This week’s Happy Hour has been usurped by Chuck Varnish, notorious letter hack of the “Last Shout!” letters column in the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY. With the imminent release of the BCQ #4 next Wednesday, October 3, it seemed fitting to allow Chuck one final takeover, since his letter column was edited out of said pending publication due to obscene remarks and unbecoming photographs. Without further ado, here’s Chuck, a week since he was “LIVE AT LEEDS” for the THOUGHT BUBBLE convention.


‘ello mates! Chuck here!

A year ago the Black Crown Massive arrived at Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival in a sweep of rock ‘n’ roll swagger to toast the launch of new cool curated comic-book goodness. And toast we did. Much so. Having forgiven our hangovers, and delivered on our promise of graphic excellence, it’s time to raise a glass again to future fabulousness in lovely Leeds, capital of one of the Yorkshires.

Leeds is rightly lauded as the birthplace of Black Crown mascot band CUD, and bassist/‘Rich & Strange’ co-writer Will Potter can be found attaching a plaque to the Town Hall to claim said fact. Warming up for the weekend in the nominated hotel bar, ‘Punks Not Dead’ pilots Martin Simmonds and David Barnett are spilling their shandies and sharing glimpses of their lavishly packaged Volume One to all and sundry. Sans serif star letterer Aditya Bidikar has flown over from Mumbai specially to claim back the tenner I owe him. Leah Moore is keeping order and taking orders from a safe distance.

What I love about Merry Olde England is that I never have to show my fake ID to get liquor here, despite my juvenile manner. And cider is alcoholic. Like, now you tell me, after pint six. Having wetted our whistles, as I’m told they say, the BLACK CROWN Family raise our glasses to absent Bonds and credit cards across the Atlantic. Merry happy returns!

Chuck Varnish

Don’t miss next week’s Happy Hour live from NEW YORK COMICON! And keep your eye on @blackcrownhq to follow Shelly Bond’s exploits at the show!