Incredible Indie Tuesday: Exciting News from Image Expo!

Last Wednesday in Seattle, Image Comics held the 6th Image Expo, an all-day event for creators to meet with press, retailers and fans. But it’s not your typical convention: there are no vendors and panels focus primarily on discussing upcoming releases with writers, artists and other team members. The convention began with publisher Eric Stephenson’s inspiring keynote, after which creators took turns on stage to announce Image projects forthcoming in 2016 and 2017. Below is information on all 20 announced comics.

Horizon by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon and Frank Martin
13 July 2016 from Skybound
On the brink of self-destruction and desperate to survive, the people of Earth turn their hopes skyward and seek a new home in the stars. Zhia Malen, whose home planet has been chosen for colonization, has come to Earth to ensure that the same mistakes aren’t repeated.

Glitterbomb by Jim Zub, Djibril Morissette-Phan, K. Michael Russell and Marshall Dillon
Summer 2016
Glitterbomb is a “Hollywood horror” about has-been actress named Farrah, who is determined to tear Hollywood apart in the most brutal ways possible.
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Kill or Be Killed by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser
Summer 2016
In this tale of vigilantism, the creative team behind The Fade Out introduces a young man who is compelled to kill bad people and explores the impact this has on his friends, his family and his psyche.

Lake of Fire Promotional Image; Nathan Fairbairn, Matt Smith; Image Comics (2016)

Lake of Fire by Nathan Fairbairn and Matt Smith
Summer 2016
1220, southern France: The Cathars and the Crusaders are eleven years into the Albigensian Crusade, when an alien mining ship crashes in the French Pyrenees. Now, a small band of former combatants might be the last line of defense against this new hostile force.

Moonshine by Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso and Will Dennis
October 2016
Lou Pirlo is a New York gangster sent to uncover the secrets of West Virginia moonshiner Hiram Holt. What he expects to be a simple task soon spirals into something much darker, as he discovers the sinister truths to be found under the light of the full moon.
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Afar by Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton
Fall 2016
Siblings Boetema and Inotu are on the run. After Inotu witnesses an illegal business deal and Boetema injures someone while astral projecting, they must travel to strange worlds far from home to fix the damage they have done.
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Black Cloud by Ivan Brandon, Jason Latour, Greg Hinkle, Matt Wilson, Aditya Bidikar and Tom Muller
Fall 2016
Zelda, a rebel exiled from a world where dreams wield power and “imagination is literal.” It’s a story about making stories, and creators Brandon and Latour have described it as “Jessica Jones meets Roger Rabbit.”
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The Black Monday Murders by Jonathan Hickman and Tom Coker
Fall 2016
Inspired by the financial crisis of Black Monday in 1987, this series takes place in a world where magic and corporate corruption collide.
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Prima by Jen Van Meter, Rick Burchett, Eric Newsom and Jeanine Schaefer
Fall 2016
Sophia and Pauline belong to a dance company, but they aren’t just dancers. During World War II, their company served as a front for French resistance and now that the war is over, they plan to continue putting their espionage skills to use for those who need it.

Prince of Cats Promotional Image; Ronald Wimberly; Image (2016)

Prince of Cats by Ronald Wimberly, Jarred Fisher and Jorden Haley
Fall 2016
Originally published by Vertigo in 2012, Ronald Wimberly’s take on Romeo and Juliet (from Tybalt’s perspective, in 80s New York) will be published by Image in a complete, remastered author’s edition.
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Rockstars by Joe Harris and Megan Hutchison
Fall 2016
In this “rock and roll thriller,” music nerd Jackie Mayer teams up with wannabe investigative reporter Dorothy Buell to solve a series of groupie murders dating back to the seventies. Along the way, they will uncover the truth behind the music industry’s most insidious urban legends.
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Romulus by Bryan Edward Hill and Nelson Blake II
Fall 2016 from Top Cow
The Order of Romulus is a secret society that has controlled the world from behind the scenes since the peak of the Roman Empire. But when one of their own assassins turns against them, their plan to establish a new world order might come at a higher cost than they expect.

Seven to Eternity by Rick Remender, Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth
Fall 2016
Gharils Sulm is the God of Whispers, a being who controls people through paranoia and gossip. Adam Osidis is the knight of a disgraced family who is determined to defeat him, though he too is vulnerable to the god’s powers.
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Surgeon X by Sara Kenney, John Watkiss, James Devlin, Jared K Fletcher and Karen Berger
Fall 2016
Twenty years in the future, the world in on the brink of collapse as the most vicious diseases become resistant to conventional treatments. In London, Rosa Scott is known as Surgeon X, a very unconventional doctor who uses black market drugs and experimental medicine to save lives.

VS by Ivan Brandon, Esad Ribic, Ive Svorcina, Aditya Bidikar, Tom Muller and Sebastian Girner
Fall 2016
In the future, wars are not fought for land, resources, or principles, but for entertainment. And in this world of privatized, televised battles, Satta Flynn is the best–until he isn’t.
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Motor Crush by Brendan Fletcher, Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr
December 2016
Domino Swift is a biker who races in a worldwide motorcycle league. But when the day is done, she competes in gladiatorial  motorcycle combat against rival gangs in search of a the valuable “machine narcotic” Motor Crush.

Motorcrush Promotional Image; Cameron Steward, Brendan Fletcher, Babs Tarr; Image (2016)

The Divided States of Hysteria by Howard Chaykin, Jesus Aburto and Ken Bruzenak
Winter 2016
After a terrorist attack virtually obliterates New York City and the country is on the verge of civil war, CIA agent Frankie Villa and a group of unlikely allies must bring the bombers to justice. 

The Hunt by Colin Lorimer, Jim Campbell and Joana Lafuente
2016 from Shadowline
The Sluagh are an ancient race of fairies that steal your soul when you die. But at her father’s deathbed, Orlaigh Roche discovers that they have become greedy, and are killing many before their time in order to reap their souls early. Now, Orlaigh is on a journey to recover her father’s soul before the Sluagh come for her as well.

Isola by Brendan Fletcher and Karl Kerschl
Spring 2017
When Queen Olwun is transformed into a tiger by her brother, Rook (the captain of the guard) swiftly executes him. However, Rook soon discovers that he is the only one who can break the curse. She begins her journey, Queen Olwun by her side, to Isola, the Island of the Dead, to find his spirit and return the queen to her true form.

Winnebago Graveyard by Steve Niles, Alison Sampson, Stephane Paitreau and Clem Robins
Fall 2017
A family road trip through the southwestern U.S. goes awry when the family’s Winnebago is stolen–leaving them stranded in a town of Satanists.
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In addition to the new comic announcements, Image also announced the new Creators for Creators Grant, a nonprofit organization founded by 18 writers and artists, including Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, C. Spike Trotman, Kieron Gillen, and Brian K. Vaughan. The goal of the grant is to support a new generation of upcoming creators through mentorship and financial support. The $30,000 grant will be awarded to “a single cartoonist or writer/artist duo in order to support the creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four and one hundred pages over the course of a single year.”

Applications open on May 1, 2016.

KM Bezner

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