Unless something incredible happens (glances at Cy Dethan out the corner of my eye) Improper Books' Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale by Benjamin Read & Chris Wildgoose is on track to be my favourite graphic novel of the year (though having said they we've still got Butterfly Gate and Night Post yet to come from the Improper folk soooo...) so its without hesitation that we recommend you read the press release below and and haul your peachy buttocks towards your local comic shop to order yourself a copy.
Or you could get yourself one right now from one of these fine establishments who may still have copies left from the advance indie release. Even if you don't live near any of those shops most of them will have a mail order service and you can have it delivered to your door! Man, are we living in the future or what?
Now, true SPBMers will have done this already on the strength of Stace's recent review, haven't you? But I digress. Do your duty, read the press release, buy the book, tell your friends. Peace, out.
PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE, NOW AVAILABLE VIA DIAMOND
“Porcelain is a gorgeous and haunting steampunkesque fairy tale.
Creepy, compelling and beautifully realised.”
(Astro City, Avengers, Conan, Marvels)
“A haunting, umbral, and surprisingly charming story, told with confidence and great skill. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.”
(Wasteland, The Coldest City, Alex Rider graphic novels)
PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE is set for a July 2013 release courtesy of DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS, and is now available to pre-order (Diamond Code: MAY131178).
Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale is the first graphic novel from the new creative team of Benjamin Read (writer) and Chris Wildgoose (illustrator), and the first title from publisher Improper Books. It has received exceptional and overwhelmingly positive reviews, and a limited indie release of Porcelain in the United Kingdom has sold out to fantastic public response.
“Absolutely remarkable. Never in over two decades have I witnessed such a zealous reaction to a new creative team and a publisher’s first-ever graphic novel in advance of publication.”
Stephen L. Holland (Page 45)
“Porcelain is a bona fide hit at Travelling Man, appealing to lovers of exquisite storytelling, and only held off the top spot in sales by the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!”
Simon Campey (Travelling Man)
Thanks to the support of independent retailers and fellow comic creators spreading the word, our stock of the limited UK indie release sold out in a little over a month, with some retailers taking over 150 copies based on customer interest and pre-orders.
Written by Benjamin Read, illustrated by Chris Wildgoose, coloured by André May, and lettered by Jim Campbell, Porcelain is set within a world that’s a darkly magical echo of our own. It follows the story of a street urchin, known as Child, who leaves the cold streets of a snowy city behind when she climbs the high wall into the Porcelain Maker’s secret garden in a bid to steal whatever she can.
The Porcelain Maker discovers Child trespassing but, amused by her audacity, he offers her the chance to stay. He’s a lonely man, kept company only by his alchemically-powered automata, and he and Child form an unlikely friendship.
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 must never be broken, she must not look behind the workshop door.
Product Title: PORCELAIN: A Gothic Fairy Tale
Creators’ Names: Benjamin Read & Chris Wildgoose
Retail Price: USD $19.99 / CAD $21.99 / GBP £12.99
On Sale Month/Date: July 2013
Diamond Code: MAY131178
Improper Books is a comic and graphic novel imprint focusing on creator owned stories that have a touch of the fairy tale, the Gothic or the macabre.
Benjamin Read writes comics and makes films. He wrote the TRUE GRIT and SUPER 8 comic adaptations, and also wrote and produced the films WARHOUSE and 500 MILES NORTH.
Chris Wildgoose is an illustrator, and conceptual and storyboard artist. Northern born, but London based, Chris made his comic debut with the official TRUE GRIT and SUPER 8 comics.