Vital Publishing was formed in January 2015 by the publishers Marc De Launay and John Farman, who had previously collaborated whilst John was writing/ publishing under the Black Hearted Press label.
This culminated in School of the Damned being optioned for a feature length film. A few months later School of the Damned also won 2 SICBA’s at Glasgow Comic Con.
John Left BHP in the Spring of 2014 and joined forces with Marc to relaunch already established titles such as School of the Damned and Royal Descent, the latter causing a media stir and angering the Daily Mail in particular as they decried the comic as ‘A sick version of the hunger games’.
As well as these established titles Vital will also be publishing Tales of the Damned, the sister title to SOTD as well as Purity Ring, a brutal satirical slasher set against the backdrop of middle America and Tea Party politics. For Purity Ring see Heathers meets Halloween.
Vital Publishing has a full year of monthly titles and trade paperbacks scheduled you can find out more on their Facebook and Twitter with their website due to launch in late April. In the meantime you can always just pop along to their table and say hi!
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John will be joining us to do an introduction to comic book writing workshop, which he has done in the past at the Glasgow Comic Con and the CCA. He will be talking about the motivations for writing and the clarity of idea, character and emotional resonance, as well as the logistics for creating comics.
He will also hold a Q&A session, where he will be happy to give advice on making your own books!
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