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Image Comics is pleased to reveal five more exclusive virgin wraparound covers in celebration of artists and the importance and impact they have in defining the comics medium. These covers will showcase KILL OR BE KILLED artwork by Sean Phillips, MONSTRESS artwork by Yoshi Yoshitani, RUMBLE artwork by David Rubín, THE BEAUTY artwork by Jeremy Haun, and EAST OF WEST artwork by Nick Dragotta.

We Believe in Artists will be the first of many initiatives throughout Image’s planned #WeBelieve 2018 campaign highlighting the important, lately overlooked contributions to the comics industry.

Without titles, endorsement quotes, names, logos, or jacket copy, these wraparound covers feature solely the jaw-dropping artwork that fans won’t want to miss.

The bestselling series that will feature one of these exclusive, undressed, breathtaking collectors’ covers will be:

Available on Wednesday, March 7th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 12th:

  • EXTREMITY #12 by Daniel Warren Johnson
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND #17 by Skottie Young
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #34 by Jamie McKelvie
  • WITCHBLADE #4 by Roberta Ingranata
  • EAST OF WEST #36 by Nick Dragotta
Available on Wednesday, March 14th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 19th:
  • CURSE WORDS #12 by Ryan Browne
  • DEADLY CLASS #32 by Wes Craig
  • MAESTROS #6 by Nicholas Pitarra
  • VS #2 by Esad Ribić
Available on Wednesday, March 21st, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 26th:
  • KILL OR BE KILLED #17 by Sean Phillips
  • MONSTRESS #15 by Yoshi Yoshitani
  • RUMBLE #4 by David Rubín
Available on Wednesday, March 28th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, March 5th:
  • SPAWN #284 by Todd McFarlane
Available on Wednesday, April 11th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, March 19th:
  • BEAUTY #21 by Jeremy Haun

Here’s what would happen if Masters of the Universe met Clive Barker.

Last we heard, David S. Goyer was in talks to direct a brand new feature film adaptation of the iconic Masters of the Universe property, which of course originally made the leap from the toy shelf/small screen to the big screen way back in 1987. That film was home to some awesome monster makeup, and one hell of a badass Skeletor. Continue reading

PORTLAND, OR, 02/01/2018 — Co-creators Seth M. Peck (X-Men) and Jeremy Haun (THE BEAUTY), with colorist Nick Filardi and letterer Thomas Mauer, will release THE REALM, VOL. 1—which collects issues #1-5 of the ongoing dark fantasy series—this March from Image Comics. Musical group Me Like Bees will simultaneously release their companion EP, “The River Divides,” comprised of five tracks inspired by the series.

Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun.

Creatures of myth—orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors—threw the entire planet into total chaos. Among the wreckage of society, the survivors scrape and struggle to survive. Now, a powerful sorcerer marshals his forces, and a group of warriors must embark on a journey to reclaim our world from the growing darkness.

THE REALM, VOL. 1 (Diamond code: JAN180692, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0501-4) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 28th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 12th.

THE REALM, VOL. 1 arrives in bookstores Tuesday, April 3rd. It is available for preorder via AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieboundIndigo, and Books-A-Million.

PORTLAND, OR, 02/01/2018 — ECLIPSE writer Zack Kaplan and all-star artist Andrea Mutti’s (RebelsStar WarsBatman EternalPrometheus) gritty sci-fi action thriller PORT OF EARTH, VOL. 1 will hit stores this March, collecting the first four issues of the ongoing series.

Aliens have come to Earth. Not in war, and not particularly in peace, but with a business deal: open up a spaceport here on Earth in exchange for advanced technology. But when our alien visitors break Port restrictions and wreak havoc in our cities, it falls to the newly formed Earth Security Agents to hunt down and safely deport the dangerous rogue aliens back to the Port of Earth.

PORT OF EARTH, VOL. 1 hits comic book shops Wednesday, March 14th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 5th.

PORT OF EARTH, VOL. 1 arrives in bookstores Tuesday, March 20th, and is available for preorder via AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieboundIndigo, and Books-A-Million.

Source: Aliens mean business in PORT OF EARTH, VOL. 1

Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the writers behind the Despicable Me movies, are teaming up with Robert Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment to adapt fantasy epic comic book Birthright.The project just got set up at Universal via Skybound’s first-look deal with the studio. Kirkman, who is also the creator of The Walking Dead, will produce along with the company’s David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. Jeb Brody (The Mummy, Fifty Shades of Grey) will also produce.

Written by Joshua Williamson and drawn by Andrei Bressan, the comic centers on the Rhodes family, whose young son disappears while playing outside. A year later, a grown man appears claiming to be the son and saying that he has been on another world, ushering the family on a fantastical quest to discover what really happened to their son.

Birthright joins as the third feature project to fall under Skybound’s partnership with Universal. Other titles under the deal include Robert Kirkman’s long-running comic series Invincible and the Skybound/Image comic series Kill the Minotaur.

Paul and Daurio are best known for their work in the family-friendly animation field. In addition to helping steer the Despicable franchise, they worked on Horton Hears a Who! and The Secret Life of Pets, among a slew of others.

Source: ‘Despicable Me’ Writers, Robert Kirkman Team for Fantasy ‘Birthright’ (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter

Image Comics is pleased to reveal the first seven of 14 exclusive virgin wraparound covers in celebration of artists and the importance and impact they have in defining the comics medium. We Believe in Artists will be the first of many initiatives throughout Image’s planned #WeBelieve 2018 campaign highlighting the important, lately overlooked components of the comics industry.

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Happy New Year to all of our fans and friends! We want to thank all of you for supporting us through the last year and look forward to sharing our future with you.

We at Forbidden Panel would like to announce that AJ Herrera, our CEO and Founder, is stepping down from his current roll in leadership with the company. He will continue to be a contributor through his writing for the website and the comics as well as hosting our podcast, the PanelCast.

Justin White, previously our Art Director, will now take over as interim CEO. He is the artist for many Forbidden Panel Books including ZKS and is a contributor to Forbidden Tales.

Joey LaBartunek will be taking over as Art Director. His credits include; A Man Called Kraken, Tom Sparks Atomic Detective, and Forbidden Tales.

Daniel Whitfield, a Forbidden Panel artist and creator of The Plagued, will be taking on the roll of Project Manager. His current works include; The Plagued, Forbidden Tales, and many upcoming stories.

Janelle Vendeville, currently a columnist and our website manager/editor, will be expanding her role to include the responsibilities of our new Print and Media Editor.

With these changes in management for the coming year, expect to see some exciting updates to our website and social media sites. Once again, thank you for your years of continued support. We hope you are as excited as we are for the upcoming year!

 

Image Comics will bring FEAR AGENT—the critically-acclaimed, science-fiction odyssey by Rick Remender, Tony Moore, and Jerome Opeña—back to print as a series of master edition trade paperbacks. Each trade paperback will collect ten issues of the seminal, pulp classic and will feature never-before-seen scripts, variant covers, designs, and concept art.

Beginning with FEAR AGENT: FINAL EDITION, VOL. 1, which hits stores this April, veteran fans and new recruits alike can experience the whiskey-soaked, laser-scorched life of Heath Huston, the galaxy’s last hope. Continue reading

Skyward is a great new series with a great hook and jaw-dropping artwork by Lee Garbett. Highly recommended!” —Jeff Lemire
PORTLAND, OR, 01/23/2018 — Writer Joe Henderson (showrunner of Fox’s Lucifer) and artist Lee Garbett (Lucifer, Loki: Agent of Asgard) team up for an all-new gravity-defying series in SKYWARD. The new series is set to launch this April.“Skyward is my all of my favorite things mashed together,” said Henderson. “It’s a coming-of-age story filled with action and humor, devastation and hope. It explores a world turned upside down, where anyone can leap tall buildings with a single bound… but if you jump too high, you die. And getting to see Lee Garbett bring it to glorious life is a dream come true.”

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Two years ago Paramount announced plans for a joint cinematic universe featuring multiple franchises based on Hasbro Toys including “G.I. Joe,” “M.A.S.K.,” “Visionairies,” “ROM: Spaceknight” and “Micronauts”.

At the time a high profile writer’s room was assembled featuring the likes of Michael Chabon, Brian K. Vaughan, Akiva Goldsman, Joe Robert Cole, Nicole Perlman and the recently announced “The Flash” directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.

Since then however? Nothing has really resulted from the endeavour. Speaking about their newest film “Game Night,” Daley and Goldstein tell IGN about what happened and how at least two of the properties – “ROM” and “M.A.S.K.” – are effectively dead:

“Those are probably not likely to see the light of day, unless they’re moving on separate from us. It’s a funny thing. We spent three weeks in a room with a lot of talented writers. We broke eleven or so movies and, I don’t know. It just kind of went into the vortex. There’s been some leadership changes at Paramount, so it’s hard to say. Nobody’s contacted us about those.

It was fun. It was a fun challenge to take these properties that were so barebones in any kind of a narrative and create a movie around them. You know, these little cheap, plastic things, and to give them a backstory was an exciting challenge.”

The movies were to be produced by Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis and Josh Feldman. For now, Paramount seems to be sticking only with its “Transformers” franchise and has the first spin-off of that series, “Bumblebee,” hitting in December.

Source: The “ROM” & “M.A.S.K.” Films Are Dead? – Dark Horizons

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