Written and illustrated by: Jon McNaught
Published by: Nobrow Press
ISBN 13: 978-1910620243
Kingdom captures the journey of a mother bringing her son and daughter to re-create similar trips taken when she was a child, to a caravan park, and a visit to a relative, in painstaking detail.
Anyone who has ever been taken on a road trip by their parents would find something that resonates, in this mostly wordless graphic novel.
As one reviewer says, “McNaught is not much interested in dialogue or plot, though there is no shortage of text, from retail signage to the “plip plip” of water dripping in a seaside cave. He invests instead in mood…”.
Perhaps it was the mood of the book that brought back my own memories of a family road trip during the early 1980s, along the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, from Singapore to Desaru to Kuantan, and staying in a Holiday Inn.