ComicsPRO 2016: Eric Stephenson says “Stop acting like interchangeable brand managers and create.”

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[The following is a transcript of the speech given by Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics, on Friday, February 19th at 3:50 p.m. at the 10th Annual ComicsPRO Membership Meeting in Portland, Oregon to the comics retailer community.] I’d like to talk about the future, but first, we’re going to do some time travel, back […]

MATT CHATS: Otis Frampton on ‘Oddly Normal’ and its Atypical Journey to Publication

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Oddly Normal marked a rare foray for Image Comics into the children’s book market, and it appears to have been a successful one. Image got the series into the well-known, widely attended Scholastic Book Fair, which opens Oddly Normal up to a whole new audience and expands its commercial options. Creatively, Oddly Normal is a […]

The latest Eric Stephenson tells-it-like-it-is interview pokes “dull, “bland” industry

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Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson is always quotable and evidently not afraid of being quoted, as he often tweaks other publishers in a blunt way little seen in the industry. In a new interview with CBR’s Albert Ching he talks about Image Comics’ successful 2015 while calling other developments “dull.”: Stephenson notes that Image had […]

Are we seeing the twilight of the “Big Two”?

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We’ve been keeping an eye on threats of eroding comics sales that may spell trouble ahead for the comics industry, and it isn’t just Brian Hibbs any more. Big Bang Comics in Dublin, Ireland went on a tweet-storm yesterday criticizing not only DC’s anemic relaunch but Marvel’s increasingly tepid flood of titles no one is […]

Help Wanted: Top Cow hiring an assistant editor

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LA-based publisher Top Cow is hiring an an assistant editor to work out of their Culver City location. Qualifications include 2+ years of experience; duties include working with the creative team to traffic and schedule work flow. Good communication a must! Resumes can be submitted to matt@topcow.com. Top Cow is the Image publisher run by […]

MATT CHATS: Ryan Kelly on ‘Cry Havoc’ and Other Proclamations

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I’ve been a big fan of Ryan Kelly’s for a long time. Local was one of the first comics I read outside of the Big Two, and it wowed me. I even got a commission of Megan, the protagonist, from Kelly of her visiting my home state of Minnesota. Since then I’ve closely followed Ryan’s […]