It's getting cold outside isn't it? It's the time of year where we all worry about our own heating bills, then spare a thought for elderly relatives who might be struggling in cold houses with only a meagre pension to get by on.
Then, some kind souls spare a further thought for the homeless, who are trying to find a way to stay warm in the face of the elements themselves. The charity Shelter does great work in trying to help such unfortunate people. Christmas is especially hard for people on the streets.
This winter, Blank Slate Books has published Nelson, a 260 page full colour graphic novel featuring 54 UK comic creators who have joined forces to create a single story, documenting the life of one character, year by year from 1968 to present day. All the publisher profits from the first 4000 copies of Nelson will go to Shelter and I'm matching this by donating 100% of Proud Lion's gross profits from the sale of each copy of this graphic novel as well.
This is a unique and wonderful book - even if it wasn't for a worthwhile cause I'd urge you to add a copy to your collection. But since it is for Shelter, please, please pick one up today.
Below is an eight page preview of Nelson, put together by the publisher. Alternatively you can download the preview ashcan as a pdf here.
Ben Fardon would like to remind friends that he is only buying Christmas presents for family this year. Instead of buying for friends, he will be making a significant personal donation to Shelter. If you'd like to buy him something, why not buy a copy of Nelson (from anywhere!) and add your support. Many thanks.