Australia-based award-winning author Dean Blake today announced the launch of his second book– a graphic novel—-“Everyday A-Holes”. The book, suitable for adults who fancy dry humour and do not get offended easily, is a collection of illustrations based on characters inspired by Dean’s day-to-day encounters.
You will spot a Kiera, who pretends to look at her phone while “walking past a peasant she never ever wants to talk to again,” or a Barry, who uses shower water to hide his tears– in the book. And let’s not forget Helen, who literally has a walking, talking a-hole for a boyfriend. These are real people that we see around us in day-to-day life.
From Asia to Australia – Dean has travelled to many countries and experienced different cultures, lifestyles, and as well as met different types of people. However, one recurring personality among these encounters has been the everyday ‘a-hole’ type. Interactions and socializing with these types of people are what inspired Dean to come up with his much-loved webcomics.
As we fight a global pandemic amidst lockdowns and safe distancing, Dean believes that we can all use a laugh, and hence, the decision to launch the book now.
Dean said, “I’ve had more time to sit in front of my computer nowadays to really look back at my travels and experiences. Hopefully, this compilation can lift a few spirits and also remind people that it could be a lot worse if they are stuck at home with someone who is an everyday a-hole”
Taking things lightly and having fun in life
In an easily offended world, “Everyday A-Holes” inspires people to have a laugh and take things lightly depicting fun characters inspired by real-life conversations with over 160 sketches by the author. The book contains some of Dean’s earliest (and most popular) online works.
Dean’s approach of using satire and irony helps encapsulate the essence of what an “Everyday A-Hole” is. He uses his unique style of drawing together with his quick-witted captions in order to produce quality content for the reader.
The comics may not be for the thin-skinned, but it is definitely for anybody who enjoys a dry sense of humour. Some people may perceive his work in the wrong way, but a forewarning is that the goal of this graphic novel is to make people laugh.
Early inspirations and how the book came along
Dean started drawing and writing at a very young age. He used to run a blog called “Always Eighteen”, which contained vignettes and fictional stories about his life and the people around him. Today, “Always Eighteen” has evolved to, “Generation End” with a blogging site and presence on social media, where he still continues to develop narratives as well as short comics.
Dean’s first book, Surface Children – was a collection of short stories.
Subsequently, a few years ago, he started making his own illustrations and sharing them online on platforms such as Instagram (@deanblakeauthor). As the handle’s popularity grew, he kept at it, and soon enough, one thing led to another, and “Everyday A-Holes”– a self-published humour-packed graphic novel, was born.
Priced at SGD 18.21, the book is now available on all major online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Book Depository among others. The book is also available on Dean Blake’s website- https://www.everydayassholes.net