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First Comics returns?

Apparently so, according to the just-released Thursday panel schedule for Comic-Con International:

5:00-6:00 First Comics: The First of the Great Independents Is Back with a Fury!— Legendary ’80s independent publishing powerhouse First Comics is returning when the world needs it most, not unlike the promised return of King Arthur. And the assembled Round Table of extraordinary comics creators are here to tell you how they will once again be rocking your world with comics entertainment from the cutting edge. Panelists include Ken F. Levin (Wanted, The Boys, First Comics co-founder and director), Joe Staton and Nick Cuti (E-Man), Bill Willingham (Fables), Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition), Brian Mullens (founder of DaQRi; QR director), Alex Wald (art director then and again), Susannah Carson (A Truth Universally Acknowledged; First Comics YA editor), and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (The Tarquin Engine, The Last Sane Cowboy). Moderated by Larry Young (The Black Diamond; First Comics director of production). Room 23ABC

First Comics was an independent comics company that published titles like Dreadstar, E-Man, Jon Sable, Badger, Nexus, Grimjack , American Flagg! and other titles back in the 1980s. It’s an interesting mix of folks on the panel, including several names that were associated with First back in the 1980s.

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Awesome. I loved me some First titles. Can’t wait to hear what they have coming up.
Also — a YA editor? That could be really interesting news.

First was my favorite indie company back then.

The big guns :

American Flagg
Dreadstar
Grimjack
Nexus

as well as

Badger
Starslayer
Jon Sable
Mars

I’ll be interested to see what they come out with. I’d be ecstatic if we could get some of these back.

Outstanding news. First put out some great comics back in the day.

Hot damn! To hell with the DC reboot… relaunch… refurbishment… WHATEVER! This is news that brings a song to my heart. Moreso if it leads to a revival of E-Man, and/or Grimjack.

Holy cow – If I remember right, First Comics used to be based in Evanston, IL. If this memory is right, my dad took me to their offices one day and we just knocked on the door. “Hey, my kid loves your comics. Can he see what goes on here?” They were so cool and nice. Spent time with me, gave me books. Great memory. Would love to see them come back. Great news.

I never heard of this company until I saw portions of Steven Grant and Vince Giarrano’s Whisper title they did for the company, and I am intrigued. In fact, I’m currently looking for the final part of a story in that series called “Ghost Dance”.

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