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"... an astounding example of surreal riffing on culture." Sean Ferrell, PopMatters
"Truly distinctive and unique ... Groundbreaking" Steve Saville, Silver Bullet Comics (more reviews)

Reborn into a New Dark Age, Bart Dickon, the ideologically-sound secret agent, bursts once again onto a complacent world of mediocrity to spread High Adventure and Derring-do to those astute enough to read of his doings. Drawing on the Ancient Egyptian myths of Isis and Osiris, the bandes desinée of Tintin, Jock and Snowy, the high drama of Dixon of Dock Green and the heroic works of the Reverend W. Audrey, our protagonist spends most of this epic tale "in corporeal desuetude", i.e. as a bodyless head. The Odyssey pursues him from procreation, via birth, schooldays and an Apprenticeship In The University Of Life (i.e. dicking about spending Daddy's money), to his ultimate vocation as 'The English Assassin', pith helmet-wearing conqueror of something-or-other and subversive spy in a world of wickedness and intrepidity. During a romantic interlude, he is decapitated in flagrante delicto and his dismembered body is scattered to the four winds. Bart's trusty, youthful and - lets face it - female sidekick Snowy quests though multiple realities, meets her doppelganger and after several gender-swaps achieves an unexpected denouement to the tale. Wildly funny, wildly unlikely and unique in its combination of intertwining language and image.

A Severed HeadUnion Jack 1d. Bart in colour!

A remarkable, sustained comic strip saga featuring the enigmatic protagonist, Bart Dickon. First to appear in Talking Turkey adult comic and later continued in the magazines Sun Zoom Spark and most recently The Chap (see Links section), the ever-evolving story develops through multiple realities, gender-interchange and temporal fractures.  For more pages of early work and a description of the working process and inspirational sources, see the Collage Comix page in our Loon Comix Archive.  The entire story has been expanded and reworked into a continuous graphic novella with supporting art, short story and strips. The glossy covers contain a bonus colour comic strip 'A Bulldog Bleeds' on the inside back and front. Published November 1, 2005 by Severed Head Books (ISBN: 0-9551579-0-0 / the new ISBN-13 number is: 978-0-9551579-0-5)

-Dog-fight in colour!

Borin Van Loon: Bart Dickon front cover   Sample panoramic frame!

Above: the cover painting in full colour: The two Snowies and Bart escape downstairs with hilarious results. Two sample pages:-

Borin Van Loon: Bart Dickon sample page 1

Borin Van Loon: Bart Dickon sample page 2
The lead character is based (nominally and marginally) on the adventure serial Dick Barton: special agent on the Home Service, see Borin's side project The Ipswich Historic Lettering website on the city of Salisbury for more on the original character and a book about him (and even the theme tune). Serendipitous, or what?
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