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I still buy a majority of my comics from Marvel and DC and it has been that way for many years but the fact of the matter is that fans want something more. They want something more grounded or relatable. They want something more dramatic and unique. You can only go so far with the major superheroes. Their followings are so big and there is such a control by editorial staffs over what you can do with some of these characters. That doesn’t make the work that comes out of DC and Marvel bad. It just is different with a publisher like Image. People who didn’t read comics because it was too ‘spande’” for them have been able to get into comics. They’ve been brought into this medium because of series like Rat Queens, Lazarus, Manhattan Projects and Saga….

The Eisner nominations also prove something else. Comics is no longer a boy’s club. I know every once in a while we see something that makes us think differently, but the fact of the matter is that comics is not a men only industry anymore. Women creators are all over the Eisner nominations this year. More than any year before. 2014 may be the year we see a woman win best writer. Kelly Sue DeConnick is a real contender and so are Emma Rios and Fiona Staples. Despite the still visible sexism in the industry…, there are more women reading and more women creat[ing] and they are finally being recognized. Their work reaches all readers, not just women.

Jess Camacho, Geek Out Nation, "Why This Year’s Eisner Nominations Mean So Much More Than Previous Years"

It’s been a huge week for GENESIS by Nathan Edmondson and Alison Sampson!

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It’s been a bit of a big week for Genesis. I mean, we are blown away, frankly

Thank you so much for all the support- this book has been a long time coming.

I’m attempting a bit of a wrap up of the last day or two on Friday morning, and there have been some reviews. Here we go, in no particular order. Click on the links to see the rest:

One of the highest compliments you can pay a comic is that it achieves broad appeal. Really, this will appeal to any reader…it is the perfect introduction to graphic novels for lovers of surreal and magical literature, and a treat for longtime comics readers as well. - Comics Grinder

It’s a dense and layered one shot that challenges you to ask questions, while treating your eyes to a feast of wild and imaginative design - Bloody Disgusting

I am going in for my second re-read and you need to pick this book up and get lost in the wonderful fairy tale nature it exudes. 4.25/5.- God Hates Geeks

Both premise and promise of Genesis is huge, and it’s something that Edmonson and Sampson are instrumental in delivering.- the FPInternational Blog (in a very rare review of an Image book, and an interview on making Genesis with me, by Richard Bruton).

"Genesis" is highly experimental, both in art and in tone, sprawling over 64 pages in an intensely beautiful jumble. - CBR
 (comes with an interview with both of us)

Edmondson takes his writing to a new level with this one-shot… this year’s most thought provoking comic. - Kabooooom

..fantastic art by Alison Sampson - Alternate Reality Comics

I would say that if you are a person that reads books from Top Shelf or Fantagraphics then you are on the lookout for this type of book. If you are a more mainstream reader but are open to different experiences then you might want to give the book a try. - Pop Culture Maven

Sampson does good work on the visuals, creating sweeping dreamscapes that tie in nicely to the disjointed narrative. - Newsarama

a fantastical, gorgeous, trippy and sad tale, well worth a read - Panel Patter

I’m honest in my reviews, and the last thing you want to do is tear apart something someone has worked so hard on… I had nothing to worry about with Genesis…(an) Excellent read - Silver Snail

It makes you realize that architects, who spend a lot of time designing how human beings should move through a physical space, can also be really good at directing readers through the visual layout of a comic book… a stunning piece of comics work - Mental Floss

Up for is ' Genesis a beautiful trippy tale of absolute creation.- Comixology

Hire this woman - Comics Alliance

Our Picks of the Week! :)

I found myself spending a lot of extra time on each page to appreciate the art. I would go as far as to say it carries the story as much, if not more, than the words do. Sampson’s work is consistently unique and will ensure you pay close attention. - Geekality

Great art can transport you from this world into something completely different and I found myself getting lost in the world that Alison Sampson was able to create.- Coming Up Comics

I cannot stress enough how excited I am to see elements of design find their way into more and more comics. Whether it’s across the oeuvre of Hickman, in the pages of Hawkeye, or here in Genesis, having an artist with a background in design can lead to pages that pop in a way that few comics really do these days.- Loser City

Genesis has some “pretty huge ideas” but it’s 's art that really sells it. - Loser City

a tour-de-force debut.., Comic of the Week - Broken Frontier

Excellent presentation! - Alpha Comics

New in the online shop is the beautiful GENESIS- Gnash Comics

Genesis from by and Looks amazing. - OK Comics

Whats is everyone after today? We call by as our pick this week! - Elysium Comics

Read it. Loved it. Talking about it on this week. - Aaron Meyers

Images from Genesis, Daves Comics, Beach Ball Comics, Gnash Comics, Jennifer from Image with a Genesis Cookie*, Genesis via Comixology, Alternate Reality Comics

GENESIS, drawn by … is a ridiculously beautiful book. (Plus a pinup by )- Christopher Sebela

Genesis was amazing. The most thought provoking comic I have read since Change. Your artwork inspires me to make more comics.- Justin McElroy

Guys! + have teamed up for GENESIS! Don’t be an idiot, go pick this up! … So happy to see something has been planning to do for so long is finally something tangible. You HAVE to understand it’s BIG! - Jordie Bellaire

Brilliant debut comic from Alison Sampson..(link) - Alex Hern

Genesis…is gorgeous and smart… proof that some of the best storytelling exists in comic books.- All-Comic

Today you guys should def pick up Genesis (1-shot) from Image, arted by  - gorgeous stuff. - Matt Miner

Looks awesome, Alison! Can’t wait to get to the shop and find it in my bag ^_^ - Emma Vieceli

Suggest everyone buys Genesis today by Nathan Edmonsen from

Comics worth reading this week: Genesis by Stray Bullets 2 by Minimum Wage by That’s it, really. - Filthy Orphan

There’s a lot of Comics out,but Genesis by & Jason Wordie is beautiful.Give it a look. - The Big Bang, Dublin

Looks amazing! - Neil Cameron

Hoorah! Can’t wait to pick up my copy! - Sally Jane Thompson

I feel like and both have pretty spectacular futures in comics with their breakouts. - David Fairbanks

The comics work of is really damn impressive and I really dug her talking about it over here.

You should hire - Justin Jordan

(*Genesis Cookie = Chocolate shortbread filled with apricot jam and covered in dark chocolate ganache, a biscuity version of a Sachertorte, you can get them here)

sinagrace:

So proud of the Maximum Comics- exclusive cover for Burn the Orphanage: Reign of Terror #1 by the visionary Jeff Lemire! His interpretation of Rock is one of my favorites to date.

Expect to see me and Daniel back in Vegas at the beginning of May to support the new series, as we will definitely be back on the road promoting both the new series and the release of Volume One: Born to Lose.

xxS

And maybe that’s what sets Fraction apart—and what makes Sex Criminals his most daring book yet. It’s not just that he realizes that there’s a serious sex problem in comics, or that he knows how to discuss it in incredibly nuanced ways, or even that his work often functions as counterprogramming. It’s that it so obviously pisses him the hell off. And in an industry that often seems trapped in a reductive and inane conversation about whether or not sex in comics is ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ Fraction loves both sex and comics, and loves talking about both in equal proportion to how much sex in most mainstream comics makes him want to facepalm.

So how is Sex Criminals different? Rather than turning its female lead, Suzie, into an object of lust, at least half the story is told from her perspective, exploring her sexuality and making her a subject instead of an object.

Laura Hudson, "The Man Behind the Comic That Finally Got Sex Right" -Wired
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