We at Brow Books are absolutely thrilled to announce that earlier this year we signed Mandy Ord’s book When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over – an extraordinarily personal, forceful, beautiful, and affecting graphic non-fiction work in the form of a diary comic. It will be published in February 2019.
When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over is a quietly enthralling and keenly intimate work about the search for meaning in the everyday, and what it might mean to belong. A record of a year of a life, When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over is an attempt to pin down time, to capture the most beautiful and fleeting moments that we tend to rush past. This is the story of a person and those that surround her. It’s about ageing, love, and loss, and how we might try to balance work and family and art in this confusing modern world. Funny, sad, and perfectly magnetic, When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over draws you in deep; before you know it you’re caring intensely about the lives into which we are given some precious glimpses.
The diary comic form is one that combines expansiveness and intimacy. Gabrielle Bell, Ben Snakepit, and Julie Doucet are just some of Mandy’s favourite authors who work in this form – and we can truly say that When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over is an incredibly worthy addition to the genre.
Mandy is renowned and hugely respected in the comics industry. We first published her work in The Lifted Brow magazine years and years ago, and we have been reading her work religiously for even longer. It’s a thrill to know that soon we’ll be able to share with you all When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over, which we know will floor you.
“This book started out as a daily task to tap back into the raw energy of making comics at a time I was feeling disillusioned and needing to be jolted out of it. I had no intention of showing it to anyone. But after a while there was a stack, and I started to like it and it became something I had to do. I fell in love with drawing comics all over again. I was taken back to the way comics make me feel, the raw mark-making, the squeezing of drawing into borrowed time and the snort laugh-out-loud at ridiculous jokes and the subsequent cringing. So for something that was never meant to be seen by anyone but me, it’s amazing to think it will soon be a book, something to lean into, something to drop crumbs onto while reading –and if it’s not too heavy, something I hope will be read in the bath. Life is a beautiful thing and I make no excuses. Everyone farts. It’s true.”
Mandy Ord is a comics artist, a cartoonist, an illustrator, a speaker and teacher of comics, a greengrocer, and a disability support worker. Mandy’s first graphic novel Rooftops was published in 2008, followed by her second book Sensitive Creatures, published in 2011 and which received a White Ravens award at the Bologna Book Fair. Mandy’s comic stories have also been included in a variety of local and international publications, such as Meanjin, The Age, Voiceworks, The Australian Rationalist Magazine, The Wheeler Centre website, Trouble Magazine, SBS Cornerfold, Going Down Swinging, Tango, and Inscribe Magazine. In 2018 Mandy illustrated her first book for children, Chalk Boy, written by Margaret Wild.
Mandy’s passion for the medium of comics has led her to present lectures and workshops to schools, universities, festivals and community groups across Australia and internationally. She has collaborated with theatre companies, writers, musicians, historians and audio units for animations and online content. She is currently working with local youth on a Lavington Library art project and her recent work with local Wiradjuri language experts can be seen on the new NBN Box Trail around Albury, NSW.