Revival Raises Money For CBLDF With New Liberty Variant at C2E2!
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Image Comics are thrilled to announce that REVIVAL #9 will be the next issue joining the prestigious CBLDF Liberty Variant program! Premiering this week at C2E2, this CBLDF Liberty Variant edition of the latest installment of the rural noir hit boasts a gorgeous cover by Seeley and is strictly limited to 500 copies. Copies of the REVIVAL #9 Liberty Variant will be available for donations of $10 each for CBLDF members and $20 each for non-members. Tim Seeley will be signing copies of the book to benefit CBLDF this Saturday, April 27 from 12 - 1 PM at CBLDF booth 837.
“Without the CBLDF’s work, I wouldn’t be making comics today,” said series writer and co-creator Tim Seeley. “Their efforts to speak out for creators and to push back when groups look to censor our stories make it possible for guys like me to create the stories that matter to us. With the my home city of Chicago currently involved in banning the acclaimed graphic novel Persepolis, I’m glad to give back to help the CBLDF in their efforts to protect the freedom to read comics.”
REVIVAL follows the events following a day in a small Wisconsin town when the dead returned to life — not as zombies, but seemingly unchanged and ready to return to their lives. But as time goes on, it soon becomes apparent that their resurrections have changed “Revivers,” and Officer Dana Cypress, assigned to aid the feds in their investigation, will find that the ramifications of Revival Day touch her far more closely than she thought.
To get your copy of Revival #9 Liberty Variant, please visit CBLDF booth 837 at C2E2!
FIVE GHOSTS’ SECOND ACT GETS SECOND PRINTING
Second consecutive issue of pulp adventure comic sells out
The second issue of the pulp-inspired Image Comics series FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham has sold out the same week as its release and has immediately gone back to press. The second printing (Diamond code MAR13813) will be in stores on May 15, a week before FIVE GHOSTS #3.
The first issue of FIVE GHOSTS also sold out. Its second printing was in stores alongside #2 on April 17. The praise received for the first issue has continued along with the supernatural story of a man possessed by five spirits, each a literary archetype, that imbue him with their skills:
“Five Ghosts is probably the most fun comic you will read this year. Barbiere has crafted a story that thrives on the page, and is nothing but a pleasure to read. An insanely original concept weaved around a globe trotting adventure make for an issue that is impossible to set down. All things combined make for one of the best books out there today.”
- Bloody Disgusting
“This is a book with a great premise that actually delivers on it and reads great all the way through.”
- Multiversity Comics
“…a seamless continuation of the exciting first issue, with even more emphasis on the action and the same consistently brilliant illustration.”
- Comic Bastards
“With an original story created by an inspired and skilled team, there’s no question in my mind why Image chose to support this project before someone else did.”
- Geeks of Doom
Needless to say, the past 24 hours following the availability of SAGA #12 digitally have been quite exhausting. We’re pleased to see the issues related to this have been resolved by our digital comics partner Comixology and Apple. Earlier today, SAGA writer Brian K. Vaughan issued the following statement:
“I wanted to apologize to everyone for this entire SAGA #12 kerfuffle. Yesterday, I was mistakenly led to believe that this issue was solely with Apple, but it’s now clear that it was only ever Comixology too conservatively interpreting Apple’s rules. I’m truly sorry. I never thought either company was being homophobic, only weirdly inconsistent about what kind of adult material was permissible. I’m grateful that the situation was cleared up so quickly, and I’m delighted I can go back to reading smutty comics on my Retina Display iPad.
—Brian K. Vaughan”
Sometimes good things come from challenging situations…
We’re pleased to update everyone that SAGA #12, written by Brian K. Vaughan and art by Fiona Staples, is now available in the Image Comics iOS application and available for purchase and your reading enjoyment.
Additionally, SEX #1, the hit new comic from writer Joe Casey and art by Piotr Kowalski, which was released in March and previously unavailable to iOS users, is also now available for you purchase and enjoy in the privacy of your home, or anywhere your iPad takes you.
And as if that wasn’t enough, one of our favorite mini-series from back in 2007, XXXOMBIES, written by Rick Remender with art by Kieron Dwyer and covers by Tony Moore, is also now available for purchase and your sick, sick reading enjoyment.
We look forward to releasing more mature material to the iOS platform in the weeks to come.
Here are the covers to the books released by Image Comics on April 10th. Gotta collect them all!
You can get all the info on these great comics here
It’s been quite the past 24 hours in the world of SAGA. As many of you probably heard yesterday, SAGA #12 was rejected by Apple from appearing in the Image Comics iOS app. Many other folks helped spread the word too.
So here we are on Wednesday, new comic book day, and you may be wondering, where can you get your hands on a copy of SAGA #12?
- Your local comic book store! There are thousands of copies of SAGA #12 being sold at amazing comic book stores around the world. Find a comic book store near you via the Comic Shop Locator or FindAComicShop.com
- Looking for SAGA #12 digitally? Use the Image Comics IOS app or Comixology? You can purchase SAGA #12 on the Image Comics Digital web store and then sync the issue to your device.
- You can also find SAGA #12 available in the Apple iBookstore
We hope that despite this little bump in the road for SAGA #12 digitally, you can find and enjoy the issue, it’s another great one from series creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.
As has hopefully been clear from the first page of our first issue, SAGA is a series for the proverbial “mature reader.” Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps. This is a drag, especially because our book has featured what I would consider much more graphic imagery in the past, but there you go. Fiona and I could always edit the images in question, but everything we put into the book is there to advance our story, not (just) to shock or titillate, so we’re not changing shit.
Apologies to everyone who reads our series on iPads or iPhones, but here are your alternatives for Wednesday:
1) Head over to you friendly neighborhood comics shop and pick up a physical copy of our issue that you can have and hold forever.
2) While you’re at it, don’t forget to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which helps protect retailers who are brave enough to carry work that some in their communities might consider offensive. You can find signed copies of Saga at the CBLDF site right now.
3) Download the issue directly through sites like https://comics.imagecomics.com or on your non-Apple smartphone or tablet.
4) If all else fails, you might be able to find SAGA #12 in Apple’s iBookstore, which apparently sometimes allows more adult material to be sold than through its apps. Crazy, right?
Anyway, special thanks to Eric Stephenson and everyone at Image for supporting our decision, and for always being so supportive of creators. Sorry again to readers for the inconvenience, but I hope everyone will be able to find an issue that Fiona and I are particularly proud of. And after you do, please check out PanelSyndicate.com, the new digital comics site I own with artist Marcos Martin, which remains 100% uncensored by corporate overlords.
Image Comics adds: If you download the file, you can then sync it to your iOS device.
Last week in panels: MICE TEMPLAR: LEGEND #1 by Bryan J.L. Glass, Michael Avon Oeming, and Victor Santos
Image is publishing your fan art for one of our comics on Fridays!
This week’s title: SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.
Issue #12, out this week, marks the end of the second arc of this phenomenally popular space opera. The series will be taking a break until August. (Don’t worry, though in the subsequent months there will be a trade and a secret project that will be revealed in the letters column of #12).
Submit your art on our Tumblr submission page by Friday, April 12, and be sure to use the hashtags #Image Fan Art Friday and #Saga!
SEX #1 READY FOR THIRD GO-’ROUND
Provocative first issue sells out of 2nd printing
SEX #1, the attention-grabbing first issue of a new Image Comics series by Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski, has sold out of its second printing at the distributor level the same week as its release and will immediately receive a third printing, to be in stores on May 1.
SEX, the story of a former superhero who hangs up his cape to pursue the kind of life he had forbidden himself, burst onto the scene in early March, with an exclusive edition of the first issue available only at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. Its first printing, in stores on March 6, sold out the same week as its release and prompted praise from critics:
“…for as much as this title begs for the attention of being called a porno mag disguised as a comic book, it refrains from titillation in favor of creating a fascinating character study amongst a fully realized neo-noir world.”
“For those looking for dazzling art and an interesting psychological drama, then definitely pick up Sex #1.”
- Bloody Disgusting
SEX #1’s third printing is available to order now (Diamond code FEB138534), and its second issue will be in stores on April 10.