Sean Murphy drops truth bombs on Comics’ ongoing money problems and more

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In the debut issue of Sktchd.com’s Off Panel podcast interview series, David Harper sat down with Sean Gordon Murphy, prolific illustrator of titles including The Wake and Hellblazer: City of Angels. Recently, he collaborated with Mark Millar on Chrononauts, a time-hopping action miniseries that was optioned for a movie deal before the release of its first issue. While Murphy is known as one of the most talented artists in comics, he’s also one of the most brutally honest, and this podcast is full of truth bombs about the harsh realities of working in comics.

James Robinson releases statement on Airboy #2 to GLAAD

As anticipated, writer James Robinson has made a statement to GLAAD  about the controversy over the issue of Airboy #2, which we reported on earlier today. And as also expected, he knows that he fucked up. It will certainly be interesting to see how this affects reprint volumes of AIRBOY. When Batgirl has a similar controversy, the trade […]

Airboy #2 criticized by GLAAD for transphobic storyline

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When creators James Robinson and Greg Hinkle showed me a copy of the first issue of Airboy back at NYCC last year, my jaw dropped. A fourth-wall breaking 8 1/2 storyline about two creators bringing back a Golden Age hero while engaging in all sorts of drug taking, alcohol abusing and balls-out (and shown) sexual […]

The Wicked + The Divine’s Fandemonium Trailer Will Have You Losing Your Head

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Once again, we return to the end of another arc in Kieron Gillen’s, Jamie McKelvie’s, Matthew Wilson’s, and Clayton Cowles’ Image hit, The Wicked + The Divine.  The trade that collects the “Fandemonium” story will hit store shelves on Wednesday, July 1st.  To celebrate, designer James Leech has put together an expertly animated trailer featuring sad […]

Mark Millar teases new book HUCK from IMage

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Mark Millar is at it again. Following a prolific period at Image with — Jupiter’s Children and sequel, Starlight, MPH and Chrononauts—he’ll have some new treats, having just sent out a teaser for a new book which will be announced, one presumes, at Image Expo next week. (Although he’s been blabbing about it on Twitter […]

Image partners with Trajectory for digital distribution to libraries

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The Beat’s head is beginning to spin a little bit from the flurry of digital comics announcements that are flying fast and furious in advance of ALA and SDCC. One thing we do know: getting digital comics into libraries is a smart move, and as DC just partnered with Hoopla, so Image Comics has just […]

The Beat podcasts with Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins on publishing economics

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Many people ask me, “Why don’t you do a podcast?” and I reply, “I do!” It’s called More to Come and it’s produced by Publishers Weekly. This week, I chat with Matt Hawkins, president and coo of Top Cow. Matt is more than just an inimitable Facebook poster (if you’ve read his stories about standing in line at the grocery store, you know what I mean.) He’s also an industry veteran who’s seen the highest highs and the lowest lows, and in this talk he dishes on the early days of Image and much more.

Interview: Brandon Graham on Humor, Fantasy, and Art in 21st Century Comics

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Brandon Graham is a maverick. He is most famous for his work on 2009’s King City, but has worked in comics since the 1990s, getting his start in sequential porn before moving into work for Dark Horse, Oni Press, and Image Comics.    Known for his clever wit, graffiti-inspired illustration style, and fascination with butts, Graham has […]

Review: Seeing Ghosts and Robots in “Empty Zone” #1

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By Nick Eskey   Writer: Jason Shawn Alexander Artist: Jason Shawn Alexander Color: Luis Nct Letters: Sherard Jackson Publisher: Image Comics     Have you heard about the story set in a neo-noir dystopian society somewhere in the not so distant future? Most of you are probably nodding your heads in an emphatic yes. Adding to […]

Interview: Trees Artist Jason Howard on How Warren Ellis “Breaks His Heart”

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Jason Howard is a prolific illustrator whose work has been featured in a number of hugely popular titles such as Superior Spider-Man and Invincible.  He’s currently the series artist on Trees, collaborating with writer Warren Ellis to tell a uniquely human science fiction story. When a group of monolithic alien towers, colloquially referred to as Trees, touch down around the […]