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!)