“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.”
Our debut, Mann’s Best Friend is the tale of Terry Mann, an ordinary office worker, and his unsuitable dog, Eric. Over the course of one weekend Terry’s life changes forever, and in a tense sequence of misunderstandings and terrible decisions, both Terry and Eric face an uncertain future. This warm-hearted story is set in the familiar landscape of north-west England, and has proved popular with critics and readers.
Eric is not an ideal pet, and if anything he offers something of a warning to anyone contemplating acquiring a puppy. However, the book has a real following among dog-lovers as they relate to Terry’s struggles with the realities of dog ownership. Jo Good & Anna Webb said on BBC Radio London’s Barking Hour that it was the best ‘dog book’ they had ever had.
In December 2017 Mann’s Best Friend featured as Page 45’s Comic Book of the Month. It was listed in the top 10 of 2017 by both OK Comics and the Comic Art Festival Podcast, and it made it into Pipedream’s top 50 of 2017.
We were bowled over by the reception of Mann’s Best Friend, and we’ve found the comic art universe to be unfailingly friendly, helpful and welcoming. Creators, publishers and vendors have encouraged and supported us from the start. You can buy Mann’s Best Friend from us here, or from the best book shops including Page 45. Or you can get it from Amazon, and support your local bookshop next time.