Set in a dystopian future where the media(s) control the world, Scarecrows tells of a friendless little girl who meets a boy trapped in a TV set. She wants to release the boy and play with him, but the media scarecrows attack from everywhere. Will the girl be able to fight off the scarecrows and release the trapped boy?
“You could say that the story of Scarecrows is a variation on “The Ugly Duckling” by Andersen with a Tim Burton aesthetic”, says the author. However, this wonderfully illustrated fantasy book holds a mature, thought provoking story. The poetic approach to the narration, together with the naiveté and the fantastical futuristic set result in a strange multi-layered hybrid that will appeal to the whole family. “We immediately fell in love with the book” – says Adam Armit, the publishing director of Komic Brew. “Fans of Tim Burton’s universe will appreciate the visual treatment, rich in colour and expressionist atmosphere, while lovers of the written word will enjoy the originality and the unusual turn of story in each page.”
Having been published in Bosnia in 2010, this will be the first time Scarecrows is available in English. Release is planned for February 2015.
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In a prolific professional career spanning two decades, Berin has produced and directed many animation films, comic books, music videos and commercials. He is president of the ASIFA BiH – the Bosnian branch of the International Association of Animation Films and also founder of PIXEL – Association for Art & Visual Communication. His films have been screened in all major festivals in the world, and he regularly participates in group and solo exhibitions.
“There is a multitude of media everywhere in today’s world. They are in our homes, on the streets, in our cars, even in our pockets, on our mobile phones. As medias fight each other for exclusive, sometimes shocking materials, the boundaries of good taste are erased and everything is submitted to the law of quantity: getting more viewers in any possible way. Humanity is slowly becoming immune to feelings: we are getting used to seeing terrible things happening in the world, that we barely react any more to poverty, war and injustice. These are some of the deeper issues that are just under the surface of Scarecrows.” – says Berin.
The Edinburgh-based publishing company Komic Brew is a bit of a strange creative formula, consisting of one part Scot + one part Macedonian. It was co-founded by Adam Armit, music label owner and scholar and award-winning feature and animation filmmaker, Goce Cvetanovski. With a focus on fantasy, SF and horror genres, the company publishes an eclectic array of creator-owned graphic novels, comic books and manga. Over the last 5 months a new page from across the range of comics has been updated online every single day. This is an impressive total of over 150 pages so far.
“We want to bring fresh, high-quality content to an English speaking audience. Scarecrows will be our first book published on paper, and we’re excited and look forward to seeing it on the shelves in February”, says Adam, Director of publication. “The indie comics scene has never been so vibrant (thank-you Internet), and we deliberately chose to establish an open editorial line. That way our readers won’t get bored because our books cover a range of genres with a variety of visual treatments”, adds Goce, Editor-in-chief.