Welcome to the
BLACK CROWN PUB
March 16, 2018
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, we salute The Mighty Merry Mister Milligan and his KID, as in LOBOTOMY, aka O’Milligan***. Confused yet? Join the queue.
***O’Milligan = Son of Milligan
Here’s a panel from each of the BLACK CROWN series that sports a certain shade of green.
This unlettered page from issue #6, the final chapter of KID LOBOTOMY: A LAD INSANE, is in stores next Wednesday, March 21. Art by Tess Fowler. Color by Lee Loughridge.
Below: Raygun Schematic design by Philip Bond, a son of a gun, but not the son of Milligan.
ASSASSINISTAS #4 cover by Gilbert Hernandez with color by Rob Davis stars Blood Diamond and her pet iguana, Lazy Susan. Written by Tini Howard.
PUNKS NOT DEAD #2 hits stores next Wednesday, March 21! By David Barnett and Martin Simmonds. Cover by Simmonds.
EUTHANAUTS main characters L to R: Thalia Rosewood next to her Soul Atrium suit.Mercy Wolfe next to her Wrath Lily suit. Art by Nick Robles. Written by Tini Howard. Coming in July!
HOUSE AMOK debuts in August with a summer vacation you’ll never forget. Written by Christopher Sebela and illustrated by Shawn McManus. Cover by McManus.
See you next week from WONDERCON, Anaheim’s famed convention, wherein we’ll stalk celebrities like Gilbert and Natalia Hernandez and attend secret meetings with comics innovators!
Plus: Don’t miss our BLACK CROWN PANEL takes place on Friday, March 23 from 4:30 – 5:30 in room 213AB. For now, have far too many convivial times at your local Irish pub!
March 9, 2018
This edition of blackcrown.pub is dedicated to CHRIS RYALL, a great boss to all of us at The Crown. May he continue to drink Guinness wherever he lands. (He’s currently on a plane to some exotic locale).
For those of you who don’t believe me, take a close look at the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #1.
Now go closer. That pint glass is filled to the brim. Art by Rob Davis.
The drinks this week are on Publicity Manager Steven Scott, who also departs IDW for other orbits in the comics world.
Cheers — and more beers, please! Hand model: Philip J. Bond.
Thanks to all the fans and creatives who made EMERALD CITY COMICS CON my absolute favorite stateside convention.
Far too much fun was had — especially meeting up as the official Team EUTHANAUTS for the big summer announcement.
Left to right on location at a “convention interlude” at the David Bowie/Mick Rock Exhibit at Seattle’s Mo Pop Museum: writer Tini Howard, some Bowie fan, artist Nick Robles.
Bowie on an old tele.
Note to self: If you ever get drunk enough to get a tattoo, it can only be this one.
Bowie on giant screen from the “Life on Mars” video.
Tini Howard live on the SYFYwire Twitch stage was effervescent as ever.
On the BLACK CROWN HQ work front, there wasn’t a moment’s rest post ECCC. The BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #3 was due to the printer on Wednesday. Cover by Dilraj Mann.
Here are a few interior work-in-progress highlights: GHOST-WALK WITH ME, written by Tini Howard, illustrated by Philip Bond, colored by Eva de la Cruz and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.
PRETTY IN PUNK, an exclusive PUNKS NOT DEAD short story, by David Barnett and Martin Simmonds.
That’s all we have time for in this week’s Happy Hour at THE BLACK CROWN PUB. Stop by next Friday for more convivial times and adventures in story, art & design!
I leave you with an insanely cool logo designed by PND artist Martin Simmonds.
And a BLACK CROWN: THE RULING CLASS video with compliments to Steven Scott for the unbridled irreverence!
March 2, 2018
One year ago, we broke the news about BLACK CROWN with these guys. Stage Left: Graeme from THR and Jarrod from DoomRocket. One year later a pub reunion was in order.
Graeme dressed to impressed with an outfit to match ASSASSINISTAS #3, in stores next Wednesday, March 7. Comic book from Black Crown. Logo and pants color 100% yellow, 5% magenta. Brand of pants: unknown.
Meanwhile, outside the convention center…
Artist Nick Robles was last seen working hard at his table. His first BLACK CROWN work is the cover to KID LOBOTOMY #6. His next BLACK CROWN work…? Come to the BLACK CROWN: THE RULING CLASS panel today at 6:30 and you might find out.
PUNKS NOT DEAD co-creator/artist Martin Simmonds and tablemate Mike Garley hardly working. Find out why PND is alive & kicking at the Black Crown panel today at 6:30 in TCCL3
Meanwhile outside Barneys New York Seattle…
Swag will be had at today’s panel! And follow us here throughout the weekend for more pics + antics from your favorite band of comic book miscreants!
February 23rd, 2018
Thanks to all the fans who picked up issue #1 of PUNKS NOT DEAD and all the reviewers
who raved and made PND a 5-star, ink-studded debut!
It was a busy week at BCHQ. Lots of moving pieces but we were able to get the imprint’s
first trade paperback, KID LOBOTOMY: A LAD INSANE, to the printer. Here’s a glimpse
if the back cover –
ASSASSINISTAS #4 also made its way to Korea to hit the press. A few highlights below
include a favorite panel by co-creator/artist GILBERT HERNANDEZ —
— and a retro cool retailer incentive cover by Paulina Ganucheau complete with a glittery
rainbow grad logo.
BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #3 is being assembled as we speak & the CANONBALL
COMICS feature is going to make you mental! In a good way — if you like gorgons…
Next week is EMERALD CITY COMIC CON and the start of the second leg of BLACK
CROWN’S Comics + Chaos Tour! Be there to find out what’s next on deck from
And while I’m sporting flannel in Seattle, this website will be taken over by one of the
characters from PND. You’ve been warned.
February 16th, 2018
In honor of next Wednesday’s debut of PUNKS NOT DEAD,
it’s a complete and utter PND takeover!
Here’s what they’ve said about PUNKS NOT DEAD:
PND writer David Barnett posted a superb thread on Twitter about how to find/buy PUNKS NOT DEAD for your non-comics reading friends and relatives.
It was such a helpful piece of information that I’ve decided to post it here for your friends and my relatives:
Here’s an art blast by the inimitable illustrator
MARTIN SIMMONDS from issue #2:
In case you forgot, the first issue of PND
with the neon hit can be yours next WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21!
Here’s the Retailer Incentive Cover for issue #2 which I need to confess is now my absolute favorite comic book cover of all time!
And finally, because you demanded it: A superior interior
design update from the new BLACK CROWN Los Angeles HQ:
Don’t forget to keep coming back to blackcrown.pub
every Friday for Happy Hour at 4 PST/midnite UTC.
Convivial times for one and all!
February 9th, 2018
Welcome to the Pleasure Dome, the new BLACK CROWN HQ!
I had hope to show off some superior interior design this week but found myself mired in deadlines!
So next week, with any luck, you’ll see some serious writing and art on the walls of my humble comics abode.
Meanwhile, here’s what’s new by the book:
KID LOBOTOMY #6 is on its way to the printer and we’re already putting the trade paperback together.
Here’s a favorite panel from the final issue of the A LAD INSANE arc.
Art by Tess Fowler. Color by Lee Loughridge. Lettering by Aditya Bidikar. Script by the mighty Milligan.
ASSASSINISTAS #4 is well on its way to being your favorite issue to date.
Here are a few panels of Octavia in action. Art by Beto!
PUNKS NOT DEAD gets its official comics debut on Wednesday, February 21!
Here’s a peek at a favorite panel from the series.
Art by Martin Simmonds.
The BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #3 is in the works.
Cara McGee’s spot illustrations for SWELL MAPS,
written by Cathi Unsworth, are a regular highlight.
The Newcastle feature stars this iconic art school glam+glitter rock duo!
Finally, we announced that BLACK CROWN will be releasing a softcover edition of that
Kickstarter sensation, FEMME MAGNIFIQUE. Available in September, the anthology that
salutes 50 female trailblazers by over 100 of comics finest talents boasts a new cover
designed by Philip Bond with french flaps!
More details can be found here thanks to PASTE: CLICK HERE
See you next week with more office shots, updates from your favorite BLACK CROWN
titles and customary convivial times for one and all!
February 2, 2018
Today’s Happy Hour salute goes to JIM RUGG of Street Angel fame
who celebrated a birthday yesterday and illustrated the variant cover for
In other news, today PASTE announced the release of BLACK CROWN’s
softcover version of that Kickstarter sensation, FEMME MAGNIFIQUE!
Check out the details HERE.
Here’s a page from Jim Rugg’s FEMME MAGNIFIQUE
salute to Skateboard Hall of Famer Cindy Whitehead!
Yesterday was moving day for BLACK CROWN HQ
to a brand-new Los Angeles location. Expect superior interior
design pics very soon. For now…
Don’t be shy! Write down your complaints, compliments, cocktail recipes and cake
concoctions! Send a scan or an e-mail to our letters pages! (press club pen compliments
of Santa Bond)
PUNKS NOT DEAD! email@example.com
BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY! firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s to many more convivial times on the horizon at blackcrown.pub
January 26, 2018
We dedicate this edition of Happy Hour to Mark E. Smith of THE FALL, a punk poet
provocateur of DIY, deconstructionism and musical chairs (see revolving band members).
To celebrate the one-and-only winter’s edge comics compendium, here’s a panel from
each of the main features in the BCQ #2, hitting your LCBS next Wednesday, January 31:
TALES FROM THE BLACK CROWN PUB
CUD: RICH AND STRANGE
GRIDLOCK: BARROOM BRAWL OR BLITZ?!
You shouldn’t really see this
I’ll probably get in trouble
Don’t look now
See you next week for more cracking tunes & convivial times at THE BLACK CROWN
PUB at the cross street of Canon & Great Yarn.
January 19th, 2018
Be sure to stop by your LCBS and pick up
this FREE handout to find out more about PND!
Thx to my local HOUSE OF SECRETS
in Burbank for the epic display.
Also live from HOUSE OF SECRETS
and officially out in the wild:
Just sent ASSASSINISTAS #3 to the printer
and I’ve gotta report that it’s the best issue to date.
Since Colorists never get enough attention
I wanted to take a moment to give props to colorists Rob Davis
and Robin Henley for the smooth, uber cool warmth on this image.
It’s my favorite panel in the issue and quite possibly
my favorite Gilbert panel to date.
Also a shout-out to PHILIP BOND who designs the fab
fake ads that you see in all the BLACK CROWN titles.
Like this one:
NEXT UP: KID LOBOTOMY #4 hits the stands
on Wednesday, January 24. Don’t miss out on the variant covers.
Exhibit A, far left, is by the incredible graphic draftsman
RORY PHILLIPS. Exhibit B is the Retailer Incentive cover
illustrated by co-creator/artist TESS FOWLER with color
by the amazing TAMRA BONVILLAIN. Fifth color copper
metallic compliments of TriVision.
See you next week for more sneak peeks
& convivial times at blackcrown.pub!
January 12th, 2018
Anything that crosses my desk
that knocks me to my knees gets pinned.
Here’s a sneak peek at artwork by Shawn McManus
with coloring by Lee Loughridge from the
BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #2.
It’s for the [redacted].
ASSASSINISTAS #2 hits stores next Wednesday!
Here’s the Retailer Incentive Cover with a foil logo
by CARA McGEE.
Here’s a snippet of a script by TINI HOWARD
from an upcoming ASSASSINISTAS issue.
No big spoilers but if you’re nervous,
look away or keep scrolling.
The BCQ #2 pullout poster is ripe + ready to hang on your wall!
This side by MARTIN SIMMONDS.
Flip side by BILL SIENKIEWICZ.
Here’s a snippet of Fergie’s interview in the BCQ #2
from PUNKS NOT DEAD.
See you next week for more Convivial Times
at THE BLACK CROWN PUB!
January 5th, 2018
In honor of the new year, here are some things
in progress you need to see…
Art by GILBERT HERNANDEZ from ASSASSINISTAS #2.
Art by TESS FOWLER from KID LOBOTOMY #5.
See you next week for more convivial times!
December 29th, 2017
And now for some sneak peeks at what’s ahead in January:
Say no more: KID LOBOTOMY #4 is a very special issue
featuring everyone’s favorite hotel chambermaid,
Ottla. In stores on January 17.
By Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler.
ASSASSINISTAS #2 by Tini Howard & Gilbert Hernandez
will be out in the wild on January 24th.
Cover A by Gilbert Hernandez
with color by Rob Davis.
Cover B by Cara McGee.
THE BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #2 arrives
at the end of the month on January 31.
Here’s a glimpse of the HEY, AMATEUR!
feature by Leah Moore and Nanna Venter.
Lettering by House Letter Mr. Aditya Bidikar!
February will be here before you know it,
but forget your bloody valentine…
PUNKS NOT DEAD #1 is on press as we speak!
Look for it at you LCBS on February 21
As we celebrate the final Happy Hour Friday of 2017 we wanted to thank everyone —
readers, retailers, creators, reviewers — for an exceptional launch year.
The only resolution?
A COMICS REVOLUTION!
#vivacomics #vivablackcrown #therulingclass
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here’s to many more convivial times ahead! Join us for far too much
fun + frolic on the flip side!
December 21st, 2017
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THE DEBUT OF ASSASSINISTAS by Tini Howard & Gilbert Hernandez:
“Howard weaves a complex network of race, class, and gender dynamics into the relationships at the core of the series that sit like tripwires between them.ASSASSINISTAS isn’t a swirl, a mash up, or a novelty. It’s a complex engine of performance parts that took careful consideration and a fearless attitude to assemble.
The Verdict: 10/10
Gilbert Hernandez’s art fuses together in bliss with Tini Howards’s narrative. ASSASSINISTAS #1 is another comic that sets Black Crown on the map. Howard is set to captivate you with her enthralling characters, engaging storytelling and overall badass attitude. This team will blow you away with what they have in store next. Assassinistas
“Hooked on the speed and style. Think Charlie’s Angels but with higher stakes and more powerful women…”
“…there is a magic to this comic that comes through in Hernandez’s art…
“Gilbert Hernandez’s art is one of a kind, Tini Howard combines domestic drama with grindhouse film thrills. Assassinistas #1 is the tasty comic book dessert you deserve for getting through 2017…”
“…a stylistically unique book, and well-written…”
“With a diverse blend of humour, drama and mystery, Assassinistas has exploded out of the gate….” 4/5
“With art that looks ripped right out an Adult Swim program and a story packed with enough emotion and humor to keep it interesting, Assassinistas proves to be a stellar read.”
December 15th, 2017
Greetings, Thirsty Readers!
We promise not to disappoint today
by serving up lots of ASSASSINISTAS features
to get you stoked for next Wednesday, December 20,
when issue #1 drops at your LCBS!
First up: Believe the hype!
Putting Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez in each other’s laser sights was an easy feat
upon first glimpse of Tini’s proposal. I instantly saw the masterful Beto’s brushwork on
those badass bounty hunters — and roller skaters! I first discovered Tini’s work upon
reading THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS collection by Hope Nicholson. While
many of the stories in that esteemed collection were impressive, only Tini’s cadence
grabbed me by the peter pan collar and refused to let go. I reached out to Tini the
following day, hoping I could persuade her to write comics for me one day. And Voila!
There was a goth soundtrack that accompanied the aforementioned scenario too (natch!)
More on that in the next DEFINITE ARTICLE: SPILLED TRADE SECRETS column.
Octavia preps for a kidnapping caper that brings her back to her former occupation. Bring
on the bulletproof vest! Art by Gilbert Beto Hernandez. Colors by Rob Davis. Words by
Winnie’s Roller Rink is the connection to BLACK CROWN’S Canon Street, the location
where the characters in the BLACK CROWN shared landscape can commingle and share
a pint or three. Winnie’s is also a front for choice materials needed when on a top secret
mission. Words/Art/Colors see credits above.
Excited for everyone to check out ASSASSINISTAS! If you’re not into girls with guns who
know how to use them, the neo modern family or epic art, come for the peanut butter and
pixie sticks! Kyler did! (see below).
See you next week for more convivial times as we countdown the hours until Xmas, I
mean ASSASSINISTAS #1! In stores next Wednesday, December 20 from your friends at
December 8th, 2017
This edition of Happy Hour at The Black Crown Pub
has been cancelled due to deadline fever
and far too many >hic!< deadlines…
Major apologies but hope to see you here
next week at 4 PST and midnight UTC!
Love & Lager,
December 1st, 2017
In honor of the early debut of ASSASSINISTAS on 12.20.17,
we’re sharing some behind-the-scenes documents that
may or may not inform your future!
*lots to read, be wary!
Of course the only person to instantly come to mind to bring ASSASSINISTAS to its true
visual glory was the one and only GILBERT “Beto” HERNANDEZ! I’ve know Gilbert since
1998 when he came along with writer/co-creator Peter Bagge to illustrate a fun series I
edited called YEAH!. Surely I would be able to somehow persuade him to join our BLACK
CROWN coterie…? Truth be told, Tini’s pitch did all the heavy lifting! I didn’t even need to
raid my record collection for original pressings of “Give ‘Em Enough Rope” or “Diamond
Dogs.” Gilbert was in from the get-go. (note to self: phew x 100! those albums were hard to
steal…I mean find!).
Two favorite panels from the series.
My editing process is unlike anyone else’s for better or worse.
After I print out the script document, I do a swift, cold read while sitting on my hands. No lie. If I have a red pen in
my paw, I will use it without fail. And that’s a freshman editor’s first mistake. You will read
a script MANY times throughout the editing process. The first read is critical to take it all
in. But no red pen is needed. I didn’t say ever. Just not yet.
Upon finishing the first cold read, I’ll pull out said red pen and jot down my favorite words
and phrases on an index card or a fancy BLACK CROWN word balloon sheet. Whatever I
need to record should fit on a small space. These are the very lines/buzz words/gems of
panel description, dialogue, character sketches or color notes that stick to the editor’s ribs
from first blush. These are absolutely essential in capturing the heart and soul of the writer’s story.
Two words to the KID LOBOTOMY team that I picked up for them while in the UK at the
Thought Bubble convention in Leeds. In fact, people of Planet Earth and every other: Heed
these two bloody words! And respect one another!
See you next week right here at the BLACK CROWN PUB for more convivial times at our
weekly Friday HAPPY HOUR!