#NYCC18 LIKE YOU WERE THERE! (sans the con crud)
TOP TEN COUNTDOWN from BCHQ! w/ the dreaded CRUD-O-METER!
with Ron Wimberly, artist/writer of Prince of Cats and the Ellen Stewart story in FEMME MAGNIFIQUE.
CRUD-O-METER: 0/0, Day One of show and no crud in sight!
IDW Booth Bon Vivants Trisha, Andrea and Anita.
EUTHANAUTS artist Nick Robles in Artists Alley showing off his sketchbook.
CRUD-O-METER: post coffee, 8/10
FEMME MAGNIFIQUE signing part I: Friday Night Fanfest! From near to far: Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer of the Hillary Rodham Clinton story, Kieron Gillen, writer of the Bjork story, Tee Franklin, writer of the Michelle Obama story, Dan Parent, writer/artist of the Marlo Thomas story, Alison Sampson, artist of the Beth Ditto story, Jill Thompson, writer/artist of the title page illustration.
CRUD METER: 6/10 first sneeze
#NYCC18 EXCLUSIVE: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bookplate illustration by Jill Thompson! Bonus images!
CRUD-O- METER: 9/10 feeling Notorious
Jill Thompson raises a glass to RBG at the Hourglass Tavern, my favorite NYC restaurant.
CRUD-O- METER: 4/10, first cough
With Shawn Martinbrough (R), artist of a trio of spot illustrations in FEMME MAGNIFIQUE and Living art legend Bill Sienkiewicz, variant cover artist of LODGER #1, the neo noir series by The Laphams.
CRUD-O- METER: 5/10 w/comics vitamin boost to follow:
LOOK! It’s a live showing of the first copies in print! Double Shot bonus! In stores on 10/24
SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL! St. Mark’s Comics hosts BLACK CROWN’s 1st Anniversary Signing Party.
Behind the table from L to R: Megan Hutchison, writer/artist on Ada Lovelace story for FEMME MAGNIFIQUE,
Alison Sampson, artist of Beth Ditto story for FM, Peter Milligan, writer of KID LOBOTOMY, Gabriel Rodriguez,
artist of Locke & Key and the upcoming HOUSE AMOK #5 variant cover and honorary patron of the Black Crown Pub.
CRUD-O- METER: 4.5/10 the cough brigade begins
The amazing St. Mark’s Comics staff dressed to impress -- just a few of the evening’s cosplayers.
CRUD-O- METER: 3/10 trying my best to not act pale and sickly
The winner of the BLACK CROWN Cosplay Contest is Aynsley who came dressed as HQ!
10/10 for originality!
CRUD-O-METER: 1/10, think fast! there must be a cure up there!
Mission Accomplished! Party with #therulingclass
CRUD-O-METER: -6.5/10 GAME OVER!
Join us next week for our regularly scheduled art and alchemy assault! Until then…Bring on the Meds!
BONUS: Voted best re-enactment from a comic book. Prop bottle of French champagne not included in the price of a copy of ASSASSNISTAS by Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez from BLACK CROWN.
This week’s Happy Hour has been usurped by Chuck Varnish, notorious letter hack of the “Last Shout!" letters column in the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY. With the imminent release of the BCQ #4 next Wednesday, October 3, it seemed fitting to allow Chuck one final takeover, since his letter column was edited out of said pending publication due to obscene remarks and unbecoming photographs. Without further ado, here’s Chuck, a week since he was “LIVE AT LEEDS” for the THOUGHT BUBBLE convention.
‘ello mates! Chuck here!
A year ago the Black Crown Massive arrived at Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival in a sweep of rock ‘n’ roll swagger to toast the launch of new cool curated comic-book goodness. And toast we did. Much so. Having forgiven our hangovers, and delivered on our promise of graphic excellence, it’s time to raise a glass again to future fabulousness in lovely Leeds, capital of one of the Yorkshires.
Leeds is rightly lauded as the birthplace of Black Crown mascot band CUD, and bassist/‘Rich & Strange’ co-writer Will Potter can be found attaching a plaque to the Town Hall to claim said fact. Warming up for the weekend in the nominated hotel bar, ‘Punks Not Dead’ pilots Martin Simmonds and David Barnett are spilling their shandies and sharing glimpses of their lavishly packaged Volume One to all and sundry. Sans serif star letterer Aditya Bidikar has flown over from Mumbai specially to claim back the tenner I owe him. Leah Moore is keeping order and taking orders from a safe distance.
What I love about Merry Olde England is that I never have to show my fake ID to get liquor here, despite my juvenile manner. And cider is alcoholic. Like, now you tell me, after pint six. Having wetted our whistles, as I’m told they say, the BLACK CROWN Family raise our glasses to absent Bonds and credit cards across the Atlantic. Merry happy returns!
Don’t miss next week’s Happy Hour live from NEW YORK COMICON! And keep your eye on @blackcrownhq to follow Shelly Bond’s exploits at the show!
Happy Friday, Ladies and Gents! Last week’s attempt to crush the Supercrash — wait for it — crashed and burned. But no fear! We are prepared for the long haul in assembling the beast that is the BLACK CROWN OMNIBUS and have exactly what we need to combat the DEADLINE APOCALYPSE!
Of course this means it’s more show than say at this week’s Happy Hour!
BCHQ Week In Review! 9.21.18
If you’re in the SoCal area don’t forget we’ll be representing at the Orange County Public Library’s 2nd Annual Comic-Con tomorrow, Saturday, September 22 from 11-4. We’ll have copies of FEMME MAGNIFIQUE: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed The World and celebrities available for your signing needs. Plus FREE SWAG!
See you next week for another round at your favorite local for the finest in comics + convivial times.
BCHQ: Week in Review:
The week before a large volume of work is due ATP (At The Printer) is most invigorating. It requires nimble fingers and little sleep. This period of crunch time in publishing is officially known as “The Supercrash.” In preparation for this illustrious event, I started the work week last weekend. I needed to clear the decks so I could focus on the beast that is the BLACK CROWN OMNIBUS, the super bumper compendium of the quarterlies, first issues from the debut titles and bonus features.
I hit the office by 1:00 after tap aerobics to start working on ballooning drafts for EUTHANAUTS #4 and HOUSE AMOK #3. It’s critical to get ahead of schedule before a Supercrash so you can maintain focus on the monster at large.
Accidentally/or not slept until noon and dedicated the first half hour to selfies with my guitar hero because if you’re going to work on weekends…
Soundtrack: The Clash (natch!)
Spent most of the day on marketing and promotional efforts for the next launches: FEMME MAGNIFIQUE signing arrangements for the 2nd Annual Orange Public Library Comicon on Saturday, September 22 from 11-4 with writers Cecil Castellucci, Christina Rice and Corinna Bechko and artist Philip Bond (presuming he survives the Supercrash). Continued preplanning for New York Comicon and procuring LODGER pull quotes from industry elite. Lest we forget: vinyl stickers at the printers waiting to be cut.
Finalized the bookmap with Publication Designer Philip Bond for the BCO, Black Crown Omnibus. Flowing a book that’s over 200 pages is exactly like paginating a 20-page story: it’s just a much longer reading experience or a symphony. You have to trust your gut and make sure there’s a rhythm to the mass of pages; a stylistic balance with sections divided up in a way that’s at once compulsive and easy on the eye. In addition to collecting most of the material from the four BLACK CROWN QUARTERLIES, Philip suggested we consider it “A Year in Review” which was genius. It’s also important to us as editors and readers that we make it a different reading experience for those ardent fans who already have copies of the BCQ. So orchestrating a spate of bonus material and behind-the-scenes process and trade secrets is essential.
Annotated creator commentary implemented. The BC coterie was all in when we decided to do a “director’s track” for the first issues of our launch titles: KID LOBOTOMY, ASSASSINISTAS and PUNKS NOT DEAD.
From Theory to Revolution
Compiled a timeline from Spring 2016 through present day to show how you can pull off anything that means the world to you, like crafting a comic book imprint with art + alchemy, opulence + madness. Put the right people together, find a few partners-in-crime (note: you do not need to be married to them but it doesn’t hurt), expect the world to notice.
Pull a "best of" selection of pictures. Play loud.
Publication designer/General Dogsbody (his term of choice) Philip Bond starts assembling the book and designing the text sections. We make PDFs of our Creators’ Commentary and send to proofreader Arlene Lo.
BONUS NEWS: KID LOBOTOMY will be published in Spanish thanks to our partners Hidra and Medusa Comics. Look for it next month.
Sleep All Day! Haha! Finish editing the Definite article features down to make the “Street Dynamics” section easy to understand (not my forte).
Note to bartender: Make mine a single!
Drop by next week for another Happy Hour for post-Supercrash convivial times at blackcrown.pub and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @blackcrownhq!
WEEK IN REVIEW AT BCHQ! 9.7.18
It was Labor Day in the states but plenty of us continued our heavy-lifting! Edited two scripts for a mystery project! Our Permanent Collection party is just getting started.
And over the weekend I received the first copy proof of this neon beauty! Can’t wait until it lands in your lap.
Right now it’s scheduled for a 10/30 in store date but if you’re headed to THOUGHT BUBBLE in Leeds in two weeks, I have it on good authority that both writer David Barnett and artist Martin Simmonds will have advance copies for sale at their humble table.
Kinda counts as a double Monday when a public holiday falls on a Monday…for some! But the arrival of two variant covers by two of my favorite artists this week made the days a lot brighter in high contrast black and white. Here's a peek at part of the cover B for EUTHANAUTS #5 by Marley Zarcone.
Here's a section of inks from the cover B to HOUSE AMOK #5 by Gabriel Rodriguez.
LODGER #1 by David and Maria Lapham is at the printer as we speak but so much of the day was spent procuring pull quotes about the first issue from industry friends who owe me favors — or everyone else on earth who considers Stray Bullets compulsory reading. This was my absolute favorite: “The Laphams continue to wipe the crime fiction floor in comics and otherwise with my face in LODGER.” Wait, it’s still legit for the editor to write her own pull quote for said publication, is it not?
Reviewing final layouts by Nick Robles on EUTHANAUTS #4 is an extreme delight. The kid is innately gifted. His work —especially scenes in the DeathSpace — continues to blow me away. Since issue #2, Nick’s linework has been exquisitely colored by Eva de la Cruz.
The feedback on HOUSE AMOK’s debut and FEMME MAGNIFIQUE has been tremendous! Thanks for the support and please continue to spread the word on social media and post your FEMME MAGNIFIQUE reviews on amazon.com so we can continue to empower the masses!
Stop by next week for our exciting New York Comic Con details + many more convivial times at your favorite comics destination for art + alchemy, opulence + chaos.
Ah, Labor Day (slaps back)...a time when we reward ourselves for the 24/7 work-a-holic lifestyle that one relishes in this comics life…
In honor of the pending 3-day holiday weekend, or Bank holiday to you Brit lot, let’s do a deep-dive into:
BCHQ WEEK IN REVIEW!
Wherein we try our best to prove that we’re worth our weight in platinum bullion!
It’s an Editor’s Essential: The Monthly Cover Wall AKA the way to ensure you’re exhibiting the best in arresting art, content and design. From the top down, it’s an easy way to assess variation from month to month, from subject matter to figure size to color value. No editorial office should exist without it.
We’re starting to lock down our NEW YORK COMIC-CON plans…super stoked to celebrate our FIRST ANNIVERSARY in the Empire State. Will there be a FEMME MAGNIFIQUE signing event? Will there be new projects announced? Will I be bringing some vinyl stickers to sweeten your swag collection? Only one way to find out…
TRIPLE THREAT JACKPOT WEDNESDAY
#NCBD was a blast this week when we learned that the FEMME MAGNIFIQUE paperback shipped a week early, heralding 3 new BLACK CROWN offerings at a comic shop near you.
You’ll note that the 240-page paperback sports a new wraparound cover with French flaps—
--16 bonus pages with bonus content that reveals the secret history of the Kickstarter original hardcover—
-- plus development sketches by Marguerite Savauge and Shawn McManus, a process section with writer/artist Jim Rugg--
--and so much more than just 50 short stories by your favorite writers and artists!
Look, everyone, it’s EUTHANAUTS #2! BLACK CROWN Publication Designer/General Dogsbody Philip Bond went out in the wild to our
#LCBS for this auspicious triple release day.
HOUSE AMOK #1 was all but sold out at House of Secrets in Burbank.
We put together a hilarious interview with David and Maria Lapham to run with an advance preview of LODGER in all the BLACK CROWN books coming out in October. Here’s a peek at how these two operate:
HOUSE AMOK #5 variant cover by Locke & Key and Sword of Ages Artist extraordinaire Gabriel Rodriguez!
Finally, a treat for putting up with the heat at the end of the season: Check out the free SUMMER SCORCHER preview where you’ll find that our ice cold comics machine will keep you sated throughout the rest of the year with the art + alchemy you’ve come to expect from #therulingclass.
Happy Labor Day weekend and don’t forget to grab a periodical with that cocktail and read comics!
In honor of his (our sources tell us) Mid-Century Modern Birthday this week, today’s Happy Hour is sponsored by ROB DAVIS, writer and artist of the famed lead feature TALES FROM THE BLACK CROWN PUB. Here’s Rob outside the Black Crown from the legendary BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #1 cover.
When you make it up to the bar, remember to triple your order because tonight’s top shelf spirits are on ROB, a generous, true British gent!
BLACK CROWN HQ WEEK IN REVIEW
Since we put two books to bed last week, this week was a welcome reprieve to kick back…and catch up on the other books!
We spent lots of time working on ads and the back cover design and back matter for the upcoming LODGER series by David and Maria Lapham.
#NCBD next Wednesday, August 29 is a TRIPLE THREAT and we deliver BIG!
HOUSE AMOK #1debuts and EUTHANAUTS #2 is also in stores.
In BONUS NEWS: FEMME MAGNIFIQUE: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed The World shipped a week early so you can also find it next Wednesday at your local comic shop.
In other news, we’re coming up on BLACK CROWN’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY in OCTOBER so we’re putting extra care into the special features in the BLACK CROWN OMNIBUS which will be a massive tome — part “Year in Review,” part “Best Of The BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY" and part [watch this space].
Don’t forget to order far too many drinks at the bar and drop by again next week for far more convivial times right here at blackcrown.pub — and with any luck, Rob Davis will post a hangover cure for everyone who indulged in his honour.
WEEK IN REVIEW AT BLACK CROWN HQ!
Monday feels like ages ago! Two books were prepped to head to the printer which meant triple duty for everyone at Team BLACK CROWN.
The cover Bs for these issues are even more exceptional than usual so I thought I’d excerpt them here.
EUTHANAUTS #3 cover B is by Cara McGee (Dodge City).
HOUSE AMOK #2 cover B is by Caitlin Yarsky (Coyotes).
We’re excited to announce that FEMME MAGNFIQUE will be joining the festivities at The Orange Public Library’s Second Annual Comic-Con so if you’re in the SoCal area on September 22 from 11-4, please stop by!
Writers Cecil Castellucci, Corrina Bechko, and Christina Rice, and artist Philip Bond will join me at the show.
Giveaways and copies of the trade paperback will be available!
EUTHANAUTS #2 is in stores later this month but for those of you who can’t wait, here’s a look at a few choice panels.
EUTHANAUTS is written by Tini Howard with art by Nick Robles and color
by Eva de la Cruz.
HEY, BOOTS! Yes, it’s a CUD song so I’m obliged to run another panel from CUD: Rich And Strange from the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #4: A Compendium of Comics + Culture + CUD. Art by Philip Bond. Glitter by Lee Loughridge. Body by Carl Puttnam.
But I really wanted to show you guys these incredible New Order “Power, Corruption and Lies” Doc Martens from a limited run. And yes, I missed the window…but how cool. Maybe one day we can convince them to do BLACK CROWN comic book covers on boots…and creepers...
Finally! There’s a $ALE to end all others going on right now at Comixology! Single issues of your favorite BLACK CROWN series like KID LOBOTOMY, ASSASSINISTAS, EUTHANAUTS #1 and PUNKS NOT DEAD are only 99 cents (or 69 pence for you Brits!)
And there’s a crazy discount on the KID LOBOTOMY TPB: 152 pages for only $3.99! Don’t miss out!
See you here next week for more convivial times. And please spread the good word on social media about us! @blackcrownhq Built to last, the ruling class!
August 10th, 2018
First week of August already…unbelievable! Of course we’re in the midst of deadline hell so it’s been a week long dance party at HQ.
HIGHTLIGHTS OF OUR SUPERLATIVE LABOR BELOW:
BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY#4 takes the gold medal but is shaping up to be a stunner!
Wraparound cover by PHILIP BOND with LEE LOUGHRIDGE on color. The latter guy is a regular at West Coast punk shows which explains the amazing lighting.
BCQ #4 contents includes: the final chapter of the rise and fall and rise of the CUD band starring geriatrics Carl and Will.
And writer/artist ROB DAVIS is back with the royal conclusion to the regular pub lead feature.
BEAT SURRENDER features two entries from the year 1994. Conspiracy or Coincidence?
A slice of each below. See if you can guess the goods.
Music features heavily (always?!) in this issue including a HEY, AMATEUR on how to rock barre chords with art by Katie Skelly.
EUTHANAUTS#1 by Tini Howard and Nick Robles continues to garner great press and is close to selling out. Here’s a peek at issue #2.
Issue #1 of HOUSE AMOK is coming at you at the end of the month. Here’s the variant cover by Tony Sandoval with interior art by the mighty Shawn McManus.
See you back here next week for more art + alchemy + convivial times!
August 3rd, 2018
A new feature begins:
BCHQ WEEK IN REVIEW!
While you were basking and blistering in the hot sun, here’s what we’ve done:
PUNKS NOT DEAD: vol. 1 TEENAGE KICKS
We’re so lucky that IDW has such high standards when it comes to the production values of comics and allows us to print with TriVision, one of the most esteemed printers in the world. The rub: They’re based in Korea so we need to turn in the files for print months before you hold a comic in your trembling hands.
Here’s some of the PND design pages concocted by BLACK CROWN general dogsbody/publication designer Philip Bond!
Tini Howard and Nick Robles’ EUTHANAUTS gets rave reviews! In an effort to push for a first-issue sellout (we’re so close I can taste it!) in my off hours (see 2 am to 4 am), I compiled the pull quotes and enlisted our fantastic inhouse designer Jack Rivera to come up with a template so we can blast these recommendations out to the masses. Our very own social media coordinator Andrea Palasi gets props for making sure you’re seeing the final goods. Here’s a sample:
The ASSASSINISTAS TPB made its debut in comic shops on Wednesday. The response has been tremendous.
Here’s a picture of Tini and Gilbert at the San Diego Comic-con smiling for the camera when they should be signing advance copies.
HOUSE AMOK is our next debut at The Crown and it’s all hands on deck. Shawn McManus’ art continues to make my eyeballs ache in all the best ways. His inking is a masterclass in textures, page balance and nonverbals. If you don’t believe me see below.
You will love this series with every atom. But remember: this is a family that lights out on a cross-country killing spree driven by conspiracy theories, secret implants and Slippermen. Or we can pretend that they’ve put the FUN in dysfunction. Either way, tell your retailer it’s one for your collection as the final order cutoff is Monday.
Working with the Laphams on LODGER, the newest addition to the BLACK CROWN lineup, is a supreme blast. We just finished up the first ad and there are three scripts, two covers and the full first issue in. David and Maria are serious pros. They mean business. You have no idea what’s coming for you this October but here’s a favorite panel to pique your interest.
Gotta get back to the regularly scheduled Friday routine. Before you go, check out our amazing SDCC booth graphic — a gigantic reproduction of the BLACK CROWN SUMMER SCORCHER wraparound cover which was our convention giveaway this year at SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON. We’ll post the 8-page preview here in the near future for those of you who couldn’t make it to the show. At the time this photo was taken, I was almost late for the IDW BIG NEWS PANEL, wherein I spilled the secret of the year about The Lapham’s new noir series LODGER coming to BLACK CROWN. I was honestly hoping someone would notice the character from the series hiding in plain sight right behind me in this picture…wearing the striped shirt…We seem to have a similar penchant for shirts…among other things like caked mascara...
See you here again next week for more convivial times and visual kicks! Stay cool as the long, hot summer continues to sizzle at BLACK CROWN #therulingclass
July 13th, 2018
Greetings from BLACK CROWN HQ, where this week, the printer is in a “Forever Jam" setting
(not that JAM but #NowPlaying ETON RIFLES).
T-MINUS 6 DAYS!
In honor of the pending chaos of SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2018, we dedicate this week’s HAPPY HOUR to BLACK CROWN’S next series debut, EUTHANAUTS!
Unless you’ve been chosen as a tether and you’ve been sucked up into the DeathSpace (TM Howard + Robles), you know this series hits next Wednesday, July 18 — just in time for Preview Night at Comic-Con! If you happen to be at the show, please stop by the IDW BOOTH #2743.
Co-creator/writer TINI HOWARD will be there to sign your copies at the following times:
PREVIEW NIGHT! Wednesday, July 18 from 7:00 - 8:00
Thursday, July 19 from 6:00 - 7:00 with co-creator/artist extraordinaire GILBERT HERNANDEZ of ASSASSINISTAS fame!
Bring your single issues of the 6-issue series but don’t be surprised if we have a few advance copies of the ASSASSINISTAS trade paperback on hand for your viewing pleasure!
In the spirit of the best things in life are free, here’s a preview of EUTHANAUTS and a Q & A to follow with Tini!
3 UP WITH TINI HOWARDTHE SPACE SUITS ARE EPIC! PLEASE ELABORATE!
The best way to describe them is that they’re a manifestation of the boundaries of ego. Or if you’ve seen The Matrix, similar to a “residual self image.” Only the purpose of the suit is to maintain the barriers that delineate YOU from the star stuff that is EVERYTHING ELSE.
They’re different because everyone is different. Mercy [above right] is a seeker, her suit is science and medicine and lilies and empowering herself with those limitations. She’s like an arrow, a single point directed forward. Thalia is a circle, a dome, a contained person who feels safest with rules and thick, heavy padding. She’s more static.
Indigo we will see later. He’s our spiral. The dance of life and death. But I don’t want to spoil his beautiful guts for you. ;)
WHY CO-CREATE WITH ARTIST NICK ROBLES?
God, who wouldn’t want to work with Nick? As a person and an artist, Nick has incredible quiet power and depth to him. He opens up the book and makes it something more. The first time I read a physical copy of the first issue, I was struck by how I physically turned and lifted it. Nick will change the way you flip pages.
WHY SO BLOODY MORBID?
Death is the only certainty, so let’s embrace it. Cancel the concept of “morbid,” and embrace the term “death positive.”
EUTHANAUTS is in stores next Wednesday, July 18.
ALSO FREE AT SDCC: BLACK CROWN’S SUMMER SCORCHER!
See you next Friday LIVE from San Diego Comic-Con!
July 6th, 2018
Today’s Happy Hour By Number includes:
The Heat Index at BLACK CROWN HQ, Los Angeles.
IDW’s Booth Number at SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON (which begins in 12 days…just sayin’...)
Be there for the latest in BLACK CROWN superior swag! This FREE handout guarantees a crackling reading experience — guaranteed to chill you to the core!
AND NOW...by the book to beat the heat:
Wednesday marked the final issue of ASSASSINISTAS by TINI HOWARD + GILBERT HERNANDEZ! Major thanks to the fans, retailers and reviewers for the tremendous support!
Shoutouts to Jarrod from DOOMROCKET:
"ASSASSINISTAS: Heart, history, family, ferocity and, at its center, an iguana" http://disq.us/t/341mmbf
And Kate from MULTIVERSITY COMICS:
"Mission executed superbly. We'll miss you Octavia, Dominic, Charlotte, Roz, and even Carlos and his waffle van."
PUNKS NOT DEAD: TEENAGE KICKS by DAVID BARNETT + MARTIN SIMMONDS concludes on Wednesday July 18! Look for the screaming green Retailer Incentive Cover by Simmonds.
SAN DIEGO 2018 #NCBD marks the debut of EUTHANAUTS by TINI HOWARD + NICK ROBLES.
If you’re at the convention please stop by to meet Tini and get her to sign your copy!
See you next week for even cooler convivial times!
June 29th, 2018
Get ready for the happiest hour of all, because we’ve got another complete short story from the upcoming Femme Magnifique collection to ease the nerves and stimulate the mind.
Take a trip beyond the exosphere and into to the vacuum of space with “Sally Ride,” written by young adult novelist, comic writer, director,and indy rockstar Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl and The Plain Janes), and drawn by none other than Philip Bond (artist extraordinaire and Black Crown's favorite in-house designer).
There are 50 stories of incredible women waiting for you in Femme Magnifique this September.
"Femme Magnifique shines a light on the amazing things that women have been doing across all fields and at all times. It’s a must-have for every bookshelf and every library because it tackles those women you know and the women who you want to know. " -- Cecil Castellucci
(Photos of author Cecil Castellucci in the Johnson Space Center aboard the space shuttle and hanging out with a robot!)
The Diamond Code for Femme Magnifique is JUN180738
. You can order it from your local retailer TODAY!
You can also Pre-Order it from Amazon here Femme Magnifique: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed The World
June 22nd, 2018
Prepare for mayhem with today’s Happy Hour here at the Black Crown Pub, because the inimitable Shelly Bond is at ALA in New Orleans and she’s left the keys to the Pub with ME, associate editor Chase Marotz. Before I crawl behind the bar to avail myself of the gin (no top shelf stuff, I swear, boss), I’m thrilled to share with you a very special preview of Femme Magnifique, a book we’re sending to print today that you’ll be able to hold in your hands come September.
Created by a who’s who of industry veterans, rising stars, and indie neophytes, Femme Magnifique collects 50 stories about women whose impact on the world cannot be ignored. It’s massively entertaining, and in the humble opinion of this associate, an important book that everyone should read.
To whet your appetite for the book (before I wet your whistles with the drinks – Adi, you’ve got this round covered, right?), we proudly present “Standing in the Way of Control,” written by Leah Moore, with art by Alison Sampson and colors by Irma Kniivila. Enjoy!
In addition to her story in Femme Magnifique, Leah has contributed to the Black Crown Quarterly with both a “Hey, Amateur!” feature as well as “Man, Myth & Magic,” featured here two weeks ago. She’s also written incredible stories, many with her partner, John Reppion, for publishers including DC Comics, 2000AD, and Top Cow. Now she needs our help.
Leah recently suffered a serious brain injury that’s kept her from working, and her friend Andrew O’Neill has started a crowdfunding page to get her and her family through the next few months while she recovers (https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/leahandjohn
). If you like Leah’s work, you like comics, or you like being a good person in general, please check it out. In an industry where so many people often operate on such thin margins, anything helps. Everyone here at the Black Crown Pub thanks you in advance.
That’s all for this week. Bond is back next week, so I’ll be returning to my usual duties of doing dishes, lugging kegs, and making sure the urinal cakes are freshly baked (only the best for you, my dear patrons).
See you then!
June 15th, 2018
Busy Happy Hour celebrations today as we also wish skateboarding legend CINDY WHITEHEAD (girlisnota4letterword.com) an absolutely EPIC birthday! In Cindy's honor we’re running the first HEY, AMATEUR! that Cindy wrote for us. Also, while we’re feeling generous, you’ll see part of the regular lead feature from the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #1, “Tales from the Black Crown Pub,” by comics auteur ROB DAVIS, who also illustrated the amazing wraparound cover (coincidence? I think not!).
Enjoy at your own risk!
June 8th, 2018
Due to overwhelming demands (and scorching hot deadlines), here’s another free short story! From the BLACK QUARTERLY #3, it’s “Man, Myth & Magic,” or, as I like to call it, “Comme des Gorgons” by LEAH MOORE and DILRAJ MANN!
PERFORMANCE! ART! This sumptuous spring selection of regular shorts, new works, and sublime interviews includes “Tales From the Black Crown Pub” by Rob Davis; “Cud: Rich & Strange” by Potter, Puttnam, and Bond (which follows the rise and fall and rise of the greatest British band you’ve never heard of but can’t live without); “Swell Maps,” “Canonball Comics,” and “Beat Surrender.” Plus, more “House Amok” by Christopher Sebela and Shawn McManus; and “Hey, Amateur!—How to Spot a Galaxy” by Emmeline Pidgen. Find out where the bodies are buried beneath the cross street of Canon and Great Yarn a la “The Great Ghost Walking Tour” by Tini Howard and Philip Bond. And finally: a new feature involving a raygun, a live mic, and pure pandemonium (a la Rashomon) begins!
June 1st, 2018Today’s Happy Hour is devoted to a sneak peek of the latest issue of Black Crown Quarterly. Get a behind the scenes look at Ghost - Walk With Me, Canon Street by Torchlight, a short story by Tini Howard, Philip Bond & Eva de la Cruz. Black Crown Quarterly #3 is available now at your local comic shop.
>May 25th, 2018
Today’s Happy Hour is devoted to singer/songwriter/musician extraordinaire Paul Weller in honour of his birthday.
For the uninitiated, see below and put THE JAM, THE STYLE COUNCIL and PAUL WELLER on #HeavyRotation as we take a tour around BLACK CROWN HQ and show off the latest.
WIP BY THE BOOK:
KID LOBOTOMY: A LAD INSANE signing went very well at London’s Orbital Comics starring creator/writer PETER MILLIGAN. (Raygun not included.)
ASSASSINISTAS Trade Paperback End paper design.
HOUSE AMOK promo materials
EUTHANUATS by Tini Howard + Nick Robles! Coming Soon!
Join us next week for more fun and fab tunes!
May 18th, 2018
This cocktail appears regularly on demand in TALES FROM THE BLACK CROWN PUB by Rob Davis in the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY.
In honor of the comic shop debut of KID LOBOTOMY: A LAD INSANE next Wednesday, May 23, self-appointed General Dogsbody and Publication Designer PHILIP BOND inspects the merchandise.
And birthday cake is in the cards for EUTHANAUTS co-creator/artist NICK ROBLES...
...who celebrated his debut on planet earth yesterday.
Here’s an except from the EUTHANAUTS #1 script by Tini Howard.
Here’s part of the page as realized by artist Nick Robles.
See you next week for more convivial times! We leave you with a reminder that if you’re in London next Wednesday, May 23, don’t forget to stop by ORBITAL from 6 - 7:30 to get
co-creator/writer Peter Milligan to sign your cockroach — or your copy of the KID LOBOTOMY: A LAD INSANE trade or your guitar!
May 11th, 2017
Today’s edition of Happy Hour might be a bit Zzzzzzzz because JETLAG!
We attended Portsmouth UK Comic-con last weekend in the beautiful Guildhall.
And what a show!
First time convention for this south coast port city and it was quite the packed, family-friendly event!
There was sweet swag to be had at the table and the Black Crown panel.
The CUD band was spotted having a lively, secret discussion in a backstage dressing room…
Here’s Bassist Will and friend out and about by day…
And Carl and friends by night.
PUNKS NOT DEAD writer David Barnett and Carl’s wife Megan discuss the state of comics over pints...
There were His ’n’ Her CUD space baby tattoos…
…and KILLER KID COSPLAY! It was a convention highlight to meet the Ottla and Kid, the true blue supporters of the Crown!
A reminder that the KID LOBOTOMY: A LAD INSANE TPB can be in your hands in a mere 12 days!
And if you’re lucky enough to be in London, you won’t want to miss the signing at Orbital! Click HERE
for the event link!
The entire Portsmouth Comic-con staff deserves much praise for an epic weekend convention!
Be here next week for more convivial times featuring steak ’n’ ale pie with peas and chunky chips!
His ’n’ her crisps!
candy bars for every mood!
And one for the road back to BLACK CROWN HQ!
May 4th, 2018
Today’s Happy Hour is coming to you live from a proper pub in the UK. Watch our Instagram
feeds for celebrity drunks and old punks as we take Portsmouth Con by storm! In lieu of a chalkboard:
Greetings from LAX! Can’t wait to take flight to Portsmouth Comic Con w/ Philip Bond on behalf of IDW Publishing and their amazing curation operation, Black Crown!
Black Crown is on the ground! And we brought blue skies from Los Angeles to the UK! See you soon Portsmouth Comic Con!
Set up starts at 3. Jetlag: Continuous! 11 hours from L.A. to Portsmouth Comic Con. Super psyched to be here with the secret weapon of Black Crown. The one and only Philip Bond.
Another sunny day in Portsmouth! Look for posts & pics all weekend from Portsmouth Comic Con when Black Crown sets up shop! #noassemblyrequired
The Setup Portsmouth Comic Con In Artists Alley w/ artist/logo designer/general dogsbody Philip Bond for Black Crown.
Banner Graphics! Come find us at Portsmouth Comic Con all weekend!
April 27, 2018
Happy Friday from BLACK CROWN HQ! Before you start throwing drinks at me, I’ll apologize in advance for a short post. Blame THE JET SETI’m in the throes of preparing for the first ever PORTSMOUTH CONVENTION next weekend!
If you’re in the area, do stop by. The honorable artist/designer/general dogsbody (his descriptive, not mine!) Philip Bond and I will be taking to the high skies and spending next weekend basking in the bright company of the comics community!
We’ll have a booth! We’ll have a live update next Friday right here with special guest posts! I’ll be doing portfolio review on Saturday and Sunday.
I’ll be moderating two panels on Sunday. At 1:00 don’t miss diversity in comics with fan-favorite artists including ALISON SAMPSON and SHAWN MARTINBROUGH! I’ll have a copy of FEMME MAGNIFIQUE, that Kickstarter sensation, in hand as both artists contributed to that anthology that salutes 50 Women Who Changed The World. And exclusive info revealed about the softcover volume of the book of the same name that will be published in September through BLACK CROWN thanks to IDW.
The BLACK CROWN panel will be held on Sunday at 3:00 with the PUNKS NOT DEAD duo David Barnett and Martin Simmonds, Philip Bond and a special surprise guest. Our very own Chuck Varnish, who runs the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY letters page, LAST SHOUT, will reveal his true identity on stage. Ladies: This could be ugly. Bring tomatoes. Gentlemen: Bring smelling salts, you’re likely to pass out. Most important: We’ll have fab swag, giveaways and funs times!
KID LOBOTOMY: A LAD INSANE
Although I haven’t received my comp copies yet, our esteemed assistant editor Chase sent me proof from the IDW Mothership. For all you Portsmouth convention goers, if the stars align, I may have a few copies for giveaways at the panel…cross your toes!
ASSASSINISTAS is in the homestretch as we speak. Here’s a peek at a favorite panel from issue #6.
And since we’re declaring our love for champagne this week, here’s my favorite panel of Octavia from ASSASSINISTAS #1.
On the PUNKS NOT DEAD front, here’s a panel from the issue that inspired the cocktail special. Check out the benday dots and the undulating champagne wave, compliments of artist/colorist Martin Simmonds and flatter/colorist Dee Cunniffe.
See you all live at the Portsmouth Show next Friday for Happy Hour in the UK with the CUD Band & Bigfoot!!!
Greetings, fellow comics + Bowie enthusiasts! I’m raiding my personal photo archives to give you nothing but rockstars and rayguns today!
Let’s start with my screensaver.
This is a shot outside the TASCHEN GALLERY in Los Angeles during the fall of 2016 when the original MICK ROCK exhibit was proudly displayed.
That kid? He’s now taller than me…
Interior layout of the TASCHEN GALLERY for the MICK ROCK exhibit.
A favorite MICK ROCK shot of all time! Bowie as Halloween Jack, for Diamond Dogs,1973/4.
A few pics from EMERALD CITY COMIC CON…uh, what?
The EUTHANAUTS team of writer TINI HOWARD [left] and artist NICK ROBLES [right] met up for the first time — just in time for the traveling MICK ROCK BOWIE Exhibit at Seattle’s famed MOPOP Museum. The monkey in the middle —
— tried to make off with the lightning bolt shaped cushion… #EPICFAIL
In navigator form, the EUTHANAUTS character INDIGO HANOVER — INDI for short — has a Bowiesque disposition.
Sticking with the Bowie motif [see raygun], KID LOBOTOMY: A LAD INSANE arrives in comic shops on May 23 and in bookstores on June 19.
The original schematic of the raygun designed by PJ BOND can be found in the backmatter section of the trade — just in time for convention season cosplay.
Here’s a brief How-To: Tear it out or color copy the image. Draw lines with a Shapie for an easy trimming guide. Mount with glue stick onto cardboard or foam core. Cut on dotted lines.
Grab a pair of op art gloves. Point and shoot!
Join us next week for more sneak peeks and updates! Image below by the inimitable Brian Duffy!
April 13th, 2018
Lucky for some...LUCKY FOR YOU!
THIS JUST IN: The esteemed BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #3, our spring edition, will be in stores ONE WEEK EARLY — Wednesday, April 18.
To honor this event on the near horizon, here are 13 REASONS WHY You Should Check It Out (CUD shirt not included):
COVER ARTIST DILRAJ MANN
writer/artist of the highly lauded Dalston Monsterzz, Dilraj is the real deal. See what graffiti lurks beneath the logo when you hang the center-spread poster of his wraparound cover on your bedroom wall.
BASEMENT REVELATIONS in addition to empty beer barrels in “Tales from the Black Crown Pub” by ROB DAVIS.
HEY, AMATEUR! Up in the sky…by EMMELINE PIDGEN.
GHOST-WALK through Canon Street with TINI HOWARD & PHILIP BOND
DEATH DEFYING! EUTHANAUTS preview by TINI HOWARD & NICK ROBLES
4 CHAMBERS from CARL of the CUD band!
INTERVIEW WITH A GOTH by a LEGIT journalist (No, it’s not me on either front I swear…)
LEAH MOORE DOUBLE FEATURE!
INTERIOR ARTIST DILRAJ MANN
Gorgons wearing fishnets espouse big ideas in "Canonball Comics.” Did I mention he’s the real deal?
ELECTRIC LOGO DESIGN by PND artist Martin Simmonds! See the shop interior!
EXCLUSIVE PUNKS NOT DEAD short (back)story! MAJOR 80s hangover expected in PRETTY IN PUNK! by David Barnett & Martin Simmonds
SPOT VARNISH LOGO TREATMENT! It’s blinding! (Note: Mod sunglasses not included.)
HALF ASLEEP IN CUD PAJAMAS? Find out whether it’s boxers or briefs for the CUD band in “Last Shout!”
Also on schedule for next Wednesday, April 18 for #NCBD:
Cover A by the incomparable Martin Simmonds!
Cover B by the astounding ANNIE WU!
Cover A by BETO & Lazy Susan!
Cover B by retro-glam giantess Paulina Ganucheau!
See you next week for more convivial times!
April 6, 2018
While the bosses are busy at the C2E2 convention in Chicago, the kids of BLACK CROWN do the unthinkable: THEY TAKE OVER THE BLOODY BAR! MEET THE MIDGET FELONS!
NAME: Kid Lobotomy
PRIORS: Drawing imaginary friends, falling in love with a shapeshifting Czech Chambermaid
CONVICTIONS: Kafka obsession, performing unlicensed lobotomies
LAST SEEN: Walking away from The Suites hotel on Canon Street in KID LOBOTOMY #6
LAST HEARD: Humming The Smiths' How Soon Is Now?
STORY: by Milligan & Fowler
NAME: Molly & Bess, Ghost Girls
PRIORS: Playing astronauts in the dryer at The Suites hotel
CONVICTIONS: Of kindness, trying to save Kid from the evils of his dysfunctional family
LAST SEEN: Playing astronauts in the dryer at The Suites hotel
LAST HEARD: The Clash & Gordon Lightfoot on heavy rotation
STORY: KID LOBOTOMY by Milligan & Fowler
NAME: Feargal “Fergie” Ferguson
PRIORS: Being a geek, picking his zits
CONVICTIONS: Being a good son to his mum and best friend to the ghost of a dead punk
LAST SEEN: At “Last Foot in the Rave” with hundreds of geriatrics at the site of the old Wigan Casino in PND #3
LAST HEARD: Sex Pistols but not by choice
STORY: PUNKS NOT DEAD by Barnett & Simmonds
NAME: Kyler Costa
PRIORS: Allergic to everything, whiny, looks 5 but acts 3
CONVICTIONS: Pain in the butt, experiencing high levels of sugar shock
LAST SEEN: Kidnapped in ASSASSINISTAS #3
LAST HEARD: Whining or crying
STORY: ASSASSINISTAS by Howard & Hernandez
NAME: Dominic Price
PRIORS: Being an adorable baby
CONVICTIONS: Staying adorable, conscientious, devoted to his boyfriend
LAST SEEN: At target practice with his mom, the assassin
LAST HEARD: Hitting his marks, arguing with mom in ASSASSINISTAS #3
STORY: ASSASSINISTAS by Howard & Hernandez
NAME: Will Potter (second from L), Carl Puttnam (second from R)
PRIORS: Tiny Rockstars on the path to Rich And Strange
CONVICTIONS: Badass beats on bass guitar, sublime lyrics and '70s threads
LAST SEEN: Causing mischief at the Dying Embers Funeral Home off Canon Street
LAST HEARD: Belting deep, euphonious tones despite lyrics that claim he's limited by his vocal range
STORY: CUD: Rich And Strange in the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #3 by Potter, Puttnam & Bond
PRIORS: Sitting at the bar, playing with his cards, hiding from social services
CONVICTIONS: Knowing the exact time at all times in every world time zone
LAST SEEN: In the basement of the Black Crown Pub
LAST HEARD: Announcing the current time in Sao Paulo
STORY: TALES FROM THE BLACK CROWN PUB, BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #2 by Rob Davis
NAME: Dylan Sandifer
PRIORS: Fraternal twin with very neat handwriting
CONVICTIONS: Writing in a notebook, aiding/abetting family on killing spree to thwart
LAST SEEN: Hanging out the window of a converted school bus/RV on a cross-country road trip
LAST HEARD: Telling a story while walking their dogs in the woods with her twin Ollie
STORY: HOUSE AMOK by Sebela & McManus debuts in August
NAME: Tini Howard
PRIORS: Thinks about death a lot
CONVICTIONS: Writing comics like ASSASSINISTAS and Hack/Slash Resurrection
LAST SEEN: Writing a comic about this mortal coil, what lies above and beyond
LAST HEARD: Siouxie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins
STORY: EUTHANAUTS by Howard & Robles debuts in JULY, interview feature in the
BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #3 in stores 4.25
Join us next week for more 4-color fun and frolics at blackcrown.pub and follow us @blackcrownhq #therulingclass