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
Starburst Magazine #379, July 2012

Online reviews
Ongoing goodreads.com
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19.04.2013 Trapped By Monsters
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06.04.2013 SFX blog
28.03.2013 Ace Comics
15.03.2013 Destination Venus blog
08.03.2012 Travelling Man blog
27.02.2013 Dork Adore
20.02.2013 houseofbetty.com
02.02.2013 downthetubes.net
31.01.2013 Page 45

Podcasts
09.05.2013 Geek Syndicate #206
25.03.2013 Small Press Big Mouth #42
18.03.2013 NonCanonical #152
15.03.2013 The Orbiting Pod #103
04.07.2012 Pop Culture Hound #1
15.06.2012 Small Press Big Mouth #39

Interviews
17.07.2013 FPI blog Director’s Commentary: Porcelain
15.07.2013 Interview with Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose, geekpride.co.uk
13.03.2013 10 Questions: Comics Writer Benjamin Read, downthetubes.net
21.02.2013 Chris Wildgoose interview, houseofbetty.com
05.02.2013 Benjamin Read interview, houseofbetty.com
23.11.2013 The Orbiting Pod #91
22.05.2012 Small Press Big Mouth #38 Bristol interview special