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Interview: Artist Barry Kitson On The Birth and Rebirth Of ‘Empire’ With Mark Waid

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As part of the short-lived Gorilla imprint of Image Comics in 2000, frequent collaborators Mark Waid and Barry Kitson launched Empire, a creator-owned title about the reign of a supervillain who succeeded where so many others failed, and actually conquered the Earth, uniting it under his brutal, iron-fisted rule. The initial run only lasted two issues, but a few years later, Waid and Kitson finished the first story arc under the DC Comics banner, and in so doing created something of a cult classic that some fans still regard as their best work together -- work that includes The Legion of Super-Heroes, JLA: Year One and Flash & Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold.

Now, fourteen years after Golgoth first took control of the world, Waid and Kitson have returned to Empire, releasing it as a webcomic through Thrillbent's monthly subscription model, whereby you get access to the entire Thrillbent catalogue for $3.99, and a free download of Empire volume 1.

To find out more about the return of Empire, we spoke to Kitson about the initial idea, how he approached designing a world that had been conquered by evil, and where he and Waid intend to take the very long awaited Empire volume 2.

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‘Thrillbent 3.0′ Introduces Subscription Model, App, New ‘Empire,’ ‘Insufferable,’ ‘Charlie Wormwood’

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Thrillbent, the digital comics publishing website founded by writers Mark Waid and John Rogers, has spent the past two years offering up free comics for pretty much free.

In a Wednesday blog post, Waid unveiled what he's calling "Thrillbent 3.0," which adds another layer of content that Waid is calling a sort of "Hulu Plus of comics." Fans can pay a $3.99 monthly fee -- about as much as the cover price for most Marvel single issues -- to access a collection of titles including a revived version of Waid, Barry Kitson and Chris Sotomayor's Gorilla Comics/DC series Empire. There's also a free new app available for iOS that gives fans mobile access to the material.

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Link Ink: Empire’s ‘Man Of Steel’ Images, ‘Days Of Future Past’ Casting And Graphic Novel Benefits

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Movies: Henry Cavill is standing tall in his Man of Steel suit on the latest cover(s) of Empire magazine.

Movies: Director Bryan Singer has announced that X-movie veterans Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Shadowcat) and Shawn R. Ashmore (Iceman) wil

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Link Ink: DC’s Amazon Storefront, ‘Fresh Ink! Online’ and ‘Doctor Who’ Goes to Narnia?

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Digital: DC Entertainment has launched an Amazon storefront in conjunction with its deal to sell 100 graphic novels exclusively on the Kindle Fire tablet (for the time being).

Gaming: DC Universe Online reports that its number of users has increased 6 percent a day since going free-to-

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The Dark Knight Rises: New Batman Photos and Plot Details [Spoilers]

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UK film magazine Empire has some tantalizing early promo shots from the set of The Dark Knight Rises, the next and final film in writer/director Christopher Nolan's hugely popular Batman cycle. The photographs offer our cleanest looks yet at Batman and Bane as

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New ‘Thor’ Movie Images Hit the Web like an Uru Hammer

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With the 2010 summer movie season coming to a close, what better time than the present to start getting all worked up about next summer's blockbusters? "Empire" magazine knows what we're talking about,

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