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Image Comics lays out announcements made in San Diego

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[For more Image Comics news from CCI in San Diego read a report covering their Friday Panel plus an interview with Trent Kaniuga regarding his new Creed series.]

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA-July 27, 2001 — Image Vice-President and Publisher, Jim
Valentino announced several new projects for the first and second
quarter of 2002 at the Comic-Con International: San Diego over the
weekend. Among them are:

IMAGE COMICS: The 10th Anniversary Book. This original hardcover will
feature the remaining Image partners returning (in most cases) to their
original creations.

Erik Larsen (the only partner still writing and drawing his own book)
will present “The Secret Origin of the Savage Dragon.” Marc Silvestri
will tell what happened to Cyber-Force in the last ten years. Todd
McFarlane will write and draw a new Spawn story, and Valentino will
write and drawn his first solo story of the new teen-aged ShadowHawk.
The book will feature a “jam” cover by all of the partners and there
will be a deluxe, limited slip-case version. It will also feature an
introduction by former Image Executive Director, Larry Marder and is
scheduled for release in February, 2002.

The “10th Anniversary Book” will be followed in the fall by an “Image
founders toyline” that will be sold exclusively to the domestic direct
sales market by Diamond. Spawn, Ripclaw, Savage Dragon and ShadowHawk
are expected to comprise the set from McFarlane Toys.

LEAVE IT TO CHANCE by James Robinson and Paul Smith will be returning to
Image in an all-new format described as the “Tin-Tin format.” The series
will be reprinted on a quarterly basis leading up to all-new material by
Robinson and Smith. No periodicals are planned. Price point and release
date has yet to be determined, but Valentino said “probably early in the
second quarter of 2002.”

Also, in the “Tin-Tin format” will be a reprinting of the critically
acclaimed Eric Shanower OZ books. Long out of print, there will be five
volumes in this series released on a quarterly basis, with no new
material planned. This graphic novel series is also scheduled to begin
in the second quarter of 2002.

New from Image will be THE FANTASTIC VOYAGE OF BILLY THE BULLET. An
odd-sized book (7 3/8″x9 1/8″), it is described as an “anti-gun message
disguised as a spoof of children’s books,” by Valentino. Entirely
written in couplets by writer/artist Mitchell Landsman, Valentino says
the book is “Something you’d expect to see from Top Shelf rather than
Image.” It’s scheduled for a February release.

Also new is a finite series called FUSED, written by Steve Niles and
drawn by Nat Jones, both late of Spawn: The Dark Ages. Man and machine
fuse together in a story of post-modern madness. The book had not been
scheduled as of press time, more details will be forthcoming.

Finally, it was announced that Image will be reprinting Rick Veitch’s
classic super-hero deconstructionist graphic novel, BRAT PACK.
Ground-breaking in it’s day, the story of kid side-kick heroes gone
terribly wrong has been out of print for at least five years. Brat Pack
is tentatively scheduled for a March, 2002 release date.

Valentino concluded by saying “With talents such as Robinson, Smith,
Veitch, Landsman, and Shanower I feel as though we are coming closer to
my goal of redefining Image. These books display the enormous
diversification possible in the medium in terms of both subject and
style. I consider this one of our best line-ups ever.”

Valentino also hinted that there would be even more announcements of new projects at WizardWorld: Chicago next month.

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