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Image Comics Reveals 11 Variants to Celebrate 25 Years

Image Comics is thrilled to reveal the first 11 of 15 homage variants planned for February’s 25th anniversary theme month—“tribute covers” celebrating iconic cover images from throughout the company’s history.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants, beginning with Wednesday, February 1st—the exact date of Image Comics’ founding in 1992, and the date of this year’s “Image Comics Day.”

“One of the great things about celebrating our 25th anniversary is that it creates an opportunity for us to look back at over two decades of history-making comics and showcase some of the wonderful work that made Image what it is today,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “Everyone in the Image family is a fan at heart, and this month’s tribute variants give the participating creators a chance to show their admiration for some of comics’ greatest creator-owned triumphs by putting their own unique spin on classic images from that rich and varied past for a collection of covers as fun as they are stunning.”

Available in stores on Wednesday, February 1st:

  • Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Deadly Class #26 commemorating Marc Silvestri’s Cyber Force #1 (Diamond Code NOV168917)
Available in stores on Wednesday, February 8th:
  • Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s East of West #31 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s Team Youngblood #19 (Diamond Code NOV169165)
  • Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine #26 commemorating Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s SEX CRIMINALS #1 (Diamond Code NOV169053)
Available in stores on Wednesday, February 15th:
  • Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s Invincible #133 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood #1 (Diamond Code NOV169172)
  • Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s God Country #2 commemorating Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon #1 (Diamond Code NOV169169)
  • Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser’s Kill or Be Killed #6 commemorating Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #1 (Diamond Code NOV169051)
  • Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals #16 commemorating Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine #1 (Diamond Code NOV169052)
  • Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #164 commemorating Jim Lee’s WILD C.A.T.S. #1 (Diamond Code NOV169171)
Available in stores on Wednesday, February 22nd
  • Charles Soule and Ryan Browne’s Curse Words #2 commemorating Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s Invincible #1 (Diamond Code NOV169173)
  • Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender #19 commemorating  Dale Keown’s Pitt #2 (Diamond Code NOV169174)
  • Tim Seely and Mike Norton’s Revival #47 commemorating Marc Silvestri, Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl’s Witchblade #1 (Diamond Code NOV169170)

The Walking Dead #163 Pre-Order Exceeds 730,000

the-walking-dead-163The Walking Dead #163 is the Direct Market’s highest ordered comic in nearly 20 years. Image Comics has announced The Walking Dead #163 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard has a pre-order exceeding 730,000 copies—without the aid of subscription box numbers to bolster the overall total—making the goal of expanding readership through a promotional 25¢ price point an overwhelming success.

The Walking Dead #163’s orders overtake every other high-charting comic in print today and surpass the orders of the Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure one-shot that topped Diamond’s unit sales charts in January 2002.

Coming on the heels of the bestselling “The Whisper War” storyline, this issue marks the beginning of the “Conquered” story arc in the long-running blockbuster series and provides the perfect opportunity for discovery for new readers or fans of the hit AMC TV show to get hooked on the comic series.

Image Comics’ 25¢ initiative has a goal of encouraging consumers to visit their local comic shop and beyond a temporary boost of sales its hope is to increase the exposure of some of Image’s best-known titles. The initiative begins with The Walking Dead #163 and includes Invincible #133 and Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #25. The company is looking for the “long-term benefits of getting more readers into stores and more of the world’s best creator-owned comics into those readers’ hands.”

This initiative is part of Image’s 25th-anniversary celebration.

The Walking Dead #163 will be available in stores on Wednesday, February 1st—just in time for fans to celebrate “Image Day”.

Invincible #133 (Diamond Code DEC160639) will be available in stores on Wednesday, February 15th. Final order cutoff is Monday, January 23rd.

Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #25 (Diamond Code DEC160664) will be available in stores on Wednesday, February 22nd. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, January 30th.

The Walking Dead #164 (Diamond Code DEC160746) will hit stores on Wednesday, February 15th. Final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, January 23rd.

Image Comics & Skybound Entertainment Reveal a Walking Dead Variant

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has revealed a very special limited variant cover for Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #163.

With artwork by series artist Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead #163 Cover B will feature full colors by Dave Stewart and an image of series protagonist Rick Grimes dressed in series antagonist Negan’s characteristic leather motorcycle jacket and holding the iconic Lucille barbed bat.

The Walking Dead #163 begins an all-new story arc which will explore the aftermath of the Whisperer War.

Limited quantities of both The Walking Dead #163 Cover B by Adlard and Stewart and The Walking Dead #163 Cover C (B&W version) by Adlard will be available on Wednesday, February 1st—the official date of Image Comics’ 25th anniversary. Final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, January 9th.

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Fashion Spotlight: Washington Saviors, Green Shogun Ranger, Viva La Rebellion

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Washington Saviors, Green Shogun Ranger, and Viva La Rebellion, by TonyCenteno, illproxy, and alex.pawlicki are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Washington Saviors

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Green Shogun Ranger

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Viva La Rebellion

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Fashion Spotlight: I Want YOU, Remember me?, Charmander’s Smokehouse & Grill

Ript Apparel has three new designs! I Want YOU, Remember me?, and Charmander’s Smokehouse & Grill, by ScottNeilsonConcepts, TonyCenteno, and RobS are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

I Want YOU

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Remember me?

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Charmander’s Smokehouse & Grill

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Around the Tubes

the-walking-dead-season-7-rick-lincoln-michonne-gurira-cci-key-art-1200x707-1It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments and we’ll have our picks in a few hours.

Around the Tubes

The Mary Sue – There’s a New Con In Town: Black Girl Nerds and The Black Geeks’ Universal Fan Con Has Inclusivity Built Into Its DNA – Can’t wait to check this out!

The Outhouse – Parents Complaining The Walking Dead, With TV-MA Rating, Too Violent For Children – Shocking!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Birthmark

Talking Comics – Shadow’s Grave #1

Fashion Spotlight: Saviors, Modern Warlock, Days of Fusion Past

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Saviors, Modern Warlock, and Days of Fusion Past, by Andriu, Coddesigns, and adho1982 are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Saviors

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Modern Warlock

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Days of Fusion Past

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Around the Tubes

Joe QuesadaIt’s new comic book day tomorrow. We’ll have our picks in a few hours but what are you all excited for? Sound off in the comments!

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Comichron – November 2016 comics estimates now online – For those of you interested.

Newsarama – Tought Bubble Relocates for 2017, Gerard Way Guest Of Honor – Interesting.

Deadline – Patrick Wilson To Play ‘Aquaman’s Evil Half-Brother ORM – He should be good in the role.

Newsarama – Joe Quesada Directing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spin-Off – Interesting…

Newsarama – 25¢ The Walking Dead & Other 25¢ February Titles Walked Back By Image After Retailer Backlash – Figured there’d be some changes.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Cat Rackham

Comic Attack – Nailbiter #27

Talking Comics – Norman: First Slash #1

Demo-Graphics: The Walking Dead

Its been about 8 months since we last looked at The Walking Dead‘s demographics via Facebook’s data. With the seventh season’s mid-season break, it felt like an appropriate time to see how things have changed for the record setting show, and best selling comic book series.

For this report, we’re looking at fans within the United States that enjoy The Walking Dead in comics, television, books, games, or even the characters. We’ll also compare the latest results to those of last report.

Facebook Population: Over 20 million fans in the US

That’s a decrease of 4 million individuals from 8 months ago. Spanish speakers account for 3.5 million fans, 17.5%. That’s a decrease of 500,000 Spanish speakers but an increase as far as percentage of the population.

Gender and Age

A year ago women accounting for 54.17% and men 45.83%. Women continue to gain now accounting for 55% while men are 46%. The reason it’s over 100% is that when numbers are this large they’re often rounded in some way.

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The graph below is similar to last year but a big difference is that women under 17 are a much greater percentage of their age group.

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Relationship Status

Compared to last year, those that are “single” saw a pretty big drop, but there was also a loss of those “married,” though that gained as far as percentage.

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Education

There’s some slight shifts as far as education. Higher education when it comes to graduate degrees and in college are both dominated by women.

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Gender Interest

Men and women interested in the same gender both increased as far as percentages but those interested in men and women saw a decrease.

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Ethnicity

African Americans saw a large increase compared to last report. Asian Americans also saw a slight increase. Hispanics saw big decrease primarily due to a decrease in English dominant and Spanish dominant.

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Generation

And finally, as expected, overall stats dropped. Baby Boomers and Generation X both increased as far as percentage.

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And that wraps up this report. Come back on the 15th where we’ll have a new demographics breakdown of individuals in Europe.

 

Deadpool, Reynolds, Robbie, and Negan Win Critics’ Choice Awards

Suicide SquadThe Critics’ Choice Awards were held this past Sunday and comic films represented not just with nominations, but also quite a few wins.

Margot Robbie won for Suicide Squad in the “Best Actress in an Action Movie” category. She was up against Gal Gadot for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Scarlett Johansson for Captain America: Civil War, and Tilda Swinton for Doctor Strange.

Deadpool did well winning “Best Comedy” up against Central Intelligence, Don’t Think Twice, The Edge of Seventeen, Hail, Caesar!, and The Nice Guys. Ryan Reynolds won for “Best Actor in a Comedy” for the title role in the film. Reynolds beat Ryan Gosling for The Nice Guys, Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins, Dwayne Johnson for Central Intelligence, and Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic.

deadpool posterRyan Reynolds was also honored as the “Entertainer of the Year.”

When it comes to television Jeffrey Dean Morgan won for “Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series” for his portrayal of Negan on The Walking Dead.

It wasn’t all wins though.

Doctor Strange lost in “Best Hair & Makeup,” “Best Visual Effects,” and “Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie.” Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, and Doctor Strange all lost in “Best Action Movie.” Finally, Benedict Cumberbatch for Doctor Strange, Chris Evans for Captain America: Civil War, and Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool all lost “Best Actor in an Action Movie.”

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