Mark Millar will be making a special transcontinental appearance at the convention to talk about Jupiter's Legacy, which is co-created by artist Frank Quitely. Other guests include Robert Kirkman, Ed Brubaker, J. Michael Straczynski, Nick Dragotta and Kurtis J. Wiebe. All of these creators will join Stephenson on stage for conversations about their work and announcements of never-before-revealed projects. Stephenson, known for his inspiring and insightful speeches at comic book industry events, regards Image Expo as an opportunity to spread Image’s message.
“Image Comics isn’t just a unique comic book company, it’s a unique entertainment company,” he said. “Nobody else does what we do, and I welcome every opportunity I get to highlight the benefits of our unprecedented support for new creativity.”
In addition to media and retailers, to whom Image is extending complimentary admission, the public may attend Image Expo by purchasing premium and general passes, which are available in limited quantities. Retailers and premium ticket holders will receive exclusive Image Expo editions of new Image Comics titles and a T-shirt. The exclusives, T-shirt, as well as other Image comic books and merchandise will also be available to purchase.
The Image Expo exclusives are special editions of Fatale #15 by Brubaker, Ghosted #1 by Joshua Williamson, Goran Sudzuka and Miroslav Mrva, Satellite Sam #1 by Fraction and Howard Chaykin, Sheltered #1 by Ed Brisson, Johnnie Christmas and Shari Chankhamma and a black-and-white ashcan of Sidekick #1 by Straczynski, Tom Mandrake and Brian Miller. Image Expo will give comics readers the opportunity to also interact with creators in a more intimate setting than the bustling environment of huge comic book conventions like Comic-Con International in San Diego. Signing sessions with Image’s special guests will take place during the afternoon.
Ron Richards, Image’s Director of Business Development, brings his experience of organizing 2012’s successful comics conference, MorrisonCon to the event. “Image Comics has a long history of innovation in comics,” he said, “and now we’re excited to continue that tradition with Image Expo and give fans, retailers and the press a new and different way to interact with Image Comics and our top creators.”
Full press release below.