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Writer Sean Lewis (THE FEW, SAINTS) and artist Caitlin Yarsky will collect the first four issues of their dark fantasy series COYOTES this April.

In a dusty desert town on the southern border of the United States, women are going missing. Detective Frank Coffey is called in to investigate—and finds Red, a 13-year-old girl with a sword and a mission: to murder the werewolves stalking the border and picking women off one by one.

It’s Kill Bill meets The Howling in the cutthroat world of COYOTES, where nothing is ever as it seems.

Select praise for COYOTES:

“Mixing myth, Mexican culture, and murderous teenage girls, COYOTES is the perfect revenge fantasy for today’s world.” —CBR

“COYOTES is magical, dark, strange, and beautiful. A multi-faceted storyline and gorgeous, nuanced artwork combines to create a world full of real fears and real courage alongside elements of fantasy and horror.” —Comicosity

“COYOTES is a thrilling, bone-chilling read that will keep you turning pages and begging for more. It’s vastly different from most other comics on the shelf today and it’s clear that whatever is in store for these characters, you don’t want to miss a single issue.” —Rogues Portal

“A neat spin on a few different story formulas, and Caitlin Yarsky has just the right artistic style—the monsters pop and menace while the main characters always seem a little physically vulnerable.” —The Oregonian

“Part Kung Fu movie, part twisted fairy tale, COYOTES is a thoroughly original new series.” —Big Comic Page

“COYOTES #1 is a brilliant foray into paranormal action/horror. With an interesting lead and supporting cast, as well as a breakneck plot, fans of Urban Fantasy need to read this series.” —Comics Verse 

“Lewis and Yarsky’s book is deep and beautiful even when it is trafficking in images of horrific violence. Almost every panel has a sensuousness to it, a languid sense of motion and grace until it is interrupted by tragedy and horror.” —NJ.com

 

If this past weekend’s release of Marvel Studios “Black Panther” has taught us anything, it’s that brilliant young girls run the world. Lunella Lafayette, it’s time for you to take center stage!

Marvel TV today revealed that “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” (working title) is in development. Based on the hit comic book series, the animated project follows the adventures of nine-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette, an African-America girl who teams up with her crimson-colored dinosaur and uses her smarts to save the day. Lunella, A.K.A. Moon Girl, was created by Brandon MontclareAmy Reeder, and Natacha Bustos (and colored by Tamra Bonvillain) in 2015—and the world’s smartest person hasn’t looked back since!

“Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” is being produced by Marvel Animation and Cinema Gypsy Productions (Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland, producers of “black-ish” and “grown-ish”) with visual and animation development services by Titmouse, Inc. The animated project is in consideration for a Disney Channels Worldwide series

Source: News | Marvel.com

The Image Expo keynote address, given by Publisher Eric Stephenson, reflected upon soaring sales increases over the course of 2017 for Image Comics and revealed the following new creator-owned project announcements for 2018. The keynote and announcements streamed live for the first time on Twitch.tv/ImageComics.

BLACKBIRD by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel
Sam Humphries (NIghtwing, Green Lantern) and Jen Bartel team up to co-create BLACKBIRD a modern fantasy story best described as Harry Potter meets Riverdale. It follows a young woman named Nina who discovers a neon-lit world of magic masters in Los Angeles. Now they’ve kidnapped her sister, and Nina is the only one who can save her.

“BLACKBIRD is a labor of love, a coming of age story and beautiful people doing insane things with magic,” said Humphries.

The series launches from Image Comics in October 2018.

Rob Liefeld’S BLOODSTRIKE will feature story, art, and cover by Michel Fiffe
Michel Fiffe will write, draw, and color three exciting new issues of BLOODSTRIKE. The Fiffe issues will also feature two back-up stories by Chuck Forsman and Paul Maybury with pin-ups by Ed Piskor, Benjamin Marra, Andrew Maclean, and more!

In Michel Fiffe’s BLOODSTRIKE: BRUTALISTS, the creator of the indie hit COPRA shines a light on Image’s most extreme series and its groundbreaking carnage. Whether it’s the origin of our favorite undead strikeforce or solving the trail of mysteries that plague them, this mini-series picks up where the original title left off while introducing the concept to a new audience. Celebrate Bloodstrike’s take-no-prisoners legacy by looking forward as only the new wave of comic-auteurs can! Don’t “rub the blood”…drown in it. Continue reading

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!

 

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