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Image Expo 2015 – Gwen’s Most Anticipated Titles

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to get the chance to attend San Francisco’s Image Expo. This was my first time attending the expo and when I walked in, needless to say at first I was a little underwhelmed. As someone who attends a lot of conventions, my expectations for Image were way off. However, once going into the small theater room where the creators spoke about their upcoming titles, seeing how easy and effortless it was to meet and chat with some of the creators and how nice the attendees were Image Expo quickly became one of my favorite small intimate conventions.

Everyone on the web who attended or had someone attend has already made the full announcements of new titles. If you want to see the full list, check out the Image site as they have them already up! I am here to share with you guys the titles that I am most excited about.

DON’T CLICK OUT OF THE ARTICLE! I have some cool exciting things to giveaway too!

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CODENAME BABOUSHKA: THE CONCLAVE OF DEATH

What if the sexy Russian Bond girl was actually the hero?

Written by Antony Johnston (THE FUSE, The Coldest City, Daredevil) with art by Shari Chankhamma (SHELTERED, The Sisters’ Luck), and letters by Simon Bowland, CODENAME BABOUSHKA is an action-packed modern pulp spy thriller. Full of high-stakes thrills in exotic locations, CODENAME BABOUSHKA follows a kick-ass female hero in the style of James Bond and Modesty Blaise!

“Codename Baboushka has everything you’d expect from me: a kick-ass female hero, bags of tension, and deep, dark secrets that everyone’s trying to figure out,” said Johnston. “But it’s also way more high-octane than anything I’ve done before, with guns, fists, and explosions everywhere!”

The enigmatic Contessa is a wealthy socialite, the last heiress to a noble Russian line—and secretly a deadly assassin! Blackmailed by the US government to carry out dirty jobs even the CIA can’t sanction, she’s got nothing to lose… and everything to fight for!

Comments: Not only was I floored by the art in this comic, they pretty much had me at ‘kick-ass female hero’.

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SCOOTER GIRL

Chynna Clugston Flores also announced an all-new series, SCOOTER GIRL, a love letter to southern California mod and scooter culture. SCOOTER GIRL is Chynna Clugston Flores’ screwball romantic comedy classic. Ashton Archer has it all. He’s the biggest man on his high school campus, he’s got a huge family fortune waiting for him, and his closet and garage are full of the coolest accoutrements available, from flashy suits to swank shoes to a slick Vespa scooter.

It appears that nothing can go wrong for this hard-hearted hottie—that is, until the confident and fashionable Margaret Sheldon motors by on her Lambretta. At that moment, Ashton’s life takes a turn for the worse. Everyone at school suddenly hates him, his father declares bankruptcy, and his scooter gets run over by a truck. Even high-tailing it out of town does him no good, because wherever he goes, Margaret follows. How can he get out of the black curse this woman has placed on his life? By getting her to fall in love with him, or else!

“I am extremely excited to be announcing that Blue Monday and Scooter Girl are back to print with Image Comics,” said Clugston Flores. “These series are near and dear to my heart, I’m hoping that not only new readers will embrace them, but that original fans will be pleased to see these sharp new collections as well as brand new Blue Monday material. There’s a lot in store, a lot of laughs, and a hell of a lot of fun to be had!”

Comments: I adore the look of this comic. When I first saw the art I thought “Hey she kinda looks like Dr. Girlfriend from The Venture Brothers”. I love that it’s got a mod vibe and I cant wait to check out more!

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SUNSET PARK

Something’s up in Sunset Park, and it ain’t just the rent. Are Brooklyn’s gentrifiers more than just economic vampires? A cartoonist draws a macabre story from a collection of notes, journals, movies and other ephemera he finds boxed, abandoned in the studio he’s recently rented along the latest frontline in gentrification’s relentless march over Brooklyn in SUNSET PARK.

Among the boxed items are what could be a copy of an old Warhol vampire film and what looks to be a journal belonging to Jean Michel Basquiat. SUNSET PARK is an all-new, limited series by Ron Wimberly coming from Image Comics.

Comments: I was thrilled that there were multiple creators of color at this event. Know that we’re gonna get some rad titles with characters of color doing some cool stuff. When I talked to Ron about this comic he gave me the scoop on the chick you see above and let me tell you, I am way too excited to see what this story ends up being like!

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CROSSWIND

CROSSWIND is the cutting edge story of a suave, sharp hitman from Chicago and a seemingly unremarkable housewife from Seattle, and how they accidentally end up switching lives. It’s a suspense fantasy full of sex, violence, and the blackest of humor. Written with sardonic wit by Gail Simone and stunningly realized by Cat Staggs, CROSSWIND will be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Simone assured fans: “This is the comic that might make Dr. Wertham come back from the dead to try to ban comics again.”

Comments: I caught the tail end of this conversation at the expo but what I did hear was enough to get me interested in checking this out.

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SNOTGIRL

New York Times bestselling writer Bryan Lee O’Malley teams up with artist Leslie Hung, colorist Mickey Quinn, and letterer/designer Maré Odomo for SNOTGIRL, a dark comedy set in the world of fashion bloggers.

“Snotgirl is funny and f*cked up,” O’Malley warned. “It’s full of fascinating characters you’ll love to hate. Leslie’s art is lush and beautiful.”

Lottie is a huge success—she’s blog famous! Her online persona is flawless and fun, but her real life is filled with woes. She has terrible allergies, she just got dumped, and her blogger friends don’t understand her. Things turn around when Lottie instantly clicks with Caroline, a new girl on the scene… but can she turn chemistry into friendship, or will she ruin everything?

Hung added: “This is my first ongoing series, so I’m really excited. Snotgirl is going to be the best comic ever, if we don’t die making it!”

Comments: When I heard the premise of this comic I thought “hey that’s like me!” A girl who’s a blogger, an introvert and has allergies…what else can I like about this!? Oh, Bryan Lee O’Malley is writing it which makes it even better.

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AXCEND

Creator and writer/artist Shane Davis alongside inker Michelle Delecki and colorist Morry Hollowell bring AXCEND to Image Comics this October 2015.

“In Axcend, teenager, Eric Morn’s life revolves around gaming,” said Davis. “He quickly finds himself locked against a vicious player only to realize the game, Axcend, has carried over into the real world with apocalyptic consequences.”

What happens when a video game decides to come to our reality to play? When there are no extra lives, and Armageddon looms on the horizon, when your life revolves around gaming like teenager Eric Morn, you Press Start.

Comments: I talked to Shane and Michelle about this comic and when I saw one of the main characters who is a pop star who’s body projects holograms and light shows and various other amazing things, I immediately wracked my brain on trying to figure out how to make it into a cosplay. Any time there is a female character that immediately makes me want to cosplay, I know it’s going to be a good series!

So those are the titles I can’t wait to pick up when they come out.

All of the artists and creators there were so passionate about their comics that it made me really excited to invest my money in them.

So while I was at the convention, I picked up a bunch of signed posters from some of the artists and creators. The posters are of their upcoming titles that were announced over the weekend and one of YOU has a chance at winning the lot!

Here’s what you could win:

  • Heartless poster signed by Tula Lotay
  • Black Magic poster (unfortunately, this one wasn’t signed as Greg had to leave early)
  • Axcend poster signed by both Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki
  • The Goddamned poster signed by Jason Aaron
  • Faster Than Light poster signed by Brian Haberlin along with TWO Faster Than Light patches and TWO stickers that go along with an Augments Reality app
  • Snotgirl poster signed by both Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
  • Blue Monday/Scooter Girl poster signed by Chynna Clugston Flores

All you have to do is enter via Rafflecopter by clicking here. The more you do, the more entries you get and the better chance you have at winning.

The giveaway will end in two weeks, good luck everyone!

 

The Author

Gwen Stacy

Gwen Stacy

A 20-something geek living the Bay Area who is a book seller by day and a blogger/creator by night. Hobbies include but are not limited to: sewing up geek fashions, toy collecting, reading comics and graphic novels and of course books, drinking wine and obsessing over cartoons and Wes Anderson. This is my design.

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