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Felt Mistress goes into Hiber-Nation

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Our Creature Couture stars, Louise Evans and Jonathan Edwards, never stop working. Currently showing at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff between now and 5 January is an all-new exhibition of Felt Mistress magic, called Hiber-Nation.

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On two floors of the Wales Millennium Centre is an installation of new 3D felt, tweed and woollen creature pieces by Felt Mistress, plus the original drawings from which they were derived, in watercolour and pen & ink, by Jonathan Edwards. You can walk in and freely wander around the various creatures and pictures, sit in the foyer and gaze up at the magnificent queen, and then have a latte while you prepare for a face to face meeting with Felt Mistresses’ biggest creation yet, who awaits you next to one of the ground floor entrances – just follow the footprints…

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When you’ve finished cramming your eyes full of the intricate painting of Mr Edwards, it will be time for your other senses to take a turn and get interactive with a hug from a nine foot tall yeti. Who could resist? Just look at how happiness is filling that super talented artist Simon Gane!

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It’s Louise and Jonathan’s first show in their native Wales and it’s been a big hit. BBC Wales loved what they saw and the show also drew raves from Inkygoodness.

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It’s the perfect antidote to those winter blues. Dark days getting you down? We recommend a daytrip to smother your end-of-year ennui beneath the furry arms of a giant yeti. The welsh for “hug” is “cwtsh”. Editor Bridget Hannigan is making the most of her yeti cwtsh moment. Don’t you wish you could? You should!

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Hiber-Nation ends on 5 January. Show details here.

Creature Couture: We Have A Winner!

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This mysterious looking envelope contained the Felt Ticket which was going to enable the lucky recipient to recieve the joy of an original Felt Mistress creation of their very own. It has been waiting for the day when it would fulfill its destiny…

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…and now it has! The opener of the envelope, the lucky, lucky winner and new flatmate of Elspeth Frond, is none other than Donna Spencer, who looks pretty happy with this result! And who wouldn’t be? We think that any body who owns not one but both Tippy variants has to be in the topmost of the toppest FM fans and thus richly deserves the prize. We hope to bring Donna and Elspeth together next week. We’ll let you know how it goes!

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Felt Mistress at Colours May Vary

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We forgot to tell you that we had a great time at the Northern FM:CC launch, courtesy of fab shop Colours May Vary.

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You can see dynamite editor Bridget Hannigan checking out the stock there while the queue for Jonathan’s drawings extends behind her.

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Lots of BSB friends came out to meet and greet Team FM, including comics luminaries Kristyna Baczyinski, Ian Carney and, above, John Allison and Darryl Cunningham deep in conversation.

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Here’s Jonathan sketching. Note the Jelly Belly sodas and the bowl of Jelly Belly jellybeans on the desk, which Woodrow did his best to push on every single person who came within range of his sugary grasp! We’d like to apologise to all the parents whose hyped-up children ran them ragged after the event but it would have been selfish not to share!

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Andy and Becky of CMV queued up to get their personalised copy too. And here’s Becky realising that she’s going to have to say goodbye to Tippy and Demetri at the end of the day. They had to go home with L and J. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us and buy books and drink sodas!

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Thanks once again to Jelly Belly UK for being such great supporters of Felt-based Couturiers and their friends.

Felt Mistress: Creature Couture Hits The North!

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Our dazzling 400-page art book celebrating the work of Louise Evans and Jonathan Edwards has been making some waves since its Foyles debut, but Louise and Jonathan live 200 miles from London and they really wanted to celebrate their book a little closer to home.

So for all of you fans who are proud to live the other end of the country, later this month there will be a launch party for you! We have teamed up with the new, beautifully arranged and curated art & design shop Colours May Vary, in Leeds, to bring you a special Northern Felt Mistress Book Event!
You are invited to meet Felt Mistress on Saturday, 23 February from 2.30pm to 6pm at an in-store event to celebrate the release of  ‘Felt Mistress: Creature Couture’. This will take place at Leeds’ newest and greatest art and design store Colours May Vary, at Munro House, Duke St, Leeds, LS98AG.
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We hope you can join us between 2.30 and 6pm, to meet the team behind this amazing book. Felt Mistress herself, her partner, illustrator and toy designer Jonathan Edwards and the book’s editor and designer Woodrow Phoenix will be hosting an afternoon of creature-based creative celebration, which may include some live chat about the making of the book.
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Various creatures featured in FM:CC, including those shaggy rockers The Furry Mayhem, Demetri the yeti and Goth heartthrob Edwin will be displayed around the shop in their felt majesty. Anyone buying a copy of the book on the day will get a wonderful and unique ‘creaturized’ portrait of themselves drawn by Jonathan. Also available will be limited edition prints by Jonathan Edwards and BSB’s gold vinyl toy of the strangely perky Tippy Winkles!
Early birds also get to sample tasty drinks and jelly beans courtesy of Jelly Belly Sodas. Sound good? See you there!
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Once again: Colours May Vary is on the ground floor of Munro House, Duke St, Leeds, LS98AG – close to the Corn Exchange and the bus station. See a map here. http://www.munro-house.co.uk/getting-here/

FELT MISTRESS AT FOYLES

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Felt Mistress fans! We’ve just been told that there are still a few more spots available at the official launch of FELT MISTRESS: CREATURE COUTURE  at Foyles Charing Cross on Tuesday night!

Near London? Come meet the team behind the book, Louise Evans, Jonathan Edwards and editor Woodrow Phoenix are hosting a night of creature-based fun to celebrate the realise of this 400-page monster artbook. Anyone buying a copy of the book on the night will be able to get a great creature caricature of themselves by Jonathan Edwards. Woodrow will also be chatting to Louise and Jonathan as well as hosting a Q&A with the duo.

Come meet some of the creatures face to face and partake in some glorious refreshments. By order of Felt Mistress’ motley crew of creatures, the good people at Jelly Belly UK are providing their brilliant Gourmet Jelly Belly Soda for the event and Tunnocks will be dropping off a truckload of G’goob’s favourite treats!
All you have to do is reserve a spot on the Foyles website by clicking here! See you there? 

Also, Louise  will be running two workshops at Foyles throughout December. Want to know more? Visit the even page here!

Nelson wins Best Book at the 1st British Comics Awards!

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Last Saturday at The Royal Armouries in Leeds, the first British Comics Awards Ceremony was held, after day one of the Thought Bubble Comic Festival. We are delighted to report that Nelson was voted the Book of The Year!

Editors Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix gave a very short, sharp thank-you speech and although Woodrow tried to prise the trophy out of Rob’s hands, there was no chance of breaking Rob’s iron grip. Congratulations to them and to all of the contributors whose combined efforts made Nelson the triumph that it is.

Blank Slate would like to thank the judges of the BCA for selecting Nelson as winner of the debut award as well as the committee for their original nomination of it. Also, we thank each and every reader and retailer out there for supporting the book; it’s a real honour. Our most sincere hope for the book is that it continues to do what the editors intended, show people the vast and diverse range of talent existing and emerging the UK scene.

And judging by Thought Bubble, that talent just continues to grow and grow. Here’s to  everyone making more great comics in 2013!

Also, be sure to check out Kenny talking about the awards and comics in the UK in general over on the Bookseller website. Does your local bookstore stock comics? Be sure to show them this if not!

 

British Comic Awards: Nominations!

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The British Comic Awards is a brand new initiative to annually celebrate the very best in British comics, aiming to commend and highlight the best stories told by writers and illustrators over the past twelve months. In their own words: “Our awards recognise the finest examples of creativity, ingenuity, skill and originality in sequential storytelling in all genres and formats. We don’t distinguish between printed work and digital, or between published and self-published work; our only criteria is that the creator(s) be from the UK.”

We’re very pleased to report that our books have received three nominations this year.

Nominated in the category of “Best Book” is Blank Slate’s own Nelson, which was also nominated earlier this year for an Eisner Award.

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Nominated in the category of “Best Comic” is The Accidental Salad, by Joe Decie.

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Nominated in the Young People’s Comic Awards is Dinopopulous by Nick Edwards.

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The first annual BCA Ceremony will be held at the Thought Bubble Comic Con, on Saturday 17th November 2012. Nelson editors Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix and Accidental Salad’s Joe Decie will all be in attendance. We’ll let you know what happens!

Exclusive Gold Tippy Revealed (now with added scarf!)

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Here’s a shot of our Blank Slate special edition Golden Tippy, the way he is going to be going out into the world, with his scarf in place. Pretty sharp looking, don’t you think? Our friends at Crazylabel have got him fully dressed now, and very soon he’ll be ready to make the trip from our warehouse to your house!

There will only ever be 250 of these vinyl visions made. Once they’re all gone, that’s it. So to be part of a highly select club order a Golden Tippy of your very own right here along with your copy of Felt Mistress: Creature Couture. Orders will be dispatched to you after December 1.

Feast your eyes on a PDF preview of Felt Mistress: Creature Couture

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We’ve been telling you about our forthcoming monster 400-page tome, you’re itching to see what’s inside that beautiful cover and we’d love to show it to you. Now you can download a massive 56-page PDF that gives you an exclusive advance overview of the wonder that is Felt Mistress: Creature Couture. That’s bigger than the total page-count of some books! But it’s only a fraction of what’s inside our extensive trip through the amazing work of Felt Mistress. We’ve selected chunks from every part of the book to give you a taste of the many and varied styles and collaborations to be found within its dazzling pages.

The PDF preview of Felt Mistress: Creature Couture is a 7mb file, viewable with Adobe Acrobat Reader, or with your Preview app on any Mac, or in your browser. Click here to download it!

When you’ve read it, you can check out the pre-order options here: FM:CC the book  or  FM:CC book + limited edition Golden Tippy Crazylabel vinyl toy set. What vinyl toy is that, you ask? Read more about our very fancy Golden Tippy here.

Felt Mistress: Creature Couture is released December 1st, 2012. Whichever option you choose, remember to order from Blank Slate before December 31st to be eligible to win an original, much coveted Felt Mistress creature! See HERE for details.

Felt Mistress Creature Couture: Golden Tippy!

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It’s here! The very limited edition Golden Tippy Crazylabel vinyl toy!

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As if a fantastic 400-page Felt Mistress book isn’t quite enough for us, Blank Slate has teamed up with the designer vinyl company Crazylabel to bring you yet more amazing and delicious treats! Crazylabel’s previous collaboration with Jonathan Edwards yielded the smash hit Inspector Cumulus figure, and now Crazylabel is producing a vinyl version of the Felt Mistress’ sidekick, Tippy Winkles, for release later this year. As soon as we heard about this, we had an idea: an exclusive Blank Slate variant edition of vinyl Tippy to accompany the release of Felt Mistress: Creature Couture. Woodrow, Jonathan and Louise put their heads together and came up with this: a special Gold Tippy!

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This variant, golden Tippy is 10cm tall with articulated head and arms, and wearing a black scarf (the scarf isn’t pictured here, but we promise he will be wearing one). He is packaged in a variant box designed by Woodrow Phoenix. He is limited to 250 pieces and is only available through Blank Slate when you buy Felt Mistress: Creature Couture.

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Pre-order today: book + limited edition Golden Tippy Crazylabel vinyl toy set. Released December 1st, 2012. Order the book + toy set from Blank Slate before December 31st and be eligible to win an original, much coveted Felt Mistress creature! See HERE* for details.

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