Image Comics teases us this morning with the cover to Nowhere Men #2.
Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange, and Thomas Walker were the Fab Four of science, ushering in a new boom of scientific advancement as the research group World Corp. They changed the world and became the most celebrated scientists of all time, but somewhere along the way, it all went wrong.
Immediately upon release John Layman and Rob Guillory’s CHEW has experienced an immediate sell out for both issue #2 and the second printing of issue #1.
“I’m shocked, pleased and flabbergasted by the enormous positive response we’ve gotten from CHEW,” Layman said. “I can’t put into words how gratified I am for the readers and retailers who have helped spread the word about this strange and unique little book. I’m also grateful to Image for taking speedy action to help get this book into as many readers’ hands as possible. Thanks, everybody! The best is yet to come!”
In an unprecedented move, writer Robert Kirkman and illustrator Ryan Ottley have made a cryptic, semi-confident promise that INVINCIBLE #63 might be kind of a big deal for reasons they wouldn’t say and plan to back it up with a special Wednesday shipment direct to comic shops!
G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS, an all-new mini-series by MINI-MARVELS’ cartoonist Chris Giarrusso, brings back everyone’s favorite kid friendly superhero to the Image Universe this August!
“Getting to work on G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS has been a long time coming,” Giarrusso said. “I had a great time working on MINI-MARVELS while it lasted, but I’ve also had some G-MAN stories I’ve wanted to tell for a while.Â Short MINI-MARVELS back-up strips are always fun, but with G-MAN, I finally have the opportunity to tell brand new full-length feature stories in full comics.Â This is the most ambitious project I’ve ever worked on.Â Fans of the kid super hero stuff I did in MINI MARVELS will be sure to enjoy the all-new kid super hero stuff I’m doing in G-MAN.Â The writing style and art style are identical – it’s the same writer and artist, after all!Â I’m having a blast, and I hope MINI MARVELS fans will take a chance and check it out.”
The Eisner-nominated major debut by cartoonist Brandon Graham, KING CITY, finally continues in an ongoing series presented in the deluxe, oversized format courtesy of TOKYOPOP and Image Comics!
“Continuing KING CITY has been a long time coming and I’m thrilled that TOKYOPOP and Image Comics are bringing it back in the best way possible,” Graham said. “We’re doing it as thirty-two page monthly issues, the first six issues remastering the original series along with as much cool new work as I can fit, in a format akin to Image’s VIKING. Starting with issue 7, the series will consist entirely of all-new material. This is KING CITY looking better than I’d ever hoped- in burly, deluxe oversized serializations.”
KING CITY is solely populated by the weirdest of the weird including Joe, a thief-for-hire with a cat capable of becoming any tool or weapon.Â Amongst his friends are his co-hort,Â Pete, who is too busy falling in love with an alien heâ€™s forced to betray to assist in their latest mission and Anna, who can’t help but watch her boyfriend literally turn into the drug heâ€™s addicted to. The ongoing series will consist of remastered and original material, in the same deluxe format as Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein’s VIKING.
Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson said, “Brandon represents a whole new generation of cartoonists coming into comics with a fresh eye for creating original material unlike anything else out there. We’re excited to be working with both Brandon and TOKYOPOP on returning KING CITY to the stands in a way no one has seen before.”
Added Mike Kiley, Senior VP at TOKYOPOP, “â€œWe’â€™re very happy that Brandonâ€™’s amazing book is going to appear in this deluxe format. Iâ€™’m especially looking forward to seeing Earthling J. Catingsworth III in all his over-sized glory.â€”
KING CITY #1, a 32-page black and white oversized comic book for $2.99, will be in-stores August 19th.
Yesterday, Diamond Comics Distributors released the details behind Image Comics’ highly anticipated Final Order Cutoff program set to debut this April.
â€œWeâ€™ve been enthusiastic about implementing FOC for quite some time now,â€ Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson said. â€œFOC allows retailers to test the waters with our all of our new projects, whether theyâ€™re by seasoned veterans or comicsâ€™ newest names with limited risk while still getting all the benefits of supporting a series from the floorboards up.”
The Final Order Cutoff program will include all Image Central titles and partner studios Top Cow, Todd McFarlane Productions and Silverline Books. The Final Order Cutoff retailers greater flexibility to increase, decrease and even cancel orders only twenty days before release. This will apply to not just titles shipping by the April 20th debut, but also those that have not yet shipped, giving retailers the confidence to immediately increase support of Image’s full line of titles.
Final Order Cutoff will begin April 20th for titles shipping May 13th.
Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists.Â Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit www.imagecomics.com.
20 March 2009 (Berkeley, CA) – At today’s ComicsPRO Annual Meeting, Image Comics announced plans to further expand its support of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the comics’ industry’s first response in the fight against censorship.Â Image will support the not-for-profit organization with a second installment of LIBERTY COMICS and will launch The CBLDF Liberty Series,* *a series of high-end variant covers featuring Image’s strongest titles with exclusive artwork not available anywhere else. All proceeds of both projects will go directly towards the Fund’s important defense of comics’ First Amendment rights.
This May, Image Comics releases Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura’s complete I KILL GIANTS trade paperback while declaring everyone on the planet Earth should buy it since it’s so damn good.
“I’m really flattered Image would make that kind of claim, so much so Ken and I are humbled beyond words and hope people like it as much as Image thinks they will,” Kelly said. “Ken certainly did a phenomenal job with the art and I like to think it’s pretty good as a whole. Then again, there’s a lot of people on Earth. Maybe only half the population should buy the collection and recommend it to friends if they think it’ll appeal to them. That’s still a lot of people. At least three billion.”
12 November, 2008 (Berkeley, CA) – This past summer, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Corporate Member Image Comics teamed up with an all-star roster of talentÂ for LIBERTY COMICS, a special anthology benefiting the Fund, and raised nearly $27,000 for the organization’s important work!
“The CBLDF couldn’t defend our field’s First Amendment rights if it weren’t for the efforts of our supporters, and LIBERTY COMICS is an incredible example of that principle in action,” CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein said. “The Fund is a team effort that only exists because of the efforts of the whole industry — from publishers and creators to retailers and fans.Â With this project, members of each of those communities stepped up to speak up with one voice in support of the Fund’s work., and we’re tremendously grateful for their efforts. ”
22 July 2008 – As reported by the New York TimesÂ earlier today, THE WALKING DEAD and INVINCIBLE’s Robert Kirkman has become a corporate partner of Image Comics.
This was announced last weekend at Wizard World Chicago, but I hadn’t gotten around to writing anything about it until the official press release came out.
July 1 2008 (Berkeley, CA) – As announced at Wizard World Chicago this weekend, Image Comics Publisher Erik Larsen is stepping down from his current position and will be replaced by Executive Director Eric Stephenson, effective immediately.