Slate 24 | 217 x 216mm softcover with flaps | 192 pages | B&W | ISBN978-1-906653-26-2 | £14.99
By Nick Abadzis with introduction by Garth Ennis
The long-awaited collection of Nick Abadzis’ first magnum opus, from the pages of Deadline magazine.
Eighteen years after Hugo Tate drew to a close within the pages of Deadline, the comic’s entire six-year run is finally being collected in a single volume by Blank Slate.
Beginning life in 1988 as an acerbic humour strip featuring an eponymous stick man protagonist living in a figuratively-drawn world, Hugo Tate evolved into an intelligent look into the lives of a complex web of characters stretching from London to New York and beyond.
Described by The comics Journal as “Britain’s Love and Rockets“, this collection includes the critically-acclaimed final story arc O, America!, in which Hugo finds himself on a drug-fueled road trip across the nightmarish underbelly of the United States. Featuring a gallery of rare extras, all-new commentary from Abadzis and Deadline editor Frank Wynne, as well as a special introduction by Garth Ennis, there’s never been a better time to read – or revisit – this genuine modern classic.
Praise for Hugo Tate:
“Britain’s Love and Rockets” – The Comics Journal
“Abadzis’ mastery of the language of comics is so complete that you wonder whether he dreams in sequential panels” - The Sunday Times
“Hugo Tate remains one of the finest stories I’ve ever read, in comics or any other medium” – Garth Ennis, from the introduction
“An ambitious, sprawling work with the sensibility of a modern novel” - Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
“Hugo is a Generation X icon” – ID Magazine
“Wry observation and perceptive characterisation… A small masterpiece” - TimeOut
“An underappreciated work of genius deserving of a wider audience”
- Graeme McMillan, Newsarama