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Ask Chris #332: The Masterpiece That Is Matt Wagner’s ‘Mage’

Ask Chris #332, background art by Matt Wagner
Ask Chris #332, background art by Matt Wagner

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you about Matt Wagner announcing that he's going to finish Mage? — @SuperSentaiBros

A: Like, 26? Maybe 27, but I don’t want to oversell things too much.

But yes: The most exciting piece of news to come out of Emerald City Comic-Con this year by a long shot was Matt Wagner announcing Mage: The Hero Denied, the third and final installment of a creator-owned series that dates back to the black-and-white boom of the '80s, and stands to this day as the single greatest comic book about magic baseball bats ever printed.

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Jim Mahfood’s ‘Grrl Scouts’ Return For ‘Magic Socks’ At Image

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Jim Mahfood is returning to comics, and specifically to his creator-owned Grrl Scouts, for a new series at Image called Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks. Mahfood made a splash in comics back in the late '90s, with a very graffiti-inspired style of cartooning that was entirely unlike anything we were used to seeing in comics at the time. He hit it big drawing Clerks comics for Kevin Smith, and then went on to draw some fun Spider-Man stuff for Marvel, as well as publishing previous volumes of Grrl Scouts at Oni Press.

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‘Black Cloud’ Goes Super Cute In Greg Hinkle’s Fried Pie Con Variant [Exclusive]

Greg Hinkle / Image Comics
Greg Hinkle / Image Comics

Ivan Brandon, Jason Latour, Greg Hinkle and Matthew Wilson's Black Cloud is a world where dreams and stories are another plane of existence, and for the right price there's one woman who get you in. While the series itself works in more mature themes of homelessness, loneliness and addiction, Fried Pie Con has a variant cover featuring one of the denizens of these worlds looking extra cute, and ComicsAlliance has the exclusive cover reveal.

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Weekender: Ben Passmore, MoCCA 2017, and Shelly Bond’s Black Crown

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The weekend is here! Take a look back at what’s happened in the past seven days. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Final ‘Walking Dead’ S7 Episodes Get Full Synopses, More ‘Expansive’ Tone

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The Walking Dead murder-train is once again rolling toward a finale, and even as Season 7 lacks the promise of a specific death, casualties are bound to arise once open war with Negan breaks out. Our first synopses for the final three episodes of the season have arrived, promising a “heartbreaking decision” and a “more expansive” finale.

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Strip Panel Naked: The Direct Approach of Jeff Lemire’s ‘Royal City’

Image Comics
Image Comics

I've been a fan of Jeff Lemire ever since I first read The Essex Country Trilogy five or so years ago. Through a lot of the stories where he's been writer and artist, there's a very direct approach to framing that he rarely deviates from, particularly in work such as the current Image Comics series Royal City, where he takes a more down-to-earth tack.

It's hard to tell if this is something Lemire is doing purposefully to create this effect, or if it's just the style of his art. Either way, the effect it creates is perfect for the character-focused, humanising stories that Lemire typically tells.

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Creators For Creators Grant Awarded To M. Dean For ‘I Am Young’ [ECCC ’17]

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M. Dean

At last year's Image Expo, Image Comics and C. Spike Trotman's Iron Circus Comics announced a fund called Creators For Creators that would provide a grant for talented and undiscovered creators, allowing them the the freedom and flexibility to explore their art.

Yesterday, at the final day of Emerald City Comic Con, the fund announced illustrator and cartoonist M. Dean as the first recipient of the 2017 Creators For Creators grant, for their upcoming project I Am Young.

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All The Image Comics Announcements From Emerald City Comic Con [ECCC ’17]

Image Comics
Image Comics

When Image Comics has new titles to announce, it doesn't play by halves; the publisher has been known to throw down a massive number of awesome sounding titles led by amazing creators, before dropping the mic as if to say, "Top that".

Last night at Emerald City Comic Con, the publisher did exactly that as it announced fifteen new comics and original graphic novels, including new work from Jeff Lemire, Declan Shalvey and Matt Wagner.

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Sarah Vaughn and Leila del Duca Bring Renaissance Romance To Comics With ‘Sleepless’ [Exclusive]

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This weekend at Emerald City Comicon, Image is unveiling its upcoming romance comic Sleepless, the story of an enchanted knight who falls in love with the woman he's protecting. We had a quick chat with writer Sarah Vaughn, artist Leila del Duca, and editor Alissa Sallah about the influences that went into the comic's unique setting, and what you can expect from the book.

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Five Stars: How The Seeds of ‘A Distant Soil’ Helped Colleen Doran Shake Up Comics

DC Comics
DC Comics

Colleen Doran made her first comic when she was twelve, and she's still writing and drawing it today. A Distant Soil stands apart as a unique project within the comics sphere; an epic longform story that has spanned decades in the real-world, and yet remained contemporary and compelling.

Doran has also worked at Marvel and DC, and collaborated with writers including Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis. Along the way she's gained many admirers, but also vocal critics who tried to push her out of the industry. ComicsAlliance looks back over some of the milestones of her career, to chart how she became one of the most acclaimed artists in the industry today.

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