MA – Monstress: The Blood Signing

Author (and MIT Lecturer) Marjorie Liu (Han Solo, Astonishing X-Men) appears at MIT Coop on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM to present Monstress Volume 2: The Blood, the second installment in her Eisner-nominated comic series set in an alternate matriarchal 1900s Asia. Register at the link…

In the aftermath of their battle against both the Cumaean Mother Superior and the Arcanic Dusk Court, Maika, Kippa, and Ren fled to the seaside nation of Thyria. There, Maika finds a clue to help her unlock the secrets of her mother’s life and obsession with the legendary Shaman-Empress: a key made of the bone of an unknown creature. Along with a crew of Arcanic pirates-turned-smugglers, Maika sets sail towards the Isle of Bones in search of answers to her past and the Monstrum that lies underneath her skin. She and her companions brave many dangers, including ghost-haunted waters and a powerful Ancient, and uncover terrible truths that threaten their survival. Collects Monstress Issues #7-12.

About The Author: New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black Widow: The Name of the Rose. She received national media attention for Astonishing X-Men, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Ms. Liu also wrote the story for the animated film, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher, which was produced by Marvel, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and Madhouse Inc.

MIT Coop at Kendall Square Bookstore
325 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

Image Announces Panel & Signing Schedule for SDCC 2017

Press Release:

Image Comics is pleased to return to San Diego this year for San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, July 19th through Sunday, July 23rd. 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 EXCLUSIVES SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#2729):
* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.

  • CROSSWIND #1 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs, $10 (+tax)
  • MOONSTRUCK #1 by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle, cover by Kate Leth, $10 (+tax)

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES:

  • AD: AFTER DEATH hardcover by Scott Snyder & Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire, $40 (+tax)
  • GOD COUNTRY hardcover by Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw, cover by Shaw, $35 (+tax)
  • KILL OR BE KILLED, VOL. 1 hardcover by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser, cover by Phillips, $35 (+tax)
  • MONSTRESS, VOL. 2 hardcover by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, cover by Takeda, $35 (+tax)
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender & Jerome Opeña, cover by Opeña, $35 (+tax)

LIMITED* MERCHANDISE:
* Limited quantity available for sale at the Image booth.

  • BLACK SCIENCE statue, $150 (+tax)
  • IMAGE ICON t-shirt, $25 (+tax)
  • IMAGE 25TH ANNIVERSARY tote, $12 (+tax)
  • IMAGE 25TH ANNIVERSARY t-shirt, $25 (+tax)
  • IMAGE 25TH ANNIVERSARY lapel pin, $10 (+tax)

PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:

Image Comics: Creating The Future of Comics
Thursday, July 20 @ 2-3 p.m.
Location: 23ABC

How do you make comics the Image Comics way? Doug Wagner (PLASTIC), Skottie Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND), Cat Staggs (CROSSWIND), and Gail Simone (CROSSWIND) are going to discuss collaboration, planning, drawing, and how to make sure that what you’re creating is something you can believe in.

Image Comics: Excellence in Storytelling
Friday, July 21 @ 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: 23ABC

Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS), Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER), Marc Bernardin (GENIUS), Amy Reeder (ROCKET GIRL), and Greg Hinkle (BLACK CLOUD) are some of the best storytellers around. Their stories are hilarious, wrenching, exciting, and heart-breaking in equal measure. These creators make the kinds of comics you love to read, and they’ll share their tips and techniques in this can’t-miss panel.

The Official Image Comics Panel
Saturday, July 22 @ 1-2 p.m.
Location: 7AB

What’s new at Image Comics? What’s going on in the comics industry? How do you break into comics? Come listen to Ed Brubaker (KILL OR BE KILLED), Tini Howard (MAGDALENA), Donny Cates (GOD COUNTRY), Sina Grace (NOTHING LASTS FOREVER), and Nicola Scott (BLACK MAGICK) discuss their work, the industry, and even more in this packed panel.

Robert Kirkman & Todd McFarlane in Conversation
Saturday, July 22 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: 6DE

Todd McFarlane, the creator of SPAWN, and Robert Kirkman, the creator of THE WALKING DEAD, sit down for a one-on-one chat that absolutely cannot be missed! These two titans have forever changed the comics industry, in addition to breaking new ground in everything from toys to television to film. What tips do they have for their fellow creators? How did they rise so high? This intimate panel has all the answers and more.

Image Comics: Your New Favorite Series
Sunday, July 23 @ 1:45-2:45 p.m.
Location: 5AB

What’s your favorite book from Image Comics? Are you ready to meet your next favorite series? Drop in on this panel and listen to Cullen Bunn (REGRESSION), Jim Mahfood (GRRL SCOUTS), Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK), and Shae Beagle (MOONSTRUCK) tell you about their new projects, discuss creating, and recommend favorite comics of their own.

SIGNINGS* HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#2729):
*wristbands will be available for fans to pick as soon as doors open, first come, first served, at the Image booth on the day of the desired ticketed signing. No CGC, CBCS or other witnessing/grading services in line.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

11 – 11:45 AM, Joshua Williamson (wristband req.)
11 – 11:45 AM, Jason Edmiston

12 – 1 PM, Robert Kirkman (wristband req., 3-item limit.)

2-2:45 PM, Sina Grace

3-3:45 PM, Nick Dragotta

4-4:45 PM, Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen (wristband req.)
4-4:45 PM, Brenden Fletcher & Babs Tarr

FRIDAY, JULY 21

10-10:45 AM, Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle

11-11:45 AM, Skottie Young (wristband req.)

12-12:45 PM, Eduardo Risso
12-12:45 PM, Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner

1-1:45 PM, Tony Parker
1-1:45 PM, Ed Brubaker (wristband req.)

2-2:45 PM, Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw & John J. Hill (wristband req.)
2-2:45 PM, Brenden Fletcher & Babs Tarr
2-2:45 PM, Brandon Thomas & Juan Gedeon

3-3:45 PM, Gail Simone & Cat Staggs (wristband req.)
3-3:45 PM, Tim Seeley
3-3:45 PM, Joshua Williamson

4-4:45 PM, Scott Snyder & Jock (wristband req., 3-item limit.)
4-4:45 PM, Jeff Lemire (wristband req.)
4-4:45 PM, Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung (wristband req.)

5-7 PM, Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo & Jason Shawn Alexander (wristband req., limited 1 item per person & must be over 13 years. Free Limited Edition Poster for all wristband holders. No sketches.)

SATURDAY, JULY 22

10-10:45 AM, Matt Wagner (wristband req.)

11-11:45 AM, Scott Snyder & Jeff Lemire (wristband req., 3-item limit.)

12-2 PM, Todd McFarlane (wristband req., limited 1 item per person & must be over 13 years. No sketches.)

2-3 PM, Robert Kirkman (wristbands req., 3-item limit)

3-3:45 PM, Ed Brubaker (wristbands req.)
3-3:45 PM, Jason Latour (wristbands req., 3-item limit)
3-3:45 PM, Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner

4-4:45 PM, Joe Harris, Megan Hutchinson, Kelly Fitzpatrick
4-4:45 PM, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda (wristbands req.)

5-5:45 PM, Chynna Clugston-Flores

SUNDAY, JULY 23

10-10:45 AM, Chris Dingess

11-11:45 AM, Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle

12-12:45 PM, Skottie Young (wristbands req.)

1-1:45 PM, Meredith Gran
1-1:45 PM, Ivan Brandon

2-2:45 PM, Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung
2-2:45 PM, Donny Cates (wristbands req.)

IMAGE CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:

Buccellato, Brian: BB-20
Burnham, Chris: HH-18
Davis, Shane: EE-17
Dos Santos, Mark: GG-21
Greenwood, Justin: BB-21
Harris, Joe: EE-20
Howard, Tini: AA-06
Lee, Janet: EE-05
Neely, Tom: FF-05
Nguyen, Dustin: CC-01
Portacio, Whilce: HH-01

THE CBLDF WELCOME PARTY:

Kick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology, with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives! RSVP now: https://cbldf-sdcc2017.eventbrite.com

CA – Monstress: The Blood Signing

Writer Marjorie Liu (Han Solo, Astonishing X-Men) and artist Sana Takeda (Ms. Marvel, X-23) appear at Barnes & Noble on Monday July 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM to sign the second volume of MONSTRESS from Image Comics!

Barnes & Noble – Mira Mesa MarketCenter
10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126
858-684-3166

WA – Monstress V.2 Signing

Writer Marjorie Liu (Han Solo, Astonishing X-Men) and artist Sana Takeda (Ms. Marvel, X-23) appear at Comics Dungeon on Friday July 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM to sign the second volume of MONSTRESS from Image Comics!

RSVP on Facebook!

Comics Dungeon
319 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 545-8373

CA – Monstress Signing

Writer Marjorie Liu (Han Solo, Astonishing X-Men) and artist Sana Takeda (Ms. Marvel, X-23) appear at Dr. Comics & Mr. Games on Sunday July 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM to sign the second volume of MONSTRESS from Image Comics!

RSVP on Facebook!

Dr. Comics & Mr. Games
4014 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 601-7800

OR – Monstress Vol. 2 Signing

Writer Marjorie Liu (Han Solo, Astonishing X-Men) and artist Sana Takeda  (Ms. Marvel, X-23) appear at Powell’s City of Books on Saturday July 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM to sign the second volume of MONSTRESS from Image Comics!

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503-228-4651

NYC – Monstress Vol. 2 Signing

Writer Marjorie Liu (Han Solo, X-23, Black Widow, Astonishing X-Men) appears at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM to sign the second volume of MONSTRESS from Image Comics!

RSVP on Facebook!

Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-5389

2017 ALA Conference Announces Graphic Novel & Comics Programming

Learn about the art of graphic novels, comics, illustration and how games and gaming inspire creativity and social interaction at the American Library Association’s annual conference on June 23-26, 2017! RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 23

5:45pm-6:35pm

DC’s Young Animal

DC’s Young Animal is a new publishing imprint spearheaded by Gerard Way, the acclaimed author of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY and best-selling musician. This new line of graphic novels is something different, inspired by the visionary work of DC’s experimental past, but shaped and focused by the absurdity of today. Join Way and some of today’s most innovative creators including Cecil Castellucci, Jody Houser, Jon Rivera, and Nick Derington, as they discuss their works DOOM PATROL VOL. 1: BRICK BY BRICK, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL VOL. 1: EARTH GIRL MADE EASY, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE VOL. 1: GOING UNDER and MOTHER PANIC VOL. 1: WORK IN PROGRESS. This panel will discuss how the themes, characters and plot devices in these graphic novels from DC’s Young Animal will engage with readers and patrons like few other works in the industry can today.

Saturday, June 24

9:30am-10:20am

The Rise of Graphic Novels for Kids in Europe and the USA

European and American publishers and authors discuss the emergence of the format and its phenomenal rise internationally in the past decade. They will also look at the differences and similarities of working in comics in Europe and the USA.

10:30am-11:20am

Hazardous Tales and Science Fiction with Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel series NATHAN HALE’S HAZARDOUS TALES have exploded in classrooms and libraries around the country. With a seventh book on the way for Fall 2017, the craze that gets kids excited about history shows no signs of slowing. In this presentation, Nathan Hale will give the audience a sneak peek of the next Hazardous Tales book as well as discuss his recent science fiction graphic novel, ONE TRICK PONY.

11:30am-12:20pm

Spotlight on Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation with adapter Damian Duffy and illustrator John Jennings

More than 35 years after its release, Octavia Butler’s celebrated science fiction masterpiece, Kindred, continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings have adapted this iconic work into the graphic novel format, which instantly became a #1 New York Times bestseller. They will discuss the process of working with this mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.
12:30pm-1:20pm

What Does An Idea Look Like? A Conversation About Creativity with Grant Snider, author of The Shape of Ideas

What does an idea look like? And where do they come from? An orthodontist by day and artist by night, Grant Snider, author of ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, had had comics featured in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times Book Review, as well as The Best American Comics in 2013. On this panel, he will share the secrets to his own creative process and share tips on how to keep ideas flowing. ’The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity’, is a collection of one- and two-page comics that provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background.

1:30pm-2:20pm

VIZ Media Presents – Manga!!

VIZ Media, the premier publisher of manga in the English speaking world, has released several hit series such as Naruto, Pokemon, and Ouran High School Host Club. Join us as we talk about which manga are currently the most popular on the scene as well as exciting new series coming soon!

2:30pm-3:20pm

Creator Spotlight: Jessica Abel

Writer/artist Jessica Abel has always been known for work outside the graphic novel mainstream. From her breakout work LA PERDIDA to her comics textbooks, Abel has displayed not only the ability to craft compelling stories but also a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the medium. Her latest series, TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS is the story of a mixed race teenager on Mars, struggling to escape economic oppression through a futuristic version of roller derby. Super Genius publisher Terry Nantier speaks with Abel about her long career and why TRISH TRASH is the heroine America needs right now.

3:30pm-4:20pm

Category or Genre: What’s Next for Graphic Novels?

With books aimed at everyone from young children to the most mature adults, there literally is a graphic novel for every reader. But does all this diversity mean we should rethink graphic novel sections in libraries? Should they take their place alongside more traditional books in sections ranging from biography to science fiction. Or does the unique nature of the medium (and its readers) drive a need for graphic novels to always have their own special place on the shelves?

4:30pm-5:00pm

DC Super Hero Girls Original Graphic Novels

Join DC Comics and writer Shea Fontana for a discussion on the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS original graphic novel line! With books such as FINALS CRISIS, HITS AND MYTHS and the new SUMMER OLYMPUS, these graphic novels developed for girls 6-12 have been a smash-hit success across libraries and bookstores alike. Shea will discuss how these new works from DC are relating to young girls everywhere, with themes of empowerment, friendship and teamwork prevalent throughout. Q&A to follow!

Sunday, June 25

9:30am-10:20am

How to write for children

An overview of graphic novels for kids, from classics (like “Tintin”, “Boule & Bill”, etc), right up to the present day. How do you think up a story for a three-year-old, an eight-year-old or a young-adult?

10:30am-11:20am

Comics at the frontier of a new literary movement

Comics are at a new height of popularity and cultural acceptance, but can artists and publishers ensure that this isn’t just a passing trend? Does the popularity of superhero comics help or hinder the consideration of the art form as a whole? Artists like Sam Bosma, Jen Lee & Elise Gravel are at the vanguard of taking comics beyond the public’s popular preconceptions, and they’ll discuss the shape of comics as a genre, a medium, and an art form. Learn how artists can use genre conventions to ease readers into a completely different side of the comics scene, and see what’s possible when artists are able to take you beyond your assumptions. The popularity of genre has given fans an introduction to the art of comics, and these panelists are using that to show the world that the future of the medium goes beyond any one category!

11:30am-12:20pm

Image Comics 25th Anniversary Celebration

Comic creators Ryan Browne, Marjorie Liu, Jim Rugg, Gregg Schigiel, Tim Seeley, and Skottie Young speak about their experience of Image Comics throughout the years & reflect on how the company’s history has impacted their own career trajectory. Discussion will touch on both specifics about Image and also how comics as a whole have evolved. Creators will talk about their inspirations, tell stories about times they were directly or indirectly affected by their industry role models, talk about upcoming titles, and discuss how they are carrying the torch forward! A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.

12:30pm-1:20pm

Comics for Teens: Discovery in the Library

Librarians, authors and publishers discussing and sharing thoughts about aiding teens and YA readers in discovering comics/ YA Graphic novels. A look at what has worked in the past as well as what tools can be used to grow readership in this category.

1:30pm-2:20pm

A Monstress Discussion with Author Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu discusses the upcoming new volume in her critically acclaimed series, Monstress. The author will describe her creative process, including inspirations and research methods, and will take questions from the audience. A raffle and short signing will take place at the close of the event.

2:30pm-3:20pm

Check out Dynamite in 2017

A discussion of Dynamite’s exciting current and future releases.

3:30pm-4:20pm

Liberties at work and Creator’s ownership

Artists come together to discuss the different creative methods in France and the USA: liberty of choices, schedules, production, printing, etc. What does it means to be a French Artist?

Authors will also discuss the concept of ownership in France and in the USA : To whom does the work belong? What are the rights of an artist over their work?

Monday, June 26

9:30am-10:20am

Champion of the Graphic Novel: Will Eisner at 100 Years

Will Eisner was, and still is, one of the most influential forces in the comics and graphic novels publishing industry. This year we celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday with a conversation about his contribution and commitment to the idea of graphic novels as a true form of literature. The discussion will also cover the relationship between the library world and the growth of the comics industry and more specifically how librarians helped to define and grow the graphic novel category.

10:30am-11:20am

Tabletop Games 101

Playing Tabletop games in libraries is growing. As libraries expand their breadth, more and more library members are enjoying table-top games, played with real people, face-to-face, in libraries. But, what exactly are tabletop games? How do I tell board games from role-playing games, from card games? Which games are suitable for young people, and which will be enjoyed by an older crowd? This panel of gaming veterans including game publishers and distributors will cut the red tape so each library knows which games to bring in. At ALA Annual, Friday Games Night will give everyone an opportunity to play a variety of games and talk to publishers and distributors. Open gaming on the floor, during the day offers more opportunities to learn and have fun doing it.

11:30am-12:20pm

Disney Manga: family friendly fun!

With the explosion in popularity of manga, parents and librarians have rightfully been concerned about child-friendly titles. With TOKYOPOP’s Disney Manga line, we bring the magic of Disney to this popular form of graphic novels, providing families with a way to enjoy their favorite Disney characters and stories in manga style! With titles brought directly from Japan and our own original titles made in collaboration with Disney’s team, we want to break down the misconception that all manga is inappropriate for little ones and encourage young readers with this fun line of graphic novels.

Image Comics Announces Panels & Signing for TCAF 2017

May 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Canada, Convention News

Press Release:

Image Comics is pleased to announce that the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2017 will celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary with a slew of cannot-miss panels and events.

For two days in May, Image Comics creators, staff, and friends, will take over TCAF’s newest venue The Masonic Temple (introduced in 2016), located at 888 Yonge Street, a block north of TCAF’s main location Toronto Reference Library. The Image 25th Anniversary Party at The Masonic Temple will be a fully accessible venue which will feature both all-day exhibitors and timed creator signings, as well as panel discussions, live drawing, special ‘talk show’ segment, and more.

The Image 25th Anniversary Party at The Masonic Temple runs Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, May 14, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and as with almost every TCAF event, admission will be FREE.

Image 25th Panels:

SATURDAY, MAY 13th

TIME: 11 a.m.
LOCATION: Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville
Image 25th: THE WALKING DEAD artist Charlie Adlard and KILL OR BE KILLED artist Sean Phillips in Conversation

Charlie Adlard (THE WALKING DEAD) and Sean Phillips (KILL OR BE KILLED) are giants of not only Image Comics, but also of the great wide world of British comics! Come and see these two titans in conversation, as Sean interviews Charlie about his career, being part of such a huge cultural phenomenon, and his new role as the UK’s Comics Laureate.

TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Drawing Action
Lights? No. Camera? No. Action? Yes! Action! Comics are full of them! But how do you draw something with enough POW that it jumps off the page? Join Brandon Graham, Emma Ríos, Adam Warren, Jason Latour, and Cameron Stewart as they discuss everything from fight choreography to epic chase sequences and beyond.

TIME: 2:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Designing New Worlds
Magical Monsters! Terrific Technologies! Alien Alternatives! When the real world isn’t big enough for your ideas, sometimes you’ve got to build your own! Join Jamie McKelvie, Sloane Leong, Simon Roy, and Andrew MacLean as they discuss what it takes to design a whole new world to contain your stories.

TIME: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Glitterbomb vs. Monstress—Terrifically Terrifying Comics
Few things are as horrific as real horror! Few things are as felt as true feelings! So how do you convey both of those things in comics? Join the teams behind the terrific and terrifying MONSTRESS (Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda) and GLITTERBOMB (Jim Zub and Djibril Morrissette-Phan) on how they go about imbuing their stories and characters with real emotion, while also scaring your pants off.

SUNDAY, MAY 14th

TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville
Image 25th: SNOTGIRL vs. KAPTARA—they’re funny, off-the-wall, and always enGROSSing
Snotgirl. Gross. KAPTARA. Also gross. But these books are also both very funny and very stylish! Come hang out with Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung as they talk with hometown heroes Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod about comics, collaboration, and jokes.

TIME: 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Finding a Balance
Day jobs. Everybody’s got one. But how do you go about paying the bills while creating hit creator-owned comics? How do you make sure you have enough creative energy for both? Marjorie Liu, Jim Zub, Ivan Brandon, and Jason Latour are no strangers to balancing projects they do for others and projects the do for themselves. Come and hear how they try to make it work.

TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: From MOTOR CRUSH to ISOLA, Fletcher, Stewart, Tarr, and Kerschl talk collaboration of the years
The teams behind MOTOR CRUSH and the upcoming Isola have been working together for quite a while. Come and hear Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Karl Kerschl talk about their comic book making pasts, jumping to creator-owned comics as a team, and if there’s any friendly competition when both of their books are on the racks.

TIME: 2:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Cartooning On The Edges of Reality
Drawing things you can see is hard enough. But how do you go about drawing things that aren’t what they seem? How do you draw the surreal and the supernatural? Join masters of the unreal Farel Dalrymple, Vanesa Del Rey, Wes Craig, and Ray Fawkes as they talk about creating visuals for the unknown.

TIME: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Image 25th: Island: Experimental Storytelling and Beyond
Island was an exciting experiment in creating a Heavy Metal-style anthology for North America. Having recently wrapped with issue #15, come and join series editors Emma Ríos and Brandon Graham, along with contributors Simon Roy and Farel Dalrymple, as they discuss the goals and achievements of Island, and what’s coming next for North American sci-fi.

CREATORS ATTENDING:

  • Charlie Adlard (THE WALKING DEAD)
  • Ivan Brandon (BLACK CLOUD)
  • Wes Craig (DEADLY CLASS)
  • Farel Dalrymple (POP GUN WAR)
  • Valentine de Landro (BITCH PLANET)
  • Brenden Fletcher (MOTOR CRUSH)
  • Brandon Graham (ISLAND)
  • Meredith Gran (OCTOPUS PIE)
  • Leslie Hung (SNOTGIRL)
  • Karl Kerschl (ISOLA)
  • Jason Latour (LOOSE ENDS, SOUTHERN BASTARDS)
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley (SNOTGIRL)
  • Jeff Lemire (ROYAL CITY, AD: AFTER DEATH, DESCENDER, PLUTONA)
  • Sloane Leong (FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS)
  • Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS)
  • Andrew MacLean (HEADLOPPER) (Andrew MacLean will be exhibiting in Toronto Reference Library.)
  • Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE)
  • Kagan McLeod (KAPTARA)
  • Djibril Morrissette-Phan (GLITTERBOMB
  • Sean Phillips (KILL OR BE KILLED)
  • Emma Ríos (ISLAND, PRETTY DEADLY)
  • Simon Roy (ISLAND)
  • Cameron Stewart (MOTOR CRUSH, THE OTHER SIDE)
  • Sana Takeda (MONSTRESS)
  • Babs Tarr (MOTOR CRUSH)
  • Chip Zdarsky (KAPTARA)
  • Jim Zub (GLITTERBOMB, WAYWARD)

 

TCAF Celebrates 25 Years of Image Comics

Press Release:

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns for it’s 9th year to Toronto Reference Library, with a star-studded kick-off event! Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of premiere U.S. comic book publisher Image Comics, the event will see an amazing panel discussion about the history, impact, and future of Image by some of their most famous cartoonists. Featuring:

  • Governor General’s Award nominee Jeff Lemire (Secret Path, Royal City)
  • Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)
  • Sana Takeda (Monstress)
  • Emma Rios (Island)
  • Brandon Graham (Island, King City)
  • Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara)

A rollicking discussion of where Image Comics has come from and where it’s going in the future! A signing will follow.

Tickets are required to attend. Tickets will be made available for FREE on Eventbrite starting Monday, April 17th, at 11:00am. Ticket link: tcaf2017.eventbrite.com. Limit 2 per person.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2017, Saturday May 13, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 14, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Full details on the TCAF website: www.torontocomics.com

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