Thursby’s John Mather published a graphic novel in March based on his own observations from 2020 and illustrated the 50-page book himself.
Entitled “Covid-19 in 2020 – a graphic recording of a bizarre year,” it takes readers on a fun, informative, and reminiscent ride of what will be a year to be remembered and discussed a lot.
In the book, John applauds the work of the NHS and the inexhaustible positivity of every worker and volunteer despite the trials and tribulations many have faced.
Now John is giving something back to the NHS and the community at large, he said: “One of the reasons I did the book on Covid was because I wanted to give back to the NHS with the moments terrible things they experienced.
“I have also thought a lot about the late Sir Cpt Tom Moore and what he has accomplished.
âI always intended to donate Â£ 2 from every book sale to their worthy cause.
“Sales are steady and I strive to push the book forward at every opportunity.”
John was successful in securing a deal with NHS Charities Together. âI explained to them what I was doing and why I was doing it and I sent a few pages of the book and they bounced back a few days later saying they were very interested,â he said.
John attends craft fairs across the country, most recently in Lytham St Annes in hopes of generating more sales for the book.
He gave a talk on the creation of his graphic novel to Carlisle Rotarians the other week through Zoom in hopes of continuing this trend with other organizations, groups and schools.
The 66-year-old also reached over a thousand sales of his previous book, “Challenging Waters, The Diary of a Lake District Swimmer,” he said: “I am very happy. An avid swimmer. from Amsterdam even bought a few books the other week. She participated in the Great North Swim in 2018. ”
John plans to cycle and walk the west coast of the Mersey at Solway, producing a series of designs on his way that he hopes to turn into a larger project.