Conceived and created by artist Nick Burton, Our Plague Year is an alternative retelling of the Eyam Plague of 1665-66. The project forms part of Homemakers, an online festival by HOME Manchester and brings an exclusive weekly comic strip to your inbox every week. You just need to hit the link to sign up.
Short-form, visual storytelling, direct to your inbox every week.
Let us take you back to 1665. A plague creeps ever towards Eyam, a rural English village, Derbyshire. An isolated village in lockdown brings out the worst and the best in its people (mostly the worst). This contemporary narrative explores the many facets of human behaviour in the midst of a crisis. Fear, anger, paranoia, bravery and hope. Will you recognise yourself in any of these characters? What similarities exist between their world and ours?
A finalist in HOME’s first Manchester Open, Nick Burton is a Manchester-born illustrator and storyteller. His illustrations and comics have featured in Wired Magazine, The New York Times, Ride Journal, GQ and others.
This project offers free short-form, visual storytelling, direct to your inbox every week. At a time when there is a wealth of audio and visual content out there, we think Our Plague Year slows down the pace and offers a pleasing revival of the weekly comic strip.
Recommended for ages 14+.