Blank Slate have 5 new books out right now, just in time for Thought Bubble at the weekend…. which works out quite nicely to a preview a day… isn’t it nice when things work out like that?
First up, a book I’m hugely excited to read, based purely on reading the first ten or so pages and flicking through the next fifty or so……. except right now life is doing everything it can to throw obstacles in my path……
Hector Umbra, by Uli Oesterle:
Munich, present day. Master DJ Osaka Best has disappeared, mysteriously vanishing in a flash of blinding light during the climax of his set at Robot Mitchum nightclub. Enter, Hector Umbra—Osaka’s best friend and artist-turned-detective—to solve the mystery of a lifetime.
61 hours, seven packs of cigarettes and countless phone calls later, Hector springs into action, turning over every dirty stone in Munich on the hunt for the displaced DJ. It soon transpires that all is not as it seems, and our hard-boiled painterly protagonist finds himself embroiled in a plot involving religious freaks, villainous Elvis impersonators, aliens and even the dead themselves.
The first of German creator Uli Oesterle’s long-form works to appear in English,Hector Umbra combines sci-fi, occult, noir and culbland influences in one explosive narrative. With a visual style reminiscent of Mike Mignola, English-speaking readers of all varieties are sure to fall in love with Oesterle’s work.
Uli Oesterle is a comic artist and illustrator based in Munich. Known for his work with publishers including Dark House and Germany’s Carlsen, his powerful and distinctive illustration had made him well-known throughout European comics. Much of the inspiration for Uli’s work comes from Munich’s night-life, and in 1994 he co-founded the collective “Die Artillerie” within the city—now one of the most famous illustration studios in Germany.
And then it just gets weirder and weirder and weirder….. quite brilliantly so…. and the mystery and the threats come from all sides…
Go on, tell me that didn’t look incredible, I dare you.
For the final word, here’s noted Mignola-phile Mark Kardwell quoted on the back cover….
“Hellboy and John Constantine, meet Hector Umbra. He’s got a cooler record collection than either of you.”