Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale

Story: Benjamin Read
Art: Chris Wildgoose
Colours: Andre May
Flatting: Alexa Rosa
Lettering: Jim Campbell

RRP: USD $19.99 / CAD $21.99 / GBP £12.99
ISBN: 978-1-4474-6131-9
Diamond Code: MAY131178

Format: full colour; 96 pages; soft cover, perfect bound, 178mm width x 245mm height (7” x 10”)

Child's journey over the wall changes her life forever when she meets the Porcelain Maker.

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.

Suggested for Young Adults and above.

“Porcelain is a gorgeous and haunting steampunkesque fairy tale. Creepy, compelling and beautifully realised.” Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Avengers, Conan, Marvels)

“Porcelain is a gorgeous, gothic fever dream, beautiful and terrifying and funny and sad all at once. It is also that precious rarity, a perfect comic.” Lev Grossman (The Magicians, The Magician King)

“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)

“I loved the feel of it, like an old-school faerie tale. Tight and well-written. A little mystery, a little humor, a little horror. It made me smile in places and get a little weepy in others. Everything I want in a story.” Patrick Rothfuss (Name of the Wind, Wise Man’s Fear)

“Art nouveau and steampunk with more than a hint of Bluebeard, Porcelain is a delightfully dark tale, stunningly told.” Mary Talbot (Dotter Of Her Father’s Eyes)

You can also download a PDF version of Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale 12 page preview.

Magazine columns & reviews
Starburst Magazine #387, March 2013
Geek Syndicate Magazine #5, February 2013
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