Skip to main content

Disappointed Monsters

  • Pub date: September 2017
  • ISBN-13: 9781781453230
  • Author: Eli Bowes
  • Price: £9.99
  • Binding: HB
  • No. of pages: 64
  • Dimensions: 229 x 153
  • Color : Full colour throughout

Disappointed Monsters

Disappointed Monsters is an adult A to Z of life’s most disappointing and disheartening moments, manifested in the sort of creatures you more commonly find inhabiting a graphic novel. These are the daily setbacks that turn us all into monsters, and yet make us all human. Featuring gloriously gloomy illustrations, plus checklists for you to tick-off all those disappointed monsters you encounter in your own reality, this is the perfect gift to give your most morose friends and relatives. 

Each letter introduces a daily setback familiar to us all, experienced by a crestfallen creature from the imagination of author and illustrator Eli Bowes. They range from Alarm (a disappointed monster who wakes at 6.15 a.m. on a Saturday, having neglected to switch off his workday alarm) to Zip (a disappointed monster whose expensive hoodie has suffered a fastening malfunction) via an array of fantastically illustrated beings sinking into everyday ennui due to flat-pack furniture, a bad first date, a hair-choked plughole or an empty toilet roll. So, next time you’re furiously scrubbing jam off the carpet before your parents arrive, or trying to rescue tea that the milk has turned into a lump-laden mush, remember that somewhere someone (or something) shares your pain.

Eli Bowes is a London-based illustrator and animator. Day to day, he works for the events industry designing and creating everything from bespoke toilet signage to 50-foot-high projections that illuminate iconic Moscow landmarks as part of international festivals…but mostly just toilet signage. He studied Illustration at Brighton University of the Arts, loves cheese, jellyfish and live music, and has been failing to learn French for about 10 years. 

Inside pages - click to enlarge