Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, comics scholar Ernesto Priego instigated The Lockdown Chronicles, an empathetic yet hard-hitting graphic series that took scenes from the past and reappropriated them for our newly dark times. From Julian of Norwich to Richard Rolle, Priego sought to combine historical analogy with a popular graphic mode, to speak truths that others were unwilling to hear.


This book brings together the first series of The Lockdown Chronicles in print for the first time, providing a real-life documentation of artmaking from inside the end times.


About the author


Ernesto Priego has been actively promoting the study and practice of comics since the early 1990s. He has a keen interest in open access to information and the importance of documentation, design, participation, reuse, and the preservation of memory. He leads the Parables of Care: Responses to Dementia Care project, co-designing, with Simon Grennan and Peter Wilkins, comic books on the experience of dementia care (2017-2020). Comics have also influenced his poetic practice; he is the author of Not Even Dogs. Hay(na)ku Poems (2006); the amazing adventures of Gravity & Grace (2008); The Present Day. The Mañana Poems (2010), and The Strip Hay(na)ku Project. A Collaborative Experiment in Sequential Graphic Poetics (2019). He has also collaborated with comics artist Francisco de la Mora in co-designing comics on access to information, Covid, and disability. He co-founded and co-edits The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship.

The Lockdown Chronicles by Ernesto Priego