Pages by Kate Brown, Suzy Varty, Simone Lia, Simon Gane, Dan McDaid, Philippa Rice and Will Morris. There are also pages in Nelson by WJC, Duncan Fegredo, Rob Davis, Roger Langridge, Woodrow Phoenix, John McNaught (you know his work for Nobrow, right?), Luke Pearson, Sean Phillips, Philip Bond, Carol Swaine, Dave Taylor, Hunt Emerson, and many, many more (including many, many women) but you have to read the book to see those. And everyone’s work is damn good, making, in all, something very special.
With Nelson, there will be, like there is in UK comics, something for everybody. Not a compromise, not a design by committee, but far from that. The term ‘exquisite corpse’, used to describe a story made in relay, such as this is, had the right word all along. Exquisite.
Note on 07.11.11 (I’m just adding some more pages): These, in my opinion are non-spoilery images chosen to give an idea of the texture of Nelson, as much as anything. It is perhaps the best work yet of Kate Brown (this is just a taste) and I really like Simon Gane’s narrative work- it is so effortless to read, yet you find yourself sticking around to look more anyway. Half the artists, I had some familiarity with their work, half not. Nelson is a brilliant jumping on point for finding the work of an artist you love. And I’ll say this, as a person, Suzy Varty is brilliant- I will post the Juno this UK comics legend drew for me after the upcoming Thought Bubble festival, where all these artists (including Suzy) will be in attendance.
Thank you very much to Martin at Blank Slate for providing these images and to Kenny, Woodrow and Rob for being OK with me posting them. A couple of days on I’m still thinking about Nelson and know I’ll be reading it again. If you buy it, buy for durability, it is not a one time read.