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SDCC ’12 | Sneak peek at The Image Revolution documentary

Ahead of tonight’s presentation at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Wired has unveiled a clip from Comics in Focus: The Image Revolution, the documentary chronicling the rise and influence of Image Comics produced by the team behind Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts.

Funded in part through Kickstarter, the documentary from director Patrick Meaney, Sequart and Respect! Films traces the 20-year history of Image, “from its founders’ work at Marvel, through Image’s early days, the ups and downs of the ’90s, and the publisher’s new generation of properties like The Walking Dead.”

“And I have said over and over and over, and I will continue to say it to this day,” Image co-founder Todd McFarlane says in the clip (below). “That the writers cannot duplicate and replicate what we did because the writers are incapable of doing one thing that we did: Stop writing for fuckin’ Marvel and DC, and you will succeed.”

Meaney and producer Jordan Rennert will offer a look at the documentary tonight at 8 at Comic-Con. That’s followed Sunday by Image Comics’ 20th anniversary panel, featuring founders Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Whilce Portacio and Erik Larsen, and current partner Robert Kirkman.



When is this going to be released for streaming/home release?

Marc Silvestri will be on our panel, and the film with ship in December.

As endearing as that quote is, it kind of caves in on itself when one looks at how many of the Image founders eventually resumed doing work “for fuckin’ Marvel and DC,” over the long term.

Didn’t Kirkman kinda do what Todd and co. did?

I don’t understand the quote. He’s basicaly saying “The writers are unsuccessful because they work at Marvel and DC.” So…who are “the writers.” Byrne and David? What makes them unsuccessful? Lack of revenue from liscensing seems to be the only thing McFarlane can boast about.

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