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Comics History Commentary TV Show

Image Comics: So Much Damage | SYFY Documentary

Aside from not getting a lot of new information (for those of us who’ve been around since then), the one bad thing about these kinds of documentaries is how they tend to get the chronology all wonky. You don’t cover the start of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead (October 2003) and say THEN Powers (April 2000) came out and Brian Michael Bendis was fired by Todd McFarlane off of Sam & Twitch (series debuted in August 1999) and also say he then went on to write Marvel’s Ultimate Spider (also started in 2000) and AliasJessica Jones (later in 2001). Or how about toward the end when they had a footnote saying that Kirkman’s Outcast TV show debuted in the year 2010, the same year as TWD TV show?

Smh.

There were a couple of other examples. I believe it’s important to get that kind of minutiae as precise and accurate as possible when presenting a historical documentary. That’s often compromised when things are edited for bite-sized consumption. [end nerd rant].

At any rate, it’s always a treat to watch and hear the boys talk about their awesome shared baby in the form of Image Comics.

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Comics History Multimedia Video

FANTASTIC FOUR Documentary (video w/ Jack Kirby art)

This is must-see for anyone who truly appreciates the history of comics and the pioneers of the art form and industry. Unless you’re very young, uninformed or simply live under a rock, then you know how special the collaboration between Stan Lee and Jack Kirby was most notably in the 1960s. The Marvel Comics of yesterday, today and tomorrow would not be possible were it not for they synergistic collaboration of those two men creator what we know as Marvel Comics (and movies and TV) today.

And I gotta say those images and pages of Kirby’s look so beautiful! I would love to have all 101 issues plus the annuals now. I had a few of Stan & Jack’s run as a kid, sprinkled in with the Silver & Bronze Age comics I’d acquired in the mid-1980s. At the time as a young teenager obsessed with comics, but all about the present offerings, I hadn’t yet possessed the proper respect and regard for the old stuff that I that I thankfully developed later in life.

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CELEBRATE IMAGE DAY ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017

On February 1, 1992, seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would change the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image is pleased to celebrate the milestone anniversary with Image Day—Feb. 1, 2017.

Image Comics wouldn’t have succeeded without the tremendous creativity and passion of its creators, the unwavering support of retailers, bookstores, and libraries, or the unbridled and unrelenting enthusiasm of the fans who show up each and every Wednesday to purchase Image titles. On Image Comics Day we celebrate together, nationwide, the exciting legacy that Image’s creator-owned publishing model has cultivated as we prepare for the next 25 years of amazing creator-owned comics to come.

There will be Image Comics promotions, giveaways, creator signings, social media events, and more—don’t miss out on all the festivities and check back to the events pages on imagecomics.com for more information and announcements about Image Comics Day celebrations near you.

Join us for the single most anticipated day of the year, as we come together and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics—but more importantly, the 25 years of true creative freedom and history-making storytelling from the best writers and artists in the world. Find an Image Day event near you in the complete list below!

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
Los Angeles

Meltdown | 6:00 PM | 7522 Sunset Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Brian K. Vaughan, Steven 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
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

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

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

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

NEW YORK
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

Excalibur
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

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
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Comics History Commentary

Perspective: State of the Comics Industry in 1999 via Warren Ellis

– by Brandon L. Rucker –

IMG_20160201_155414[1]8551231835_3c4c9ec04a_oSo for the first time in well over a decade I am re-reading COME IN ALONE, the trade paperback collection of Warren Ellis‘ year-long column at Comic Book Resources that ran from December 1999 to December 2000. It’s a starkly honest observation and analysis of the seriously ailing comics industry of the time. Surely you all remember that bleak time period: post-early-90s boom, and post-mid-90s bust, yet prior to slight post-911 rebound? For me personally it was a time most significantly marked by the horrible decision of Image Comics standout partner Jim Lee to sell his widely popular and successful (and much beloved) WildStorm Productions publishing company along with all characters and intellectual property assets to DC Comics/AOL Time Warner (as the parent conglomerate was called at the time). That’s how bleak a time it was, that one of the industry’s richest, smartest and most powerful creator/businessman found it wise to sell his company as well as his Image Comics partnership stake (and some would argue his soul) to a competitor within the same market (and also join DC/Warner as an executive. An aside: he later became co-publisher of DC Comics but that’s a whole other chapter).

To wit, please observe this paragraph taken from Mr. Ellis’ introduction to his book (dated May 2001):

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Doesn’t sound like we’ve come too far in a decade-and-a-half, does it? In fact, there have been many cries of industry demise of late in the comics media sphere, with some predicting an eventual collapse in say, another decade. Are these doomsday naysayers actual prophets, or are they merely Chicken Littles?

Only time will tell, right? One thing’s for sure, the days of comics titles averaging sales at the mid-100k level are likely (i.e. certainly) never to return. And that too is a whole other chapter in the epic saga of this niche industry, despite the fact it’s being pillaged for other big money media industries like television and film.

Comic books are nearly dead. Long live comic books.

 

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