SPOILER: THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE BOOK TRAILER
You might have seen the news that we’ll be publishing Jörg Tittel and John Aggs’ irreverent satire Ricky Rouse Has A Gun in September (with a limited edition hardback available in June).
Well, now we can reveal the brilliantly bonkers promo video. It tells the story of a lonely Chinese rip-off mascot finding love in London, and it features an original song by UNKLE‘s James Lavelle (Sexy Beast), curator of this year’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre.
Set in a knockoff Disney theme park, Ricky Rouse Has a Gun is a relentless action comedy, a satire of US-China relations, and a parody of Western entertainment. It follows the story of Rick Rouse, a US army deserter who takes a job at Fengxian Amusement Park, a family destination heavily “inspired” by Western culture, featuring Rambi (the deer with the red headband), Ratman (the caped crusader with a rat’s tail), Bumbo (small ears, big behind), and other original characters. But when American terrorists take the entire park hostage, only Ricky Rouse can save the day. In a furry costume. This original graphic novel takes a curious look at China – 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 features an introduction by Christopher Sprigman, Professor of Law at New York University and author of The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation.
Find out how to pre-order the limited edition hardback (out 12th June) here.