The first title from Shelly Bond’s Black Crown imprint has been announced at WonderCon this afternoon and it’s by veteran Peter Milligan and artist Tess Fowler. So you can see this pub is going to have some star studded customers standing at the bar.
Deets to come. It here’s the PR:
Earlier this month, Shelly Bond made headlines when she announced BLACK CROWN, her new creator-owned imprint during IDW’s ECCC panel. She’s back at it again, this time at WonderCon, with juicy details to divulge about how Black Crown is taking shape, and she’s invited Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler to headline the imprint’s debut.
Milligan (Shade, the Changing Man) and Fowler (Rat Queens) will team on KID LOBOTOMY, which will not only kick off Black Crown in face-melting fashion, but also set the tone of the buzz-worthy and hotly anticipated new line (no pressure, guys)!
Kid, as he’s affectionately referred to, is the youngest descendant of a strange, overbearing hotelier. While he sports rock star good looks, Kid Lobotomy has more in common with Hannibal than Morrissey in his prime. Unsuspecting hotel guests who check in to “The Suites” are in danger of losing more than their luggage. Living up to his name, Kid has shed a few brain cells in his day, which naturally makes him qualified to perform a lobotomy or two. And why let those brain bits go to waste when he can use them to help — or unwittingly harm — his subjects? Ultimately, Kid hopes to restore some of his sanity. But can he survive the truth about his cursed lineage and face what runs rampant throughout the torturous hotel hallways? Simply put, you’ve never read anything like this.
Editor Shelly Bond proclaimed that “Peter Milligan is one of the most talented writers in the history of the written word. One of comics’ original provocateurs, Milligan is quietly crafting a new monthly series that’s worthy of your consideration. In other words: He. Cannot. Be. Stopped. It was either give him the BLACK CROWN debut series or commit him to the nearest… posh hotel… so he can get on with his goddamn writing!”
Co-Creator/writer Peter Milligan added, “KID LOBOTOMY is a sub-cranial gothic scream of obsession, love, and the perennial dream of an upgrade to the executive suite. Torn from the deepest region of my hippocampus and hurled at an unsuspecting world, this is different from anything I’ve written and unlike anything you’ve read.”
“Fortunately,” Bond continues, “Milligan is aided and abetted by co-creator/artist extraordinaire Tess Fowler, whose bold storytelling, lush inks and affinity for all things dark and twisted will no doubt make KID LOBOTOMY your new favorite monthly series.”
Tess Fowler was quoted as saying, “I’ve just done the comic artist equivalent of running off to join the circus. Send help. No wait. Don’t. Just come with me.”
KID LOBOTOMY will be extensively previewed at July’s Comic-Con International and launch in October 2017.
Well, this sounds boring. If Kid Lobotomy is the future of Black Crown, sounds like we’re getting more of what Bond did at Vertigo when she took over from Karen Berger: all flash, but no substance or meaning.
Bond worked best under Berger IMHO – books she did, Fables, Invisibles, American Virgin, had something to say, had weight. But that’s from Berger curating the line.
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