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  • Published: May 13th, 2011
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A bit of Blank Slate news + Nelson response

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It’s been one week since we announced Nelson and the response has been incredible. I’ve collected all of the press that I can find so feel free to peruse some of the links below.
(And by all means send an email over to if you’ve found an article that I’ve missed.)

Brad Brooks- Ninthart
Negative Zone
Down The Tubes
Comic Bits Online
Birmingham Mail- Speech Balloon
Broken Frontier
Sarah McIntyre
Ellen Lindner
Forbidden Planet Blog
Small Press Big Mouth
Pete Ashton
Jamie Smart
Thought Bubble Festival
Rob Davis
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Bristol Expo (scroll down)

TCAF went very well – Joe Decie managed to sell out of all his copies of The Accidental Salad- hopefully we’ll have some photos from the event soon. (Probably once everyone has recovered from their jet lag)

Some very exciting news from Darryl Cunningham- you can get a glimpse of a story in the sequel to Psychiatric Tales called “Murderer’s Eyes” by visiting his website here.

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The Forbiddne Planet Blog took note of this as well as Comic Book Resources.

And that’s it for this week. Have a lovely weekend-

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  • Published: May 6th, 2011
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We are very excited to share this with you- we have been working on this book with many talented artists since the end of last year.

We introduce you to: Nelson-

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  • Published: May 5th, 2011
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Blank Slate News for this week-

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Again you get your news a bit early this week as we’re off to Toronto for TCAF this weekend.

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If you’re in the area please come join us!
We’ll be debuting these four books at the show:
Luchadoras, The Accidental Salad, Home and Away andThe Band

You can find our table right near the entrance-
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Darryl Cunningham tweeted over the weekend about starting on the sequel to Psychiatric Tales- this is exciting news.

He also delighted us with the Three Avengers-

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Broken Frontier posted a preview for Luchadoras on their site- you can check that out here.

And that’s it for this week- or is it?


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  • Published: Apr 28th, 2011
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Blank Slate News for this week

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As tomorrow most of you will be eating cucumber sandwiches and drinking tea from Will & Kate cups at this hour – you get your Blank Slate news a day early.

As you probably know we’ll be at TCAF next weekend.

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What you may not know is that we’ll be participating in the Comics, Manga & Co. – The New German Comics Culture presentation and exhibit on Thursday May 5th at the Toronto Reference Library.

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You can get full details here- we will be making a quick presentation discussing the German comics that we have published, the ones debuting at TCAF as well as the ones that will be released later this year- talking a bit about the company in general and also making an announcement for a book that we’ve been working on since late last year. So if you’re in the area please join us! It should be a fantastic evening! We’re also really excited that Mawil will be present for this event and the weekend – as well as Joe Decie who will be attending for the release of The Accidental Salad.

Broken Frontier posted an interview on Tuesday with Martin and Judith from Avoid the Future who translated Peggy Adam’s Luchadoras. You can read it here.

Madeleine Flores posted the first 7 pages of her new story/book on her blog – you can check them out here.

Warwick tweeted about the Cartoon Network’s Pinky Malinky- he had done some character work on the show- they’re currently gathering opinions to see if could become a series on the network.

What do you think?

Kenny also posted on his facebook a double page spread from Gungle- Warwick’s book to be released by Blank Slate in March of next year.

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Really lovely stuff!

And that’s it for now- enjoy this second long weekend.


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  • Published: Apr 22nd, 2011
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Blank Slate News

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Just a quick one this week before we rush into a four day weekend. (For the lucky ones)

Kenny posted a scan of the cover for Laurie J Proud’s book of short story comics earlier this week- it’s looking like it’ll have an Aug/September release.

You can see the front here. And the unsettling back here.

The Forbidden Planet Blog did a Director’s Commentary with Oliver East discussing the Elbow music video for “Open Arms”- You can read the whole article here.

I fell in love with a little Madéleine Flores comic this week – check it out here.

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  • Published: Apr 15th, 2011
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This week’s Blank Slate news-

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Hello and Happy Friday-

Quite a bit of news- but let’s kick it off with some videos.

Nigel Auchterlounie posted a video earlier this week of him flipping through his artwork for the new Spleenal book Megg.
(Coming along nicely- can’t wait to see the finished product!)

Oliver East did a video for Elbow’s new single “Open Arms”- you can watch it below-

He’s also been painting mural over the last few weeks and has been documenting his progress on his Flickr account.

Kenny did an interview with discussing challenges faced by independent publishers, the soon to be released Luchadoras and future projects/ releases.

You can read the entire interview here.

Kenny also teased us with a few covers this week-

Here’s the cover (without bar code etc) for the first part of Luke Astorigin’s “Pablo Apple Tree” which is part of the Chalk Marks imprint comics.

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The Forbidden Planet Blog did a little write up about it here.

He also showed us the cover rough for the upcoming Collected Hugo Tate by Nick Abadzis.

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You can read a bit more about this via the Forbidden Planet Blog over here.

It’s also quite important to vote for Bob Etherington and our very own Warwick Johnson Cadwell’s Tag-Team-Tastic before tomorrow- April 16th- to keep this fantastic comic in The Dandy.

You can vote here- just look for this icon:
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You should also check out Warwick’s blog as he’s been drawing DC characters and there’s some real gems!

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That’s it for this week-

Have a great weekend!


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  • Published: Apr 1st, 2011
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This week’s Blank Slate News

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Here we are your Friday re-cap-

Luchadoras has received it’s first review from Paul Gravett.
Though much shorter at 97 ages, Luchadoras is a concise, focussed gem that deserves to sit up there alongside epics like Los Bros Hernandez’ Love & Rockets and Jessica Abel’s La Perdida as another empathic, perceptive portrayal of troubling aspects of contemporary Mexican society.”
You can read the entire review in his May Previews.

Avoid the Future interviewed the lovely Madéleine Flores discussing The Girl and the Gorilla, her process, what we can expect next and her favorite books. You can read the full article here and don’t forget to vote for theStumptown Comics Award.

Darryl Cunningham’s Psychiatric Tales continues it’s long list of reviews- this time from Comics Worth Reading and
And if you haven’t already- have a listen to the recent interview for Inkstuds. Really good stuff.

I forgot to mention before that Nigel Aucterlounie posted a How To- session for The Dandy’s Bogies.

And as it is April Fools today- Please check out Warwick’s “I pity the April Fool”.


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  • Published: Mar 25th, 2011
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This week’s Blank Slate related news-

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Just a quick post directing you to some things that happened this week.

First up- Martin and Judith over at Avoid the Future! have posted a lovely interview with Peggy Adam discussing the soon to be released Luchadoras. They have an interesting relationship with this book as they translated the work- you can read the full article here.

As you may know Blank Slate are going to be attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival May 7-8th- an official announcement has been released on their website (and mailing list) about all the British comics guests. Take a look at that here.

Darryl Cunningham has received another fantastic review of Psychiatric Tales over at The Hungry Reader.

Kenny posted some panels from Nigel Auchterlounie’s upcoming release MEGG via twitter earlier this week. You can see those here, here, and here.

Oliver East has some really nice original art currently for sale in his online store. Definitely worth a look- especially for any Elbow fans.

Warwick posted a particularly amusing Sweary Bear mid-week- you can take a gander via his blog.

And finally, if you haven’t already- please fill in your ballot for The Harvey Awards- The deadline is Monday so time is running out.

Hope you have a lovely weekend-

A bit of news-

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There’s been quite a few Blank Slate mentions this week so I thought I’d direct your attention to some articles.

First up, Madeleine Flores the creator of The Girl and the Gorilla has been nominated for a 2011 Stumptown Comic Arts Award for Best Letterer. You can see the whole list of nominees here.
And you can vote for Madeleine by filling out this ballot.

Don’t forget to keep your Blank Slate favorites from last year in mind for the Reader’s Choice Award where you can vote for up to three favorite comic books from the past year.

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Darryl Cunningham did a short interview with One in Four magazine about his book Psychiatric Tales. You can read the article here or visit our Features section.

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Mawil made a few appearances on the Forbidden Planet International blog recently.
First with this comic about ‘being relaxed’ and then Wednesday with this article about Mawil going 3D.

Finally and definitely not least, we’re gearing up to release Luchadoras at the end of next month.

You can take a look here and you can access the press release and media kit via our new Press section.

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And of course- you can purchase books from all of these artists in our store.


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  • Published: Feb 8th, 2011
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Hello Harvey


I come bearing salutations.

I guess I am what you would call the ‘new kid in town’. You might have heard about a certain ‘Kayla’ already- but if you haven’t, let me introduce myself: I am Kayla and I will be assisting Kenny with the many Blank Slate related duties.

If you’re nosey (which I certainly am) I’ll give ya the goods, a few tidbits about myself. I hail from a tiny bilingual village of 600 people in southern Ontario where I became BFFs with my dial-up internet connection. I earned a degree in both Philosophy and Film at Brock University while writing for the Canadian University Press. After graduation I started to work at Toronto’s finest purveyor of comics The Beguiling where I got in touch with my manga side. There I helped out with many-a-comic event including TCAF and literary festivals. From there I found my way to a business-ey administrative job from which I fled in order to travel. (For further details on this excursion you can visit my webcomic) This adventure of course allowed me to be wooed by the epic overcast skies England provided and decide to move to Manchester, where I currently live with my Adam. (The original man)

There we have it, Hello.

Enough about me, let’s talk about Harvey!

Nominations ballots for the Harvey Awards are online now until March 28th. These awards are extra special as they are the only industry awards selected exclusively by creators. Those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field are the only ones who can vote on these puppies.

So here’s where I decide to ask you a favour when we’ve only just met. (I know, the nerve!)

If you’re a creator and you picked up one of our books that came out last year and enjoyed it- feel free to click on this link and nominate that book or creator.

That would be awesome!

More to come soon-

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