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Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey: A Parody

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Publisher Comments:

The hit series Downton Abbey, upon which this parody graphic novel is based, has been nominated for 16 Emmy Awards in 2012, including an acting nomination for Brendan Coyle, who places valet John Bates (a.k.a. Agent Gates). Our book will release in January 2013, in time for the premiere of season 3 in the U.S.

While the Granville family dutifully entertain their guests at Devonton Abbey, an ace team of Secret Service agents camp out as unsuspecting household staff, protecting the Royal Crown and her citizens from impending world war.

 

Who is aware of the international intrigue concealed below stairs? Will Agent Gates save Britain from her enemies while ensuring Devonton Abbey’s reputation is upheld? Will Lady Margaret secure a proposal from Martin Crawhill, the heir to the estate? Will Thompson and O’Malley ever get lung cancer?

 

“Preposterous.”

 

--The Dowager Countess

 

 

“Wicked and daring. An uproarious adventure suited for anyone who must bear the tedium of reality.”

 

--Lady Margaret

 

 

“The pictures are awfully nice.”

 

--Lady Flora

 

 

“Slanderous…Utter rot.”

 

--Lord Granville

 

 

“A graphic expose that triumphs in its ability to question elitist society and esoteric class systems.”

 

--Lady Cynthia

 

 

“Can I be on the cover?”

 

--Lady Ethel

Review:

"Something is amiss at Devonton Abbey — something even more troubling than the hedge maze's too-easy reputation. Gates, the valet to Lord Granville and secret agent for the Crown, has uncovered a plot to plunge the world into war. Aided by his own steam-powered leg and his fellow agents at Devonton — including the dowager countess, Devonton's leader of secret operations — Gates must stop the villains while maintaining his cover and keeping things running smoothly in the upstairs/downstairs world. Subhiyah creates a credible, paranormal spy story that stands on its own — with an added layer of humor as a parody of the popular Downton Abbey. Familiar characters are taken to their extremes, and the story's over-the-top conceit highlights even more clearly the absurdities of their normal lives. Hilton's illustrations are spot on, accurately portraying the actors from the television show while also capturing the atmosphere of steampunk spy action with the deadpan execution of popular web comics such as Wondermark." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

While the Granville family dutifully entertain their guests at Devonton Abbey, an ace team of Secret Service agents camp out as unsuspecting household staff, protecting the Royal Crown and her citizens from impending world war.

 

Who is aware of the international intrigue concealed below stairs? Will Agent Gates save Britain from her enemies while ensuring Devonton Abbey’s reputation is upheld? Will Lady Margaret secure a proposal from Martin Crawhill, the heir to the estate? Will Thompson and O’Malley ever get lung cancer?

 

“Preposterous.”

 

--The Dowager Countess

 

 

“Wicked and daring. An uproarious adventure suited for anyone who must bear the tedium of reality.”

 

--Lady Margaret

 

 

“The pictures are awfully nice.”

 

--Lady Flora

 

 

“Slanderous…Utter rot.”

 

--Lord Granville

 

 

“A graphic expose that triumphs in its ability to question elitist society and esoteric class systems.”

 

--Lady Cynthia

 

 

“Can I be on the cover?”

 

--Lady Ethel

Synopsis:

Presenting a parody spin on the characters we know and love from the hit show Downton Abbey, this story is told through the eyes of the downstairs staff—especially one secretly badass valet John Gates, who turns out to be an undercover spy for Her Royal Majesty's British Secret Intelligence Agency (the SIS). Gates and several other Devonton staffers are part of a nationwide top-secret division of operatives scattered throughout country estates, all supervised by (who else?) the Dowager Countess, a close personal friend of Queen Victoria herself.

Armed with his own superpower—his limp disguises a steampunk titanium leg perfect for dispatching enemies of the crown—Gates's mission is to protect Devonton Abbey from foreign spies, assassination attempts, and traitorous household staff, all while posing as the valet to the utterly clueless Lord Samson. Action-packed antics ensue, romance blossons, and, as usual, the downstairs crew continues to run the show...and always saves the day.

About the Author

Camaren Subhiyah is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor at Random House. A die-hard Downton Abbey fan and unabashed Anglophile, she would happily swap penicillin for a world filled with tweedy three-piece suits and Poiret evening dresses.

 

Kyle Hilton is an established illustrator from Jackson, Mississippi whose work has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, The Huffington Post, and New York Magazine. He'll keep his penicillin.

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reader2013, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by reader2013)
As a professor of a literature survey course, I have noticed in the last 2 editions of our literary anthology the inclusion of short graphic novels. I confess I've avoided them -- until Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey caught my attention. Downton Abbey fans will adore seeing their favorite characters lampooned in such exquisite detail, both through Subhiyah's writing and Hilton's illustrations. It truly engages through hilarious, clever plot twists -- even if you've never watched an episode of Downton Abbey -- which you most certainly will after this graphic novel whets your appetite for more. I'm going to recommend this to my students, colleagues, and our college library. It's also a great pick for your book club. I look forward to more from Camaren Subhiyah in the future, and hope to see Subhiyah and Hilton team up for more parodies!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781449434342
Author:
Subhiyah Camaren
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Author:
Subhiyah, Camaren
Author:
Hilton, Kyle
Subject:
Cartoons
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20130101
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 6.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Something is amiss at Devonton Abbey — something even more troubling than the hedge maze's too-easy reputation. Gates, the valet to Lord Granville and secret agent for the Crown, has uncovered a plot to plunge the world into war. Aided by his own steam-powered leg and his fellow agents at Devonton — including the dowager countess, Devonton's leader of secret operations — Gates must stop the villains while maintaining his cover and keeping things running smoothly in the upstairs/downstairs world. Subhiyah creates a credible, paranormal spy story that stands on its own — with an added layer of humor as a parody of the popular Downton Abbey. Familiar characters are taken to their extremes, and the story's over-the-top conceit highlights even more clearly the absurdities of their normal lives. Hilton's illustrations are spot on, accurately portraying the actors from the television show while also capturing the atmosphere of steampunk spy action with the deadpan execution of popular web comics such as Wondermark." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , While the Granville family dutifully entertain their guests at Devonton Abbey, an ace team of Secret Service agents camp out as unsuspecting household staff, protecting the Royal Crown and her citizens from impending world war.

 

Who is aware of the international intrigue concealed below stairs? Will Agent Gates save Britain from her enemies while ensuring Devonton Abbey’s reputation is upheld? Will Lady Margaret secure a proposal from Martin Crawhill, the heir to the estate? Will Thompson and O’Malley ever get lung cancer?

 

“Preposterous.”

 

--The Dowager Countess

 

 

“Wicked and daring. An uproarious adventure suited for anyone who must bear the tedium of reality.”

 

--Lady Margaret

 

 

“The pictures are awfully nice.”

 

--Lady Flora

 

 

“Slanderous…Utter rot.”

 

--Lord Granville

 

 

“A graphic expose that triumphs in its ability to question elitist society and esoteric class systems.”

 

--Lady Cynthia

 

 

“Can I be on the cover?”

 

--Lady Ethel

"Synopsis" by , Presenting a parody spin on the characters we know and love from the hit show Downton Abbey, this story is told through the eyes of the downstairs staff—especially one secretly badass valet John Gates, who turns out to be an undercover spy for Her Royal Majesty's British Secret Intelligence Agency (the SIS). Gates and several other Devonton staffers are part of a nationwide top-secret division of operatives scattered throughout country estates, all supervised by (who else?) the Dowager Countess, a close personal friend of Queen Victoria herself.

Armed with his own superpower—his limp disguises a steampunk titanium leg perfect for dispatching enemies of the crown—Gates's mission is to protect Devonton Abbey from foreign spies, assassination attempts, and traitorous household staff, all while posing as the valet to the utterly clueless Lord Samson. Action-packed antics ensue, romance blossons, and, as usual, the downstairs crew continues to run the show...and always saves the day.

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