Nelson edited by Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix: Review

Nelson by Rob Davis & Woodrow Phoenix

Nelson edited by Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix


Nelson tells the incredible real-life story of Nel Baker, from her birth in 1968 through to July 2011. It concentrates on a single day of her life from every year. Nelson follows her ups and downs as she attempts to come to terms with the death of her twin and strives to break the norm.


The below image is only a snapshot of the beauty in between the covers of Nelson. This graphic novel is truly unique as it’s been created by 54 of the UK’s top comic book artists. Each of them gives their unique style to a year in Nel’s life. This idea was the brainchild of Rob Davis. He was so impressed by the talent at last years Thought Bubble festival that he was inspired to bring as many people as he could together to make this amazing graphic novel.



Page from Nelson - 1992





One of the things I adored about Nelson is how many historical and cultural events have been packed into Nel’s life. It manages to include the moon landing, 9/11 and the bringing down of the Berlin wall, just to name a few. (Also, I especially enjoyed the comparison of The Spice Girls to the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.)


You may wonder how the continuity of a graphic novel manages to flow when the artistic styles are constantly changing. This is another testament to the talent of the artists and editors involved; the characters and the story don’t even begin to waver. Follow Nel through being the ‘weird kid’ at school to a wannabe teenage anarchist and up to that point where you are expected to know what you want from life. I think everyone can relate to the stages and situations that arise. Although you may be stunned by each different artist’s style, it never detracts from the story itself.


As I am sure you can tell already, I adored Nelson. The characters, the styles and the idea itself are all great. What’s even better? All the proceeds from the first 4,000 copies go the charity Shelter. If I had to recommend one graphic novel for gifting this season, this would most definitely be it. An absolute indie masterpiece.


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