Rick Rouse is a US Army deserter who, after running away to China, gets a job at Fengxian Amusement Park – a family destination ‘inspired’ by Western culture, featuring Rambi (the deer with a red headband), Ratman (the caped crusader with a rat’s tail), Bumbo (small ears and a big behind) and other original characters. The park’s general manager hires Rick to greet Fengxian customers dressed in a furry costume. When American terrorists take the entire park hostage, only Ricky Rouse can save the day…
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 a country that, once we look past its often outrageous copyright infringements, is a culture ripe with innovation and a unique, courageous spirit.
The book includes an introduction by Christopher Sprigman, Professor of Law at New York University and author of The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation.
Limited edition hardback
Ahead of its paperback release in September, SelfMadeHero has published a lavishly produced limited-run ‘Gold Edition’ hardback of Ricky Rouse Has a Gun, limited to just 500 copies.
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Released 5 September 2014 (£14.99) and available in all good bookshops.
Jörg Tittel writes, produces and directs plays, films and videogames. Notable successes are 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), an explosive adaptation of Hemingway. Jörg is a BAFTA member and frequent speaker on cross-platform storytelling. Together with partners Alex Helfrecht and Philip Munger, Jörg runs London- and New York-based production company Oiffy. Follow him on Twitter: @newjorg
John Aggs is a comic book artist for adults and children. He has worked with writers such as Phillip Pullman and Robert Muchamore and has been published by the Guardian, Random House, Hachette and many others. Follow him on Twitter: @johnaggs