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Desperado Publishing joins Image Comics

Official Press Release

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

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

Desperado was created by Pruett with the idea of gathering the comicindustry's most respected talents under one banner, and allowing them thefreedom to craft their own creations while retaining complete control ofthem. After initially planning on launching the Desperado line alone, thebenefits that Image brought to the table eventually swayed him. Thedecision 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 thatthis partnership will be mutually beneficial to both parties. Our goals aresimilar in that we both believe in total creative freedom and control by therespective creators. Desperado gets the benefit of Image's resources andpositioning, while Image gets the benefit of the quality of talent we'll bebringing to the table."

The first book to premiere will be the long-awaited return of Bob Burden'sclassic FLAMING CARROT. The first issue of a brand new ongoing quarterlyseries will hit shops in December, and fans should expect the same brand ofliterate lunacy they've come to expect from Burden in the pages of bothFLAMING CARROT and his MYSTERY MEN.

Also debuting in December is the DESPERADO PRIMER, which will give readers achance to sample the amazing array of talent assembled under the longhornsof Desperado, for an introductory price of $1.99. The book also featurestwo original stories. The first story, written by PAUL JENKINS, featuresthe collaborative talents of artists Adam Hughes, Brian Stelfreeze, CullyHamner, Phil Hester, Kelsey Shannon and Jason Pearson. The second tale is aprologue to Tony Harris's upcoming ROUNDEYE, featuring story and art byHarris.

As if that wasn't enough artistic goodness, the PRIMER comes wrapped in aBrian Bolland cover.

Pruett says this initial offering should generate excitement among fans asthey get their first glimpse of what's to come from Desperado. Bookspreviewed 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 ImageComics," says Pruett. "I think the time is right for a return tohigh-profile creator-owned titles and projects. Superheroes continue todominate the marketplace like never before, but if we as an industry want topush this medium to the next level we need to follow the blueprints inEurope and Japan. There's room out there for every type of story, not justsuperhero comics. Don't get me wrong. I love superhero comics, but thereneeds to be more variety, just as there is in the literary world. Desperadois about offering choices. Thanks to Image, we'll be able to offer thosechoices 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 bringingthe best and the brightest to Image.

"Over the last few months a number of moves have been made to help makeImage Comics a bigger, better comic book company. Joe Pruett and Desperadobring a lot of exciting projects to Image," says the publisher. "This is yetanother step in the right direction."

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by acollective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on tobecome one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There arecurrently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, MarcSilvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into threemajor houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and ImageCentral). 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 andwriters working in the medium today.

Visit www.imagecomics.com for more information.

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