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Image Comics news week of 6/12

 Here’s a recap of all the news from Image Comics from this past week. All information and pictures are courtesy of their press releases.

SCALES & SCOUNDRELS:
AN ALL-NEW ALL-AGES FANTASY SERIES COMING THIS SEPTEMBER

PORTLAND, OR, 06/12/2017 — Writer Sebastian Girner (SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER) and comics/storyboard artist Galaad team up with letterer/designer Jeff Powell for SCALES & SCOUNDRELS, a colorful fantasy tale for scoundrels of all ages this September.

It’s hard to make an honest living in a land brimming with magic and mystery, and treasure hunter Luvander is tired of being a penniless adventurer. Ever in search of gold and glory, she sets off for a fabled dungeon, “the Dragon’s Maw,” an ancient labyrinth, at the bottom of which slumbers endless wealth…or certain doom!

But what starts out as a road to riches becomes the first step on an epic journey of a much different kind—for Luvander holds a secret in her heart that will shatter the chains of fate and bring light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness.

“SCALES & SCOUNDRELS is a dream project for Galaad, Jeff, and myself,” said Girner. “We are crafting a deep and wondrous world for readers to get lost in, creating heroes, villains, and rogues to love and loathe, and spinning tales that will delight and entertain, shock and inspire. A fantasy adventure comic for readers of all ages to escape into, and bring a piece of magic back with them into their lives.”

“S&S is everything we want to bring to a comic series: the joyous fun, the gripping action, the thrill of adventure, the sense of wonder, the dramatic moments, the high stakes, the epic turning-points, and the inspiring destinies,” said Galaad. “We don’t want the readers to just enjoy this story, we want them to embark with us and share in the adventure of a lifetime. That’s what I love about comics. Just a drip of ink on paper—endless stories and memories.”

“It’s great to have the opportunity to work on a book that can be enjoyed by a wide audience,” said Powell. “Both the art and story kick ass, and I think people will enjoy seeing how it unfolds.”

SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #1 arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, September 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 14th.

Advance praise for SCALES & SCOUNDRELS:

“SAGA meets Scott Pilgrim. One of the most beautiful comics I’ve ever read.”

—Declan Shalvey (INJECTION, SAVAGE TOWN)

“SCALES & SCOUNDRELS is a fun, beautiful fantasy adventure for all ages and the kind of book we need more of! I look forward to more!”

—Skottie Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND)

Image Comics announced today that due to the demand for issue #1 of THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA, a second printing will be released. It is set for release on Wednesday July 12th, along with issue #2 (which is getting 2 covers). More information below as well as cover art for the second printing of issue #1 courtesy of their press release.

CHAYKIN’S THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA SPARKS INDUSTRY CONVERSATION

 
First issue rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand

PORTLAND, OR, 06/13/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that Howard Chaykin (AMERICAN FLAGG!, SATELLITE SAM) has turned the industry on its head once again with his latest, THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA. The first issue of this searing dystopian story will be rushed back to print to keep up with overwhelming demand.

“A fictional dystopia selling out in the midst of a real life slow motion societal collapse—how much more thrilled and grateful could I possibly be at this?” said Chaykin.

Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics added: “The history of comics isn’t exactly filled with political thrillers, but Howard Chaykin made his name in the ’80s with American Flagg!, and The Divided States of Hysteria is very much in the same mold. One of the things I’ve always admired about Howard’s work is his unflinching reluctance to pull any punches, and this series about a society, not on the verge, but in the midst of collapse is no different. If you’re looking for escapism, this probably isn’t the book for you, as its warts-and-all depiction of the modern world reveals it to be an ugly place, governed by hatred, fear, and intolerance. Rooted in the worst aspects of reality, this is indignant, rebellious fiction, designed to make readers both angry and uncomfortable, but more than that, it’s intended to provoke thought about how and why things have reached a state where the tools for progress—discourse, understanding, cooperation—are shunned in favor of treating anyone with an opposing viewpoint as an enemy combatant. If The Divided States of Hysteria prompts just a single productive conversation about the present state of our society, then it has succeeded in its goals and is a story worth sharing.”

In THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA, an imminent terrorist attack threatens to destabilize an already deeply troubled America barely beginning to recover from a profound national trauma that has shattered the nation.

THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAY178007), THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #2, Cover A (Diamond Code MAY170679), and THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #2, Cover B  “Images of Tomorrow” (Diamond Code APR178246) will be available on Wednesday, July 12th.

 

MORE 25TH ANNIVERSARY IMAGES OF TOMORROW VARIANT COVERS REVEALED

PORTLAND, OR, 06/13/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal three more of the variants planned for July’s 25th anniversary theme—“Images of Tomorrow.”

After 25 years of ushering in waves of bestselling, award winning, and groundbreaking comics, these variants will celebrate the longevity of Image Comics’ series with covers speculating possible future events in their storylines.

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

Available in stores on Wednesday, July 5th (final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 12th):

  • RAT QUEENS #4 by Kurtis Wiebe & Owen Gieni, cover by Jim Valentino & Chance Wolf (Diamond Code APR178255)
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY #7 by Rick Remender & James Harren, cover by Farel Dalrymple (Diamond Code APR178975)
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #29 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie (Diamond Code APR178260)
Available in stores on Wednesday, July 12th (final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 19th):
  • CURSE WORDS #6 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne (Diamond Code APR178258)
  • THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #2 by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin (Diamond Code APR178246)
  • REGRESSION #3 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert (Diamond Code APR178254)
  • ROSE #4 by Meredith Finch & Ig Guara, cover by Guara (Diamond Code APR178259)
 Available in stores on Wednesday, July 19th (final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 26th):
  • DESCENDER #22 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen (Diamond Code APR178248)
  • GENERATION GONE #1 by Ales Kot & André Lima Araújo, cover by Araújo (Diamond Code APR178245)
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND #14 by Skottie Young, cover by Young (Diamond Code APR178244)
  • ROYAL CITY #5 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire (Diamond Code APR178249)
 Available in stores on Wednesday, July 26th (final order cutoff deadline Monday, July 3rd):
  • CROSSWIND #2 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code APR178257)
  • POSTAL #21 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Linda Sejic (Diamond Code APR178252)
  • SHUTTER #30 by Joseph Keatinge & Leila Del Duca, cover by Del Duca (Diamond Code APR178256)
  • SPAWN #276 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane (Diamond Code APR178250)
  • UNDERWINTER #5 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes (Diamond Code APR178247)
  • WAYWARD #22 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings (Diamond Code APR178253)
 Available in stores on Wednesday, August 2nd (final order cutoff deadline Monday, July 10th):
  • SAMARITAN: VERITAS #3 by Matt Hawkins & Atilio Rojo, by Stjepan Sejic (Diamond Code APR178251)

REGRESSION #1 SENT BACK
TO PRINT AGAIN    

PORTLAND, OR, 06/15/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that the first issue of REGRESSION, from writer Cullen Bunn, artist Danny Luckert, and colorist/letterer Marie Enger, has been fast-tracked to a third printing in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

In REGRESSION, nightmares bleed into the waking world with astonishing ease. Adrian is a young man plagued by these waking nightmares, and when he turns to unorthodox means for a cure, he descends into a world of occult conspiracy, mystery, reincarnation, and insanity from which there is no escape.

REGRESSION #1 will remain 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.

REGRESSION #1, 3rd printing (Diamond code: MAY178159) and REGRESSION #3 (Diamond code: MAY170704) will be available on Wednesday, July 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 19th.

Select praise for REGRESSION:

“This is the horror comic to watch this year.” —Horror Talk

“If you like your horror both grotesque and unnerving, then REGRESSION is the comic for you.” —IGN

“REGRESSION reads like a classic horror story, not something that lives off cheap thrills or jump-out scares. But something that burrows deep inside and takes root there. Something that grows and grows until it fills every part of you.” —Comic Bastards

WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD RUSHED BACK TO PRINT
“Everything about this book gives me the willies.” —Gail Simone

PORTLAND, OR, 06/16/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD by Steve Niles and Alison Sampson will be sent back to print in order to keep up with the increasing level of customer demand. The second printing will feature a wrap-around cover with artwork by Katie Skelly.In WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD, an American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret. The series promises to take readers on a plot-twisting road trip filled with mystery and intrigue as they encounter creepy fairgrounds, nefarious characters, seedy conspiracies, towns full of satanists, and a teenager. What else could possibly go wrong?

WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAY178160) and WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #2 Cover A Sampson (Diamond Code MAY170741) and WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #2 Cover B Rubin (Diamond Code MAY170742) hit stores on Wednesday, July 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 26th.

 

ANGELIC SOARS ABOVE THE REST THIS SEPTEMBER
PORTLAND, OR, 06/16/2017 — Eisner-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, CRY HAVOC, X-Men Legacy, Godshaper) and rising-star artist Caspar Wijngaard (LIMBO, Dark Souls, Assassin’s Creed) present your new bittersweet adventure obsession in ANGELIC. Suitable for ages 11 through 111, the new series will launch from Image Comics this September.”Angelic‘s about teenage flying monkeys having adventures in the far future, because that’s totally a genre now,” said Spurrier. “But in the best traditions of age-friendly fiction—think Pixar or Ghibli—there’s also a bunch of meaty themes beneath the fun: religion, parenthood, technology and responsibility, it’s all in the mix. Ultimately it’s a tale about the Earth—after us. And all rendered in the unmistakably vivid color and crackle of superstar-in-the-making Caspar Wijngaard.”

A unique part of Image’s summer lineup, the creative team summarize this new post-apocalyptic fable as follows:

Winged monkeys! Techno-dolphins! Quantum alleycats! In ANGELIC, humanity’s long gone. Its memory lingers only as misunderstood rituals among mankind’s leftovers: the genetically modified animals they used and abused for eons.

But for one young flying monkey, QORA, the routines are unbearable. All she wants is to explore. Instead she’s expected to settle down, to become a mother…to lose her wings.

ANGELIC is a story of teenage rebellion and animal antics amidst the ruins of civilization, promising to be WALL-E by way of Watership Down.

ANGELIC #1 (Diamond Code JUL170699) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 28th.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

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