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The 24 Panels Anthology Features, Alan Moore, Kieron Gillen, and More to Benefit the Grenfell Fire Survivors

Image Comics has announced the forthcoming 24 Panels Anthology, curated by New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen with co-editor Steve Thompson, and featuring work from some of the most celebrated storytellers and artists in the industry. The charity anthology will benefit the survivors of the Grenfell fire.

In June 2017, the Grenfell fire killed 72 people in a 24-story tower block in West London. 24 Panels is an anthology comic to support the PTSD needs of the survivors. The 24 Panels Anthology will be comprised of 24 stories, each no longer than 24 panels. Half drawn from professional creators who volunteered their time and half drawn from open submissions, 24 PANELS is about community, hope, and (most of all) raising as much money as possible.

Al Ewing, Alan Moore, Alex de Campi, Antony Johnston, Caspar Wijngaard, Dan Watters, Dilraj Mann, Doug Braithwaite, Gavin Mitchell, Laurie Penny, Leigh Alexander, Lizz Lunney, Melinda Gebbie, Paul Cornell, Rachael Smith, Ram V, Robin Hoelzemann, Rosy Higgins, Sara Kenney, Sarah Gordon, Ted Brandt, Tom Humberstone, Tula Lotay, and more will contribute to 24 Panels.

24 Panels (Diamond Code SEP180079, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1126-8) will be available in comic book stores on Wednesday, November 21st. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, October 8th.

It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, November 27th and can be pre-ordered at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.

Preview: Wasteland Compendium Volume 2

Wasteland Compendium Volume 2

(W) Antony Johnston
(A) Christopher Mitten, Russel Roehling, Justin Greenwood, Brett Weldele, Sandy Jarrell, Omar Olivera
(CA) Christopher Mitten
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Sci-Fi
Price: $39.99
Page Count: 619

The conclusion to the sprawling tale, collecting issues #32-60! After leaving the Dog Tribes and Newbegin behind, Michael and Abi continue across the desert in search of A-Ree-Yass-I. Joined by another who shares their strange gifts, the tensions between them nearly jeopardize their quest while Newbegin prepares for war. When they finally uncover the fabled land, it will take everything they have to unearth the truth… and then the story of The Big Wet can be told!

Antony Johnston and Sam Hart Talk Atomic Blonde and The Coldest City

Out this week on blu-ray is Atomic Blonde, the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel by writer Antony Johnston and artist Sam Hart. The graphic novel was originally published by Oni Press under the title of The Coldest City.

We got a chance to talk to Antony and Sam about the movie, comic series, what it’s like to see your creation on the big screen, and if we’ll see a sequel.

Graphic Policy: How does it feel to see a comic you created on the big screen?

Antony Johnston: It feels amazing. It’s very exciting and surreal at the same time. Mainly exciting to see something I came up with at my desk 10 years ago out of my head and Sam brought to life at his drawing table, is up on the silver screen and millions of people have watched it. It’s extraordinary.

Sam Hart: Yup, same here.

GP: What were your involvement with the creation of the actual film? Were you hands on at all?

AJ: I was a Co-Producer of the movie so I had a little involvement. Most of the actual business of selling the rights was handled by Oni Press who shopped it around. Charlize’s (Theron) production company was interested. The production company was looking for something like this book at the time for herself to star in. Talks began. When things actually got moving, and it was apparent the movie was really going to happen, then I was sent the screenplay and then I was consulted on casting and when we were shooting I visited the set. I gave my notes on the screenplay and saw a rough cut of the movie.

I wasn’t there day to day but I gave notes and my thoughts and feedback on the movie as it was going. That was gracious of them because they didn’t have to have me involved in that way but they wanted me involved. I was grateful to be involved.

It was a great experience to see if all from the inside and the care of putting the movie together.

GP: Sam were you involved at all? The visuals of the film are amazing.

SH: They’re amazing. I wasn’t involved at all. But I was very happy with what they did.

GP: The soundtrack of the film really stands out. A lot of creators have said they listen to music when creating comics. When you were originally making it, were you listening to music at the time?

AJ: Amazingly no. I listen to music all the time when I’m working. I’m usually working to classical or ambient. I’m not one of those people who make playlists for a book. I never have though I know some do. The soundtrack was as much a surprise and delight to me as everyone else. It’s a fantastic soundtrack. I loved it.

SH: Same here. It didn’t occur to me to create a playlist at the time I was working on the artwork. It was a brilliant idea for the film people.

GP: Though the comic came out 10 years ago it feels like we’re back in a Cold War sensibility. You told a story about the Cold War and 30 years later and the story is still relevant.

AJ: That just goes to show you things move in cycles doesn’t it? You’re right, when I was writing the story the Cold War was seen as retro and quite unfashionable and the question was whether anyone would be interested in this story of Cold War spies? The answer is yes, nine years later it’s on everyone’s lips. History itself moves in cycles and creators should make in something they’re pasionate about because trying to predict what’s going to be in fashion is a fool’s game.

SH: Yeah, a bit on life going in cycles. When I was drawing the book, my first daughter had just been born and my second daughter is to be born in a week or two. It’s a different cycle but similar feeling for my life.

GP: Congrats!

AJ: One comic child and one movie child.

GP: That’s actually an interesting thing. Atomic Blonde is part of that beginning of seeing multiple kick-ass women on the big screen, Wonder Woman being another example this year. As a father of two daughters, how do you reflect on that?

SH: It feels amazing and two really good examples to show my daughters in what they can do with their lives. It’s an amazing feeling and two good examples.

AJ: I think it’s always interesting where one of the things where it’d be nice to reach as a society is where not every female character on the screen has to be a role model. So we can have enough of them where it’s ok for them to be a bit broken and not very nice. Unfortunately, we’re not quite there, but wouldn’t it be nice?

GP: It’d be nice if I didn’t have to ask that question at all and it was an afterthought.

With the film, the ending is differnet than the graphic novel. What are your general thoughts?

AJ: It wasn’t run by me. I did read the screenplay and I gave feedback. I didn’t want to have people feeling like I was standing over the shoulder because that’s no way to make an adaptation. I make adaptations myself for YA books and other short stories so I’ve seen the process from the other side of the fence. It’s no fun if you feel that the original creator is watching over your shoulder. So I was deliberately hands off. I said to the film makers that we made the best graphic novel we can and now it’s your job to make the best movie you can.

The ending was part of that and you can see why they did it. They’re hoping to make this a franchise and without spoiling the original for anyone that hasn’t read it, the original doesn’t leave a lot of room for sequels and a franchise. It’s totally understandable. The way they handled it was really well fashioned.

SH: The way they did it, I thought it was really well made and it plays with people’s expectations with people who have read the graphic novel.

GP: Sam, how does it feel as an artist to see real live people as your creations?

SH: It’s pretty amazing. It’s also amazing to see what changes they did for example with Percival. They kept the character personality but visually very different. Totally respectful of the character. Both versions make sense. For Lorraine it was interesting to me because I based the visual on my grandmother so watching the movie I’m imagining it’s my grandmother on screen.

GP: With the film out, is it possible we’ll get a sequel since there’s a second book? And how about a third book in the series?

AJ: There is a second book, I have nothing to announce at the time as to whether that’ll be adapted. I am working on a third book and the third book will focus once again on Lorraine. But that’s all I can say at the moment. There will be a third book at some point. Who knows, but keep an eye out.

GP: Is there a moment for each of you that really stands out from the film?

AJ: Apart from when our names are on screen?

GP: That could be the answer.

AJ: It’s hard to pick out a moment because the whole thing, because it’s the first work of mine that made it through the process. The whole thing blows me away. I do have favorite moments but they’re little touches of acting. There’s a look Møller gives Lorraine at one point a raised eyebrow without a word expresses so much. Little touches like that for me make the movie. I’m so familiar the big stuff is spectacular but the little moments of acting craft that you only spot after watching three or four times are what makes it for me.

SH:The same. At the end when you see “The Coldest City” on the credits was nice. The last time I saw the movie I noticed at Percival’s death scene they let the cigarette fall to the floor which is a call back to the beginning.

GP: Thanks so much for chatting and your time!

Preview: Wasteland Compendium, Volume 1

WASTELAND COMPENDIUM, VOLUME 1

(W) Antony Johnston
(A/C) Christpher Mitten with various
(CA) Ben Templesmith
In Stores: 7/26/17
Age Rating: Mature
Genre: Sci-Fi
Price: $39.99
Page Count: 752

One hundred years after the Big Wet, the Earth is broken-a barren and infertile world where the few remaining survivors struggle for survival. When Michael, a scavenger bearing strange gifts, arrives at the shanty town of Providence, the effects are devastating. Now Michael and the townsfolk must cross the deadly wasteland to Newbegin, a nearby city that has sprung from the desolation; but will the city’s power-mad dictator welcome them with open arms or a closed fist?

Atomic Blonde creator Antony Johnston returns with more Codename Baboushka in Ghost Station Zero this August

Writer Antony Johnston and artist Shari Chankhamma will launch Ghost Station Zero, a new four-issue Codename Baboushka mission, this September from Image Comics.

“Ghost Stations” are abandoned Soviet bases from the Cold War, long forgotten and useless…or so people think! When an EON agent goes missing on the trail of a ghost station in the Swiss mountains, Mr. Clay turns to crime-boss-turned-blackmailed-international-superspy Baboushka to investigate—and what she finds is explosive!

Ghost Station Zero #1 Cover A by Chankhamma (Diamond code: JUN170657) and Cover B by Becky Cloonan (Diamond code: JUN170658) arrive in comic book stores Wednesday, August 2nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, July 10th.

Preview: The Coldest Winter

THE COLDEST WINTER

(W) Antony Johnston
(A/CA) Steven Perkins
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Crime, Espionage
PRICE: $19.99
184 PAGES

Writer Antony Johnston and artist Steven Perkins return to Cold War-era Berlin for this prequel to The Coldest City.

After a string of botched assignments for MI6 in Berlin, David Perceval is being sent home. Even his final mission before leaving—the defection of a Soviet scientist—goes badly wrong, as the coldest winter for 30 years descends on Europe.

With transport out of Berlin impossible, and the KGB searching everywhere for their lost scientist, Perceval must improvise a deadly game of cat and mouse through the frozen city to keep the Russians at bay, and deliver his own unique brand of revenge!

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The Fuse Charges on in July

Writer Antony Johnston and artist Justin Greenwood will launch a new story arc in their ongoing science fiction crime series this July.

Previously in The Fuse, Ristovych and Dietrich were faced with the yearly bacchanalia that is Perihelion—a 24-hour festival celebrating The Fuse’s closest proximity to the sun. Rising to the occasion, they battled crowds, fervored citizens, escaped convicts, crazed gunmen, anarchist protesters, attempts on the Mayor’s life, and two homicide cases to boot. It was a long day.

In The Fuse #19, Ralph’s mystery might just be solved at last, and retirement beckons for Midway’s oldest, crankiest Homicide detective. Before Klem can hang up her space boots, there’s one final case to solve—and this one will hit closer to home for her secretive young partner Ralph than he’d like…

The Fuse #19 (Diamond code: MAY160600) hits stores Wednesday, July 6th.

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The First Chapter of Codename Baboushka Ends with a Bang

Writer Antony Johnston and artist Shari Chankhamma will conclude the first story arc in their ongoing modern pulp spy thriller series Codename Baboushka this March.

Previously in Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death, the enigmatic Contessa, the last heiress to a noble Russian line (and secret deadly assassin!), was blackmailed by the U.S. government to carry out dirty jobs even the C.I.A. can’t sanction—like “persuading” a retiring crime lord to sell her his secrets.

In Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #5, the gauntlet is thrown down! Everything explodes…or at least, it will if Baboushka can’t stop it. Don’t get in her way!

Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #5 Cover A by Shari Chankhamma (Diamond code: DEC150575) hits stores Wednesday, March 9th. Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #5 Cover B by Kate Leth will also be available Wednesday, February 24th.

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Preview: Wasteland Vol. 11

Wasteland Vol. 11

Writer: Antony Johnston
Artist: Christopher Mitten

CHRISTOPHER MITTEN RETURNS to draw the final volume of the hit sci-fi western epic! Michael, Abi, and Thomas have found A-Ree-Yass-I at last. Now its secrets will be exposed, and the truth of the Big Wet must be told… but is anyone ready to hear it? Don’t miss this explosive conclusion to comics’ ultimate post-apocalyptic epic!

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Preview: The Fuse #12

The Fuse #12

Story By: Antony Johnston
Art By: Justin Greenwood
Cover By: Justin Greenwood
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB150607
Published: April 29, 2015

“GRIDLOCK,” CONCLUSION CATHY KUANG’S MURDER — SOLVED! But what will the truth cost Klem and Ralph? It’s a dangerous place out there on the solar arrays, as Ralph is about to find out…!

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