Image Comics recently held their second annual comic convention called Image Expo. There were a ton of new announcements to come out of the one day media event. Not all of them were horror related, but I've got a bunch to show you. First there's this whopper of a press release
Image Comics has announced an unprecedented deal signed by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips that essentially gives them free reign to create whatever comics they want at the publisher for the next five years. This is amazing news and there isn't a writer / artist team that would be better suited for it than this pair. This is the group behind comics like Sleeper, Criminal, and most recently, Fatale. All of which have been stellar. In addition to having this carte blanche access, the duo has total freedom, control, and ownership over everything they produce.
"Everyone at Image loves working with Ed and Sean,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “They’re one of the best creative teams working in comics today, with an absolutely stunning catalog of work, and I personally consider bringing Fatale to Image one of the best things to happen to us over what has been a pretty amazing last couple years. One of the great things about this business is the opportunities we’re given to work with good people, and it’s really gratifying to see directly how talent like Ed and Sean respond to the unparalleled freedom and support we offer at Image.”
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"This is amazing. It's like having an overall deal with a studio, except we get to greenlight our own projects," said Brubaker. "Sean and I have been making comics together for fifteen years, and in the early days before we built the passionate readership we have now, we struggled to survive, so a deal like this is exactly what I was looking for. I've already got more than enough ideas to fill those five years, and both Sean and I are looking forward to experimenting and really pushing the boundaries."
The first title to debut from this deal is a new ongoing series entitled The Fade Out with the first issue set for release this summer. Unfortunately, it also coincides with the last issue of Fatale (#24).
"The Fade Out is my ultimate noir story. It's a brutal crime story set in late '40s Hollywood, and all spinning around the mysterious death of an up-and-coming starlet," said Brubaker. "For people who've been waiting for us to return to Criminal, this will be exactly what they're looking for, but on a much more epic scale—going from studio backlots to the debauchery of the rich and famous, and even stretching back to the horrors of World War Two."
The preview image for The Fade Out shown above is enough for me to check this out (although the creative team behind it already sold me). No specific release date has been set for the first issue, but look for it in summer 2014.
Look for more information on the Image Expo announcements coming up on HorrorTalk.
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