Author: Oliver East
Design & Publication: Blank Slate

Publication Date: April 2010
Format: Hardback (216mm x 154mm)
Perfect Bound
Printing: Lithograph
Category: Graphic Novel

ISBN: 9781906653071


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~ • Synopsis • ~

The concluding part of Oliver East’s loosely connected Train Tracks Trilogy. This collaborative graphic novel takes in a 70 mile walk from Berlin’s Alexanderplatz to Frankfurt (Oder) on the Polish border. East speaks no German, has only a rudimentary map, and endeavours to stay as close to the train line as possible without tresspassing.

Oliver East is an artist and author currently living in Manchester. He has exhibited in New York, Vancouver, London and Edinburgh. Previous publications include: Trains Are… Mint (Ignatz Prize nominee) Take Me Back to Manchester, The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn, Swear Down and Proper Go Well High. His artwork adorned the Mercury Music Award winning LP – The Seldom Seen Kid.


~ • Praise For Berlin and That and Oliver East • ~

“The pleasure here is not to be found in the bigger picture, but in the tiny moments and the privileged glimpses they may contain.”
Teddy Jamieson – Glasgow Herald

“Oliver East is one of the truly unique voices to have emerged on the British comics scene over the last decade.”
Andy Oliver – Broken Frontier

“Rather than recreate it all in my hand, which I thought would look rubbish, I decided to ask a few friends to fill in these spaces on my pages,” says Oliver. “I started with Stuart Kolakovic, a fantastic illustrator friend of mine, and it snowballed really quickly from that to getting someone to do one page each, which meant another 51 artists.”
Sarah Walters – CityLife.co.uk

“…From memory the journey is then documented with each A3 page being exquisitely rendered in ink and watercolour, recording the mundane and ordinary, the beautiful and extraordinary.”
International 3

“Oliver East’s Trains are…Mint is one of the most intriguing, complicated, difficult, strange and altogether wonderful books I have read in a long, long time.”
Richard Bruton – Forbidden Planet

“The illumination of ordinary, perhaps mundane subjects is the mark of a gifted artist or designer. Manchester-based artist Oliver East is one such artist who has, through the healthy embrace of sideways thinking and seizing the moment when inspiration strikes, has managed to do exactly that.”
Aesthetic Trust

“Oli has a unique art style, as he came to comics from fine art and without knowing the conventions of comics has created his own language. At times difficult but always memorable these are comics stretching the enevelope of the artform.”
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