The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott (2020)




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Billie Scott is an artist.

Her debut gallery exhibition opens in a few months.

Within a fortnight she’ll be completely blind.

As Billie struggles to deal with her impending blindness, she sets off on a journey from Middlesbrough to London; into a world of post-austerity Britain and the problems facing those left behind. Her quest is to find ten people to paint for her exhibition, as well as the inspiration to continue with her art, and the strength to move on with her life.

From: Avery Hill Publishing

Notes on This Title

The main character of this title is a queer woman with a degenerative visual impairment. A prominent supporting character is a queer Black woman.




“The art is lovely but doesn’t shy away from grime or the truly absurd, and the story is stronger for it.” (Source: The AV Club)

“Equal parts heartbreaking and inspirational, The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott is one of those debuts that is so self-assured and so conversant with the possibilities of the medium that Thorogood’s place as a breakout talent to keep the closest of eyes on is instantly assured.” (Source: Broken Frontier)

“In her debut book-length comic for Avery Hill, following her work doing covers for Image, Zoe Thorogood has hit a nice balance between expressionism, page arrangement experimentalism and well structured and effective storytelling.” (Source: The Comics Journal)



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