On 18th October, IDW publishes the first of Shelly Bond‘s new imprint of comics, Black Crown from IDW, with Kid Lobotomy #1 by Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler. A week after, on October 25th, it will be followed by Black Crown Quarterly, a four-times-a-year anthology of comic books new to Black Crown, both complete stories and teases for other series to come, fitting in with the Black Crown pub theme.
As revealed by Bleeding Cool yesterday, this will include looks as other new titles including Assassinistas and Punks Not Dead, but will be overseen by their own version of EC Comics’ Cryptkeeper, Stacey The Barmaid in Tales From the Black Crown Pub by Rob Davis.
We will also get Canonball Comics: an exquisite corpse comic began by Jamie Coe (Artschooled). Swell Maps by music journalist/novelist Cathi Unsworth. And a new comic book by eighties/nineties pre-Britpop band and Deadline-favourite Cud‘s Will Potter and Carl Puttnam drawn by Philip Bond. You know, people are putting together a revival of Deadline right now, called Missed Deadline. Maybe they should get in touch?
Big Daddy is a rich hotelier who, in a cracked echo of King Lear, appoints his youngest descendant to manage The Suites, a peculiar hotel located behind the Black Crown Pub. Affectionately known as Kid, his good looks and swagger can’t hide a rough childhood of strange therapies and brain operations that have awakened inner demons and psychodramas. This of course makes him eminently qualified to perform lobotomies. A failed rockstar/successful madman gets one last change to prove his worth-and regain his sanity-by turning the hotel that was once his childhood sanctuary into a lucrative business, despite a host of obstacles-including his own sister-who would love nothing more than to see him fail miserably.
Kid Lobotomy is co-created/written by Peter Milligan (Shade, the Changing Man, Brittania, Hellblazer) and illustrated by Tess Fowler (Rat Queens) with “A” covers by Fowler, a “B” cover by Rory Phillips, and a retailer incentive cover by comics superstar Frank Quitely (Jupiter’s Legacy, We3)
• Grab your cockroach! Black Crown debuts here!
• Special 23 pages of story in the first issue!
• Letter columns, creator interviews, process pages & more!
• Previews for upcoming Black Crown series!