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est. 2017

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

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)





Here’s to many more convivial times on the horizon



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). #RIP #MES

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:








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!




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


It’s for the [redacted].


ASSASSINISTAS #2 hits stores next Wednesday!

Here’s the Retailer Incentive Cover with a foil logo


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!



Here’s a snippet of Fergie’s interview in the BCQ #2



See you next week for more Convivial Times



January 5th, 2018


In honor of the new year, here are some things

in progress you need to see…

And hear!


And fear…


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.


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?


#vivacomics #vivablackcrown #therulingclass

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here’s to many ore convivial times ahead! Join us for far too much fun + frolic on the flip side!


December 21st, 2017


“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…

—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…”



“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.”

—Comic Bastards


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 Tini Howard.

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 BLACK CROWN!











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








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!



November 17th, 2017

Greetings, intrepid Black Crown enthusiasts! Just finished my final leg of the “Comics + Chaos 2017 Tour” last weekend at BULL CITY CON in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. As someone who collected Wacky Packages when she was a kid, it was pretty damn cool to find myself as one of the “special feature faux sticker cards.”

At least I know what I’m giving my Dad for Xmas.

Met some fantastic loyal fans of the Crown —

— And had a blast participating on two panels.

ASSASSINISTAS co-creator/writer Tini Howard and I shared the spotlight with champion moderator Siena.

And we had a lot of laughs (believe it!) at the Horror panel. Tini and I were joined by writer Brockton McKinney and moderator supreme Matthew Conner who, in addition to being a real doctor (not to be confused with Kid Lobotomy), sported a red beard unlike any other. I do recommend trying this at home. His secret: glue stick on, shampoo off x2.

The cosplay was exceptional at BULL CITY CON but if I had a raygun to my head, my favorite had to be Kid Lobotomy.

I’m slowly crawling through glass on the pavement this week, catching up on all things crown-like in preparation for the days we have off for Thanksgiving. So I’m wearing a bright orange cardigan (color percentages of M80 Y100) as I type this with hopes that you’ll be inspired to raise a glass of Orange Crush at the Black Crown Pub to give thanks for one hell of a year in publishing so far!

On the KID LOBOTOMY front, we’ve been receiving great reviews on issue #2, which inspired the latest in retro-functional notice boards!

Plus, who can resist a quiet moment with a butterfly or two? Art by the inimitable TESS FOWLER.

Regarding ASSASSINISTAS #1, consider it an early Xmas present that the issue will be arriving in stores one week early, on 12/20! Make sure to reserve a copy at your LCBS before FOC on 12/4 or you’ll miss classic BETO images like this:

And this:

THE BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #2 is already bustling with new story, art and design. Here’s a peek at a page from Rob Davis’ continuing regular feature, Tales from the Black Crown Pub: “A Sister’s Tale.”

PUNKS NOT DEAD is our next monthly series to debut in February. If you pick up ASSASSINISTAS #1 don’t be surprised to find a new sneak preview. Here’s a back cover ad in progress for the series, designed by Black Crown “General Dogsbody” (his term of choice, not mine, I swear!) PHILIP BOND! with art by series co-creator/artist MARTIN SIMMONDS and a Cover B/Retailer Incentive Variant by ???????????

Thanks for hanging out with us and see you next week for the first official BLACK FRIDAY at wherein we paint everything & the donuts opaque.

And now we leave you with an important message from our sponsor (Art by rock starlet FRANK QUITELY):

November 10th, 2017


LIVE UPDATES FROM BULL CITY all weekend via @blackcrownhq

November 3rd, 2017




For your viewing pleasure, here’s a look at Gilbert Hernandez’s

early ASSASSINISTAS character sketches.

Tini provided Gilbert with some great character notes:

Octavia “Red October” Price: African-American, age 43. A morally questionable insurance saleswoman with a past as a top-secret super-assassin. Now, she works a boring insurance job she hates. Vices include smoking, eating fast food meals in her car, and lying to her son to protect him.

Dominic Price: African-American, Age 20. Octavia’s son. Smart as a whip and cute as a button, he’s big hearted in a way that can get hurt easily, so carries a bit of a bitter streak. He’s usually unwound and happy around Taylor, frustrated and wound up around his mom. Looks like Eli Goree in a college hoodie.

Taylor Westermann: White, Age 19. Pretty, punk rock, gay, unafraid of anything on the planet. Has a cute pink mohawk and ear piercings. Skinny, bony. Loves Dominic with all his heart. Loves Octavia, too, once he gets to know her.

Charlotte “Scarlet” LaCosta: White, blonde, glasses. 41. Formerly an assassin alongside Octavia and Rosalyn, Charlotte is now one of many former assassins who hung up their guns in the past ten years in order to retire and have children. A helicopter mommy to the Nth degree, assisted by the fact that she’s spent much of her life kicking ass from an actual helicopter. Her son, Kylar, is now the center of her world.

Young Charlotte, aka “Scarlet” – The freckled ‘good girl’ of the group, she’s a sniper who tends toward outfits that look like you could play tennis in them – militaristic berets and epaulettes are her murder-aesthetic of choice.

Kylar LaCosta: A chubby, screechy little kid. Dark hair, he’s 5 years old, but acts three. It’s not his fault. He gets a little cooler as the story goes on. He’s most often seen in a T-shirt that reads ‘DON’T FEED ME – I HAVE ALLERGIES!’

ASSASSINISTAS is a fantastic representation of the neo-nuclear family and Tini had far too much fun putting the family tree together, as it were!

Tini says, “The secrets are underneath the post-it notes and of course you can’t see them YET —they’re SECRET!”

Thanks for hanging out with us today

and stop by next weekend when Tini and I will be

reporting in live from BULL CITY COMICCON in Raleigh, NC!

Here’s to convivial times ahead!


October 27th, 2017



Back at HQ and spent the week slacking off,

basking in the glory of the release of


and hustling ASSASSINISTAS #1 to the printer!

First up: View from the wilds of Los Angeles!

View from in front of the counter at my local, HOUSE OF SECRETS in Burbank.  As you can see, Eric and Paul were caught reading comics on the job.  And a fine, fine selection of comics to read, indeed! Meanwhile, they have no idea that after this picture was snapped, I retained the price gun and actually did a quick run through the store, tripling the price of any/all comics that might be considered “competition” to the BLACK CROWN estate. Regardless, what a way to move comics!  Viva Black Crown, the Ruling Class!

If you’re one of the lucky 86.3 million living in LONDON

or just visiting this weekend, don’t miss a special signing

for the BCQ at the famed FORBIDDEN PLANET


Click HERE for more info.

Tell Milligan to get back to writing the script he owes me!


Tell writer David Barnett to buy you a G & T

with a Crown Lobotomy chaser!

And tell Will and Carl that CUD is the greatest band

on planet Earth and I will continue my quest

for stateside musical domination!

On the KID LOBOTOMY front, here’s an image

from my Twitter feed, showing off TESS FOWLER’s

exquisite artwork and TAMRA BONVILLAIN’s

color for KID LOBOTOMY #4.

Tess, if you’re reading this,

next time you can do your own bloody research!

I’ve been in sugar-shock for the past 16 hours…

Don’t try this at home, People!

Finally On the ASSASSINISTAS front, the book looks amazing.  Big shocker, right?  But if you A). can’t wait until the end of December,  B). don’t believe me,  C). like your miniseries summed up in one panel, D). all of the above, here’s the story with script by Tini Howard, art by Gilbert Hernandez, color by Rob Davis and lettering by Aditya Bidikar:

Finally, presuming you’re still with me,
I found this ancient advertisement in the back pages
of ASSASSINISTAS #1 and felt like showing it off
as a reward for your precious time.

Until next week, here’s to many more convivial times
at your favorite new publishing destination for all things



October 20th, 2017




5:  the covers for KID LOBOTOMY#5 just came in and are being prepped for the PREVIEWS catalogue.

4: Tess Fowler is drawing KID LOBOTOMY #4, The Chambermaid’s Tale.

3: KID LOBOTOMY #3 is two hours and 12 seconds away from being sent to IDW and headed to the printer tonight!

2: printed and on its way to your LCBS for next month: KID LOBOTOMY #2



1: THE KID IS IN THE WILD! Let the reviews begin!


“The needle is on the record and the first track is a banger.

Let’s get this party started.”

                     Multiversity Comics 



“…defiant, rebellious, disobedient and utterly badass.”


“Black Crown hits the ground running with KID LOBOTOMY #1! 5/5…new, different, trippy as hell, and just out there…classic, wonderful Milligan…an absolutely fantastic comic…”

Outright Geekery


“Glorious havoc!”



“KID LOBOTOMY is messed up, and it will mess you up”



KID LOBOTOOMY is the reason alternative comic books exist…delightfully weird…a combination of Franz Kafka and David Cronenberg…entertaining and funny, but also very cerebral. KID LOBOTOMY has all the makings of a cult classic.  9.4/10

We the Nerdy


“KID LOBOTOMY #1 shows that Black Crown publishing aims for comics that critically engage the reader.”

Graphic Policy


“The first comic from Shelly Bond’s new BLACK CROWN imprint at IDW gets the new line off to a solid start.”

Pop Culture Maven


“MIlligan’s trippy storyline is matched perfectly with Tess Fowler’s luscious illustrations.”

Villain Media


“…kitted with punk cool.”

Hero Collector

“Editors mix tastes and create flavors, and the flavor of BLACK CROWN is dark, sickly sweet, and instantly addicting.

“Melds punk rock and comics.”

Word of the Nerd


 “To call this debut “ambitious” is a definite understatement. The world that Milligan and Fowler have wrought is decidedly unique, mysterious and multifaceted, fraught with possibility and absolutely bristling with the “rock and roll swagger” that Shelly Bond promised.

— Multiversity Comics


Thanks to all the retailers and fans

for making our launch day

a sweeping success!


CHRIS RYALL, PHILIP BOND & IDW for everything!



Join us next WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25
for the debut of BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #1,
the second title from BLACK CROWN, THE RULING CLASS!





October 13, 2017

 Happy Friday the 13th

The BLACK CROWN COMICS + CHAOS TOUR blasts through New York City! Around the Con in 10 Vistas!

Starring Tini “Assasinistas” Howard, Tess “Kid Lobotomy” Fowler, and Peter “King Lobotomy” Milligan!

Shy Tini shows off Gilbert Hernandez’s artwork.

Would you believe he let her boss him around for a quarter-century? Me, neither…

Dinner break at one of New York’s finest steak houses with Howard, Milligan, Bond, Fowler and the inspiration for Gervais, Guttierez.

With the big boss at the IDW booth.  It was all his fault for emailing me in the first place.

Social Media Coordinator Katie Courtney being tres social.

Milligan poses with Ottla, his favorite female on TEAM LOBOTOMY.

Milligan poses with his favorite female on TEAM LOBOTOMY who is not a shapeshifting chambermaid.

Fowler, Bond, and Milligan posing at the KID LOBOTOMY signing at St. Mark’s Comics, my local from 1992-2006.

Thanks to Mitch and his amazing staff for hosting the signing.  And a huge thanks to all the fans for supporting BLACK CROWN! Ciao for now, NYC!

October 6, 2017

imprint launch






don’t miss it!

September 29, 2017

Greetings ye thirsty pub crawlers! In honor of next week’s launch of BLACK CROWN I thought I’d do a week in the life of the glamorous comic book editor on the Comics and Chaos Tour, dashing from station to station.

This morning I overslept and now, thanks to a writer who wouldn’t let me off the phone, I’m extra late to meet a friend at the Tate Britain, thus the swanky cab.

Said writer and I were talking about what a brilliant job he did on issue 5 of KID LOBOTOMY…8 letters…begins with M

Questions In A Jar

Aditya Bidikar, House Letterer of Black Crown

Will Potter, bassist in CUD, co-writer of CUD: Rich and Strange in the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY

Carl Puttnam, singer of CUD, co-writer of CUD: Rich and Strange in the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY

LEEDS – The BLACK CROWN Comics and Chaos tour began in Leeds at THOUGHT BUBBLE with a robust crowd happy to receive their free handouts after a very lively panel.

Local Leeds artists contributed to the backdrop.

There were old friends and colleagues like Dean Ormston, Fiona Stephenson, Diana Fegredo and Duncan Fegredo.

New friends and colleagues like Carl Puttnam, lead singer of the CUD band and co-writer of CUD: Rich and Strange in the upcoming BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY. We were particularly fascinated with each other from the get-go. I had lots of questions about his lyrics. It’s great to meet in person and have an instant connection.

Turns out that the image of me doing booth duty with Carl inspired a certain artist to illustrate and post a special birthday gift that was inspired by/paid homage to the exuberant, familial warmth that Carl and I felt upon finally meeting each other.

Met some great people who run a new comics magazine.

Next stop: London

Meet up with music journalist/novelist Cathi Unsworth who writes the regular SWELL MAPS feature in the BCQ.

Cathi took me on a walking tour of Ladbroke Grove, former famed location of Michael Moorcock and the greatest time traveling, rock star, astrophysicist assassin, Jerry Cornelis. This building is The Tabernacle.

This is the house that was used in Nicholas Roeg’s epic feature, Performance, starring a pretty young thing named Mick Jagger.

Went to a cool pop-up on Carnaby Street on my way to cold-call a few London comics shops to spread the gospel about BLACK CROWN.

The guys at GOSH were happy to receive a limited edition Black Crown vinyl and said they were ready to talk up our debut titles, KID LOBOTOMY and the BCQ.

Couldn’t resist taking a selfie on the stairs at GOSH when I spotted this spectacular art print quartet of close-ups celebrating the work of Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy.

Next stop on the Comics and Chaos tour: Forbidden Planet, London’s legendary shop. Comics buyer Rob was kind enough to chat with me about the marketplace and share his enthusiasm for our upcoming imprint debut at New York Comicon. He’s organized a signing on October 28 from 1-2 with Peter Milligan, David Barnett, Martin Simmonds, and Will and Carl from CUD, who will be taking a detour from their band tour just to sign your copy of the BCQ (BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY).

I managed to snap one shot of a random periodical at Forbidden Planet to prove that when in London, I walked the walk. (Note to self: Make sure boss Chris Ryall sees this photo or expect walking papers).

Hit this amazing shop after catching an exhibit at the Tate Britain.

Orbital has an impressive selection of indie comics and zines and said they’re ready to rollout the BLACK CROWN launch titles.

Hit Orbital 15 minutes into a Pat Mills signing. Waited in line for a signature for a certain Los Angeles artist who has a birthday in November. (Note to self: In future, stop spoiling birthday surprises.)

That concludes this week’s happy hour! Don’t miss the official launch of BLACK CROWN next week at New York Comicon. And goodnight from the city to end all others, London!

Carl’s had it with blondes.

Now they tell me…

September 15, 2017

Spending the day doing a podcast and

working hard at IDW in San Diego!



Cover Wall.

Soda Machine.

Note to self: Remind Ryall to restock on the Diet Coke

and the Guinness for next visit. Or else…?!

Pub Web Manager Magnifique

Katie Courtney.


Waiting for CUD to cross the pond.

Assistant Editors Hardly Working

L to R:

Black Crown’s very own

Chase Marotz

David Mariotte

Peter Behravesh

Worked Like A Dog All Day!
This Rodriguez kid…he’s going places.

Hm…to the Black Crown Pub, perhaps…one day…note to self:

Make sure Ryall has a year’s worth of Guinness

and signed copies of vinyl by CUD…


See our back covers on IDW books

at fine comic book shops everywhere!

Foreign Friends: Look out for an incoming

American Nation Curation of the CROWN!

Live updates from the road as the tour kicks off next week!
Convivial Times across the globe! Join us! @blackcrownhq

September 8, 2017

FULL DISCLOSURE:  I just wrote a “Spilled Trade Secrets” column for my regular editorial page, THE DEFINITE ARTICLE, wherein I wax histrionic on the rise and fall and rise of the CUD band.  So they’ve been on heavy rotation at BLACK CROWN HQ and (spoiler alert!) on my mind.  In next month’s BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY, you’ll get to see why they have me mesmerized when you meet the honorable singer/songwriter Carl Puttnam and bobbing bass player Will Potter.  Here’s the before and after character shots of co-writers/co-stars Carl and Will. Follow their darling exploits in CUD: RICH AND STRANGE quarterly! Artwork by Philip Bond, coloring by Lee Loughridge, lettering by Aditya Bidikar.  Edits by Yours Truly.

In ASSASSINISTAS news, here’s a peek at Side B of a cool poster we’ll have on deck at this year’s NEW YORK COMICON.  Stop by the IDW booth to get it signed by ASSASSINISTAS co-creator/writer Tini Howard whose infectious enthusiasm will make you forget about your jet lag hangover.

Thanks for stopping by to spend time with us!  

Join us again next week for a sumptuous feast of family


bad brains and brilliant artwork at the BLACK CROWN


September 1, 2017

And now it’s time for an art blast and interview links for arrest

+ relaxation over the holiday weekend.

KID LOBOTOMY #2 cover by Tess Fowler

with color by Tamra Bonvillain.

See what co-creators Peter Milligan and

Tess Fowler have to say to CBR about the series


Check out a snippet of the IFC (inside front cover)

and IBC (inside back cover) of the BCQ #1!

See you next week for stiff drinks, sneak peeks

+ convivial times at THE BLACK CROWN PUB!

August 25, 2017

A bit of everything to share from our OCTOBER selections, straight from the production line! Let’s go book by book:
As KID LOBOTOMY #1 heads to the printer (out on OCTOBER 18), we’re working hard at #2. It’s all about MEE, as in ADAM MEE, washed up “writer” at large.
A bit of backstory first so you can see MEE come to life from Milligan’s brain to Tess’ pencil/page.

Update on the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY OR BCQ #1! The deadline looms and it’s looking great. This 48-pager is BUSTLING with all things comics, culture and cool.
Two Highlights:
HEY, AMATEUR! is a regular final page feature on How-To do anything in 9 panels! First up: OG Pro-Skateboarder CINDY WHITEHEAD, founder of and artist NICOLE GOUX team up to tackle the ollie.

SWELL MAPS! A sweet history of bands by way of the cities that birthed them by noted music journalist/novelist CATHI UNSWORTH with illustrations by CARA McGEE! First up: The City of LEEDS, home of the UK’s THOUGHT BUBBLE convention.

See you next week for the first September Happy Hour party out of bounds at The CROWN!

August 18, 2017





ON DECK: SUBLIME DESIGN in progress for the



See you next week at the same place,
same convivial time:  4:00 PST,
when the art is hot and the thoughts
run deep like the drink discounts!


August 11, 2017

Greetings from the other side of San Diego Comicon!

It was a whirlwind this year with amazing panels,

interviews, parties and general comics chaos!

A few highlights in pictures below:

The side of the IDW booth looked epic

with Philip Bond’s street art design on display.

Mere minutes before the BLACK CROWN panel,

four poseurs play it up for the camera.

Left to right: Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered, and Beguiled!

Or Tini Howard, Tess Fowler, Shelly Bond, and Philip Bond.

It was grand swag central at IDW’s BLACK CROWN!

We handed out the fantastic BLACK CROWN PREVIEW:
A Tourist’s Guide to IDWs New Creator-Owned Curation Operation.
Check your local comics retailer for a hard copy.

The big announcement at the show was the grand union of Tini Howard (The Skeptics, Rick and Morty, Hack/Slash) and Gilbert Hernandez (Love And Rockets) on ASSASSINISTAS!

Tini explains the high concepts succinctly, “ASSASSINISTAS is what happens when Dominic Price takes a semester off with his boyfriend, his mom, and $40,000 worth of black market bounty-hunting equipment.”

In other news, Gilbert and his brother Jaime were inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame! You may know that their contributions to comics are vast. But did you know they’re the youngest inductees? 

In other other news, this is the sound of KID LOBOTOMY #1,
our debut title, on its way to Korea. HIT THE PRESS!

This is the sound of the back cover!
Wallpaper design by PJ Bond. Thanks to DoomRocket
for an epic back cover pull quote! (We corrected
the capitalization before it actually went to press.)

Hope to see you in NYC for the BLACK CROWN
LAUNCH PARTY with writer Peter Milligan

and artist Tess Fowler!

Until then, keep your pints full and your eyes glued to our
social media accounts for more art ops and info!
From the only pub that brings you art + alchemy,
opulence + madness, BLACK CROWN!


July 14, 2017

See you at SAN DIEGO COMICON next week!  

Be on the lookout for a FREE 16-page sneak peek

at what’s coming soon from BLACK CROWN HQ! 

And for $10.00 pick up this swanky pin

also available at the IDW booth!

Available at the IDW booth #2743

July 7, 2017

June 30, 2017

June 23rd, 2017

Editor’s Prerogative, exhibit E, wherein we reveal more inner

mechanics of Mister Milligan’s script for KID LOBOTOMY,


Kid’s Big Sister, ROSEBUD, with a couple of cockroaches

including colorist Lee Loughridge.  Art by Tess Fowler.

A STREET CALLED CHAOS is still under construction

but much will be revealed in 4 weeks at SAN DIEGO COMICON!

The BLACK CROWN panel is scheduled for —

wait for it — Friday, July 21 @ 4:30 PST! 

See you next week at the cross street of GREAT YARN & CANON

for more BLACK CROWN sneak peeks as we count down to

SAN DIEGO COMICON (cue beads of sweat)! 

T-minus 26 days and counting

(wipes brow, cracks knuckles)!

June 16th, 2017


—wherein we welcome the weekend with a day-in-the-life driveby.


ADI:  I get up at 10 am, when morning is ripe enough to be plucked from its winsome branch. 

BOND:  (note to self: Is this guy for real? Check his credentials.)

ADI:  The first hour is one of calm meditation, accompanied by a supple tea brewed by a traditional Indian method. 

BOND:  Hold, on.  Explain yourself, Adi! I only drink PG TIPS! That’s the timed, 3-minute English Breakfast brew also enjoyed by IDW CCO/the boss, Chris Ryall.

ADI:  The next hour is one of consultation, of communication, connection with my fellow humans. By noon, the tea is done and I sit at my desk to work. And that, frankly, is where it all goes wrong. 

BOND:  hahahahaha.  I guess that really depends on the font, right, Adi? I mean, some of those pesky buggers have kerning issues and bugs that will not resolve themselves in a public setting!

ADI:  >ahem< No comment.

BOND:  What’s your favorite SFX?

ADI:  My favorite SFX is ‘ShaBOOM’ – surprisingly versatile, sounds mildly salacious without being gauche.

BOND:   It sounds like one of Prince’s rejected lyrics for “Cream, shaBOOGIE bop.” Which is not a bad thing. What’s its general usage?

ADI:  Haha, it’s for explosions with a slight run-up, like dynamite or some such. So you draw the ‘sha’ small, and the ‘BOOM’ goes big! For times when krakaDOOM feels too macho.

BOND:  I like macho.  Some say I AM macho.  But I digress.  How did you get into comics?

ADI:  My uncle used to get me those digest-sized comics when I was a kid. Then I discovered horror comics as a teenager, and I haven’t looked back since. (Literally — turns out reading comics hunched up in bed for your entire teenage years is not good for your neck.) 

BOND:  (note to self: Do not recommend that Adi try stand-up.  Clearly he has trouble sitting down).

BOND:  What was your first job?

ADI:  Like many in the glamorous world of comics, I first worked retail for a bakery chain. It was as exciting as it was well-paying. 

BOND:  What’s your favorite comic that you’ve lettered so far?

ADI:  Oh, there’s been so many over the years. There was one a couple of years ago– Wait, you want me to say KID LOBOTOMY, right? What’s the deal with this line of questioning?

BOND:  As if! You seem to be accusing me of being a shameless self-promoter.  I oughta—


BOND:  Adi, who’s your favorite editor to work with and why?

ADI:  That sounds suspiciously like a trick question. I think I should be going now.

BOND:  No wait!  Seriously, who’s your favorite editor who curates and champions creators great and small from vile, demented comics veterans like [name redacted] to neophytes ripe for honing into household names?

ADI:  Okay, very funny, let me out of here. Wait, why is the door locked? What’s with the–are those … cockroaches? Oh my god, that’s– [SILENCE]

While we’re on the subject of cockroaches…

here’s a word from KID LOBOTOMY

co-creator/ writer, Peter Milligan.


Years ago my favourite band was Warped Logic. I saw them supporting The Pistols that night Rotten split his jeans revealing Paul Smith underwear, forever ruining his Punk cred. No, wait, that’s all a lie. There was no band called Warped Logic.  But I was emailing with Tess Fowler this morning, after seeing some of her sketches for KID LOBOTOMY, and saying how massively into this book I am and how it seems to have its own warped logic.  Talking of warped, I’m enjoying working with uber editor Shelly Bond on this book, too.  I couldn’t be happier if a cockroach crawled out of my nose and said it was running for president. KID LOBOTOMY.  It gets under your skin. 

Editor’s note:  And possibly into your tea!  

Look out, Milligan!

Join us next week for more convivial times at the BLACK CROWN PUB happy hour!  Oh and since you’ve stayed for the credits, here’s something extra for your patience and viewing pleasure!  KID LOBOTOMY #1 Colors by Lee Loughridge and art by Tess Fowler.  

June 9th, 2017


— wherein we welcome the weekend with a day-in-the-life driveby. 


PETER MILLIGAN, writer of the upcoming 


I get up early, go through a number of complex exercises that are illegal in five states of America, breakfast on a bowl of fried cockroaches, clear my head, gird my loins, sharpen my pituitary gland and get down to work.  With a cup of coffee.

Favorite SFX: SPLLLT, the sound a rotten apple makes when falling on Isaac Newton’s head.

TESS FOWLER, artist of the ongoing series, KID LOBOTOMY, coming this OCTOBER

8am: Wake to the sound of existential dread.

9am: Anxiety settles in for daily stranglehold. Hullo, Old Chum.

11am: Hook self up to caffeine drip.

1pm: Inking pages taped to art table. Internal engine chugging.Podcast playing via Xbox in background.

3pm: E-mail from Boss lady. Usually haha funny. Usually full of updates and good ideas. Sometimes scary. Always intimidating.

5pm: Feed cat. He’s biting my ankles.

7pm: More inking.

8pm: Dinner. Usually takeout. Often sushi or ramen. Sometimes sammiches.

10pm: Engine dies.

(During deadlines schedule flips. i.e. Night owl monster-mode activate)

Favorite SFX:


In real life: velcro


In comics: thunder


A SPLASH OF (color) THUNDER– color by Lee Loughridge,

art by Fowler from KID LOBOTOMY #1 


EDITOR’S PREROGATIVE, exhibit AA. The *instant appeal* word balloon, wherein the editor reads a script for the first time and can’t help herself.  Writes anything/everything that sticks to her ribs. Now on display for the masses, the following is an excerpt from the first script from a new series to be announced at San Diego Comic Con this year which is less than six weeks away holy shit.  Expect explosions, People.




It is with great pleasure that I officially announce that the BLACK CROWN PUB has a permanent house band:  Introducing CUD!  Play Loud and know that you’ll be the first to hear about some exciting news about CUD + BLACK CROWN in the weeks to come.  That’s right:  Let’s silence the naysayers who continue to spout that old bloody chestnut that comics + music do not mix!  They are comfortable bedfellows, my friends,

I kid you not, sharing in spirits, society nerds and hotel hijinx!

Thanks for imbibing with us and be here every Friday @ 4:00

PST/Midnite UTC for updates relating to the fascinating fine art

of this glorious curation operation.

June 2, 2017


The hotel that’s homebase for KID LOBOTOMY,

the debut title from BLACK CROWN, is called “The Suites.”

It’s located on the upper right hand side of

the street behind the Black Crown pub.

You can reach it via a back alley.



Dear Internet,

I write this to you from the belly of an elephant. Following Mr. M down that staircase was maybe a mistake. He took the flashlight. But he left my ink and brushes.

Send help.

Or tacos.

Issue 2 is calling. The Boss Lady says I have to answer. Gotta go kids.

Until next time.

Thanks for joining us at the Black Crown Pub Happy Hour.

Be here next week for more convivial times!

It’s the only way to welcome the weekend!

May 26, 2017

KID LOBOTOMY is a dark, demented monthly satire

that follows a dysfunctional family of hoteliers in the throes

of survival which includes, but is certainly not limited to,

sibling rivalry, insanity, a shapeshifter, and a serial killer…?

The hotel that’s homebase for KID LOBOTOMY,

the debut title from BLACK CROWN, is called “The Suites.”

It’s located on the upper right hand side of

the street behind the Black Crown pub.

You can reach it via a back alley.

The titular character, Kid, wears many faces.

Here are a few as captured by co-creator/artist Tess Fowler.

Editor’s Prerogative, exhibit G, script page from

KID LOBOTOMY #2 by Peter Milligan.

Sometimes the best lines in a comic book script don’t make it onto the printed page. And no, it’s not because all editors are wannabe writers and take out their frustrations with an obscene amount of red ink. It’s simply because in many cases, the brilliant phrasing is only committed to the page within the panel description. Writing clear, concise art direction in a comic book script is as important as pithy narrative captions or sharp dialogue. Often, the writer has no idea that some panel descriptions are adored all the same by an inspired artist or editor – not to be confused with an editor who watches Netflix all day unbeknownst to the boss! I’ve seen it all, People! (Note to self: before posting this entry, make sure last line is redacted so as not to be misconstrued by the real boss/Guinness drinker Chris Ryall).

A hotel called THE SUITES.

A guest named… O’MILLIGAN???

Thanks for joining us at the Black Crown Pub Happy Hour.

Be here next week for more convivial times!

It’s the only way to welcome the weekend!

May 19, 2017

The hotel that’s homebase for KID LOBOTOMY,

the debut title from BLACK CROWN, is called “The Suites.”

It’s located on the upper right hand side of

the street behind the Black Crown pub.

You can reach it via a back alley.


from pencils and partial inks…


…to finished inks and color.


Kid reads Kafka, Sister Rosebud reads Big Daddy like

a big, thick hardcover graphic novel.

An excerpt of the correlating script page from KID LOBOTOMY #1:



The front cover to a wraparound set on Canon Street

A wall inside Black Crown HQ

A Kid with an angry E-string

Thanks for your patronage! We look forward to seeing you

next week at the BLACK CROWN PUB, where Happy Hour

is a weekly necessity. Fridays at 4:00 PST/Midnite UTC.

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May 12, 2017

The hotel that’s homebase for KID LOBOTOMY, the debut

title from BLACK CROWN, is called “The Suites.”

It’s located on the upper right-hand side of the

street behind the Black Crown pub.

You can reach it via a back alley.


KID LOBOTOMY #1 page 4 pencils and inks

by co-creator/artist Tess Fowler



Kid’s band “Stage of Fools” is live on stage.

“When were you wont to be so full of songs, sirrah?”

Or in modern parlance, “What gives, Kid?”

Find out in KID LOBOTOMY #1,

in stores this October.


Inks in progress of the family unit: Kid, Sis and Big Daddy.

Kid is a fan of hi-brow literature, his head a capacious vault of

secrets — not unlike what’s buried beneath

the floorboards of “The Suites.”



When it comes to Kid, Ottla the Chambermaid provides

much more than exceptional dust-bunny removal,

pillow talk and a 600+ thread count.

Regret, A Free-Spirited Jerk & the Cold Meat Counter.

A Q & A with KID LOBOTOMY co-creator/writer

Peter MILLIGAN & co-creator/artist Tess FOWLER.

Excerpted from an interview by Eve Stranger for

The Convivial Times. Portraits of the creators by Tess Fowler.

What year in your life would you like to do over?


MILLIGAN: The year I didn’t kiss Brigit Spooner by the cold meat counter.

FOWLER: None of them. The worst of my mistakes helped build my strengths.


Finish the following sentences:


I wanted to be ___


MILLIGAN: Brigit Spooner’s wild lover.

FOWER: a mother.


I didn’t succeed at ___


MILLIGAN: See above.

FOWLER: learning to swim.


I suck at ___


MILLIGAN: See above.

FOWLER: walking into dark rooms to turn on the light when it’s not next to the door.


What song do you wish you had written and why?


MILLIGAN: “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” because I’m miserable. [sans Brigit Spooner perchance…? sigh…]
((no, just generally miserable-PM))

FOWLER: Gordon Lightfoot’s “For Loving Me” because it’s the song of every young artist who’s inevitably a free-spirited jerk for some period of time.



Editor’s Prerogative, exhibit D, getting to know him.




Editor’s Prerogative, exhibit E, upon which editor and writer

conduct a meeting via email. KID MINDMELD.




Editor’s Prerogative, exhibit F. Observe how artist Tess Fowler

scores points with her editor, a veritable 4 X 4 visual assault!



Thanks for joining us at the BLACK CROWN Pub.

See you next week for more mercurial madness,

good company and a glorious cacophony!


May 5th, 2017



The hotel that’s the homebase for KID LOBOTOMY,

the debut title from BLACK CROWN, is called “The Suites.”


It’s located on the upper right hand side of the street behind the

Black Crown pub. You can reach it via a back alley.


Introducing The Night Manager from the upcoming

debut series KID LOBOTOMY. Character design by

co-creator/artist Tess Fowler.

“Like a vampire, she only comes out at night and represents

the dark, feminine side of Kid’s mind/personality. Narcissistic,

violent, dangerous, spoiled. A kind of demon.

Scares the hell out of Kid.”

— Peter Milligan, co-creator/writer

Editor’s Prerogative: Truckloads of tears from energy

spent ripping prose to ribbons.

Architect’s Leanings:

Thanks for sharing your Friday night with us. Be here

next week @ the corner of Great Yarn and Canon for more

intoxicated ramblings from all of us at the BLACK CROWN PUB.

Introducing the one and only BIG DADDY.

Character design by co-creator/artist Tess Fowler.

“In a cracked echo of King Lear and Metamorphosis,

hotelier Big Daddy chooses to hand the management of

‘The Suites’ to his unstable son – the eponymous Kid –

rather than Kid’s older sister Rosebud, who considers

herself more deserving, loving and business-like.”

–Peter Milligan

Clavicles, champagne and hot tacos feature in the febrile minds of co-creator/writer Peter MILLIGAN and co-creator/artist Tess FOWLER. A Q & A by Eve Stranger excerpted from The Convivial Times.

What’s a misconception about you?

MILLIGAN: That I live a fabulously luxurious life reading romantic poetry and arguing about existentialists with difficult French women. I stopped all that two weeks ago.

FOWLER: That I’m cruel. Any vocal woman gets painted with the same brush.

You and a bottle of $$$ champagne are joined by 2 famous writers or artists (living or dead) for a picnic in the Jarman Gardens at The Suites. Who’s in attendance and what does she/he bring?

MILLIGAN: Ah. James Joyce would have to be there. And as I’m writing Kid Lobotomy I’d have to have Franz Kafka. I could practice my rubbish German, and Joyce and I would get to neck all of the champagne. Kafka would bring his first draft of Metamorphosis. And Joyce would bring the fictional character Molly Bloom (we need a bit of female company). Problem is, Molly might get stuck into the booze, too. Yes I said yes I will Yes.

FOWLER: First we toss that champagne and snag a bottle of Laphroaig. I’d want to invite Michelangelo but there’s the language barrier thing. So probably Frida Kahlo. She’d bring the tequila and the enchiladas. I’d also invite Frank Frazetta. Since I never got to meet him in real life and I still have so many questions. I like to think he’d bring the meat and potatoes. I could be wrong. But that’s what I picture. Also he’d probably be annoyed with me for dragging him because who the fuck am I, but I imagine he’d see Frida and she’d get him to stay.

What do you find beautiful?

MILLIGAN: Sunrise on the Amalfi coast. Or sundown in the Australian outback.

FOWLER: Kindness, clavicles, hands, beards, baby knuckle dimples, old people wrinkles, cat toe beans, LA dirty side alleys, vintage lanterns, hot tacos, Scotland…

Editor’s Prerogative, upon closer inspection on the Milligan

character assassination charge, we present exhibit C:

Thanks for keeping it modern at the Black Crown Pub.

See you in 7 for another round of bollocks and bravado.

Introducing GERVAIS: the dashing, delicate,

dubious hotel reception clerk at The Suites

where the cast of KID LOBOTOMY resides.

Character design by Tess Fowler.

Editor’s Prerogative, exhibit A:

Wherein we expose Tess Fowler’s rough thumbnails for KID LOBOTOMY

and see how the editor uses arcane methods to evaluate and record said storytelling.

Editor’s Prerogative, exhibit B:

Wherein we express extreme sorrow regarding writer Peter Milligan’s fine contributions.

Thanks for joining us at the Black Crown Pub.
See you next week for more convivial times & crimes!
A 4-color cocktail (c) solid bond ink + drink/save me a diet coke w/an orange slice.
All rights reserved.

Architectural Map of the street in progress by Le Confusiér

Co-creator/artist Tess Fowler’s first pencils and inks for KID LOBOTOMY #1.

Thanks for joining us at the Black Crown Pub. Be here next week for more convivial times replete with sordid secrets, arresting artwork and fancy five finger (c) o’milligan, inc. drink specials.

Introducing Rosebud, Kid Lobotomy’s big sister. Character drawing by Tess Fowler.

Thanks for joining us at the Black Crown Pub for our first Happy Hour.

See you again next week for more artwork, secrets revealed and fancy drink specials.