All posts tagged: Image Comics

Image Comics: So Much Damage | SYFY Documentary

Aside from not getting a lot of new information (for those of us who’ve been around since then), the one bad thing about these kinds of documentaries is how they tend to get the chronology all wonky. You don’t cover the start of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead (October 2003) and say THEN Powers (April 2000) came out and Brian Michael Bendis was fired by Todd McFarlane off of Sam & Twitch (series debuted in August 1999) and also say he then went on to write Marvel’s Ultimate Spider (also started in 2000) and Alias – Jessica Jones (later in 2001). Or how about toward the end when they had a footnote saying that Kirkman’s Outcast TV show debuted in the year 2010, the same year as TWD TV show? Smh. There were a couple of other examples. I believe it’s important to get that kind of minutiae as precise and accurate as possible when presenting a historical documentary. That’s often compromised when things are edited for bite-sized consumption. [end nerd rant]. At any rate, it’s always …

Comic Book Fetish Pull List | February 2017

~ For February 2017 ~ DC & VERTIGO Frostbite #6 (of 6) The Wild Storm #1 IMAGE Birthright #22 The Fix #8 Green Valley #5 (of 9) Image+ #11 Kill or Be Killed #6 Lazarus #26 Loose Ends #2 (of 4) Moonshine #5 Paper Girls #11 The Old Guard #1 Sex Criminals #16 Southern Bastards #17 MARVEL Jessica Jones #5 AFTERSHOCK Animosity#6 Rough Riders #1 BLACK MASK The Dregs #2 VALIANT Savage #4 (of 4) Z2 Grave Lilies #2

Comic Book Fetish Faves | January 2017

Saga #42 (IMAGE) = 5.0 Southern Bastards #16 (IMAGE) = 5.0 Kill or Be Killed #5 (IMAGE) = 4.5 Saga #41 (IMAGE) = 4.5 (* Delayed shipping) Jessica Jones (MARVEL) = 4.5 Birthright #21 (IMAGE) = 4.0 Frostbite #5 (VERTIGO) = 4.0 The Dregs #1 (BLACK MASK) = 3.5 Savage #3 (VALIANT) = 3.5 Odyssey of the Amazons #1 (DC) = 3.5 Animosity: The Rise #1 (AFTERSHOCK) = 3.0 Green Valley #4 (IMAGE) = 3.0 Loose Ends #1 (IMAGE) = 3.0 Moonshine #4 (IMAGE) = 3.0 Wonder Woman #14 (DC) = 2.5 Shipwreck #3 (AFTERSHOCK) = 2.0  

Comic Book Fetish Pull List | Jan 2016

~ For January 2017 ~ ~ VERTIGO ~ Frostbite #5 ~ IMAGE ~ Birthright #21 The Fix #7 Green Valley #4 Image+ #10 Kill or Be Killed #5 Lazarus #26 (?) Loose Ends #1 Moonshine #4 Saga #41 & 42 Southern Bastards #16 & 17 (?) ~ MARVEL ~ Jessica Jones #4 ~ AFTERSHOCK ~ Animosity: The Rise #1 ~ BLACK MASK ~ The Dregs #1 (?) ~ ONI PRESS ~ The Damned: Three Days Dead ~ VALIANT ~ Savage #3

Quote | THE FIX artist Steve Lieber in IMAGE+ #3

Was re-reading the third issue of Image Comics’ awesome comics magazine, IMAGE+ (June, cover dated September), and in that issue there is an interview with THE FIX co-creator and artist Steve Lieber that I think is worthy of spotlight. I think his words here highlight one of the main issues many have with the company-owned comics, whether it’s the creators who work there or the disgruntled fans like myself who’s pretty much sworn off Marvel Comics for a few years now. Check it out below.

Poll | Comic Book Underground’s Favorite Publishers

The poll Question I posed to the members of my Facebook group The Comic Book Underground last week: The majority of your monthly and/or trade paperback reads come from which of the following publisher? With only 21 participating votes, the results were: DC Comics (Including the Vertigo imprint) The resurgent #2 publisher in the market with 8 total votes, which ties them with the #3 publisher. +4 Image Comics (including the Top Cow, ShadowLine & SkyBound imprints) The #3 publisher took the early lead in the poll (a charge led by yours truly, of course), but ultimately tied with the house of DC: Rebirth with 8 total votes also. +4 Marvel Comics (including the Icon & MAX imprints) The currently battle-tested #1 publisher takes the third spot with only 4 total votes, which is a surprise because 12, 18, 24 months ago this would not have been the case. If the CBU is but a tiny microcosm of current fandom, then it appears Marvel has fallen from grace a bit. +1 Valiant Entertainment Arguably “the best” …

Image Comics Publisher Eric Stepheson on the Comics Industry

So one of the big stories this past week in comics land was the poignant, pointed and ugly-truthful comments by Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson at the ComicsPRO’s annual membership meeting. Essentially Stephenson called out his own industry, a move I wholeheartedly applaud. Newsarama got a hold of the transcript and I’ve lifted some key quotes from it. Stop reveling in nostalgia for a time long gone by.  Creatively, the golden age of comics is now – let’s save our nostalgia for today. All comics should be for everyone. Not just collectors. Not just whoever has the most cash on hand. For decades now, we’ve all been standing on the shoulders of giants. It’s time to stop. Let them have their rest. Now is the time to create new characters, to explore new worlds, to tell new stories. Our industry – our medium – has a long and magnificent history, but the past isn’t going anywhere. The future is an open road. And if you are a publisher trying to shore up your numbers by releasing more than …

Creator-Owned Comics Demand Patience

By Brandon L. Rucker And that’s all right.  I’m good with it.  However, some folks feel entitled to having all comics be monthly, thanks to the periodical standard set ages ago (although going way back many titles from the Golden Age and early Silver Age were actually bi-monthly).  Me, I’m a fairly patient dude.  I really am.  In a weird way a little less can be more for me (Marvel doesn’t grasp that concept, though, with their rampant redundancy in titles and accelerated shipping on some of them). So long as I don’t have  to wait more than 3 months between issues, I really don’t complain about the the less-than-monthly scheduling. I’m sympathetic to the task of producing creator-owned comics and am tolerant to all the main reasons why it “takes time to grow roses” as Todd McFarlane said back in the day.  For example, my favorite 5 comics series, all from Image Comics, of course, have “less-than-monthly” schedules.  Just out of curiosity I recently took a look at the release archives on the Image website to find the …

Comic Book Fetish Casts Southern Bastards TV Show

By Brandon L. Rucker So recently it was announced that Jason Aaron & Jason Latour’s hit Image Comic series SOUTHERN BASTARDS has been optioned for television development via the FX network. This is good news. My immediate thought is that with its strong high school — and by extension college — football connection, not to mention the racially tense location in the South, this series if made will smash in that same vein as previous shows on the network like SONS OF ANARCHY and JUSTIFIED. That said, please allow me to fan-cast three of the main characters. For Earl Tubb I present Michael Parks of KILL BILL and TUSK fame. For Euless Boss (adult version) I present Ron Perlman of HELLBOY and SONS OF ANARCHY fame. And for Coach Big I present Danny Glover, yes, he of LETHAL WEAPON fame. I guess you could actually reverse Mr. Parks and Mr. Perlman and do just as well. But this was my initial brainstorm. It will be interesting to see who actually gets cast once this gets past …