Interview: Stuart Moore and Gus Storms Reclaim EGOs

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After a lengthy hiatus, the creative team behind Image Comics’ EGOs is back in action and ready to serve up more interplanetary crime drama with their upcoming fifth issue. Writer Stuart Moore and artist Gus Storms were kind enough to take some time to chat with the Beat about their series, in addition to humoring […]

The Cover to Nonplayer #2 and how to make money as an artist

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Some rambling thoughts on various aspects of making comics and making money.

I alluded earlier to the sudden announcement that Nonplayer #2 by Nate Simpson was finished and would be presumably be coming out later this year. Simpson has written a much longer piece complete with a FAQ confirming that the issue will be in the May solicitations from Image; he’s contacted Image about reprinting issue #1 but no response yet, and Warners—which had optioned the comic—has let their rights lapse, so it’s there for the taking. And then he gets to why it took 3 1/2 years to draw the comic. It’s a long answer but I’ll lift a graph:

Stjepan Sejic is the new artist on Rat Queens

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Following the departure of co-creator Roc Upchurch, Rat Queens is getting a new artist for issues 9-11: Stjepan Sejic, already an Image name for his work on Sunstone.

Kurtis J. Wiebe continues as writer of the popular female-led sword-and-sorcery title. Tess Fowler is drawing the The RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: BRAGA #1, which comes out on January 14, with Sejic taking over for issue #9 out on February 25.

‘Henshin’ – A Series of Transformative Shorts from Niimura Coming in January

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by Zachary Clemente CHANGE IS THE CONSTANT IN KEN NIIMURA’S HENSHIN – A short story collection exploring life in modern Tokyo. I feel like everybody has days that are just so important to them that can always be recalled; the feelings and emotions crashing back through as strong as ever. For me, one of these days […]

Ríos, Robinson and Graham join Image Expo

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Just what it says. Brandon Graham, Emma Ríos and James Robinson are joining the crowd at Image Expo, to be held January 8th in San Francisco. They join already announced Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA), Todd McFarlane (SPAWN), Scott Snyder (WYTCHES), Emi Lenox (EMITOWN), Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow), and Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men). As you may […]

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber offer “The Fix” in 2015

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Writer Nick Spencer just posted this teaser image for what seems to be a new Image book, drawn by Steve Lieber, his Superior Foes of Spider-Man collaborator. Completing the “get to know each other at big two, go to Image for honeymoon” move that so many have been making.

While the image and title seem to suggest a series about neutering beagles, we suspect it may be more compelling than that.

Hickman & Bodenheim Bring ‘The Dying And The Dead’ To Image Surprising No One

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by Zachary Clemente “The last story of the Greatest Generation” Don’t let the semi-snarky headline fool you – I love me some Hickman Madness. Secret with artist Bodenheim was one of my favorite short series releases of the past two years and I adore both Manhattan Projects and East of West. Beyond his actual work, what really […]

Upchurch removed as Rat Queens artist following arrest

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Rat Queens co-creator Kurtis J. Wiebe has posted a statement regarding his co-creator Roc Upchurch’s recent arrest for domestic violence after attacking his ex-wife. The upshot: Upchurch is off the book.

Chris Pratt to maybe possibly star in Cowboy Ninja Viking

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With 56 super franchise movies coming at ya in the next six years, The Beat has been keeping an eye on whether any of those zillions of non Marvel/DC comics options might be getting closer to the screen. And the answer is sort of yes. For instance Cowboy, Ninja Viking, written by AJ Lieberman and […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: The Year in Comics on TV

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Recorded at Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast, the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Publishers Weekly’s Best Graphic Novels of […]

Video: Dating tips with Fraction and Zdarsky

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We’ve finally reached the place where cartoonists are giving dating advice in short videos. That it is the SEX CRIMINALS team of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky should come as no surprise, as they were seemingly genetically bred for this task. The duo appear in a video on EW to talk about their new “advice” book Just the Tips and tell some dating stories. Zdarsky definitely wins this one, and it’s true if there’s no one to talk to, breaking up is hard.

Raucous & Ludicrous, ‘Bitch Planet #1′ Is A Exploit Of Contemplative Conflict [Advanced Review]

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by Zachary Clemente Script by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Art/Covers by Valentine De Landro, Colors by Cris Peter, Letters by Clayton Cowles, Cover Design by Rian Hughes, Backmatter Design by Lauren McCubbin, Edited by Lauren Sankovitch, Published by Image Comics. A science-fiction take on the Women in Prison exploitation feature, BITCH PLANET follows five prisoners on an all-female penal planet, ready to make their escape by […]

Catching up on Image’s new Teasers: Rundown, Vesuvius and more

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Okay so Image has been teasing team members of a new super team book from the last few days—smart money says Jay Faerber may be involved—and just for reference, it’s shaping up to be quite a team of misfits and characters!

Image Comics Jumps The Atlantic for Thought Bubble

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by Zachary Clemente   IMAGE COMICS AT THOUGHT BUBBLE 2014 Image Comics panels, signings, and a WYTCHES variant for sale I can remember a day when Image went to two or three shows a year and that was it. Those days are (thankfully) long gone. If you’re headed out to UK’s greatest comics show, Thought […]

On Sale Today Preview: Tooth and Claw #1 by Busiek and Dewey

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At the summer Image Expo one of the most notable announcements was Tooth and Claw by Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey. Not only did it mark the return of Busiek with a new comic for the first time in years, but Dewey’s art looked amazing. The story involves high fantasy, with animal protagonists and Game of Thrones level intrigue. The first issue is on sale today in a bargain format: just $2.99 for 40 pages of story. As you can see from the preview pagesk, this is one spectacular comic.

One of the best things comics do is world-building and this looks to be a strong examples of that by Busiek and Dewey.

Image teases Luminary and The Recluse

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Image has jumped on the teaser bandwagon with what seems to be two new series. Lumosity is about the daughter of the President of the US having superpowers (attn: Shonda Rhimes), and The Recluse seems to be a less high concept tale.

Will these be coming the books announced at January’s Image Expo? Or just in next weeks solicitations?