As announced yesterday at Emerald City Comic Con, former VP-Executive Editor of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint Shelly Bond is set to return to the world of comics on 2017 with Black Crown, a brand new imprint of IDW Publishing.
Bond, who built her stellar reputation as an editor on books like Fables, The Invisibles, Sandman: Overture, Lucifer and iZombie, will spearhead the new line, which promises to be so much more than just another imprint. Rather than merely the name of the imprint, Black Crown is also the name of a pub that anchors a mysterious street which connects each creator-owned title. Top creators will tell stories of a singular vision and point of view but will also have the opportunity to intersect with the tapestry of this unprecedented shared environment by way of owning storefront real estate that correlates to their particular creations.
Speaking about the announcement, Bond said “If you know anything about my reputation, you know that I’m selective about story, art, and design. The same applies to a publisher. I can’t think of a better fit for BLACK CROWN than with IDW. They appreciate, share and champion my vision for creating concepts that are first and foremost incredible, unconventional, and riveting comic books. I can’t wait to announce the impressive coterie of creators, both familiar and next wave, who are working as we speak to bring back the bravado to creator-owned comics.”
Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer added “I’ve long admired from afar Shelly’s track record and have been a huge fan of the direction, vision, and creative teams she’s assembled on her books over the years. I’m ecstatic about the idea of getting to work directly with her in building Black Crown into ‘the Ruling Class’ of creator-owned comics.”
While no details of titles and creators have been released yet – although it has been confirmed that they will be “extensively previewed” at July’s Comic-Con International before launching in October 2017 – Bond did provide some hints in an interview with Comicsbeat, saying “I can’t drop names but you can think about the career that I’ve had and the people I’ve worked with and the books that stand out and you’ll see a lot of names come back with interesting collaborators. What’s exciting about comics is when you bring these disparate people together from all different parts of the world and let them have at it.”
Following the news earlier this year that Vertigo founder Karen Berger will be launching a new “Berger Books” imprint with Dark Horse Comics, 2017 promises to deliver something of a Renaissance for creator-owned comics, and with these two stellar editors being given full reign to deliver their own unique vision, it’s going to be incredibly exciting to see how these two imprints play out.