Chinese Govt Attempts to Censor Titanium Rain Vol 1

When real-world politics clash with four-color fiction.

Los Angeles, CA (April 21, 2010) – In an  instance of real-world politics affecting the comic industry, ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT’s latest graphic novel series, TITANIUM RAIN, had been severely delay when Chinese printing companies refused to print the book. TITANIUM RAIN, which portrays a civil war in near-future China, was repeatedly rejected by Chinese printers, citing “politically sensitive content” deemed offensive by the PRC.

“What I find very telling about the whole situation is at no point does our book criticize the current Chinese government or any of its policies,” say author/co-artist Josh Finney.  “The scenario I wrote is patterned after the Boxer Rebellion, and is meant to be a statement against ultra-nationalism and ethnic cleansing.  In fact, it is ultra-nationalists in the Chinese military who attempt to overthrow the government in TITANIUM RAIN.”

Until now, Archaia Entertainment printed most of its books through China, an arrangement the publisher has had to reconsider. Clearly China’s cheap manufacturing costs do come at a hidden price.

Censorship.

Controversy over TITANIUM RAIN’s publication may have stemmed from a sequence of pages in the book which show events leading up to a Chinese civil war. A sneak preview of those pages is available here:

http://www.glitchwerk.com/press/.

Written and illustrated by the husband-and-wife team of Josh Finney (Batman, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Kat Rocha (Batman), Titanium Rain Vol. 1 (full color, 152 pages, 6.625” x 10.25” hardcover with dust jacket, $19.95, ISBN 1-932386-72-6) collects the first four chapters of the series. The story is set in the year 2031 and told from the point of view of US Air Force pilot Alec Killian, who is forced to shed some of his humanity in exchange for biotech and machine when a civil war in China spirals into a global conflict.

Despite the numerous production delays TITANIUM RAIN VOL. 1 shipped to comic stores nationwide this Wednesday, and will be in bookstores the following week.

More information about author Josh Finney and his reasons for penning TITANIUM RAIN can be found here:

http://comicrelated.com/news/3086/worlds-within-worlds

About Archaia

Founded in 2002, Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. With a slate including the popular Eisner Award-winning title Mouse Guard, as well as Awakening, Gunnerkrigg Court, The Killer, Robotika, Killing Pickman, Artesia and the Publisher’s latest additions of Titanium Rain, God Machine, Roddenberry Productions’ Days Missing, The Jim Henson Company library and Mr. Murder Is Dead and Lucid with Zachary Quinto’s production company, Before the Door Pictures, Archaia has become synonymous with quality content. For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/archaiacomics), MySpace (www.myspace.com/archaiacomics) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/archaiacomics).

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  2. Buz says:

    This could be good pr for the book!