Interview: Greg Rucka and Michael Lark on Lazarus and What Makes Them Click

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Rucka and Lark have been one of my favorite pairings ever since the Half a Life arc in Gotham Central, and their work has only gotten stronger and more cohesive since that was first published. They’re now deep into their most ambitious collaboration to date, the Image Comics series Lazarus. With the freedom of creator-owned […]

INTERVIEW: Joe Casey talks Sex, his indie Officer Downe film and why comics are not like Van Halen

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  [Recently Joe Casey conducted an email interview with a writer for a now deceased site. I expressed an interest in running it on the Beat, but was unable to contact the original writer despite repeated attempts. As its general internet principle that the interviewee owns the written answers, I agreed to run Joe’s answers, as he’s […]

Azzarello, Bisley, and beer combine for Alpha King event

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  Somewhere in the world it’s Friday afternoon, and someone somewhere may be counting the minutes to a happy hour brew. To get you in the mood, here are some exclusive photos of a recent event featuring Brian Azzarello, Simon Bisley, brewer Nick Floyd, 3 Floyds Beer and the new Image comic Alpha King, whose […]

GIve me money part 2: Creators for Creators grant submissions are open

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At this year’s Image Expo one of the most buzzworthy announcements was the Creators for Creators Grant, and submissions have just opened up and run until November 1st. The grant will give $30,000 to a single creator writer/artist duo “in order to support the creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four […]

Comic Book Renaissance Man Kaare Kyle Andrews Creates, Writes, Draws, Colors and Owns Renato Jones: The One% (Interview)

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Artist Kaare Kyle Andrews achieved a monumental accomplishment in the space of comics in 2014, he wrote, drew, and colored 12 issues of Iron Fist: The Living Weapon. Afterwords, the artist sought to take his own brand and publish it himself via Image Comics. Andrews is continuing his legacy as a comic book renaissance man with […]

Telltale Games The Walking Dead Will Bring Back Clementine for Season 3

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During an  IGN interview with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman some new details regarding season three of the popular Telltale Games series based on his comics were dropped. The game will  be “checking in on Clementine again”, according to Kirkman. Though it isn’t clear if Clementine will be the only focus of the story this time around. Kirkman […]

Image Expo: The Vibe On The Scene and What Connected

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Held the day before Emerald City Comic Con, Image took their Image Expo on the road to The Showbox in Seattle for all the creator announcements of upcoming projects. The location was unique and perfect when you consider the many independent and up and coming bands that rolled through The Showbox in the past—plus how long Image has been associated with independent. The Showbox offered a sexy venue with lighting, chandeliers, and was already decorated for Image’s Spring Formal later in the evening. Image Expo would offer many highlights and it was interesting to see when the audience connected most with the presentations during the day.

All the new titles from Image Expo with more art and quotes

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Well that was a heck of a day for Image Expo. The return of the Batgirl of Burnside team with motorcycles, and of the award-winning Azzarello/Risso team with Moonshine were big, but the appearance of Karen Berger brought down Twitter, and I’m sure, the house in Seattle. Berger is a genuine comics legend, and while editing one book is just a smallish thing, just having her back on deck feels right somehow. It’s worth noting that SURGEON X, the book she’s editing, written by Sara Kenney, is funded by a grant from Society Award from Wellcome Trust; perhaps the charitable nature of the project helped lure her to the Image Expo stage.