Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illustrated by Giovanni Rigano.

Cover of Illegal Graphic NovelLifelong comic fans, Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin have collaborated previously on five very successful graphic novel adaptations of Colfer’s books. This is their first original graphic novel together. Illegal is the story of Ebo and Kwame and their tortuous journey from North Africa to seek a new life in Europe.

Eoin Colfer comments: “We wanted to tell this important story in the visually rich and immediately engaging format of a graphic novel – it’s the perfect medium to do it.”

Visualised in glorious full-colour art, this extraordinary story is brought to vivid life for an audience of children (and adults) who are aware of the very real plight of migrants and asylum seekers through the news today. On a topic which is often dehumanised through the media, Colfer and Donkin offer a first person perspective of what migrants and refugees must overcome to survive, told with empathy and understanding. Additionally, the graphic novel also features a powerful back up strip of comic journalism “Journey: Helen’s Story”  the real life story of a migrant told in her own words, adapted into the graphic format by the team.“

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