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.

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 […]

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.

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 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?

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.

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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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 […]

Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is king

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It’s been a while (5 years) since we looked at Diamond’s monthly backlist chart, and now, as then, it reveals a VERY DIFFERENT ranking for publishers. In the backlist, DC is king by a wide margin, with about 30% of the market. Marvel is only a tich above Image in units, while Image books dominate the top ten with Saga, Walking Dead, and Sex Criminals. On the manga side, Attack on Titan rules, no surprise given the way it’s single handedly revitalized the category.

“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 […]

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.

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?

SDCC ’14: Jeff Lemire Explores A Futuristic Universe Through A Child’s Point Of View In ‘Descender’

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By Kyle Pinion Announced at Image Expo this year at San Diego Comic Con, Jeff Lemire’s first ongoing series with Image, Descender, is described thusly: Ten years ago massive, planet-sized robots called “The Harvesters” materialized without warning and invaded the orbits of all the United Galactic Council’s worlds wiping out entire planets and civilizations before […]

SDCC 14: Fiona Staples… Artist, Icon, Saga Fan

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By David Nieves On SDCC Friday, after a rousing Brian K Vaughan one man show, Saga co-creator Fiona Staples took the room stage for an hour of career and advice for young artists in her own spotlight. Fiona’s time was led by Jennifer de Guzman director of Image Comics Trade Book Sales. Fiona’s introduction read like […]