Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Publisher's Week: The Image-Makers Reunite
In 1992, seven of the most popular comics artists of their time launched Image Comics as a way to control their own work, and changed the face of American comics. By 2008, the original creators had scattered to the winds, and Image had become something very different. But when the founders of Image—Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino—reunited for a May 2008 signing at the Arizona store Atomic Comics, they drew a jam piece together for old times’ sake; Larsen convinced the others that it’d be a fun idea to draw an entire miniseries collectively.
The result is Image United, a six-issue miniseries whose first issue, released last week, has already gone into a second printing.