This is football comic-ery, but not as you know it. Welcome to the inimitable work of illustrator David Squires.
David Squires is a Sydney-based artist and illustrator. His work has featured prominently in a wide range of publications, from the Guardian to Pickles magazine. His work focuses on football and his hilarious comics and detailed illustrations cast a critical eye on the beautiful game. His first book, The Illustrated History of Football, was published in 2016. This is his second book.
"A ruddy good artist" * The Telegraph *
"Squires exhibits his personal knowledge of the game in a way that is thoughtful and, as with all comic satirists, really very funny . . . On the face of it this may look like a perfect lavatory book for dad for Christmas. But it is a lot more than that and well worth the read." * Daily Express *
"David is unparalleled in his ability to highlight how ridiculous modern football can often be with his unique brand of caustic satire." -- Mike Hytner * The Guardian *
"You will really want to buy it" * Football365 *
"Squires is the master of the football comic strip and this collection is recommended reading for enlightened football fans everywhere." * Late Tackle *
"Brilliant" * The Set Pieces *
"If you're not familiar with the work of David Squires, then you really have been deprived up to now" * The Final Third *
"No one captures the absurdities and ugliness of football better than him ... hilarious" * Coach Magazine *
"A bloody funny read" * Adam Peacock, Fox Sports *
"Squires' opening lines sets the tone for a lively, tongue-in-cheek history of the beautiful game, accompanied by some excellent illustrations." * Dorset Echo *
"This is an absolute landmark of football literature - worthy of the same status as Football Grounds of Europe , Inverting the Pyramid and All Played Out . This is not least because of the mind boggling amount of work involved - all the more prodigious given that Squires is a regular provider of comic strips for The Guardian . . . this is a genuinely funny book" * The Two Unfortunates *
"[Illustrated History of Football] is the funniest football tome since Viz's Billy the Fish Football Yearbook, published 26 years earlier." * Esquire *