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“KILL SIX BILLION DEMONS” RETURNS WITH BOOK THREE THIS MARCH

Tom Parkinson-Morgan, known to his impressive online following as Abbadon, will release a trade paperback collection of the third chapter of his popular ongoing webcomic Kill Six Billion Demons this March from Image Comics.

“In this one there’s love, revenge, obsession, a mad god, and a dragon,” said Parkinson-Morgan. “There’s also a four-page spread of an army of psychopathic accountant priests fighting colonial soldiers mounted on dinosaurs.”

Sorority sister and possible inheritor to the universe Allison Ruth has been through a lot, but she’s definitely not done yet. She’s got to battle her way to the depths of an infinite treasure fortress in search of a long-lost friend. And along the way, she’ll have to confront not only the dark, criminal past of her closest companion, but also the depths of her own inner lust for power.

Kill Six Billion Demons, Book 3 (Diamond code: JAN190154, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1201-2) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, March 6th and bookstores on Tuesday, March 12th. It can be preordered via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.

It will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

“I hate Fairyland: I hate Image” returns in new special edition

Skottie Young is back with I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION, an all-new edition of the Free Comic Book Day spin-off hit which will feature four additional pages of story as Gert slices and dices her way through even more of your Image favorites. It also boasts a behind-the-scenes look at Young’s script, layouts, and black and white artwork—all wrapped in a brand-new cover.

Gertrude has been stuck in Fairyland for decades when she finally hears of a secret passage that may be her way back home. But reaching it is easier said than done, as she crosses the border into Image where she’ll have to chop her way through your favorite characters from SAGA, THE WALKING DEAD, SAVAGE DRAGON, SPAWN, DESCENDER, BLACK SCIENCE, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, and many more!

I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION (Diamond Code AUG170567) will be available in stores on Wednesday, October 4th. The final order cutoff from retailers is Monday, September 11th.

Image Comics creates variants for Pride Month, all proceeds to go to charity

Image Comics is pleased to reveal the first six of eleven variants planned for June’s 25th anniversary theme—“Pride Month.” The variants will serve to celebrate the LGBTQ community and the progress made by the Gay Liberation Movement in promoting inclusivity and support for all. 100% of the proceeds made from these June Pride variant covers will be donated to Human Rights Campaign.
“We are so thankful for the opportunity to support the LGBTQ community during Pride Month this year by partnering once again with the Human Rights Campaign,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “It’s never been a secret that Image Comics is supportive of creative freedom, but it’s important that we also make it clear that we stand for inclusivity, diversity, and equality, now more than ever. We hope these variants will serve as a positive display of that ongoing commitment.”

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants.

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 7th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 15th):

THE WALKING DEAD #168 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover art by Sina Grace, cover colors by Tamra Bonvillain (Diamond Code MAR178612)
THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1 by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin (Diamond Code MAR178603)
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 14th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 22nd):

BITCH PLANET: TRIPLE FEATURE #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, cover by De Landro (Diamond Code MAR178611)
ROSE #3 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by Guara (Diamond Code MAR178609)
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 21st (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 29th):
CROSSWIND #1 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code MAR178608)
GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #4 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood (Diamond Code MAR178610)
THE OLD GUARD #5 by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, cover by Fernandez (Diamond Code MAR178604)

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 28th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 5th):

BLACK MAGICK #6 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, cover by Scott (Diamond Code MAR178605)
DEADLY CLASS #29 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover by Craig (Diamond Code MAR178607)
SHUTTER #29 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, cover by del Duca (Diamond Code MAR178606)
REDNECK #3 by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren, cover by Ed Luce (Diamond Code MAR178737)

Eisners announce 20 nominations for Image Comics

Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2017 last week. Seventeen nominations were for books published by Image Comics, and an additional three nominations were shared with other publishers, bringing the total nominations for Image Comics to twenty. In celebration, digital editions of all nominated titles are on sale at Comixology and ImageComics.com.

FULL LIST OF IMAGE COMICS EISNER 2016 NOMINATIONS

Best Short Story:
“Monday,” by W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor (from ONE WEEK IN THE LIBRARY)
“Mostly Saturn,” by Michael DeForge (from ISLAND #8)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot:
CRIMINAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Best Continuing Series:
KILL OR BE KILLED, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
PAPER GIRLS, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
SAGA, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best Publication for Teens:
MONSTRESS, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Best Anthology:
ISLAND MAGAZINE, edited by Brandon Graham and Emma Ríos

Best Writer:
Ed Brubaker, for CRIMINAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, KILL OR BE KILLED, VELVET
Brian K. Vaughan, for PAPER GIRLS, SAGA
Max Landis, for GREEN VALLEY (Image/Skybound, shared nomination)
Jeff Lemire, for DESCENDER, PLUTONA (shared nomination)

Best Best Painter/Multimedia Artist:
Sana Takeda, for MONSTRESS

Best Penciler/Inker or Penciler/Inker Team:
Fiona Staples, for SAGA

Best Coloring:
Elizabeth Breitweiser, for CRIMINAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, KILL OR BE KILLED, VELVET, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA (Image/Skybound)
Jean-Francois Beaulieu, for GREEN VALLEY (Image/Skybound)
Matt Wilson, for CRY HAVOC, PAPER GIRLS, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE (shared nomination)

Best Cover Artist:
Sean Phillips, for CRIMINAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, KILL OR BE KILLED
Fiona Staples, for SAGA
Sana Takeda, for MONSTRESS

In celebration, Image Comics is offering a sale on digital comics for Eisner-nominated series, available on Comixology and ImageComics.com, now through Monday, May 15th.

Voting for the awards will be open soon at www.eisnervote.com. All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote. The Eisner Awards will be presented at a gala awards ceremony to be held on Friday, July 21st at Comic-Con International.

The Eisner Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, San Diego, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.

New “Saga” arc kicks off with 25¢ issue to celebrate 25 years of Image Comics

Image Comics is pleased to announce that the full-length 43rd issue of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ multiple Eisner Award-winning series SAGA will be priced at $0.25 in celebration of Image’s 25th anniversary. In addition to this collectible $0.25 issue, limited quantities of a commemorative Image 25th anniversary print featuring exclusive and all-new SAGA artwork by co-creator Fiona Staples may also be available. Contact your local comic shop for more details.

A perfect jumping-on point for new readers, SAGA #43 sees Hazel and her star-crossed parents embarking on a thrilling new adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

“I am so proud of this issue, and excited for our craziest storyline yet!” said Vaughan. “Fiona and I wanted to thank our incredible readers for five years of loyalty with this special $0.25 issue, but we also hoped to encourage anyone who hasn’t yet read SAGA to finally dip their toes in our water (eww).

“So if you have ‘mature’ friends or loved ones you think might be weird enough to enjoy our series, why not pick up a few extra copies to share with them?” asked Vaughan. “Either way, we know our beloved retailing partners won’t profit as much as they would from our regular $2.99 cover price, so if we save you a few bucks in May, we hope you’ll please consider shifting a little of that money back to your local store by trying PAPER GIRLS or THE OLD GUARD or STRAY BULLETS or any of the other spectacular collection of creator-owned comics that our friends at Image have been publishing for an unbelievable 25 years.”

SAGA #43 (Diamond code: MAR170720) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, May 31st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 1st.

LIMITED EDITION IMAGE 25TH ANNIVERSARY PRINTS: color version, B&W version, and signed color version, will also be available in limited quantities on Wednesday, May 31st.

Supernatural forces collide in Image Comics new series “Sacred Creatures”

Fan-favorite Pablo Raimondi (Book of Doom) teams up with Klaus Janson (Daredevil, The Dark Knight Returns) for the all-new ongoing series, SACRED CREATURES, which was first announced at Emerald City Comic Con and will launch this July.

In SACRED CREATURES, supernatural forces maintaining the fragile balance of power in this world begin to unravel. At the center of it all, readers meet Josh Miller, a young college grad and expecting father, caught in the middle of a vast conspiracy threatening to tear apart the foundations of humanity. As myth and reality collide, Josh finds himself on the frontline of a battle against an enemy dating back to the beginning of time itself.

“Years in the making, Sacred Creatures is the culmination of all the things I love about comics: amazing art, compelling characters, and a story that will make readers return month after month,” said Janson. “I’m so proud of this series!”

Raimondi added: “I honestly can’t believe Klaus has put up with me for this long. It must be ’cause the book is really freaking good.”

SACRED CREATURES marks Raimondi and Janson’s first-ever creator-owned series and will launch with a monster-sized first issue featuring 66 pages of full-color art.

SACRED CREATURES #1 Cover A by Raimondi (Diamond Code MAY170591), Cover B by Janson (Diamond Code MAY170592), and Cover C by Miller (Limited – Diamond Code MAY170593) hit stores on Wednesday, July 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 12th.

Gail Simone and Cat Staggs launch new series in June, “Crosswind”

Image Comics is thrilled to announce CROSSWIND, the brand-new ongoing thriller from fan-favorites Gail Simone (Red Sonja, Secret Six) and Cat Staggs (Wonder Woman ‘77, Smallville Season 11), arriving in stores this June.

A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman.

A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife.

When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched—to potentially deadly effect.

“This is possibly the most thrilling project of my career, and Cat Staggs brought her best stomping boots to the game; she’s absolutely killing it,” said Simone. “There’s nothing else quite like it. It smells of gunpowder, nitro, and one-hour hotel rooms. It’s wrong and messed up, and we hope people love it as much as we do.”

“I am thrilled to be working with the incomparable Gail Simone in a genre that is close to my heart,” said Staggs. “The challenge of bringing these characters to life and developing their world has made this project something I’m proud of. Readers are in for a wild ride.”

CROSSWIND #1 (Diamond code: APR170674) hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 21st. Final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 29th.

Image Comics issues reprint of SAGA #41 due to printer error

Due to a printer error, Image Comics will be reprinting SAGA #41 in time for it to hit shelves on the adjusted release date of January 4th, 2017.

“Bumping any title is a disappointment, but SAGA has shipped on time every issue up to this point and being forced to delay this one was an incredibly difficult decision,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “Unfortunately, while delaying the book for a week tarnishes our on-time shipping record, selling SAGA #41 as it was originally printed would have negatively impacted the quality of one of the best comics on the market. Not everything can be perfect, but in this case, the difference between the files submitted to the printer and the book that was printed were so great that we simply could not let the book go as is.”

Brian K. Vaughan, writer and co-creator, added: “Fiona and I are really sorry to have to ask readers, and our retailer partners, to wait just a little bit longer to read a finished issue that we’re particularly proud of. But we’re very grateful to our printer and everyone at Image for working quickly to fix an unfortunate printing error that we felt hurt the quality of our book. Thanks for understanding, and Happy Holidays!”

SAGA #41 (Diamond code: OCT160634) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, January 4th.

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LEFT: SAGA #41 with printer error in colors. RIGHT: Forthcoming reprint of SAGA #41.

‘Mechanism’ gets its first trade paperback in January

Writer/artist Raffaele Ienco (SYMMETRY, EPIC KILL) will release the first trade paperback collection of his sapient sci-fi series MECHANISM this January from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions.

In the aftermath of an alien invasion, a prototype military robot is rushed into the field before it is combat-ready. Now, attached to a group of survivors, it studies them to learn what it means to be human. Will it come to see humanity as worthy, or will it conclude that the human race isn’t worth saving at all?

MECHANISM TP VOLUME 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0032-3) hits comic book stores Wednesday, January 18th and bookstores Tuesday, January 24th. It can be ordered by retailers with Diamond code NOV160689, and is available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.

Select praise for MECHANISM:

“Mechanism is my book of the year! This has the potential to be one of the biggest releases that Image has had since The Walking Dead.” —Comic Crusaders

“An intriguing premise, gorgeous art and tantalizing mysteries… I look forward to seeing Raffaele Ienco’s story unfold.” —J.M. DeMatteis (Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt)

“Beautiful art and taut, no-nonsense storytelling.” —SlackJaw Punks

“Mechanism is quite simply the coolest story I’ve seen in quite some time and the art will blow your mind.” —Kevin Eastman (co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

“Raffaele Ienco is writing, drawing, painting and lettering a thrilling story that will suck you into its vortex from the first page. Mechanism is a winner.” —Viktor Bogdanovic (Batman: Arkham Knight, New Superman)

“Whether it’s the cinematic transition between panels or the raw emotion (or lack thereof), [Raffaele Ienco] gives us a sense of great depth and atmosphere, highlighting the futuristic landscape perfectly.” —Snap Pow

‘SPY SEAL’ COMIC GOES VIRAL BEFORE BEING SNAPPED UP FOR PUBLICATION

When critically-acclaimed cartoonist Rich Tommaso (SHE WOLF) posted his drawing of a character Spy Seal on Facebook he had no idea it would be met with such immediate fan enthusiasm, Hollywood studio interest, and an ongoing series announcement. Image Comics is pleased to reveal that SPY SEAL by Rich Tommaso is now slated to hit stores in 2017.

“I never thought I’d be drawing and writing something I’d created as a young teen in the late 1980s again in 2016,” said Tommaso. “The climate seems to be ready for some anthropomorphic fun comics again, so if they’re game, so am I!”

Penned in a clear-line style reminiscent of something between Hergé’s TINTIN and Stan Sakai’s USAGI YOJIMBO, the first season of Rich Tommaso’s SPY SEAL plunges readers deeply into the exciting and dangerous world of international espionage.

 

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Filled with all manner and species of spies, saboteurs, snipers, assassins, and double agents, our man (er… seal rather), Spy Seal must exceed them all to find out exactly what politically sensitive information lies within the mysterious Corten Steel Phoenix that all of Europe is dying to get their hands on.

SPY SEAL #1 will hit stores in 2017.