September 6, 2017

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Rose City Preview: Image Comics Goes All Out in "First" Hometown Show




The Rose City Comic Con is this weekend, September 8-10, at the Oregon Convention Center just on the other side of the river from Downtown Portland, Oregon. While Image Comics has always had a presence at the show in the form of creators, this is their first year with RCCC as their home show and their first time exhibiting there as an entire publisher.

It's also their 25th anniversary, so Image is planning some really cool things for the show. You can see the entire details at this link, but I'm borrowing from it liberally along with some notes.

Con exclusives are a big part of Image's thing when they table at shows. I got a Kate Leth variant at SDCC, which I paid extra for, but I really wanted. Here's a few exclusives that are likely to be of interest to Panel Patter readers:
  • MAGE #1 by Matt Wagner, cover by Wagner  
    • A.D.: AFTER DEATH hardcover by Scott Snyder & Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire, $40
    • GOD COUNTRY hardcover by Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw, cover by Shaw, $35
    • KILL OR BE KILLED, VOL. 1 hardcover by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser, $35
    • MONSTRESS, VOL. 2 hardcover by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, cover by Takeda, $35
Image is also hosting three panels, and they aren't shy about giving them some Stan Lee-worthy names:
Image Comics: The Future of Adventure
Friday, 6:30 pm, Room 6

Decades ago, comics captured the hearts of millions thanks to the creative and never-before-seen adventures on the printed page. Now, the tradition continues, thanks to creators like Steve Lieber (THE FIX), Meredith Finch (ROSE), Valentine de Landro (BITCH PLANET), Kelly Sue DeConnick (BITCH PLANET), and two very special and unexpected guests. Join these creators as they discuss the art of the thrill, and balancing free-wheeling adventure tales against their real life counterparts.

Image Comics: The Future of Storytelling
Saturday, 2:30 pm, Room 6

Image Comics is home to some of the best storytellers in the comics business. The trick isn't using the same pencil or ink as your hero—it's thinking about comics in new and exciting ways. Emma Ríos (PRETTY DEADLY), Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY), Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Leila del Duca(AFAR), and Matt Wilson (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE) co-create some of the most beautiful comics on the shelves, and are going to give you the most valuable art lesson you'll get all year.

Image Comics: The Future of Genre
Sunday, 10:30 am, Room 6

The Future of Comics is in stories for everyone. In comics, any genre can be a smash hit or connect with readers. Do you like romance, horror, autobio, action, comedy, slice-of-life, or something else entirely? Greg Rucka (BLACK MAGICK), Michael Lark (LAZARUS), Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS), Joe Harris (ROCKSTARS), Brenden Fletcher (MOTOR CRUSH), and Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS) create works that run the gamut and may just capture your heart.
Sadly, I don't know that I'll be able to make any of these, but all three sound very interesting. If you go, please tweet about them so I can follow along later!

Here are the special signings that Panel Patter followers are likely to dig:

SIGNINGS* HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#747):
*wristbands will be available for fans to pick as soon as doors open, first come, first served, at the Image booth on the day of the desired ticketed signing.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
3-3:45 PM Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine de Landro (wristbands req.)
5-5:45 PM Greg Rucka (wristbands req.)
6-6:45 PM Matt Wagner

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
12-12:45 PM Greg Rucka & Michael Lark (wristbands req.)
2-2:45 PM Matt Wagner
3-3:45 PM Donny Cates (wristbands req.)
4-4:45 PM Kelly Sue DeConnick & Emma Ríos (wristbands req.)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
12-12:45 PM Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky (wristbands req.)
1-1:45 PM Nick Dragotta
Image also has a complete list of their associated creators who will be at the show. A selected list appears below:

 IMAGE CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:

Cates, Donny II-10
Dalrymple, Farel AA-02
DeConnick, Kelly Sue U-09
De Landro, Valentine U-08
Del Duca, Leila 611 
Dewey, Benjamin 611
Dragotta, Nick L-07
Fraction, Matt U-10
Gibbons, Dave 718
Harris, Joe F-01
Kaplan, Zack G-07
Lark, Michael B-02
Lenox, Emi T-01
Lieber, Steve 611
Mooneyham, Chris L-10
Nguyen, Dustin U-01
Parker, Tony N-09
Pitarra, Nick L-08
Ríos, Emma T-12
Roberson, Chris Y-01
Rucka, Greg B-01
Sebela, Christopher M-07
Wagner, Matt GG-01
Ward, Malachi Y-10
Williamson, Joshua II-01
Zdarsky, Chip U-11

Whew! That's a ton of people. If you're a fan of Image Comics, this is a great show for you to attend. I hope you'll visit these folks and buy some of their comics. Gotta pay for overpriced con food somehow, right?