New book: Trails

Ok so it’s official.  My new book Trails: a book about travel, history, and being a slug is published.


In 2013 I travelled back to Santa Cruz, California, for a reunion with friends from my undergraduate exchange year at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  I also travelled on to Portland, Oregon, and to Seattle, Washington.  It was joyous.  I kept a sketchbook, and the sketchbook mutated to include some drawings, some comics, some illustrated lists of the food I ate.  The sketchbook took on a narrative structure.  I finished it and it is now a book.

Extracts from the finished book and process photos of the making of the book are over on  Here some sample pages for you:

City Lights


Trails is a comic book that links to something bigger than a play-by-play of the reunion weekend and what I ate for breakfast every day. There’s something in the story of revisiting places and catching up with old friends, and the time elapsed is long enough for some things to have changed and other things to have stayed the same.

The first copies of Trails come came with a free linocut (a print, an inky rollers workshop print not a computer printout print).  They’re both worth millions of pounds and were only available free with the purchase of Trails as one of two options: black ink on full-colour map, or deep red ink on black&white atlas index.

Map linocut Index linocut

The ink on (multiple copies of) both prints is currently drying, so if you’d like to order one I’ll fulfil all orders starting from 31st October 2014 when the ink’s dry.  That’s a pretty exciting buy-direct-from-the-artist offer if ever I heard one. This limited edition of prints has now run out. Let me know if you’d like me to draw in your book instead.

Trails costs £8, which includes a free linocut and free UK postage.  You can buy Trails from my Comicsy online shop.  If you’d like a copy posting to outside the UK let me know, I’ll charge the additional postage at cost rate on top of the UK postage to keep things fair, like.   This will make it:

  • £8 including UK postage
  • £8+£3.67 postage for Europe
  • £8+£5.97 for the USA

and let me know where else you’d like a copy sending so I can ask at the post office.

Justin Timberlake was at the launch party, y’know. 

Here comes the technical bit, I’m sure you can cope:

67 pages black and white; full colour cover.  Perfect (soft) bound.  18cm (W) x 26cm (H).  ISBN 978-0-9574570-2-7.  First printing of 100 copies published in October 2014 by Lydia Wysocki.  Written and drawn by Lydia Wysocki.  Printed and bound by The Print People Ltd.  The cover includes extracts from The Oxford Atlas by Lewis (1951; part of map p.84), by permission of Oxford University Press.

All content is copyright Lydia Wysocki.  Please do not reproduce the content of this book (or this blog post) without my explicit written permission.  If you have a good reason for wanting to reproduce part of the content of this book then please get in touch.

Oh, ok, and one more sample page:

Street Signs

(yes, they’re all real signs)

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2 thoughts on “New book: Trails

  1. […] Lydia Wysocki, previously known to Spire readers as the editor for Newcastle’s ‘Asteroid Belter’ science comic which featured all kinds of UK comic creators telling stories and exploring science, will be at Thought Bubble this year to launch her new travel comic ‘Trails’. […]

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