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The Can Opener's Daughter

By Rob Davis

Paperback, 160 pp, $19.95

In the British Comic Award-winning The Motherless Oven, Scarper Lee asked: "Who the hell is Vera Pike?" Now we get a chance to find out. Vera lives in the cruel world of Grave Acre. Her mother is the Weather Clock, the megalomaniacal Prime Minister of Chance. Her father is a can opener. Charting Vera's childhood, the second part of Rob Davis' trilogy takes us from her home in Parliament to suicide school, and from the Bear Park to the black woods that lie beyond. In the present day, Vera and Castro Smith are determined to see their friend Scarper again – but is he even still alive? Can anyone outlive their deathday?

A darkly inventive sequel, The Can Opener's Daughter answers many of the questions posed in The Motherless Oven, while asking plenty more of its own.


Rob Davis


Rob Davis began self-publishing his own comic, the highly experimental SLANG, in 1989. From there, Rob made the leap from experimental into traditional when he was employed by Fleetway to reinvent British comics icon Roy of the Rovers. After a time drawing Judge Dredd, he began working as an illustrator and cartoonist for newspapers (including The Guardian) and children’s book publishers (including Scholastic). In the last few years, Rob has returned to comics, writing and drawing Doctor Who for Panini. His books for SelfMadeHero include The Motherless Oven, The Can Opener's Daughter and The Complete Don Quixote.

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Reviews

"Davis has created a story full of emotion and adventure, following in the footsteps of the best young adult novels and graphic stories."
— The A.V. Club
"A dark, disorientating twist on the classic tale of kids against the world, setting school rivalries alongside talking trumpets and the crushing hand of destiny."
— The Guardian
"It won't be long before ­Davis is mentioned alongside legends of the form such as Chris Ware, Dan Clowes and ­Marjane Satrapi."
— Library Journal