Blank Slate Books


Line Hoven | 96 pages | Softcover with flaps | Black and White | ISBN: 978-1-906653-18-7 | £13.99

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Line Hoven’s first Graphic Novel tells a tale of her family with stories from the past interwoven deftly with those of the present to show how with time and willingness, cultural barriers and prejudice can be overcome, because ‘Love Looks Away’. The story begins with her Hitler Youth grandfather Erich – obsessed with his radio and the music of Mendelssohn, and goes on to show how her own parents overcame cultural and language difficulties to prove nothing is ‘forbidden’ where love is involved. Line Hoven is an illustrator and comic artist; she uses a highly meticulous scraperboard method – using black card and scratching out contrasting white lines, surface areas and filigree textures. Love Looks Away is the author’s first book; it has been translated into Italian, this will be its first appearance in English. She lives and works in Hamburg.

‘Love looks Away’ won the prestigious ICOM award in 2008 as the best Independent German comic.

“Again and again one discovers fine nuances in both content and aesthetics and these compound to make this comic book one of the most interesting German-speaking comic book publication of recent years.”

Matthias Schneider, Goethe-Institut, Stockholm.

“Love Looks Away’, Line Hoven’s first full length comic, is a delight not only because of the powerful, scratchboard images she’s created. The side stepping story of her own American/German family proves the art of the 30 year old’s storytelling. A true discovery.”

Matthias Schmidt, Stern Magazine.


5 Responses to “LOVE LOOKS AWAY”

  1. Graphic Novel » Blog Archiv » Line Hoven in London
    on May 7th, 2014
    @ 10:06 am

    […] Hamburg lebende Line Hoven, deren Buch “Liebe schaut weg” (Reprodukt) unter dem Titel “Love looks away” bei Blank Slate erschienen ist. Durch den Abend führt Kurator Paul […]

  2. European literature night 2014: words, pictures, and wheels | found in translation
    on May 14th, 2014
    @ 8:00 am

    […] Then, the pictures: graphic novels, to tie in with the new BL exhibition Comics Unmasked. The mostly female storytellers range from Spanish surrealism (Max, Bardin the Superrealist), Belgian confrontation with mortality (Judith Vanistendael ,When David Lost His Voice), Czech ethnography (Lucie Lomova, Savages) and German family memories (Line Hoven, Love Looks Away). […]

  3. Blank Slate Books | Line Hoven at the British Library
    on May 21st, 2014
    @ 7:04 pm

    […] Hoven, author of Love looks Away, made a trip from her home in Hamburg to London last week to be part of European Literature Night […]

  4. Comics Unmasked European Literature Night: The Graphic Novelists
    on Jun 13th, 2014
    @ 3:08 pm

    […] up was Line Hoven discussing Love Looks Away which was published in English in 2010. I first came across Hoven in 2010 when I saw her at the festival in Copenhagen, and was […]

  5. Reprodukt-Comics im Ausland | Reprodukt
    on Jun 27th, 2014
    @ 2:29 pm

    […] – “L’amour ferme les yeux” Großbritannien: Blank Slate Books – “Love looks away” Italien: Coconino Press – “L’amore guarda da un’altra […]

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