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Comics A.M. | The U.K.’s ‘most controversial comic book ever’?

Royal Descent

Royal Descent

Comics | You can’t buy this kind of publicity: Before the comic has even debuted, the U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail eagerly reports Royal Descent is being “slammed” by critics for its depiction of a thinly disguised Royal Family forced to fight to the death in a Battle Royale- or Hunger Games-style tournament. Not content to let the book be “slammed” by anonymous “enthusiasts,” writer John Farman joins in, saying, “I personally believe this is possibly the most controversial comic book to ever come out of the United Kingdom.” How’s that for hype? Royal Descent #1 arrives Nov. 6 from Edinburgh publisher Black Hearted Press. [Daily Mail]

Digital comics | Deb Aoki fleshes out some of the details of Crunchyroll’s new streaming manga service, which will feature chapters of Kodansha manga the same day they are released in Japan, for free. The subscription service allows readers access to all chapters of the manga for a monthly fee, not unlike Marvel Unlimited. [Publishers Weekly]

Woman Rebel

Woman Rebel

Creators | Peter Bagge talks about the subject of his latest graphic novel, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story. [The Raw Story]

Creators | Andrew Hope, the writer of Marvel’s Fantomex MAX, visited Iowa City’s Daydream Comics for Halloween ComicFest, and talked a bit about the jobs he lost (he didn’t put enough T&A in his version of Ms. Victory, and Zombie World was canceled) and the one he got: He looked at a failed Fantomex pitch, realized it lacked character development, and rewrote it as if it were a movie screenplay, with story arcs and characters who grew. [Iowa City Press-Citizen]

Creators | Neil Gibson, creator of the horror comic Twisted Dark, is pivoting in a new direction: He’s making a comic for children. []

Creators | Mel Cooke profiles the Jamaican creator Andrew Francis, who has created a Jamaican superhero, The Cat, in a graphic novel written in Jamaican patois. [The Gleaner]

Comic Book Creator

Comic Book Creator

Publishing | Jon B. Cooke went from publishing his own handmade fanzine as a teenager to starting up the national magazine Comic Book Artist in the 1990s; now he’s launched a new magazine, Comic Book Creator. [Providence Journal]

Publishing | Atul Sethi talks to two Indian entrepreneurs who quit stable, well-paying jobs to start their own comics publishing companies. [The Times of India]

Conventions | The inaugural Green Country Comics and Gaming Convention drew hundreds of fans to the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marriott this past weekend. The event featured tabletop and console gaming, cosplay, and an Artists Alley filled with local creators. [Sapulpa Herald]

Conventions | The Comic Book City Con in Greensboro, North Carolina, also had successful debut show, with guests that included Mark Waid and Jonathan Hickman, a cosplay contest, an array of panels, and even superhero-themed burgers from a local diner. [Greensboro News-Record]

Retailing | Mostly Comics in St. Catharines, Ontario, plans to reopen next month after recuperating from damage caused by a burst pipe in June. [St. Catharines Standard]



Poor excuse for article? Can I call it that?

The year is 2013, there should no longer be a royal family. That entire establishment should be equal to the average citizen and its not therefore they should be satirized and lampooned extensively.

Daily Mail hates britain, its has some unrealistic dream of britain that never exists.

These guys know F.A about Britain.

Anybody remember Morrison and Millar’s Big Dave in 2000A.D?

Hellblazer was more edgy when it came to this sort of subject matter.

No-one here with any sense actually gives a fuck about that bunch of over privileged, useless, upper class scrounging wankers we call the “Royals”.

They’re an institution that should’ve died out long ago, were it not for middle class idiots who actually give a toss which dress Kate is wearing this week.

Maybe in Daily Mail land, where everybody who’s not at least white, middle class and over forty should be hung for being an affront to Britannia.

But to the rest of us, who grew up on satiric comedy and comic books not about super heroes, this is just a storm in a very small and rapidly falling out of date Royal Doulton teacup.

Hi JSayonara, maybe you should pick up the book and see what the fuss is about..

You can buy it here,

All the best

Remember that Hellblazer issue where Prince Charles got possessed by the demon butcher that previously took over Jack the Ripper and the Royal Fixer hired John to stop it before he ate somebody rich?

And now John’s a regular guest star in all the Justice League books. Oh how the mighty have risen.

after Mili-Dad-gate does anyone with two brain-cells to rub together even give a flying rat’s ass about anything the Mail says any more?

UK’s most controversial comic? Sounds crassly gratuitous. Give me the smart, kick in the teeth insurrection in any of Milligan/McCarthy’s work instead.

Mummra the Ever Living

October 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I’m pretty certain Black Hearted Press are Glasgow based, not Edinburgh.

Hi John,

Well done on getting a a pasting from the Daily Mail. It’s the best possible press you could have gotten. I wish you the best of luck. it’s always good to see more British small press titles getting coverage.

As for Big Dave, Morrison and Millar slaughtered the royals in that series and yet one of them got a knighthood.

Best of British, eh?

Hi Andy, yes indeed in very impressive company there for sure, as well as the Ennis Hellblazer story with Chuck, one of my personal favourite storylines. I would like to think this book pushes the boundries even further than the above, (Opening myself up for a doing here, as they would say in Glasgow!) however not saying Royal Descent is a better book or anything, just very different, a little more in your face with each preceding issue. I also grew up reading 2000AD and all of the British new wave, Milligan was an inspiration back then as well as Alan Moore, John Wagner, Alan Grant and in particular Grant Morrison, I like to think this book has a little of the spirit of anarchy and excitement that those writers enchanted me with when I was just beginning to discover ‘real comics’!

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