The dates for this year’s Image Expo have been announced and instead of a standalone event, as was sometimes done in the past, it’ll be held in conjunction with the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, on Wednesday April 6th.
Past Image Expos have announced extensive slates of upcoming books by some of comics’ most notable creators. Announced guests this time include Leila del Duca, Joe Harris, Rick Remender, Alison Sampson, and Jonathan Hickman, but doubtless more surprises will be unveiled. For a hint or two, check out the ECCC guest list. Who could it be? Gail Simone? Norman Reedus? Or new surprises!
Tickets for the Expo at a variety of levels are now on sale; some will include tickets to the Image Comics’ Spring Formal afterparty, which sounds perfect. The event is produced in partnership with ReedPOP, which also throws ECCC. IT seems like the perfect venue for IMage Expo — both events share an audience of progressive young comics readers.
Image Comics is pleased to announce that IMAGE EXPO will partner with ReedPOP, the leading producer of pop culture events, for the first time ever and will kick-off the Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) in Seattle on Wednesday, April 6th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Showbox Market theater.
IMAGE EXPO is an all-day event for fans, the retailer community, and the press to experience a showcase of exciting Image Comics announcements. IMAGE EXPO 2016 will feature a line-up of some of the hottest names in comics and offers a unique experience for fans to have unprecedented access to the writers and artists behind their favorite comic books at exclusive autograph sessions and comic-focused programming. The event is open to all fans, comics retailers, librarians, and media.
IMAGE EXPO will be an all-day event featuring such guests as Leila del Duca (SHUTTER), Joe Harris (SNOWFALL), Rick Remender (TOKYO GHOST), Alison Sampson (GENESIS), and Jonathan Hickman (EAST OF WEST), with more guests to be announced soon. In addition, there will be special surprise guests in attendance.
Tickets to the event are now available for sale. Image Comics is pleased to offer General Admission tickets available for $25, Premium Admission tickets available for $75, and Image Comics’ Spring Formal tickets (the official EXPO afterparty—with a twist!) for $15.
A General Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to IMAGE EXPO and includes a program guide book, access to EXPO programming (does not include Spring Formal ticket).
A Premium Admission Ticket will grant one (1) entry to IMAGE EXPO and includes admission to EXPO programming, program guide book, admission ticket to 18+ Image Comics’ Spring Formal dance—a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow fans, Image T-shirt, Image tote bag, EXPO exclusive variants, Priority seating, and access to the Premium signing.
An Image Comics’ Spring Formal Ticket will grant one (1) entry to the official IMAGE EXPO afterparty—this year held from 8 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. in the style and spirit of a traditional high school dance and in celebration of the industry’s diversity and camaraderie. Details to come.
Tickets to IMAGE EXPO presented by Emerald City Comicon are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets can be purchased here.
Seating at IMAGE EXPO is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary (passes are limited).
Don’t miss your chance to meet creators, attend panels and signings, receive exclusive swag, and get the scoop on all that Image Comics has in store, all before ECCC.
Image Comics fans can follow the latest IMAGE EXPO updates at imagecomics.com/expo. We hope to see you there!
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.