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Image Expo | Grant Morrison, new Phonogram and much more [Updated]

Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl

The first Image Expo kicked off Friday in Oakland, California, with a keynote speech from Publisher Eric Stephenson that emphasized creator relationships as the company’s foundation, and laid out more than a half-dozen titles that will be announced this weekend for release later this year:

Happy!, by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, a mysterious title the writer says is “in a genre I’ve never really tackled before — but with a bizarre twist, of course.” It’s the first of several potential Image projects from Morrison. [iFanboy]

• Confirmation of a third volume of Phonogram, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson, called The Immaterial Girl. Gillen says the six-issue miniseries, which will likely debut in November, is “primarily about the war between coven queen witch Emily Aster and the half of her personality she sold to whatever lies on the other side of the screen. It’s about identity, eighties music videos and further explorations of Phonogram’s core ‘Music = Magic’ thesis. There is horror. There are jokes. There are emotions. There may even be a fight sequence. It also takes A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ with far too much seriousness – which, for us, is the correct amount of seriousness.” [Kieron Gillen’s Workblog]

Chin Music, by Steve Niles and Tony Harris, described by the artist as “a 1930’s Noir, Gangster, horror story.” [Tony Harris]

Crime & Terror, by Steve Niles and Scott Morse.

Mara, by Brian Wood, Ming Doyle and Jordie Bellaire, a six-issue sci-fi/superhero miniseries set in a few where a celebrity athlete manifests superpowers during a very public sporting event. [ComicsAlliance]

Bedlam, a horror comic by Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo, teased Friday on Comic Book Resources.

Planetoid, by Ken Garing, a story about a marooned space pilot previously available as a digital comic on Graphicly. The five-issue miniseries debuts in June. [iFanboy]

• Confirmation of Black Kiss II, by Howard Chaykin, announced in July at Comic-Con International.

Check back with Comic Book Resources throughout the weekend for more coverage of Image Expo, and more details about the new titles.

UPDATE: Additional artwork has been added.




Chin Music


Crime and Terror

Black Kiss 2

Jupiter's Children



Happy! – a kids book? Funny animal? Curiouser and curiouser…

I like the look of Bedlam a lot! Might check that one out.

Chin music reminds me a little too much of The Goon. I’m sure it’ll have a different sensabilty, but still…

It’s good to see people like Grant Morrison move (or people like Brian Wood who was basically shunted)away from corporate co-owned books.

The art for a lot of these is quite nice. It’s hard to see all of these creative people of this calibre working for free that might or might not pay off. I wonder if Image might start to pay people to work on their books for a larger percentage. It’d make sense.

Wow. Color me excited.
Millar is normally a wait-and-see for me, but Quitely’s an automatic buy.

And a first-ever (as far as I know) Morrison-Robertson collab?

All the other stuff looks cool, too.

Image is definitely doing it right these days.

And once again, DC misses out on something it should have. There is no reason why Morrison should not be doing every last one of his books with Vertigo. DC clearly isn’t using Vertigo the way it once did, and I don’t get it.

I was not a fan of Image Comics’ stuff 20 years ago, but the company has blossomed into something special. I’m going to at least try every one of these announced projects. Kudos to Eric Stephenson and everyone else involved for publishing (and promoting) creator-owned work from great talent.

@Simon Del Monte

Thats one of the most reprehensible things I’ve heard in awhile.

How is it reprehensible to want to see DC keep its biggest name exclusive and happy?

Truly excited by most of these titles!


@Simon DelMonte
You are talking about what DC should have.
And the point is precisely that it is Grant Morrison who should have a chance to do as he please, and get properly paid. Who cares about the corporation? I care about Morrison and his writings.

Vertigo contracts are bad for creators. They were OK for the nineties. But right now, working for vertigo is almost like working on any superhero comics. The corporation keeps a part of your IP. It’s not completely yours. You cannot do anything you want with it. (I remember Brubaker saying that he would do Criminal/Scalped crossover if Aaron could make such a decision, but he cannot).

Morrison did not care all that much, because he is good with the money, has lots of trades in print, and they all sell very good. However, it seems he finally decided to take a chance and do some more stuff on his own account.

Seeing Grant will be working for Image is something that makes me and most probably mr pants, super duper happy. The comics that he will create, will belong to him and more of the money that we pay will go to him. All very very good things.

Additionally, in ifanboy interview, Morrison says this “Happy” will be unrestrained and rawer. What you should be hearing is a number of Morrison fans having their heads exploded out of sheer joy. I know mine did.

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