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Twenty-Four Years Ago Today: The Start Of The Image Comics Revolution

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At the dawn of 1992, comic books were booming. Tim Burton's Batman had kicked off a new wave of big-budget film adaptations. Superhero products could be found in nearly every aisle of every department store and supermarket. New comic shops were springing up in shopping centers and malls, publishers were seeing their highest sales figures in years, and new companies were making names for themselves as serious players. And Marvel Comics was the unquestioned big fish in the pool, with their stock booming in the six short months since they'd gone public, and an unparalleled creative stable.

But big changes were afoot. In December of 1991, Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, and Jim Lee, Marvel's three biggest artists, informed publisher Terry Stewart that the company's policies toward talent were unfair, that creators were not being appropriately rewarded for their work, and that they were leaving, effective immediately. In the month thereafter, they joined forces with a few more like-minded artists from Marvel's top-selling titles, worked out a deal with small publisher Malibu Comics for production and distribution, and decided on the title for their new company --- recycling a name that Liefeld had originally intended for an aborted self-publishing venture. On February 1st, 1992, a press release was sent out announcing the formation of Image Comics.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Mad Men, Boondocks, Pokemon, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction & More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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Image Announces New Series From Rucka, Fraction, Casey, DeConnick, Chaykin and More [SDCC]

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Comic-Con 2012 has featured a few big announcements from several publishers. Not to be outdone, Image dropped a few of their own. At their panel on Saturday, Editor-in-Chief EricStephenson was joined on stage by Matt Fraction, Joe Casey, Darick Robertson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Howard Chaykin, Chris Roberson, James Robinson and Greg Rucka, each of whom will be doing new projects for the publisher in the coming year

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‘Marvel Vs. Capcom: Origins’ To Combine Fighter Classics On XBLA And PSN In September

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Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players looking to get their hands on the latest ports of '90s fighting game mainstays Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes will be able to grab both simultaneously in September with the release of Marvel vs...

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Happy 20th Birthday To Image Comics

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Image Comics celebrated its 20th birthday today, truly a milestone year in the life of an independent comics publisher. The company was founded on February 1, 1992 by Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Mark Silvestri and Jim Valentino as a means for those popular creators to produce and publish their own original work while retaining full ownership of their intellectual property...

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Lightning in a Bottle: The Resurgence of the Writer/Artist at DC Comics

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Anyone who's been paying attention to the DC Comics slate for the past year or two has probably noticed an increasing number of titles written and drawn by the same person. While some of these are by seasoned writer/artists -- Dan Jurgens and Howard Chaykin have been at this for decades -- a lot of them are by longtime artists with very little writing experience flying solo on surprisingly high-profile titles...

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The Hero Initiative Announces Dragon*Con 2007 Schedule

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The Hero Initiative's booth is the place to be at this year's Dragon*Con, which will run August 31 – September 3, 2007. Hero will be located at Tables 1 and 2 in Artist Alley in the Hilton Hotel Galleria Exhibit Hall and is where you will find the amazing Michael Avon Oeming, Terry Moore and Whilce Portacio and more!

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