And Then Emily Was Gone #1 Debuts to Critical Acclaim!

Last week, And Then Emily Was Gone #1 made its worldwide debut.  The response since has been overwhelming, with social media buzzing with praise for the comic.  And Then Emily Was Gone #1 is available to buy digitally from ComiXology, where it currently has a perfect *****/***** rating.  And critics have been very positive in their assessment, with review compiler Comic Book Roundup noting an average critic score of 9.8/10.  Here is a collection of some of the things reviewers have been saying about And Then Emily Was Gone:

And Then Emily Was Gone is a perfectly pitched opening to what is destined to become a gradual descent from faintly unnerving horror to gut-wrenching Lynchian nightmare over the next five issues.”

Big Comic Page


“The Bonnie Shaw myth is one that will keep your children staring wide-eyed at the crack of light beneath their bedroom doors.”

Bag & Bored


“The Comix Tribe published comic comes out swinging a hammer and should easily go toe to toe with any comic from the more mainstream independent publishers.” *****



“I’ve never read a comic like this and I doubt I’ll read many more after it which is exactly why it’s rare. It’s a comic experience that you do not want to miss out on.” 5/5

Comic Bastards


“There’s a nice, disturbing sense of doom and dread hanging over the whole issue, generating an appropriately creepy atmosphere, between Lees’ story and Laurie’s artwork, which adds in no small way to the creeping dread feel of the story.”

Forbidden Planet


And Then Emily Was Gone #1 is a very intriguing book.”



And Then Emily Was Gone is an interesting tale that will gain a cult following. If creepy, mystery stories are your thing I highly recommend going out and picking the book up.”

Comic Crusaders


“Iain Laurie… executes the story perfectly, wrapping the readers in the claustrophobic, grimy cityscape of Greg’s waking nightmare, populating it with monsters that are delightfully distinctive yet unpleasant to witness.”

Destroy the Brain


“What a uniquely bizarre book and I’m totally intrigued with it. The art is just as disturbing as the story, and I mean that in a good way.”

The Fellowship of Geeks


“Combining the best elements of horror and detective fiction, this sinister tale provides an intoxicating foundation for the creators to build upon in future issues.” 10/10



“Lees and Laurie have a new fan and I’m hooked on this series.” 4.5/5

Comic Spectrum


“An intriguing new player in the indie horror genre.”

Ain’t It Cool News


Thank you to all the reviewers for their kind words!  People have also been commenting on the book outside of written reviews.  Carl Li had praise for And Then Emily Was Gone on his Youtube show, First Impressions.  From around the 25 minute mark, you can hear the hosts of the Two-Headed Nerd podcast talk about the comic.  And from the 31 minute point, you can hear the book being discussed on the MOMBCast.

Finally, I had an in-depth discussion with Kyle Welch of the Pages & Panels podcast, in which we go through the issue page by page in the style of a director’s commentary.  It was a really fun chat, and once you’ve read the first issue, I’d highly recommend you give this a listen.

Everyone at Team Emily has been utterly gobsmacked by all this positivity.  Thanks to all of you for checking out the comic, it means a lot that you enjoyed it.  And stick around for issue #2 at the end of this month… each issue is darker and crazier than the last!




Two New Interviews With Lees & Laurie

Writer John Lees and artist Iain Laurie, the co-creators of And Then Emily Was Gone, have hit the interview circuit to talk about the series and its upcoming release.  Two of the best comics websites on the Internet have already posted up their interviews with the creative team.

First up is Multiversity Comics.  Currently in the midst of their 5th anniversary celebrations, Multiversity has become revered for the high quality of its reviews and in-depth comic analysis, so much so that it has been hailed as the “AV Club of comics.”  Vince Ostrowski of Multiversity sat down with Lees & Laurie for an interview last week, focusing on the process of creating and marketing an indie comic in today’s competitive environment.  Here’s a snippet:

John and Iain, what types of art and stories have influenced the work that’s gone into “And Then Emily Was Gone”?

JL: Iain can talk more about the art influences than me, though I must say that Iain Laurie’s own “Powwkipsie” was a big inspiration for some of the more horrific imagery I attempted to craft in my scripts.

As for story influences, it’s something of a hodgepodge of the weird and Gothic.  “Twin Peaks” is the obvious cultural touchstone.  Iain and I are both Lynch aficionados, and are in agreement about “Twin Peaks” being one if the greatest TV shows ever.  There was a real desire to capture that off-kilter, dreamlike quality Lynch handles so well.  There’s a good deal of “The Wicker Man” – the seminal British horror classic, not the Nicolas Cage abomination – in the mix as well.  Iain and I are both huge admirers of English director Ben Wheatley (we joke about him being the dream choice to direct the “And Then Emily Was Gone” feature film), and there’s definitely an element of his blackly comic filmography here, particularly “Kill List”.  British TV series “The League of Gentlemen”, legendary Victorian horror writer M.R. James… I could go on!

IL: Everything I do is beholden to David Lynch. Hes my absolute hero and his work is a constant daily inspiration for me. There are other things though, most of which John has mentioned but also British comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Scottish artist Peter Howson, satirist Chris Morris. Those people drive everything I do. In terms of drawing Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, Frank Quitely, Paul Pope, Rafael Grampa..they’re all in there.

For the full interview, visit Multiversity Comics.

The second interview was with Comic Bastards.  Long a major supporter of creator-owned comics, the brilliantly-named Comic Bastards have earned a reputation for their well-written, effusive reviews, and for having arguably the best comics podcast on the internet.  Dustin Cabael had a chat with John and Iain, with this interview focusing more heavily on the comic itself and how the two work together.  Here’s a taster:

DUSTIN: How did you guys end up working with each other?

JOHN:  It was meant to be!  Working with Iain Laurie has been on my comics bucket list ever since I first became aware of his work back in 2011.  He’s an incredible artist, and we have rather complimentary sensibilities as storytellers, and I long had a feeling our creative union would create a wonderfully monstrous offspring, like the child in Rosemary’s Baby.  After a couple of near misses of collaborating on other projects, the stars just aligned for And Then Emily Was Gone to happen.  I’ve specifically written this for Iain, to the point where no one else could draw it.  So much of the plot beats and sequences in the script are me attempting to emulate some of the recurring motifs in Iain’s art… either that, or just me writing stuff I want to see Iain draw!

IAIN: I saw The Standard and was really impressed, as it looked like a comic trying to be a comic rather than something desperately trying to look lo-fi and indie. I was doing a lot of experimental stuff and had been thinking of doing something more structured and less difficult and I thought, “That’s the guy!” We nearly worked on something else that didn’t happen but in doing that we realised we have very similar tastes… although Johns a better person than me. It’s very much Good Cop/Grumpy Cop.

JOHN: I wouldn’t say I’m a better person, I just hide my wickedness more effectively.  Look beyond the grinning face and you’ll see the soulless eyes of a killer!

For the full interview, head right over to Comic Bastards.

Thanks a lot to both Multiversity and Comic Bastards for taking the time to talk about And Then Emily Was Gone.  And remember, it’s not too late to have your comic shop order the book in: order code MAY141251!