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It physically pains me to say this, my friends, but Christmas is over for another year. The trees are about to be set out on the street where they will be taken to be set on fire by teens, the stockings are about to go back into the attic because nobody actually has feet shaped like that, and all the presents have been unwrapped. Or have they?!
That's right, folks: Image Comics is keeping the spirit of giving (or, you know, the spirit of consumerism, whatever works for you) alive for another few days with a huge sale on digital comics at their site. Right now, up through Saturday, everything they have is 50% off.
Remember that feeling you got when you first read the great comics of the Eighties? When fantastic deconstructions of superhero characters and genre fiction idioms introduced you to a new level of sophistication? When dozens of mainstream books were possessed of a style and edge that scaled up your spine and sent electricity licking through your neck? When sex and violence were done right? Do ya miss it? Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski might just have your fix: if you miss the honed sense of danger you got when reading The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, and American Flagg! it might be time to check out the Image comic Sex, the coolest new Batman book on the shelves.
When it comes to San Diego Comic-Con, every publisher approaches the show a little bit differently. Whether they house cosplay contests, interactive displays, photo ops with talent, creator signings and/or a whole lot of purchasable product, SDCC booths are an opportunity for the publishers that can attend to make a big impression on one of the most attended pop culture gatherings of the year. You can get a sampling of what publishers like Marvel, DC, Archie, Boom!, IDW, 2000 AD, Dark Horse, Image, Fantagraphics, Oni and others were up to on the show floor of this year's SDCC after the cut.
This was a big day for Image Comics. At their annual Image Expo, the publisher announced several upcoming titles from top flight creators. Mixed in with all of those announcements, however, was rather significant news about its digital content: starting today, Image Comics is now selling DRM-free digital versions of all its digital comics on its newly relaunched website, making it the first major U.S. comics publisher to make such a move.
At last year's San Diego Comic Con, Image Comics had a memorable panel featuring many of comics' top creators, including industry legend Howard Chaykin. Image Publisher Eric Stepheson and his guests announced several upcoming high profile titles, and as plans for Satellite Sam -- a collaboration between Matt Fraction and Chaykin -- were discussed, Chaykin and Stephenson also teased a forthcoming new solo project from the celebrated writer and artist.
The nominees for the 2013 Eisner Awards were announced this afternoon, and it is a varied and impressive list. In terms of publishers, Fantagraphics leads the pack with a robust 24 nominations, followed by Image Comics with 17 (and one shared) and IDW with eight (also with one shared.) Close behind i
Marvel Comics, via The New York Times, announced this morning that Angela -- a character created by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane in the pages of Spawn, the rights to whom were contested between the two creators for years -- will be appearing in the Marvel Universe, making her Marvel debut in the pages of the publisher's current Age of Ultron series.
Angela first appeared in Spawn #9 in 1993, and ownership of the character eventually became a well publicized and decade-long legal battle betw
Greg Rucka joined the Image Comics panel on Sunday to discuss his and artist Michael Lark's upcoming Lazarus, first announced by Image Comics Editor-in-Chief Eric Stephenson at last year's San Diego Comic Con. Previously, only a a teaser image had been shown, but at yesterday's panel the publisher revealed
The short version: Jimmie Robinson's Five Weapons is a textbook example of how to create a first issue that leaves readers wanting more as soon as possible. Robinson introduces the main character, uses his unfamiliarity with the setting as an excuse to drop a lot of information on us, gives us brief and evocative descriptions of the cast, seeds a few mysteries, delivers a good amount of action, and then leaves you wanting more. It's a good comic, with an absur