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Comics A.M. | The U.K.’s ‘most controversial comic book ever’?

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Comics | You can’t buy this kind of publicity: Before the comic has even debuted, the U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail eagerly reports Royal Descent is being “slammed” by critics for its depiction of a thinly disguised Royal Family forced to fight to the death in a Battle Royale– or Hunger Games-style tournament. Not content to let the book be “slammed” by anonymous “enthusiasts,” writer John Farman joins in, saying, “I personally believe this is possibly the most controversial comic book to ever come out of the United Kingdom.” How’s that for hype? Royal Descent #1 arrives Nov. 6 from Edinburgh publisher Black Hearted Press. [Daily Mail]

Digital comics | Deb Aoki fleshes out some of the details of Crunchyroll’s new streaming manga service, which will feature chapters of Kodansha manga the same day they are released in Japan, for free. The subscription service allows readers access to all chapters of the manga for a monthly fee, not unlike Marvel Unlimited. [Publishers Weekly]


Creators | Peter Bagge talks about the subject of his latest graphic novel, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story. [The Raw Story]

Creators | Andrew Hope, the writer of Marvel’s Fantomex MAX, visited Iowa City’s Daydream Comics for Halloween ComicFest, and talked a bit about the jobs he lost (he didn’t put enough T&A in his version of Ms. Victory, and Zombie World was canceled) and the one he got: He looked at a failed Fantomex pitch, realized it lacked character development, and rewrote it as if it were a movie screenplay, with story arcs and characters who grew. [Iowa City Press-Citizen]

Creators | Neil Gibson, creator of the horror comic Twisted Dark, is pivoting in a new direction: He’s making a comic for children. [Comicbook.com]

Creators | Mel Cooke profiles the Jamaican creator Andrew Francis, who has created a Jamaican superhero, The Cat, in a graphic novel written in Jamaican patois. [The Gleaner]


Publishing | Jon B. Cooke went from publishing his own handmade fanzine as a teenager to starting up the national magazine Comic Book Artist in the 1990s; now he’s launched a new magazine, Comic Book Creator. [Providence Journal]

Publishing | Atul Sethi talks to two Indian entrepreneurs who quit stable, well-paying jobs to start their own comics publishing companies. [The Times of India]

Conventions | The inaugural Green Country Comics and Gaming Convention drew hundreds of fans to the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marriott this past weekend. The event featured tabletop and console gaming, cosplay, and an Artists Alley filled with local creators. [Sapulpa Herald]

Conventions | The Comic Book City Con in Greensboro, North Carolina, also had successful debut show, with guests that included Mark Waid and Jonathan Hickman, a cosplay contest, an array of panels, and even superhero-themed burgers from a local diner. [Greensboro News-Record]

Retailing | Mostly Comics in St. Catharines, Ontario, plans to reopen next month after recuperating from damage caused by a burst pipe in June. [St. Catharines Standard]