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Vatican Denies Stealing Box of Blast Furnace Advance Copies from Ryan Browne's House

Written by Jude "P. Priest" Terror on Friday, December 11 2015 and posted in News with Benefits

Vatican Denies Stealing Box of Blast Furnace Advance Copies from Ryan Browne's House

The advance copies were signed for by a "P. Priest" when FedEx attempted to deliver them to creator Ryan Browne.


Source: Twitter

Officials in Vatican City today denied accusations that the Catholic Church sent agents to cartoonist Ryan Browne's house to steal advance copies of the comic book Blast Furnace, according to Reuters. The denials came in response to reports from Browne on Twitter that an unidentified person known only as "P. Priest" signed for the package of books from Fed Ex. The name is one of several aliases believed to be used by Church agents to engage in top secret assassination, espionage, and comic book stealing operations.

"These accusations are totally ridiculous!" said Archbishop Carroll O'Connor, which was somewhat odd, since no one had directly accused the Church of being involved at that time. "The Catholic Church would not use its vast wealth and resources to engage in petty theft, even for a highly anticipated comic book that Pope Francis is really looking forward to."

Blast Furnace: Recreational Thief, a 280 page color graphic novel that was funded on Kickstarter with more than $34,000, is set to be delivered to backers soon. Proof copies were shipped to Browne, who tweeted, "Hey awesome! Someone who isn't me signed for the Blast Furnace advanced copies and stole them. Thanks for nothing, @FedEx," adding in another tweet, "it was just the advance copies to make sure everything came out right. It was signed for by someone named P. Priest." Blast Furnace was described by Browne in an interview with some crappy comic book website as an improv comic, "based on the idea of Scott McCloud's 24 hour comic, but done over a long period of time."

Though the Vatican denies having anything to do with the heist, Pope Francis is a known lover of comic books like Ms. Marvel, a critic of variant covers and other stunt-publishing gimmicks, and a skilled Magic: The Gathering player, so it's not out of the question that he would be interested in obtaining early copies of Blast Furnace. However, the pontiff himself took to the podium in St. Peter's Square to deny the claims at this morning's ceremonies, stating, "Blast Furnace is an amazing comic book, but stealing is against God's will, and so I would never do it." Asked how he could know the comic was amazing if he hadn't read it, Pope Francis quickly changed the subject, launching into a bizarre homily about ducks with guns, the point of which was that he believed someone was trying to frame him to cover up their own involvement in the affair.

The Outhouse will keep readers updated on the whereabouts of Ryan Browne's stolen comics, and we hope that he's able to obtain new copies and get the comic out to readers who are not the avatars of God on Earth soon. It really is a great comic, especially the part abou... we mean, it's sure to be a really good book that we definitely haven't read yet.





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