Feb. 07, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Do you and your Valentine put Clark Kent and Lois Lane to shame? Or is your greatest love a platonic one, like Sherlock and Watson or Finn and Jake? Whether your loved one is a gamer, a Whovian or a comics aficionado, the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. Click through the gallery above and check out the list below for our selection of the best geeky Valentine’s Day gift ideas, sure to make your sci-fi-loving soul mate swoon. Under $25 “The Adventures of Apocalypse Al,” $2.99 per issue: J. Michael Straczynski’s new Joe’s Comics title follows plucky redhead Allison Carter, a resourceful private investigator tasked with saving the world from all manner of supernatural threats — zombies, imps, wizards, closet trolls and even undead ex-boyfriends, all while dispensing wisecracks with deadpan aplomb. If that winning combination […]
Jan. 24, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
By her own account, its title wasn’t what she led with in proposing new projects to Image Comics or her artist collaborator. But, Kelly Sue DeConnick told the laughing, applauding crowd at Image Expo earlier this month, of the potential books she suggested to publisher Eric Stephenson and artist Valentine De Landro, both latched onto one — one she was eager to confront herself: “Bitch Planet.” The upcoming comic series from the writer of the intense, mythological western “Pretty Deadly” at Image Comics and “Avengers Assemble” and the once and future “Captain Marvel” at Marvel is set on an all-female penal colony in outer space. And there’s a jailbreak. “This is born of a deep and abiding love for exploitation and women in prison movies of the ’60s and ’70s,” DeConnick told the crowd. “I like this stuff so much, […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.
Chris Burnham was being “cagey” about his and writer Grant Morrison’s “Nameless” horror, but he was excited to name the terrors that keep him up at night. The good-humored artist, a surprise guest at last week’s Image Expo in San Francisco, had used that word on stage in not discussing what the upcoming comic book miniseries is about (though Morrison has revealed a few details), and in a backstage interview he apologetically kept mum on the subject. But Burnham, 36, who recently moved to L.A. from Chicago to be nearer to opportunities in film, video games and other media, was forthcoming about how his and “Batman Incorporated” collaborator Morrison’s creative dynamic works, the freedom of drawing a creator-owned book, and which comics, movies and books haunt him at home and freak him out in L.A. traffic jams. And, after having […]
Jan. 16, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
In the depths of “Low,” Rick Remender is finding reason to be optimistic. His new sci-fi series with artist Greg Tocchini, announced last week at Image Expo in San Francisco, takes readers into a far future where the expanding sun’s radiation has sent humans to the bottom of the ocean, where they’ve long been waiting for the return of probes sent to search for other habitable worlds. But the series’ “beating heart,” he says, is the hopeful Stel, who sets out after a probe that has returned. “Low” is one of three new series the writer of the cult favorite sci-fi series “Fear Agent” has running or ready to blast off at Image Comics: “Black Science,” with artists Matteo Scalera and Dean White, is two issues in and follows Grant McKay and his Anarchist League of Scientists (and his children) […]
Jan. 15, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.
Don’t think witches are scary? Scott Snyder says wait until you see “Wytches.” “We want you to be afraid to go to bed at night,” said the writer of the bestselling “Batman” at DC and the Eisner Award-winning “American Vampire” at Vertigo to the crowd Thursday at Image Expo in San Francisco about his and artist Jock’s new horror series. In a backstage interview, Snyder discussed creating a more “bestial and primal” breed of witches, reteaming with Jock (Mark Simpson, his collaborator on a harrowing, acclaimed epic in “Detective Comics” issues collected as “Batman: The Black Mirror”), the influence of Roald Dahl, how “Wytches” may be scarier than “American Vampire,” why this series is at Image Comics (where he did “Severed”), making up stories deep in the woods, and the why of that “y” in the title. Hero Complex: Why […]
Jan. 10, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
Scott Snyder wants you to be terrified of “Wytches,” Bill Willingham is inciting a catastrophic “Restoration” of magic, and Ed Brubaker will be plotting crimes at Image Comics for years to come. Those three Eisner Award-winning writers were surprise guests among a robust roster of comics talents who announced new projects with the company Thursday at Image Expo, a one-day media, retailer and fan event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. “We want you to be afraid to go to bed at night,” Snyder told the sold-out crowd of 600 about his and onetime “Detective Comics” artist partner Jock’s new series. The writer of “Batman” and “American Vampire” at DC and its mature imprint Vertigo, respectively, said he felt witches were ripe for a remake. In the world of “Wytches,” the people who have been historically persecuted […]
Nov. 11, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
This post has been corrected. See below for more details. “Chew” creators John Layman and Rob Guillory had barely had time to push together their neighboring tables at New York Comic Con’s Artist Alley last month after a signing in the main exhibition hall when a new crowd formed. They’d been selling through copies of a $100 limited-run version of the 576-page hardcover “Chew Smorgasbord Edition Volume 1” faster than anticipated on the convention’s first day, but that wasn’t the only collectible readers were seeking to have autographed. When one fan presented the Arizona-based Layman with a first-printing copy of “Chew” No. 1 that wasn’t in a protective covering, he paused. “This is a $300 comic,” Layman said, noting that the 2009 debut issue of the multiple-Eisner-Award-winning Image series – originally priced at $2.99, as new issues still are – […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Where, exactly, is “East of West”? It’s somewhere far from the glass factory where Nick Dragotta used to do technical drawings. The artist and co-creator, with writer Jonathan Hickman, of the apocalyptic supernatural sci-fi western Image series recalls thinking during his early ’90s gig: “‘This is really boring,’ and I would just draw cartoons.” Now he’s drawing the not-at-all-boring story of the skull-clasp-bolo-tie-wearing, gun-slinging, shock-white Death, the human warrior woman who conquered his heart (pulling one of the Four Horsemen away from the other three) and their missing child. The complex tale is set in 2064, the first year of the apocalypse, and involves Seven Nations of America, the end-times religious mysteries of the Message, and three angry, kid-looking eternal Horsemen out to kill Death himself. The amiable Dragotta schlepped a box of limited edition “East of West Volume 1: […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Matt Fraction’s creator-owned Image Comics series “Satellite Sam” and “Sex Criminals” both have sex appeal — but in wildly different ways. In the former, sex is scandalous. In the latter, it’s hilarious. Fraction, a 2009 Eisner Award winner who was nominated for three this year, teams with iconoclastic artist (and idol-turned-friend) Howard Chaykin on “Satellite Sam,” which debuted last month. Set in the profane, behind-the-scenes world of 1950s television, the black-and-white series starts with the mysterious death of children’s sci-fi show star Carlyle White, whose apartment holds a large collection of photos of women in various states of undress. His son Mikey, a production crew worker, is thrust in front of the camera during the live broadcast with a last-minute script change after his father doesn’t show for work. The mature-readers series’ second issue lands Wednesday, as does the second […]
July 18, 2013 | 7:16 p.m.
On TV, “The Walking Dead” is just ramping up, with the show’s fourth season set to debut this fall. But for fans of the comics, it’s been a long, tense decade. That’s right, “The Walking Dead” comic book turns 10 years old this October. To commemorate the date, “Walking Dead” mastermind Robert Kirkman hosted a Comic-Con panel Thursday to answer fan questions. And when fans weren’t flooding to the mics, they were teased and gently browbeaten by the man they were there to see. “Let’s just end this thing early,” he said more than once as fans rushed to the microphone to keep him talking. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Plans for the upcoming anniversary include a special full-color reprinting of the first issue (which was originally printed in black and white) as well as the launch of a […]