Dead Trees

G Johnstone is one of my most loyal readers. We’re pleased to note he has a new website where he’s developing a new full-length work called Curse of the Yellow Book. We first saw Johnstone’s work in 1982, when his two-page Camus experiment was first published in the Scots zine Aka (I think issue #7; covers can be seen here. The editor Bob Napier also published a text analysis of the strip, which as it turned out was a bit of a mickey-take, but the target of the satire was pretentious critics, rather than Johnstone’s work. Johnstone went on to edit his own compendium of comic art, called Dead Trees.

4 Responses to “Dead Trees”

  1. G Johnstone Says:

    Hi Ed

    Thanks for posting this. The stats department of web empire advise me that more people have been referred from your site than by Google!

    The article in Aka was in fact by one of the other editors- John McShane, who would go on to publish Bogie Man.


  2. G Johnstone Says:

    Hi Ed and all,

    Work continues on the current chapter of Curse.

    I have posted a dozen more pages, mostly a sequence inspired by and in the style of Victorian Magic Lantern slides.

    I hope people like them.

    Best wishes


  3. G Johnstone Says:

    The new pages referred to above are at the following address:


  4. G Johnstone Says:

    Hi Ed and all,

    i’m pleased say I have finished a big chapter of Curse, and have made this available on the web.

    It is available on my own site at

    It can also be viewed (in best resolution) on Flikr, there is link at the above address.

    I think I had said when I put the site up that I was 80% finished that chapter: which goes to prove Pareto’s Law, which I will paraphrase as ‘it takes 20% of the time to get it 80% finished, and the other 80% of the time to get it 100% finished.

    Quite pleased with the finished product…

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