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est. 2017



April 20th, 2018

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):

#13
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.

#12
BASEMENT REVELATIONS in addition to empty beer barrels in “Tales from the Black Crown Pub” by ROB DAVIS.


#11
HEY, AMATEUR! Up in the sky…by EMMELINE PIDGEN.

#10
GHOST-WALK through Canon Street with TINI HOWARD & PHILIP BOND

#9
DEATH DEFYING! EUTHANAUTS preview by TINI HOWARD & NICK ROBLES

#8
4 CHAMBERS from CARL of the CUD band!


#7
INTERVIEW WITH A GOTH by a LEGIT journalist (No, it’s not me on either front I swear…)

#6
LEAH MOORE DOUBLE FEATURE!


#5
INTERIOR ARTIST DILRAJ MANN
Gorgons wearing fishnets espouse big ideas in “Canonball Comics.” Did I mention he’s the real deal?

#4
ELECTRIC LOGO DESIGN by PND artist Martin Simmonds! See the shop interior!

#3
EXCLUSIVE PUNKS NOT DEAD short (back)story! MAJOR 80s hangover expected in PRETTY IN PUNK! by David Barnett & Martin Simmonds

#2
SPOT VARNISH LOGO TREATMENT! It’s blinding! (Note: Mod sunglasses not included.)

#1
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

NAME: Errol
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
conspiracy
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



March 30, 2018


To celebrate issue #6 of KID LOBOTOMY in stores now, we’re saluting fan-favorite character OTTLA KAFKA.Sometimes the titular character of a comic book series takes a backseat to a member of the supporting cast.It was apparent from early days that this was going to happen with OTTLA. Both writer PETER MILLIGAN and artist TESS FOWLER had a great affinity this intriguing, complex character.Sure, Ottla has a special kind of turn-down service in her day job at “The Suites” hotel, but she’s many things to Kid.A CONFIDANT.THESPIAN.PROTECTOR.LOVER.Artist TESS FOWLER had Ottla figured out from the get-go.Here’s a shot of our new booth graphic that debuted at last week’s WONDERCON!
See you next week for more convivial times!


March 23, 2018

It’s year 2 for BLACK CROWN at Wondercon and we have lots of surprises coming up.
While you’re here, let’s check in with the regular books to see what was notable this week: PUNKS NOT DEAD #2 clocked in with impressive reviews. Highlights include:
To put it simply: Never mind the bollocks, here’s Punks Not Dead. Rating 5/5.–Big Comic Page“Visually outstanding!” —Aipt!“This issue is a can’t miss. 9/10” –Comics: The Gathering
“… interesting characters…well-paced world building …keeps readers invested and guessing…”—MultiversityASSASSINISTAS #4Find out who’s spying, who’s lying and who’s frying the bacon! KID LOBOTOMY #6 brings the “A Lad Insane” storyline to a close next Wednesday, March 28. Top L to R: Cover B by Julian Dassai. Cover A by Nick Robles. Bottom: Interior art panels by co-creator Tess Fowler. Keep watching for photo ops and secrets spilled tonight as #therulingclass takes on Anaheim!

 

 

 

 



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

Black Crown chalk board

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!

Punks not dead

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 –

Kid Lobotomy image
Kid Lobotomy 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 —

Assassinistas image

— and a retro cool retailer incentive cover by Paulina Ganucheau complete with a glittery
rainbow grad logo.

Assassinistas 04 cover

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…

Cannon Ball Comics

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
#therulingclass.

Flannel shirt

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

Black Crown Chalk board of events

In honor of next Wednesday’s debut of PUNKS NOT DEAD,
it’s a complete and utter PND takeover!

PND takeover image

Here’s what they’ve said about PUNKS NOT DEAD:

Punks not dead take over image
Punks not dead cover image

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:

How to buy punks not dead image
How to buy punks not dead image continued

Here’s an art blast by the inimitable illustrator
MARTIN SIMMONDS from issue #2:

Punks not dead 02 cover

In case you forgot, the first issue of PND
with the neon hit can be yours next WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21!

Punks not dead 01 cover

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!

Punks not dead retailer cover

And finally, because you demanded it: A superior interior
design update from the new BLACK CROWN Los Angeles HQ:

Assassinistas poster

Don’t forget to keep coming back to blackcrown.pub
every Friday for Happy Hour at 4 PST/midnite UTC.

abstract image pink and white

Convivial times for one and all!

punk rocker



February 9th, 2018

Black Crown chalk board happy birthdy holly johnson
New Black Crown HQ

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.

A Lad Insane photo

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!

ASSASSINISTAS 04 image

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.

Punks Not Dead sneak peak

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!

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

Black Crown Happy Hour Birthday for Jim Rugg

Today’s Happy Hour salute goes to JIM RUGG of Street Angel fame
who celebrated a birthday yesterday and illustrated the variant cover for
ASSASSINISTAS #5!

Assasinistas cover #5

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!

Girl is not a 4 letter word
skateboard drawing

Yesterday was moving day for BLACK CROWN HQ
to a brand-new Los Angeles location. Expect superior interior
design pics very soon. For now…

Black Crown office
Greater Los Angeles Press club picture

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)
KID LOBOTOMY!suiteslaundry@blackcrown.pub

ASSASSINISTAS! backsass@blackcrown.pub

PUNKS NOT DEAD! postpunk@blackcrown.pub

BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY! lastshout@blackcrown.pub

Looking toward the future image

Here’s to many more convivial times on the horizon at blackcrown.pub



January 26, 2018

Black Crown chalk image Hex Education Happy Hour

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).
#RIP #MES

Black Crown Quarterly Cover

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

Tales from Black Crown Pub 01

FOUR CHAMBERS

Four Chambers

CUD: RICH AND STRANGE

Rich and Strange

CANONBALL COMICS

Cannonball Comics

GRIDLOCK: BARROOM BRAWL OR BLITZ?!

GRIDLOCK: BARROOM BRAWL OR BLITZ?!

BANDTWITS

Bandtwits

HEY, AMATEUR!

Hey, Amateur!

You shouldn’t really see this

Punks Not Dead

I’ll probably get in trouble

Assasinistas

Don’t look now

c'mon bug face

See you next week for more cracking tunes & convivial times at THE BLACK CROWN
PUB at the cross street of Canon & Great Yarn.

Black Crown Logo



January 19th, 2018

Black Crown chalk board Punks Not Dead

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.

Punks Not Dead covers

Also live from HOUSE OF SECRETS
and officially out in the wild:

Assasinistas 02 cover

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.

Assasinistas art

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:

Bulletproof baby-pod image

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.

Kid Lobotomy Cover

See you next week for more sneak peeks
& convivial times at blackcrown.pub!

Sneak peak covers



January 12th, 2018

Black Crown chalkboard in honor of John Sargent

NEW!

Anything that crosses my desk
that knocks me to my knees gets pinned.

Assasinistas art

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].

Black Crown Quarterly 02 cover

NOW!

ASSASSINISTAS #2 hits stores next Wednesday!
Here’s the Retailer Incentive Cover with a foil logo
by CARA McGEE.

Assasinistas #2 cover

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.

Spoilers image

The BCQ #2 pullout poster is ripe + ready to hang on your wall!
This side by MARTIN SIMMONDS.
Flip side by BILL SIENKIEWICZ.

BCQ #2 poster

Here’s a snippet of Fergie’s interview in the BCQ #2
from PUNKS NOT DEAD.

interview snippet

NEXT!

Black Crown pub catalogue

See you next week for more Convivial Times
at THE BLACK CROWN PUB!



January 5th, 2018

Black Crown ChalkBoard happy hour

In honor of the new year, here are some things
in progress you need to see…

Black Crown image
Black Crown punk image

And hear!

Black SLAM! image

Art by GILBERT HERNANDEZ from ASSASSINISTAS #2.

Punks Not Dead critics

And fear…

Black Crown art

Art by TESS FOWLER from KID LOBOTOMY #5.

Black Crown image

See you next week for more convivial times!



December 29th, 2017

Black Crown chalkboard badass bounty hunter
Viva Comics

And now for some sneak peeks at what’s ahead in January:

Tess

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.

Kid Lobotomy art

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.

Kid Lobotomy art

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!

Hey Amatuer! art

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

Punks Not Dead Cover

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!

The Ruling Class image



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

—Comicosity

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
Geek.com

“Hooked on the speed and style. Think Charlie’s Angels but with higher stakes and more powerful women…”
Gww.com

“…there is a magic to this comic that comes through in Hernandez’s art…
—Multiversity Comics

“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…”
—Graphic Policy

“…a stylistically unique book, and well-written…”
—Newsarama

“With a diverse blend of humour, drama and mystery, Assassinistas has exploded out of the gate….” 4/5
BigComicPage.com

“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.”
—Comic Bastards

Assasinistas
Assasinistas cover art



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!
Assasinistas promo image

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.

Assasinistas art

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
Tini Howard.

Assasinistas art

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.

Tini Howard image

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
BLACK CROWN!

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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,
The Management

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December 1st, 2017

Black Crown ChalkBoard coundown to Assasinistas

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!

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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!).

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Two favorite panels from the series.

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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.

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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.

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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!



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