There’s a lot of news coming out of the Image Comics camp today, and much of it concerns hit writer Ed Brubaker. First up, Image announced that, in addition to all-star talent like Robert Kirkman, Marc Silvestri and Whilce Portacio, Ed Brubaker will be making an appearance at the Image Expo in February. Hot on the heels of his hit new creator-owned series, Fatale, Brubaker will be appearance to help promote not only his works, but the independent industry as a whole.
Image Expo, the one-of-a-kind celebration commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics and showcasing creator-owned comics, has announced that Ed Brubaker, writer of Fatale, will be the latest independent comics star to be added the impressive list of special guests. At Image Expo for a limited appearance on Saturday, February 25, Brubaker will be joining the Image Comics partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, Image founders Rob Liefeld and Whilce Portacio, and a who’s who of other creator-owned comics stars!
Brubaker will be part of a panel on writing comics on Saturday at 12 p.m., where he and fellow writers Steve Seagle, Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman, John Layman, Nick Spencer, and Brian K. Vaughan will discuss the art of crafting scripts and stories.
Fatale, Image Comics’ hit new ongoing series drawn by Sean Phillips and colored by Dave Stewart, has been a runaway best-seller, with issue one selling out multiple printings and issue two getting a reprint before it even hits stores.
Previously announced guests include:
Joe Casey (Ben 10, BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER, HAUNT)
Jay Faerber (Ringer, DYNAMO 5, NEAR DEATH)
Jonathan Hickman (THE NIGHTLY NEWS, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS)
Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE)
Fiona Staples (SAGA)
Richard Starkings (Comicraft, ELEPHANTMEN)
Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways, SAGA)
Image Expo, a three-day celebration of creator-owned comics happening at the Oakland Convention Center, is Northern California’s premier comic con experience in 2012. Berkeley-based Image Comics will be filling the demand for a 2012 Bay Area comic book convention that arose when WonderCon announced their temporary relocation to Anaheim, California. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center in the heart of the bustling nightlife and restaurant center of downtown Oakland, CA on February 24-25-26.
Experience the creativity of the men and women making the best creator owned comics in America at this one-of-a-kind celebration commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics!
To purchase tickets and find more information about the show, visit www.imagecomicexpo.com.
Now normally, news like that is big enough. But apparently it isn’t enough for Image Comics. Due to smoking sales, the second issue of Brubaker’s Fatale has sold-out at the distributor level and gone back to print. Meanwhile, the second printing of the first issue of Fatale has ALSO sold-out and will be returning for a THIRD printing.
Fatale, the critically lauded horror crime noir by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, continues its overwhelming popularity as its much-anticipated second issue has sold out at the distribution level before it is even in stores. Fatale #1 also sold out, despite a generous overprinting, and a second printing of that issue — which also has sold out — will be on the shelves on the same day that Fatale #2 hits shelves, February 1. Fatale #2 has also gone back to press, and its second printing will be in stores on February 22.
Fatale tells the story of Nicolas Lash, a modern-day reporter who stumbles on a secret that leads him down the darkest path imaginable… to a seductive woman named Jo. She’s been on the run since 1935, entangled with a mobster who may be a monstrous immortal demon. As the stories of all the doomed men who have encountered Jo rise to the surface, Lash realizes that he too is caught in a deadly web. In addition to a riveting epic that blends noir and horror, each issue of FATALE also includes an essay on the history of horror of by renowned literary historian Jess Nevins.
Reviews for Fatale #1 have hailed it as another superlative work by the creative team of Brubaker and Phillips.
Fatale #1 and #2, 32-page full-color noir horror comic books priced at $3.50 each, are on sale from February 1 until supplies run out. A third printing of Fatale #1 (NOV118214) and a second printing of Fatale #2 (NOV118215) are available to order now, and will go on sale February 22.
It sure is a great day to be Ed Brubaker, isn’t it?