Nordguard is a graphic novel series by Blotch. The first volume is titled Across Thin Ice.
- Across Thin Ice: Set in an alternate-universe version of the Arctic North in late autumn 1903, a professional rescue organization known as Nordguard, responsible for rescuing and delivering first aid to travellers caught in the extremes of the White North, receives a dispatch from the mines of Tartok. Nordguard sends a team to the mines, but the team becomes caught in the middle of a world-changing intrigue over a substance unearthed at Tartok.
- Under Dark Skies: The second volume, to be released in 2013, continues from the previous novel.
Nordguard: The Card Game is a game based on the first Nordguard graphic novel. Limited-run editions, a standard and an expanded deluxe edition, were released at Anthrocon 2012. A 2nd printing of the card game was released 2012 November.
Core Nordguard team
- Pi: female leader of the Nordguard team. Ambitious and head-strong daughter of a Midwestern lawman.
- London: Point-dog for the team, several years older than Pi. Born and raised in the wilderness, but cautious to a fault. Trained Pi when she joined Nordguard, but never offered a team leadership of his own.
- Nickel: Happy-go-lucky yet caring Scout for the group. Born to a well-off family, but left the high life for the northern wilderness.
- Geri: Brutish Wheel-Dog for the group. The twin brother to Freki, both hail from Thule and were welcomed by Pi into the group.
- Freki: Shy, soft-spoken wheel-dog for the group. Twin sister to Geri.
Military corpspersons in team
- Lt. James McKay: Medic for the team.
- Oleg Kutakov: Ranking Corps member, included on the mission to Tartok.
Jim DeVries of IGN rated Across Thin Ice 8.0 out of 10, signifying "Great". He calls it "exciting, funny and one of the best-drawn indie books I've ever seen." At Flayrah, Fred Patten called it "very satisfactory first installment of a tense thriller which is bound to enhance Garman’s & Gavet’s already-stellar reputation." Shaun Noordin, columnist for Malaysian tabloid The Star, praised the book for its artwork and story.
Awards and nominations
In 2012, BlackTeagan was named as one of five nominees for the 2012 Russ Manning Award, in recognition of her penciling of Across Thin Ice. The award, targeted toward newcomer comic book artists whose professional works have appeared within the previous two years, is to be awarded to its winner at the Eisner Award ceremony during Comic-Con International. This is her first personal nomination for an award.
Nordguard: The Card Game was nominated for the 2012 Ursa Major Award for Game of the Year.
- Anthrocon Is Coming! Part #2 — Stuff To Buy 2012 June 7 post to Sofawolf Press LiveJournal. Retrieved 2013 January 7.
- Nordguard Card Game: New and Improved! 2012 November 6 post to Sofawolf Press LiveJournal. Retrieved 2013 January 7.
- Jim DeVries July 27, 2011. Nordguard Book One: Across Thin Ice Review. IGN.
- Fred Patten 28 Jul 2011 - 16:38. Review: 'Nordguard: Across Thin Ice', by Tess Garman & Teagan Gavet. Flayrah.
- Shaun A. Noordin July 20, 2012. An adventure story starring talking animals. The Star.
- Comic-Con International Announces 2012 Manning Award Nominees. Comic-Con International (June 21, 2012).
- Rakuen Growlithe Thu 21 Jun 2012 - 11:55. Blotch penciller BlackTeagan up for Russ Manning Award. Flayrah.