"With Thomas Wogan is Dead, David Hughes has created a graphic novel full of black humour and uncanny observation. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it becomes a cult classic but it deserves a wider readership than that, and at a very reasonably priced £5.99 I hope it does." -- Scott Pack, Publisher at The Friday Project
"This is a excellently told short story that has a very odd and unnerving atmosphere. The perfect blend of sad characters and simple but extremely effective art work give the story a very emotive appeal that I seldom find in comics. Not to say it doesn't exist but its something I have not really come across myself in my limited experience." --sidekickcomicsuk.com
A contradiction in terms it may sound, but Tabella's Thomas Wogan is Dead can best be described as a black comedy with charm. David Hughes's wickedly funny tale is set in a surreal waiting room as the titular Thomas and a whole host of fauna look back on their lives, attempt to work out how they got there and exactly where it is they are.
From the book's title, and that brief synopsis, the perceptive will perhaps already be hearing the faint echoes of a certain Sartre play. However, Thomas Wogan is more than an homage; this acidic, witty offering cleverly presents the reader with a protagonist who is both intensely irritating and yet deeply sympathetic as well. As the events of his life play out, Hughes's great triumph is in turning the compulsive and socially awkward Thomas, with all his obsessive foibles, from unlikeable inadequate into a character the audience both empathises with and roots for.
Don't get me wrong though; this is no saccharine feelgood story of a loser coming good. Thomas Wogan is Dead's mordant humour is biting, naughty and, occasionally, in gloriously awful taste. The back stories of the various animals who accompany Thomas in the ethereal waiting room, for example, have moments of what I can only describe as laugh-out-loud grossness to them. I have obviously never met David Hughes but, on the strength of Thomas Wogan is Dead, I like to think he would be terribly entertaining company over a pint or two... in a dry, acerbic kind of way. --brokenfrontier.com
• "Every now and again you come across a little book that carries so much charm and character that you can’t help but love it." – www.grovel.org.uk
• "... It's a very droll drama, which is also somehow oddly humble in the successfully-wrought belly laughs it achieves. It's easily worth one re-read. And beyond that, it is recommended by the Bookbag ..." - www.thebookbag.co.uk