Thursday, 3 May 2012

Improper Books launch - announce Porcelain & Butterfly Gate

Oh this is damned exciting! Its always good to hear about new indy comics publishers and from the looks of the previews these lads and lasses will be ones to watch. You may remember Chris Wildgoose from the True Grit tie-in comic last year, which was fab, but it looks like his work's really been coming on in leaps and bounds since - I mean, how brilliant is that Porcelain cover? Read the shiny press releases below, ogle the art, click the links and pick up the preview comics at Bristol Expo, capiche? 



Improper Books is a small collective of comic creators formed by Benjamin Read (Writer), Laura Trinder (Artist) and Chris Wildgoose (Artist).

After first collaborating together on the set of UK independent feature WARHOUSE, the trio discovered a mutual love for comics, illustrated books, and the darker side of fairy tales and set about making their own.

From that, the idea of Improper Books came about; a collective of writers, artists and designers with the know-how to make comics, books and apps, all of which have a touch of the fairy tale, the Gothic or the macabre, and focused on a creator-owned model that is fair to all involved.

Since then, we’ve grown to include other creatives - artists, colourists, designers, editors, letterers and writers - and expand the projects we’re planning and developing. The group now includes the talents of Jim Campbell (Letterer), Alice Duke (Artist), Matt Gibbs (Writer/Editor), Rose Hewlett (Production Director), Mark Kendrick (Digital Media Designer), André May (Colourist), and Bevis Musson (Artist).

In a few weeks, Improper Books will be attending our first convention, the Bristol Comic Expo on May 12-13th, 2012, where we’ll have a limited run of B&W previews of our first comics, BUTTERFLY GATE: BEGINNINGS and PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE, available, both of which are written and illustrated by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose.

Over the next few months, we’ll be announcing more of the projects planned for this year and next. We’ve got a variety of things in the works, from comics and books, both print and digital, to iPad and Kindle apps, and for all ages too.



A Brother and Sister leave our world and its rules behind, journeying into legend through the Butterfly Gate, where every step they take will come at a price.”

Written by Benjamin Read and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose, BUTTERFLY GATE follows the story of two siblings who, after throwing themselves headlong into another world, must face the brutal reality that lies beyond and find their place amidst an empire built after a revolution against the Gods.

An ongoing story, consisting of three arcs, BUTTERFLY GATE is a silent comic, a SF odyssey for an adult audience, conveying the story purely through its imagery.

‘This is both an artists dream and nightmare kind of story to draw. It’s completely silent, which gives me a lot of freedom and expression, but also a lot of responsibility,’ said Chris, about working on BUTTERFLY GATE.

‘I think once people start following these children through the Gate and beyond they’re going to have their minds blown, the first episode is a tiny scratch on where we’re going, you're going to see these kids travel through space and time and take on armies, nations and Gods.’

A limited, B&W preview of the first issue, BUTTERFLY GATE: BEGINNINGS, will be available at the Bristol Comic Expo on May 12-13th, 2012, and Chris will be signing and sketching at our table.



Child’s journey over the wall changes her life forever when she meets the Porcelain Maker.”

Written by Benjamin Read, illustrated by Chris Wildgoose and lettered by Jim Campbell, PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE is set within a world that’s a magical echo of our own, and follows the story of a street urchin, known as Child, who leaves behind the cold streets of a snowy city when she climbs the high wall into the Porcelain Maker’s garden.

A lonely man, kept company by his amazing, alchemically-powered automata, the Porcelain Maker offers Child the chance to stay with him, and the unlikely pair come to an understanding.

Shut off from the world beyond the wall, Child wants or needs for nothing as the Porcelain Maker heaps affection and luxury upon her, indulging her like a daughter. In return, she can do as she pleases, except for one command, one rule that mustn’t be broken, she must never look behind the workshop door.

‘I'm very lucky to be working on Porcelain; I don't think many artists can say that they’re working on a project that is exactly what they would love to draw. The story itself is beautiful on so many levels, but has this unnerving darkness that shadows that beauty and grounds it,’ said Chris, about PORCELAIN.

‘That blend of beauty and darkness is something I've tried to emulate with the art and have had so much fun doing that. I think mine and Ben's passion for this book shows.’

A limited, B&W preview of the first issue, PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE, will be available at the Bristol Comic Expo on May 12-13th, 2012, and Chris will be signing and sketching at our table.

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