Image Expo kicks off on Wednesday February 21st – just ahead of the annual ComicsPRO meeting, also in Portland, OR. So it’s a four-day fest of publishing information.
It’s been a little while since an Image Expo rolled out, and the guest list is usually a clue to who will be announcing new books. Image just announced the participation of Nick Pitarra and Tee Franklin – and that they’ll be revealing new projects. Previously announced creators include Previously announced creators include Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI) and Rick Remender (DEADLY CLASS, SEVEN TO ETERNITY).
Bestselling artist Nick Pitarra is known for his hyper-detailed artwork and collaboration with Jonathan Hickman on previous critically-acclaimed series THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS and the miniseries THE RED WING. Pitarra will be making a new series announcement at Image Expo.
Franklin is a Black, Queer, disabled woman, known in the comics industry as a vocal person of color and advocate for the LGBTQ and disabled community. She is credited for starting the popular hashtag: #BlackComicsMonth which aims to make comic book fans more aware of talented Black comic creators, and their diverse comic book characters and superheroes that already exist in the industry. Hot off the break-out success of BINGO LOVE, Franklin will be making an announcement about another forthcoming series in the works for 2018.
Image Expo is open to the public and tickets can be purchased here. General Admission is $25, Premium Admission is $100. There’s also the official IMAGE EXPO After Party which will be held from 7-10 p.m, location and further details to be announced.
A General Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to IMAGE EXPO and includes a program guide book and access to EXPO programming.
A Premium Admission Ticket will grant one (1) entry to IMAGE EXPO and includes admission to EXPO programming, program guide book, an Image Comics branded canvas tote bag, boxed lunch (valued at approximately $17), three (3) exclusive IMAGE EXPO variants, an Image Comics branded 25th anniversary commemorative pint glass, an Image Comics branded 25th anniversary commemorative enamel lapel pin, and access to priority seating.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.