Howard Hardiman’s Badger was one of my favourite things from last year. Absolutely gorgeous, desperately sad, completely lovely. Here’s some of what I said:
“It’s an incredibly simple little tale. Yet it’s one of my favourite comics all year. It’s certainly the saddest … This tale of a lonely little badger living all alone in his London flat is heartbreakingly, tearjerkingly sad ….. a very simple, near perfectly constructed tale … I sat there after reading it and was struggling to hold back the tears. It’s very easy to describe, but very difficult to get over the complete sense of sadness that saturates every page … If your heart doesn’t break when you see Badger’s dreams you’re pumping anti-freeze rather than warm blood around your veins.”
So I’m obviously overjoyed to see that Howard has started a Badger webcomic over on his website. Early days yet, just three strips at the time of writing, but it’s already made it onto my short list of webcomics I follow.
Over to Howard:
“(Badger’s) story will be taking place in two time zones. First off, the woodland on the left is Box Hill in Surrey, where Badger is born, the panel on the right is the grown up Badger, where we left him in Brockley at the end of the book which I’m hoping you’ve all read.”
(Two episodes from the Badger webcomic. Howard’s promising baby badger and more sad grown up Badger. Oh, the tears are going to flow here.)So bookmark Howard’s webcomic. And if you haven’t already fallen in love with Badger, buy the book now.