Doctor Strange Annual #1
(W) Pornsak Pichetshote, Tini Howard (A) Andy MacDonald, Lalit Kumar Sharma (CA) Ariel Olivetti
In Shops: Oct 30, 2019
The Sanctum Sanctorum holds all of the bizarre and dark relics that Doctor Strange has accumulated on his journey as the Sorcerer Supreme. But when one of those relics awakens and begins wreaking havoc in the halls, will Doctor Strange be able to wrangle back control…or will his Sanctum be transformed into his own personal hell? Find out in this epic Annual from Tini Howard (THANOS), Pornsak Pitchetshote (INFIDEL), and more!
On the heels of news that Hany Abu-Assad will direct Infidel’s film adaptation, Image Comics is rushing the breakout hit horror story by bestselling editor and writer Pornsak Pichetshote, artist Aaron Campbell, award-winning colorist and editor José Villarrubia, and letterer/designer Jeff Powell back to print this week, ahead of schedule.
A haunted house story for the 21st century, Infidel follows an American Muslim woman and her multiracial neighbors who move into a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia. Garnering early critical acclaim for its fresh and timely twist on horror, Infidel was selected for numerous 2018 “best of” lists.
Infidel trade paperback collects issues #1-5—the complete miniseries—plus an introduction by Tananarive Due and an afterword by Jeff Lemire.
Image Comics is pleased to announce the Infidel/Skyward Signing Tour featuring Infidel co-creator and writer Pornsak Pichetshote and Skyward co-creator and writer Joe Henderson.
Infidel/Skyward Signing Tour
Sept. 26 @ 6 – 8 pm: Collector’s Paradise signing – Winnetka, CA
Sept. 28 @ 7 – 9 pm: Secret Headquarters release party – Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 29 @ 1 – 3 pm: Comic Bug signing – Manhattan Beach, CA
Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, José Villarrubia, and Jeff Powell will have its trade paperback (Diamond Code JUL180148, ISBN 978-1-5343-0836-7) release in comic shops on Wednesday, September 26th and bookstores on Tuesday, October 2nd. It is also available to order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.
The Skyward, Vol. 1 by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett trade paperback (Diamond Code JUL180169, ISBN 978-1-5343-0833-6) is available now in comic shops and will arrive in bookstores on Tuesday, September 25th. It is also available to order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.
Image Comics is celebrating Banned Books Week with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta, Grace Ellis, Pornsak Pichetshote, Charles Soule, and Skottie Young.
Libraries around the country are invited to welcome their patrons for these exciting creator conversations during Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, which runs from September 23rd-29th. Each Image Comics Library Livestream will be a freewheeling discussion on creativity, freedom of expression, and the power of storytelling that library patrons around the world will be able to enjoy.
IMAGE COMICS LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE:
Presented by Image Comics with The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association, the Image Comics Library Livestreams feature:
- Pornsak Pichetshote – Tuesday, Sept. 25th
- Nick Dragotta – Wednesday, Sept. 26th
- Grace Ellis – Thursday, Sept. 27th
- Charles Soule – Friday, Sept. 28th
- Skottie Young – Saturday, Sept. 29th
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Simply visit the Image Comics Twitch page. All webinars will run from 7-8pm EST and will include a discussion between moderator and creator for 40-45 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A participation with the live audience. No registration is required to view these livestreams.
The complete series of the critically acclaimed, powerful new horror story Infidel—by bestselling writer and former Vertigo editor Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Aaron Campbell—will be collected into trade paperback and available this September.
This tautly woven series tackles controversial topics in race and racism and how it can affect people from different cultures and landed a movie deal after just two issues. Michael Sugar (Academy Award-winning producer of Spotlight for Best Picture) and TriStar will adapt the series for the big screen.
Rife with political undertones, Infidel can best be described as Get Out meets Insidious and explores Islamophobia through a haunting and chilling story about one American Muslim woman and her multi-ethnic neighbors who move into a building haunted by creatures that feed on xenophobia.
Infidel trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0836-7, Diamond Code JAN188523) will collect issues #1-5 and will hit stores on Wednesday, September 26th and bookstores on Tuesday, October 2nd. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, August 13th.
A haunted house story for the 21st century, Infidel follows an American Muslim woman and her multiracial neighbors who move into a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia.
Writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Aaron Campbell give us a hell of a first issue that feels like the beginning of every horror movie as we’re dropped into an every day situation that feels mundane in ways. It’s the lowering of the guard as the tension builds and weirdness begins.
But, what Pichetshote does that I really enjoy is including the aspect that the main character is an American Muslim woman who is struggling with her mother in law and family. The inclusion of xenophobia as the driver here reminds me of Get Out and its tackling of race. Hopefully this comic is able to pull off that layered brilliance but even if not, the first issue points to a tense horror comic that’ll entertain.
The comic also tackles being Muslim in American society. I can’t really comment on that aspect as I’m not Muslim, but what’s presented feels well rounded and very heart-wrenching and the difficulty of being torn between two worlds. It’s something anyone that’s religious can probably relate to.
That’s also due to the talent of Campbell as well as the colorist José Villarrubia and letterer Jeff Powell. The art helps to perfectly build the mood of the comic. It gives us slices of domestic life, innocent enough, but the style and choices build a tension throughout the first issue. It’s that great calm before the storm that makes horror movies so well.
The issue has a lot of potential and is among a few comics (and entertainment) that have no problem diving into modern issues of racism, xenophobia, etc. It does that while also building a horror story that entertains on its own. It’s that great example of entertainment featuring layers and helping explore our real world.
Can’t wait to see where this one goes and this is a must for horror fans or those that like stories with some layers, this is a must.
Story: Pornsak Pichetshote Art: Aaron Campbell Color José Villarrubia Letterer: Jeff Powell
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Image Comics has revealed the first four of a series of virgin editions of highly anticipated new issues—Infidel #1 by Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell, Moonshine #8 by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, Saga #50 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and Gideon Falls #1 by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino—each of which will feature back cover quotes from the writers on the importance of their collaborating artists.
The front covers of these variants will be without series logo, Image logo, issue number, or price.
Gideon Falls #1 by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino will be available on Wednesday, March 7th.
Infidel#1 by Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell will be available on Wednesday, March 14th.
Moonshine #8 by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso will be available on Wednesday, March 21st.
Saga #50 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Diamond Code JAN188081) will be available on Wednesday, March 28th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, March 5th.
At New York Comic Con 2017, Image Comics announced a brand new series Infidel, set to launch March 2018. Bestselling writer and former Vertigo editor Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Aaron Campbell give horror a new name in the forthcoming series.
Rife with political undertones, the new series will explore Islamophobia through a haunting and chilling story about one American Muslim woman and her multi-ethnic neighbors who move into a building haunted by creatures that feed on xenophobia.
This tautly-woven new series tackles controversial topics in race and racism and how it can affect people from different cultures. Infidel features a diverse, multi-ethnic cast where character backgrounds affect the plot twists and pacing as the story unfolds from issue to issue.
In the announcement’s press release, Pichetshote said:
I’m a huge fan of horror and was really interested in a horror story that more accurately reflected the multi-racial world we live in and the fears that seem to come with it. Aaron, Jose, Jeff, and I are really trying to take a classic horror staple—the haunted house—and update everything about it—setting it in the heart of the city, giving it a multi-racial cast where those backgrounds actually matter to the turns of our story, and centering our horror around the very distinct fears of today. I’ve taken to calling Infidel ‘political horror,’ and while we’ve been cooking this project for a while, the success of movies like Get Out make us optimistic that audiences will be as hungry to read something like this as we are to make it.
The horror genre has always been near and dear to me. From an early age it has shaped much of my artistic sensibilities, showing itself in deep shadows, gritting locations, and emotional dread. Really good horror gives us a safe place to indulge in our most primal emotions, confront fear eagerly, and ask deeply loaded questions with acerbic abandon. Great horror adds to this a dark mirror that reflects, with uneasy clarity, the existential and ontological threats of our humanity. For Stoker it was our place in nature. For Lovecraft, our place in the universe. Romero’s zombies threaten our individuality and King gave us normal people who could stand as surrogates for our own terror. Now, more and more, the genre is concerning itself with the threats of us vs. them. Tribalism. And so I could not be more proud or excited to be a part of the Infidel team. Finally, I get to work with the incomparable Jose Villarrubia who I’ve known since my MICA days as a shaggy haired illustration wimp. And Pornsak has written a truly terrifying tale that cuts directly to the quick of current events. It’s a story about the broad brush of fear. A young, wonderful, hateless girl wants to be, just be, but the fearful few have other plans…