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Eighteen years after Hugo Tate drew to a close within the pages of Deadline, publisher Blank Slate is collecting the comic’s celebrated entire six-year run in a single graphic novel for the first time ever.
Running in the influential music and comics magazine between 1988 and 1994, Hugo Tate appeared alongside titles such as Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin’s Tank Girl and Philip Bond's Wired World. One of the most vital and important eras of UK comics, Hugo was an integral part of a wave of work that redefined the potential of the form for a generation of readers.
Beginning as an acerbic humour strip featuring a stick man protagonist in a figuratively drawn world, Hugo Tate evolved into an intelligent look into the lives of a complex web of characters. Described by The Comics Journal as “Britain’s _Love and Rockets_“, Hugo's world stretched from London to New York and beyond and examining themes of friendship, family, relationships, depression, self-discovery and Generation X malaise.
Collected in its entirety for the first time, this graphic novel brings together every page of the story and includes over 60 pages of never-before reprinted work. Also included is the critically-acclaimed final story arc O, America!, in which Hugo finds himself on a drug-fuelled 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 (Preacher, Hellblazer), there’s never been a better time to read – or revisit – this genuine classic of British comics.
ISBN 978-1-906653-26-2 | 192 pages | 217 x 216mm softcover with flaps, b&w | 192 pages | £14.99