work has appeared in Meanjin, Going Down Swinging, and The Lifted Brow, as well as in magazines such as Artlink, Australia's Surfing Life, and Tracks -- but all of the best stuff comes out in his zine called Lumpen. He is the recipient of an Emerging Writers Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. His other comics include The Last Sharehouse and Waiting for Something to Happen. His first graphic novel, Blue, was listed as one of the great graphic novels of 2012 by the US culture journal Salon.

Reviews for The Grot (GN): The Story of the Swamp City Grifters

The Grot has the makings of a true Australian classic. As absurdly funny as it is disturbingly realistic. -- Shaun Tan, Author of The Arrival A twisting plot and a seething, filthy world thread together in these hand-made pages, each one a work of art and some so beautiful they take my breath away. The Grot is comics magic in its purest form. -- Thi Bui, Author of The Best We Could Do A pus-filled adventure full of tricks, likes, and scams. A comic so disgusting that you can SMELL IT! -- Campbell Whyte, Author of Home Time Grant develops this grotty world and its particulars steadily and surely, and it becomes impossible not to root for the brothers as they fall prey to con artists and a city without pity. -- Library Journal A timely quarantine read imagining Australian life in a climate-ravaged world... For a story written long before the COVID-19 pandemic, some of The Grot's ideas feel eerily of the moment. -- ABC Arts News

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