Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose, the writer/artist team behind the comic book adaptions of SUPER 8 and TRUE GRIT, are set to release their new Gothic fairy tale Porcelain, this July, through Improper Books, a comic and graphic novel imprint focusing on creator owned stories that have a touch of the fairy tale, the Gothic or the macabre.
“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.”
“Porcelain is a gorgeous and haunting steampunkesque fairy tale. Creepy, compelling and beautifully realised.”
Kurt Busiek (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.”
Antony Johnston (Wasteland, The Coldest City, Alex Rider graphic novels)
PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE comes to comic book stores everywhere this July via Improper Books.