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Slow News Day

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When Californian, Katharine Washington, comes to England to work on a newspaper she's expecting more than the small and troubled Wheatstone Mercury. Here she enters the world of office politics, the bottom line, personal and professional strife and lost hamsters. Will it be enough to lure her away from the bright lights and opportunities of home? Collecting the 6 issue ser ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 28th 2002 by SLG Publishing (first published July 2002)
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Jan Philipzig
Culture Clash, Romance & Capitalism

As far as contemporary movies are concerned, romantic comedies are, by and large, the epitome of mainstream. Bland and predictable, they promote the comforting myth that the love between two individuals can solve all problems, no further action required. More and more people are falling into poverty? Not an obstacle. The world is going to hell? Don't worry about it, just find your "soul mate" and everything will be fine. Politics? Puh-lease...

Despite the genre'
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
American girl meets British guy, fights about cultural and journalistic differences. Girl and boy break up with respective evil boyfriend/girlfriend, end up together and happily ever after.

Wow, that was unexpected of Andi Watson (Sarcasm)
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I like the art (simple but expressive) but the story is boring and predictable and meaningless. This is one of those graphic novels that makes me think that the artist took so long to create it that they lost sight of the fact that nothing actually happens.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loeg-archives
I think this is the third format I've purchased this story in. I can't remember if the serial came out before or after I gave up monthlies, but I know that I had the original tpb, and I greatly enjoyed it, but I really liked the compactness and improved cover of the new printing... so I bought a book I'd already read rather than buying something fresh. I'm a chump.

But re-reading it, I am still impressed by how good Watson is. I'd forgotten many of the details, so reading SND again felt very fres
Edward Cheer
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I was expecting a really shallow story about a newsgirl manipulating her way around the office. I ended reading something more substantial, but not too much to push me over into loving it. "Slow News Day" centers around a newgirl trying to help a rundown newspaper in England, and meets a guy. The rest of the story is fairly predictable from here on out. She learns to love the place, she leaves for a while, then reconsiders her original thoughts. Not a terribly unique idea. But it had some nice t ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Even after all this time, I'm still a bit on the fence about Andi Watson. I couldn't get into his Skeleton Key, which is his biggest work. I enjoy this book and the similarly toned Breakfast After Noon. I like his blocky, simple art, and he has a light (if not exactly realistic) touch with dialogue. But at the end of his books I always find myself just a little dissatisfied. It's kind of like watching a mediocre romantic-comedy: you might get some chuckles, there may even be some prescient obser ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
A quirky if slightly overbearing tale of a young woman on her way to success, “Slow News Day” owes a lot to “Sex and the City,” but emerges somewhat less simplistic. The story is about Katharine, a young California girl who travels to England for an internship in a small newspaper. Cultures and temperaments clash between Katharine and her new boss, a stereotypically “British” reporter Owen.

The main bulk of the book is very familiar stuff fueled by the juxtaposing of the inherently British and th
Dec 20, 2008 rated it liked it
A nice little slice-of-life comic set in the offices of a local newspaper in a sleepy English town. Katharine, an ambitious American writer, travels to England to intern at the Wheatstone Mercury, where she partners with Owen, a reporter with a chip on his shoulder towards Americans. Needless to say, the two don't exactly hit it off. However things change as they work together to come up with stories that will win them the front page back from the advertising department(run by Owen's long-suffer ...more
May 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovels, own, 2007
Andi Watson became one of my favorite graphic novelists when I read his "Love Fights," and I was excited to find this older comic of his. It's a story of two opposites, a young American aspiring writer and a cynical English journalist, who find some common ground working for a tiny English rural paper. I loved Watson's inky, spare art, which looks like something from the 1950s yet conveys a lot of expression along with the charm, and the subtle simplicity of the story. ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
At the beginning I didn't expect much about the story (even when I like Andi Watson's style) but what caught my attention where the funny comparisons between America and UK. It was nice to read this book. ...more
Cute graphic novel, nothing too deep, nothing too fancy.
Aug 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Beautiful drawings and a solid story, but it lacks the emotional punch of other Watson books.
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Clever and well-paced.
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Andrew "Andi" Watson (born 1969) is a British cartoonist and illustrator best known for the graphic novels Breakfast After Noon, Slow News Day and his series Love Fights, published by Oni Press and Slave Labor Graphics.

Watson has also worked for more mainstream American comic publishers with some work at DC Comics, a twelve-issue limited series at Marvel Comics, with the majority at Dark Horse Com

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