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Punk Rock Died When the First Kid Said: Punks Not Dead, New Comic Series

Punks Not Dead

February 28, 2018 | by Jocelyn Hoppa

Punks Not Dead [via Black Crown] is a relatively new comic series (and no, there’s no apostrophe — mainly because in this story there is one specific punk who is not dead, and it’s also the title of a song by The Exploited).

Here’s the back cover blurb:

As if being an awkward, bullied 15-year-old isn't bad enough, "Fergie" Ferguson suddenly discovers he can see dead people. Well, one dead person specifically — the ghost of a certain punk rocker named Sid. Sid's spirit was trapped in London's Heathrow Airport for 40 years until the day he met Fergie. Sid's ghost is now stuck to Fergie — as if Fergie doesn't have enough on his plate, being raised by a single mum whose idea of parenting is strictly fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants. Now Fergie has to contend with an unruly ghost sidekick and some weird, uncontrollable new "abilities." How does the father Fergie never knew fit into this mayhem? And why is the Department for Extra-Usual Affairs showing an interest? Never Mind the Bollocks — all of this plus fish fingers, chunky chips, and endless pints of anarchy in the new monthly series PUNKS NOT DEAD!

Punks Not Dead is co-created by novelist David Barnett (Calling Major Tom, Gideon Smith series) and artist Martin Simmonds (Death Sentence). Part of the initial line of Black Crown, an imprint headed by Shelly Bond (former editor of Vertigo), who has a palpable penchant for ‘90s aesthetics.

You can purchase the first issue now, and issues 2-4 are available for pre-order via IDW Publishing. To learn more about this series, read an interview with the creators at

Issue #1

Punks Not Dead Issue #1 cover

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