Gosh Comics marks Image Comics‘ 25th anniversary with a number of creator signings throughout the afternoon of Saturday the 18th March, so come on down! Big thanks to all the great folks at Image Comics for giving us the opportunity to help celebrate their 25th Anniversary with this and our terrific Friday night talk. Happy birthday, and here’s to many, many more!
Comic Creators Jordie Bellaire, Simon Gane, Emi Lenox, John McCrea, Tradd Moore, Sean Phillips, Alison Sampson, Declan Shalvey, Si Spurrier, Eric Stephenson, Christian Ward, Caspar Wijngaard & Dan Watters will appear to meet fans and sign comics.
These talented folks will be signing together in small groups through the afternoon, with the roster as follows:
1pm – 2pm
2pm – 3pm
3pm – 4pm
4pm – 5pm
There will be a limit of 6 items per customer per signing session, excluding anything you buy in store on the day. So if there are 3 creators signing, you could bring 2 items for each creator, or 3 each for two of them, or 6 for one of them, plus anything you buy in store on the day.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Based in Ireland, Jordie Bellaire is an Eisner award winning colourist for her contributions to such titles as The Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Pretty Deadly, Zero, The Massive, Tom Strong, X-Files Season 10, Captain Marvel, Journey into Mystery, and Numbercruncher, among numerous other books.
Simon Gane lives and works in Bristol, UK. Previous projects include Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story and Northlanders for DC/Vertigo, Paris for SLG Publishing and Godzilla: History’s Greatest Monster for IDW. Simon is currently working on Image title They’re Not Like Us with writer Eric Stephenson.
Emi Lenox is based out of Portland, Oregon, and is a comic creator widely known for Emitown, a web-based diary comic that was later published by Image as two printed volumes, and her excellent collaboration with Jeff Lemire, Plutona.
John McCrea is an Irish comics creator currently collaborating with Phil Hester on the supernatural science series Mythic. His past work includes such titles as Troubled Souls, Hitman, and many, many more.
Tradd Moore burst on the scene with his eye-popping (sometimes quite literally) visuals on The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (with writer Justin Jordan). He was quickly snapped up by Marvel for their Ghost Rider relaunch, as well as ongoing cover work on top titles. As well as working on Ales Kot’s Image series Zero, he collaborated with Jordan again to complete the Luther Strode trilogy with The Legend and The Legacy.
Drawing comics professionally since the age of fifteen, Sean Phillips has in recent years concentrated on creator-owned books including Criminal, Incognito, Seven Psychopaths, Fatale & The Fade Out. He’s currently drawing Kill or be Killed, written by his frequent collaborator Ed Brubaker.
Alison Sampson brings her architectural background to her art, creating living, breathing worlds that her characters inhabit. Her work can be found in Nathan Edmonson collaboration Genesis, and the upcoming Winnebago Graveyard with writer Steve Niles.
Declan Shalvey is an award-winning cartoonist based in Ireland, known for his many collaborations with creators like Warren Ellis and Jordie Bellaire.
Si Spurrier writes novels and comics, with his recent work in the sequential sphere including Cry Havoc, Doctor Who, and Eisner award nominated science-fantasy series, The Spire. His latest prose novels are Contract and A Serpent Uncoiled, while his first digital-only project is the “absurdist-noir” novella Unusual Concentrations.
As Publisher for Image Comics, Eric Stephenson has helped foster the creator-owned projects of numerous bestselling writers and artists, including Robert Kirkman, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Brandon Graham, as well as a well-known pair of award magnets whose names rhyme with Frian and Biona. He is also the Eisner-nominated writer and co-creator of Nowhere Men and They’re Not Like US.
After 10 years of encouraging London teenagers to draw anything other than comics, Christian Ward is now a full-time comic book artist, illustrator and writer. Alongside being an artist at Marvel (Iron Man, New Avengers, The Ultimates, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), he is also the co-creator of ODY-C with Matt Fraction for Image Comics.
Dan Watters is a London-based writer whose first creator owned graphic novel Limbo, created with Caspar Wijngaard, was released in 2016 through Image Comics. He is currently working on Assassin’s Creed and Dark Souls: Legends of the Flame, both for Titan Comics.
Caspar Wijngaard’s work has been published by Image Comics, BOOM! and Titan. His most recent work includes the Image series Limbo which he drew, coloured and co-created with writer Dan Watters, and Assassin’s Creed and Dark Souls comics for Titan.
Be sure to come along and help us celebrate with this heapin’ helpin’ of Image talent! If you can’t make it on the day but would like to arrange a reservation or mail order, drop us an email to email@example.com. Keep an eye on the Facebook event for any updates.
And to help celebrate all the Image goings-on, we’ll be doing 10% off of all Image Comics TPs on the day! It’s the perfect chance to try out that new series you’ve had your eye on…
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
Chip Zdarsky signs at Fantastic Comics on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.
*UPDATE! – Unfortunately Matt can no longer make it to the event, but Chip Zdarsky is still going to be right here with us at Fantastic Comics!
Come meet Matt Fraction (ODY-C, CASANOVA, HAWKEYE) and Chip Zdarsky (STAR-LORD, HOWARD THE DUCK, KAPTARA, MONSTER COPS)!
Ask them about their sexy criminals book at the Q&A. Get them to deface your belongings. Purchase more belongings for them to deface, including the new issues of the continuing SEX CRIMINALS, returning in February. It will be fun!
SEX CRIMINALS is the award-winning series published by Image Comics. It tells the story of Suzie and Jon, a couple who use their orgasmic time freezing powers to rob banks and save Suzie’s library.
Matt and Chip rarely do shop signings together, so make sure you don’t miss this opportunity! We do not recommend this event for children, but grown ups are very welcome!
2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Writer Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, Aphrodite IX, Dante) appears at Comic Book Hideout on Wednesday, March
8, 15th 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM!
Comic Book Hideout
215 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832
Jordie Bellaire, Warren Ellis, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Declan Shalvey, and Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson appear at Gosh! Comics from 7.30-9pm on Friday the 17th March.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a signing event. There will not be a signing session before or after the talk. Jordie & Declan will be part of a signing event occurring on Saturday the 18th March.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Jordie Bellaire is probably the most lauded (and certainly most prolific) colourist working today. You’d be lucky to find a week without one of her books shipping, and even luckier to experience her mastery of palette. Always pushing the boundaries of colour as an integral part of storytelling, her versatility is astounding. Equally impressive has been her outspoken advocacy for inclusiveness in the industry, including initiating the “Comics are for everybody” movement.
Warren Ellis hardly needs an introduction, a man who has repeatedly kicked the stool out from under a complacent industry to bring it standing to attention. He has a masterful hand for reinvention, a keen futurists eye, and an authorial voice that can bring laughter, tears, excitement and horror all with deceptive ease. His current Image titles, Injection and Trees, rank among the best comics work he’s done.
Kieron Gillen is one of the brightest stars in the British comics firmament. Gaining prominence for his work on Phonogram, he has gone from strength to strength through his subsequent work on titles such as Young Avengers (where one could argue he and creative partner Jamie McKelvie set the tone for the increased progressiveness and inclusiveness in the Marvel universe that was to follow), Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, Generation Hope, Darth Vader and of course The Wicked + The Divine.
Jamie McKelvie, often in partnership with Kieron, has brought a slick new visual vocabulary to mainstream comics, bringing in influences from the worlds of music and fashion. As well as outstanding artistic stints on Phonogram, Suburban Glamour, Young Avengers and The Wicked + The Divine, Jamie has been a key designer for Marvel, including two of its most iconic modern costume designs: Captain Marvel and Ms Marvel (now, as an icon of the Resist movement, a cultural phenomenon in her own right).
Declan Shalvey brings a weighty, graphic eye to his art, wowing everyone with his striking work on Warren Ellis’ superb Moon Knight run. Starting out in the world of self-publishing, he first caught our eye in the pages of Thunderbolts and has since become a draw in his own right. As well as ongoing work on Ellis’ Injection, he has recently popped up in the pages of All Star Batman, and his covers have been gracing Becky Cloonan’s current Punisher run.
Eric Stephenson has been with Image since its earliest days. Working as Extreme Studios’ editor, he also wrote and co-wrote a number of those early Extreme titles. Continuing to work on in a publishing capacity, he was a key member of the Image team for both Jim Valentino and Erik Larsen’s respective runs as Publisher, before taking the position himself in 2008. Under his directorship, Image has found a new place within the market, positioning itself as the premiere publisher for creator owned work and changing the face of graphic novel sales throughout all channels with titles such as The Walking Dead and Saga. A passionate believer in positive change for the comics business, his annual Image Expo addresses are a must for industry-watchers. He’s also returned to writing, with Nowhere Men and They’re Not Like Us both proving that he’s still more than capable of considerable creative output alongside his publishing duties.
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
Meet Pulitzer Prize fiction writer Junot Diaz and New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu on Thursday, March 9th at 6:30pm. Junot Diaz will be signing his book This Is How You Lose Her. Marjorie Liu will be signing her book Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening. Come early and get a wristband with purchase of the book for the signing event. Please call for more information.
Barnes & Noble – Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. STE 1272 Honolulu, HI 96814
Richard Starkings appears at The Comic Bug’s Manhattan Beach shop on Wednesday, March 8th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM to sign ELEPHANTMEN #75!
The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Daniel Warren Johnson (Space Mullet, Green Leader) appears at AlleyCat Comics on Wednesday, March 1st at 5:00 PM to celebrate the launch of EXTREMITY from Image Comics.
5304 N. Clark Street Rear, Chicago, IL 60640
Writer Kurtis J. Wiebe and artist Owen Gieni celebrate the return of RAT QUEENS on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 starting at 5:00 PM!
5809 15th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Image Comics is pleased to return to Seattle this year for Emerald City Comic Con on Thursday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 5th. Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer to the www.imagecomics.com post for the most up-to-date information.
LIMITED* CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE VARIANTS SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#1510):
* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.
- ROYAL CITY #1 by Jeff Lemire, $10 (+tax)
- THE OLD GUARD #1 by Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernandez, $10 (+tax)
- CURSE WORDS #1 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, price $10, (sold at Artist Alley table V1 & V2 only)
- RAT QUEENS #1 by Kurtis Wiebe & Owen Gieni, $10 (+tax) (sold at Artist Alley table F10 only)
- MAGDALENA #0 by Tini Howard, Ryan Cady & Christian Dibari, $2 (sold only at Artist Alley table S-1)
- SEVEN TO ETERNITY, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender & Jerome Opena, $35 (+tax)
- KILL OR BE KILLED, VOL. 1 hardcover by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser, $35 (+tax)
- GLITTERBOMB, VOL. 1 trade paperback by Jim Zub & Djibril Morissette-Phan, cover by Ray Fawkes, $15 (+tax), (sold at Artist Alley table V3 only)
* Limited quantity available for sale at the Image booth.
- BLACK SCIENCE statue, $150 (+tax)
- Exclusive ECCC DESCENDER print, $5 (+tax), (proceeds to benefit the ACLU)
- Image Comics’ 25th Anniversary commemorative enamel pin, $10 (+tax)
PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:
Image Comics Announcements
Thursday, 4:15PM – 6:15PM
Image Comics is bringing the Future of Comics to Emerald City Comicon in 2017 with this special two-hour presentation. Featuring a keynote speech by publisher Eric Stephenson about the past, present, and future of comics and a full slate of brand-new series to be announced, this panel is sure to set the tone for the year and give you plenty of great comics to look forward to reading.
Image Comics: 25th Anniversary Founders Panel
Friday, 1PM- 2:30PM
Twenty-five years ago, a group of comics artists looked at the difference between what they were capable of and what they were being given, and left the promise of steady work for new pastures. The result was Image Comics, which has grown from an upstart group to a comics publisher that has changed the course of the industry. Image’s 25th anniversary year begins with this special event, a rare gathering that is not to be missed.
The Future Of Comics: Cultivating Identity
Friday, 4PM – 5PM
The comics you love the most tend to have a personal touch, something that helps you relate to the characters, or makes a fantastic situation more believable. Corinna Bechko (INVISIBLE REPUBLIC), Ray Fawkes (UNDERWINTER: SYMPHONY), Gabriel Hardman (THE BELFRY), and a few more special guests make works that use the personal touch to great effect, and they’re ready to share their insights with you.
The Future of Comics: Your Brand-New Favorites
Saturday, 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Your favorite comics don’t look anything like those of your parents, siblings, or even your friends. There is such a wide variety of material out there that you can grab a comic on nearly any subject and find something to fall in love with. The work of Charles Soule (CURSE WORDS), Kurtis Wiebe (RAT QUEENS), Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY), and Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS) is fantastic, no matter the genre they’re working in. Come find your new favorite comics at this panel, and discover a few new favorite creators, too.
The Future of Comics: Pure Storytelling
Sunday, 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Curious about making comics? Want to give your storytelling talents a boost? Image Comics is pleased to present Kaare Andrews (RENATO JONES: THE ONE%), Jeff Lemire (ROYAL CITY), Emi Lenox (PLUTONA), Steve Lieber (THE FIX), and a few special guests. These cartoonists are incredibly talented, and experts in storytelling. Come pick the brains of the masters and enjoy a lively conversation about telling stories in comics.
SIGNINGS* HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#1510):
*wristbands will be available for fans to pick up as soon as doors open, first come, first served, at the Image booth on the day of the desired ticketed signing.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
- 11:00 – 12:00 PM, Robert Kirkman* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
- 12:00 – 12:45 PM, Joseph Keatinge & Wook-Jin Clark
- 2:00 – 2:45 PM, Justin Jordan + surprise creator
- 3:00 – 3:45 PM, Joe Casey
- 3:00–4:30 PM: Image Comics Founders Signing in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel located next door to the Washington State Convention Center.* (ECCC will coordinate a ‘lottery system’ where badge-holding fans will submit their names and a lucky 300 fans will win a limited edition poster and admission to have it signed by the founders. Lottery applications are open on the Emerald City Comicon website until February 21. Details here).
- 4:00 – 4:45 PM, Kurtis Wiebe + Owen Gieni
- 5:00 – 5:45 PM, Donny Cates
- 5:00 – 5:45 PM, John Layman
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
- 11:00 – 11:45 PM, surprise creators
- 11:00 – 11:45 PM, Chris Sebela
- 12:15 – 1:15 PM, Robert Kirkman* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
- 1:00 – 1:45 PM, surprise creators
- 2:00 – 2:45 PM, Jeff Lemire* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
- 3:00 – 3:45 PM, Rick Remender* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
- 3:00 – 3:45 PM, Daniel Warren Johnson
- 4:00 – 4:45 PM, Declan Shalvey + Jordie Bellaire
- 5:00 – 5:45 PM, surprise creators
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
- 11:00 – 11:45 AM, Becky Cloonan
- 11:00 – 11: 45 AM, Stefano Gaudiano & Tony Akins
- 12:00 – 12:45 PM, Doug Wagner
- 1:00 – 1:45 PM, Rick Remender* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
IMAGE CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:
Andrews, Kaare Kyle: F-9
Barber, Nick: U12
Bautista, Gabriel: DD13
Bechko, Corinna: N1
Belanger, Andy: U6
Bergin, Joseph: Y3A
Brisson, Ed: U11
Browne, Ryan: V2
Casey, Joe: N9
Christmas, Johnny: U13
Dalrymple, Farel: E-7
DeConnick, Kelly Sue: J8
Dodson, Terry: A1/A2
Fairbairn, Nathan: DD16
Fawkes, Ray: J4
Fraction, Matt: J7
Gaudiano, Stefano: B3
Gerads, Mitch: C-2A
Giarrusso, Chris: V9
Greenwood, Justin: U11
Haberlin, Brian: Booth 1601
Hardman, Gabriel: N1
Harren, James: D7
Harris, Joe: V14
Hawkins, Matt: S-1
Haun, Jeremy: R4
Hutchison, Megan: V14
Keatinge, Joseph: U12
Kelly, Joe: N10
Latour, Jason: P7
Lemire, Jason: G1
Lieber, Steve: H16
Mahfood, Jim: U7
McClaren, Meredith: Booth 208
Norton, Mike: U-8
Robinson, Andrew: FF11
Rouleau, Duncan: N11
Seagle, Steven T.: N12
Schirmer, Brian: B9
Soule, Charles: V1
Wagner, Matt: L12
Ward, Malachi: E5
Wiebe, Kurtis: F10
Zub, Jim: V3
Writer Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, Aphrodite IX, Dante) appears at The Dreaming Comics on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM!
The Dreaming Comics & Games
5226 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105