A new book has seen an teenage autistic artist, from Letchworth, work with a Hitchin sci-fi author.

16-year-old India Noble and her mother Liz have produced visual images to go with Matt Adcock's latest novel 'Battlemages Don't Clean Their Teeth'.


The book is the author's science fiction take on the popular children's book 'Pirates Don’t Clean Their Teeth'.

Matt Adcock tells the tale of Cleric20, a "lowlife but loveable Battlemage", who sets off on an adventurous mission to London2.

The author met India when her mother painted the cover of his debut novel 'Complete Darkness'. 

Charecter's from his first book are carried over into 'Battlemages Don't Clean Their Teeth', and are left black and white so that readers may colour in their outfits.

India is said to be "very excited to have the chance to show her art to the world".

Bryan Talbot, comic artist of Batman, Judge Dredd, Sandman and Luther Arkwright, said: "Be sure to buy Battlemages Don't Clean Their Teeth, not only to support this fledgling artist but also to make lots of money by selling this future collector’s edition after India Noble becomes a world-famous anime star!” 

The Comet: The mother and daughter team from Letchworth have illustrated the Hitchin author's book.The mother and daughter team from Letchworth have illustrated the Hitchin author's book. (Image: Matt Adcock)

Hitchin's Danny Pearson - a comic book writer and author of over 40 books - added: "Battlemages Don't Clean Their Teeth - A fantastically surreal read that feels like it could easily inhabit the pages of 2000AD.

"Cyberpunks, a world not too far away from our own with delightfully wicked words, and imagery, that marry together perfectly... it's all here. 

"Be sure to pick up a copy and support a very talented collection of humans.”

A launch event for the book will take place in Hitchin bookshop 'Next Page Books' on February 4, 2023. 

The project is currently in need of funding, prior to its release. 

To get involved, visit the book's Kickstarter page.