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Image releases English translation of García and Rubín’s graphic novel “Beowulf”

Santiago García and David Rubín team up to put a fresh—and wholly blood-soaked—spin on the violent and savage tale of BEOWULF in a new English translation of the 1,000-year-old myth. It will be collected in a lush, full-color hardcover this December from Image Comics.

The story of Beowulf has inspired an enduring epic poem, become a foundational piece of English literature, and influenced countless great works of fiction in numerous mediums. Now, it’s getting an entirely unique new graphic treatment—packed to the brim with enough brutality and gore to satisfy even the most Viking of sensibilities.

BEOWULF tells of the tale of a Scandinavian hero in lands that would become what is now Denmark and Sweden. A monster, Grendel, has arrived in the kingdom of the Danes, devouring its men and women for 12 years until Beowulf arrives to save them. García and Rubín faithfully follow the original story for a new version that is neither revisionist nor postmodern, capturing the tone and important details of the poem, translating its potent, epic resonance and melancholy into a contemporary comic that isn’t standard swords and sorcery or heroic fantasy fare—but rather an ancient story with a modern perspective that remains respectful of the source material.

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WRITER ON HBO’S ‘WESTWORLD’ PENS EISNER AWARD-WINNING ‘THE FADE OUT’

The New York Times bestseller and recent Eisner Award-winner for Best Limited Series THE FADE OUT by writer Ed Brubaker, artist Sean Phillips, and colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser is now available in a deluxe hardcover edition. THE FADE OUT deluxe hardcover edition collects the complete series, features bonus content, and makes the perfect gift for the holidays.

THE FADE OUT marks the noir team’s most ambitious project yet. An epic noir set in the world of noir itself, THE FADE OUT takes place in the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true.

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Of particular interest are Brubaker’s own real life ties to Hollywood, both in the present and past. Currently, Brubaker is a writer on and serves as Supervising Producer for HBO’s WESTWORLD series—a series that’s garnered much buzz amongst critics as HBO’s next big Game-of-Thrones-level success. And before that, Brubaker gained notoriety for his noir revisioning of Captain America: Winter Soldier, influences of which were drawn upon for the film adaptation. Next up, Brubaker has been tapped as the writer on the forthcoming Maniac Cop remake.

But Brubaker has an interesting familial tie to Old Hollywood as well, as the nephew of Golden-Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated, noir screenwriter John Paxton (Murder, My Sweet, Cornered, and Crossfire) who worked in Hollywood during the Red Scare. Two of Paxton’s friends and collaborators, Adrian Scott and Edward Dmytryk were among the Hollywood Ten, the first of those ruined by the blacklist.

BATGIRL TEAM REUNITES FOR FIRST CREATOR-OWNED SERIES “MOTOR CRUSH”

New York Times bestselling creative team Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr (Batgirl of Burnside) reunite for their first creator-owned project together, MOTOR CRUSH, coming from Image Comics this December.

In MOTOR CRUSH #1 readers meet Domino Swift. By day, Domino competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush. But the origins—and ultimate purpose—of this mysterious substance are unknown, and could put her on a collision course with danger…

“Something magic happens when Cameron, Babs and I make comics together,” said Fletcher. “We felt it when working on Batgirl and it’s there on every neon-soaked page of Motor Crush. We’re so fortunate to be able to continue this journey together as colleagues and friends. Motor Crush is the culmination of everything we’ve been working toward.”

Stewart added: “Motor Crush showcases our team at full throttle, working the way we want to produce a comic that’s unlike anything you’ve seen from us before!”

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“Hold on tight,” warned Tarr. “It’s gonna be one wild ride!!”

Fans of Fletcher, Stewart, and Tarr’s revamped and refreshed version of the Doc Martens-wearing and realistic butt-kicking Batgirl will enjoy MOTOR CRUSH’s biker-chick heroine Domino Swift. MOTOR CRUSH takes readers on a thrilling ride that will satisfy fans’ edgy, rebel-studded attitudes with high-octane story and breathtaking art that will leave competition in the dust.

MOTOR CRUSH #1 Cover A by Tarr (Diamond Code OCT160552) and Cover B by Stewart (Diamond Code OCT160553) hit stores on Wednesday, December 7th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, November 14th.

“The Walking Dead” Whisper War Demands Second Printing

Image/Skybound Entertainment is pleased to announce that THE WALKING DEAD #157 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard will be fast-tracked to a second printing in order to keep up with the overwhelming customer demand.

The mind-blowing new story arc to the New York Times bestselling series and pop culture phenomenon—THE WHISPERER WAR—launched to much fan buzz and featured the first in a sequence of connecting covers by Arthur Adams with colors by Nathan Fairbairn. Fans of THE WALKING DEAD and comics collectors flocked to stores for an opportunity to get their hands on the hot new issue.

In THE WALKING DEAD #157 the time has come. The forces are aligning. The war has begun! Has Rick brought about the demise of everything he’s built? Or will he triumph once again? Know this… there will be a cost.

THE WALKING DEAD #157 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

THE WALKING DEAD #157, 2nd printing Cover A (Diamond Code JUN169197) and Cover B by Arthur Adams with colors by Nathan Fairbairn (Diamond Code JUN169198) will be available in stores on Wednesday, September 7th. The final order cutoff date for retailers is Monday, August 15th.

THE WALKING DEAD #158 Cover A (Diamond Code JUL160789) and Cover B by Arthur Adams with colors by Nathan Fairbairn (Diamond Code JUL160790) hit stores on Wednesday, September 7th and the final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 15th.

 

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Image Comic’s “Head Lopper” Gets A Trade This Fall

Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl) will release his critically-acclaimed, action-packed indie hit HEAD LOPPER in trade paperback this October, collecting all four double-sized issues.

The Head Lopper, the legendary hero who’d much rather go by Norgal, and the nagging severed head of Agatha Blue Witch arrive on the Isle of Barra to find it overrun with beasts: minions of the Sorcerer of the Black Bog. When Queen Abigail hires Norgal and Agatha to slay the Sorcerer, our heroes trek across the island relieving the horrors of their heads—and playing right into the hands of a master manipulator.

HEADLOPPER, VOL. 1: THE ISLAND OR A PLAGUE OF BEASTS (ISBN: 9781632158864) hits comic book stores Wednesday, October 5th and bookstores Tuesday, October 11th and will be available for $19.99. It can be ordered by retailers with the Diamond code: JUL160804. It can be preordered now via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.
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PRAISE FOR HEADLOPPER:

“Maclean’s art has the spirit of a woodcut and the flair of a late-night cartoon, and with one minimalist action sequence after another, it has head-lopped its way into my heart.” —Multiversity Comics

“Action-packed, bloody, and sometimes humorous, HEAD LOPPER is a solid fantasy epic the likes of which has to be seen to be believed.” —ComicsVerse

“HEAD LOPPER  is a glorious visual buffet, filled to the brim with crazy action and intriguing characters.” —Comicosity

“MacLean’s crafted an inky scenario that reeks of potential crossover appeal.”
—Paste Magazine

Get Ready For Saga’s Next Chapter, “The War For Phang”

Award-winning creative team of Brian K. Vaughan (PAPER GIRLS, WE STAND ON GUARD) and Fiona Staples (Archie, North 40) will launch the eagerly anticipated seventh chapter in the multiple Eisner Award-winning series SAGA this August.

Previously in SAGA, Hazel tackled kindergarten—her biggest adventure yet—while her family went up against some difficult lessons of their own.

unnamed-7In SAGA #37, finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. To celebrate the arrival of the most epic arc yet, Fiona Staples graces this issue with a gorgeous wraparound cover!

“There’s a flood of new #1 issues out right now, but with this self-contained SAGA ‘event,’ Fiona and I hope to tell the kind of deeply emotional epic that you can only get from an ongoing series at the ripe old age of 37,” said Vaughan. “The War for Phang has huge stakes and will create permanent, real changes for Hazel and her family. Get ready.”

SAGA #37 (Diamond code: JUN160601) hits comic book stores Wednesdsay, August 31st. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 8th.

“Ringside” Returns For New Story Arc, “Work”

Writer Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER) and debut artist Nick Barber will launch the highly anticipated second act of their ongoing noir drama, RINGSIDE, this August.

Previously in RINGSIDE, fans explored the crossroads of art, industry, and identity within the world of professional wrestling through a literary lens and the rotating perspectives of the wrestlers themselves, the creatives they work with, the suits in charge, and the fans cheering them all on. Comic Bastards praised the series as having “a quiet poetry to the whole thing, like a Steinbeck novel, with frog splashes.”

In RINGSIDE #6, former professional wrestler Danny Knossos has made a Faustian pact to save the life of his beloved, but as his new arrangement crosses over with his past life in the ring, he’s in for more than he ever bargained for. Danny’s got what he’s always wanted, but now the true work begins…and he may not make it to the end.

“Ringside’s first act is entitled ‘Kayfabe,’ after the wrestling term meaning the scripted ‘reality’ of what happens in the ring and dealt, in part, with the different realities we build around ourselves,” said Keatinge. “The second is entitled ‘Work,’ which goes into the wrestling terminology meaning anything which is planned to happen, ‘working a crowd,’ but quickly delves into how hard it is to maintain false narratives and, in turn, the devastating consequences of their hidden truths.”

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RINGSIDE #6 (Diamond code: MAY160613) hits stores Wednesday, August 10th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, July 18th.

“Chew” Heads Into Series Finale Starting With Issue #56

New York Times bestselling creative team John Layman and Rob Guillory will launch the final story arc in their fan-favorite culinary adventure CHEW this July.

Previously in CHEW, Tony Chu was on the verge of a great discovery—which came at a great cost. Will Savoy’s sacrificial machinations have been in vain?

CHEW #56 signals the beginning of the end: the final story arc. Five more issues. Yum!

“Hard to believe we’ve come to the end of things, but here we are, five issues of CHEW left, and we’re now plunging headlong into our last and most consequential storyline.” said Layman. “Every issue is a goodbye, and there’s a great many characters who won’t make it to the end. We’re grateful for everybody who has been along with Tony Chu and friends on his 60+ issue journey, and we’re doing our damnedest to send him and the rest of his cast off in a very consistently-CHEW fashion. As the noted thespian and philosopher Shia LaBeouf once said (probably), ‘what a long, strange trip it’s been.’”

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CHEW #56 (Diamond code: MAY160583) hits stores Wednesday, July 20th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 27th.

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Snotgirl” First Issue Preview

“Scott Pilgrim” creator Bryan Lee O’Malley will make his first foray into monthly comics with “Snotgirl” from Image Comics this summer.
“Snotgirl” tells the story of Lottie, a fashion blogger and Internet star who looks flawless online, but is plagued by allergies offline that leave her dripping with snot. The series is written by O’Malley and illustrated by newcomer Leslie Hung, and was recently teased in the first issue of Image+. Now Image has released a small preview of the first issue, as well as two covers by O’Malley and Hung.

Check out the preview below:

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Snotgirl debuts in stores and digitally on July 20, 2016.

Image To Publish “She Changed Comics”

Women have been making comics since the medium’s very beginning, but there’s an important story that hasn’t yet been told: how women changed free expression in comics. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will tell that story in SHE CHANGED COMICS, a full-color, 160-page book coming out this October 2016 from Image Comics. SHE CHANGED COMICS was a runaway success on Kickstarter last month, where backers funded the project in eight hours and supported several stretch goals, including teaching guides for middle school, high school, and higher education, as well as a nationwide teaching tour.

SHE CHANGED COMICS celebrates the women who changed free expression in comics, with profiles of more than sixty groundbreaking female professionals and interviews with the women who are changing today’s medium, including RAINA TELGEMEIER, NOELLE STEVENSON, G. WILLOW WILSON, and more! SHE CHANGED COMICS also examines the plights of women imprisoned and threatened for making comics and explores the work of women whose work is being banned here in the United States.

Covering female comics creators from the turn of the 20th century to present day, SHE CHANGED COMICS will profile more than 60 women who transformed the landscape of free expression and expanded the comics artform. It will also examine the plights of women who have been persecuted for expressing themselves through cartoons and feature interviews with some of the most influential women working in comics today. The book will be illustrated throughout, with a professional index and links to additional resources, making it invaluable for educators and fans alike.

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“More women are reading and making comics, and we want to explore the women who laid the groundwork for this transition in She Changed Comics,” said Betsy Gomez, CBLDF Editorial Director and editor of She Changed Comics. “These are women who opened the door, ventured into new creative terrains, and radically changed the face of free expression in the process. She Changed Comics will be an invaluable tool in CBLDF’s ongoing mission to educate people about the value of comics as art and literature.”

“As an education professional and longtime advocate for the contributions women have made to comics, I regard this book as essential,” said Katherine Keller, Sequential Tart co-founder and CBLDF Board Member. “She Changed Comics has an important place in classrooms and libraries, and belongs in the backpack of any young person discovering their place as a reader or creator in this incredible medium.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with Image to distribute this book to the widest possible range of readers,” said Christina Merkler, CBLDF Board Member and www.DCBService.com partner. “We’re immensely grateful to all of the Kickstarter backers who funded the creation of the book and all of the incredible added material we had only dreamed was possible. Image’s efforts will allow us to get all of that extraordinary work out to the world in a much bigger way than we could do ourselves. We couldn’t be happier about their support!”