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 […]

NYCC ’14: Hitch a ride with Uber in their Comic Cars

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As everyone knows, the worst thing about the Javits Center besides the oppressive low ceilings and lack of affordable food is getting away from it , since catching a cab on the West side is impossible and the 7 subway extension hasn’t opened yet. Sigh. But Uber will be there and they’ve teamed up with […]

#LBCC ’14 : Richard Starkings on Elephantmen the Movie?

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by Pam Auditore In a surprise, unscheduled panel,  Sunday Afternoon at Long Beach Comic Con, the charmingly British Richard Starkings, comics letter and writer, held forth on creation of his company Comic Craft–which creates specialized fonts for comics—and on his 60 issues of his noirish- Blade Runner inspired trans-genetic sci-fi comic “Elephantmen,” published by Image Comics.  Starking’s moderator also […]

NYCC ’14: Image Comics exclusives include Spread, Wytches, Punks, EGOs and more!

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More things to buy at the Image Comics booth (#1544) at NYCC. I’m guessin’ that Wytches exclusive by Scott Snyder and Sean Gordon Murphy will sell quickly, but there are severl hot #1 people will be trying to get hold of. New York Comic COn kicks off next Thursday, October 9.

Image joins “Artists Edition” ranks with Walking Dead’s All Out War

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Artist’s Editions are a recent addition to the comics shelf, starting with IDW’s over sized Artist Edition series, and continuing on with giant tomes from Dynamite and Dark Horse. Put them all together and you can build a little house! IDW pioneered the form with books that reproduced art original size, with pencil marks and flaws intact. They’re as spectacular as they are heavy.

Corey Murphy joins Image Comics

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Corey Murphy, formerly of Laughing Ogre,  has joined Image as director of retail sales and will be working with comics shops on retail issues. Image hasn’t had anyone on staff to deal with this specific job function in a little bit, but obviously it’s a huge growth area for them. I don’t know Murphy personally, but […]

Nice Art: Blue Estate to be collected

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Let’s leave this day with some nice are, a preview of a deluxe hardcover collection of BLUE ESTATE by Viktor Kalvachev and Kosta Yanev. The art provided below is all by different artists — can you spot them? As dueling crime families battle in the glitziest and grittiest parts of Los Angeles, Rachel Maddox tries to […]

MUST READ: Genius by Bernadin, Freeman and Richardson

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How is it that a mini series that was conceived six years ago can actually be a stunningly accurate mirror of this week’s events in Ferguson, MO, where the shooting of an unarmed black teen led to days of police action that looked like something out of a Christopher Nolan Batman movie?

Could it be that the issues of race, inequality and violence that Genius deals with are so important that they were just as clear six years ago?