Last week in panels: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS #2
Last week in panels: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS #2
A preview of DIA DE LOS MUERTOS #1 by Riley Rossmo, Alex Link, Christopher Long & Dirk Manning, in stores today!
HORROR AND SCIENCE SELL OUT
BEDLAM #3, NOWHERE MEN #1 & 3 get new printings
The past week saw a flurry of sell-outs for Image Comics, as BEDLAM #3 by Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo, NOWHERE MEN #3 by Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegarde, and the second printing of NOWHERE MEN #1 all sold out at the distributor level. The issues will be reprinted, with an in-store date of February 27, 2013.
Sales and reviews have remained strong through three issues of BEDLAM, a psychological thriller that blends murder mystery, horror, and a touch of the superheroic, written by Spencer (MORNING GLORIES) and drawn by Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, REBEL BLOOD, DEBRIS).
“A completely unique take on the world of crime and serial killers is quickly becoming a more meaningful and deep story…. [A]n intense tale of mayhem and murder…..”
“Bedlam is intelligent, unflinching and beautiful to look at. It’s quality comic book writing and art and if you enjoy your stories with some edge, this one has enough to slice your head right off.”
-Nerds in Babeland
NOWHERE MEN’s look at the potential and limits of science has drawn praise not only for its compelling story and artwork but also its slick design by Fonografiks:
“This decades-spanning science-fiction epic stands out as one of the most promising debuts of Image’s phenomenal 2012, telling an immensely layered story full of big ideas and sharp artwork.”
Orders for the second printings of BEDLAM #3 (DEC128204) and NOWHERE MEN #3 (DEC128202) and the third printing of NOWHERE MEN #1 (DEC128205) are due in by February 4.
Last week in panels: BEDLAM #2
KURTIS J. WIEBE RECEIVES SHUSTER AWARD
Named “Outstanding Comic Book Writer” for work on GREEN WAKE
Image Comics and Shadowline congratulate Kurtis J. Wiebe, was named Outstanding Comic Book Writer by the Joe Shuster Awards for his work on his series GREEN WAKE and THE INTREPIDS.
Wiebe was named the winner of the Shuster Award on September 15 in a ceremony in Montreal, Quebec. Name after Superman’s co-creator, the artist Joe Shuster, the award recognizes outstanding work by Canadian comic book creators. The judges noted that Wiebe “was selected primarily for his work on the profound and affecting Green Wake.”
Published by Jim Valentino’s Image Comics imprint Shadowline, GREEN WAKE is a murder mystery set in a dream-like town where the residents forget their lives and no one ever leaves. The art is by Riley Rossmo, who is the artist on the Wiebe-penned DEBRIS and co-writer and artist on REBEL BLOOD.
“We are especially proud of Kurtis, a rising star in one of Image’s and Shadowline’s best years in a very long time,” said Valentino. “It’s great to see talent acknowledged and appreciated in this manner. Well done.”
In an interview at IGN, Wiebe spoke about the very personal nature of the series, which he created while going through a divorce. “When I won the [Shuster] award for that series it made me realize that this series, despite its early end… had profoundly affected those that read it,” he said. “It mattered to them. That’s a huge victory to me and made it very worthwhile to struggle through the writing process which was, really, a grieving period in my life.”
Wiebe is one of Image/Shadowline’s most prolific creators. His other Shadowline titles include GRIM LEAPER, PETER PANZERFAUST, and DEBRIS.
Nick Spencer (MORNING GLORIES, THIEF OF THIEVES) talked to Comic Book Resources about his new series with Riley Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS), BEDLAM!
“Here you’ve got the capes and masks, but that’s nearly as far as it goes. No one in this world can fly. No one drank some serum and grew scales. It’s kind of incredible, when you look at it, how few ‘mask’ books in comics keep it that close. This is somewhere in the [Christopher] Nolan Batman trilogy, ‘Kick-Ass’ neighborhood. No supernatural, no sci-fi — there’s just a few slight applications of technology beyond the real world, but even those are really subtle.”
(cover image by Frazer Irving)
DEBUT GRAPHIC NOVEL BREAKS INTO TOP TEN
WILD CHILDREN explores violence, perception
WILD CHILDREN, the debut graphic novella by Ales Kot and Riley Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, REBEL BLOOD, DEBRIS), released on July 15, was one of the Top Ten Graphic Novels of July, according to Diamond Comics sales figures. Such a strong showing by a new writer is a notable feat in itself, but the WILD CHILDREN has also been garnering stellar reviews from all corner of the critical world, from USA Today to The A.V. Club to author and social theorist David Rushkoff, as well as major comic book media sites.
A WILD CHILDREN is exploration of violence, fiction, art, and perception, set in a high school where a group of the brightest students have taken their teachers hostage. With intriguing dialogue, striking character designs, and vibrant art colored by Clayton Cowles, WILD CHILDREN is as much a meditation on the sequential art form as a unique example of that medium’s potential.
“An immersive and dangerous drama that asks its audience not only to question the motives and actions of its characters, but also of themselves. Kot and Rossmo aim to hold a reader’s attention, opting for brilliant storytelling instead of firearms like their rebellious youth.”
- USA TODAY
“Unsettling and provocative… one of the most impressive comic book debuts in recent memory.”
- The A.V. CLUB
“Wild Children reveals the black hole at the center of consensus reality. An artful act of intellectual terrorism that leaves you hopeful instead of dead.”
- Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life, Inc. and Program or Be Programmed
WILD CHILDREN’s writer, Ales Kot, will be debuting a new mini-series, CHANGE, with art by Morgan Jeske in December. WILD CHILDREN (ISBN 978-1-60706-581-4) is available in comic book stores and bookstores now.
A CITY OF TERROR IN BEDLAM
New series by Spencer and Rossmo from Image Comics
BEDLAM, the new Image Comics series by Nick Spencer (MORNING GLORIES, THIEF OF THIEVES) and Riley Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS), is set in a city that has been terrorized by a maniacal killer and crime boss called Madder Red.
The killer has been rehabilitated and has reclaimed his given name, Filmore Press, but the city of Bedlam is still soaked with the blood and madness he left in his wake.
“It’s a scary world these characters live in. A desperate one. It’s brutal what we put them through,” says writer Spencer. “The shocks aren’t confined to the last page, they’re peppered throughout. There are a lot of ‘shift in your seat uncomfortably’ moments. You don’t get Riley Rossmo to draw your book and not heap on the horror and violence.”
Rossmo’s art is in a moody wash of muted tones, with shocks of stark red.
“Bedlam’s art is pulling a bit stylistically from my last three books,” said Rossmo. “I’m trying for a cleaner line, lots of spotted blacks, and strong well-designed color palettes. The Film ‘M’ and David Mazzucchelli are big visual influences. I’m super-happy with the pages I’ve finished so far.”
BEDLAM’s first issue is to be released on Halloween, and the creative team anticipate that it will be the first of many.
“There’s a long-form, big commitment story here, that we will hopefully tell for years to come,” said Spencer. “It’s like Morning Glories in that sense. The book’s not going to be around a little while then vanish. The goal here is to build a mythology around a modern American metropolis, with Madder Red as our guide. It’s exhilarating, starting down the path of something like this.”
At 48 pages, BEDLAM #1 (AUG120461) is a double-sized introduction to a cityscape of murder, mayhem and mystery with a cover by Frazer Irving (Xombi). It is available for pre-order now.
Riley Rossmo, artist on PROOF, GREEN WAKE, REBEL BLOOD (also co-writer), DEBRIS, and BEDLAM
BEDLAM by Nick Spencer (MORNING GLORIES, THIEF OF THIEVES) and Riley Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS) — available for pre-order now, and in stores in October