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Image Comics Announces New Image Expo Guests, Exclusives

On July 2, 2013, Image Comics will host Image Expo in the Lam Theater at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, a first-of-its-kind event for comic book industry media, retailers, and fans. The one-day event will feature a keynote speech by Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson, top comics creators, and surprise guests. Image will reveal its new titles to be published in the coming months and provide unique insight with interview sessions with creators.

Image has announced that Mark Millar will be making a special transcontinental appearance at the convention to talk about his top-selling Image Comic Jupiter’s Legacy, which is co-created by artist Frank Quitely. Other guests include Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead; Ed Brubaker, co-creator and writer of Fatale, which has been nominated this year for six Eisner Awards, the comics industry’s most prominent awards; J. Michael Straczynski, proprietor of the imprint Joe’s Comics and creator of the Image series Ten Grand and Sidekick; Nick Dragotta, co-creator and artist on East of West, an apocalyptic western written by Jonathan Hickman; and Kurtis J. Wiebe, the up-and-coming creator of Peter Panzerfaust, which is being adapted by the BBC as a motion comic as well as a live-action drama, and the upcoming high-fantasy comedy Rat Queens. All of these creators will join Stephenson on stage for conversations about their work and announcements of never-before-revealed projects.

In addition to media and retailers, to whom Image is extending complimentary admission, the public may attend Image Expo by purchasing premium and general passes, which are available in limited quantities. Retailers and premium ticket holders will receive exclusive Image Expo editions of new Image Comics titles and a T-shirt. The exclusives, T-shirt, as well as other Image comic books and merchandise will also be available to purchase.

The Image Expo exclusives are special editions of Fatale #15 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, Ghosted #1 by Joshua Williamson, Goran Sudzuka, and Miroslav Mrva; Satellite Sam #1 by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin; Sheltered #1 by Ed Brisson, Johnnie Christmas, and Shari Chankhamma; and a black-and-white ashcan of Sidekick #1 by J. Michael Straczynski, Tom Mandrake, and Brian Miller.

Image Expo will give comics readers the opportunity to interact with creators in a more intimate setting than the bustling environment of huge comic book conventions like San Diego Comic-Con. Signing sessions with Image’s special guests will take place during the afternoon.

More information about Image Expo may be found and tickets purchased at Members of the press and comic book retailers who wish to register to attend or learn more about the event should email Image’s PR and Marketing Director Jennifer de Guzman.

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