Ricky Rouse Has a Gun
Words by Jörg Tittel
Art by John Aggs
Paperback with flaps, 180 pp, $24.95
Rick Rouse is a US Army deserter who, after running away to China, gets a job at Fengxian Amusement Park, a family destination heavily 'inspired' by Western culture, featuring Rambi (the deer with a red headband), Ratman (the caped crusader with a rat's tail), Bumbo (small ears, big behind) and other original characters. The park's general manager is convinced that Rick was destined to greet Fengxian customers dressed as none other than Ricky Rouse. This original graphic novel is a relentless action comedy, a satire of US-China relations, a parody of Western entertainment and a curious look at China, a country that, once we look past its often outrageous infringements, is a culture ripe with innovation and a unique, courageous spirit.
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Jörg Tittel is a writer, producer and director of plays, films and videogames. Notable successes include the critically acclaimed 2+2+2 at the King's Head Theatre, the short film Battle for Britain (starring Julian Glover) and West End success FIESTA (The Sun Also Rises). Jörg's long-term mission is to create beautifully crafted story- and character-driven projects that transcend media. He is a BAFTA member and frequent speaker on cross-platform storytelling. Together with Alex Helfrecht, he co-directed the acclaimed feature film The White King, starring Jonathan Pryce and Fiona Shaw.
John Aggs is a comic book artist, writer and illustrator. He was born in 1984 and studied illustration at University College Falmouth. He has worked on graphic novels, comics, theatre posters, flyers, album covers, film concepts, storyboards, website designs, logos, counters for a board game and, once, designs for a giant robot suit. He lives and works in London.
"Either a thrilling love letter to the remix culture disguised as an action movie from the 80s, or the other way around… Delightful!"— Markus 'Notch' Persson (Creator of Minecraft)
"I loved Ricky Rouse Has A Gun, a comic filled with deaths and yet full of life."— Alejandro Jodorowsky
"Die Hard with an Afghan War back story... Great fun."— Evening Standard