George Khoury, author of Image Comics: The Road to Independence, has been fortunate enough to gather the seven founding members of Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino) for the Image Founders panel at the San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 27, from 10:30-11:30am in Room 5AB.
In 1992, seven artists shook the foundation of the comic book industry when they left their top-selling Marvel Comic titles to jointly form a new company named Image Comics. With no certainty of success, they formed a home that would allow themselves and other artists the opportunity to tell their stories without any censorship or editorial restraints. Even more importantly, Image would finally give creators full ownership of their properties. In an industry that began with artists working in sweatshop-like conditions, Image remains a living beacon for any creator that dares to dream.
If you were a fan of comics in the 90s you know – or rather think you know – all about the blow up and fallout among the seven. To have all of these guys together on stage should make for a very interesting time. And check out Khoury’s book, as it has interviews with everyone involved so you get to read their accounts first hand.