Improper Books is to publish a new edition of its truly stunning title Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale, which longtime downthetbes readers will recall I gushed about on its debut back in 2010. A much-anticpated sequel, Porcelain: Bone China, will debut at Thought Bubble in November.
The new edition will be available as a UK indie release October/November 2015, thanks to supporting UK independent comic shops, followed by a US and International release via Diamond on Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 along with the release of the gorgeous-looking new title, Briar.
Written by Benjamin Read, illustrated by Chris Wildgoose, coloured by André May, and lettered by Jim Campbell, Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale is set within a world that’s a magical echo of our own. If is the story of Child, an urchin, who leaves behind the cold streets of a snowy city when she climbs the high wall into the Porcelain Maker’s garden.
Released to wide critical acclaim amongst readers, fellow creators, and the comic press, the book has since gone on to be translated and published in France by Éditions Delcourt.
Although a completely standalone story, Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale is the first part of a trilogy – with volumes II and III, Bone China and Ivory Tower, out soon. The books follow Child into adulthood, and tell the epic story of one woman’s grand and terrible life, and the marks she leaves on the world.
The updated edition of Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale features new chapter plates created for the release of Delcourt’s French edition, plus new making of material and sketches, including a ‘Director’s Commentary’ from Benjamin and Chris originally published on the Forbidden Planet International blog.
• Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale, 2nd edition, has its UK limited indie release – October/November 2015 and US and International release – Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 (Diamond: OCT151510)