Some thought scheduling the Black Crown party to kick off Philip Bond's gallery of work at Orbital Comics in London alongside the MCM London Comic Con was a mistake. But, instead, it led to a much bigger turnout as dozens of comics creators schlepped across town from the East End Docklands to WC2.
Shelly Bond and Philip Bond were there of course, as well as other Black Crown creators such as Martin Simpson and Allison Sampson, joined by the likes of Kieron Gillen, David Barnett, Mark Buckingham, Rian Hughes, Glyn Dillon, Ryan O'Sullivan, Alex Paknadel, Ram V, Dan Watters, Sarah Gordon, Dirk Wood, Michael Molcher and more.
I talked to pretty much everyone and Shelly Bond teased all manner of plans to come after the publication of what may be Black Crown's final publication at IDW next year, Hey Amateur.
But for now, here's a little gallery of the assembled throng, some of the pages on display (the Kill Your Boyfriend page came straight from Philip Bond's studio and will be going straight back again) and then the decampment to the nearby Salisbury pub…