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Comic Book Fix: Image Comics Expo 2012 Roundup
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 07:58 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:00
Twenty years ago, seven plucky artists, at the time some of the biggest names in comics, said goodbye to the inherent stability of working for Marvel Comics, packed their bags and marched headlong into the great unknown: independent comics. But this was to be a far cry from most of the indie books of the day. No black & white, no self-reflection, no long, meandering tales about the meaning of life, the universe and everything. No, these indie books were looking to make a splash, to shake up the status quo of the industry. These books would be in full color and filled with action and adventure the likes of which had previously been seen only at Marvel and DC. This was indie publishing on a grand scale. And to much of the industry’s surprise, it worked. But not only did it work, it thrived. Sure, there have been ups and downs over the intervening years as the industry was rocked by the bursting of the speculator bubble in the mid-to-late ’90s and the rise of the Internet gave way to piracy and the digital revolution. But the company those seven artists created weathered the storms and has come out on top, 20 years later, as one of the last bastions of true creator-owned independent comic book publishing, a haven for creativity and collaboration rarely witnessed at the larger, corporate-owned publishers where protecting their IPs is more important than pushing the boundaries of storytelling.
Last weekend saw the culmination of that 20 year march as the first ever Image Comic Expo was held in Oakland, Calif. A celebration of the independent spirit, ICE commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the formation of Image Comics with a keynote address by publisher Eric Stephenson, who waxed nostalgic about the beginnings of the company and laid out his vision for its future, creator spotlight panels and signings, and oodles of new books announced, books, much like the Great Marvel Exodus of 20 years ago, written and drawn by some of the biggest names in the industry: Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Frank Quitely, Brian Wood, Steve Niles, Tony Harris and a whole lot more.
While Marvel and DC, despite reboots, relaunches and Hollywood blockbusters, trot out the same old stories week after week, month after month and year after year, Image continues to pave the way to a future of new stories and new ideas. Unshackled by the creative constraints of the Big Two, creators are able to let loose and tell their tales however they see fit. And if the past 20 years is any indication, the future is very bright indeed.
Check out a rundown of some of the most exciting new comics announced at ICE after the jump.
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Comic Book Fix: Reviews – Fatale #1 and The Punisher #7
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:40 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 18 January 2012 11:00
In which I review two of my favorite books of the past couple weeks: Fatale #1, the new “horror noir” from the Eisner award-winning team behind Criminal and Incognito: Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips; and The Punisher #7, by not-frequent-enough collaborators Greg Rucka and Michael Lark.
Comic Book Fix Wed: The Intersection of Comic Books and Emerson College
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 12:16 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 14 December 2011 11:00
As part of my graduate program at Boston’s Emerson College, I put together a project focusing on comic books and Boston. Or, perhaps more accurately, the intersection of comic books and Emerson. As it turns out, there are more than a couple Emerson alumni working in the comic book industry, which I learned firsthand during my summer internship at Marvel in 2010. Two of the people in the office I worked in had both attended Emerson as undergrads, and another was from Boston, though he had attended a different school. Still, I found this curious. What were the odds? Who else from Emerson was working in comics?
After the jump are two profiles I wrote about Emerson alumni who work in the comic book industry: Josh Fialkov, Eisner-nominated writer of crime thrillers Tumor and Echoes, and more recently the writer of The Last of the Greats, from Image, and I, Vampire, one of DC’s “New 52″; and John Cerilli, vice-president of the Marvel Digital Media Group, or, as it’s more commonly known, Marvel.com.
And be sure to check back next week for my “Best Comics of 2011″ list, just in time for your last minute holiday shopping.
Comic Book Fix Wed: What’s the (Flash)Point?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 6 December 2011 09:56 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 7 December 2011 11:00
I recently read DC’s “New 52″ lead-in event story, Flashpoint. I didn’t pick up the single issues when the story was initially solicited because I’m tired of “event” books. I didn’t buy any “Blackest Night” titles or “Fear Itself” tie-ins, save for the books I was already reading, like Matt Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man. I simply don’t care anymore about “the biggest thing to happen to the Marvel/DC Universe since the last biggest thing.” I think the last “event” series I read was Marvel’s Civil War in 2007 and even that was mainly because of Steve McNiven’s gorgeous artwork. The story was fine and different, with superheroes debating real-world issues like civil liberties and indefinite imprisonment without charges, let alone trials. Marvel’s universe is, after all, our universe. 9/11 happened. Look, it even made Doctor Doom cry: