12:57pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Image Expo 2015: New Series, New Creators and A Robert Kirkman-Less 'Walking Dead'
Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, Image Comics held its second "Image Expo" of the year in San Francisco Thursday, announcing an impressive new raft of projects from creators including Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O'Malley, crime author Greg Rucka and a digital-only issue of The Walking Dead written by Brian K. Vaughan.
The impressive 90-minute presentation began with Image publisher Eric Stephenson talking about the importance of Image's business model of creators retaining 100% of all rights to their creations. "When you read an announcement about an Image title being developed for film, being developed for television, 100 percent of that success belongs to the creators involved," he explained. Then, the company unveiled a future slate of projects from its most diverse group of creators yet.
This included new editions of previously-published work -- Indie comedy Blue Monday and former Vertigo war series The Other Side will both get republished, with Image also releasing the first print edition of Brian K. Vaughan's digital comic The Private Eye, with art by Marcos Martin. All-new series were unveiled too, including Expired, a supernatural thriller about a Afghanistan war veteran who meets a ghost haunting a parking meter; Vigil, described by writer Steve Orlando as a "queersploitation" revenge story; and Sunset Park, a gothic horror story by Ron Wimberly set in Brooklyn.
Arguably some of the highest profile of the projects announced came from creators known for their work with Marvel and DC: Black Magick sees Rucka and artist Nicola Scott creating what the writer called "a police procedural, but it's not," calling the series "a story of legacy and destiny, and bad things that go bump in the night." The Goddamned re-teams Jason Aaron and RM Guera, the creative team behind the critically acclaimed Vertigo crime series Scalped for a "stark and brutal" series inspired by the Bible, while Crosswind has Gail Simone and Cat Staggs offers a Freaky Friday-esque tale of a hit man and housewife finding themselves in each other's lives, without explanation or warning.
The two final announcements were the most surprising, however. While announcing the print edition of The Private Eye, Vaughan revealed that he will be writing an issue of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead for his own digital comic publisher Panel Syndicate this fall, with art by his Private Eye collaborator Marcos Martin. This was followed by the appearance on stage of Scott Pilgrim's Bryan Lee O'Malley and artist Leslie Hung to announce Snotgirl, a new comedy series about a fashion blogger.
The full list of announced series is below; more details about each series will likely be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con next week.
Huck by Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque
Codename Baboushka by Antony Johnston and Shari Chankhamma
Heartless by Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay
Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle and Jason Katzenstein
Ringside by Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber
Expired by Jimmie Robinson and Richard Pace
Throwaways by Caitlin Kittredge and Steven Sanders
Axcend by Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki
Faster Than Light by Brian Haberlin and Skip Brittenham
Hadrian's Wall by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel and Rod Reis
Cry Havoc by Si Spurrier and Ryan Kelly
Vigil by Steve Orlando and JD Faith
Blue Monday and Scooter Girl, both by Chynna Clugston Flores
Sunset Park and Slave Punk: White Coal, both by Ronald Wimberly
The One % by Kaare Kyle Andrews
Black Magic by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott
The Goddamned by Jason Aaron and RM Guera
The Other Side: Deluxe Edition by Aaron and Cameron Stewart
Crosswind by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs
The Private Eye and The Walking Dead by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin
Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung