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25 years ago seven cartoonists went rogue and announced their own self published comics company. Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino declared their independence from the Big Two, launched their own studios and promoted their own characters and nothing would be the same again. From 24 hour signings to The Walking Dead, from Bedrock to Saga…Image Comics changed the face of comics, acid wash and all.

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There have been ups, downs and drama…but 25 years after a line launched  that played  to the most sensational aspects of the  “lenticular cover” era, few could deny that Image has become a standard bearer for creators rights,* and proven that  a company can be successful based on individual visions and not editorial retreats.

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* Yes, I know the early 90s were a rocky time for comics and Image bears some of the responsibility. I am looking at the long picture here, though. The publishers survived who deserved to survive and we’re now a $1 billion industry.  Certainly, for the past decade, Image has been a keystone for the success of the medium.

91F9YdZmW0L._SL1500_BTW if you want to learn more about the origins of Image (and the story is a doozy filled with amazing characters!) you could do worse than by watching The Image Revolution, a documentary about the company. But or rent from Amazon. (Disclosure: I’m in it for about a minute and you can hear me in the trailer.)

Image is celebrating  their day with a worldwide promotion, including signings, variants, social media events, a 25¢ Wakling Dead issue #163 (the best selling comics in decades)  and more. Here’s a list of where Image Day events are taking place. Support your local comics shop!

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IMAGE COMICS DAY EVENTS IN THE UNITED STATES:

ARIZONA

Phoenix

Samurai Comics | 3:00 PM-7:00 PM | 1051 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix Az 85014

Jay Fotos, Meredith McClaren, Scott Godlewski

CALIFORNIA

Canoga Park

Collector’s Paradise | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM | 7131 Winnetka Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91306

Garry Brown

Los Angeles

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Meltdown | 6:00 PM | 7522 Sunset Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Brian K. Vaughan, Steven T. Seagle, Joe Casey, Matt Hawkins

A Shop Called Quest | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | 300 S Santa Fe Ave B, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Malachi Ward, Keenan Keller, Kyle Higgins, Tom Neely, Greg Hinkle, Megan Hutchinson, Chris Burnham

The Last Bookstore | 7:30 PM-9:00 PM | 453 S Spring St, Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Rus Wooton, Gabriel Hardman

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Golden Apple | 1:00 PM-3:00 PM | 7018 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Matt Hawkins, Darick Robertson, Marc Silvestri

The Grove Barnes & Noble | 7:00 PM | 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Rick Remender, Ed Brubaker, Chris Burnham

Long Beach  

Pulp Fiction Comics

Dustin Nguyen

Pasadena 

Collector’s Paradise | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM | 319 S. Arroyo Prkwy Unit 4, Pasadena, CA 91105

Sina Grace          

Petaluma  

Brian’s Comics | 3:00 PM-6:00 PM | 1 Fourth Street Suite B, Petaluma, CA 94952

Nick Dragotta, Justin Greenwood

San Diego  

Yesteryear Comics

Brandon Thomas

San Francisco    

Mission Comics

Brian Schirmer, Ken Garing, Jeremy Saliba

Comix Experience | | 12:00 PM-2:00 PM | 305 Divisadero St., San Francisco, California 94117

Ken Garing

GEORGIA

Atlanta

My Parents’ Basement | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | 22 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Rich Tommaso

ILLINOIS

Chicago

Graham Cracker Comics | 11:00 AM-2:00 PM | 77 E. Madison, Chicago IL 60602

Tim Seeley

MARYLAND

Annapolis

Third Eye | 11:00 AM | 2027-A West St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Jonathan Luna, Justin Jordan

MINNESOTA

St. Paul

The Source Comics and Games

Otis Frampton

MISSOURI

Joplin

Hurley’s Heroes

Jeremy Haun

Kansas City    

Elite Comics | 11:00 AM | 11842 Quivira Rd, Overland Park, KS 66210

Megan Levens, Steven Sanders

St. Louis    

Star Clipper | 11:00 AM-5:00 PM | 1319 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

Kyle Starks

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New York 

Forbidden Planet | 8:00 AM | 832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Cliff Chiang, Joe Harris, Brenden Fletcher, W. Maxwell Prince, Alex de Campi, Brandon Montclare, Cameron Stewart, Jason Katzenstein, Amy Reeder, Ivan Brandon, Karen Berger

OREGON

Portland

Floating World | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | 400 NW Couch St., Portland, OR

Joe Keatinge, Sloane Leong, Leila del Duca, Emi Lenox, Eric Stephenson, Brandon Graham, Farel Dalrymple                    

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Kurt Busiek

Bridge City | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM | 3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227

Joseph Bergin III

Books with Pictures | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | 1100 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97202

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction                    

Cosmic Monkey | 11:00 AM | 5335 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97213

Steve Lieber, Tony Parker

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia

Fat Jack’s Comicrypt 

Bryan J.L. Glass

TEXAS

Austin

Austin Books | 8:00 AM-9:00 PM | 5002 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78751

Donny Cates, Nick Pitarra

Dallas

Zeus Comics

Michael Lark, Jordan Boyd

WASHINGTON

Lacey

Olympic Cards and Comics | 10:00 AM-11:59 PM | 4230 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Greg Rucka

Vancouver 

I Like Comics | 1715 Broadway St., Vancouver, WA 98663

Michael Oeming
INTERNATIONAL IMAGE COMICS DAY EVENTS:

AUSTRALIA

Melbourne

All Star Comics *will take place on February 4* | 11:00 AM-5:00 PM | 53 Queen St., Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Fil Barlow, Helen Maier                    

Sydney

Kings Comics | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM | 310 Pitt St., Sydney, Australia 2000

Nicola Scott

CANADA

British Columbia

Kelowna

Okanagan Sports Cards & Comics | 1795 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, British Columbia

Ed Brisson

Vancouver  

Golden Age Comics | 852 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1K3

Kaare Kyle Andrews, Steve Skroce, Nathan Fairbairn, Colin Lorimer

Ontario

Toronto

The Beguiling | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | 319 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T1S2

Chip Zdarsky, J. Bone

Silver Snail | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | 329 YONGE ST., TORONTO ONT. M5B1R7

Raffaele Ienco

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Dublin

Big Bang | 6:30 PM | Unit 2.3, Sandyford Road, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16, Ireland

Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire, Simon Spurrier

UNITED KINGDOM

Leeds

Travelling Man 

Antony Johnston

London  

Forbidden Planet | 6:00 PM-7:00 PM | 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2h 8JR

Sara Kenney, Tradd Moore

Orbital | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM | 8 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JA

Kieron Gillen, Alison Sampson

Gosh!

Dan Watters, Caspar Wijngaard