Commissioned by MK Festival Fringe in partnership with The Centre MK, GOING BACKWARDS is a comic-strip designed to be read both forwards and backwards. Read forwards, it’s the story of a man who lives his life in reverse; read backwards, it might be the story of Milton Keynes. Paul B. Rainey, the artist, says, “last year, not only did Milton Keynes celebrate its fiftieth anniversary but I also commiserated my fiftieth birthday. The comic-strip is as much about what I anticipate for my personal future my home town as it is about my home town. Applying Sci-fi and mythical tropes to the town that I’ve lived in for thirty-six years is very appealing to me.”
PAUL B. RAINEY has been drawing comics in Milton Keynes for thirty-six years. During the 1980s, he drew FLY GUY every Thursday for the Milton Keynes Mirror. During the 1990s, he wrote, drew and published the post-modern superhero comic, MEMORY MAN, and LOVE BOMB, a surreal, supernatural anthology. This century, he has published, with assistance from Arts Gateway MK, his diary comic, BOOK OF LISTS; where everyday events from his life are classified and ordered into comic-strips. THERE’S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT, a kitchen-sink/science fiction graphic novel, was published by Escape Books after eight years of work in 2015. Currently, he is working on WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME, a family sit-com where, at the end of the day, nobody loves each other.
He drew SEEN AND NOT HEARD for The Corbyn Comic-Book and is an occasional contributor to Viz Comic for who he created DJ SORRY, PETER THE SLOW EATER and many other characters.