Image Expo Pulls Double Duty As A Retailers Summit

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by Zachary Clemente Not only is Image ramping up to their 4th (count ‘em!) announcement fest in January, but they’ve also doubled the programming, adding a second day to the extravaganza for retailers. At the last Image Expo the day before San Diego Comic-Con, Publisher Eric Stephenson delivered a rousing opening speech about the changing world […]

Image Expo coming back in January—new books from Vaughan, Snyder, McFarlane, Liu, Lenox and Lemire?

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Image Expo, the “Apple announcements” of comics is returning for a fourth outing in January on January 8th, once again at the Yerba Buena the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The creator line-up includes Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, Y: The Last Man), Todd McFarlane (SPAWN), Scott Snyder (WYTCHES, Batman), Emi Lenox (EMITOWN), Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Trillium), and Marjorie Liu(Astonishing X-Men) but SPECIAL GUESTS are promised. It would not be a stretch to guess that the above named creators will be announcing new projects from Image.

‘Sunshine & Roses’ – A New Story in Lapham’s ‘Stray Bullets’

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by Zachary Clemente STRAY BULLETS: SUNSHINE & ROSES A NEW PATH OF VIOLENCE The cult classic begins a new story arc about love and bad decisions Award-winning creator David Lapham begins an all-new story arc in the cult classic series STRAY BULLETS with SUNSHINE & ROSES. The new story will center around violence, love, and […]

Secret Panel Launches Print Series based on Image’s ‘Revival’

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by Zachary Clemente CHICAGO, IL – October 20, 2014 – New Chicago limited screen print society, Secret Panel, announced today that they are launching their first print series based on the Image Comics series Revival.  A beautiful ‘rural noir’ that puts a new twist on the zombie genre, created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY […]

31 Days of Halloween: Madame Frankenstein

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The Bride of Frankenstein is one of the enduring archetypes of horror. Invented by James Whale in the immortal film The Bride of Frankenstein, and played with hissing horror by Elsa Lanchester, she symbolizes the essential isolation of the Modern Prometheus—even with a mate specially created for him, the Creature receives nothing but rejection.

Write Jamie Rich and artist Megan Levens have reinvented the character in Madame Frankenstein, a seven-issue series from Image Comics. Six issues are out and the 7th drops on November 5th, with the trade due in February. Interior art is by Levens and letters by Crank. The covers, seen here, are by Joëlle Jones and Nick Filardi.

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CRIMINAL is back at Image

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Back at the first Image Expo this year it was announced that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips were going exclusive with Image for their collections, and that means porting over CRiminal from Marvel’s creator owned Icon line. And this month’s solicitations reveal that not only is it coming back, but there will be a new one-shot, and newly designed editions, hitting in January.

Image Launches New IX Series ‘IXth Generation’

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by Zachary Clemente IXTH GENERATION BURSTS ONTO SCENE The Top Cow Universe expands with an all-new IX spin-off series Writer Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK) pens a new Top Cow IX Utopia—built on a history of genocide and featuring haunting artwork by Stjepan Sejic—in IXTH GENERATION, coming this January. Set in the future, IXTH GENERATION inhabits a world […]

Image Announces new Fantasy Adventure Series ‘Reyn’

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by Zachary Clemente FANTASY ADVENTURE HAS FULL REYN This January, Kel Symons and Nathan Stockman kick off an all-new sword & sorcery epic Fan favorite Kel Symons (THE MERCENARY SEA, I LOVE TROUBLE) teams up with Nathan Stockman (I LOVE TROUBLE) for an all new series in REYN, a sweeping fantasy following two unlikely adventurers […]

The Walking Dead graphic novels sales are up again

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It’s a rite of autumn —The Walking Dead’s new season debuts on AMC, and Walking Dead graphic novels start selling like crack again. Here’s the feed from the Amazon graphic novels best seller’s list. Note that The Oatmeal has sold a gazillion copies, and Roz Chast is back in the top ten following her National Book Award shortlisting.

Per the usual pattern, Walking Dead GN sales will slow when the 8 episode season ends, and pick right back up when it returns next year. I know Robert Kirkman has made a buttload of money from the hit TV series, but he, Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore have also made a buttload from the books alone, given the Image deal.

(BTW, for long term Amazon trend analysis I refer you to Beat contributor David Carter’s weekly blog on the topic, which someday I will feature here every week. Lots of other interesting things on his site, as well.)

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NYCC ’14: Wes Craig Double-Downs with Dynamic Panels and Recurring Symbols in ‘Deadly Class’ and ‘Blackhand’

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by Zachary Clemente In the incredibly crowded Artist Alley of New York Comic-Con, I sat down with illustrator Wes Craig to talk about his work on Blackhand Comics and Deadly Class, both published in print by Image Comics. His work exhibits some of the most exciting paneling structures and dynamic representation of motion, at least to me. I’m pleased […]

Drifter #1 [Advanced Review]: The Sky is Full of Stars and Mystery

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by Zachary Clemente Written by Ivan Brandon, Art & Colors by Nic Klein, Letters by Clem Robins, Design by Tom Muller, Edited by Sebastian Griner, Published by Image Comics. Mankind’s colonization of the galaxy has left countless planets mined bare and lifeless. A space transport crashes onto a backwater world whose unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the […]

NYCC ’14: Frank Quitely on Visual Process and Cyclical Influence

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by Zachary Clemente On the extremely busy Saturday of this past weekend’s New York Comic-Con, I had the sublime honor of interviewing Frank Quitely (pen name for Scottish artist Vincent Deighan) about his visual narrative process, the cycle of artistic influence, and his once and future work. This was a wild treat for me as Quitely stands […]

NYCC ’14: Teasers, terror and a few tears: Inside AMC’s Walking Dead Season 5 panel

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by Edie Nugent AMC’s The Walking Dead panel was packed nearly past capacity on Saturday afternoon at NYCC. When the 3500 floor seats of the main stage hall were filled, fans stood along the sides of the room-shunning available balcony seating to be that much closer to their favorite TV stars. The panel was moderated […]

“Where’s Michonne?” Robert Kirkman gives a behind the scenes look at the past, present and future of ‘The Walking Dead’ comic series at NYCC

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by Edie Nugent From L to R: Dalton Ross, Robert Kirkman and Sean Mackiewicz at Skybound’s The Walking Dead panel at NYCC  “The Walking Dead is a very unreal way to explore some very real topics: there’s loss, triumph and accomplishment against all odds,” creator Robert Kirkman explained Thursday to a packed audience of fans at the 2014 […]

Todd McFarlane Passing Spawn Over To Brian Wood

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Todd McFarlane will be wrapping up his current run on Spawn with issue #250, due out in January and then it will be time to shake up the book a bit. McFarlane told USA Today that February will see of Spawn Resurrected  #1 by the team of Brian Wood and Jonboy Meyers.  It will also see the return of […]

NYCC ’14: Image announces signings and Instagram contest

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Image released their schedule for NYCC and goodies. Prepare to spend money and get some good comics. Theyve also announced an INstagam contest — photograph yourself in NYC holding an Image Comic and tag it with  #imagecomics #nycc on Instagram and Twitter . Every day Image will pick  most creative/interesting/coolest photo—winners can pick up their prizes […]