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Image Comics lays out announcements made in San Diego

[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, JimValentino announced several new projects for the first and secondquarter of 2002 at the Comic-Con International: San Diego over theweekend. Among them are:

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

Erik Larsen (the only partner still writing and drawing his own book)will present "The Secret Origin of the Savage Dragon." Marc Silvestriwill tell what happened to Cyber-Force in the last ten years. ToddMcFarlane will write and draw a new Spawn story, and Valentino willwrite 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 therewill be a deluxe, limited slip-case version. It will also feature anintroduction by former Image Executive Director, Larry Marder and isscheduled for release in February, 2002.

The "10th Anniversary Book" will be followed in the fall by an "Imagefounders toyline" that will be sold exclusively to the domestic directsales market by Diamond. Spawn, Ripclaw, Savage Dragon and ShadowHawkare expected to comprise the set from McFarlane Toys.

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

Also, in the "Tin-Tin format" will be a reprinting of the criticallyacclaimed Eric Shanower OZ books. Long out of print, there will be fivevolumes in this series released on a quarterly basis, with no newmaterial planned. This graphic novel series is also scheduled to beginin the second quarter of 2002.

New from Image will be THE FANTASTIC VOYAGE OF BILLY THE BULLET. Anodd-sized book (7 3/8"x9 1/8"), it is described as an "anti-gun messagedisguised as a spoof of children's books," by Valentino. Entirelywritten in couplets by writer/artist Mitchell Landsman, Valentino saysthe book is "Something you'd expect to see from Top Shelf rather thanImage." It's scheduled for a February release.

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

Finally, it was announced that Image will be reprinting Rick Veitch'sclassic super-hero deconstructionist graphic novel, BRAT PACK.Ground-breaking in it's day, the story of kid side-kick heroes goneterribly wrong has been out of print for at least five years. Brat Packis 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 tomy goal of redefining Image. These books display the enormousdiversification possible in the medium in terms of both subject andstyle. 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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