Image Comics – News week (January 21st, 2019)

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In our weekly recap of Image Comics news, comes the announcement of a new exclusive signed edition of MAN-EATERS, VOL. 1 for Independent Bookstore Day 2019 this April, and a 3rd print for DIE #1.

The news week kicked off on Tuesday with the announcement of a special signed edition of for Independent Bookstore Day on April 27th. Man-Eaters, Vol. 1 from the team of writer Chelsea Cain, artist Kate Niemczyk, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer Joe Caramagna will collect the first four issues of the series about a virus that causes menstruating women to turn into ferocious, easily provoked, and deadly killer wildcats.

For those of you that don’t want the special signed edition, the regular version will hit comic book shops on February 27th with bookstores getting their allotment on March 5th.

Cover of Image Comics Man-Eaters Vol. 1

Kieron Gillen and Stephanie HansDIE series has been such a hit for readers that the first issue already went to a 2nd printing, and this week a 3rd printing was announced for it.

Look for the 3rd printing about a group of adults dealing with a horror they faced as kids on February 6th with one of 2 covers, the first from Hans and a second from Jen Bartel.

Press releases for all the news from this week are below. All artwork courtesy of Image Comics.

FEMINIST TEEN GRAPHIC NOVEL MAN-EATERS, VOL. 1 WILL HIT BOOKSTORES WITH EXCLUSIVE SIGNED EDITION FOR INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. 01/22/2019 — Eisner-nominated and New York Times bestselling thriller writer Chelsea Cain, artist Kate Niemczyk, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer Joe Caramagna of the controversial and buzzed about comic Mockingbird team with Lia Miternique and Stella Greenvoss to launch a hot new feminist sci-fi series for teens this March with Man-Eaters, Vol. 1. In celebration of the new series, an additional, exclusive, signed edition will be available for Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27.

On the heels of Marvel’s unexpected cancellation of Cain’s The Vision series, support of Man-Eaters went viral across the social media sphere with signal blasts from mainstream media covering the Marvel slight and ironic timing with her new series, Man-Eaters. The hot new title can best be described as Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine DeLandro’s Bitch Planet meets Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

In Man-Eaters, readers are introduced to a world where a mutation in Toxoplasmosis causes menstruating women to turn into ferocious killer wildcats—easily provoked and extremely dangerous. As panic spreads and paranoia takes root, the fate of the world rides on the shoulders of one 12-year-old girl. Part Cat People, part Naomi Alderman’s The PowerMan-Eaters has an all pro-feline agenda.

Bookstores interested in submitting Independent Bookstore Day orders must do so by Friday, February 1, 2019.

Man-Eaters, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1143-5, Diamond Code DEC180123) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, Feb 27 and bookstores on Tuesday, March 5. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, Jan 14. 

It is available for pre-order on AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-MillionIndieBound, and Indigo. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

For digital readers, Man-Eaters is available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Select praise for Man-Eaters, Vol. 1:

“The Image Comics series combines The Handmaid’s TaleCat People and a wonderfully wicked sense of humor. Unlike anything else on the stands right now.” —The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s brilliant.” —Kelly Sue DeConnick, Bitch Planet

“Rachelle Rosenberg’s colors help tie everything together, painting even the darker moments of the issue with eye-popping colors. Joe Caramagna’s feels like the icing on the cake, going from clever and childlike whimsy to genuine terror with ease. As a whole, the visual aesthetic of Man-Eaters nails the nuance of being a teenage girl—facing the horrors of the world, but attempting to hang on to a sense of optimism in the process.” —Comicbook.com

“Cain has taken on the best of them and come out swinging because she’s just that damn good.” —Geek.com

Man-Eaters has a sharp sense of humor that fuels the book’s momentum and makes it an especially fun read.” —The Onion’s AV Club

“Cain and Niemczyk are remarkably inventive here, telling the story through traditional narrative comics and graphs and photorealistic effects and other wild experiments in visual narrative…Cain seems to inherently understand what it is that makes comics so great.” —The Seattle Review of Books

“I am so cuckoo for this book. It’s so exciting, vital, funny, weird.” —Ben Blacker, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Nerdist Writers Panel, Supernatural, Hex Wives

NEW KIERON GILLEN & STEPHANIE HANS SERIES DIE RUSHED BACK TO PRINT AGAIN

PORTLAND, OR 01/24/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine) and artist Stephanie Hans’ Die #1 will be rushed to a third printing in order to keep up with growing demand. 

Die is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. The series is perhaps best described as “Goth Jumanji”—but that only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in this series where fantasy gets all too real.

Die #1, 3rd printing (Diamond Code DEC188797) will be available on Wednesday, Feb 20. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, Jan 28.

Die #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code DEC188162) will be available on Wednesday, Feb 13.

Die #3 Cover A by Hans (Diamond Code DEC180240) and Die #3 Cover B by Bartel (Diamond Code DEC180241) will be available on Wednesday, Feb 6.

Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

Die is also available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Select praise for Die

“Really couldn’t have enjoyed Die #1 more than I did. Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans are a powerful merging of talents. Feels like a well-oiled team that’s been working together for years. Image Comics continues to innovate.” —Rick Remender, Deadly Class, Low, Black Science, Seven to Eternity 

Die is wonderfully nerdy and emotionally complicated and… utterly beautiful.” —The Hollywood Reporter

“So I read Die today and it’s something special: clever, chilling, beautiful, and surprising. IT’S REAL GOOD AND I THINK YOU SHOULD GET IT.” —Ryan North, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Dinosaur Comics, How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide For The Stranded Time Traveler 

“Emotional evisceration awaits. I cannot recommend this highly enough” —Marguerite Bennett, Animosity, Bombshells 

“Seriously, pre-order your copy; it’s so good!” —Women Write About Comics 

“I’ve had the pleasure of reading Die from Gillen, Hans & Cowles and it’s everything I love about comics. It’s such a great concept for a series.” —Gerry Duggan, Deadpool, Analog 

“Do you wish that IT had fewer clowns luring in sewers with balloons and more RPG sessions that cause kids to disappear for several years? Then Die by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans is the comic for you! Also, I got to test-play the RPG the book is built around and it’s SO FUN.” —Jody Houser, Stranger Things, Faith, Doctor Who 

Die is a compelling drama, filled with secrets and lies. It has the reliable wit and grace one expects from Gillen along with rich and stunning artwork by Hans, who is without a doubt delivering her best work to date. Gorgeously rendered, perfectly constructed, Die is a fantastic new series that pulls the reader into a new world, in more ways than one.” —Declan Shalvey, Moon Knight, Injection, Return Of Wolverine “Soooooo Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die is something ABSURDLY special. Really an incredible book.” —Mags Visaggio, Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim, Sex Death Revolution

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