Joe Decie | 40 pages | 285 x 211mm softcover with flaps | B&W | ISBN 9781906653491 | Chalk Mark 1 | £5.99
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Life seen through a lens of thought provoking absurdism.
Chalk Marks was Blank Slate’s line of large format comics, presenting a space for new UK comic artists to produce their first commercial works.
In this first issue Joe Decie gives us his beautifully ink washed stories of the apparently everyday, with a twist in the tail. Ever wonder what the portent of that eyeless Bart Simpson doll at the boot sale was? Or how demons can possess your pictures during scanning? Joe reveals all. Joe Decie’s work has long been featured on Top Shelf 2.0.
“Read one of Joe Decie’s comics and you’ll ﬁnd they don’t demand you to keep reading so much as politely ask if you wouldn’t mind continuing, perhaps you’d also like this next one as well. The fact that they’re charmingly drawn and full of understated humour and sensitivity makes it all the harder not to keep reading, and liking them.”
– Jeffrey Brown, author Clumsy and Little Things
“… always love the way Joe blends the suburban with the surreal. Even with the wilder strips there is a strong foundation of truth and honesty – something every writer should strive for”
-Ian Carney, EMMY award-winning writer of Shaun the Sheep
“Do you know about Joe Decie? I do! His (comics are) G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S., all ink washes and chunky nib lines. I love them, & the way he shows little portions of his life is really tasteful, true to life without ever being dull.”
– Dustin Harbin, author of Dharbin! webcomic