nelson – various artists from the uk

May 6, 2011

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Published by Blank Slate. They say:

Nelson – Various Artists

Edited by Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix.

Creators: Rob Davis, Woodrow Phoenix, Ellen Lindner, Jamie Smart, Gary Northfield, Sarah McIntyre, Suzy Varty, Sean Longcroft, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Luke Pearson, Paul Harrison-Davies, Katie Green, Paul Peart-Smith, Glyn Dillon, Ian Culbard, John Allison, Philip Bond, Matt (D’Israeli) Brooker, Simone Lia, Daryl Cunningham, Jonathan Edwards, Ade Salmon, Kate Charlesworth, Warren Pleece, Kristina Baczynski, James Harvey, Rian Hughes , Sean Phillips + Pete Doree, Kate Brown, Simon Gane, Oliver East, Adam Cadwell, Faz Choudhury, JAKe, Jeremy Day, Dan McDaid, Roger Langridge, Will Morris, Dave Shelton, Carol Swain, Hunt Emerson, Duncan Fegredo , Philippa Rice, Garen Ewing, Tom Humberstone, Dan Berry, Kate Evans, Laura Howell, Andi Watson and Dave Taylor.

Over fifty of the UK’s most interesting comic creators have taken part in a unique collaboration to produce Nelson, a 260-page novel to be published by Blank Slate in November 2011.

One continuous tale takes us from 1968 to the present with one chapter for every year, each of those chapters recording the events of one day in the life of one woman. A life told in snapshots. Nel Baker’s life.

Nelson embraces all aspects of comics storytelling across a wide spectrum of UK-based creators, uniting established talents from 2000AD, DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, The Beano and The Dandy with small press, Web comic and newspaper strip artists in one intriguing story.

Nelson is an unprecedented anthology, a crazy experiment that is part exquisite corpse and part relay race, and best of all, an all–consuming novel like nothing you have seen before.

ISBN 9781906653231
Softcover with flaps – 260 pages – Colour – Published November 2011

I say:

AWESOME! and for charity, too: profits from the first edition will go to Shelter, the UK charity, which helps with housing the homeless. Nelson will launch, with a panel and presentation at the ThoughtBubble festival in Leeds this coming November. To paraphrase Brad Brooks, if you only buy one comic, or indeed book, this year, this should be it.

Other people say:

Simon Gane: It’s nuts, Alison. Every contribution is Grade A material.

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: A wonderful project I’ve been very lucky to be involved with.

Andy Diggle: Will definitely be picking up NELSON at ThoughtBubble!

Kate Brown: FUCK YEAH NELSON!!… Super happy to be part of this!

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And!! More is information available from Kenny Penman and Kayla Hillier of Blank Slate Books, at TCAF this weekend. Look out for these banners. I’ve heard mention of samplers… and the art is beautiful. Images here are by Glyn Dillon, Rob Davis, Luke Pearson, Warwick Johnson Cadwell, John Allison and  Ade Salmon, respectively. The last drawing is prep work by Simon Gane.

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