Thursday, 18 July 2013



Our like minded friends at Blank Slate have provided us with 
two new titles from their NEW BRITISH COMICS initiative.
This imprint is dedicated to providing a showcase for the cream of exciting new talent
that resides upon our currently scorching country.
Nice size slim hardcovers at the frankly irresistible price point of £9!
New talent at a bargain price to boot!

Donya Todd | 48pp | Hardcover | Black & White
Meet the Nubian Sisters: Betsy, Bunny and Batstone. A hangover is the least of their problems after a tequila-fuelled night in the Mexican desert leads to Betsy having a threesome with an anthropomorphic washing machine and Death himself. Love-struck, the grim reaper decides that he wants Betsy’s fleshy pink hand in marriage, and is willing to chase her to the ends of the Earth for it. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Betsy’s woes are magnified when she finds out that she’s pregnant with Ol’ Washy’s child!
Riding ponies, hotwired donkeys and magic bikes across an hallucinogenic landscape, the girls find themselves everywhere from haunted swamps to outdoor supermarkets and face-to-face with a cast of freaky friends and foes that include naked cowboys, Polynesian princesses and omnipotent deities with venereal problems. More “vomit and profanity” than “sugar and spice”, join the Nubian Sisters as they leave a trail of destruction and exhausted lovers in their wake.
Donya Todd bursts onto the UK comics scene with this tale of debauchery, insanity and sexual escapades. Known for her surreal artwork that draws upon macabre influences, she brings all of that with tipped-brow to Mexican folk-art. 

Playing Out - Jim Medway

By Jim Medway  |  48 page hardcover  |  b & w  | 
It’s the Summer holidays in Manchester and Kieran, Jamal and Connor are doing what any self-respecting kids would do on a Saturday: killing time by walking around the city centre. Aimlessly exploring the shops, the trio find themselves window-shopping for trainers, hunting for money in pay- phones, drooling over the older girls from their school and traveling to the top of the multi-story car park just to see the view.
A kid’s-eye perspective of life, Playing Out is for all of us who fondly remember weekends spent marauding with no money and precious few responsibilities. As the boys travel around, the real story is told not by what they are doing, but through the conversations and interactions they have along the way. Disgruntled shopkeepers distrust them on principle, local goths become the subject of both their ridicule and secret awe and off-duty teachers blow their minds by—shock horror—having a life outside of school too.

“Jim Medway is something of a social anthropologist; an ob- server of urban teen culture and the rites and customs of Man- chester youth…”
– Sue Hubbard, The Independent
Medway belongs to a great tradition of romantic Northern satirists; he has a beautifully nuanced command of his mate- rials and subject matter, and a warmth that’s often absent in contemporary culture.
– Neil Mulholland, The Scotsman

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