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© 2020 James Riding

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Welcome to crazyland

Thirteen-year-old Jack lives in darkness, held captive and experimented on by the diabolical Doctor Tyburn. His only hope is to escape out into Crazyland before he is given the monstrous powers of the Seventh Sense. Yet, from the shadows of his confinement, he could never have imagined how exciting, dangerous and mysterious the city that awaits him will be.

Crazyland is a world not unlike our own: full of noise, colour, heroes and villains. Here, though, every human is paired with an 'orb', a floating friend and companion with special powers. Upon arriving in Albion City (a bizarre, fantastical alternate cartoon version of London), an awestruck, impulsive Jack goes to school, gets his very own orb, and meets a friend in the principled, adventure-seeking James and his shapeshifting orb Ballorb. James and Jack become inseparable, exploring the city, causing mayhem and standing up to bullies, all while Jack discovers the mysterious new abilities given to him by Tyburn.

Later, the boys are grouped with their quick-thinking classmate Holly and given marshalling responsibilities at the Crystal Palace, the centrepiece of the city's Grand Festival.  This does not prove to be an easy task, as the Palace is besieged by the Trick Master, an insane magician enlisted by Tyburn to recapture Jack.  When the trio’s wits, strength and friendships are tested to breaking point by the Trick Master’s illusions, Jack is forced to unleash the full extent of his powers...

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BEhind the Scenes

Interested in how I create a page of James + Jack?   I wrote an article for Voice Magazine breaking down my comic-making process step by step! Click here to read the full piece.


Learn how to draw James in 9 simple steps!


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Start the story with The Adventure Begins - 56 pages of action, drama and silliness.


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House of Illustration, London

Orbital Comics, London

Chaos City Comics, St Albans

Now continue the adventure with The Orboretum - 48 full-colour pages of non-stop excitement!


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