The book features over 50 British comic artists tackling one character's lifetime - from their birth in 1968 to the present day. As the blurb from the Blank Slate press release says:
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.
I was honoured to be asked to be involved and worked on a later year in Nel's life (not sure I can be much more specific than that at this point). It was an interesting process: attempting to be faithful to the story so far, while bringing something of my own to the story and leaving it in a place that allowed the next artist to bring something of their own to it.
It was challenging but I'm extremely proud of my chapter and I'm excited to be part of a book that has the work of so many artists I admire in it. I've not seen the chapters that follow mine but I think I can safely say it'll be a fascinating read. Here's a tiny peek at one of my panels:
Looks like November will be a good month for UK comics as that will also be the month Solipsistic Pop 4 launches. Some of you may have already seen I've announced the line-up and concept for the fourth volume - all the details are over here. The work coming in is looking superb and I can't wait to unveil some of the insane additional material that will come with it. Keep an eye on the website for future announcements and updates.
To celebrate, the first three volumes of Solipsistic Pop are now on sale for the very reasonable price of £10 over at the shop.
While you're there, you can also pick up limited prints of my Icelandic illustration that I had made - a bunch of them have already gone but there's a few left if you have a bit of cash burning a hole in your pocket.
Right then, back to work...