Image Comics Notes: Clone, Sex Criminals, Todd McFarlane

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Here’s a compilation of news and images for upcoming Image or Image-related projects.

Witch Doctor Teasers

Witch Doctor #1 coming this November

Schuler and Ryp’s Clone

Image Comics has really amped up the hype for Clone by David Schulner and Juan José Ryp coming in November. I’ve received two teasers containing very grim art thanks to coloris Felix Serrano. The blurbs for the upcoming Skybound thriller are “It is wise not to look” and “You’re asking me to divide myself in two.” Clone is about man whose greatest fear is himself, or actually his clones targeting his family.

Also below is The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard providing a variant cover. Last day to order this variant is Monday, 22 October.

Todd McFarlane Visual Biography

art-of-todd-mcfarlane-coverThe fun for Image Comics’ 20th anniversary won’t stop. Below is the press release for Todd’s upcoming biography released on 21 November:

Todd McFarlane Productions and Image Comics to release Todd McFarlane’s long awaited visual biography

Tempe, Ariz.— October 18, 2012 – At long last, The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details, Todd McFarlane’s first and only art book, is scheduled to hit shelves nationwide Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

A visual biography celebrating almost 30 years of artwork from one of the comic industry’s most popular and iconic artist personalities, The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details, is not just another art book. It follows McFarlane’s journey from a young comic book fan mimicking his favorite artists, to his subsequent rise to comic book stardom. McFarlane, himself, provides hundreds of anecdotes throughout the 400-page book, walking the fans through his groundbreaking career.

“I broke into this industry when I was 23 years-old. The only way to put a book like this together is to have actually spent more than two decades creating the art within it,” said McFarlane.

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Todd McFarlane at 2011 NY Comic-Con. Pic by Luigi Novi.

“The passage of time allows you to build up a body of work, that as you step back, has meaning, and can be an inspiration for other artists along the way. I’m happy to be able to collect my autobiography in both a written and visual format. I hope the wait has been worth it!”

Fans will receive an up close and personal look at McFarlane’s creative take on beloved characters from both DC and Marvel Comics, and learn more about his history making move in helping to form Image Comics, where he published his brainchild, Spawn. With copious amounts of rarely seen black and white original pieces of his most famous work, and numerous drawings of the comic book industry’s most popular characters, this is a book that can’t be missed. In addition, fans get an exclusive peek at McFarlane’s first forays into various media (toys, film, animation, music videos, video games), where he put his creative stamp on everything through his signature eye-catching imagery.

Available just in time for Black Friday, The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details will be available nationwide Wednesday, November 21st. The oversized hard cover book (9×12) is limited to 5000 copies, with 700 signed and numbered editions available. Each book retails at $64.99 and $100, respectively, and would make the perfect gift for any art fan!

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Listen to Todd discuss his career in with RHM’s Clarence Riley & read review of the book & Spawn #225:

Fraction and Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals

Sex Criminals coverMatt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky present the 32-page comedy about time-bending and sex-crazed criminals. This project is so ambitious that even Image Comics was “unavailable for comment.” Price: $3.50. Release date: 2013.

Let the co-creators put some sizzle in this steak with their quotes.

Fraction:

“Not to toot our own horns, but there’s never been a comic book like Sex Criminals before. There’ve been comedy books with sex, or sex comics with comedic moments, but no book with ‘sex comedy’ as its narrative thrust. Hard to imagine, but comedy and sex, which fit together so naturally literally everywhere else in the entertainment world, don’t get done in comic books. Chip and I are thrilled to be the first ones in there to plant our seed.”

“Chip is a singular creator in the world of comics: he’s smart, he’s talented, he has an eye unlike any other, and he makes me laugh like a jackal. He’s like a smutty Day-Glo Will Elder that spells words with u’s where they don’t belong and uses the metric system. I’m excited to think the words ‘SEX CRIMINALS’ will now appear in his obituary later this year.”

Zdarsky:

“This project brings together my two loves: crime and an in-depth exploration of the Western banking system and its ill-effects on society. I’ve spent years working for newspapers and magazines and am looking forward to completing my ‘dying industry trifecta’ and give comic books my all while holding back the tears.”

“There’s a very short list of people who I would want to work with on a comic project and Matt Fraction is at the top of that list. I love the humour he brings to his projects and always thought he should do something all-out funny, because, frankly, there aren’t enough funny books out there since Identity Crisis. No wait. Was Blankets before or after Identity Crisis?”

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Author: Clarence

Webmaster, editor, writer of Red-Headed Mule. RHM was founded in 2011. Currently is liking British TV better than U.S. TV, mayhaps.