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Vault Comics’ Emerald City Comic Con 2018 Exclusives, Creator Lineup, Panels, and More

Vault Comics has announced their 2018 Emerald City Comic Con lineup of exclusive items, creator signings, panels, and live stage interviews. This year marks Vault’s one year anniversary, and to celebrate, the publisher is pulling out all of the stops with an expansive presence at the convention. Emerald City Comic Con attendees can find Vault at booth #1601 on the show floor.


In 1997, a group of teenagers discover a treasure of immeasurable wealth. Fearing that their newfound fortune will be stolen from them, they make a pact: One day they’ll all come back as adults, divide their riches, and live happily ever after. Now…fifteen years later, they have returned. Not to uncover a fortune, but to bury a friend. From Eliot Rahal (Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe, The Paybacks) & Felipe Cunha (Flash Gordon, Turok) comes the first full-length series in the much-anticipated Cult Classic Universe!



NY Times Best-selling author, Kevin J. Anderson (NAVIGATORS OF DUNE; TALES OF THE JEDI), and veteran screenwriter and producer, Steven L. Sears (XENA: WARRRIOR PRINCESS) craft a tale of survival in STALAG-X. Joe Human—is taken to a harsh P.O.W. camp on a distant planet where he will be examined, tortured, and forced to endure experiments that rip into his very mind, as the alien Krael seek to answer the question: What is human? A question that, in their hellish situation, the prisoners are finding harder to answer.



  • 1:00pm – 2:00pmCult Classic signing with Eliot Rahal


  • 11:30am – 12:30pmAlien Bounty Hunter signing with David Booher, Adrian Wassel & Nick Robles
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pmStalag-X signing with Kevin J. Anderson & Steven L. Sears


  • 12:00pm – 1:00pmStalag-X signing with Kevin J. Anderson & Steven L. Sears
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pmMaxwell’s Demons & Zojaqan joint signing with Deniz Camp, Jackson Lanzing, & Nathan Gooden
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pmAlien Bounty Hunter & Cult Classic joint signing with David Booher, Adrian Wassel, Nick Robles, & Eliot Rahal


  • 2:00pm – 3:00pmCult Classic & Maxwell’s Demons signing with Eliot Rahal & Deniz Camp


  • 3:00 – 4:00pm, TCC L3 Room 4: New Blood: A Year in the Life of a New Publisher: Vault Comics – Breaking into comics! Oooo, what a catch phrase. Let the Vault Comics crew—and a whole bunch of their coolest creators like Natasha Alterici (Heathen) and Deniz Camp (Maxwell’s Demons)—regale you with tales of taking new books, by new creators, into a market that isn’t always keen on new, and selling 100Ks of comics in the process. So seriously, come ask us about how to break in—we had a tremendously successful first year based on just that, breaking new talent.
  • 5:45 – 6:00, LIVE STAGE: Reactor Interview with Donny Cates & Dylan Burnett


  • 3:00 – 4:00pm, TCC L3, Room 4: Judge Us By Our Covers: Vault Comics– Want someone to grab a comic off the shelf? Give it a cover that stands out—and this is how. Join the forefront of industry professionals—artists, writers, designers, colorists, editors, and publishers—as they discuss what does and doesn’t work in the collaborative madness of making a cover. Come armed with questions!
  • 5:15 – 5:30pm, LIVE STAGE: CULT CLASSIC Interview with Eliot Rahal 


  • 5:30 – 5:45pm, LIVE STAGE: ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTER Interview with Adrian Wassel, David Booher, & Nick Robles
  • 6:45 – 7:00pm, LIVE STAGESTALAG-X Interview with Kevin J. Anderson & Steven L. Sears


  • 1:45 – 2:00pm, LIVE STAGE: VAULT COMICS 2018 PREVIEW with Publisher Damian Wassel, and Editor-In-Chief, Adrian Wassel


  • Kevin J. Anderson (Writer, STALAG-X)
  • Jen Bartel (Cover Artist, HEATHEN)
  • David M. Booher (Writer, ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTER, POWERLESS)
  • Dylan Burnett (Artist, REACTOR)
  • Deniz Camp (Writer, MAXWELL’S DEMONS)
  • Donny Cates (Writer, REACTOR)
  • Tim Daniel (Writer, SPIRITUS, FISSURE)
  • Nathan Gooden (Artist, ZOJAQAN, POWERLESS)
  • Tony Gregori (Artist, DEUCE OF HEARTS, KARMA POLICE)
  • Irene Koh (Cover Artist, CULT CLASSIC: RETURN TO WHISPER)
  • Jackson Lanzing (Writer, ZOJAQAN)
  • Marisa Louise (Colorist, CULT CLASSIC)
  • Eliot Rahal (Writer, CULT CLASSIC)
  • Nick Robles (Artist, ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTER)
  • Steven L. Sears (Writer, STALAG-X)
  • Adrian Wassel (Writer, ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTER)

Dark Horse Announces Emerald City Comic Con 2018 Exclusives

Dark Horse has announced its selection of exclusive merchandise available at Emerald City Comic Con. They have two new gorgeous convention exclusive variant covers set to debut: American Gods: My Ainsel #1 and Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins #1!

All exclusive merchandise will be available at the Dark Horse booth (#1708) for all of ECCC 2018. Please note, there will be a fixed number of exclusives set aside for each day of the convention.

Check out the full roster of Dark Horse’s convention exclusives, along with quantity and price, below!

American Gods: My Ainsel #1 Convention Exclusive (Christian Ward)

Limited Print Run of 1000
Only 5 per person per day

Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins #1 Convention Exclusive (Deborah Hauber)

Limited Print Run of 1000
Only 5 per person per day

American Gods: Shadows #1 Emerald City Comic Con Exclusive (Becky Cloonan)

Limited Edition of 500

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1 Convention Exclusive (Daniel Warren Johnson)

Limited Edition of 750
5 per person per day

American Gods: Shadows #1 Convention Exclusive (Skottie Young)

Limited Edition of 1,400
5 per person per day

Black Hammer #1 Convention Exclusive (Fábio Moon)

Limited Edition of 1,400
5 per person per day

Henchgirl Convention Exclusive Hardcover (Kristen Gudsnuk)

Limited Edition of 250
1 per person per day

Dark Horse’s Emerald City Comic Con 2018 Programming Schedule

Visit Dark Horse Comics at Emerald City Comic Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Get colorin’ on their communal coloring wall! The wall will feature pages from the #DHColors Coloring Book line! Canvases will vary throughout the weekend but include pages from The Legend of Korra Coloring Book, Avatar: The Last Airbender Coloring Book, The Witcher Adult Coloring Book, and the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book. Check out the signings and panels, too!

Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from their friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!

They’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.


All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.



1:00-1:45 PM: JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE: Patric Reynolds

2:00-2:45 PM: BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover


3:00-3:45 PM: ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

4:00-4:45 PM: ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara, Sebastián Fiumara


6:00-6:45 PM: HALO: RISE OF ATRIOX: Jonathan Wayshak, John Jackson Miller


11:00-11:45 AM: TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy

12:00-12:45 PM: HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk

TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

1:00-1:45 PM: THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN: Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride

2:00-2:45 PM: LOBSTER JOHNSON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1954: Stephen Green


DEPT. H: Sharlene Kindt

3:00-3:45 PM: STARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser



6:00-6:45 PM: THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Hope Nicholson, Patrick Rothfuss, Amy Chu, Vita Ayala



DEPT. H: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt

12:00-12:45 PM: ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

1:00-1:45 PM: EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

2:00-2:45 PM: TREKKER: Ron Randall

3:00-3:45 PM: ANGEL CATBIRD: Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain

4:00-4:45 PM: HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk

TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts



11:00-11:45 AM: SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Jose Pimienta

12:00-12:45 PM: USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

1:00-1:45 PM: PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan


*Not for the public or reposting: Press members attending Emerald City Comic Con may contact pr@darkhorse.com for potential interview opportunities with Dark Horse creators attending the show.*


Join Dark Horse at the panels below!


12:15-1:15PM: Seriously, What’s Up With Editors
(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to be one? Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, IDW, and Oni Press want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join Dark Horse’s Katii O’Brien, BOOM! Studios’ Cameron Chittock, IDW’s Sarah Gaydos, and Oni Press’ Desiree Wilson for a rare behind the panels look at the secrets to building successful comic and graphic novel programs.


12:15-1:15 PM: Geeking Out On Secret Loves
(Location: WSCC 604)

The Secret Loves of Geeks is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join speakers Hope Nicholson, Priya Huq, Levi Hastings, Amy Chu, and Harris O’Malley AKA “Dr. Nerdlove” for personal stories of modern love across the gender and sexual identity spectrums.

4:45-5:45 PM: ElfQuest – 40 Years of Pointy Ears
(Location: TCC L3-R2)

February 2018 wraps up 40 years of Elfquest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indy fantasy comic with Wendy and Richard Pini, co-creators, writers and artist. Learn behind the scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978. The newest – and final – issue of the Final Quest series will hit the stands the day before ECCC opens, so you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years! Moderated by Tia Vasiliou of comiXolgy.


10:45-11:45 AM: Dark Horse Manga
(Location: TCC L3-R1)

2018 marks Dark Horse’s 30th anniversary of publishing manga! From last year’s Eisner-nominated Wandering Island, to legendary series Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, Blade of the Immortal, Astroboy, and Oh My Goddess!, to contemporary titles such as I Am a Hero, Fate/Zero, Danganronpa, Drifters, and Hatsune Miku, we’re proud to release a wide spectrum of works from Japanese creators. Join translator Zack Davisson and Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

1:15-2:15 PM: Artists Who Write
(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Whether it’s the adventures of a teen bandit, a villain with a heart of gold, a rabbit ronin, a superhero girl, or anything in between, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join Colleen Coover (Bandette), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Adam Warren (Empowered) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh. Joe Golem: Occult Detective artist Patric Reynolds will moderate this star-studded panel!

Kodansha Releases New Digital Sports Manga on March 7

ace-of-the-diamondDuring its panel at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle today, Kodansha Comics announced the digital publication of the holy trinity of fan-requested sports manga: Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, and Giant Killing. Volume 1s of all 3 titles will go on sale March 7 on all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels.

Yuji Terajima’s Ace of the Diamond, a hot-blooded, epic-length bestseller in Japan about the travails of a gifted left-handed pitcher who comes to the big city to play premier-level high-school baseball, was the basis of the hit anime series that streamed on Crunchyroll.

All-Rounder Meguru, a stirring drama about a determined young man looking to escape the bleak prospects of home by making it in the brutal world of Shooto MMA (mixed martial arts), is the latest work from acclaimed creator Hiroki Endo (Eden: It’s an Endless World!, published by Dark Horse Comics).

all-rounder-meguruMasaya Tsunamoto and Tsujitomo’s Giant Killing, about an eccentric-genius soccer coach who returns from abroad to bring success to an underdog team, is one of the all-time-favorite and long-running (still ongoing in Japan) manga about the beautiful game. It was also adapted into a hit anime series.

In addition, the panel at ECCC announced Natsumi Eguchi’s Hozuki’s Coolheadedness (adapted into the anime available from Sentai Filmworks), Kotono Kato’s Altair: A Record of Battles, and Ryosuke Tomoe’s Museum, which will see digital publication on March 21. Kodansha Comics has been steadily bringing out new, off-the-beaten-path manga series in digital format since the start of 2017.

Volume 1s of Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, Giant Killing, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Altair: A Record of Battles, and Museum will be available for sale or preorder across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

ECCC 2017: Death Comes to Valiant for “Massacre” in Harbinger Renegade #5

This summer…a major Valiant hero will fall as the countdown to Harbinger Wars 2 begins!

As revealed today at Emerald City Comicon 2017, Valiant has announced “Massacre” – a new, four-part assault beginning this July in Harbinger Renegade #5! This summer, The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 – Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event – starts here as writer Rafer Roberts and artist Darick Robertson bring a newer, deadlier, and brutally efficient H.A.R.D. Corps crashing down on America’s renegade team of teenage superhumans!

Toyo Harada’s former protege – Alexander Solomon, a “psiot” with the ability to predict and analyze potential futures – has been waiting for this moment. With the Harbinger Renegades – Peter Stanchek, Faith, Kris Hathaway, and Torque – now reunited as a result of his covert manipulations, his ultimate gambit can now begin. But he’s not the only one who has been watching. Major Charlie Palmer has just re-assigned a new division of the militarized psiot hunters codenamed H.A.R.D. Corps to active duty…and they’re about to bring a torrent of blood and calamity roaring into the streets of a major American metropolis for an all-out firefight.

The Harbinger Renegades. Livewire. Alexander Solomon. Generation Zero. Toyo Harada. Secret Weapons. Imperium. None of them are safe… and, when the smoke clears, a pivotal Valiant hero will become the first sacrifice of the massive Harbinger War that is to come.

Also coming in the pages of “Massacre”…discover the true face of the antagonist that will bring Harbinger Wars 2 to bear in 2018! The first appearance of Valiant’s most formidable villain yet happens right here, only in Harbinger Renegade #5!

For more on what awaits in “Massacre”, join writer Rafer Roberts alongside Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons and Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani this weekend for the VALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation on Sunday, March 5th at 2:30 p.m. PT in room TCC301!

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Image Comics’ ECCC 2017 Announcements

At Emerald City Comic Con, Image Comics kicked off the show with a slew of exciting creator-owned announcements.

Image Comics revealed the following creator-owned projects set to launch in the coming year and beyond.


Fan-favorite writer Justin Jordan (SPREAD), artist Donal DeLay, colorist Felipe Sobreiro, and letterer Rachel Deering team up for an all-new, five-issue miniseries—DEATH OF LOVE.

In DEATH OF LOVE, a bitter, self-proclaimed nice guy gains the ability to see the Cupidae, who are responsible for love in the world. Who he then ends up in bloody and, hopefully, hilarious war with.

DEATH OF LOVE launches from Image Comics this Fall 2017.



Bestselling, award-winning Jeff Lemire (ROYAL CITY, DESCENDER, Sweet Tooth) and Phil Hester (Shipwreck, Green Arrow) come together for FAMILY TREE.

When an eight-year-old girl literally begins to transform into a tree, her single Mom, troubled brother, and possibly insane Grandfather embark on a bizarre and heart-wrenching odyssey across the back roads of America, desperately searching for a way to cure to her horrifying transformation before it’s too late.

But the further they get from home, and the closer the girl gets to completely losing her humanity, the more external forces threaten to tear the family apart as fanatical cults, mercenaries, and tabloid Paparazzi close in, determined to destroy the girl or use her for themselves.

A new genre-defying ongoing series, THE FAMILY TREE will combine mystery, action, and Cronenbergian body horror into an epic story about the lengths a mother will go to keep her children safe in the face of an increasingly unstable world and unspeakable horrors.

FAMILY TREE will launch this Fall 2017 from Image Comics.



Fan-favorite writer Joseph Keatinge (RINGSIDE, SHUTTER) and artist Wook-Jin Clark serve up FLAVOR.

In FLAVOR, Xoo’s a young chef in a closed-off metropolis whose economy surrounds the touring of—and some argue, exploitation of—young chefs. When she’s registered for the cooking tournament, she discovers the dark underbelly of the city—why they exploit the young chefs, where their foods coming from and why she’s got to fight against it all.

FLAVOR is on the menu for Fall 2017.



Fan-favorite writer Ales Kot and artist André Araújo team up for an all-new series in GENERATION GONE.

GENERATION GONE asks: What happens when three disenfranchised millennials who were already planning to rob a bank get superpowers? What happens when two of them are in a toxic relationship that implodes shortly after? Think Unbreakable meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and you’re starting to get it.

GENERATION GONE launches this Summer 2017 from Image Comics.



Matt Wagner returns with the highly-anticipated conclusion to MAGE.

MAGE: THE HERO DENIED is the long-awaited conclusion of Matt Wagner’s epic fantasy trilogy. MAGE follows the adventures of the reluctant everyman hero Kevin Matchstick who, after encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard, discovers he is the reincarnation of the legendary Pendragon and able to wield the power of the mystical weapon, Excalibur.

MAGE will hit stores this Summer 2017 from Image Comics.



From Lumberjanes creator Grace Ellis and talented newcomer Shae Beagle comes a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal… werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who’s going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world?

These questions and more will be answered in MOONSTRUCK, coming this summer from Image Comics.



Fan-favorite writer Joe Casey (OFFICER DOWNE, SEX) and artist Ulises Farinas team up for an all-new series in NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL.

From Joe Casey and Ulises Farinas—they are the most kick-ass, head-banging heroes ever assembled! They are a precision strike force, ready to face any threat! They are a metal militia of mayhem and they mean serious business! If you like blood and explosions… or if you like bloody explosions… this is the book you’ve been waiting in line outside the coliseum to read! Their names are legend: The Mighty Kreig! Vandenborg Riot! Manowarrior! Steppenwulf! Beset from all sides by a growing roster of vicious foes, the New Lieutenants of Metal have arrived to bust down the doors of perception and deliver you to a greater comicbook glory! Featuring the first appearance of Spike!

NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL will launch from Image Comics in 2017.



Eisner Award-winning Jordie Bellaire and artist Vanesa R. del Rey team up for an all-new series REDLANDS.

In REDLANDS, three witches move to Redlands, Florida and take over as law enforcement.

This new series—created by the all-female team of bestselling, award-winning Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. del Rey—marries the sexy, witchy-goodness of Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s BLACK MAGICK and Melissa de la Cruz’s beloved Witches of East End with the deep-South atmosphere of Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s SOUTHERN BASTARDS and American Horror Story: Coven.

REDLANDS launches this Summer from Image Comics.



Bestselling artists Klaus Janson and Pablo Raimondi team up for an all-new ongoing series titled SACRED CREATURES.

The survivors of an ancient, supernatural race have woven their existence into the fabric of our society, and when their delicate balance of power begins to unravel, humanity itself is at risk of being torn apart. SACRED CREATURES is a supernatural thriller that reveals the hidden forces manipulating mankind and takes the reader on a journey spanning the history of the world itself.

SACRED CREATURES hits stores this Summer from Image Comics.



Declan Shalvey (INJECTION) and Philip Barrett team up for an all-new original graphic novel titled SAVAGE TOWN.

SAVAGE TOWN is a crime story set in Limerick City, loosely based on real events at the turn of the millennium. It follows Jimmy ‘Hardy’ Savage as he fails his way up the criminal ladder.

SAVAGE TOWN will hit shelves this Fall 2017 from Image Comics.



From writers Jody LeHeup (former editor of Uncanny X-Force, Deadpool, Quantum and Woody) and Sebastian Girner (editor of SOUTHERN BASTARDS, DEADLY CLASS, BLACK SCIENCE), newcomer artist Nil Vendrell, colorist Mike Spicer (HEAD LOPPER, MYTHIC), and letterer “Famous Dave” Lanphear comes a modern tall tale for the ages!

After being betrayed by the bears that raised him, the legendary SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER wanders the forest he’s sworn to protect, fist-fighting bears, eating flapjacks, and being the angriest man the world has ever known! When wild-eyed, super-strong bears attack the citizens of Major City, Shirtless ventures into the human world to do what he does best…PUNCH THOSE BEARS IN THE FACE! But all is not as it seems. Someone is manipulating Shirtless…and only by confronting the demons of his past can Shirtless hope to save his future!

SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER is a an over-the-top action/comedy chock full of humor, colorful characters, larger-than-life battles, and high adventure. It’s the story of a wrathful man at war with himself, what happens when we allow anger to rule our lives, and what we can do to set things right.

“Probably the most important comic book ever made.” —Jody LeHeup

“We need him now more than ever. Someone’s gotta fight all these bears!” —Sebastian Girner




Bestselling creator Leila del Duca (SHUTTER, AFAR) and writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA) team up for the all-new series SLEEPLESS, with editor Alissa Sallah and letterer Deron Bennett.

In SLEEPLESS, an enchanted knight who never sleeps falls in love with the noblewoman he is sworn to protect as they navigate the treacherous court of a newly crowned king. Set in a Renaissance-inspired kingdom, politics and love abound in this historical romance drama.

SLEEPLESS will launch from Image Comics.



Writer Justin Jordan and artist Morgan Beem come together for the all-new ongoing series THE FAMILY TRADE.

THE FAMILY TRADE is about a family of assassins, con men, and thieves dedicated to keeping their floating city floating. Which goes reasonably well until their youngest member manages to nearly cause the city to go to war with itself.

THE FAMILY TRADE will launch from Image Comics this Fall 2017.



Writer Doug Wagner (PLASTIC) and artist Nic Rummel team up with editor Keven Gardner for an all-new series.

In THE HARD PLACE, a former legendary getaway driver has decided that after five years in prison he’s ready to go straight, but when a bank heist goes wrong and two violent bank robbers recognize the driver, they force him to help them escape using a Russian mobster’s daughter as a human shield. The driver finds himself pursued by a resentful police department and hunted by every asset of the Russian mob.

THE HARD PLACE will launch from Image Comics this Summer 2017.



Fan-favorite creators Ales Kot and Tradd Moore come together for an all-new series, THE NEW WORLD.

THE NEW WORLD is set in the United States of America: decades from now. A war-torn landscape slowly revitalizing itself. What happens when Romeo is a straight-edge hacker and Juliet a messy TV star cop with license to kill? What happens when they meet? What happens when their aims may be opposite but the chemistry too real to deny?

THE NEW WORLD hits stores from Image Comics in 2017.


Action Lab Exclusive Covers at ECCC 2017

Stop by Action Lab‘s booth (1502) and Emerald City Comicon and pick up copies of some exclusive covers from March 2nd-March 5th. Meet the creators at the booth, including Bryan Seaton, Jason Martin and Bill McKay.


Cover Artist: Mary Bellamy
Lila’s first St. Patrick’s Day celebration at a local pub is quickly interrupted by a disgruntled leprechaun out for revenge.

32 pgs./ M / FC $20 (ECCC Exclusive)



Cover Artist: Bill McKay
It’s zombie witches vs monster truckers as Zombie Tramp’s road saga comes to a furious conclusion! Also, Vampblade’s along for the ride!!!

32 pgs./ M / FC $20 (ECCC Exclusive)

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ECCC 2017: New Alex De Campi and ChrisCross Make a Bankshot at Dark Horse

Dark Horse has announced a new creator-owned project from Grindhouse and Archie vs Predator writer Alex de Campi: Bankshot. Action king ChrisCross lends his high-octane line art to the new series, while Snakebite makes the art pop with his beautiful colors.

Bankshot tells the story of the man known as Marcus King. To some, this enigmatic billionaire is a modern-day Robin Hood. To others, he’s a terrorist and a deserter. The truth lies somewhere in between. When Marcus is hired by the Russian government to take back an old KGB laboratory in the Ukraine, he comes face to face with a specter from his past who knows all Marcus’ carefully-buried truths. With everything on the line, Marcus needs to become for real the man he has always pretended to be. He also needs to punch a shitload of dudes and blow a lot of stuff up.

The first issue of Bankshot (of five) goes on sale June 28, 2017.


ECCC 2017: Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa & Mico Suayan Join Forces for Bloodshot Salvation #1

In advance of Emerald City Comicon 2017 (ECCC), Valiant has announced Bloodshot Salvation #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of A BLOCKBUSTER NEW ONGOING SERIES coming this September from writer Jeff Lemire and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan! A bloody and vengeful new era for Bloodshot begins this fall as Ray Garrison escapes his violent past to build the one thing he never thought he’d earn: a family. But when a hateful secret from his true love’s past threatens their fragile peace, Bloodshot will be forced to run headlong into a barrage of blood, bullets, and broken bones for a revenge-fueled assault that will have crushing consequences for those he holds most dear…

Set in two timelines – the present day (with art by LaRosa) and the future (with art by Suayan) –  Jeff Lemire’s epic saga begins anew in Bloodshot Salvation #1! Plus: The introduction of a major new force in the Valiant pantheon starts here as Bloodshot’s daughter, Jessie, makes her milestone first appearance after an initial cameo in the Valiant: X-O Manowar FCBD Special, arriving in stores this Free Comic Book Day!

Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of white supremacist criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades America…

For more information on what the future holds for Bloodshot Salvation, join superstar writer Jeff Lemire, Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons, and Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani alongside a cast of Valiant’s top talents at Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon for the Valiant: The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 panel presentation on Sunday, March 5th at 2:30 p.m. PT in room TCC301!


ECCC 2017: Kevin J. Anderson and Steven L. Sears Debut Stalag-X

In late 2017, Vault Comics will publish an all-new original graphic novel developed in partnership by Kevin J. Anderson and Steven L. Sears, with art by Mike Ratera.

Stalag-X is a futuristic interpretation of classic POW/concentration-camp dramas such as The Bridge on the River Kwai, Stalag 17, Victory, and The Great Escape. The tone is dark, edgy, and personal. Not an epic about space wars and galactic fleets, but about people trying to survive in a lethal situation; in a concentration camp that removes the word “humanity” from the dictionary.

The backdrop is an interstellar war of genocide between Humanity and the deadly alien race known as the KRAEL. One prisoner—known only as “Joe Human”—is taken to a harsh P.O.W. camp on a distant planet. Humans will be examined, tortured and forced to endure experiments that rip into their very minds as the Krael seek to answer the question “What is ‘Human’?” A question that, in their hellish situation, the human prisoners are finding harder to answer.

But why? The Krael are already winning the war. They’ve pushed Earth back in battle after battle. They’ve never taken prisoners before—and, yet, Stalag-X exists. Why does Joe Human get the sense that the Krael are desperate and unsure of their victory? The key is here, perhaps the secret to reversing the direction of the war.


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