This July, acclaimed comic book creators Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Casanova, Iron Man) and Howard Chaykin (BLACK KISS, AMERICAN FLAGG) will take readers back to the Golden Age of Television, a time when innocence was as manufactured a fiction as the perfect families in the comedies that captivated audiences at home. Their new Image Comics series SATELLITE SAM, debuting in July, takes a look at the darkness behind the small screen when, in 1951, Carlyle Bishop, the star of the beloved serial “Satellite Sam” turns up dead in a filthy flophouse.
Carlyle’s son Michael has a hunch that his father’s death was anything but natural, but the only clue is a box full of photographs of women in various states of undress — and Mike can’t bring himself to stay sober long enough to make any sense of it.
For Fraction and Chaykin, SATELLITE SAM is a chance to tell a murder mystery while simultaneously divesting the 1950s of its mantle of moral purity.
“It's a detective story, a history of television, and a record of addiction, sex, and depravity during a time when the antiseptic shine off Ozzie and Harriet obscure what was really happening in the world,” said writer Fraction. “And these are just a few of the many joys that come from telling a story about television while it was being invented as a mass medium in New York City.”
The creative team researched television’s early days in preparation for the series, getting a feel for the era and for the people who lived real lives while inventing an idealized — and fictionalized — image of families and relationships.
“We’d been talking about SATELLITE SAM for a while, but what really got it going was a long Winter’s day Matt and I spent wandering New York, feeling the city’s ghosts, its lost and found architecture, ending up at the Paley Center, where we watched kinescopes of long dead men and women, acting out children’s fantasies, while living complex lives off-camera,” said Chaykin. “To say that I’m both having the time of my life collaborating on this project, and getting my ass kicked in the process, is to grossly understate the case.”
SATELLITE SAM is an ongoing black-and-white series. Its first issue can be pre-ordered now from the May issue of Previews and will be in stores on July 3.
Matt Hawkins (APHRODITE IX, THINK TANK)11 am - 2 pm, Treasure Island Comics, 5018 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA
4 - 7 pm, Flying Colors Comics, 2980 Treat Blvd., Concord, CA
Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS)10 am - 3 pm, Superheroes in Training, 945 W. Valley Pkwy, Ste D, Escondido, CA
MK Perker and Ken Kristensen (TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH)5 - 7 pm, Superheroes in Training, 945 W. Valley Pkwy, Ste D, Escondido, CA
Whilce Portacio and Glen Brunswick (NON-HUMANS)2 - 5 pm, Collector's Paradise, 319 S. Arroyo Parkway, Unit 4, Pasadena CA
Joe EismaHeroes Landing, 12348 Roper Blvd., Clermont, FL
Ming Doyle (MARA)11 am - 3 pm Newbury Comics, 101 Independence Mall Way, Kingston, MA
Joe Keatinge (GLORY, HELL YEAH)
Brandon Seifert (WITCH DOCTOR)
Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley (HOAX HUNTERS)Collectors Corner, 7911 Harford Rd., Baltimore, MD
Charles Soule (27)Third Eye Comics, 2027A West St., Annapolis, MD
Andre Szymanowicz and Fabio Redivo (HELL YEAH)Dewey's Comic City, 13 Park Ave., Madison NJ 07940
Ron Marz (ARTIFACTS)12 - 2 pm Comic Depot, 3065 Route 50, Saratoga Springs NY
Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads (THE ACTIVITY)Jake's Memory Lane Comics, 5725 Oleander Dr. B-5, Wilmington, NC
Ales Kot (CHANGE, WILD CHILDREN)Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Portland, OR
Duffy Boudreau (BLACKACRE)U-District Comic Stop, 1307 NE 45th St. Seattle, WA 98105
And don't forget to pick up the two Image Comics FCBD titles:
C2E2 is underway in Chicago, and on Saturday, April 27, attendees of the PETER PANZERFAUST panel (at 3:15 pm in room W470b) will be the exclusive audience of a three-minute teaser for the PETER PANZERFAUST animated comic. The teaser for the motion comic, which is produced by Adjacent Productions and Quality Transmedia, will not be shown elsewhere. But that’s not the only exclusive that panel attendees will be privy to — they’ll also be the first to get a look at PETER PANZERFAUST writer Wiebe’s new series RAT QUEENS.
RAT QUEENS, drawn by Roc Upchurch and to be published by Jim Valentino’s Image Comics imprint, Shadowline, follows the exploits of four monster-hunting women whose love of partying is outweighed only by their love of exacting sweet, brutal revenge on their enemies. Wiebe describes it as “Tank Girl meets Bridesmaids by way of a Lord of the Rings fantasy world on crack.”
RAT QUEENS will be Wiebe’s first comic book series to debut after BBC Worldwide’s release of the PETER PANZERFAUST motion comic trailer on May 14. Featuring the voice talents of Elijah Wood (Peter), Summer Glau (Wendy), Ron Perlman (Kapitan Haken), and Dante Basco (Alain), the motion comic fully animates the Image Comics/Shadowline comic book by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins.
Readers will get a chance to start reading APHRODITE IX for free this May 4, as Top Cow debuts the re-launched Top Cow series on Free Comic Book Day.
THINK TANK writer and Top Cow President Matt Hawkins teams up with fan-favorite artist Stjepan Sejic (ARTIFACTS, RAVINE) to bring Aphrodite IX, the green-haired, memory-challenged assassin to a new generation of readers. In a dystopian future populated by warring factions of the genetically modified and the cybernetically enhanced, Aphrodite IX awakes to world where the sky is scorched, humanity as it was known is gone and two disparate groups fight for survival and dominance of the very scarce resources left on what's left of Earth.
"Aphrodite IX has always been my favorite character at Top Cow,” said Hawkins. “She’s interesting visually, combined with a personality that's sort of out of control of her own experiences and lost in the tangled web of her own mind. Combining my love of real futuristic tech and genetics with Stjepan Sejic's insane visuals we're hoping the readers enjoy the ride."
Aphrodite IX was originally created by David Wohl and David Finch in the best-selling graphic novel published in 1996, which is being offered again as part of the relaunch in a limited edition APHRODITE RELOADED hardcover edition this summer. The hardcover features updates to the script by series co-creator and writer David Wohl.
After May’s first, free issue, APHRODITE IX will continue on a monthly schedule, with issue #2 in stores on June 12. The full-color, eye-popping issues will be $2.99.
Image Expo 2013 is a unique media event that will take place in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on July 2, 2013.
An all-day event featuring announcements from Image Comics, the publisher of the best-selling comic book titles THE WALKING DEAD, SAGA, FATALE, EAST OF WEST and JUPITER’S LEGACY, Image Expo will also be host to superstar creators, including Image partner and THE WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman; Ed Brubaker, co-creator of the Eisner-nominated FATALE; J. Michael Straczynksi, whose Joe’s Comics imprint has debuted TEN GRAND and unveiled SIDEKICK; and Kurtis J. Wiebe, writer of the skyrocketing Shadowline title PETER PANZERFAUST. There will also be special surprise guests, revealing panels, and autograph sessions. Tickets for this exciting event are available now!
Image Expo 2013 will be be the most intimate comics event of its kind, offering unprecedented access to creators, exclusive swag, and the first chance to hear what the publisher that has been taking the comics industry by storm has planned for the future.
Image Comics fans can keep on top of all the latest Image Expo 2013 developments at www.imagecomics.com/expo for ticket information and guest announcements.
Image Comics is thrilled to congratulate the creators of comic books who received 18 nominations in nine categories for the 2012 Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards, which were announced by Comic-Con International on April 16.
Leading the pack of all series nominated is the stylish horror noir FATALE by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, with six nods, including Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, Best Writer for Brubaker, Best Penciller/Inker and Best Cover Art for Phillips, and Best Coloring for Dave Stewart (shared nomination).
SAGA, the space opera phenomenon by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, racked up three nominations, in the Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, and Best Writer categories. The exuberant alternate history THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra received nods for Best Continuing Series and Best Writer. In all, Image Comics titles captured four of the five nominations for Best Continuing series, with the relaunch of Rob Liefeld’s Extreme title PROPHET rounding out that number.
PROPHET writer Brandon Graham is the Eisners' Renaissance Man of nominations, receiving a Best Writer nod for his writing on PROPHET and his own miniseries MULTIPLE WARHEADS, a showing in the Best Graphic Novel - Reprint category for KING CITY, a Best Cover Art nomination for KING CITY, MULTIPLE WARHEADS and Richard Starkings' ELEPHANTMEN #43 covers, and a Best Coloring nomination for MULTIPLE WARHEADS.
The winners of the Eisner Awards are chosen by comic book industry professionals and will be announced at a ceremony at the Comic-Con International convention in San Diego on July 19. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the awards.
A complete list of Image Comics’ Eisner Award nominations:
Best Continuing Series
FATALE, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra
PROPHET, by Brandon Graham and Simon Roy
SAGA, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Best New Series
FATALE, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
SAGA, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Best Graphic Novel - Reprint
KING CITY, by Brandon Graham
Ed Brubaker, FATALE
Brandon Graham, MULTIPLE WARHEADS, PROPHET
Jonathan Hickman, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS
Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA
Sean Phillips, FATALE
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
Teddy Kristiansen, THE RED DIARY/The RE[A]D Diary (MAN OF ACTION/Image)
Best Cover Art
Brandon Graham, KING CITY, MULTIPLE WARHEADS, ELEPHANTMEN #43
Sean Phillips, FATALE
Brandon Graham, MULTIPLE WARHEADS
Dave Stewart, Batwoman (DC); FATALE (Image); BPRD, Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy in Hell, Lobster Johnson, The Massive (Dark Horse)
Paul Grist, MUDMAN
In the first volume of GREAT PACIFIC, writer Joe Harris and artist Martín Morazzo create a treacherous land made of the cast-off trash of the entire planet, populated with mutant seagulls, one very angry giant octopus, a French explorer, pirates, and a group of islanders who got there first — and none of them want to share.
"What excites me most about writing Great Pacific isn't necessarily the environmental message or the chance to pile up some soapboxes to preach a cautionary tale. Rather, it's the story of one man mostly alone on this new, strange frontier that gets me going,” said creator and writer Harris. "It's a story about exploration, and survival, and persistence, and triumph against all odds. The science fiction serves that arc, and the greater environmental message, I'd hope, is enhanced as a result.”
Matching Harris's adventurous story is Morazzo's bold, vibrant art, bringing to life a land like the world has never seen before.
"Envisioning and drawing the garbage continent, with all its strange landscapes, is something wonderful,” said said Morazzo. "From large views to small details, 'The Pack' isn't just a setting, but a main character in the story.”
Collecting the first six issues, GREAT PACIFIC VOLUME ONE: TRASHED (ISBN 978-1-60706-733-7) encompasses a story arc that drew attention from comics readers and those interested in ecological issues alike. Harris and GREAT PACIFIC were profiled in Comic Book Resources, Gamma Squad, Comics Alliance, Multiversity Comics, and Deep Sea News.
GREAT PACIFIC will be in stores on May 1 and its second volume will begin with issue #7, out on June 5.
PRAISE FOR GREAT PACIFIC
"A terrifying, hard-to-believe-it's-true premise and a fantastic, smart thrill-ride of sci-fi and high adventure. Don't miss!"
- John Layman (creator/writer of CHEW)
"Fascinating and enjoyable."
"A perfect science fiction story…"
- Brigid Alverson, Robot 6
"This series deals with issues that we haven't really seen in comics before and that's what makes it so interesting: we get real life problems intertwined with a rather fascinating fictional story. The comic turns out to be well written, organized clearly and overall just really, really pretty.”
- Comic Vine
"The pacing is solid, plot twists come fast and furiously, and the the muted color scheme keeps the visuals constantly engaging.”
- Bloody Disgusting
"[GREAT PACIFIC] is very well-realized and beautifully rendered. Harris and Morazzo spend a lot of time and page space exploring the world and potential consequences of Chas Worthington's story by visiting a lot of different locations and considering different thematic elements.”
- The Outhousers
FATALE by Brubaker and Phillips now ongoing
The curse of the femme fatale has taken readers of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' horror noir series FATALE from Medieval France to present day, with stops in the Wild West, post-World War II San Francisco, and 1970s Los Angeles. Now, in June, FATALE returns to the present in the pages of FATALE #15, as Nicholas Lash desperately tries to find out the truth behind the mysterious Jo, a beautiful woman who is seemingly immortal.
As the fourth arc gets underway, FATALE's third arc — a series of standalone stories about the history of the curse that makes Jo both irresistible and isolated — will be collected into the trade paperback FATALE VOLUME THREE: WEST OF HELL.
Launched in January 2012 and originally planned as a 12-issue maxiseries, FATALE's unique mixture of noir and supernatural horror, as well as its compelling heroine Jo, whose history continues to unfold, engaged readers and its creators alike, prompting Brubaker to continually expand the series.
"I kept saying how many issues the story would take to complete and then having more ideas I wanted to explore in Josephine's world," said Brubaker. "So the endpoint kept changing, and I realized this is something we do in comics a lot, decide ahead of time how long a story will take to tell. One of the advantages of publishing with Image is the total freedom we have to do it our way, so I decided the series just goes until it's over, and not to say exactly what issue that will be. To just let the story take as long as it needs to, like a good novel. And thanks to the support of our retailers and readers, we're able to do that."
FATALE VOLUME THREE (APR130422) and FATALE #15 (APR130421) will both be in stores on JUNE 12th and can be pre-ordered now from the April issue of Previews.
PRAISE FOR FATALE VOLUME ONE: DEATH CHASES ME:
"Graced with a suspenseful plot that has more twists and turns than an alpine road, and deliberately understated artwork, Fatale boasts both intrigue and an atmosphere that feels as densely bleak as a San Francisco mist at the tip of Fisherman's Wharf at dawn. Colorist Dave Stewart deserves special mention for his subtle, highly evocative use of neutral tones and earthy shades. This is a universe of darkness and gray shadows, and the palette perfectly fits the angst-ridden, desolate, catch-22 world of supernatural horror the protagonists must face-off against. Immortality may be a double-edged sword, but it's one the intoxicating Jo wields with a boundless grace in this addictive page-turner.”
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The top-notch team of Brubaker and Phillips (known for their collaborations on Criminal and Sleeper) launch[es] another series that gives familiar tropes an entertaining tweak... as the creators mix in magic, cults, human sacrifice, and the possibility of eternal life to create a potent cocktail with any number of twists. Brubaker doesn't write a word more than necessary, and Phillips' scenery has all the right angles, evoking a film-noir feel without slavish imitation. If the words 'last call' make you think of 'The Call of Cthulhu,' this is your kind of hard-boiled tale.”
"This collection is brilliantly done, but will leave you hungry for more. The brooding noir, the inscrutable femme fatale and the glimmers of horror merely begin to tell a story.”
– Crime Fiction Lover
PRAISE FOR FATALE VOLUME TWO: THE DEVIL'S BUSINESS:
"This collection hits just the right combination of horror and intrigue to keep readers turning the pages—though with no small amount of trepidation.... Brubaker and Phillips (Criminal, Incognito, Sleeper) do so many things right here, but perhaps most impressive are the subtle changes to the book's color schemes that can sometimes provide a brief respite from the horror without ever allowing the readers to forget just how dark the story is. As much as this book may disturb some readers, it ultimately belongs in any respectable horror-noir collection. Josephine, after all, would want it that way.”
– Publishers Weekly