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Plans We Made

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In Plans We Made Simon Moreton remembers teenage years spent in the suburbs of South East England in the late 1990s. Moreton's quiet, minimal pencil drawings beautifully evoke a nostalgic longing for a time long gone. Moreton is a master of the minimal cartooning wave originated by John Porcellino.

Simon Moreton is an artist and zine-maker based in Bristol, England. He has
Paperback, 162 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Uncivilized Books (first published October 13th 2015)
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Dave Schaafsma
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alt-comics, gn-memoir
Check this out, even for five minutes, to see Simon Moreton’s clean (and not sketchy) minimalist style which would seem to owe something to John Porcellino:

Here, you can get a taste of Porcellino’s style, and can immediately see the connection:

The title The Plans We Made is a reference to a line in a Beach Boys song, and the simple tale is a nostalgic look back at youthful summer. There are many wordless pages, where t
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, graphic
Beautifully produced book of quiet, contemplative comics by minimalist, Simon Moreton. I esp. like when his spare line drawings become downright hieroglyphic. This is comics as poetry.
Maggie Gordon
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plans We Made is just... sheer delight. Not in the sense that this is a happy book. Moreton's novel is a rumination on nostalgia. But it's just so beautifully illustrated. The images are stark and minimalist. Entire scenes are portrayed with a few simply lines and it is enthralling. I love seeing artistic experimentation like this, where so much is said with such simplicity. ...more
Chad Jordahl
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hm, I don't know guys. Before picking up this book I'd never heard of "minimal cartooning" let alone that there was a "wave" of it (as informed by the inside flap). Based on this book I believe I'll recline in my beach chair while that wave crashes and recedes. The extreme minimalism struck me as absurd -- the people are essentially stick figures, impossible to tell apart, with no facial features to convey emotions; many pages contain no more than a few squiggles. There is no story or dialog (mo ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Moreton obviously has been inspired by John Porcellino. The sparse line work and simple elegance of the art creates a story that could have been drawn on an Etch-o-sketch. Having said that, I am a huge fan of a Porcellino and after reading this book ( and a couple issues of SMOO zine) I am also a fan of Moreton. As for the story, it is dream like, reflective, and emotive. His characters exist in a lonely, quiet world that emits a frequency of calmness and reflection.
Matt Graupman
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Simon Moreton's "Plans We Made" is about as far from the spandex-clad superheroes punching one another that most people associate with "comics" as it's possible to get. Taking cues from the minimalist cartoons of John Porcellino and the sparseness of poetry, Moreton's book about growing up in suburban England strips everything superfluous from the story to leave behind only the most necessary elements of art and plot. The results are ethereal and dream-like but still pretty weighty.

A lot of peop
Ian Hrabe
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Beautiful in its quiet way but ultimately reads as navel gazing without a real reason to connect to commonplace teenage nostalgia and angst. John Porcellino's "minimal cartooning wave" (didn't know that was a thing) gets a nod on the inside flap and that's the immediate comparison that comes to mind. And sure the minimal illustrations are comparable, but Porcellino's generosity and openness as a creator is what makes his spare and poetic comix so memorable. Moreton's stuff is opaque and doesn't ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
The sparse graphic style is intriguing, but the meandering and low-key story is a bit too quiet for my tastes.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Revolving. Dramatically simple in its drawing. So emotional and the way memories are portrayed here is so accurate. This book is delicious. Not easy, cause it's so mundane, but still, wonderful. ...more
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