The Black Project, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Set in an English suburb in the early 1990s, The Black Project is the story of Richard's allconsuming passion for creating 'girls' from household objects.

But as his hobby begins to flourish, his real life friendships and family relationships deteriorate.

Richard is an unreliable narrator, and the reader responds to his loneliness and his dogged attempt to find a companion, while being horrified by his warped creations.

The novel's theme is that of adolescence, of the divide between childhood and adulthood; where sex, perversion, and the grotesque feature in their many forms.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Myriad Editions
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True stories
  • ISBN: 9781908434203



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Endearingly creepy graphic novel.Made of embroidery and lino cut marks this beautiful graphic novel stands out as something odd and intriguing. The story could make you run for hills but don’t. Stop. It may be about a socially awkward, lonely kid whose desire for a friend.. a girlfriend .. leads him to make girls out of households objects but Brooke's genius makes that kid, Richard, likeable and understandable. The aching loneliness and frustration, the banality of suburbia, the harsh cruelties of other kids and well meaning parents. It’s also quite funny. And whilst it may be over the top, misguided adolescence is probably something that strikes a chord.Understated, weird and very human this book took 4 years to make and you can see why. Once you have read it you will also see why it won the First Graphic Novel Competition (judged by luminaries Ian Rankin, Bryan Talbot & Hannah Berry)Recommended

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GoodRichard is socially awkward and he has no real friends. He makes a succession of girlfriends out of household objects of increasing complexity and anatomical verisimilitude. His grandfather’s workshop, his mother’s clothes, pornographic magazines found in the woods are all used to further his obsession. The art is beautiful and idiosyncratic, made from lino cut and embroidery. Brookes brings you into Richard’s world and makes it seem normal and makes Richard a very sympathetic protagonist. The tale is set in an unspecified time, but one that is instantly recognisable as before computers, riding around on rubbish bicycles with crappy handlebar gears, penny for the guy, wanting your own private space but your mum still comes into your bedroom whenever she wants. This is an endearing and odd tale and highly recommended.Overall – What could be a very dark and sordid tale is told with humour and is all the more human for that.

Also by Gareth Brookes