ELSEWHERE / IMAGE+ / SAVAGE TOWN / MAGE [Comic News]: A Splash of Summer.
Comics/TV writer Jay Faerber (Copperhead, Zoo) teams up with rising star artist Sumeyye Kesgin for an all-new fantastical series, Elsewhere, coming this August from Image Comics.
What really happened to famed airwoman Amelia Earhart? As it turns out: a lot. Somehow transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and baffling alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviatrix to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord!
“Elsewhere is the kind of series I’ve wanted to tackle for a long time, with exotic characters, fantastic creatures, and huge scope,” said Faerber. “But I needed a relatable character to hang everything on. I found that character in Amelia Earhart—she’s inspiring, courageous, and most of all, real. And I’ve found the perfect partner to help me navigate this thrilling adventure: artist Sumeyye Kesgin. She’s incredible, and absolutely vital to bringing this world to life.”
“It’s an incredible experience working with Jay Faerber!” said Kesgin. “He’s one of the best writers I’ve ever known, and I was really fascinated when he first showed me the outline of the story. I am having fun while creating the entire ELSEWHERE universe because of my love for fantasy and aerial concepts, and I feel really honored, as a female artist, to draw Amelia Earhart.”
Image Comics is pleased to announce that the Diamond Gem Award-winning IMAGE+ magazine, Vol. 2 #1 will feature an overall increased page count, an original autobiographical comic strip from Ed Piskor, and the return of Scott Snyder and Jock’s smash hit Wytches. Vol. 2 of the magazine will hit comic book shops this August.
“We’ve received so much incredible feedback about IMAGE+ from retailers, creators, and especially fans, but as enthusiastic as the response has been, we’re still constantly trying to find ways to make the magazine even better,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “With that in mind, we’re increasing the page count so that we can expand our coverage of Image titles and include even more all-new comics content so that when we return to Previews this summer, Image+ Vol. 2 is the dictionary definition of ‘new and improved.’”
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the chilling horror series Wytches ever since the first season ended on a brutal cliffhanger. Now, Snyder and Jock are back with a taste for the upcoming second season of the series by serializing what happens next in IMAGE+. How did Sailor make it to safety? What has she been doing since? The answers can be found exclusively in IMAGE+ with an extra-sized first chapter this issue.
David Brothers, Branding Manager at Image Comics and the Editor of IMAGE+, added: “I’m pretty proud of the first volume of IMAGE+, but this second year is going to be even bigger and better. The longer page count will let us publish even more comics in the pages of the magazine, including the next chapter of Jock & Scott Snyder’s WYTCHES and a nice assortment of shorter strips from some creators I’m really excited about, in addition to the interviews and profiles that our readers love. Our goal is to be the best magazine for comics, and I think we’re well on our way!”
In addition to the return of WYTCHES, IMAGE+ will also feature an original, recurring, autobiographical comic strip from Ed Piskor titled, IMAGE OF YOUTH! This new chapter in IMAGE+ will weigh in at a hefty 80 PAGES at no additional cost—meaning more room for meatier, in-depth interviews, exciting sneak peeks into new titles, and long-form features on comics, creators, cosplay, conventions, and comics culture. IMAGE+ remains the number one source for news and information about Image Comics, and now is the perfect time for fans to get in on the ground floor.
Declan Shalvey (INJECTION, All Star Batman) takes the helm as a writer, with artist Philip Barrett (Matter, Where’s Larry?) and Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (INJECTION, PRETTY DEADLY), for Savage Town, an original graphic novel coming this September from Image Comics.
Loosely based on real events at the turn of the millennium, SAVAGE TOWN follows Jimmy “Hardy” Savage, the head of a small gang in Limerick City, Ireland. His presence has been tolerated, up until now, by the two large gangs that hold Limerick in their grasp. With these rival gangs, the local cops, his best mate, and his mammy all out to stick a knife in him, will he live long enough to get to the top? More importantly, will he pay me back for that fiver I gave him last week?
“SAVAGE TOWN is a gritty crime story with Irish charm,” said Shalvey. “Inspired by the troubled past of Limerick City, this story tells the tale of Jimmy Savage, a small-time crook who manages to fail his way up the criminal ladder. I’m excited for the world to discover Philip Barrett on this book, an artist who is without a doubt one of the best storytellers in Ireland right now. Pick SAVAGE TOWN up in September; it’s the best hangover cure Image can offer.”
“SAVAGE TOWN manages at once to be dark, funny, and an original and honest take on the mangy underbelly of shiny, happy, Celtic Tiger Ireland—and watch out, these fleas are hungry!” said Barrett. “I’m really thrilled and proud to be part of the team.”
SAVAGE TOWN will arrive in comic book stores Wednesday, September 6th and bookstores Tuesday, September 12th.
Legendary creator and indy-comics pioneer Matt Wagner returns to bring fans the highly anticipated third and final story arc to MAGE from Image Comics this summer. MAGE: THE HERO DENIED will kickoff with the intro-sized issue #0 in July and carry on as a regular, 15-issue series beginning with THE HERO DENIED #1 this August.
This long-awaited conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy MAGE follows the adventures of the reluctant everyman hero Kevin Matchstick who—after encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard—discovers he is the reincarnation of the legendary Pendragon and able to wield the power of the mystical weapon, Excalibur.
“The Hero’s journey can be long and arduous… but returning to the world of Mage always feels incredibly empowering,” said Wagner. “I’m really excited to finally be presenting this dramatic conclusion to the epic tales of Kevin Matchstick… and his third Mage.”
MAGE #0 will hit stores on Wednesday, July 12th at the introductory price of $1.99. For fans new to MAGE, a reprint of the MAGE, VOL. 1 trade paperback will also be available on Wednesday, July 12th. MAGE #1 will hit stores on Wednesday, July 24th.