Saturday 26 May 2012


BRITISH model Amanda Swan made her signing debut at London's KAPOW Comic Con with her new title AMANDA SWAN: THE HELLFIRE LEGACY.
Rough Cut Comics have built the action-adventure title around the performer who is best known as a photographic muse and featured artist on the Sky Arts network.
The comic portrays Amanda as a celebrity IT girl who masquerades as a masked vigilante determined to bring down a secret organisation which has originated from London's notorious Hellfire Club.
The creators amalgamated elements of Catwoman, Lara Croft and the cult fantasy film Highlander to create an original comic-book franchise.

SWAN LAKE: Amanda Swan at the Rough Cut Comics stand
at KAPOW with Stuart Gould (UK Comics) and Ed Murphy
 (Publisher and co-creator of the Amanda Swan title).
The Rough Cut Comics-title is a UK first - a licensed property based upon a popular photographic model personality.There are dozens of companies in the States who produce these successful comic-books, but none has been created in the UK until now."I'm honoured to be the first," said Amanda at last weekend official launch."This is a very exciting project for me and I'm glad to be part of it."
Amanda signed copies of the comic and had her photographs taken with dozens of fans at the event held at the London Business Design Centre.
We will be posting Amanda's live appearances throughout 2012 to promote the comic ... exclusively on Rough Cut Comics' Facebook page:!/pages/Rough-Cut-Comics/142598199129432
If you don't want to miss out on dates, special offers or competitions, then go "like" the page.
The comic-title will be distributed into shops through Diamond Comic Distributors and will be featured in the July edition of the company's Previews catalogue.
But don't listen to our unbiased blurb, here's industry experts DownTheTubes review of the title:

Monday 21 May 2012


EVERYONE who has read the ROSE BLACK series from Rough Cut Comics agrees it is the most original "new" take on vampire fiction.
Critically, writers from The Comics Journal to Britain's Down The Tubes have hailed the main character - a 600-year-old bloodsucker with a deeply-embedded religious zeal and a passion to rid mankind of evil - as a true original. Everyone has claimed the central twist at the end of the first book is something they just didn't see coming ... and has never been done before.
Since 2003, the Rose Black series has shifted around 10,000 copies (in its various presentations: whether it be mini-series, one-shot, collected trade paperback and recently, as an original graphic novel).Every year, Rough Cut Comics finds new readers who had never heard of the character ... and are more than pleased to make her acquaintance when they get their full pitch of the story.
SHE'S A VAMP: Rose Black at the
 Rough Cut Comics stand at KAPOW
Since launching the series, the publisher promoted the character with a live-action Rose Black model appearing at comic conventions and showcase events.As such, Rose Black has adorned the pages of national newspapers The Daily Mirror and The Sun, as well as magazines such as Naked and the now-defunct Wizard.
The latest "Rose Black" made her debut at this year's KAPOW Comic Con in London last weekend.
Celebrated British cosplay performer Jackie Kennedy (LadydChaos) took over the reigns in the Business Design Centre ... and made a huge impact bringing new readers to the Rough Cut Comics booth on Saturday.
If you attend any of the London Film and Comic Shows and the Showmasters events, as well as any in the fan-based calendar, you'll possibly know LadydChaos. She's been everyone from CatWoman to SheHulk; Battlestar Galactica's Six to Lara Croft.
Her painstaking dedication to costumes made her Chaos Comics' No 1 choice for their Lady Death character.
And the statuesque model, who is just under six-foot-tall in her flats, brought Rough Cut Comics' bloodsucking British secret agent alive with fine panache.Rose is adorned here in her standard issue M16 regalia ... a look that had been previously favoured by Dana Scully in the X-Files series and used in small portions of ROSE BLACK and DEMON SEED.The character's standard issue leather catsuit had always been a difficult image to pull off ... and the 'look' was originally favoured back in 2002 when the comic was being put together ... as a direct hommage to the old-fashion British action heroines and the Danger Girl series.
POISED: Rose Black in action
in the comic-book series.
A year after Rose Black was released in comic shops in the UK and the States, Kate Beckinsdale appeared in the big-screen in a similiar garb for the Underworld series of the movies.
We've maintained the catsuit image throughout the series, but for the next book - provisionally titled ROSE BLACK: THE GOD PARTICLE - she'll be settling more into the tightly-fitted suit we saw the live-action Rose fashion at KAPOW.We hope everyone enjoyed having their photographs taken with the character and hope all readers enjoy dipping into the series for their first time. If you're on Facebook, please feel free to share the photographs on our page. We may have a little gift for the best ones we see published.During the weekend, Rose brushed shoulders with Nick Frost and Jonathan Ross, comic writers Warren Ellis and Paul Cornell; and all our friends at SFX Magazine. (Later, as Jackie manifested as DC Comics Poison Ivy, she spent the afternoon with Avengers Tony Stark, Thor and Captain America; as well as The Thing and the Scarlet Witch).If you didn't manage to get along to see us at KAPOW, we hope you'll be able to join us at the Glasgow Comic Con on June 30 and July 1.
But if you're intrigued by what you've heard about Rose Black, take a visit to our online store and purchase any of the books currently available. We don't think you'll disappointed.Check out:
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Friday 11 May 2012


SINCE last weekend's Free Comic Book Day, where we gave away ROSE BLACK#0 with all online sales, there's been a huge surge of interest in the company's longest running character. Rose is a 600-year-old bloodsucker … in a world where vampires don’t exist. Intrigued?
The titular character is an amalgam of Marvel’s Black Widow and 2000AD’s Durham Red; a statuesque beauty standing more than six-feet-tall who would be able to turn James Bond into a Vodka Martini Bloody Mary with a single blow
... leaving him shaken AND stirred.
But the heart of the series is reckoned to be a truly original 're-imagining' of vampire mythology … and critics believe it is unlike anything which has
gone before.
When we first encounter Rose, she has been hiding in a French monastery for two decades and is reactivated into the British Secret Service to track down the agents of a sinister cabal hidden within the Vatican … a group whose leader knows what Rose Black truly is.
And we don’t think you’ll see this coming!
The series was created in 2003 by Rough Cut Comics Publisher Ed Murphy and has been developed by a variety of writers and artists, but the key elements have been scripted by Murphy and writing partner Tom Campbell.
The character and style of the series harks back to the creators' love of 2000AD ... circa 1977. The early stories retain that true-Brit style and composition.
The first instalments were compiled into a trade paperback ROSE BLACK: BOOK ONE and last year, the publishers produced an original graphic novel ROSE BLACK: DEMON SEED.
Rough Cut Comics will be re-releasing the ROSE BLACK series at KAPOW Comic Con at the London Business Design Centre next Saturday (May 19).
Rose Black herself and creator Ed Murphy will be sited at Stand 180 in Artists Alley. For further information and more Rose Black artwork, follow Rough Cut Comics’ Facebook page:!/pages/Rough-Cut-Comics/142598199129432