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‘Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale’ Gets A July Release!

“Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale” was initially a limited UK indie release which sold in a month’s time. Now being distributed by Improper Books, the graphic novel is available for pre-order from Diamond and is expected to release in July.

“Porcelain” is written by Benjamin Read, illustrated by Chris Wildgoose, coloured by André May, and lettered by Jim Campbell. The story takes place in a small section of dark magical world. It follows the story of a street girl known simply Child, who ventures into the infamous Porcelain Maker’s secret garden in a bid to steal whatever she can. As you can imagine, she finds more than she bargained for. We’ll have a review up soon.

Official Press Release:


“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 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.



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