Nick Abadzis kindly drops me a line, clearly rather pleased with some great news – I’m sure a lot of you from a certain comics generation (like me) remember Deadline with fondness. Well I’m delighted to hear that Nick’s long-running Hugo Tate series from those days is finally going to be collected; from Nick’s blog:
“Over the years, I have been asked for this collection, many, many times. It’s taken a long time to get together, for which I apologise to all those patient readers and fans of Deadline out there. I’ve been working on it, on and off, for years, digitizing and restoring the artwork. (Note to self: never use zip-a-tone again. It shrinks with age.) But this is to let the faithful out there know that the Hugo Tate book really is on its way. It’s going to be published by Blank Slate, an imprint whose output I’ve been really enjoying in the past couple of years. ”
(a page from the Hugo Tate story Sacred Ground by and (c) Nick Abadzis)
This is going to make a lot of folks happy, not least our own atom-powered reviewing machine Richard who only a few weeks ago was writing about Hugo Tate and just why we really needed a decent collection of it. Truly they do indeed sometimes serve those who stand and wait. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more of this further down the line, so don’t touch that dial.