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Desperado Publishing joins Image Comics

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Desperado Publishing joins Image Comics

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA — 2 September, 2004 –Several months ago, writer/editor Joe
Pruett began to assemble a stellar collection of talent to publish under his
Desperado Publishing brand. Among others, Brian Bolland, P. Craig Russell,
Bob Burden, Paul Jenkins, Phil Hester, John McCrea, Tony Harris, Jimmy
Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Andrew Robinson, Bernie Wrightson and Brian
Stelfreeze are already on board, with the promise of more to come.

Today Image Comics is proud to announce the addition of Desperado to its
publishing line-up.

Desperado was created by Pruett with the idea of gathering the comic
industry’s most respected talents under one banner, and allowing them the
freedom to craft their own creations while retaining complete control of
them. After initially planning on launching the Desperado line alone, the
benefits that Image brought to the table eventually swayed him. The
decision to join Image was one Pruett pondered long and hard.

“Image Comics has always offered a creator-friendly environment,” he notes.
“My experiences with Image has always been outstanding and I believe that
this partnership will be mutually beneficial to both parties. Our goals are
similar in that we both believe in total creative freedom and control by the
respective creators. Desperado gets the benefit of Image’s resources and
positioning, while Image gets the benefit of the quality of talent we’ll be
bringing to the table.”

The first book to premiere will be the long-awaited return of Bob Burden’s
classic FLAMING CARROT. The first issue of a brand new ongoing quarterly
series will hit shops in December, and fans should expect the same brand of
literate lunacy they’ve come to expect from Burden in the pages of both

Also debuting in December is the DESPERADO PRIMER, which will give readers a
chance to sample the amazing array of talent assembled under the longhorns
of Desperado, for an introductory price of $1.99. The book also features
two original stories. The first story, written by PAUL JENKINS, features
the collaborative talents of artists Adam Hughes, Brian Stelfreeze, Cully
Hamner, Phil Hester, Kelsey Shannon and Jason Pearson. The second tale is a
prologue to Tony Harris’s upcoming ROUNDEYE, featuring story and art by

As if that wasn’t enough artistic goodness, the PRIMER comes wrapped in a
Brian Bolland cover.

Pruett says this initial offering should generate excitement among fans as
they get their first glimpse of what’s to come from Desperado. Books
previewed include work by Bernie Wrightson, Bruce Jones, P. Craig Russell,
John McCrea, Jimmy Palmiotti, Vince Locke, Goran Sudzuka, Andrew Robinson,
Tim Bradstreet, Ron Marz, Brian Bolland and a few other surprises.

“This is truly an exciting time for both Desperado Publishing and Image
Comics,” says Pruett. “I think the time is right for a return to
high-profile creator-owned titles and projects. Superheroes continue to
dominate the marketplace like never before, but if we as an industry want to
push this medium to the next level we need to follow the blueprints in
Europe and Japan. There’s room out there for every type of story, not just
superhero comics. Don’t get me wrong. I love superhero comics, but there
needs to be more variety, just as there is in the literary world. Desperado
is about offering choices. Thanks to Image, we’ll be able to offer those
choices to a larger audience.”

Image publisher Erik Larsen welcomes the addition of the Desperado line,
noting that the talent involved serves to confirm his commitment to bringing
the best and the brightest to Image.

“Over the last few months a number of moves have been made to help make
Image Comics a bigger, better comic book company. Joe Pruett and Desperado
bring a lot of exciting projects to Image,” says the publisher. “This is yet
another step in the right direction.”

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a
collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to
become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are
currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc
Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into three
major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and Image
Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre,
sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror,
crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and
writers working in the medium today.

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