SANDBOX: Image Comics – News Week (October 1, 2018)

This is the first post of our weekly recaps of news from Image Comics. Every Friday we will be posting all news announced during the week.

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With New York Comic Con taking place this week, a lot of news is coming  out from all forms of entertainment. 

Image Comics had a busy week with news which include Robert Kirkman announcing on Thursday that the horror series he co-created will begin it’s final story arc this December with their 37th issue.  The story arc will run for 12 issues and culminate with the series finale with issue #48.

One of of the bigger pieces of news from Image this week, was the fact they are partnering up with Comic Con India as they expand their presence at that show. Talent including Declan ShalveyJohn Layman, and more will be in attendance at some of the shows. In addition there will be exclusive editions of titles including SPAWN #1, SAGA #1, CHEW #1, and DESCENDER #1 given out to attendees at their shows in at Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

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

KIRKMAN ANNOUNCES FINAL STORY ARC OF OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA

PORTLAND, OR, 10/04/2018 — Robert Kirkman took to the stage today at New York Comic Con to announce the series’ final story arc of his co-created horror series with Paul Azaceta, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA. The final arc will kick off in December with issue #37.

The final arc will build to a crescendo of plot twists over the course of twelve issues and end on issue #48 will the long-planned ending to the psychological horror series first launched in 2014 to critical acclaim. 

“It’s been a long road getting here–but I’ve said since the beginning OUTCAST was the first series I started where I had the ending planned before we began,” said Kirkman. “We’ve been building to what’s coming since the very first issue and it’s great to finally be at the point where we can tell this final epic storyline! Working with Paul has been an absolute thrill and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve done together over what will be a five year journey.”

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #37 (Diamond Code OCT180225) will hit stores on Wednesday, December 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 26th.


IMAGE COMICS EXPANDS CONVENTION PRESENCE TO INDIA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COMIC CON INDIA

PORTLAND, OR, 10/03/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that this year—for the first time in the history of the company—Image will have a dedicated booth presence and storefront alongside an exciting lineup of creative talent appearing at Comic Con India and exclusive Comic Con India reprint issues to drive a concentrated and concerted focus on the Image brand abroad.

India is one of the fastest growing markets in the international comics landscape, and Image Comics’ 2018 presence across Comic Con India is an ambitious growth into international sales for the publisher beyond yearly presence at London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair. 

“For quite some time we’ve been looking to see what more we can do within India because we’ve seen above average sales growth across Image Comics’ line of titles in both digital and physical formats,” said Jeff Boison, Director of Publishing Planning & Book Trade Sales. “Assembling a contingent of creators to head over and engage existing fans and introduce themselves and their works to new readers in India is the obvious next step.”

Jatin Varma, Founder & Managing Director at Comic Con India, added: “Since our inception, Comic Con India has been the key element in bridging the gap between international content and the Indian fans. Thus, it gives us immense pleasure in hosting Image Comics & their team at our shows this year! And our unique collaboration gives the fans in India a great opportunity try out some of the most popular series under Image Comics along with meeting some of the leading creators.”

Image Comics talent will be represented across Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Declan Shalvey (SAVAGE TOWN, INJECTION) and John Layman (LEVIATHAN, OUTER DARKNESS, two-time Eisner Award-winning and New York Times bestselling CHEW) in Dehli, Sana Takeda (five-time Eisner Award-winning MONSTRESS) in Mumbai, and Vanesa R. Del Rey (REDLANDS), Ram V (PARADISO), Ryan O’Sullivan (VOID TRIP), and Dan Watters (LIMBO) in Bangalore.

Each location will boast exclusive editions of some of the hottest series published by Image Comics which will be given with to each ticket holder attending the shows and include: 

  • SPAWN #1 by Todd McFarlane (Hyderabad)
  • SAGA #1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Bangalore)
  • CHEW #1 by John Layman & Rob Guillory (Delhi) 
  • DESCENDER #1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Mumbai) 

For more information on attending Comic Con India, visit: http://comicconindia.com.

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