Image Comics had a big presence at NYCC this year. With a big booth that hosted signings from comic book legends such as Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman, they also had lots of exclusive merchandise, comics and announcements. Four new titles were announced, including new comic book series by well known writers Jeff Lemire and Gerry Duggan.
Jeff Lemire’s new title is called Gideon Falls, and sees him team up once again with artist Andrea Sorrentino, but this time to create his own characters. The story explores the lives of a reclusive man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed up Catholic Priest arriving in a small town full of secrets. They become intertwined around the legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing madness and death. The title is set to be released in March 2018
The second announcement is Infidel, written by former Vertigo editor Pornsak Pichetshote, with art by Aaron Campbell. The series will explore Islamophobia through a chilling and haunting chilling story about an American Muslim woman and her multi-ethnic neighbours, who move into a building haunted by creatures that feed on xenophobia. The series tackles controversial topics in race and racism and how it can affect people from different cultures, and will also be out in March 2018.
Gerry Duggan continues his work with Image with another new title coming out next year called Analog. Analog sees Duggan team up with artist David O’Sullivan to create a world where all hope is lost and yet a glimmer exists in the very person who tipped it into the abyss. The basic security of the internet crumbles after attacks on the internet result in mass doxxing. People, corporations and governments are all affected, and secrets once entrusted to encrypted emails are now printed on paper, put into briefcases and sent around the world via armed couriers. The comic will be an ongoing series launched in the Spring of next year.
The final announcement was from a relatively new talent Tee Franklin, with art by Jenn St Onge and colours by Joy San called Bingo Love. It explores the love of two Queer, Black women that spans decades, and the stories that surrounded them living in a time period where their love was not accepted. Tee Franklin is herself a Black, Queer, disabled woman, known in the comics industry as a vocal person of colour and advocate for the LGBTQ and disabled community. She is credited for starting the popular hashtag: #BlackComicsMonth which aims to make comic book fans more aware of talented Black comic creators, and their diverse comic book characters and superheroes that already exist in the industry. Franklin won the 2017 Queer Press Grant for BINGO LOVE and has raised almost $60k for this graphic novella via Kickstarter, which will be available in February 2018.