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our new book!!

The SECRET IS OUT! It's a great moment when the finest talents in British comics come together and creative sparks fly! We have a new book, launching in November!

The book's called Nelson, about the life of a character we collaboratively invented named Nel Baker. Each of us took a year and created a few pages of her life, set in that year. (I got 1973!) So it's Nel's life from 1968 to the present in 260 pages of gorgeous full-colour comics. It's the first time I've made a published comic that isn't only about kids or animals, it's real-life, grown-up stuff. But no less fun, for that.

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It was funny working with my friends as editors, Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix. (Here's Rob's blog post about it.) And my studio mates Ellen Lindner and Gary Northfield took the years just before me, so there was a lot of passing things round the room and Nelson-related banter. Woodrow did WHAT in 1969?! But I thought that was against the rules! Right, then I'm gonna do this.... Actually, the editors were really helpful, they sent me some period reference stuff to help me because, um, I don't remember 1973 in England very well. But I had a lot of fun pestering Gary, saying, could such-and-such have happened in 1973? And I did very useful research, such as watching Made in Dagenham.

One of my panels in Nelson. Sparks! Where will it go?

A fab comics publisher called Blank Slate is publishing it, and all the profits from the first edition will go a homelessness charity called Shelter. You'll recognise a lot of names you've read on my blog in recent years, including DFC chums Jamie Smart (you wouldn't believe HOW FAST he turned out his full-colour pages! Gary, Ellen and I went, wha....?! because he finished before we even started and they looked so fabulous), Simone Lia, Kate Brown, Dave Shelton, Garen Ewing, Faz Choudhury and... well, I could go on and on with the amazing line-up, but you can go read all about Nelson on Blank Slate's blog! (And thanks to illustrator Christopher Sharrock for flagging the new post!)


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May. 6th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm still working on mine. If you were to draw a picture of me right now, you would have to also draw about a thousand beads of sweat flying off my head and speed lines on my elbow and drawing hand.
May. 6th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Draw! Draw! :D Really looking forward to seeing your pages.

Ha ha... once I had a picture book deadline crunch, maybe it was 2004, when London had a record-breaking heatwave and it was 101F. I was having terrible problems with actual drops of sweat rolling down my nose onto the paper! It didn't help that my work desk was in full sun.
May. 6th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Hah! Oh, man! That's rough.

One thing I'm realising just recently is how important adrenaline is to making work. Often, I sit down to my work desk with a sigh, draw, make coffee and sigh again before drawing some more. But if I listen to loud rap music on my headphones, I seem to be able to concentrate and work for longer. Gotta get that blood pumping! Man, it's crazy how much of life is just about keeping the chemicals in your body in balance.
May. 8th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Too true!
May. 6th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Exciting! Welcome to the adult world, beware of strangers in alleys!
May. 6th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
I think there might be some dark alleyways in later years of the book! I've just caught glimpses...
May. 6th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! It looks fantastic and I'm really looking forward to picking it up!
May. 6th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! November seems a long way off, but I'll give another shout when it comes out! :D
May. 6th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Ohh, looks very intriguing. Wish I'd been involved.
Will certainly be on the lookout for it when the time comes.
May. 6th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I'll give a shout!
May. 6th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
I SO want this book right now! :O
May. 6th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Me, too! I think there are still a few people in 2007 or so who are drawing, so I guess we'll have to wait. Exciting, though! ;)
May. 8th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
I won't be getting to mine until July (2004).
May. 8th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oo, good luck with it, Garen! Really looking forward to seeing what you do.
May. 8th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, me too! I haven't seen any of it yet, so look forward to seeing how the story's run so far (especially intrigued by yours, Gary's, and quite a few others!)
May. 7th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
'Nelson' looks amazing, such a cracking idea and an amazing line up! Really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy!
May. 8th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Cheers! Me, too! :)
May. 8th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
Nelson is such a cool idea! Will the life of David Bowie be next? Oh, but someone may have to ask his permission - I forgot.
May. 8th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Nelson
Maybe that's the topic for Seattle's next anthology! :D
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