C.P. Thompson Press

I have been creating and publishing illustrated books independently under micro-publishing label C.P. Thompson Press since 2017

 

Below is a list of book projects I have worked on and published so far, with links to where copies are available:

2020 Publications:

The Visitors (2020)

Suitable for all ages

Clutching their precious finds, the Visitors travel above treetops and below the forest floor through underground tunnels to a dark cave. But who lives there and why do they need to be visited?

 

The Visitors is a wordless story told through arranging natural loose parts. It shows the beauty and abundance of materials found in nature and may inspire you to embark on your own adventure into transient storytelling!

The book is available here in both A4 hardback and A5 soft back if you would like to buy a copy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GetNaturallyCreative

Industrial Time (2020)

Recommended for mature readers


A collaborative project with writer, Peter Thompson, Industrial Time is a 36 page book made up of 18 illustrated poems. Self contained yet interlinked, these graphic vignettes depict observations of modern life and also draw on historical moments that tie the past to the present, linking imagined human voices across time. 

The book is available here if you would like to buy a copy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CPThompsonCreations

The Gingerbread Man- A Transient Tale (2020)

Suitable for all ages

 

Do you know the classic story of the Gingerbread Man? 

 

The traditional tale has been reimagined and told through transient storytelling with loose parts and speech bubbles. 

The book is available here in both A4 hardback and A5 soft back if you would like to buy a copy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GetNaturallyCreative

2019 Publications:

JUNK DNA (2019)

Suitable for all ages

In the beginning there was nothing but the vast night sky... and a giant pile of junk! But the magic happened in one fateful moment. ..a few pieces fell from the pile and landed in just the right place to create a being. A conscious being with the potential for love, creativity, greed and deception...

 

Junk DNA is a 32 page wordless comic. It has been created from the arrangement of recycled loose parts including nuts, bolts, old scrap metal items, keys, spanners, spark plugs, light bulbs, watch parts and torn paper. I created the book in this way in order to show how loose parts can be used to great effect in storytelling and how simple techniques can carry complex messages with a little imagination...

The book is available here in both A4 hardback and A5 soft back if you would like to buy a copy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GetNaturallyCreative

Garden Treasures  (2019)

Suitable for all ages

This picturebook explores the beauty and diversity of natural materials found in nature, illustrated with hand painted observational studies throughout, Garden Treasures invites us to slow down and notice the continual cycle growth and change that his happening all around us in the natural world.

The book is available here if you would like to buy a copy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GetNaturallyCreative

2018 Publications:

BLUE COLLARS COMIC SERIES (2018-ONGOING)

Recommended for mature readers

A collaborative project with Frisson Comics writer, Tom Smith, Blue Collars is a comic series set in a future society where totalitarianism hides under the guise of philanthropy.

Through the creation of Blue Collars we are considering what a society would look like if we emphasised the extremes of capitalist ideology. What if the ideals of materialism, hierarchy and a "dog eat dog" mentality were pushed even further than they are now? What would such a society look like to the people on the ground and what can this exploration ultimately tell us about the world we live in today?

Copies of issues 1&2 are available here

Beach Treasures  (2018)

Suitable for all ages

Exploring the beauty and diversity of natural materials found in nature, Beach Treasures  is made up of 20 observational paintings of beautiful and curious objects found on the beach.

 

The short text explores the possibilities for creative play in nature and asks the question "what is treasure?"

The book is available here if you would like to buy a copy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GetNaturallyCreative

Nature's Colour Palette  (2018)

Suitable for all ages

Offering an array of exquisite photographs of the natural world, this unique colour book invites you to slow down with your child and observe the beauty and diversity of colours found in the natural environment. Also includes inspirational ideas for using this book to create outdoor learning opportunities!

A collaborative project with teacher and Early Years Consultant Ann Thompson and Photographer, Gaynor Davies

The book is available here if you would like to buy a copy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GetNaturallyCreative

2017 Publications:

STORMCALLER (2017)

Recommended for mature readers

 

When Stormcaller blows into your life, you may have more than a spell of turbulent weather to deal with...can you face the storm? ​

Written by Paul Thompson, illustrated by myself, Stormcaller is about a series of initially curious but ultimately terrifying events that overtake the citizens of a small, unidentified town as they go about their daily lives. These events coincide with the arrival in town of a bizarrely dressed and unspeaking stranger... Or do they?

Stormcaller reveals how insubstantial the ties of common humanity and civilised society can be when things don't quite go the way they should...

 

The 96 page,  full colour book is an experimental hybrid between a comic and a short story. The use of atmospheric ink and watercolour images coupled with the interplay of narrative text and dialogue add to the increasing tension throughout the story. 

If you would like to buy a copy of Stormcaller it is available in the following places:

C.P Thompson Press - Etsy Shop

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