Frank Barbiere on Five Ghosts: “It’s About to Get Pretty Crazy” [Interview]

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Buoyed by the success of the five arc of Five Ghosts, the ship-shape creative team of Frank Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham and Lauren Affe have been sailing forward these past few months on a wave of critical acclaim. Okay, sorry, no more ship puns. With the second arc of the much-loved Image series now underway, protagonist […]

David Brothers: “I’ve got to keep banging the drum for more” [Interview]

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David Brothers is one of the most accomplished writers-about-comics around, a blogger who recently moved into the industry himself as a member of the Image Comics staff. Having made a name for himself on websites like 4thLetter and Comics Alliance, his writing on (in particular) creator-owned comics, artwork, Manga and race have provided some of […]

Back to Class with Jimmie Robinson’s Five Weapons [Interview]

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This week sees the return of Five Weapons by Jimmie Robinson, which last year was upgraded by Image Comics from a five-issue miniseries to a regular ongoing story. Focusing on life at a school for young assassins, the series was met with huge acclaim – not least from The Beat, where the book was one […]

Steve Orlando Dives Headfirst Into the Undertow [Interview]

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Next month sees Steve Orlando launching a new #1 title at Image – a new take on the Atlantis myth called Undertow, with artist and colourist Artyom Trakhanov. This is a different take on underwater life than anything you might have been expecting, however – the creative team have revamped Atlantis as a centre for […]

Sex Criminals Sells out Fourth Printing: Sweater Fans Rejoice

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The warm glow of Christmas resonates onwards, it appears, as the fourth printing of Sex Criminals #1 has sold out. To celebrate the success, Image have announced that they’ll be going back for another printing – because people just can’t get enough. Ooh-er, missus.

Here is the cover for the Fourth Printing of Sex Criminals #1

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Words cannot express.

Black Friday Comics: Sales! Sales! Sales!!

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Today is Black Friday, when America celebrates their foundations through the buying of heavily discounted goods. The Beat, being a comics blog, strongly endorses the existence of sales and things being affordable, and in the spirit of that: here’s a list of the various comic book sales being held today.

THE FUSE Teased by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood

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Announced through a new website this morning, it looks as though Image will soon be publishing a sci-fi miniseries from Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood called THE FUSE.

Image in December: Black Kiss Christmas Special, Uh-Oh

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After taking a look over the solicitations for Marvel and DC in December, it’s time to take a look at Image’s new comics. There’s a whole new load of first issues, along with some specials and – uh-oh – a Black Kiss 2 Christmas Special. Ho-ho-ho?

Ben Templesmith Replaced on ‘Ten Grand’ After Cutting Off Contact with JMS

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An interesting story’s been picked up by Multiversity today, as it appears that artist Ben Templesmith has been replaced on Image’s Ten Grand series with CP Smith. The reasoning appears to be because Templesmith has allegedly gone MIA, and stopped responding to emails from writer J Michael Straczynski or his Joe’s Comics team.

What Should You Buy in September? Gareth Brookes, Gene Luen Yang, Ed Piskor, Villains Month

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September! New month, new comics, new things to look out for. We had a wander round the solicitations and picked out the comics we’re all most looking forward to this month. Also I got them to pick their favourite DC villains, because there’s a DC Villain Month coming out and well, why not.

What Should You Buy In August? Seth, Doran, Gillen and more

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August! New month, more comics, ’nuff excitement. We have a shuftie round and picked out the comics we’re looking forward to this month:   Jessica Lee: PALOOKAVILLE #21 SETH With an appearance slated for September’s SPX, Seth’s long awaited PALOOKAVILLE #21 couldn’t come out at a better time. With a promised extended continuation of the […]

Here’s All Our News from SDCC in One Place

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One of the things heard most frequently this weekend online was ‘why is there no comic news coming out of SDCC’? You mean aside from the masses and masses of comics news which came out of the convention, right? The Beat covered basically every single comics company you can imagine, and we’ve still got a […]

SDCC’13: Genre in Comics: Can Image Do Anything?

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If today’s “Image Comics and the Genre Fiction Renaissance” panel at Comic-Con can be any guide, there are only two genres in the comic book industry: superheroes and everything else. Image are putting out a lot of ‘everything else’ these days, and genres are crossing like crazy. A panel including Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Ed […]

SDCC13: Image Release their Signing Schedule

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Looking for an autograph from Brian K. Vaughan, Amy Reeder or Jimmie Robinson? I certainly am. But as I’m not at SDCC, you’ll have to get one in my absence. Image have released their signings schedule for the next five days, from A(smus) to Z(ub). Here’s the full list:

INTERVIEW: JM Ringuet on Making Comics at Image

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By Matt O’Keefe The multi-talented JM Ringuet first arrived on the North American comic scene in 2008 as the artist of Transhuman, one of Jonathan Hickman’s early series for Image Comics. Since then Ringuet has had steady work in the industry, drawing comics such as Image’s Hoax Hunters on a freelance basis. In January 2013 […]